Coolera/Strandhill GAA Club Notes

Under 14 Boys

Coolera/Strandhill Boys u14 brought their league campaign to an end with a hard-earned draw at Connolly Park against Owenmore Gaels. Playing thirteen a side on the large Collooney pitch seemed to unsettle the visitors early on and they produced a lethargic first half display.
However points from Mark McDaniel, Oisin O Neill and Kevin Davitt kept the visiting side in touch with their free moving, free scoring opponents. A well worked goal from Andrew Lynch on the stroke of half time left the Coolera side just four points down but with a stiff breeze to face after the interval.
The second period was to see a vastly improved display with Jamie Walsh coming out of goals having an immediate effect. Donnacha Beirne was beginning to get a grip at midfield and Mark McDaniel’s sharp shooting was chipping away at the deficit. Tadgh Doggett, Jamie Kilfeather, Oran Harte and Alfie Mc Dermott were beginning to get on top and break up the Owenmore attacks. The advantage then swung back the way of the home side as they struck with two goals putting them in front by seven points. A penalty however was to prove crucial to Coolera/Strandhill’s fate. Ross Doherty slammed the ball to the net despite the best efforts of Killian Barrett. Oisin O Neill found the net twice more and his final point was enough to secure a draw on a score line of 2.18 to 5.09. Man of the Match honours this week are split between Kevin Davitt who covered every blade of the scorched pitch and Ross Doherty whose work rate never dips below his own high standards. After a very good league campaign the boys’ reward is a Shield Final this Friday (20th) in Scarden at 7.00 against Tubbercurry/Cloonacool. All support will be most welcome.

Team; Jaime Walsh, Owen Mc Kirdy, Tadgh Doggett, Jamie Kilfeather, Daire Mc Cormack, Alfie McDermott, Ross Doherty (Capt), Donnacha Beirne, Andrew Lynch, Mark McDaniel, Kevin Davitt, Jarlath Herbert, Oisin O Neill, Zach Gilligan, Oisin Hennessey, Cathal Ballantyne, Jack Feeney.


TUS Scheme 

Coolera – Strandhill GAA Club, Ransboro, wish to appoint a person for general maintenance duties under the TUS Scheme.  For information regarding eligibility requirements, please contact Gerard Mullaney, Tus Programme Supervisor, Sligo Leader at or alternatively, by mobile at 086/8221995.


Under 12 Girls
The under 12 girls travelled to Buninnadden on Friday to play St. Nathy’s in the second round of the championship. Although missing ten of the panel, we were still able to field 17 players and there was plenty of talent to admire. Lulu Mooney revelled in her role on the half forward line and was top scorer with seven points. Alana Wilson was close behind with five. Others to feature on the score sheet were Orlaith Beirne (0-02), Ellen Walsh (0-01), Aoife Cradock (0-01) and Sophie Quinn who came out of goals for the last quarter to score twice. In an excellent display from the first whistle to the last the girls won 18-06. There were super individual performances from Anna McDaniel whose passing and vision were delightful, Lisa Kilfeather, Aoife Gallagher and Lauren Daltion in defence and Lauren Healy in attack whose off the ball running kept the home defence busy. Others to impress were Blaine Heekin, Áine Harte, Susannah Gilligan and Mollie Ronan in the backs as well as Aoife Hennessy, Grace Bailey and Aoife Cradock in the forwards, the latter rounding off proceedings with her first score of the year. The girls’ next outing is Friday (20th) when they face a tough assignment against the League Champions Eoghan Rua.




Many thanks to Cecil Whiteside of Whiteside’s Supervalu, Ballisodare, for generously sponsoring 92 footballs for our Go-Games children. (Photo attached shows Cecil with Myra McDaniel (Go-Games Co-ordinator), Ronan Hennessy (Coaching Officer) and some of our future stars.)


Senior Football

It was a disappointing weekend of results for both our senior teams, On Friday evening the seniors played host to table-toppers Tourlestrane in their final league game, losing out on a score of 2-13 to 1-08. With senior status secured for next year, the focus turns to the championship when we play St. Molaise Gaels in the first round on August 4th. Our junior footballers also suffered defeat losing to Drumcliffe-Rosses Pt. 1-18 to 3-07 in their final outing. They play Tubbercurry in the first round of the championship in August.