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Buncrana GAA Club Notes 03/06/2015

By Sinéad Breen Donegal PRO Wed 3rd Jun

Hi folks,

Notes for the week. Hopefully you will print the sponsor pic too.



Buncrana GAA Notes for Week Ending Sunday 31st May 2015

Senior Football

Buncrana Seniors were home to Burt on Saturday evening in the league. The Burt men were coming to the scarvey on an unbeaten run of five games, having defeated Buncrana in the earlier round. Both teams fielded short, Burt without their two county minors and Buncrana short last years minor Caolan Mc Gonagle (injured) and Joseph Mc Grory (work commitments). The game was evenly contested with Buncrana taking a two point lead which they held to half time. Buncrana were denied two good goal chances as were Burt from excellent goalkeeping by Buncrana keeper Sean Parker. Buncrana lost County senior player Darach O Connor after 14minutes through injury but his replacement Kevin Treacy deputised well, helping himself to two points from play and also directly involved in three other scores. Buncrana lead at half time by two points. The second half was eagerly contested in a generally sporting local derby. Buncrana also lost centre half back Stephen Doherty to a leg injury but his replacement Darren Gillespie again performed well. Buncrana ran out deserved winners on a scoreline of 12pts to 8pts. This was a good all round performance by Buncrana, considering 11 of the starting fifteen are under 21. Both Oisin Flaherty and Adrian Doherty were certainly in line for man of the match performances.

Next up is Naomh Brid on the 6th June at 19.30 with the Reserves playing at 6pm.

Buncrana team:
Sean Parker, Conor Grant, Jack O Loughlin, Shane Mc Laughlin, Simon Cuffe, Stephen Doherty, Kevin O Loughlin, Peter Mc Laughlin, Bruce Waldron, Oisin Flaherty 2pts, Darach O Connor, Adrian Doherty, Oran Doherty 2pts, John Campbell 4pts/2 frees, Oisin Doherty 2pts, Subs Kevin Treacy 2pts, Darren Gillespie, Ronan Doherty.

Mizen to Malin Fundraiser

Our intrepid (some would say crazy!) cyclists are putting in the last few miles of training before they head of to Mizen to cycle the whole way to Malin. I’m sure they’re praying for the weather to improve! They plan to finish in Malin Head on Sunday 5th (times to be confirmed later, when they see how they’re getting on). The hardy cyclists and their loyal entourage hope to see a good crowd up there from the Club to spur them on.

The training is going well with MOST of the group completing the century (100 miles) over the last couple of weeks. There’s stiff competition on to see who gets the 1st saddle sore…and the loser will have to rub in the ointment!!!!

Fundraising is going well with a Spinathon completed in Supervalue yesterday and the next date for the diary is a Coffee Morning on Friday 12th June in O’Flahertys Bar.

Sponsorship cards are on the go and anyone who is willing to take one to help raise a few Euro can contact Aine on 0863953380 or any Committee member. Remember, all the proceeds from this fundraiser go towards the Clubs development fund and a local charity.

A Gentle Reminder!

The Committee would like to remind all players to pay their weekly€2 training contribution. This has to be paid only once a week, regardless of codes/age groups/gender. It is not a lot to pay and look at how much you get back in return! The money raised goes towards the running costs of the Club and anyone who has questions about this or any other matter is welcome to ask any Committee member or their manager.

Underage Results

U16 Hurling

The U16 Hurlers continued their good form in the Derry league with a hard-earned away win over Tyrone side Carrickmore. It was a tight affair from the throw-in with both sides having periods of dominance. In the first half both defences were on top with scoring chances at a premium and ended with Carrickmore one point to the good.

The second saw the Scarvey boys with the wind at their backs but Carrickmore were first to score and raced into a seven point lead. Dylan Duffy had to be switched to the full forward berth and this changed the shape of the game with both Dylan and Ben (Roe) Doherty beginning to cause the opposition problems and Buncrana in the space of 10 minutes s turned a six point deficit into a five point lead. The final score was 3:13 to 3:9.

Jason Campbell was good overall between the posts but will have to work on his puck-outs; Niall O’ Doherty, PJ McCarron (0:2) were steady and strong throughout; Fiachra took time to settle but had a good second half; but it was the 3 younger defenders who caught the eye, not too much is expected of them but John Vaughan, Oisin (Roe) Doherty and Matthew Wilson had blinders and repelled many black and amber attacks. Paul Tourish made the unusual move into midfield and seemed to enjoy the position and as usual made the game look so simple. He was partnered by Ben who scored an impressive 2:4. Up front Dylan (1:5) came into it when the pressure was on and scored the vital goal to get us back into it; Aaron Craig (0:1); Ben Connolly; Jack Callaghan (0:1); Mark Craig and Oisin Hegarty tried hard throughout but will have better days; Subs Liam O’Doherty, Tom McLaughlin and Cathal Og Wilson all made an impact when introduced.

A wins a win and to be fair to Fiachra, Paul, Ben, Niall, PJ, Paul, Dylan and Darren, they have set the standard for this team at a very high level and possibly the management’s expectations of them are unrealistically high, but we are able to hold our own in this league that contains the best teams from around the Northwest counties Derry/Tyrone/Donegal and Armagh.

Thanks to all the parents who drove the lads up and the management would like to wish all the squad doing exams all the best.

Under 14 Hurling

The U14 Hurlers had their last league game last Thursday night. After a bad start to the league season the boys have finally found their form. They went into this game needing a win to secure at least a playoff place. They worked hard with Finn McLaughlin keeping a close eye on Four Masters main player and Oisin Kelly had a fine game between the posts. The boys got the reward for their collective efforts. Final score Four Masters 2-4 Buncrana 8-6.

PHEW! We made it!! The U14 Hurlers battled their way through Sunday’s league playoff against Dungloe/Gweedore. The boys got stuck in early and ended the 1st half with 9 points up. Dungloe/Gweedore didn’t give up but the Buncrana boys held their nerve to run out winners 3-7 to 3-0. This now leads to a league semi-final on Thursday against local rivals Burt who have home advantage. Throw in at 7. Well done boys on getting this far and good luck on Thursday.

Under 12 Boys Football Newr4y Mitchel’s Tournament

Buncrana v Derrytresk Tyrone 0-7 to 0-2

We got off to a nervous start with Pauric Doherty scoring a few points getting us off to a good start.

The defence played well only allowing them to score 2 points. Oisin Kelly and Oisin Crawford showed a great performance up front also scoring giving us or first win of the day.

Buncrana v Clan na Derg Down. 2-5 to 1-1

Off to another great start with Caolan O Neil scoring an early goal and a few good points putting us well in the lead with Michael Bernard and Kevin Jordan winning a lot in midfield and carrying them in for the goals and points. They ran out easy winners with 2-5 to 1-1 victory.

Buncrana V St Pauls Lurgan Armagh 1-3 to 0-2

This was a hard fought game the team had to work hard. This was a tightly contested game between 2 unbeaten teams. With the difference of 1 point between the teams it could have gone either way but Oran McLaughlins goal with not much time left sealed the deal for us. With the help of James O Hagan and Padraig Lalor, who also gave great performances.

Buncrana v St Galls Antrim 2-5 to 1-6

St Galls were really up for the game. Seán Doherty and John Jackson worked really hard in this game as St Galls needed the win to have a chance to emerge from the group. Buncrana held firm to emerge with a deserving win.

Buncrana v Dromintree Armagh 2-7 to 1-4

Buncrana went into the last game requiring a victory to secure our place and remain undefeated to top the group table and to ensure that they qualified for the knockout stages. The boys fought hard even showing signs of tiredness Caolan Mulholland and Oran McBride showed great performances in this came and we ran out with another great victory.

Buncrana v Clann Na Gael

With Buncrana undefeated in their group and qualified for the quarter final, they were again off to a great start with Michael Bernard scoring the first goal of the game and a few points we were ahead at the end of the first half. Second half Clan Na Gael came into the game and Buncrana battled with tiredness. Clan Na Gael drew on the final whistle. We had 3 good chances in the last few minutes to win but unfortunately we missed them. We had to go to extra time where we had the first point, then they scored leaving us even again but their final score letting them win came from a free leaving Buncrana out of the final. The team fought gallantly and gave their all and were very disappointed not to have gone on any further. A word of thanks for all the support from the parents, it was a great day for the boys and they did us all proud.

Under 14 Girls

Our Under 14 team travelled to Carndonagh in the last of the Championship group matches. The girls started well and were first to score. Throughout the first half we were the dominant team and even though we controlled most of the play we failed to turn this to our advantage by not converting our scoring opportunities. Carndonagh were determined and took the scoring chances that they made and as result went into ½ time with a 5 point lead over Buncrana. After some positional changes Buncrana started the 2nd half well and the team started to move the ball better and created more scoring chances which they converted into scores. The forwards started to take their points and patiently work their goal opportunities and after 15 minutess of play in the second half we had drawn level. Again, like the first half, we were guilty of not converting all of our chances but as time went on the girls were controlling most of the pitch and dealt with any counterattacks and kept Carndonagh to 2pts in the second half. The final score was Buncrana 3 -11 Carndonagh 3 -5. This was a great team performance and credit to the girls for keeping the winning momentum going as this was their 4th successive win. They have now won 4 out of 5 qualifying games which will more than likely see them playing in the A Championship. Thanks to the parents who provided transport and supported the team on the night.

Training Times


U18 Minor Football Tuesdays at 5.45pm

U16 Boys Football Monday’s 4.15pm in the Scarvey.

U14 Tuesdays 7-8.30 and Fridays 4.14-5.45 (new and old players always welcome)

U12 Boys Football on Friday evening at 7.00pm in Scarvey.

U10 Boys Football Friday’s from 6.30pm in Scarvey

U8 Boys Football Friday’s 6.30pm in Scarvey

U6 Boys& Girls Friday Evenings from 6.30pm – 7.30pm in The Scarvey

U8& U10 Girls Saturdays 10.30 – 11.30 in the Scarvey


U8& U10 Hurling on Sunday’s from 11-12 in the Scarvey

U14 Hurling on Tuesday 7- 8.30pm

U16 Hurling on Wednesday from 6.30pm

Girls (U12/14/16) 7-8pm on Monday in the Scarvey.

Club Merchandise

Elizabeth Anne is now taking orders on the first Tuesday of every month. Contact her on 086 0604075.

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Photo Caption:

A big thank you to Duffy Plant Hire for their Sponsorship of the U12 Football Kits. Included in Photo Columba Duffy Director, Michael McLaughlin U12 Manager and his coaches and Team.

All the underage footballs sponsored by Crana Memorial Prop Emmet Friel with Bord Na nOg Chairman and U14 Manager Aidan Mullholland, U10’s Leo Gill, U8’s Marty Coyle & U6’s Jim Gillen

By Sinéad Breen Donegal PRO Wed 3rd Jun

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