1. Senior C @MMurphySports Semifinals Saturday Sept 25th in O’Donnell Park. Draw for Round 3 of Senior A and B Championship on Sunday evening.
  2. Victory for Dungloe tonight in Catch-up Fixture
  3. WIns for Moville (A) and Robert Emmets (B) in Junior Championship and Na Rossa v Emmets off tomorrow
  4. Comhghairdeas Naomh Columba, Naomh Padraig Muff and St Eunans – Division 2 Regional Winners
  5. Timing of five of this weekend’s championships games altered

Gaeil Fhánada – Fanad Gaels

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Dé Domhnaigh, 26ú Meán Fómhair

🔵Ladies Intermediate Championship

Naomh Mhuire Conmhaigh v Gaeil Fhánada @ 11:00

Venue: Convoy

🔵Intermediate Reserve Championship

Gaeil Fhánada v Naomh Columba @ 3:00

Páirc Uí Shiadhail

🔵Senior Men – Intermediate Championship

Gaeil Fhánada v Naomh Columba @ 4:30

Páirc Uí Shiadhail

Naomh Columba double header in Portsalon

🔵Intermediate Championship

⚪️Gaeil Fhánada v Naomh Columba

🔵Dé Domhnaigh, 26ú Meán Fómhair

⚪️Reserves: 3:00

🔵Seniors: 4:30

⚪️Páirc Uí Shiadhail

Both our senior and reserve sides are back in action this weekend, as they welcome Naomh Columba to Páirc Uí Shiadhail in Round 3 of the Intermediate Championship group stages.

Our lads played some great football in patches against Cloughaneely last weekend, but were ultimately defeated by the Falcarragh based outfit. Naomh Columba come into this game as the form team in the championship, having defeated both Cloughaneely and Buncrana in their opening fixtures. The reserve game is due to throw in at 3pm, with the senior match scheduled for 4:30. Ádh mór!

Ladies travel to Convoy in Championship Clash

🔵Ladies Intermediate Championship

⚪️Naomh Mhuire Conmhaigh v Gaeil Fhánada

🔵Dé Domhnaigh, 26ú Meán Fómhair @ 11:00

⚪️Venue: Convoy

Our ladies side face into their third group match of their Intermediate Championship campaign on Sunday morning, when they travel to Convoy to face off against St. Mary’s.

The ladies currently sit joint top of the table, with two victories from their two games against Milford and Naomh Muire. Convoy will also be hoping to join those sides on six points as they have previously defeated Ardara but lost out against the afore mentioned Naomh Muire. The top two teams progress from the five team group to the semi final stages, so the Gaels will be hoping to pick up something from this weekend’s game to keep them in hunt for a place in the last four.

Anthony Blaney Memorial Match

Well done to the u15 sides of both Gaeil Fhánada and Milford who took part in the Anthony Blaney Memorial Match on Friday evening.

It was a great game of football, played in the right spirit from start to finish. The Fanad lads shaded the game by two points at the conclusion, and team captain, Cormac Shovelin received the cup from Fiona Blaney. Well done to Cormac Sweeney, who was awarded the Gaeil Fhánada ‘Player of the Match’ on Friday evening.

Our u11’s were also in action on Friday evening in Milford in a clash which was the curtain raiser for the u15 tie.

Well done to all the players from both games on Friday and indeed their coaches. Great credit also goes to CLG Bhaile na nGallóglach who hosted the event.

Maith sibh uilig.

Championship Sunday Roundup

Both teams treated the large crowd to a cracking Senior match on Sunday afternoon. Gaeil Fhánada were in control for much of the first half, and an excellent goal after 28 minutes from Ryan Mc Gonigle was the key moment of the opening period, and that helped the Gaels to a six point lead at the break. Both goalkeepers were called into action, with Shaun Friel making two fantastic saves in the first half, while Shaun Mc Clafferty at the other end also made a notable stop. Eoghan Carr x3, Mark Mc Ateer x2, Darren Mc Elwaine x2 and Bernard Mc Gettigan hit the first half points for the home side.

Cloughaneely needed a response, and the introduction of Cillian Gallagher at half time was certainly the catalyst for their comeback. He scored a point within seconds of the restart and would end with three great scores from play. The Falcarragh based side were awarded a penalty five minutes into the second half which they duly converted. They hit a purple patch and scored heavily during the third quarter to get themselves three points ahead. The Gaels regrouped after the water break, but couldn’t get closer than two points at any stage, and the visitors tagged on a couple of late scores to clinch a four point win. Bernard Mc Gettigan x2, James Kerr and Eoghan Carr hit our second half points.

Shaun Friel, Shaun Kerr, Odhrán Shiels, Jonny Friel, Ryan Mc Gonigle (1:00), James Gallagher, Liam Mc Grenaghan, Bernard Mc Gettigan (0:03), Oisín Shiels, Darren Mc Elwaine (0:02), Mark Mc Ateer (0:02), Paddy Heraghty, Alan Mc Ateer, Eoghan Carr (0:04), James Kerr (0:01). Michael Sweeney for Paddy Heraghty, Fergal Friel for Oisín Shiels, Matthew Gallagher for Liam Mc Grenaghan, Mark Friel for James Kerr.

The reserves had a great start to their encounter, finding themselves three points up in the early stages. They found the back of the net after a mad scramble around the small parallelogram with several players having attempts before it eventually crossed the line. Cloughaneely grew into the game towards half time, and hit the Fanad men with a sucker punch, finding the net just before the break. The visiting side powered on after the resumption, and two injury time goals at the death sealed their victory.

Both sides will now need to regroup as fixtures against Naomh Columba are pencilled in for next weekend.

Minors finish strong to defeat Malin

Gaeil Fhánada 8:11 Málainn 5:09

The girls put in a strong closing quarter on Thursday evening to secure victory against a strong Malin outfit.

Malin attacked the scoreboard end in the opening half and also had the advantage of a subtle breeze. It was a free flowing opening with plenty chances created. Malin struck first, and it was a three pointer from a long ball in which dropped under the bar. The home side hit a great response, with Emma Hunter and Aoife Gibbons both firing points, while Jessica Coll was unlucky to see an effort crash off the crossbar. The first Gaeil Fhánada goal did arrive after eight minutes. Aoife Sweeney linked well with Iseult Ní Mhathúna, and it was Iseult who finished the ball to the net. Malin responded and created four chances on the bounce, splitting the posts once and forcing an Emma Friel save on another occasion. The game continued to ebb and flow, as the Gaels missed two opportunities before Iseult struck for her second goal just after the water break. The visiting side responded once more, and piled on another period of pressure but were unfortunate to see an effort come back off the woodwork and another goalbound effort blocked. They did add a point from their period of dominance. Aoife Gibbons and Jessica Coll both struck points in reply for the home side. A peculiar few minutes approaching the break saw the sides exchange strangely similar goals. Malin were firstly awarded a penalty. Emma Friel did well to save but the rebound was powered home by the visiting side. Fast forward a minute, and Iseult Ní Mhathúna stroked home a rebound after her penalty was initially stopped by the Malin net minder as well. That wasn’t to be the end of the scoring however, as Jessica Coll met an Aoife Gibbons ball first time to secure another Gaels goal. Malin were to finish the first half scoring though, with a goal and a point of their own to leave only two points between the sides at half time.

The opening exchanges of the second half saw the ball move from end to end. Malin had the better of it in terms of scoring chances but a solitary point in the opening five minutes was their only reward. Méabh Mc Ateer, Emma Mc Grenaghan and Olivia Friel were introduced just after the break, and Méabh had an early impact, converting a free after she herself had been upended. Malin pointed again in response, but a Gaeil Fhánada purple patch saw them extend their lead. Iseult Ní Mhathúna and Aoife Gibbons both pointed from play, before Jessica Coll struck two goals in the space of a couple of minutes to seal her hat-trick and stretch the Fanad lead. Two Malin points were followed by another Iseult Ní Mhathúna goal which left nine between the sides midway through the second half. In the blink of an eye however, it was a three point game as the goals continued to flow, Malin on target with two quick fire attempts. Not to be outdone though, the Gaels went again, and substitute Bláthnaid Mc Ateer did really well to get on the end of a long ball inside, and she flicked it beyond the Malin keeper, into the back of the net. The home side weren’t in the mood to be caught again, and some great defensive play in the final ten minute shut down the next wave of Malin attacks. Fanad broke down the field on several occasions, hitting five further points, three from Iseult Ní Mhathúna and two from Caitlin Heraghty to secure the result.

The sides shared thirteen goals between them in what was an exhilarating contest, and both teams should be applauded for their tireless efforts. The Gaels had a few more options to come off the bench in the second period and this gave us a real boost, helping to settle matters towards the end. Malin deserve great credit, having made the trip around the Swilly straight after school and then putting in such a good performance. From a Gaels perspective, the girls really stepped up with a great team performance on the evening, and were worthy victors in the end. Maith sibh!

Emma Friel, Méabh Duffy, Caitlin Heraghty (0:02), Muireann Ní Mhathúna, Aideen Friel, Marie Kerr, Aoife Gibbons (0:03), Tori Gallagher, Jessica Coll (3:01), Rachael Friel, Aoife Sweeney, Iseult Ní Mhathúna (4:04), Emma Hunter (0:01).

Méabh Mc Ateer (0:01) for Rachael Friel, Emma Mc Grenaghan for Aoife Sweeney,

Olivia Friel for Muireann Ní Mhathúna,

Bláthnaid Mc Ateer (1:00) for Emma Hunter,

Rachael Friel for Jessica Coll. Ella Mc Bride.

U9 Boys and U10 Girls

Well done to our u9 Boys team and u10 Girls team who travelled to Dunfanaghy on Sunday morning to play their counterparts from St. Michael’s.

It was great to see so many of our underage players in action on Sunday morning, with both teams putting in brilliant performances from start to finish. Well done to everyone involved. Maith sibh uilig!

Review of the Decade – 2010-19

Our senior team has spent the decade plying their trade in Divisions 2 and 3 of the All County League. The last four years have been spent in Division 3, with promotion narrowly eluding us on a couple of occasions. We played in the Senior Championship in 2010 and 2012, with St. Michael’s and Killybegs ending our interest on those occasions. We reached the Intermediate semi-finals three times, losing out to Cloich Cheann Fhaola in 2014, while Naomh Colmcille and St. Nauls ended our involvement after replays in 2015 and 2017 respectively. Our reserve team has been very competitive in recent years, securing the Division 3 League in 2013, before adding the Intermediate Reserve Championship the following year, defeating Cloich Cheann Fhaola in the final. Two further final appearances ensued without success in 2015 and 2016. They have been among the leading teams in Division 3 consistently in the last number of years and face Red Hughs in the final this coming weekend. Ó thaobh Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta de, bhain muid an chomórtas soisireach Uile Éireann i bPort Láirge i 2013, agus an chomórtas contae dhá uair, i 2013 agus 2018.

We have won underage titles at most age groups over the past ten years, mostly at Division 2 level. Our most successful crop of players won the U13 Northern and County Championships in 2013, took part in Féile na nÓg in 2014, won Northern League titles at U16 and Minor level in 2016 and 2017, before winning a clean sweep at minor level in 2018.

Ladies football is back and to the fore within the club, with Junior B and Junior A titles in the bag since 2016. The ladies have also won a Division 3 Shield and a Junior County Gaeltacht title in that time and have achieved underage success at U13 (2018), U14 (2019), U16 (2019) and Minor (2018) levels.

One of the most exciting developments is the redevelopment of our grounds, Páirc Uí Shiadhail in Portsalon over the past number of years. We now boast one of the best pitches in the county, and it’s a great source of pride for our hard-working members.

Beidh muid ag reáchtáil Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta an chontae an bhliain seo chugainn, agus tá lúchair orainn fáilte a chur roimh na foirne éagsúla a bheas páirteach i mí Bealtaine.

Ainm an Chlub: Gaeil Fhánada
Dathanna an Chlub/Club Colours: Gorm agus Bán
Alternative Colours: Glas agus Buí
Club Ground: Miah Shiels Park Portsalon

Gaeil Fhanáda – Senior Board

Oifigeach/Officer Ainm/Name Seoladh/Address Fón/Telephone
Cathaoirleach Brendan Mac a tSaoir 0863120346
Rúnaí Fiona Ní Shiadhail secretary.fanadgaels.donegal@gaa.ie
Fanavolty, Kindrum, Fanad
074 9159670
085 1555645
Cisteoir Padraig MacSuibhne treasurer.fanadgaels.donegal@gaa.ie 0872277209
Oifigeach Caidreamh Poiblí Micheál Ó Frighil micheal89friel@yahoo.com 087 2993207
Oifigeach Oiliúna Eamonn Ó'Frighil
Oifigeach Coimirce Leanaí Marc Ó'Dorroadhín childrensofficer.fanadgaels.donegal@gaa.ie 086 2024312
Oifigeach Scor Micheál Ó Frighil michae89friel@yahoo.com 087 2993207
Oifigeach Sláinte agus Folláine Eimear Gibbons Eimearmick97@hotmail.com 086 8765248
Ball an Bhord Contae: 1 Fiona Uí Shiadhail secretary.fanadgaels.donegal@gaa.ie
Fanavolty, Kindrum, Fanad
074 9159670
085 1555645
Ball an Bhord Contae: 2 Sean Mac Conaglaigh john.f.donegal@outlook.com 086-4021834

Gaeil Fhanáda 2019

Tráth na gCeist, 2019

Seán Ó Dorraidhín, Maghnus Mac Giolla Bháin, Micheál Mac Giolla Bháin agus Gearóid Pádraig Ó Siadhail.

Gaeil Fhánada – Bord na nÓg

Oifigeach/Officer Ainm/Name E-Seoladh nó Seoladh/Address Fón/Telephone
Cathaoirleach Michael McGroarty michaelmcgroarty 087 9921247
Rúnaí Bríd Ní Dhochartaigh Bridie.Doherty18@gmail.com 086 0585926
Oifigeach Caidreamh Poiblí Clár Ní Dhubhtaigh cpmcauley@hotmail.com 087 0646397
Toscairí an Bhoird Réigiúnaigh Aodán Mac a tSaoir mcateera@live.ie 087 7765540
Faoi-10 Tomás Mac Giolla Chearra tkerr73@gmail.com 086 3923762
Faoi-12 Sean Mac Giolla Bháin shaunmcelwaine@yahoo.ie 086 3778780
Faoi-14 tbc
Faoi-16 Seamus Ó'Bleine josephblaney@outlook.com 087 3197060
Faoi-18 Deaglán Mac Giolla Choille Declanc4@gmail.com 087 9354590

John Blaney – Valuing the Volunteer

Ulster SF Semi-final, June 8, 2019

Review of the Year – 2019

With the development of our playing facilities at Páirc Uí Shiadhail taking centre stage for several years, 2019 was all about development on the field for Gaeil Fhánada. The adaption of a new coaching strategy at the beginning of the year, coupled with the recruitment drive for new coaches was a significant and welcome development. The successful minor team of 2018 continued to make the step up to senior football, and the experience gained by the lads over the last couple of years will be of huge importance moving into 2020 with the aim of promotion to Division 2 firmly in their sights. The development of our facility continues to take shape, with the exciting plans of a spectator stand unveiled during the year and we look forward to its completion next year. The silverware in 2019 has come from the girls, with titles already in the bag at U14 and U16 level, with the U13’s and Minors hoping to add to that in the weeks to come.

Playing in an extremely competitive Division 3, the lads remained in the promotion hunt until the final few weeks of the season. Our form on the road was much improved from 2018, but a couple of disappointing results at home saw our challenge for promotion fade. The integration of Eoin McGonigle, Jonny Gallagher and Shaun Kerr to the team on a regular basis was a huge positive and with the age profile of the team being as young as it has been in many years, there is much optimism for 2020. We were drawn with Naomh Colmcille, Naomh Coumba and Burt in the Intermediate Championship. A defeat at home at the hands of Naomh Colmcille and another on the road against Naomh Columba left us in a precarious position prior to the third game. A stirring final ten minutes against Burt secured the crucial victory that confirmed our Intermediate status for next year. Unfortunately, our U21 campaign was short lived, as the lads lost out in a cagey quarter final against Termon at the Burn Road. Both teams were managed by Aidan McAteer in 2019.

The reserve team, under the management of Bernard McGettigan, performed very well in the league, but it was also frustrating for the lads as quite a few teams failed to travel to Portsalon during the year. Nevertheless, they qualified for the Division 3 final, and are due to face off against Red Hughs this weekend. The championship campaign was also marred with similar problems and the lads made their exit at the hands of a strong Aodh Ruadh side at the quarter final stage. A word of thanks to all the players, to Aidan and Bernard and their management teams for their effort and commitment during the year.

It was a challenging year for the boy’s teams, with silverware eluding us after a very successful 2018. The teams were led by a very committed and dedicated group of coaches that we’re indebted to for their work throughout the year. The minors missed out on a place in the quarter-final after Dungloe prevailed in a winner takes all encounter. The highlight of the year was a brilliant championship victory on the road against Naomh Ultan. The U16 team had to call on quite a few U14 players as numbers are scarce at that level. The lads performed very well this year and with most of the players still underage next year, there’s plenty to be positive about.

The U14 team performed well in the league campaign. A series of injuries, holidays and other commitments hampered the team’s progress in the height of the summer, but there remains great potential within that group of lads. It was a similar story at U13 level, but the lads have great ability and will be looking to show that next year.

There were regular training sessions and blitzes for all our teams at U6, U8, U10 and U12 levels, with the highlight of the year being the parish league held in September and October. Well done to the huge number of coaches who helped at all age groups and to the players who improved and developed their skills throughout the year.

Bhain ár bhfoireann Tráth na gCeist dhá chomórtas i rith na bliana, an Comórtas Scór agus Tráth na gCeist Bórd an Chontae. Is iad Seán Ó Dorraidín, Maghnus Mac Giolla Bháin, Micheál Ó Frighil agus Micheál Mac Giolla Bháin baill an fhoireann.

Well done to our club referees Mark Dorrian and Siobhán Coyle. Mark refereed the County Intermediate final, while Siobhán was on the line for the All Ireland Ladies football final in September. Well done to Seamie ‘Coshia’ Friel who was a member of the Donegal Masters team who won the All Ireland in September.