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Dé Domhnaigh, 26ú Meán Fómhair
🔵Ladies Intermediate Championship
Naomh Mhuire Conmhaigh v Gaeil Fhánada @ 11:00
🔵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
⚪️Gaeil Fhánada v Naomh Columba
🔵Dé Domhnaigh, 26ú Meán Fómhair
⚪️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
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!