Review of the Year – 2019
2019 was a great year for our U15 boys team who won the Northern Board U15 Óg-Sport final and then went on to become 2019 County Óg-Sport Champions defeating Termon in the final. In Ulster, they went all the way to the Ulster final before eventually being defeated by a strong Lavey team from Derry. Our reserves had a good year also winning the Division 2 league, our third team won the Division 5 league championship and our ladies contested the county Gaeltacht and championship finals. Off the pitch the club is planning to extend the dressing room area and gym facilities. Plans are also at an advanced stage to provide more outdoor training and warm up areas.
Because of the high standards our ladies have set themselves over the last number of years 2019 was a quiet year on the trophy front. They contested the senior Gaeltacht and championship finals losing both to Termon. Karen Guthrie, Katy Herron,
Sinead McGinty and Anna Marie McGlynn were all part of the Donegal senior team that won the Ulster Championship which makes it 3 ulster championships in a row for these girls which is a great achivement.
Oue Senior team played in Division 2 of the league and in the Senior Championship after winning the Intermediate Championship in 2018. They had a mixed league winning 9 out of 18 games and finishing 5th. In the senior Championship they had a good run progressing out of a tough group into the quarter-finals. In the group the drew with Glenswilly, were beat by Milford and then beat Four Masters. In the quarter final they were beat by Naomh Conaill by 4 points in a game they could have won. Overall progress was made and with the introduction of young players into the senior panel the future looks good. They also competed in the senior Gaeltacht beating Cloughaneely away in the first round and then travelled to Termon where they lost by a point.
Our U21 team lost out to Realt na Mara in in the U21B championship after beating Convoy in Round 1. The 3rd team played in Division 5 of the league and in the senior C championship. Our Reserve team played in the Division 2 reserve league and in the senior B Championship. They won the league winning 14 out of 18 games. The made it to the Senior B championship semi-final where they were beaten by the eventual winners St Eunans. They also competed in the Junior Gaeltacht beating Kilcar in the first round but Na Rossa’s first team beat them in the second round by 1-11 to 1-07.
U6 Training is ongoing within the Club. The U8’s enjoyed a successful year, with a group of 25 participating in a number of Tournaments and winning the Patsy Furey Plate final. Our U12’s competed in Division 1 this year where they found it tough going but in a lot of games we were narrowly beating. We also had two children Seaghan McCormick & Amy Dorrian who represented their club at county level and played at halftime during the all-Ireland final. Our U13 girls had qualified for a 3-way play-off at the time of print. Our U13 boys played in Division 2, they reached the northern board semi-final only to be beaten by Gweedore who went on to win the northern title. We progressed to the 3rd /4th place play off and beat Fanad Gaels. In the County Quarter Final we beat Urris but just lost out to MacCumhaills in the County semi-final. Our U14 boys were competitive in Division 1 League and had a successful run in the Division 1B Championship winning the shield by beating Buncrana in the final. Oran O’Connor, Jack Long, Ross Bradley and Conor McMenamin were all part of Eastern and County Development Squads. The U15 Boys had a great year – firstly winning the Northern Final before going on to become 2019 County Óg-Sport Champions defeating Termon in the final played in Dungloe on the August Bank Holiday weekend. In Ulster, our lads went all the way to the final before eventually being defeated by a strong Lavey team from Derry. Shaun Ward, Daniel Marley & Darragh Carroll made the County Development Squad. The U16 boys played in Division 2 and were unbeaten in the League before losing the Northern League Final to Red Hughes. In the championship, we won all our group games but were beaten by Naomh Columba in the Co. Semi Final.
The minor ladies started training back in June and played 4 games. They won two games, drew one game and lost one. They played Downings in the county semi-final but lost by a goal. Mary Martin, Katie Long and Danielle McGinley were all part of the minor county team this year. Katie Long and Danielle McGinley were also part of the U-17 development squad. Caoimhe McGlynn played for the U-16 County team. Brenda Carr and Jamie Lee Mc Mahon played for the U-15 County Team. Mary Martin was also chosen for the Ulster Training Academy this year.
2019 Roll of Honour:
Division 1B U14 Shield Champions;
U15 Óg-Sport Northern and County Champions
Division 2 Reserve League Champions
Division 5 League Champions