Review of the Year 2019
2019 was a year of both development and success. The minor board, with the support of the senior board, are working hard at developing our underage players for the future through our new club coaching plan which they will continue to develop further in 2020. 2019 was a great year for one of our club referees Jimmy White. Jimmy has set a unique record after referee-ing this year’s county final replay, having refereed and played in 6 county senior finals, a unique record for someone to hold. 2019 saw our club well represented at all age grades at county level for both girls and boys. Our club players Hugh Mc Fadden and Eoghan Ban Gallagher also won back to back Ulster titles with Donegal.
Both the senior and reserve teams had a very strong 2019 league campaign. The seniors having just dropped into Division 2, gained promotion back to Division 1. The reserves also finished runners up in the Division 2 League losing out by just a point.
All teams worked in unison and this resulted in us fielding both a strong and regular reserve team throughout both our league and championship campaigns. The league campaign seen us develop a number of young players (all under 21) who went on to play for the senior team in both the league and championship. Both the senior and reserve teams had a positive group campaign in the championship. The reserves lost out on qualification to the quarter final by a small margin. The seniors finished second in the group and faced Kilcar in the quarter final. Unfortunately we lost a lot of players through injury towards the end of the championship campaign and we lost out to Kilcar after a strong second half come back by the boys.
This season also saw Mark ‘Herbie’ Boyle finish his long and illustrious playing career with the club. A year in which by his example and inspiration drove an exciting young reserve team forwards. Overall 2019 was a very positive one in which saw a lot of young lads got their first taste of senior club football. The future is looking bright for these young players with the support and guidance of our older players and County players Hugh Mc Fadden and Eoghan Ban Gallagher.
Our senior ladies team competed in the Division 2 League and Junior A Championship. The ladies had a very good league campaign reaching the league final only to lose out to Convoy by a few points on the day. Championship saw the ladies top their group and reach the semi final. However, the girls fell short and lost to Naomh Columba by a point. Dermot Boyle managed the girls assisted by Christopher Cunningham and John Murray. With strong underage girls joining the ladies the girls are looking forward to the 2020 season.
2019 has been a successful year for us at underage level for both boys and girls. While we are very much focused on the developmental stage in our underage system we have still seen many of our teams lift trophies this season.
Our U14 girls played in Division 2 Competition in 2019. The campaign started on the 25th March culminating in the final against Realt na Mara in which we were victorious having also won all our other games in the process. This ended another successful year for the Killybegs U14 girls. U16 girls were in Division 1 and in the group stage of the competition were the only team to beat the eventual winners Aodh Ruadh. The girls played great football all year and lost in the semi final stage of the competition. Caoimhe Cunningham represented the club on the County U16 team. U18 girls were a young panel of players and this young team had a good campaign this year but unfortunately lost out in extra time by a point to Milford in the Division 2 semi final. Susanne white represented the club on the county U18 team.
For U6/8/10 the year focused heavily on fundamental movement and fun activities around the core skills of the game. Outside of the organised blitzes we have had regular inter group small-sided games at half time at the majority of our senior home games. This involved all our parents and created a family atmosphere at all our games. Overall the boys and girls have had a fantastic year! We are looking forward to 2020. The u-12s were beaten by Kilcar in a very strongly contested league final but he season finished on a high on County Final Blitz Day on June 6th with Killybegs as County Division 2 Champions!
The U14 boys had a memorable year competing at Féile 2019 in Galway, having a fantastic few days as the guests of Cortoon Shamrocks GAA. On top of this we had a strong finish to the year collecting a Division 2B Championship. This group was well supported by a strong group of parents who helped raise the funds required for our Féile trip. U16 boys team were coached by Peter McGinley, Stephen Cunningham and Callum Quinn. In the Division 2A Championship Killybegs beat Burt, lost to Glenfin and Red Hugh but went on to win Shield beating Moville in the County 2A final.
Outside of all our regular blitzes and competitions we also held our annual internal club competitions The Jamsie Boyle and Con McGuinness Memorial Cups. It is these competitions and events that put Killybegs and our Club at the very heart of our community.
2019 Roll of Honour:
U16 Boys: Divison 2A Shield Winners
U14 Boys: Division 2B Championship Winners
U14 Girls: Division 2 Championship Winners
U12 Boys: Division 2 Co Blitz Winners