Aughlisnafin GAC Notes


Annsborough playing fields was the setting for the Year 4 Go Games hosted by Aughlisnafin on Saturday writes Geároid Ó Lionnacháin.

The visiting clubs were Bredagh, Kilclief, RGU Downpatrick and Loughinisland with the latter two clubs fielding two teams. In resplendent sunshine each team played five matches over two hours and the football on show was of the highest order. All the clubs can be proud of their efforts. The Fin had 16 players involved and Anthony, Kevin, Conor, Claire, Genevieve, Niamh, Lena, Shea, Matthew, Poipin, Connee, Joseph, David, Reece, Connor and Marty Og were superb.

[caption id="attachment_41139" align="alignleft" width="390"]The Aughlisnafin Year 4 squad. The Aughlisnafin Year 4 squad.[/caption]

We would take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped make the blitz a success. We would also ask that all players attend training regularly to help their development. The Year 4’s have been entered into the RGU Blitz on Saturday 10th August. Aughlisnafin are the current holders of the Shield.

 The Year 6’s travelled to Teconnaught for Go Games last Saturday and played the hosts and Liatroim. Very good performances from Morgan, Michael, Donncha, Ruairi, Rory, Conor, Marc, Oisin and Odhran.

Training every Thursday at 6.30pm for all Year 6’s and Year 4’s. The Active Start coaching for 4-6 year olds also at 6.30pm.

The U-12’s suffered only their second defeat of a tremendous season when they lost by eight points away to neighbours Dundrum. Although shorn of several regulars and having no subs young Niamh King stepped in to help out. The Fin had wind advantage in the first half but it was Dundrum who got the first goal and who led 1-2 to 0-1 after ten minutes.

Conall King was in inspired form to score 1-4 with Cathal Murphy grabbing 0-2 and Ruari King grabbing a point before he had to leave the field with his 8-year old sister Niamh coming on to see out the rest of the half. Half time score Dundrum 1-2 Aughlisnafin 1-7.

In the second half Dundrum dominated the proceedings with the wind picking up to allow them to hit some superb scores from distance. The Fin to their credit never stopped working and through Conor Mathews 0-1, Morgan Croskery 0-1 and Conal King 0-1 they kept the scoreboard ticking over. A late rally saw the Fin get a goal to pull back the deficit but Dundrum had enough to see out the win. Final score Dundrum 3-14 Aughlisnafin 2-9.

 Aughlisnafin: A Flanagan, A Lenaghan, M Croskery (0-1,1 ‘25), M Quinn, C Matthews (0-1), R King (0-1), C Murphy (0-2, 1f), C King (1-5, 1f), C Steen, M Flanagan, D Burns Sub: N King. Next match for the U-12’s is at home this Sunday at 11 am against Teconnaught. Training every Thursday at 6.30 pm.

 The club have accepted an invitation to play in the Neil Thompson Memorial U-12’s Tournament on Saturday 10 August which will be hosted by Ballykinlar GAC.

The U-14’s return to action this week and will play Bredagh B on Monday evening at 7.30pm at Cherryvale followed by a home game next Monday evening at 7.15pm against Dromara. Training for U-14’s every Thursday evening at 7.30pm.

Naomh Seosamh U-16’s were defeated by Clann Na Derg in their first championship match played in Dundrum last Thursday evening. The Fin players involved were C Keown, R Toner, O Flanagan, E Lundy (1-3) S Flanagan, R Byrne, J Walsh, E Travers (0-2), J Matthews and D Toner. Training continues for this group in Annsborough every Tuesday at 7.30 pm until the Championship finishes. Next game is against Drumclone this Thursday at 7.30pm in Ballykinlar.

The Seniors suffered a 0-17 to 1-3 reversal away to Drumaness last Friday evening. This Friday the seniors will be at home to Newry Mitchels at 7.30pm. Both sides will meet again in the Junior Championship in a fortnights time.

 The Ladies will play Bright in the semi final of the Junior Championship this Saturday evening at 7 pm. Best wishes to the Fin Ladies trainer Collie McVeigh who is recuperating after a wee trip to the hospital. Hope to see you back on the training pitch soon.

M Cunningham (37) was the 49 Club winner this week. He won £45. The number 35 has become available £2 per week. Contact James Quinn if interested.

Lotto 5, 7, 23, 28. No numbers matched. E Keating matched 3 numbers and won £50. Jackpot £5,450.