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It was a mixed bag of results for the club’s teams over the past week. The seniors won, the U-12’s drew, the Ladies lost and the U-14’s were unable to field writes Geároid Ó Lionnacháin.

The seniors grabbed the headlines this week with a well deserved win against a free scoring Mitchels side pushing for promotion. With both sides due to meet this Sunday in the Junior Championship it was a chance for both teams to size each other up. There was only a goal separating the sides at the short whistle, a sublime effort from Breannain McComiskey which flew past the Mitchels keeper into top right corner of the net.

There was again very little between the sides in the second half before a goal from Niall Lennon thwarted a threatened comeback by the visitors. Maurice McClean had to be called on to make a very important save from the impressive Ruairi Cunningham. Final score Aughlisnafin 2-9 Mitchels 0-9. This result however will mean nothing come Sunday when the ‘Fin will surely have to be at the very top of their game to get any sort of result against the red hot favourites from Newry.

The U-12’s lost ground to Drumaness in the race for the Division 3 title when visitors Teconnaught came away from Annsborough with a deserved point after a strong second half performance. The Fin led 1-8 to 1-2 at half time but in warm conditions they struggled to hold on to their lead in the second half with Teconnaught finding the goals to pull back the deficit.

Morgan Croskery and Conor Matthews were the pick of defence while Shea Croskery and Cathal Murphy stood out in attack. New addition to the panel Ethan Lyttle had a promising debut in midfield. The U12’s have been punching above their weight over the past three seasons and it is encouraging that thirteen of the seventeen strong panel are still eligible to play at this grade next season.

Team: A Flanagan, A Lenaghan, M Croskery (0-2,1 ‘25), M Quinn, C Matthews (0-1), R King (0-1), E Lyttle, S Croskery (0-7, 3f, 2 ’25s) C Murphy (1-2), C King (0-2), M Flanagan, R Walsh, R Clarke, Subs: C Steen, J McCabe, D Burns, N King.

The U-12’s have two league games remaining which are both away, firstly Ardglass before a final game of the season against league leaders Drumaness. But before then the U12’s will compete in the Neil Thompson Tournament hosted by Ballykinlar GAC this Saturday with the first match commencing 10.30 am. Leaving Annsborough at 9.30 am.

The Ladies were eliminated from the Junior Championship going down to a well drilled Bright side who took full advantage of the Fin having a player sin binned to run out comfortable winners in the end. The girls have worked very hard this season and with only a panel of twenty players have done well to fulfil all their fixtures with their most notable result defeating Bright in the league.

The U-14’s were unable to field against Bredagh B last Monday night much to the disappointment of the players who turned up. By having to forfeit the result this makes progress to the semi finals of the ‘C’ Championship much harder with games against Dromara on Monday evening and Darragh Cross next Monday evening to negotiate. Both games are in Annsborough and it is imperative that every eligible player makes themselves available, insofar as possible.

Naomh Seosamh U-16’s were defeated by Drumclone last Thursday in Ballykinlar, however, with a return of 2-9 the Aughlisnafin/Ballykinlar/Dundrum amalgamation put in a battling performance despite missing key players. Next up is away to Ballymartin at 7.15 pm.

T Byrne (15) was the 49 Club winner this week. He won £45.

Lotto 11, 25, 27, 28. No numbers matched. Steven McClean was a £20 draw winner. Jackpot £5,500.