GALTEE ROVERS ST PECAUN’S
The past week must rank as one of our most successful in recent times with county titles coming to the club in under 12 A football and under 14 D ladies football. Throw in a fine win for our senior footballers in round 2 of the West championship and an agonising defeat for our under 14 footballers in the county semi-final to cap off an extremely busy period on the playing fields.
Under 12 A Football
On Wednesday evening last our U 12 footballers made the long trip to Moyne/Templetouhy to take part in the Premier end games. We had qualified for the semi final on the previous Wednesday night in Semple Stadium.
Our first game was against Cahir in the semi.They were big and strong and were well able to play direct football. Each half was onl 10 min so we had to get into the game very quickly. The half time score was level- Galtee Rovers 0.03 Cahir 1.00. The backs were magnificent conceding only one score. In the second half the forwards took the game to Cahir, playing short low ball into the full forwards and taking every opportunity to score. It finished Galtee Rovers 1 07 Cahir 1 .03.
In the other semi Moyle Rovers defeated a fancied Boherlahan side to set up a battle of the Rovers in the final. In the first half we got into the game very quickly outscoring the south boys 1.03 to 0.01. The second half was a tighter affair. We only scored 2 more points but again our defence were superb, allowing Moyle Rovers only three more points giving a final score of 1.05 to 0.04. Jubilant scenes followed the final whistle. Only our second time ever winning the county a grade and 20 years since our first in 92.
13 young men made up the panel on the night. Darragh Kennedy subbed for William O’Dwyer in goals. His kick outs were long and accurate and his bravery denied Moyle Rovers a certain goal in the last minute of the final. The fullback line was patrolled by Darren Lonergan and Jim Quirke. The half backs of John O’Sullivan and Jack Kennedy tackled bravely and set up many attacks. Tony Byron and Edmund O’Dwyer won their share of the midfield battles. Adam McGrath played the captain’s role by scoring some beautiful points both from play and from placed balls and also by bringing others into the game. Robbie Byron won more than his fair share of ball and used it intelligently. The Full forwards of Alan Flannery and Stephen Moloney used their pace to gain possession and take the right options. Both Oisin Kelly and Eoin Gallagher, the two subs who were used in the second halves of each game played a vital part in bringing home the trophy.
Great praise and credit must go to the management of John Gubbins, Tony Kennedy and especially Aidan McGrath, (who was on the 92 team).
A thrilling finale to an interesting game in Lattin on Saturday night means that all four teams are now level on points heading into the final round of games. At the break we led by two points but a succession of Arravale scores in the final third left us three adrift heading into stoppage time. Up stepped substitute, Niall Daly to raise a green flag and then it was top scorer, Tony Egan, who fittingly hit the winning point.
The long wait is nearly over for our intermediate hurlers who are scheduled to play their opening game in the West championship this weekend. On Friday night we are down to play Rockwell Rovers in Cashel while our next game is on the following Wednesday evening in Cappa against Treacy’s.
GALTEE ROVERS ST PECAUN’S LADIES FOOTBALL
U14 County Title:
Tuesday night, June 5, saw the meeting of two great football parishes when the Galtees took on Moycarkey / Borris in the County D U14 Final. Our opening score came from Kate White when she hit the net with a fine goal. However Moycarkey / Borris were there to show their skills and countered with 1 -1 in short succession. Our team on the backs Caoimhe Ryan, Zoe Morrissey Maria Magner ( c ) Grainne Hayes, Kate Phelan and Nicola Tobin were kept busy and showed a lot of bravery and determination to hold the Moycarkey attack. With 3 points coming Galtees way by Ciara Halpin, Bronagh Kelly and an inspirational Roisin Finnane. Mid fielders Leah O Meara and Ruth Ronan were busy on their feet and showed some fine play displays of football.
At half time and a score line of 1-3 to 1-3, some inspirational talk by coaches Trish Healy, John Ryan and Seamus Morrissey the girls knew what was required.
Bronagh Kelly opened the scoring in the second half with another fine point. Some fine play was also shown by Saoirse Fanning and Niamh Peters in the forward in each attack. Our goalie, Clodagh Bourke kept the girls in the game and her skills were well tested throughout. Once again Kate White hit the net with a cracker. 3 subs, Chloe Pollard Sarah ONeill and Aine White were introduced and with fresh legs they did their job and contributed well. At this stage there was nothing between the two sides and all to play for. When once again Bronagh Kelly kicked the winning point which sealed the victory for the Galtees.
AHERLOW HOUSE HOTEL MOONLIGHT WALK
The 5th Aherlow House Hotel Moonlight walk will take place on Friday June 22, this year the funds raised will go to TLC4CF Cystic Fibrosis to assist with the new unit currently being built at Limerick Regional Hospital. Sponsor cards are available from Aherlow House Hotel on 062 56153, pleas support this worthy fund raising event.