Munster Finals UL 2021
The St Francis Credit Union Clare Community Games were represented well by eight teams in the Munster Finals which were held in U.L. on Saturday last 11th September. The standard in some of the competitions was extremely high with some fantastic talent and skills on display. All the Clare teams did themselves and their area and county proud. Clare won Gold in two events and silver in two events with some of the other unlucky not to progress to their finals. Newmarket – on – Fergus won the boys U12 Soccer while the U12 girls from Ballynacally/Lissycasey won their final. Silver was won by Ballynacally/Lissycasey U10 gaelic football and U14 Tag Rugby from Quin/Clooney. The winners now go on to represent Munster in the All Ireland series on the 9th/10th of October in UL.
Many thanks to Lianda d'Auria, Mary Phelan and others for compiling and submitting the results, match reports and photos.
U12 Boys Soccer (newmarket on fergus, gold)
After coming out of a tough battle in Clare which saw extra time and a penalty shootout, the team was well prepared for what they would come up against in the Munster finals in UL. The sense of team spirit and camaraderie was strengthened with every game they overcame together. This was ultimately to be their Secret Weapon heading into Limerick for finals day. With a draw that saw Newmarket meet Killarney in the semi finals. Newmarket worked hard to get ahead in the early stages with a super strike from Evan Cusack making the score line 1-0. The boys did well to hold the lead throughout the game when John Burke secured Newmarkets second goal of the game nearly taking the net out of the goals midway through the second half. Killarney retaliated strong with a follow-up goal leaving the scoreline 2-1 with only minutes remaining. Newmarket dug deep and displaying a great defence with Kelvin Mulqueen, Casey Dillon, Reuben Guinnane, Donal O Callaghan and Liam Hehir to ensure the win. After an hour break to recuperate with several injuries and a broken boot from the first game the boys were ready to head into the final against their competitors Abbeyfeale who had just overcome Newport. Abbeyfeale got off to a very good start scoring a goal midway through the first half. This spurred Newmarket on to work even harder and they came out in the second half looking like a new team with Shane Devitt making excellent run up and down the left wing putting Abbeyfeales defense under great pressure. A super pass over the top up from Ryan Kelly to Evan Cusack who insured the equaliser brought the game to one all. Newmarket looked at their best at this stage of the game and with Newmarket in full-on attack mode with 10 minutes to go on the clock Cian Brennan was on que to secure the win for Newmarket with a cracking goal inside the box. Abbeyfeale fought back but were unable to score an equaliser with some excellent saves from Newmarket goalie Joshua Moroney. Minutes later the ref blew the final whistle and Newmarket had secured the win with the score line of 2-1 with an outstanding man of the match performance from Duirmaid Ryan in mid field.
Newmarket-on-Fergus Team (Coached by Cian Kelly): Samual Bannon, Cian Brennan, John Burke, Evan Cusack, Shane Devitt, Casey Dillon, Reuben Ginnane, Liam Hehir, Ryan Kelly, Joshua Moroney, Kelvin Mulqueen, Donal O’Callaghan, Colin O’Dea, Diarmuid Ryan, Jamie Ryan, Darragh Sheedy.
Munster Carparts very generously sponsored the Newmarket team full tracksuits for their Munster finals and many thanks to Edel for her support.
U12 Girls Football (Ballynacally/Lissycasey, Gold)
Ballynacally/ Lissycasey U-12 girls football took on KCK of Waterford in the Munster semi-final at the well appointed UL grounds on Sat 11th of September. They had a compressive win with all 16 panel members contributing to a final score of 6-11 to 2-4. The final was played against Boherlahan-Dualla of Tipperary who had beaten Skibbereen of Cork in their semi-final. The teams were evenly matched in the opening minutes with Ballynacally\Lissycasey defensive getting on top and the decisive goals giving them the lead at half time on a score of 4-4 to 2-2. They continued to defend throughout the field and their strong fitness levels saw them to finish the game worthy winners with a score line of 7-11 to 3-4.
Ballynacally/Lissycasey Team (Coached by Geraldine Kelly): Megan Browne, Anna Donnelly, Chloe Donnelly, Ella Garry, Leah Griffin, Emma Haugh, Aoibhin Keane, Clodagh Kelly, Emma Kelly, Ciara Keogan, Caera Mc Mahon, Caoimhe Mc Mahon, Kayla O’Connor, Ciara O’Rourke, Naoise Talty, Zoey Warren.
U10 Mixed Gaelic Football (Ballynacally/Lissycasey, Silver)
Ballynacally/Lissycasey u 10’s gave two fantastic performances in UL on Saturday. The semi final against Newport was a tough physical battle. Ballynacally/Lissycasey found themselves eight points in arrears after a nervous start but a strong second quarter followed by a ominant third quarter allowed them to close it out to eventually win on a scoreline of 8-7 to 6 -9. The Final against Cahersiveen was a more fast paced game played with great intensity and again Ballynacally/ Lissycasey found themselves six in arrears at the first water break. But once again they showed great character and some super scores from Ciaran Hanrahan brought them back level with just a minute left on the clock only to be left reeling by a last minute goal from Cahersiveen. Final score Cahersiveen 5 -9 Ballynacally/ Lissycasey 3 - 12.
In what was a super team performance best on the day were Conor Melican, Patrick Haugh, Diarmuid Coughlan, Ben Mc Allister and ace attacker Ciaran Hanrahan.
Ballynacally/Lissycasey Team (Coached by Finbarr Considine): Finn Cahill, Diarmuid Coughlan, Sean Devereux, Ciaran Hanrahn, Liam Hehir, Patrick Haugh, Ronan Kelly, David Mc Namara, Conor Melican, Cillian Murphy, Ben Mc Allister, Conor Mellican, Rory O’Shea, Robert Pelczar, Andrew Shannon, Colin Slattery.
U14 Tag Rugby (Quin/Clooney, Silver)
The Quin/Clooney U14 Tag Rugby team finished runners up when they represented Clare in the Munster Community Games finals at the University of Limerick on Saturday 11th September. Led by captain Caoimhe McDonnell, they produced a dominant performance in their semi final to beat Fethard Killusty from Tipperary with a final scoreline of 14-4. Next up in the final, the opposition Regional from Limerick proved to be a much tougher contest. With many of the opposition players having an age advantage over the younger Quin/Clooney team, the Limerick team ultimately prevailed to win the competition with a final scoreline of 16-10.
Quin/Clooney Team (Coached by Huw Griffiths and Clem Begley): Donnacha Begley, James Canny, Eli Deegan, Aoibheann Finneran, Bebhinn Gallagher, Isaac Hassett, Meabh Hawkins, Jack McDonald, Caoimhe McDonnell, Conor Molloy, James Moloney, Darragh O’Gorman.
U14 SKITTLES (tulla)
The Clare U14 Skittles team from Tulla faced tough opposition from St Peter and Paul's, Clonmel, Tipperary on Saturday September 11th at Munster Finals in UL Sports Arena. After a tough match it was Tipperary who edged forward to the final, taking the Munster title on the day. Well done to the Clare Team, it was the first time for a Tulla Skittles team to represent Clare in Munster.
Tulla Team (Coached by Leandrea O'Halloran): Patrick Murphy, Holly Leyden, Milo Leyden, Ada McMahon. Aoife Boyce, Brian Conheady, Isabel McMahon.
U12 GIRLS SOCCER (Cratloe)
Cratloe u12 girls narrowly lose out to Waterford in Munster semi final! The Cratloe u12 team played their heart out in the Munster semi final just coming up short in a 2-1 thriller with the Waterford team scoring the winner with 3 minutes to go. This was a belter of a game with Cratloe starting strongly but Waterford scored after 10 minutes with a cracking shot from their strongest player which left Cratloe goalkeeper Abbie O' Gorman with no chance. The Cratloe girls stormed back and attacked relentlessly, with Cara power scoring a very deserved equaliser about 5 minutes later. The rest of the first half was end to end with excellent defending from Emily McMahon and Lucy Lohan keeping Cratloe very solid whilst Meia Carroll, Kate O'Neill and Kate Kearney provided lots of opportunities but couldn't get through an excellent defence from the Waterford girls to find the net.
Waterford started the 2nd half much stronger and but for O' Gorman in goals and excellent work from Hannah Boyce and captain Alice Browne Cratloe would have gone behind. As the half progressed Carroll and Power got a grip on midfield and Cratloe were now once again in an end to end battle. Waterford scored with 5 mins to go and Cratloe just couldn’t grab an equaliser so the Deise girls just about came out on top. Very proud of the Cratloe girls who represented Clare with great honour. On behalf of Cratloe Community Games Committee a huge call out to excellent team coaches Christy Power and Carol Kearney who have given great dedication and continue to bring out the best of this Cratloe team. A thank you to all the supporters who came in to cheer the girls on.
A very enjoyable competition for the girls, thank you.
Cratloe Team (Coached by Lourda O'Neill): Hannah Boyce, Abbie O'Gorman, Kate O'Neill, Cara Power, Emily McMahon, Lara Magee, Lucy Lohan, Kate Kearney, Meia Carroll, Alice Browne.
U14 CAMOGIE (Newmarket on Fergus)
Boherlahan Dualla (Tipperary) were tough opponents for Newmarket, winning 3-3 vs 4 points. Newmarket's scores came from Aoibhe O Leary (3) and Caoibhe Heagerty (1). It was a very physical game and the girls fought to the end. They were very unlucky on a number of occasions not to get a few goals.
Newmarket Team (Coached by Diarmuid O'Leary): Avril Crowe, Ruth Enright, Holly Fahy, Laura Mae Hannon, Caoimhe Hegarty, Kate Jones, Kate Kennedy, Aine Mc Gann, Sophie Mc Namara, Aoibhe O’Leary, Rachel O’Leary, Amy O’Rourke, Sammi O’Looney, Lily Ryan, Aine Walsh, Ella Woods.