UNDER 21 CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT
Killucan 1-9 Shandonagh 3-9
On Friday night we travelled to Kinnegad where we played against Killucan in the 1st round of the Westmeath under 21 Championship 2015. This was our first time to compete in the 15 a side competition in a number of years and to give credit to our boys the turned up in decent numbers. The game threw in just after 8pm and whilst our boys took a few minutes to settle down when they did they found a nice rythmn that saw them pop over 3 unanswered points in the middle of the half and then again in the run up to half time. No side was particularly dominant and every player on the pitch had to compete hard for every ball. We went in at half time ahead on a scoreline of 0-3 to 0-7.
The second half saw a much more imposing and determined Killucan side emerge. So much so for the first 17 minutes of the secod half they scored 1-5 without reply. Our boys were not to be dismissed from the championship that easily however, and with Jamie Cox, Daire Conway, Ciaran Shanley, and the Scully boys knuckling down we got right back into contention with a very well taken goal. Momentum had now swung in favour of the boys in blue. We went on to close out the game with another 2 goals and 2 points to their single point. The game was marred by an off the ball incident perpetrated on Cathal Craig with just 4 minutes remaining on the clock. Cathal was stretchered off the field. We wish him a speedy and complete recovery. It was good to see Donal Liddy back in the navy and sky blue playing with his usual swagger! Well done boys
INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT
Shandonagh 1-10 Rosemount 1-16
Unfortunately our 2015 Intermediate Championship dream is over. On Sunday evening last we made the short journey to Westmeath GAA Headquarters Cusack Park to take on Rosemount in one of 4 of this years quarter finals. We were slow out of the traps allowing Rosemount to get 6 points ahead in the first half. We managed to peg this back to 5 by half time but our attacks were ponderous in comparison to Rosemount's. In the second half we came out with more intent and indeed with 7 minutes remaining scored a great goal to narrow the deficit to 3 points. However the class and experience of the Rosemount men shone through, they composed themselves and they completed their hours work by tagging on 3 more points before referee Sean Carroll called time.
Focusing on the positives from the season, we got out of the group stages of the Championship and were in contention for promotion to Division I in the league for a period. So this is an improvement on previous years. It is imperative that the current and up coming players step up to the plate and commit wholeheartedly and completely to the project if the dream is to be realised
INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT
Shandonagh 1-13 Ballymore 2-10
On Sunday afternoon last we travelled to windswept Killucan to take on Ballymore in the second round of the 2015 Intermediate Championship. Over the past number of championship encounters against this opposition, we have struggled. This occasion proved to be no different. Loosing full back Aaron Craig after 10 minutes to a serious knee injury did not help our cause. This, coupled with the concession of a really peculiar goal left us trailing at the half time interval on a score line of 1-5 to 0-5.
The commencement of the second half did not help matters as at one stage we trailed by 7 points. In fairness to our boys they persevered and kept trying to get back into the game. This they did, but it was done the hard way. Poor decision making in front of goals led to 17 wides over the hour. This is in comparison to Ballymore's 7. This game will however stand our youthful squad in good stead; as a little more cunning, guile and understanding of the intensity of Championship football will help them for our next game. It was very positive too that 33 young men togged out in the hope of getting a game. Our championship dream is not over and provided we can regroup, learn and improve for our next outing, we are still in with a chance.
ALL COUNTY FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION ii RESULT
Ballynacargy 1-13 Shandonagh 1-09
On a lovely sun kissed Moynihan Park last Sunday evening (5th July ), near neighbours Ballynacargy played host to us in the ACFL Div ii. Both teams have been performing well in this competition and that coupled with the derby aspect, ensured that the scene was nicely poised for an exciting encounter.
End to end football was served up in the opening moiety, but it was the home side who made the most of the chances presented to them as they were the more efficient in front of the goals and went in at the break ahead on a scoreline of 0-5 to Shandonagh's 0-4. During this spell Shandonagh kicked an incredible 14 wides.
The second half proved no better for our men in blue as they went on to concede 1-8 and could only muster 1-5. Our goal only came courtesy of a penalty with the last kick of the game from Kevin Boyle which put a finer gloss on the game from our point of view.
Poor decision making in front of goals, an unwillingness to track back and make the opposition's job more difficult were the primary causes of our defeat. Nevertheless, we have an opportunity to pull together again on the training ground on Tuesday night and if the numbers assembled in the dressing room on Sunday night are replicated on Tuesday, the future mightn't be too bleak. 5th July 2015
ALL COUNTY FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION II RESULT
Shandonagh 2-15 Miltownpass 0-7
On Saturday night last we took on Miltownpass at our own pitch in Kilpatrick, in the All County Football League.
The opening half was a tight enough affair with points being traded until veteran clubman Alan Hickey stepped up to the plate to bag our opening goal in the 12th minute. As it panned out, this was very much the seminal moment of the game. However, Miltownpass went on to score 4 unanswered points prior to the break. We went in at the half time break ahead on a score line of 1-5 to 0-6. Everything was poised for an exciting second half.
Team management must have issued a stern statement at the break as the boys in blue came out to start the second half with conviction. Kenny Rabbitte and Alan Hickey really imposed themselves in the midfield berths in the second moiety and try as the boys from Miltownpass might they could come up with no answers. Indeed they could only muster a single point from a free in the whole of the second half. Up front for us, Kevin Boyle brought his shooting boots, poping over 3 sweet points from play to bring his tally for the day to 8. Kieran Shanley was not to be out done as he contributed 1-3, all from play. Luke Tynan performed prominently as did Danny Foster at centre half back.
Overall, despite the heavy championship defeat last weekend and being down a number of regular team starters due to other commitments, this bunch of young men's performances they were a credit to themselves and their families. Their attitude to training during the week was indeed commendable and was rewarded with this victory. There is a break in training from now until the 16th of June. To the young men who have participated in the league and championship campaigns to date: Enjoy the break, you have earned it. 7th June 2015
INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT
Athlone 0-15 Shandonagh 0-7
On Saturday night in Rosemount we took on Athlone in the first round of the Intermediate Football Championship. This was always going to be a difficult start to the Championship for us. This was compounded by the number of players that became unavailable for one reason or another.
Having said that, our young men opened the first half with a promising attacking style of play, and despite going 3 points to no score behind after 12 minutes, they closed the half with the minimum between the sides. They went in at the break 0-5 to 0-4 down.
The second half however was a different affair. Athlone's, greater experience in senior ranks and some excellent point taking from considerable distance by their full forward allowed them to impose themselves on the game. Several of these shots on our goal were as a result of breakdown in play as we approached the Athlone defence. Despite this, our youthful side has come away from their first Championship experience with some reputations enhanced, particularly Conor McCrossan and Daire Conway. So all in all there were many positives from a poor result. 1st June 2015
JUNIOR B CHAMPIONSHIP
RESULT: Shandonagh 4-9 Moate All Whites 1-11
As our own pitch continues to be unavailable for games due to the repair work taking effect, we travelled to Colaiste Mhuire's grounds at the Harbour field in Mullingar last Sunday morning to take on Moate All Whites in the second round of the Junior B Championship. At the beginning of April we suffered a 5 point defeat to mainly the same players in the Division vi of the league.
Team management was resolute that the result this time was going to be different. And so it came to pass! Drafting Brian Kavanagh in to augment the full forward line paid dividends in abundance as he contributed a significant 3 goal hatrick. Two of these goals came in the first half and the third was a contribution worthy to rate alongside Lionel Messi 's efforts! Alongside Kavanagh in the full forward line we had the trusty boots of Roy Smyth who insists on reeling in the years by contributing from the placed ball and the rough and tumble of open play. Paddy Duffy marshaled the half back line with a commanding performance ensuring the ball was kept into the full forwards.
Well done lads. Let's keep this rich vein of form going and push forward over the next couple of weeks both on the playing field and on the training ground. Keep an eye on yours texts and WhatsApp for updates.
To that end we are out again in the All County Football League Div 6 against Mullingar Shamrocks on Tuesday (19th) at 7.00pm. Then we play in the All County Football League Division 2 against Garrycastle on Sun 24 at 7.30pm.
Thank you to St. Marys CBS for the use of the Harbour field whilst our own pitch undergoes repair.
Junior B Championship
Result: Ballinagore 2-10 Shandonagh 5-9
Our men were in action twice in the last week. They first took on our old rivals, Ballinagore, in the Junior B Championship on Thursday evening in Ballinagore. Despite concerns earlier in the week about availability of players, it was great to see so many men of varying ages turn up and make themselves available for duty. Indeed the game hinged on the mix of youth and experience as the young guns kept the ball into the full forward line and it was veteran ace forward Roy Smyth who came away with an impressive
1-5 for his 50 minutes on the pitch. We started off really well surging into a signigicant lead (3-3 to 0-3) within the first 15 minutes. We then took our foot off the preverbial pedal and allowed a resilient Ballinagore side back in to the game. We ended up going in at half time ahead on a score line of 1-4 to 3-3
Stern words must have issued at the break as the boys in blue were less cavalier in the second half and applied themselves manfully to the task. And despite the doggedness of the Ballinagore side we prevailed in a competition where we have struggled to field in previous years. 10th May 2015
ACFL Division vi RESULT
All County Football League result. St. JOSEPH'S, Streamstown 3-3 Shandonagh 4-13
On Sunday last we made the journey to Streamstown in the latest round of the ACFL Division vi fixtures. Many of our players had participated in a challenge game the previous evening in Manager Kevin Hickey's drive to be as well prepared as we possibly can in the run up to the opening intermediate championship game of the season, on at the end of the month. His vision for the game was executed to a moderate standard as we manufactured 18 scoring chances in the first half, converting 11 of them. In the second half we fared worse however playing against the wind, slope and a much more determined home side who to their credit, never gave up trying. We only managed 14 opportunities, converting 6. However a win is a win and to date in this competition we have only lost one game. So well done lads on the result and again top marks must be awarded for the numbers of men who made themselves available for the fixture. 10th May 2015
ACFL Division vi RESULT
Shandonagh 0-12 Moate All Whites 2-11
On Friday night last we took on Moate All Whites in Shandonagh in the 3rd round of the All County Football League Division vi. We knew we would be playing against a number of the players who participated in Moate's great run in the Leinster junior club championship last year and that this game would be no easy encounter. And so it proved to be. Goals in each half by the men in white proved to be the decisive scores and despite our best efforts we could not close the gap nor rattle the Moate Men's net. Our inefficiency in front of goals cost us dearly as 12 points from 26 attempts is clearly not good enough.
Training continues on Tuesday and Friday. Details of fixtures and training times and venues will be notified to the squad by text. 5th April 2015
ACFL DIV 2
Shandonagh 3-06 St Marys, Rochfortbridge 2-07
On Sunday last Shandonagh made the trip to Rochfortbridge to play the home team in the fourth round of this years league competition. In difficult conditions the home side dominated the first half and took a well deserved 2 04 to 2 01 half time lead. Shandonagh played into the elements in the second half but took to the field with a better attitude and began to put more pressure on the St Marys defence. Shandonagh gained a strong foothold around midfield thanks to Kenny Rabbitte and David Duffy. However despite a lot of possession chances were not converted and St Marys got a well deserved goal on the break. Nevertheless the boys in blue refused to give up and tenacious defending from Kevin Duffy and Ben Treanor thwarted many more Rochfortbridge attacks. Damien Moran and the tireless Tom Molloy worked hard in the forwards and created an opportunistic goal chance that Ciaran Shanley converted. This score brought the away side right back into contention. In helter skelter last ten minutes points from Luke Tynan and Gary Flanagan ensured victory for Shandonagh. This result was mainly due to a greater team effort in the second half and great displays from the returning David Duffy, Kenny Rabbitte and Ciaran Shanley. Also particular mention must be given to our three minors Maitiu Scully, Ben Treanor and Tom Molloy who all played extremely well in difficult conditions.
ACFL Division vi RESULT
Shandonagh 0-9 The Downs 2-9
On Saturday last our Division vi team opened their 2015 league campaign against The Downs. Whilst I must give credit to the numbers of our lads that made themselves available, it wasn't to be our day. The Downs youthful side imposed and applied themselves throughout the first half and went in ahead on a score line of 1-6 to our 0-3. All of our first half points came from the trusty free taking boot of club veteran and stalwart Roy "of the Rovers" Smyth.
Manager Kevin Hickey made a couple of changes at half time that curbed the Downs onslaught, but try as our boys might they could not just close the gap between the teams. It was good to see Ben Kilmurray make his debut in the Shandonagj colours and make a 2 point contribution to the scoreline. Other 2015 club newbie, Alan Doyle gave a good account of himself from the centre half forward berth and Kenny Rabbitte was tireless in his efforts at centrefield.
Next weekend we play in the All County Football League Division ii against Rochfortbidge on Sunday in the 'bridge. Throw in is scheduled for 11.30am. Team management have arranged a Challenge game to be held on Tuesday evening. All players have received a text at this stage. Training continues on Friday night as usual.