Monday, August 8, 2016

Ferrybank GAA - Weekly Notes


Our Junior hurlers suffered their first defeat in the championship last Friday night in Ferrybank where they were defeated by a good Kilmacthomas side on a scoreline of 1-25 to 1-09. Going into the game, Ferrybank were missing a few key players, but take nothing from Kilmac, as they were on top from the start, and raced into a four point lead before Greg Murphy opened Ferrybank’s account with a point.

Kilmac kept the pressure up and scored a goal midway through the opening half to extend their lead, but Ferrybank rallied in the last 10 minutes with points from Jeff Lawless, Daryl Griffin, Philly Blake and Greg Murphy to reduce the gap to 1-09 to 0-06 at the break.

Points were traded in the second-half and Ferrybank scored a goal when Jeff Lawless shot was saved on the line and Darryl Griffin pounced from close range to reduce the gap to four points. Any hopes of a comeback were well dashed, as Kilmac went on a scoring spree scoring points from all angles, and as Ferrybank began to fade, Kilmac ran out easy winners.

Despite this defeat, the lads remain in a good position to reach the knockout stages, and they can get back to winning ways next Friday August 12th with a trip to play St. Paul’s at 7:30pm.

PANEL: Jason Hennessey, Cian MacCathmhaoil, Aidan Sinnott, Oran MacCathmhaoil, Alex Kinsella, Paul Martin, Jamie Diggins, Philly Blake (0-01), Jeff Lawless (0-04), Darryl Griffin (1-02), Damien Walsh, Jack Wicks, Greg Murphy (0-02), Marty Freeman, Alex Power.


Our Intermediate hurlers turned in an excellent performance last Saturday afternoon in a foggy Kill, defeating a strong Clonea side on a scoreline of 0-18 to 1-12 in their latest Gerry Kennedy Crash Repairs sponsored competition championship clash. With a heavy mist descending on the field, it was difficult at times to see the ball.
The opening exchanges were evenly contested with Sam Lawless and Robbie Carew replying with points after Clonea had got the opening scores. Clonea began to win a lot of breaking ball and began to run at the Ferrybank defence. They got their goal in the opening half, where the Clonea forward cut in by the byline and hit his shot into the corner of the net.

Ferrybank came back with Mark O' Brien putting three points over the bar to keep the sides level, and as the game began to heat up on and off the field, Ferrybank began to settle a bit better, and Robbie Carew and Oisín MacCathmhaoil saw their goal bound shots cleared by the Clonea defence. John Ahern sent over two fine scores to keep them in touch, which left the half-time score 1-08 to 0-09 in Clonea’s favour.

Early scores from Mark and Robbie had Ferrybank level, and with points been traded and the game in the balance with Ferrybank trailing by one, Clonea were awarded a penalty. Johno Brown pulled off a brilliant save for the penalty, diving to his left and keeping the ball out, and with the ball cleared, Mark O' Brien levelled it up with a great point.

Ferrybank got on top then and points from Oisín MacCathmhaoil and Mark closed out a three point win. Despite tough conditions, this was a great team performance by the players, digging deep when it mattered and grinding out an excellent win.
Our final game in the group stages is Ballygunner which was scheduled to take place on Saturday next, but with the Waterford seniors in action, it will be played at a later date which has yet to be confirmed.

PANEL: Johno Brown, Nicky Ryan, Damien Ahern, Graham Coady, Luke Flynn, MJ Sutton, Andrew Heffernan, Tiernan Morrissey, Shane Sullivan, Sam Lawless (0-01), Mark O' Brien (0-12), Oisín MacCathmhaoil (0-01), Cormac O' Driscoll, John Ahern (0-02), Robbie Carew (0-02), Eric Corcoran, Phil Blake, Jeff Lawless, Paul Martin, Alex Kinsella.


Our Junior Camogie side are back in Championship action this coming Saturday August 13th with a trip to play Tallow at 6:30pm. Your support will be appreciated on the night.


The Under 16 hurlers turned in an impressive display last Wednesday night defeating St. Molleran’s on a score-line of 5-19 to 2-03. The lads played some good hurling throughout the game, picking out their men and taking the scores where it mattered.


Well done to the under 15 hurlers who recorded a good win over Ballygunner last Saturday on a score-line of 4-9 to 1-07. Next up is a home game on Sunday 14th August against St Saviours at 11am.


Our Under 14 hurlers play St. Molleran’s this coming Monday August 8th at 7pm in Ferrybank.


The under 12 Footballers travel to play Cois Bhride this coming Friday night August 12th at 6:30pm.


Ferrybank GAA club would like to express their sympathies to the O' Neill family and extended family on the death of Josie O' Neill nee Butler who passed away last Friday. Ar dheis de go raibh an h-anam.