Swinford GAA Notes – 26th June 2015
Work has commenced on the Robert McCallion Memorial Pitch to keep it in tip top shape for the remainder of the season. This work could not be carried out without the support of the entire community through the 50/50 Draw and other fundraising. Swinford GAA would like to send a BIG thank you to everybody.
Under 14 Championship
Our Under 14’s have got off to a mixed start in this years Championship. They started with a fine home win against Islandeady on a scoreline of Swinford 12-16 Islandeady 6-10 but this was followed by a defeat last night (Thursday 25th June) on the road to Cill Chomain.
This week’s Swinford GAA 50/50 Draw was held in Julian’s on Tuesday 23rd June and Mary Quinn of Deerpark, Swinford won €880. Next week’s draw will take place in Quinn”s on Tuesday 30th June.
Draw envelopes are available in most local business premises at €2 each or 3 for €5. You can also enter online through the Swinford GAA Store where tickets can be purchased in bundles of 10, 20, or 52 weeks.
There’s a guaranteed winner every week so make sure you are in the drum!
Upcoming Swinford GAA Fixtures
Saturday 27th June at 11am Aghamore v Swinford in Aghamore
Saturday 27th June at 6:30pm Hollymount v Swinford in Hollymount
Monday 29th June at 6:30pm Swinford v Hollymount
Under 14 Championship
Thursday 2nd July at 7pm Swinford v Claremorris.
Minor Summer League
Friday 3rd July at 7pm Swinford v Crossmolina
Saturday 4th July at 11:30am Swinford v Ballaghaderreen
Sunday 5th July at 2pm Swinford v Kilfian
Match reports, when available, will be posted on Swinford GAA’s Website.
Swinford v Tuar Mhic Éadaigh
We were entertained to a fine game of football on Saturday evening (20th June) in Robert McCallion Memorial Pitch. It took us some time to get going but when we did we played some beautiful football.
The first 18 minutes was all Tourmakeady as they played with the strong wind. After 8 minutes they were three points to nil up with scores from Donal Breathnach, a great sideline ball from Caoimhin O’Dolain and Stiofan Stundun while Swinford had three wides. Tourmakeady soon had doubled their lead with a point from Brian O’Neachtain, a free from Caoimhin O’Dolain and a 45 from Brian O’hEanachain.
There was 18 minutes gone before Swinford got a score from Jack McDonnell but this was soon followed by two more with a fine point from Kevin McShea and one from Tom Horkan. Then came the crucial point of the half as Joe Kelly was adjudged to have fouled a Tourmakeady forward in the box and a penalty was awarded by referee Garryowen McMahon. Swinford goalkeeper, Ryan Convey making his Championship debut made a great save. O’Neachtain added a fisted point minutes later to leave Tourmakeady 4 ahead. Swinford added two points before the break with one from Jack McDonnell off the crossbar and one from Eoin Gallagher, which stemmed from great work by McDonnell dropping deep to collect the ball and feeding Gallagher.
Just before the whistle Tourmakeady had a great chance to extend their lead with a goal chance which went just wide of the post. With only two points in it at half time and a strong wind in their favour Swinford were in a great position.
Swinford made one change at the break with Michael Walsh coming on for Kevin McShea. From the throw in Swinford won the ball and Stephen Henry got his hands on it and scored his first point of the game. Brendan de Phriondargaist soon restored Tourmakeady lead but Swinford then took control of the game. Barry Brennan won a free after been fouled by O’hEanachain which was kicked over by Jack McDonnell and the game was soon level with a great point by Stephen Henry from 40 yards out.
John Carney was introduced for Barry Brennan after 9 minutes of the second half. Within 2 minutes Swinford were three ahead with points from Stephen Henry, Eoin Gallagher and John Carney. The pick of the three scores came from Eoin Gallagher after a quick lineball from James Devaney.
The game was over as a contest with 13 minutes played in the second half when James Devaney finished to the back of the net following some good work from Stephen Henry. The game entered a quiet phase and Jack McDonnell added another point before O’Dolain got a consolation point for Tourmakeady after 25 minutes. Swinford finished the game with points for John Carney and Jack McDonnell to win the match 1-14 to 0-9.
Swinford started nervously but when they got started they played some nice football with only 1 point of their total of 1-14 coming from the deadball. Stephen Henry really got a grip of the game in the second half and while scoring 3 points himself, he also set up a few more scores.
Hard to pick out our best players as there were many but the midfield pair of Eoin Gallagher and Joe Kelly dominated, the half back line cleaned up a lot of ball & in the forwards Jack McDonnell and Stephen Henry led the way while Ryan Convey controlled his area, dealt with any high balls and saved the penalty very well.
As Hollymount beat Burrishoole 1-12 to 1-8 we must get a better result in the last weekend of fixtures than Burrishoole to progress to the quarter finals. Our final round match against Hollymount-Carramore is fixed for Saturday 27th June at 6:30pm in Hollymount.