The Sligo Champion - - SPORT -

semi-fi­nal last Sun­day. The Gaels never reached the stan­dards of pre­vi­ous games scor­ing only two points from play and eight over­all which was never go­ing to be enough to win a championship game. How­ever the team con­tin­ues to de­velop and with a num­ber of younger players mak­ing the break­through this year added to the ex­pe­ri­ence of the older players, suc­cess at this level is not far away. The team was: Mark Tuohy, Colin Harte, De­clan Wil­lis, Keith McMor­row, Ciaran O’Con­nor, Paul Hig­gins, Conor Mer­rick, Liam O’Connell, Joe Henry (0-1), Daire Kearns, Frank Quinn, Andrew Flynn, Johnny Quinn (0-1), David Quinn (0-3), Joe Quinn (0-3). Subs: Karl McKenna for C Mer­rick, Dar­ragh Hail­stones for D Kearns, Gavin McMor­row for C Harte (inj), Michael Kilkenny for Johnny Quinn, Brian Boyd for Joe Quinn. Thanks to the team for their com­mit­ment this year and to Man­ager, John McPart­land and his back­room team, Sea­mus Caw­ley and Hi­lary Lyons and Physio Wayne McNulty.

Prepa­ra­tions are well un­der­way for ‘Strictly Come Danc­ing’ with the dancers busy with re­hearsals for the 17th Novem­ber date in the Clay­ton Ho­tel - put the date in your di­ary.

The mi­nor team take on Tub­ber­curry at home this Fri­day at 6.00PM in the A Shield semi-fi­nal.

The club wish to ex­press sym­pa­thy with Sean Davey and fam­ily and the Mar­ren fam­ily on the tragic death of Mairead Davey last week. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam.


THE in­ter­me­di­ate team are through to the fi­nal of the in­ter­me­di­ate championship fol­low­ing a great win over Gee­vagh in the semi fi­nal. The fi­nal score was St. Far­nan’s 1-16, Gee­vagh 0-12. We will play St. John’s in the fi­nal in two weeks time.

THE mi­nor team will play Cool­era in the semi fi­nal of the B championship on Fri­day at 7.15 in Scar­den. COM­PETI­TORS are needed to rep­re­sent St. Far­nan’s at Sligo county fi­nal of Scór na nÓg on Oc­to­ber. If in­ter­ested please con­tact Frances. CON­GRAT­U­LA­TIONS to Ed­ward Gormley and his wife Marie on the birth of a baby girl.

THE club ex­tends sym­pa­thy to Nora He­garty and fam­ily on the death of her brother Bill Mc Gowan in the U. S. A. We also ex­tend sym­pa­thy to Gavin Caw­ley and fam­ily on the death of his mother Noreen Caw­ley and to Sean Davey and fam­ily on the death of his wife Mairead. Ar Dheis Dé go raibh siad.

LADIES - Un­beaten af­ter the first two rounds, the U-14’s suf­fered a set­back of sorts in their quest to qual­ify for the fi­nal of the “C” C’ship when they went down to Owenmore Gaels in Tem­ple­boy on Thurs­day last on a fi­nal score­line of 4-5 to 3-10. How­ever a win over St. Michael’s this Mon­day evening in their fi­nal game in the group stages of the com­pe­ti­tion should be enough to se­cure that fi­nal berth with Owenmore Gaels again pro­vid­ing the op­po­si­tion. WELL done to four years old Sally Rowlette who was cho­sen to present the match ball for the re­cent Sligo In­ter­me­di­ate Ladies Fi­nal be­tween St. Mary’s and Drum­cliffe / Rosses Point. Sally was kit­ted out in the club colours for the oc­ca­sion as she made the pre­sen­ta­tion to match ref­eree Colm Gun­ning. OUR U-16 squad formed the nu­cleus of a group of girls from the club who made the trip to Croke Park on Sun­day to watch the Ladies All Ire­land Fi­nals. The trip, which was or­gan­ised by Imelda McNulty, was the first such one from the club in sev­eral years and by all ac­counts ev­ery­body en­joyed it im­mensely. Such trips are in­valu­able in giv­ing young players an in­sight into what life as a Ladies Gaelic foot­baller at the top level is and there­fore help to en­cour­age girls to con­tinue play­ing at an age where they may be think­ing of hang­ing up their boots. And speak­ing of the fi­nals, what an oc­ca­sion it proved to be in the fa­mous sta­dium. A record crowd of over forty-six thou­sand, three fan­tas­tic games and glo­ri­ous sun­shine through­out made for an at­mos­phere the like of which hasn’t been wit­nessed at the ladies fi­nals be­fore. And it is no more than the ef­forts of the LGFA, in as­so­ci­a­tion with their main spon­sors TG4 and Lidl, de­serve for rais­ing the pro­file of the sport. And it would seem from the con­tin­u­ally in­creas­ing at­ten­dances that the gen­eral pub­lic are fi­nally sit­ting up and tak­ing no­tice and as the Lidl logo would say pro­vid­ing “se­ri­ous sup­port for VERY se­ri­ous players”. Long may it re­main so. WELL done to the St. Far­nan’s mens team who have qual­i­fied for the Co. In­ter­me­di­ate C’ship Fi­nal by virtue of that great vic­tory over a highly fan­cied Gee­vagh side on Sun­day.

SYM­PA­THY is ex­tended to Gavin Caw­ley and his ex­tended fam­ily on the re­cent death of his mother. Ar dheis Dé go raibh sí.


PRIDE of place in our club this week goes to our se­nior team who de­feated Shamrock Gaels by 0 -11 to 0 -8 in Markievicz Park on Sun­day to book their place in the Kennedy In­ter­me­di­ate Championship fi­nal where they will meet St Far­nans on Sun­day Oct 8th. St Johns showed tremen­dous skill, courage and de­ter­mi­na­tion to over­come a strong Gaels team who had been op­er­a­tion in Div 1 of the League and who had been rated as favourites for the In­ter­me­di­ate ti­tle.

THE per­for­mance of the team as a whole was ad­mirable but the de­fence stood out for their fine tack­ling and cool­ness un­der pres­sure. Well done to the whole panel and the man­age­ment team for a won­der­ful per­for­mance. OUR K & D De­vel­op­ments-spon­sored Un­der 14 team con­test the post­poned U14B1 fi­nal against Castle­con­nor in The Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence, Scar­den on this Tues at 7.00 . Good luck to the team and man­age­ment in that fi­nal. OUR U 13 Feile team suf­fered two de­feats last week. On Tues evening they were de­feated by Tub­ber­curry/Cloonacool by 2-11 to 12-7 in Sten­son Park and on Thurs they trav­elled to Keash where they were un­lucky to be beaten by Eastern Harps by 6-9 to 6-6. This week they play Bal­ly­mote/Bunninadden in Cor­ran Park, Bal­ly­mote on Fri 29. St Johns panel; B Koynecheuk; S Moore, R Mc Car­ney, C Roddy; B Henry, A Kenny, L Con­way; J Tanko, J Han­bury; C Quinn, C O’Dowd, M Lyt­tle; D Walsh, D Mills, S Casey; R Arm­strong, L Cur­ran, L Carr, L Lere­boors, D Pat­ton, E Som­mers, M Saca, L Lee OUR Ju­nior team suf­fered rel­e­ga­tion from the Ju­nior A Championship when they were de­feated by Eastern harps in a play­off on Sat last. Thanks to the panel and man­age­ment for all their ef­forts dur­ing the year

OUR mi­nor team take on Castle­con­nor in the U18B semi fi­nal on Fri next Sept 29 in Castle­con­nor. UN­DER 16 Team

OUR un­der 16 team take on neigh­bours St Marys in Sten­son Park on Sun­day Oct 1st at 12.00 THERE was no win­ner of the Jack­pot prize in the draw which took place on Sat Sept 16th . The num­bers drawn were 6 – 9 – 12- 26. The win­ners of the E25 con­so­la­tion prizes were Fran­cis Kelly, Cran­more Place; Sean Oates, Abbeyville; Rose Harte, Car­raroe and Gil­lian Mc Gowan, Ton­a­phub­ble. The next draw in The St Johns Lotto for a Jack­pot of E11,200 will be held on Sat Sept 30th at 9.00 pm in Can­nings House and Gar­den, Pearse Rd. Tick­ets can be pur­chased in Mc Mor­row’s Shop, Cairns rd.; The Blue la­goon, River­side; Clifford Elec­tri­cal, Car­raroe; The Cro­zon Inn; Can­ning’s House and Gar­den, Pearse Rd.; Molly Ful­ton’s Bar and Restau­rant, Car­raroe or from any club mem­bers

THE St Johns club wish to ex­press sym­pa­thy with the Caw­ley fam­ily, Rathed­mond on the death of Noirín, RIP


OUR mi­nor boys trav­elled to Gee­vagh/St Michael’s for their Championship semi-fi­nal on Fri­day last. Our op­po­si­tion got on the board first, and then a penalty won by Fer­gal O’Kelly-Lynch was slot­ted home by cap­tain Adam Lynch af­ter the keeper saved his first at­tempt. We added to our lead with points from Niall Camp­bell and Jay Cox. Af­ter shar­ing the next two scores Gee­vagh/St Michaels scored a goal to re­duce the dif­fer­ence to a sin­gle point. Then we reg­is­tered a goal from Fer­gal O’Kelly-Lynch on his mi­nor de­but. How­ever Gee­vagh/St Michaels took a dom­i­nant po­si­tion with 3 goals be­fore half­time which proved de­ci­sive to the match. Our lads came out fight­ing in the sec­ond half, and de­spite scor­ing first to re­duce the deficit to four points, un­for­tu­nately con­ceded an­other goal.

SOME scores were ex­changed and then Dó­nal Fid­geon re­vived the game with a well taken goal. This proved our fi­nal score and Gee­vagh/St Michaels fi­nally sealed their vic­tory with an­other goal to leave the score 3-8 to 6-5. The lads can be proud as they played as a team and bat­tled to the end. A num­ber of the lads have played their last mi­nor game and we wish them well when they get a chance to tog out with the adult teams. We also com­mend the U16’s, in­clud­ing a cou­ple of the guys who made their first ap­pear­ance for the mi­nors. EAR­LIER in the week the U16’s played the long awaited play­off against Drum­cliff/Rosses Point. We started well but didn’t cap­i­talise fully on the num­ber of scor­ing chances created. At the other end, our de­fence was res­o­lute against a fast mov­ing Drum­cliff at­tack, and the half ended evenly bal­anced at 7 points af­ter some very ex­cit­ing foot­ball. The sec­ond half was equally en­thralling and at 4 min­utes to go the teams were tied at 9 points. Then Drum­cliff/Rosses Point scored the only goal of the game and used this mo­men­tum to fin­ish with 3 points more and take the match 1-13 to 0-9. It was a dis­ap­point­ing way to lose but the lads’ strong work ethic and spirit means that we look for­ward to our semi-fi­nal next Sun­day at noon away to St John’s.

THE flags are still up around the neigh­bour­hood and the next big match in­volv­ing St Marys is Girls U14 “A” Championship fi­nal this com­ing Satur­day, with a 3.30 throw-in. Our best wishes to the girls and their man­age­ment team led by Colin Led­with. Their op­po­si­tion will be Calry who have been the dom­i­nant team through­out the sea­son at this age group, so our girls have a huge task ahead and ev­ery bit of sup­port will be wel­come. St Marys have been asked to host the A and B fi­nals, and volunteers are needed for stew­ard­ing over the course of the af­ter­noon.

THE Se­nior men eased to the semi-fi­nal stage of the Championship with a quar­ter fi­nal win over Coolaney-Mul­linabreena by 3-15 to 1-09. Both teams knew how much was at stake, and we started im­pres­sively helped in no small mea­sure when Paul Kil­coyne smashed the ball into the back of the net af­ter 10 min­utes. Half­time saw us at dou­ble scores to Coolaney-Mul­linabreena on a score­line of 1-07 to 0-05. A good start to the sec­ond pe­riod was im­per­a­tive and our guys de­liv­ered. The match was sealed by goals from Christo­pher Kelly and Kyle Caw­ley and ended 3-15 to 1-09. The semi-fi­nal is next Sun­day against Eastern Harps. THE Club Fundrais­ing draw has been an­nounced, and thanks to ev­ery­one who sup­ported Club draws pre­vi­ously. The draw will raise much needed devel­op­ment funds for St Marys fa­cil­i­ties which are be­ing used by ever-grow­ing num­bers each sea­son


OUR Par­ish League con­tin­ued on Fri­day evening and Satur­day morn­ing last with some bril­liant matches in­volv­ing both Boys and Girls. The 3rd round of fix­tures is Satur­day next with Girls games throw­ing in from 10.00am and the Boys in ac­tion at 11.15am. OUR MI­nor Boys took on Eastern Harps on Fri­day night last in the A Championship semi fi­nal in Kesh. Miss­ing a num­ber of key Players our Boys nev­er­the­less gave a fine ac­count of them­selves against an impressive home squad. Harps emerged win­ners 0-19 to 0-09 but a very young Gaels squad gave an ex­cel­lent ac­count of them­selves. Well done and thanks to the squad and Man­age­ment team for their com­mit­ment all sea­son. ON Satur­day evening our se­nior men se­cured their place in the 2018 com­pe­ti­tion with a 2-14 to 1-11 win against neigh­bours Drum­cliffe/Rosses Point in the championship rel­e­ga­tion play off in Markievicz Park. Ap­proach­ing half time and with our op­po­nents ten points ahead hav­ing played some ex­cel­lent foot­ball with the ben­e­fit of a strong breeze it looked like an­other very dis­ap­point­ing evening for Gaels. How­ever a late first pe­riod goal from Daragh El­liot brought some re­spite to the score­board and the in­ter­val deficit of 1-09 to 1-03 while not re­flect­ing the to­tal dom­i­nance of Drum­cliffe/Rosses Point ap­peared to give Gaels some­thing to build on for the sec­ond half. The first ten min­utes of the sec­ond pe­riod saw Drum­cliffe/Rosses Point con­tain the in­creased pres­sure from Gaels as the sides swapped scores and it looked as if, de­spite play­ing against the strong breeze, that Drum­cliffe/Rosses Point would com­fort­ably see the game to a con­clu­sion. How­ever the in­tro­duc­tion of Eoin McHugh from the sub­sti­tutes bench for his first com­pet­i­tive ac­tion since sus­tain­ing an in­jury in All Ire­land qual­i­fier ac­tion for Sligo trans­formed the game. McHugh got on the ball at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity and his long ac­cu­rate pass­ing al­lowed Gaels to fi­nally breach an ex­cel­lent DRP de­fence and created nu­mer­ous scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. With County Mi­nor Luke Towey , Alan McLough­lin and Daragh Fal­lon also to the fore Gaels pro­duced a bril­liant last twenty minute pe­riod to over­turn a six point deficit and emerge win­ners by the same tally. Kee­lan Wa­ters who had an­other fine game scored an op­por­tunist 50th minute goal that was fol­lowed by a stream of points in­clud­ing ex­cel­lent ef­forts from Alan McLough­lin, Cathal Her­ron and Daragh Fal­lon. That brings the com­pet­i­tive sea­son for our se­nior squad to a con­clu­sion. Thanks to Players, Man­age­ment Team and sup­port team for their com­mit­ment through a long sea­son. ON Sun­day at 12.00pm our U13 Boys opened their Feile cam­paign with a de­feat away to Cool­era/ Strand­hill. This Tues­day evening Sept 26th they play St Mary’s in Kent Park at 6.00pm.

THIS Wed­nes­day evening our U9 and U11 Boys are at home to St Mary’s in the CIty Leagues at 7.00pm.

OUR an­nual “Cash for Clob­ber” fundraiser will con­clude shortly. If any­one has old clothes and footwear that they don’t need the Club would be de­lighted to take these. Goods can be left at the Club rooms dur­ing the Par­ish League. OUR next Club Lotto Draw takes place on Mon­day Oc­to­ber 9th. Thanks to ev­ery­one in our Community for the con­tin­ued gen­er­ous sup­port that the club re­ceives for this critical fundraiser.

OUR next Club A meet­ing will now take place on Tues­day next Oc­to­ber 3rd at 9.00pm.


THE In­ter­me­di­ate team played Easkey in a tight fought rel­e­ga­tion match. St Michael’s ran out win­ners in the end with a score line of 0-13 to 2-05. The team was K Crawley, G Walsh (0-1), C McTier­nan, N Mullen, P Kelly, O Gil­martin, D Kelly(0-2), B Taaffe (0-4), P McTier­nan, P Flana­gan, Stephen Clerkin (0-1), R McLough­lin(0-2), K Carty, P Mur­ray (0-2), R Walsh, Subs J Mackey (0-1), Sean Clerkin, J Haran, P Clarke, F McLough­lin. The team now stay in the In­ter­me­di­ate Championship for 2018, con­grat­u­la­tions to the team and the man­age­ment and back room team of Jack Haran, Ad­die Haran, Thomas Walsh, Pa­trick Gil­martin for their ded­i­ca­tion and time dur­ing the sea­son.

THE monthly club meet­ing takes place on Wed­nes­day evening in the Units Ballintogher at 9pm. Ev­ery­one in­ter­ested in the pro­gres­sion of the club are asked to at­tend.

THE weekly lotto num­bers for this week are 12, 15, 16, 27. There was no jack­pot win­ner. There was 1 match 3 who re­ceives €100 Mary Finn Ballintogher . Next weeks jack­pot stands at €4,000 and the draw will take place on the In­nish­free Bar Ballintogher. The club wish to thank ev­ery­one who sup­ports the club through the lotto this is greatly ap­pre­ci­ated by ev­ery­one.

THE club wish to ex­press sym­pa­thy to the Pa­tri­cia Collery Bal­ly­gaw­ley on the death of her mother Annie Han­non Manorhamilton . To Sean Davey and the Mar­ren and Davey fam­i­lies on their tragic loss dur­ing the week with the un­timely death of Mairead Davey. To Sean and ex­tended fam­ily we send our sin­cere con­do­lences.


ST Pats are to de­lighted to an­nounce the in­au­gu­ral Ox Moun­tain Chal­lenge on 7th of Oc­to­ber 2017. Full de­tails are avail­able on the Ox Moun­tain Chal­lenge face­book.A meet­ing will be held on Thurs­day next Septem­ber 28th @ 9.30pm were any­one in­ter­ested in been a stew­ard on he day of the chal­lenge is asked to at­tend. The club call on any­one avail­able on the day to give of their time. JOKER Jack­pot. St Pats Joker Jack­pot now stands @ €4000 as there was no win­ner in last week­end draw. Next draw takes place on Satur­day Septem­ber 30th in the Rafters Bar @ 10pm. Tick­ets avail­able from all usual out­lets. Thank for your con­tin­ued sup­port. U13S Team News St Pats U13s were de­feated by Easkey in the league on Tues­day last. St Pats hosts En­nis­crone on Tues­day evening @ 6pm MI­NOR Team News St Pats Mi­nors bowed out of the Championship when they were de­feated by Coolaney/ Mullinbrenna on Fri­day last. The club thank the man­ag­ment and players for all their time and ef­fort dur­ing the year




U14 Tub­ber­curry/Cloonacool 3-1 0-6 Castle­con­nor

U16 Tub­ber­curry/Cloonacool 0-3 4-5 Tourlestrane FOOT­BALL:

U13 Tub­ber­curry/Cloonacool 12-7 2-11 St. Johns

U13 Tub­ber­curry/Cloonacool 7-8 4-14 Bal­ly­mote/Bunninadden MI­NOR Tub­ber­curry/Cloonacool 3-5 3-5 Easkey/En­nis­crone FIX­TURES:

26TH Sept @6pm Our U13 foot­ballers are away to E. Harps. 29TH Sept @6pm Our mi­nor foot­ballers are away to Shamrock Gaels.

BEST of luck to both teams. RE­PORT.

WELL done to our u14 hurl­ing team and man­ager James Mcsor­ley on win­ning the championship shield with a four point vic­tory over Castle­con­nor on a score­line of 3-1 to 0-6.

CLUB Raf­fle:

1ST Prize of two All Ire­land tick­ets + ac­com. went to Liz Walsh from Rue.

2ND E150 Surlis’s Su­per­Valu shop­ping voucher went to Monika Elisen­berger from Bal­ly­mote. 3RD E120 Fam­ily pass to Tayto Park went to Jamie Burke Ball­yara. QUAR­TERLY Draw:

1ST prize E500 -- Padraic Gille­spie 2ND prize E100 -- Gerry Gil­martin. 3RD prize Ham­per -- Gi­b­lin Stone. CON­DO­LENCES: TUB­BER­CURRY GAA Club would like to ex­tend its sin­cer­est con­do­lences to Sean,Shan­non,Ja­son and all the Davey and Mar­ren fam­i­lies on the sad pass­ing of Mairead. She has been a very ac­tive and well liked mem­ber of our community and will be sadly missed. May she rest in peace.

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