Once again we headed back to Aughrim yesterday to play our first ever game in Leinster against Kilcavin from Laois.
We hadn’t much time to recover from our celebrations last weekend but we did manage to get two training sessions in during the week before we tackled Leinster.
Throw in was at 2pm, the crowd were starting to build nicely with our colours in view all over the stand.
The game started on time and from the start we knew we were in for a battle with tight marking all over the pitch.
They hit us for the first score after two minutes we hit back in the fourth minute with a Keith Lawlor point.
For the next 15 minutes it was point for point with two more points from Keith Lawlor. They took the lead in the 19th minute to leave the scores 4-3.
Then in the 23rd minute they hit us for a goal with them moving the ball from their backline and finishing to the back off the net.
They got another point in the 25th minute to put them five up closing in on half time.
We got a free in the 27th minute and John Nolan put it over the black spot. At half-time we went in losing 1-05 to 0-04 something similar to last week.
After a good chat we knew we hadn’t done enough in the first half and wanted to prove a point in the second half.
We came out knowing we were going to have to battle hard as a lot of things weren’t going our way.
After 33 minutes they got the first score of the half. Damien Hanlon replied straight away, then a John Nolan free brought it back to three with 22 minutes left,but these boys weren’t lying down and put five back in it with two nice points with 10 minutes left.
Then we decided to play a bit of ball and controlled the game for the last 10 minutes starting of with a John Nolan point.
Then the score of the game came after a quick free from Damien, he picked out Myles Conway who passed to the on running Keith Lawlor who played in Mark Miley who was running down in goal and there was only going to be one outcome he finished it like a bullet to the back off the net.
With five minutes left we equalised with a nice point from Keith Lawlor. Then in the 59th minute we took the lead for the first time after a quick free from John Nolan he passed to Myles who played it back to John and he fisted it over the bar to leave the score line 1-09 to 1-08.
Deep into injury time we had a chance or two to finish the game off but we just couldn’t manage to put the ball away. With over four minutes played the referee blew the whistle and that was it another great victory for the boys.
We keep saying it but once again our supporters were unreal. We really appreciated our followers it’s not easy to make your way every few weeks to Aughrim but ye do and having to fork out €10 a head each time. Thanks again but we will need you all again in two weeks time.
The Kilcavin crowd were even talking about our supporters they couldn’t believe the numbers we had the noise the colours they said everything was brilliant and they wished us all the best in our quarter-final final in two weeks time.
We also want to thank the usual, Jacobs Well, Lynhams Hotel, and Glendalough Hotel for all their support over the last few months it’s all much appreciated and we’ll see you all again in two weeks time.
For anyone that couldn’t make the game there was live coverage on Wicklow People Sport this was also a first for
Our juvenile presentation will be taking place when all our teams have finished out their season we have no date yet as the under-13s are still playing.
Well done to Pearse Gaels who beat Éire Óg in the semi-final of the under-17 ‘B’ championship last week in Newtown.
The final is against Rathnew on Sunday 15th, best of luck to all in the final especially our own large contingent.
Don’t like to mention the Christmas word but it will soon be upon us so if you want to buy Newtown GAA merchandise get your order in early as there are always delays around the festive time.
There is a good stock of club gear now available to buy for any enquiries regarding club gear please contact Amy at 086 3332195.
Numbers drawn in last week’s lotto were 2, 5, 13, and 16.
No one scooped the jackpot of €6800 but two people won €100 each after matching three numbers.
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