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St. Rynagh's Football Club Notes : 24th July

posted 25 Jul 2011, 01:10 by Unknown user   [ updated 2 Jan 2013, 04:42 ]
St Rynaghs Junior B footballers played their third game of the championship on Thursday evening last they travelled to Kinnitty to take on the home side.  On a fine evening which was perfect for football the saints had the first score, a point from play when centre forward Aidan Treacy raced through for a fine score after only two minutes of play.  Kinnitty hit a purple patch scoring 1-3 without reply and the saints did not score again until the 15 minute mark when midfielder Noel Buckley scored a great point from play.  Kinnitty hit back with a point from play and again Noel Buckley who was grafting hard in midfield scored another fine point.  On the 25th minute saints left corner forward Eoin Grogan scored a great goal after a four man movement.  Kinnitty raised another white flag from a 21m free as the teams were nip and tuck at the score Kinnitty 1-5 St Rynaghs 1-3.  Then on the 28 minute a long ball over the St Rynaghs defence resulted in a green flag for the Slieve Bloom men.  Half time score Kinnitty 2-5 St Rynaghs 1-3.  St Rynaghs needed to get off to a good start in the second half and Conor Daly who was playing a great game at right corner back scored a mighty point after a blistering solo run after only two minutes of the second half.  Kinnitty responded swiftly with a point from play.  Aidan Treacy who was playing a fine game at centre forward kicked another fine point.  Kinnitty raised another white flag from a 40m free.  Again that man Aidan Treacy scored another fine point.  In between saints goalkeeper David Meleady playing his first game in the championship made three brilliant saves to deny the Kinnitty men of three certain goals that even drew applause from the Kinnitty contingent on the side line.  With five minutes left Kinnitty scored two points from play in quick succession and on the final whistle saints right corner back Conor Daly put the leather between the uprights for the last score of the game.  Final score Kinnitty 2-9 St Rynaghs 1-7.  It was a good honest game of football played in a fine sporting manner, statistics show both teams scored 4 points each in the second half, all St Rynaghs 1-7 came from play, 2-6 of Kinnitty’s 2-9 came from play.  The Slieve Bloom men are not normally associated with the big ball game but nobody should be fooled, they rattled five goals past Tullamore and are a very well organised unit and they will take some beating in this years championship.  They were still running strongly at the finish playing good direct purposeful football.  Like St Rynaghs they have won two games and the group is wide open.  St Rynaghs brought themselves back into contention early in the second half but as the saying goes goals win matches.  They have to up their fitness level and start competing under they high ball, playing with more direct approach.  Nobody wants to sound harsh but that’s the fact of the matter.  David Meleady played brilliantly in goals and only for his heroics Kinnitty could have scored five goals.  Connor Daly still a minor playing at right corner back played a stormer the lad refused to give up.  Ciaran Butler played his best game this year at left half back.  Pivot of the defence and captain Dessie O’Connor gave his usual for the cause.  Noel Buckley toiled hard in midfield and in the forwards Aidan Treacy at centre forward, Martin Grogan at right half forward and Tony Byrne at right corner forward gave it everything on the evening.  St Rynaghs Team:  David Meleady, Conor Daly -0-2, Ivan Hanamy, David Flynn, Adam Smyth, Des O’Connor (Capt), Ciaran Butler, Dermot Shortt, Noel Buckley 0-2, Martin Grogan, Aidan Treacy 0-3, Derek Loonam, Tony Byrne, Packie Barrett, Eoin Grogan 1-0.  Subs:  Ricky Grogan for Packie Barrett, Ray Cannon for Martin Grogan, Aidan McGovern for noel Buckley, Ciaran Flaherty for Eoin Grogan, Conor Dolan for Derek Loonam.  Referee:  Aidan Ryan, Lusmagh.


The Man behind the wire rightly pointed out last week the slipshod way clubs who are hosting games do not seem to care.  This was not the case at Kinnitty last Thursday for the St Rynaghs Kinnitty Junior B football championship game.  Kinnitty GAA club had the pitch immaculately marked out and an electronic score board in operation, with plenty of stewards to assist if needed.  Their approach is exemplarily to hosting games in Offaly and they can also be rightly proud of their magnificent covered stand, they are a credit to the GAA in Offaly.


St Rynaghs U12 played Clann na Gael in a challenge match in Cloghan GAA grounds this week.  Final Score St Rynaghs 8-11 Clann na Gael 2-11.  St Rynaghs team:  Ciaran Flynn, Dominick Healy, Denis Healy, Shane Daly, Paul Devery, Dara Tierney 0-2, Oisin Hickey, Aaron Kenny 0-1, Barry Moylan 0-1, Tomas Corcoran 2-2, Sean Kilmartin 3-0, Daryl Gaughan, Anthony Devery, Sean Hanamy 3-3, Luke Hein Walsh 0-1.  Subs:  Conor Sullivan for Aaron Kenny, Ger Sheridan for Dominick Healy, Jack Flynn for Anthony Devery, John Spollen for Paul Devery, Owen Feeney for Sean Hanamy, Conor Hanniffy for Ciaran Flynn, Oran Clarke for Luke Hein Walsh, Paul Donaghue for Oisin hickey, Luke O’Connor for Darryl Gaughan.


St Rynaghs senior footballers secured their second win in the Offaly Senior football  championship with a great 3-6 to 0-9 win against Shamrocks in Doon on Sunday last.  This is two wins out of three and almost certainly guarantees survival in senior grade for another year.  St. Rynaghs have two matches left in the group stage of the senior football championship against Walsh Island and  Clara.  See Match Repost in Sports Column.


St Rynaghs football club are organising a textile collection in conjunction with Bags2Clubs, in order to raise vitally needed funds for our new club house development.  If you have adults or children’s clothes, shoes (tied together please) hats, belts, bags, soft toys, curtains and bedding (NO duvets or pillows) Bag2Clubs will be collecting from our club on Thursday 11th August at Cloghan GAA grounds from 10am to 8pm.  If you have any clothes etc you do not need, please put them in black bin bags and bring them to Cloghan GAA pitch on Thursday 11th August.  Remember the more we collect the more we raise.  Last week the club published a newsletter giving various information and the breakdown of the clubs finances and generally what is happening in the club this year.  Our new club house looks magnificent and you the people of the parish who so generously gave donations to the funding of this building can feel rightly proud that it is your club.  


The club would like to offer sympathy to the Flynn Family, Banagher Street, Cloghan on the sad passing of Paddy, May he rest in peace.

Notes Written by Noel Rosney and Typed up by Jackie Coughlan.