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Senior Footballers Back In Action

A short pre-season may have led into Friday nights 1st league game vs Ballymartin but the senior men’s footballers were in flying form come throw in. 

The first outing under Shane Muholland, Mark Poland and Gary Boyle’s leadership saw a refreshed and rejuvenated performance from the senior men.  There was a nice blend of established and breakthrough players on show at pats road for the blues with some great scores from Donagh McAleenan, Ruairi McCormack, Ross McGarry and Sean McGivern. 

While there may be no relegation in this league the performance was one looking to the future and the upcoming county league and championship, a fantastic performance and a positive start to the seniors campaign for 2021! Next up Ballyholland on Friday 21st May.

Hurling News

U13 loose out to Kilclief

The Newly formed U13 Patrick Rankins had their first match away to Kilclief on Friday evening, guided by Paddy Locke & Ronan Sheehan the boys put in a determined & honest display of skill & team work in the first 30 minutes to find themselves within a point of the home side at the break. The second half saw Kilclief put distance between their challengers as the home side shifted the tempo up a gear and the intensity & robustness of the tackles increased. Although finishing on the wrong of victory this young Rankins side learned a valuable lesson and impressed their management, leaving them encouraged for the next set of games in the league.

The young blues who contributed to the Patrick Rankins cause were Jason Duffy, Eoin Campbell, Ciaran McMahon, Oliver Murdock, Jamie Lock, Malachi Sherrington and Nikos Perdikomatis with goalkeeper Lorcan Rowntree doing great to keep the hosts at bay.

U11.5 win away to Newry

Newry Shamrocks 1-1 Cumann Pheadaír Naofa 3-6

The Cumann Pheadaír Naofa U11.5 hurlers had a great win over Newry Shamrocks in the opening game of their 2021 season on Saturday May 15th.

Just a few weeks after commencing training, the lads had their first competitive outing in Newry where they hurled to a very high level.

The lads showed some great attacking touches, registering three goals through the game.

Blues Captain for the day Conor Rice along with Charlie Downey and Tristan kept a tidy square! Whilst midfielders Niko and Ruadhan got through a trojan amount of work in midfield. The lively forwards of Eddie, Darragh, Lorcan and Theo gave their hosts plenty of headaches in attack, contributing to the win.

The U11.5 age group like others has been split into three groups, to allow for games to be played in a smaller geographical area, and to prevent some longer travel, within that section are Ballela and Craobh Rua Camlocha (Armagh), competing at this age group in Down for the first time.

We send our best wishes to Lorcán Rowntree who suffered a hand injury, we hope to see him back on the field in a few weeks.

Team: Tristan Dooley, Theo Gambold, Conor Rice, Eddie Ng, Darragh Murney, Charlie Downey, Lorcán Rowntree, Niko Perdikomatis, Ruadhan Williams

Our next game is on Sat. 5th June vs Craobh Rua Camlocha at 11.30am in Milltown Playing Fields.

Ladies Football

Senior Ladies

Cumann Pheadair Naofa senior ladies travelled to St.Michael's of Magheralin on Saturday evening for their second match of the league campaign. Having been victorious in their opening encounter against East Belfast, at home, the Blues were aiming to add to this with a win on the road. St.Michael's got their noses in front first & that's how it stayed, in what proved to be a closely contested encounter. Ultimately Warrenpoint just couldn't quite catch up with their opponents on the scoring front & eventually lost out by 0-11 to 0-7.

U15 Ladies

The U15 ladies in blue began their league campaign with a long trip away to Teconnaught. The Blues started strongly, getting three points within the opening ten minutes, the home team not getting on the score sheet until just before the first water break, with a goal. A number of changes were made at the first water break, with those just introduced having to get up to the speed of the game quickly. The teams traded scores for the rest of the first half, the home team going into the break with a one-point advantage.

For the second half, more changes were made, mixing up the personnel again. The home team started to take an element of control in the match & restricted the Blues to just a couple of scores, whilst converting a number of their own chances. This led to Teconnaught taking a 13-point lead into the second water break. More team changes ensued heading into the final quarter of the game. For the final 15 minutes, Warrenpoint really upped the pressure, with most of the game being played in the home team’s half of the pitch. The girls worked hard & kept the shots raining in towards the Teconnaught posts, but just couldn’t convert enough to scores to pull the game back, falling just short by four points.

Great effort by all the girls & fantastic to see a panel of 27, turning out & representing their club.

Final score: Teconnaught 7-4 Cumann Pheadair Naofa 4-9

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