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Senior Men

Our senior men are through to the semi-final of the Intermediate Championship following a two-point extra-time win over St Paul’s in Crossmaglen on Sunday, 0 – 15 to 0 – 13.

The sides swapped two points apiece in the opening exchanges with Eamon McCabe and Ciaran Mackin getting the early Shane’s scores before a Matthew Girvan point put them ahead for the first time. A pointed St Paul’s free tied the game again before points from Paul O’Rourke and Ciaran Mackin gave the Shane’s a narrow advantage but it was the Lurgan side who got the next two scores to tie the game at five points each. A second point of the half from Matthew Girvan put the Shane’s ahead but once again it was quickly cancelled out by a St Paul’s score, only for Ciaran Mackin to fire over his third point to put the Camlough side back in front. Two points in the final five minutes of the opening period saw St Paul’s go into the half-time interval with a narrow one-point lead, 0 – 8 to 0 – 7.

Shane O’Neill’s Senior Ladies – Division 2 League Champions 2019
Shane O’Neill’s Senior Ladies – Division 2 League Champions 2019

An early David McCabe point tied the game in the opening minutes of the second-half before a Paul O’Rourke free edged them in front again only for St Paul’s to draw level minutes later. Raymond Fitzpatrick pointed for the Shane’s soon after before two points in row from St Paul’s saw the scoreboard swing in their favour again but Eamon McCabe brought the sides level again as the game entered added-on time. With thirty-one minutes on the clock St Paul’s led again with their twelfth point but the Shane’s weren’t to be denied and Paul O’Rourke replied almost immediately to see the game end all square at twelve points each and into extra-time.

It seemed as if St Paul’s made the best possible start to the first period of extra-time when they goaled in the opening minute but it was ruled for a square-ball infringement. A Paul O’Rourke free followed soon after as the Shane’s went one ahead and David McCabe tagged on another score minutes later, and the Camlough men held onto their two-point advantage until half-time in extra-time.

The second period of extra-time was a low scoring affair as both sides understandably tired and only managed another one point each with Paul O’Rourke firing over his fifth point, and his sides fifteenth, and that was enough to see the Shane’s over the line and into the semi-final, 0 – 15 to 0 - 13.

This was a really dogged game with the sides going score for score throughout but the Shane’s done just enough to claim the win and like last week against Keady, they were excellent in defence throughout. With Andy Murnin playing at full-forward for St Paul’s they launched countless high balls in his direction but the Shane’s defence held firm and snuffed out the threat more times than not.

The draw for the championship is scheduled to take place on Monday and will see the Shane’s paired against either Wolfe Tones, Grange or the winners of Clan na Gael and Crossmaglen II’s.

Senior Ladies

Our senior ladies were scheduled to play Crossmaglen last Monday night but Crossmaglen conceded the game and as a result, the Shane’s ladies were crowned winners of the Division 2 league. They were presented with the league trophy on Tuesday night when County Chairperson Sinead Reel came to the club to hand the trophy over to Geraldine McNally, captain of the team.

U14 Boys

Our U14 boy’s amalgamation of Patrick Rankins recorded a great win over Culloville last Tuesday night to qualify for the final of the league. The lads now play St Peter’s in the final this Tuesday night at 7.30pm in Clan na Gael. Everyone at the club would to wish all the players and their management team the very best of luck on Tuesday night.

Best Wishes

Everyone at the club would to extend their best wishes to our senior footballer Padraig Magee who was involved in a nasty traffic accident on his way home from the senior men’s game on Sunday afternoon.

Underage Managers Meeting

A meeting has been arranged for tomorrow night, Monday 16th September at 7.30pm in the clubhouse for anyone wishing to be involved in any of our underage teams, both boys and girls, for the 2020 year.
Anyone who feels they could help out with managing, mentoring, coaching, training etc is asked to come along to this meeting and put their name forward.
Our youth, both boys and girls, are the future of the club and we are encouraging everyone to get involved in any way they can at all to help develop them as they progress through the club.

Lotto

Last week’s winning lotto numbers were 10, 16, 22 & 30. There were no jackpot winners and 5 x match three winners. The lotto jackpot now stands at an impressive £4,450. 

 

 

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