Geevagh (@1.5) vs Castleconnor (@2.87)
29-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Geevagh will win

Geevagh – Castleconnor Match Prediction | 29-09-2019 09:00

In a low scoring first half a Brian Mahoney point got us off the mark before Barnes Kelly with a goal. Eoin Flynn scored 1-1 in a 2 minute spell to see us lead at half time 2-2 v 0-2. Eamon Cawley and Paul Kilcullen were in control at midfield with Niall Judge and Liam Naughton having stormers again in the defence.

Congrats to Senan Reape who was a member of the Irish pony Showjumping team who took part in an International tournament in Cavan at the weekend. Maybe in the future himself and Richard Howley will form half the Irish showjumping team ! A different sport but one of our members had a great weekend when he represented Ireland. He had a great weekend winning the Grand Prix on Sunday.

Unfortunately such is sporting life, so for the Sligo supporters in the club it is take a breather and get back on the horse again in a few days. For Kevin and Sean despite playing well it was tougher. Well for those of us who travelled to Salthill on Sunday it was tough.

As with the final round league game in Corballa the previous week we got off to a strong start and after 8 minutes we were 4-2 up with points from Stevie Curley, Sean Carrabine, Alan Cawley and an outside of the right peach from KEvin McDonnell. Having lost the final 3 years ago 6 days after losing the championship final the nucleus of the team wanted to make sure to get into the winning the habit in finals. Castleconnor have made it back to divison 1 football for the first time after the 2010 season. A point free from Curley and 2 quick ones from play by Kevin Langan with either foot put us up 0-8 v 0-3 after 18 minutes.

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A busy weekend for players and supporters this weekend. This game was originally fixed for Ballina which made sense considering the Mayo team have I think up to 7 starters who go to school in Ballina but was changed in the last few days. Whilst Sligo hurlers are playing in Croke Park on Saturday (good luck to them) Ronan Wilson will be playing for Sligo Minors against Mayoin Castlebar at 12:30.

We travelled to Tourlestrane on Friday evening. However this is the first round and the lads can be expected to turn it around in the next 3 games. However the result did not go in our favour in a high scoring affair which was disappointing.

We were 1-2 to no score down after 5 minutes but we held them scoreless till the last kick of the half after we had drawn level with points from Sen Carrabine, Stevie Curley Kevin Langan and Kevin McDonnell. In an enjoyable game of football where a very large crowd from the parish were there to support the lads, the extra experience and years of senior stood to Curry as they pulled away and withstood our comeback on two ocacssions. The championship dream for 2018 is over. At this time Rory Healy and John McDonnell were moping up a lot of ball in the half back line.

In the 2 minutes of injury time we were in control of possession but did not get a shot off in anger. We went very defensive and found it hard to move the ball up the field. In the second hald Enniscrone got the first few scores and 15 minutes in we were 10-6 up. An Odhrn Quinn point with 10 to go left us 11 v 9 up but in the 60th minute the home team equalised.

We got off to a great start scoring a goal in the first minute from Stephen Rogan and followed soon after by a Danny Donegan point. The lads performed heroically on Friday night against a stronger opposition in Scarden. By halftime we were trailing 2-3 v 5-3 and were unfortunate not to have another 2 goals on the scoreboard. However Marys went onto have a very strong spell scoring 3-3 in a 10 minute spell.

Holders exit after defeat to Easkey

The U14s were back in action last Friday 3rd August, this time in Round 1 of the A championship away to Coolera/Strandhill. However the team played some great stuff in the 2nd quarter and added 3 excellent goals, 2 from Stephen Rogan and one from Michael Sheridan and went in 5 points up at half time. The teams had previously drawn in the league encounter in a very tight game. We made a good start getting the first few points but Coolera struck for a goal and two points of their own to lead by 3 after 10 minutes.

Both Niall Judge and Liam Naughton had excellent games. Patrick McGuinness scored from long range after James Tully had hit the post earlier. With ages varying from 17 to 47 in the team we actually put in a good first half but failed to raise a flag when halftime arrived we trailed 0-8 v 0-0. No one was complaining when the final whistle was blown as the game was played in a constant downpour. Two early goals at the start of the half put us in a bad way but the lads responded and it took an excellent save to keep Kevin Barrins from scoring an opening goal. A team of varied ages travelled in hope rather than expectation to meet Drumcliffe.

We got off to a great start in the second half with some great fielding from Eoin Kent and Sean who picked up a bloody nose and had to go off for repairs for 10 minutes. Rory Healy stormed up field in the last minute and after playing a 1-2 with Cian Barrins put the ball over with aplomb. However by the 40 minute we had extended our lead out to 0-9 v 0-4 with 2 long range frees from Stevie, a 45 by Sean and a point from play by Kevin Langan. The defence were very much on top at this point with John McDonnell, the Earlis brothers, Ronan Keane and Brendan Howley all on top. Paul Flynn and Brian Howley came on after good shifts from Michel Cahill and Paul Sweeney and Alan Cawley scored 2 points from play with Sean scoring a free after Stevie was pulled down.

Not many seen Castleconnor beating Easkey. Lot of pressure on the Castleconnor goal in the last 15. Anyone else have any thoughts? Done well to hold on in the end. What do you see as the shock of the weekend?Harps with the win over strandhill was a big one in senior.Geevagh with a massive score line over Johns in intermediate to me wasn't surprising.