Longstone club notes – 16th April 2012
ACL I: Clonduff 1-9 Longstone 0-8. The Division 1 season got underway last Friday and Longstone were away to Clonduff. The opening score of the game was a goal by the home team, scored by Patrick McGreevy, in the 4th minute. Longstone recovered well and tied the game at 3-3 by the 19th minute. During the remainder of the half the scoring rate improved a little and Clonduff led 1-3 to 0-5 at the interval. Overall the second half was dominated by the home side and they gradually increased their lead and were the more capable team in front of goal. Players to impress were Darren O’Hagan, Tony McGreevy and John Fegan for Clonduff and for Longstone, Cormac Poland. Longstone: Colin Trainor, Barry Kelly, Eamon Quinn, Darren McDowell, Michael Hughes, Mark Doran, Cormac Poland 0-3, Gary Trainor, Conor Poland 0-1, Steven Doran, Barry Doran, Malachy Trainor 0-1, Michael Ireland, Ryan Kelly 0-3frees, Ciaran Doran. Subs used: John Magee, Adrian Trainor, Ryan McDowell. Clonduff: Gary Haughian, John McPolin, Paul McConville, Ruairi Lively, Kieran Trainor, Shane O’Hagan, Paul Lively, Niall McPolin, Darren O’Hagan, Tony McGreevy 0-2, John Fegan 0-2, Eamon O’Reilly 0-1, Conor Og O’Hagan 0-1, Patrick McGreevy 1-0, Finbarr McConville 0-3.
The Minors started their campaign with a home win over Atticall last Tuesday. Players to lead by example were Michael McStay, Jamie McComb, Paul Trimble, Pearse Trimble, Daithi Young, Tiarnan Haughian, Aidan Rogers, Gareth McDowell and Darren Fitzpatrick. It was a good performance by the team particularly when the ball was moved first-time by the players and in terms of the work-rate. Thanks to Atticall for a competitive and sporting game.
Longstone U-16s played their first two league games of the season in the past two weeks and had two wins. First game was away to Dromara and winning margin was twelve points and last Thursday they recorded a big win at home to Tullylish after a slow start. Players to impress were Owen Haughian, Conor Kelly, Michael McAstocker, Paddy Fegan, Gareth McDowell, Aidan Rogers, Darren Fitzpatrick and Tyrone Poland. Overall the whole team gave a very good display in both games in terms of work-rate and ability.
The U-14s played in the Down Feile Peil na nOg on Easter Monday and had about 90 minutes of football on the Pairc Esler. The team played Baileglas, Atticall, Aughlisnafin, Drumgath and Drumaness, who won by a comfortable margin, which was Longstone’s only defeat in the group. The final was against Drumaness once more and this time Longstone played to the best of their ability and were narrowly defeated. It showed very good progress by the team from the earlier game against the same opposition. All the boys had a great experience playing on the county pitch and behaved very well. Thanks to Bord na nOg for organising the tournament. In recent weeks the U-14s have played two challenge games, away to Saul and home to Teconnaught, and their first league game is next Monday at home to Atticall.
The U-12s got their season off to a flying start recently carrying on from where they left off last year at U-10 level by winning a trophy on their first outing of the season at Kilcoo. They were unlucky in the 1st group stages with only score difference keeping them out of the cup competition in a group that contained Aughlisnafin, Downpatrick and Kilcoo. In the Div. 2 competition there were round robin games against Burren, Clanaderg and St John’s and three wins out of three set up a Shield final against Burren who they had narrowly defeated by one point in the group section. This team as is now the normal when in knockout competition are a match for anyone and with a display of skill and commitment in closing down, blocking and making the most of their scoring opportunities that came their way they ran out comfortable winners with everyone talking long after the final whistle had blown about their display. Well done to all these boys and girl and as usual they were a credit to their club and mentors. Keep up the good work. If you haven’t seen this team in action before try and watch them at some stage as they are a special bunch of players.
The U-12 and U-14 football squads were away on a bus trip to Croke Pk. on Sunday for the league semi-finals. The players had an enjoyable time, even though their team didn’t make the final, and thanks to the adults for supervising on the day.
Camogie Notes: U-12s attended an All-Cointy Blitz in Ballyholland on Saturday and gave a great exhibition of camogie. The team was Aine
Trimble, Aoife McDowell, Caitlin Trainor, Katie Smith, Linden Haughian, Ohrianna McGoey, Orlagh Smith, Tara Rooney and Taylor Poland. Thanks to Claire Rooney for mentoring the girls on the day. Well done to Katie Smith who represented the U-12 camogs in Croke Pk. at the recent activities day and she had an excellent time. The junior team played at home to Atticall last week and it finished level and the players played good camogie in adverse conditions. Congratulations to Niamh Rogers and the rest of her Down camogie team-mates on reaching Ulster championship finals at both U-16 and Minor levels with wins over Derry in their respective semi-finals. A reminder to any past or present camogie players with old skorts to please pass them on. Contact Ann Rogers.
Upcoming Fixtures: Thurs U-16 v Drumclone (in Drumgath) 7pm/ Fri Sen v Downpatrick (a) 7.15pm/ Sun U-12 Go Games Drumgath at 10.30am & Res v Mitchels (h) 6pm/ Mon U-14 v Atticall (h) 6.45pm & Jun camogie v Bredagh (a)/ Tues Min v Drumgath (a) 7pm & U-16 camogie v Ballycran (a).
U12 football team will play in a Go games Blitz this Sunday in Drumgath, starting at 10.30am. Teams involved are Drumgath, St Michael’s, Glenn, Longstone, Warrenpoint Ogs & Gaels.
Longstone GAC Golf Classic will take place on Friday, May 25, at Kilkeel Golf Club. To enter a team please contact Ashleen Poland, Michael Haughian, Hugh Trainor, Wilfred Rogers or Dympna Rooney.
Club football socks and shorts, Juvenile up to Seniors, can be obtained from Dympna Rooney 078284 57610.
Down GAA county board is offering a limited number of scholarships to juvenile club members, from any Down club, who will attend a Gaeltacht College course this summer. The application form for the grant can be downloaded from the Down website and must be returned by next Friday, April 27.
Please contact club secretary Damian Young 078431 71293 if you can donate any unwanted mobile phones in return for FREE equipment for the club, e.g. O’Neills match ball-23 phones.
Numbers 12, 16, 18, 28. Four matched three. Jackpot £6100 on Sunday night. www.longstonegac.com
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