Feile Peile 2019 took place over the weekend in Connacht & pride of place must go to Kilmacow who won out the shield competition whilst both O’Loughlin Gaels & Clara were unlucky in their valiant efforts. Here’s their own words on their adventures over the weekend.
Kilmacow Feile by Eamon Reddy
On Friday evening 28th June Kilmacows feile football journey started at Sligo club Tourlestrane with victory over Tourlestrane 5:10 to 1:03.Kilmacow started well and played some exceptional football to beat the local club.
Kilmacow’s second game was against a very strong Fingal Ravens team from Dublin and were beaten 0:0 to 7:04.
Saturday morning Kilmacow lost to their host club from Leitrim Fenagh St.Caillins on a score line of 1:02 to 3:09.
At 3:15 on Saturday afternoon Bee Park Manorhamilton was the venue where Kilmacow took on Sligo club Coolera Strandhill in the shield quarter final. Kilmacow played some great football and put tremendous pressure on the Coolera kick outs which resulted in some great turnovers and was converted into scores . (kilmacow 5:05, Coolera 1:04)
Sunday morning the kilmacow lads were up early and back on the road to face Fermanagh club Devenish St. Mary’s at Leitrims Bee Park Manorhamilton for the semifinal at 11.15. Like the previous game Kilmacow applied pressure from the off and took every scoring opportunity created which was the difference in the end.(kilmacow 5:05 Devenish St. Marys1:04)
Next stop Manorhamilton’s new pitch which is about 4k outside the town where kilmacow played Roscommon club Oran in the Shield Final. Kilmacow,s fitness really showed here where they dominated from start to finish.(Kilmacow 4:05 Oran 1:02)
Through out the weekend Kilmacow were driven on from midfield by captain Lorcan Suffan and David Williams.Up front Calum Regan was very influential from centre forward and linked up well with the midfielders and hard working forwards.The defence stood up to any questions ask of them.
Aside from the result it was a fantastic 3 days of football craic and most of all it is was great experience for players and Adults alike. Our host club from Fenagh are a rural club from Leitrim and looked after kilmacow players and supporters to no end .
Shane Morrissey, Eden Gillespie, Gearoid long, Jack Buttler, Tom Reddy, Jack Quinn ,Killian Blanche, David Williams, Lorcan Suffin, Stephen Walsh, Calum Regan, Eoin Aylward, Ben Doyle ,Eoin Murray, Alex Burke Derham, David Sheridan ,Kevin Phelan, Caoilin Kelly, Daniel Thompson, Luke Cullen, Conor Whelan ,Aaron Cass, Oisin Conway, Harry Morrissey.
Martin Gillespie,John Quinn, Brian Murray,Brendan Walsh,Eamonn Reddy.
FEILE PEILE - O’Loughlin Gaels by Eoin Lawlor
O’Loughlin Gaels Feile Peile campaign started with a visit to Monivea-Abbey to take on the home club in Div 4 was always going to be a big ask against. The Galway side got an early goal on the break before the Gaels responded with a pointed free. The Gaels did trouble the homeside winning numerous frees in the first yielding 4points but however Monivea-Abbey used their footballing guile to their advantage and caught the Gaels for a second gal before the break. 0-4 to 2-1. The second have started with a blistering goal by Aaron Maher. Some fine football was played by the Kilkenny representatives but Monive’s experience won out in the end.
The second group game was against the Fermanagh champions Kinawley Brian Boru’s. It was a difficult game to play as the oppositions tactics stifled any chance of a movement developing. There was no coping with the cynicism adopted by the northerners that saw them out score O’Loughlins 1-3 to 4-10
Saturday morning’s venue was at Annaghdown GAA ..the Gaels host club. By the games end O’Loughlin Gaels would have given each player on the panel over 20mins of game time over the 3 group matches. With no wins is was off to Dunmore in the afternoon to play Bearna in the shield competition. This was a terrific game of football. Greg Kelly continued the good form shown in the earlier games and after a good run set up the first scoring opportunity for Josh Hynes who duly dispatched to the net. The game ebbed and flowed and a shock was on the cards as the O’Loughlin lads determination earned them a brilliant Tadgh Crowley on the 32nd minute. Extra time looked to be on the cards but 4 more minutes of relentless footballs eventually saw a ball break favourably to Bearna and the Galway side rattled the net and the final whistle sounded on the kickout. Final Score: Bearna 2-4 to 1-4 O’Loughlin Gaels. Great effort by O’Loughlin Gaels with goalkeeper Orestas Balsys impressing throughout the campaign as well as wing forward Ruarc Sweeney
Team: Orestas Balsys, Kieran Delaney, Brandon Wall, Michael Bourke Lambert, CJ McChemcheu, Evan Burke, Fionn Lawlor, Ruaidhri Galwey, Eoghan Bennett, Ruarc Sweeney, Greg Kelly, Darragh Powell, Tadhg Crowley, Luke Quigley, Josh Hynes, Conor Daly, Owen McKenna, Joe Bolger, Harry Roberts, David Butler, Evan Maher, Aaron Maher, Kevin Waldron, Eoghan O'Brien, Stephen Butler, Conor Murphy, Luke Hanrahan, Josh Owens, Cormac Wall, Daniel Byrne, Jack Johnson
Selectors: Brian Fox, Eoin Lawlor, Darren Kelly, Joe Daly
Clara by James Bazz Barry
On 28th of June , the young boys of Clara departed from their club grounds for their second feile of this year. This time the destination was Roscommon for Gaelic Feile. The Rossies where on a high with the latest success of their senior team in their province. First up for Clara was Kilmore/Shannon Gaels/St.Ronans in what proved to be tight affair with boys from Clara co.Kilkenny falling short to 1-6 to 1-2 loss. Man of match was one of youngest members of the team Luke Lawlor who made great saves between the posts. Scorers: Dillon Cummins 1-0 , Ned Langton 0-1 , Harry Boyle 0-1.
The second game saw the Noresiders take on neighboring and rival county opposition Arravale Rovers of Tipperary. The tipp outfit proved too strong and ran out 3-7 to 0-3 winners. Scorers: Ned Langton 0-3.
Saturday morning Clara played against their host club Elphin/Ballinameen. This was truly the cliche of game of two half’s which saw host club rally back to only fall short by a point to a very hard working Clara outfit by all those who started and came on. The end score was 2-4 to 2-3 in favor of the maroon faithful. Scorers: Ben Murphy 1-1, Sean Carrigan 1-0 , Ned Langton 0-2 , Joe Power 0-1.
Clara finished 3rd in the group to set up a shield 1/4 final tie against Northern Gaels. This game saw Clara net 2 well worked goals in first half to run out comfortable 2-6 to 0-4 winners. Scorers: Ben Murphy 2-0 , Joe Power 0-3, Ned Langton 0-1 , Harry Boyle 0-1 , Tommy Delaney 0-1.
Sunday morning semi final saw Clara face Ballaghaderreen of Mayo in what proved another tight fair with both teams level at half time with 1-2 a piece the second half saw Mayo opposition edge the tight affair 3-2 to 2-3. Scorers: Ned Langton 1-1,Rory Glynn 1-1, Zach Lawlor 0-1. Although they boys didn’t make it to the final the boys of Kilkenny did themselves, their club and their families proud. Over the weekend there was 9 different scorers. Big thanks to host club Elphin/Ballinameen for their kind generosity through the weekend.