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Club Notes 24/06/24

June 23, 2024 556 Views

Senior Football

The senior footballer’s championship campaign commences this week with a tough fixture against our neighbours Mungret in Claughaun on Friday night. The team has had mixed fortunes during the season to date, playing some excellent football but also being very unlucky in the injury department.

Squad that lined out against Monaleen earlier in the season.
Evan O’Brien unfortunately suffered a season ending ACL injury early in the season and we wish him the very best of luck with his operation this week and the rehab to follow. Evan has been a huge part of the group for the last number of years and will be a big loss. The retirement of Kevin Nolan and Kieran Daly from football is also a big loss for the club. Both have been excellent servants to Na Piarsaigh for many years. We wish them the very best in their retirement and thank them for all that they have done for the club. These omissions however open up spaces for new and exciting talent.

The underage academy Is doing a great job in preparing players and it's a credit to all the coaches and managers to see such good young footballers coming through the ranks and hopefully playing senior this year.

We'd love to see as many club supporters up in Claughaun on Friday night cheering on the team. This year’s team is captained by Evan Sweeney with Evan Egan as vice-captain. We would again like to thank Utility Trust and it's CEO James Fleming for their continued support and sponsorship of the senior football team in the club.

Squad: Evan Sweeney (C), Evan Egan (VC), Dylan Cronin, Gordan Brown, Evan O Brien, Eoghain Sherlock, Evan Condon, James Linnane, Ralph Leonard, Ian Leonard, Rueben McCarthy, Jack McCarthy, Christy O’Hagan, Tom McKeon, Colm Downey, Fionn O’Tiarnaigh, Conor McLoughlin, Cathal McMullan, Jack Barry, Ronan Houlihan, Cian Harrington, Stanley Dike, Dean McLoughlin, Sam Jordan, Adam Jordan, Darragh Jordan, John Robinson, Louis Murphy, Aaron Rush, Tommy Glynn, Conor Killian, Jamie Wilson, Matt Walsh, Shane Walsh, Adam Hallihan, Peter Hodnett.

Management team: Micheál Lynch, James Fleming, Ciaran McHugh, Leonard Durac and David O’Connell.

Match Report: County Senior Hurling League Final

Na Piarsaigh 1-20

Kilmallock 0-13

The County Senior Hurling League title has returned to Na Piarsaigh for 2024 following a 10-point victory over Kilmallock on Wednesday evening in Mick Neville Park. With the teams all square at the break, our lads stepped on the gas in the second half to record a convincing win. Tougher battles with Kilmallock et al lay ahead in 6 weeks’ time but it’s important appreciate the exceptional league campaign had by this group. Wednesdays result makes it 8 wins from 8 in a competition that started back at the beginning of April.

Senior County League Champions 2024

Dylan Lynch had us off the mark early with the opening score of the game but Kilmallock followed this with 4 points in a row. Striking into a stiff breeze, our captain Ronan Lynch chipped in with 3 frees and a point from play to keep the scoreboard ticking over. The biggest moment of the first half came on the 25 minute mark when a Kilmallock forward found himself one-on-one with Evan Condon but blazed the ball wide. A goal would have put our opponents up by 5. John Fitzgerald and JJ Carey popped up for a score each to leave the teams level at the break. Half time score: Na Piarsaigh 0-08 Kilmallock 0-08

Our lads burst out of the traps in the second half with 2 quick points from Tommy Grimes followed by a lovely score from the stick of Wayne Kearns. Kilmallock responded with a pointed free. What followed was a lovely play orchestrated by a long pass from Kevin Downes to an open Ronan Lynch in the corner. Ronan moved the ball across the 14 to Kevin Daly, who pulled on it first time to score the only goal of the game. A well taken goal by the Ennis Road man that set the tone for the remainder of the game. Marcus Hogan brought great energy to the forward line throughout, winning frees a chipping in with a point. Emmet McEvoy, while playing centre back, threatened to score on a number of occasions, finally getting on the scoresheet after 55 minutes. Pat Gleeson added 2 scores from the bench to close out the game.

Marcus Hogan stretches to control the ball

Preparation for the final wasn’t without it’s speed bumps with both Kieran Daly and Cathal King pulling out of the warm up, being replaced by Marcus Hogan and Mark O’Connor respectively. While some lads had to drop out, a noted return was made by Alan Dempsey, introduced after 45 minutes, giving a solid display at the back.

The build-up for championship now begins with a 6-week lead-in to our opening game against Patrickswell on the weekend of the 2nd of August.

Team: Evan Condon, Mark O’Connor, Gearoid Synnott, Jim Beary, Vince Harrington, Emmet McEvoy (0-01), Kevin Downes, Tommy Grimes (0-02), John Fitzgerald (0-02), JJ Carey (0-02), Ronan Lynch(C) (0-06, 4f), Wayne Kearns (0-01), Marcus Hogan (0-01), Kevin Daly (1-00), Dylan Lynch (0-03). Subs used: James O’Brien, Pa O’Neill, Alan Dempsey, Pat Gleeson (0-02), Bradley Moran. Subs not used: Daithi Dempsey, Cathal King, Kieran Daly, Mike Foley, James Daly, Sean Long, John O’Keefe.

Downsey in full flight.