Na Fianna GAA Club Notes

Na Fianna U16 Footballers got back to winning ways in their Championship campaign as they came out on top against Rhode Og in Rhode last Monday week on a scoreline of 4-10 to 3-09. Rhode opened the scoring with a point straight from the throw in but Na Fianna got off the mark straight away with their first goal when a line ball was won on the edge of the square and shot to the corner of the net. Both sides registered a point apiece before Na Fianna finished their second goal midway through the half when a shot was spilled by the keeper and tapped into the net. Rhode then added 2 points to Na Fianna’s 1 point before Rhode were awarded a penalty in the final minute which they shot to the net. This left Na Fianna leading by the minimum at halftime 2-02 to 1-04. For the first 20 mins of the second half Na Fianna tagged on 5 more points but a tally of 1-04 for Rhode put them in front by 1. Then within the space of a minute Na Fianna turned the game completely in their favour as they broke through to score 2-01 and they sealed the win with their final 2 points from 45’s a few mins later. Rhode scored 1-01 in stoppage time but it was not enough and Na Fianna held on to claim the win.
NA FIANNA: Jason Dunne, Aaron Pierce, James Lalor, Mikey Pender, Kevin Beirne, Ben Ridgeway, Niall Lynch, Fergus Flood, Declan Byrne, Shane Hyland, Mark Garry, Darren O’Brien, Shane Dolan, Conor Leen, Mikey Keogh.
SUBS USED: Fintan Pierce, Jamie Conroy, Ibrahaim Afolavi, Matthew Murphy.

Na Fianna Minor Footballers lost out to a more superior side from St Vincents last Thursday evening in Geashill in the penultimate round of the group stage of the Championship on a scoreline of 2-11 to 1-05. St Vincents were off the mark with a point straight from the throw in and by half time had built up a tally of 1-07 with Na Fianna just about keeping themselves in it with 3 points from Gavin Ridgeway, Gary Martin and Dean Cahill. The first 10 mins of the second half saw St Vincents first pull further ahead with 2 more points before Na Fianna replied with a pointed free from Jason Darby followed by the goal when Jason Darby won a high ball outside the square and found a clear run in on goal, rounding the keeper before he buried the ball in the net. This had the deficit down to 5 points but just 2 mins later came the game clincher when St Vincents got through to score their second goal. This killed the game as a contest and over the remaining 20 mins there were just 3 more points, 2 for St Vincents and 1 for Na Fianna from Jason Darby. Na Fianna must now win their final round game away to St Rynaghs to have any hope of making it through to the Quarter Finals.
NA FIANNA:    Adam Kinahan, James Garry, Declan Byrne, Luke Dunne, David Jordan, Mikey Keogh, Brian Crombie, Liam Guinan, Gavin Ridgeway (0-01), Gary Martin (0-01), Niall Dempsey, Eric Dolan, Ben Ridgeway, Jack Keogh, Jason Darby (1-02).
SUBS: Dean Cahill (0-01) (for Eric Dolan), Mark Garry (for Gary Martin), Ronan Crombie (for Liam Guinan) Dean Pierce (for Luke Dunne), Aaron Dwane (for Dean Cahill).

Na Fianna U14 Footballers were given a walkover by Ballinamere / Durrow in their Championship meeting which was due to take place in Geashill last Friday evening.

Na Fianna U16 Footballers continue their Championship campaign next Monday evening (22 Aug) @ 7:00pm as they take on neighbours St Vincents in Geashill. All support would be appreciated.

Na Fianna GAA Football club would like to wish Richie Reynolds a speedy recovery following the injury sustained last week.

Na Fianna GAA are organising a fundraising draw in conjunction with the All-Ireland Football Final with a first prize of 2 Stand Tickets to the All-Ireland Football Final and overnight accommodation including evening meal for 2 people in The  Morgan Hotel, Dublin the night beforehand (A much sought after prize for any GAA supporter from Dublin /Donegal/ Kerry or Mayo!!! ) with runner up prizes of €100 and €75 . Draw will be held in  Ned’s Bar, Ballinagar  on Saturday 10th September . Tickets available from any Committee Member, Team Manager or Selectors . All support would be much appreciated.

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