Na Fianna GAA Club Notes


Na Fianna U16 Footballers got their 2011 playing campaign off to an impressive start with a resounding win over The Downs from Mullingar in Westmeath in the first round of the inaugural Leinster Club League Tournament last Saturday evening in Geashill on a scoreline of 6-06 to 1-03. Na Fianna completely dominated the first half which saw them chalk up the first goal in the 10th minute when Shane Hyland took a pass in midfield and soloed through right into the square and laid it off to Fergus Flood to tap into the net. This was followed 4 minutes later by the second goal when Conor Leen from the corner of the square lobbed the ball over the head of the keeper to the top corner of the net. Na Fianna then added 2 points before shooting their 3rd goal in the 23rd minute when a shot from Mikey Pender came off the keeper and into the net. The remainder of the half saw The Downs get off the mark with a pointed free but this was cancelled out with another Na Fianna point and so at the break Na Fianna held a comfortable 3-04 to 0-01 lead. At the start of the second half Na Fianna introduced their full compliment of subs but it did not hinder them in any way as within the first 10 minutes they had tagged on another 2-01, with Conor Leen dispatching his second goal of the game and Shane Hyland getting the other goal when he followed up to blast the ball to the net after his first shot was blocked by the keeper. Both sides then added a point apiece before Na Fianna completed their scoring in the 17th minute with their 6th goal when Fintan Pierce won the ball just outside the square and laid it off to the in-running Mikey Keogh to shoot to the top corner of the net. At this stage the game was well over as a contest and while in the remaining minutes got in to score 1-01 these were just consolation scores.

NA FIANNA: Jason Dunne, Aaron Pierce, James Lalor, Jamie Conroy, Niall Lynch, Ben Ridgeway (0-01), Kevin Beirne, Declan Byrne, Mikey Keogh (1-01), Shane Hyland (1-02), Ibrahaim Afolavi, Mark McNally Mikey Pender (1-00), Fergus Flood (1-01), Conor Leen (2-01).

SUBS: Mikey Leogue (for Jason Dunne), Darren O’Brien (for Aaron Pierce), Daragh Murphy (for Jamie Conroy), Ryan Guinan (for Ibrahaim Afolavi), Barry Daly (for Mark McNally), Matthew Murphy (for Conor Leen), Fintan Pierce (for Kevin Beirne), Ibrahaim Afolavi (for Shane Hyland)


Na Fianna U16 Footballers will be looking to make 2 wins out of 2 in the Leinster Club League Tournament when they travel to take on St Michael’s of Westmeath in Tubberclair on this Saturday (12th March) at 4:00pm . All support would be appreciated. . Best of Luck to all involved.


Na Fianna Minor Footballers get their playing campaign for this year under way next Sunday afternoon (13th March) at 3:00pm in Geashill as they take on Ferbane / Belmont in the opening round of the new Minor Football League. All support would be appreciated.


Na Fianna U6, U8 & U10 Football Training begins for this year on Thursday 14 APRIL between 6 and 7pm in Geashill with Registration taking place at the training. All boys and girls in these age categories interested in playing football are invited to attend.


Membership for club players has been fixed for the coming year at €15 for the first child and €10 for the second and subsequent child from each family. Membership can be paid to the relevant team managers when training re-commences.

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