Our senior men made a disappointing exit from the championship on Sunday, losing by two points to Silverbridge in a low scoring encounter in Cullyhanna, 0 – 8 to 0 – 6.
The Shanes played into a gale force wind in the opening half and despite have a number of decent chances they failed to score, shooting a total of nine wides over the thirty minutes. However, they did restrict their opponents to just four points, two from frees, and went in ay half-time confident they could overhaul the deficit in the second-half.
With the wind at their backs the Shanes made a great start to the second period and within ten minutes they were back on level terms thanks to points from Greg McCabe, Sean McLoughlin, Connaire Mackin and Paul O’Rourke. Two points in a row from Silverbridge edged them ahead again before another Greg McCabe point got the Shanes back to within one. The sides then swapped points with Sean McLoughlin pointing another free for the Shanes to leave just the minimum between them but Silverbridge finished the stronger side and added another point to claim the win by two, 0 – 8 to 0 – 6.
The senior men now have one league game left at home to Middletown with a date still to be confirmed.
Despite a brilliant second-half performance from our minor boys last Monday night they lost by two points to Dromintee in the final of the Division 1 shield final, 2 – 8 to 1 – 9.
The Shanes lads made a terrible start to the game and found themselves 2 – 2 to no score after fifteen before Matthew Girvan pointed a free for his side. Dromintee fired over the next three points to lead by ten points before an Oisin O’Callaghan penalty reduced the deficit to seven before the same player scored a great point to leave his side six in arrears at the break, 2 – 5 to 1- 2.
An early Ciaron McMullan point gave the Shanes a good start to the second-half but it was quickly cancelled out by Dromintee’s sixth point of the game. Three points in a row from the Shanes, two from Matthew Girvan and one from Eamon McCabe, got the Camlough side back to within three with Dromintee replying with another point. The Shanes responded in great fashion with two points from Oisin O’Callaghan and Matthew Girvan to leave just two between them but Dromintee increased their advantage to three with another point. With less than five minutes on the clock the Shanes went all out to get the equalising score and went close on a couple of occasions with Michael McParland fizzing a shot just wide of the far post before the Dromintee keeper made an excellent save to deny Matthew Girvan. Despite a late point from a 45 from Damian O’Hagan the Shanes just couldn’t back on level terms and Dromintee held on to claim the win by 2 – 8 to 1 – 9.
Despite the disappointment of Monday the minors have had a decent season, winning the Division 1 B league title and being competitive right throughout the year. Well done to all the lads and their management team for their hard work and commitment over the season.
Our U16 girls suffered their first league defeat of 2016, losing out to Carrickcruppen last Monday night. Their next game is at home to Clan Na Gael this Monday, 12th September with throw- in at the earlier time of 6.30pm and all girls are asked to meet at the club at 6.00pm.
U10s & U8s
Training for our U10 and U8 footballers continues on Tuesday and Friday evenings at the club from 6.00pm – 7.00pm.
U6 training continues this coming Wednesday evening, 14th September at 6.00pm in Bessbrook Community Centre. All new players, boys and girls, are welcome to attend.
Meabh O’Neill’s Camogie
Training for all U14, U12, U10 and U8 camogs take place at Shane's pitch every Wednesday evening from 6.00pm – 7.00pm and all new members from age 4 upwards welcome to attend. Any past or present camogie player or hurler who could spare one hour per week on Wed evening to help coach some of our underage is asked to contact Sandra 07599 640444 – your help would be greatly appreciated . The camogie club is having a bag pack next Saturday, 17th September and the club would like the parents of our players to help out - please contact any committee members for details.
All current, past or potential underage managers/mentors/coaches /helpers are asked to attend a meeting on Monday 12th September at 8.00pm in the clubhouse to make arrangements for both girls and boys underage for next season. Parents of players are also asked to attend for feedback on last season.
Annual Golf Classic
This year’s Shane O’Neill’s Annual Golf Classic takes place next Saturday 17th September in Cloverhill Golf Club. The tournament will take the format of a 3 Ball Scramble with an entry of £75.00 per 3 ball team. The winners will receive a 1 night’s Stay and Play at Slieve Russel Hotel. For further information or to book your place please contact Gareth on 0044 7810 892439 or Paul on 07525 032823/0874100480.
A Word of Thanks
The club would like to thank to St Malachys Primary School, Camlough for affording us the opportunity to come into the school recently to speak to all the children about the underage football and camogie available to them at Shane O'Neill's and Meabh O'Neill's.
Orders for half-zips, skinny bottoms and body-warmers can be made at the club at 9.00pm every Monday night in September (12th, 19th & 26th).
Fight on Campaign for Séanín
Following our recent Qube event the club handed over a cheque for £3868.00 to the Fight On Campaign for Séanín last Monday night.
Last week’s winning lotto numbers were 2, 17, 19 & 26. There were no jackpot winners and 1 x lucky dip winners. The jackpot now stands at £4000.