Our senior men returned to winning ways last Wednesday with a nine-point victory over Derrynoose, 4 – 10 to 0 – 13.
An early pointed free from Derrynoose was quickly cancelled out by a Mark McCabe point before two points in as many minutes from Connaire Mackin and Ryan McCabe put the home side in front. Derrynoose replied with their second point of the game before a powerful shot from Ryan McCabe was brilliantly saved by the Derrynoose keeper but the ball rebounded to Mark McCabe who slotted over from close range. Two points in quick succession from Derrynoose, one from a free, had them back on level terms before a high ball from Ryan Quinn was fielded by David McCabe who then turned his marker before dispatching his shot low to the back of the Derrynoose net. The Shane’s led by three at this stage but Derrynoose responded in great fashion, getting the next three points to tie proceedings once more. Great defensive work from Paddy Doran resulted in a swift Shane’s attack with the eventually making its way to Paddy Maughan and the big full-forward made no mistake from close range, coolly shooting the ball to the net for his team’s second goal. Maughan had his eye in now and in the Shane’s next attack he rose highest in the small square to fist the ball home and raise the green flag for the second time in as many minutes. The Shane’s were playing some great football and led by six at this stage and this increased to seven soon after when Connaire Mackin, playing his last game before heading to America for the summer, launched a fantastic ball from right out on the side-line which sailed straight between the posts to leave his side 3 – 5 to 0 – 7 to the good at the break.
The Shane’s all but sealed their win in the opening minute of the second period when they won the ball at the throw-in and delivered it to Mark McCabe who in turn found is brother and he flicked the ball to the net for his second and his side’s fourth goal of the contest. The sides then swapped a point apiece with Sean McLoughlin on target for the home team before a Derrynoose free reduced the deficit to nine but a point from Paul O’Rourke and a free from David McCabe kept the scoreboard ticking over for the Shane’s and well in control. The Shane’s then took their foot off the pedal slightly and in that period Derrynoose fired over three unanswered points before David McCabe, who was having a great game, took his personal tally for the night to 2 – 2 with a well taken point. The sides swapped points in the closing stages with Paul O’Rourke getting the Shane’s score to leave the final-score 4 – 10 to 0 – 13 in favour of the Camlough men.
Our senior ladies travelled to Grange on Saturday evening to take on the home side in the Championship and it proved to be a tough assignment with the Shane’s eventually running out winners by seven points, 6 – 12 to 3 – 14.
The Shanes’ struggled to find their rhythm in the opening period and found it difficult to get scores on the board. With half-time fast approaching they trailed their opponents by a point but a late Aimee Mackin saw them go at the break two pints to the good 1 – 6 to 1- 4.
The second-half was real end to end football with both sides virtually going score for score but it was the Shane’s girls who made the most of the goal chances with Aoibheann Jones, Sorcha McDonnell and Aimee Mackin all raising the green flag to keep the Shane’s out in front. To their credit it was a very good Grange side that kept themselves right in the game until the final whistle with some great scores but it was the Shane’s who emerged victorious in the end with seven points to spare, 6 – 12 to 3 – 14.
The senior ladies will continue to train on Tuesday evening at 7.00pm in preparation for their next league game away to Carrickcruppen next Saturday evening at 7.00pm.
A severely depleted minor boy’s team travelled to Cullyhanna last Monday for their latest league game following the exam break and despite putting in a decent performance they lost out by five points. The lads were scheduled to be in action on Monday night at home to Maghery but the game has been cancelled.
The U16 girls have a home game against Killeavy this coming Thursday evening at 7.00pm.
It was a disappointing result for U14 boys last Tuesday night, losing out to Tír na nÓg at home.
Our U12 girls are at home to Tír na nÓg next Sunday at 12 noon whilst training continues every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 7.00pm – 8.00pm at the field.
Wednesday saw our U10 footballers travel to Saval with two teams to take part in a couple of challenge games. All the boys and girls got a full game of football and produced some great football with some great skill and effort on show.
Two teams also travelled to Clonduff on Saturday to participate in the annual Daniel Andre memorial tournament. One of the teams found themselves in a tough group alongside Clann na Banna, Glen Emmets, Ballyholland and Bredagh but some great performances saw the Shane’s progress to the quarter-final of the shield. They faced a very good Burren side in this game and it proved to be a very tight affair which eventually saw the young Shane’s fall to a single point defeat.
The second team were also in a tough group and after games against Saval, Burren, Clann Eireann and Clonduff they found themselves in the quarter-final of the competition. Mayobridge were waiting in the quarter-final and this was another tight and tough game but the young Shane’s dug deep and claimed a narrow one point win. Clann Eireann were the opponents in the semi-final and unfortunately, they proved too strong for the Shane’s youngsters and claimed the win.
The U10’s management team were delighted with the effort the Shane’s put in at the tournament and they are extremely happy with the progress being made by all the players. Training continues every Tuesday and Friday evening at the field from 6.00pm – 7.00pm with a game squeezed in between on Wednesday evening away to Lisbrack with a throw-in time of 7.00pm. More games will hopefully be confirmed later in the week.
Please note that training for all our U6s, U8s, U10s and U12s will take place every Friday night from 6.00pm - 7.00pm at the field. All boys and girls at these age groups are very welcome to come along. The training on Friday evening is on top of their normal weekly training session.
Meabh O’Neill’s Camogie
The camogie club would like to thank everyone who helped out at the very successful underage blitz which took place at the club on Saturday – it was great morning which everyone thoroughly enjoyed.
Senior and minor camogie training continues every Monday and Wednesday evening from 6.6.20pm – 8.00pm with underage training also taking place on Wednesday evenings from 6.00pm – 7.30pm.
Annual U10 Blitz
Our annual U10 football blitz is taking place on Saturday 1st July. With over 20 teams scheduled to take part it promises to be a great day’s football. Anyone interested in helping out on the day - refereeing, score-keeping, time-keeping etc - please contact Brendy Osborne.
New Senior Ladies Jersey
Saturday morning saw our senior ladies being presented with new jerseys which have been kindly sponsored by Confucius Institute based at Ulster University, and features the KBRT logo on the sleeve. Yan Liu, Xuefang Jiang and Sean Cunningham, representatives of the Confucius Institute at Ulster University, were all on hand to hand over the new jerseys. The club would like to extend their sincere gratitude for their generous sponsorship of the jerseys and our club member Conor Murphy for securing the sponsorship.
Senior Citizen Trip to Croke Park
The Health and Well-Being Committee of Armagh GAA have organised a trip to Croke Park on Thursday 29th June and this event is particularly geared towards senior citizens.
Bus Departure Times
Davitt Park - 9.00am
Athletic Grounds - 9.40am
Carrickdale Hotel - 10.30am
Croke Park Museum/Tour - 12 noon - 1.45pm
Lunch - 1.45pm
Depart Croke Park for Return Journey - 3.00pm
The cost of this trip is £14 or €16.50.
Names must be forwarded to either Caoimhe Mercer or email firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday 27th June at 12noon.
Everyone at the club would like to extend their best wishes to local photographer Micky O’Rourke who is currently recovering from surgery.
Last week’s winning lotto numbers were 2, 20, 23 & 25. There was no jackpot winner and 1 x lucky dip winner. The jackpot now stands at a very impressive £5,900.
New Community Walkway
The new Community Walkway around our club grounds is now open for use by ALL members of the community, both young and old, male and female. The walkway is proving very popular and gives everyone the opportunity to walk in a safe and friendly environment all year round. So, if you fancy a power-walk or just a leisurely stroll why not avail of our new community facility.
Shane O’Neill’s senior ladies Louise Kenny, Hayley Mackin, Tara Byrne and Sorcha McDonnell receive their new jerseys from Yan Liu and Sean Cunningham, representatives of the Confucius Institute at Ulster University.
Also pictured are club chairman Mick Mackin and club member Conor Murphy.
Shane O’Neill’s senior ladies prior to their championship game against Grange