November 9th 2014- CLUB NEWS - by Noel Collins
JUNIOR B FOOTBALL
Passage 1—13 Whitchurch 3---08
A good second half performance that saw Whitechurch come back from 5 points down to win the City Division Junior B Football League Semi Final against Passage at Ballinlough on Sunday morning.
The opening half was all about Passage as their strong running and inter passing had Whitechurch in all sorts of trouble. Once Passage opened the scoring inside a minute with a Ben Daly point it looked as the Harbour side would have the upper hand. But Whitechurch were right back in the game on six minutes when Sean Keane had the ball in the Passage net.
Passage and Whitechurch exchanged points, before Kevin O’Brien saw his low shot beat Darren Dinneen to put Passage 1—3 to 1—1 in front. Passage tagged over three points from Donna Long, Stephen Kenny and Aaron Horan to let the score At 1—06 to 1—1 with 20 minutes gone. Passage playing fast attacking football were well on top in midfield, and two more points followed before half time from Eoin Walsh and Long, Whitechurch narrowed the score to 5 points when Sean Keane and Barry Harnedy put points on the board.
The second half saw Passage turn in to the strong wind and they were soon in trouble , Whitechurch opened the scoring with three fast points, before Kenny had a Passage point , to stretch the lead to 4points.
But the game turned six minutes into the second half, a Whitechurch attack saw their number ten Damien Hourigan finish to the net to let one point in it, 1—9 to 2—05.
Whitechurch were level two minutes later Keane putting over a nice point from play.
Passage rallied and Donna Long had them in front again with a good point from play.
Then another mix up in the Passage defence saw Whitechurch pounce for their third goal, Harnedy getting the all important touch to beat Kind in the Passage goal.
Passage tried hard to pull back the two point lead, Kenny put over one point, while Ronan Cooney also had a point to let it 1—13 to 3—08. Passage forwards had opportunities to level at end with Kenny going right through but saw his shot just go over the bar, Kevin O’Brien also had a great chance for the Harbour side but his shot hit the side netting.
Overall a very good game of football with Passage unlucky not to get another chance in a replay, Whitechurch played a lot better in the second half and came back for a good victory.
PASSAGE 3—09 MALLOW 6PTS.
Passage Ladies Minor Football Team turned in a tremendous performance to win the Cork County Minor Football Championship by 12 points over a strong Mallow side at Mayfield on Saturday afternoon last.
Playing against a strong breeze in the first half Passage took the lead with their first attack, a good point on the run from number 13 Erin McEveney. Mallow responded with Laura Willis putting over a free from the 13metre line.
Passage playing good quick passing football soon stamped their authority on the game scoring 2—2, in a four minute spell, points from Clionadh Fahy, Amy O’Neill, while a great run through the middle from midfielder Orla Higgins saw her low shot go all the way to the net. From the kick out Clionadh Fahy won the ball out on the right for Passage lobbing the ball over the Mallow keeper from 20yards.
Passage were now dominating in all sectors with Emma Harrington and Orla Higgins well in command in the middle sector. While the half backline of Grainne Quirke, Louise Walsh and Ria O’Mahony were giving nothing away.
Mallow tried hard with Laura Willis and Lauren Curtin always a danger, while goalkeeper Orla O’Reagan made some good saves.
Passage finished the half with points from Laoise Heffernan, Erin McEveney, Emma Harrington. In between Mallow had a few opportunities for points but the their free taking left them down. Laura Willis kicked their second point on 26 minutes as Passage led 2—06 to 2pts, At the break
The second half saw the Harbor side play against a strong wind, Mallow taking advantage of the wind put the early pressure on as they had points from Willis, Claudia O’Donoghue and Willis again to leave the score 2—06 to 5pts with 40 minutes gone.
Passage under pressure weathered the storm as Orla Higgins made a great run up the middle only to be pulled down as she was about to put the ball in the net. Emma Harrington saw her resulting penalty well saved by Orla O’Reagan.
Mallow had some good chances to narrow the deficit but some good defending by Danielle Burke, Aoife O’Flynn, Grainne Quirke, and some excellent play by the young Passage keeper Rachel Sheehan kept Mallow out.
Passage put the game to bed on 50 minutes, with Danielle Burke putting a penalty away after Laoise Heffernan was taken down inside the small square.
Mallow were not giving up, fighting hard till the end but the stronger Passage side with player of the Match Emma Harrington dominating around middle came out winners 3—09 to 6pts.
Passage were well served by Erin McEveney, Louise Walsh, Orla Higgins, Grainne Quirke, while Amy O’Neill held the ball up well up front.
Mallow had good players in Lauren Curtin, Orla O’Regan, Claudia O’Donoghue, Lauren Curtis.
Passage:- Rachel Sheehan, Danielle Burke 1-0, Aoife O'Flynn, Kelly McGranaghan, Grainne Quirke, Louise Walsh, Ria O.Mahony, Clionadh Fahy 1--3, Orla Higgins1—0, Emma Harrington 1pt, Emma O'Sullivan, Ellen O’Mahony, Erin McEveney 3pts, Amy O’Neill 2pts, Laoise Heffernan.
Mallow:- Orla O’Reagan, Erica O’Connell, Aine Murphy, Rebekah Fuller, Patricia Buckley,Eimear Hennessy, Rachel Sheehan, Claire Long, Ellen Fox, Lauren Curtis, Orla O’Regan, Emily Foley, Calaudia O’Donoghue 2pts, Laura Willis 4pts Megan O’Connor
Referee Dan O’Mahony Donoughmore.
ANNUAL REMEMBERANCE MASS
For the deceased members, players and their families will take place on this Thursday Nov 13th at our Clubhouse Manning Park, we are asking all members and children to attend.
The adult AGM will be held on Monday 24thNovember at our Clubhouse manning Park, 7—30 sharp. We are asking all members and new intending members to come along as we will be planning for the new season ahead. New members are always welcome.
The Juvenile Annual General Meeting will take place at the Billy Cotter Pavilion Manning Park on Thursday 20th November 7—30 pm.
We are asking that all parents will attend and get involved with the various teams for next season. We are always looking for new mentors and helpers. We welcome new members and ask them to come along and get active within the club.
Our underage camogie has started to take off once again in the club, thanks to Dave Maxwell , Ann Forde, Brian Malony and helpers for their time and effort with these teams. It is hoped that in a few short years we will be competing in the various leagues within the county.
Our Pasaiste Og training will be moving in doors soon for the winter months, please check on our website www.passagewestgaa.com for latest news on same.
The club are running a Christmas draw to raise funds for the club, the draw will have many prizes with the draw taking place on Saturday 20th December. Tickets are 2 Euro Each or 3 for 5 Euro.
Once again it’s vital that this draw is well supported as its one of our main sources of raising finances during the year. Tickets will be available in clubhouse and from the various committees from this week.
Regular visitors to our club will see that work improvements are always needed in the club grounds, re fencing and extra lighting of the training area for the winter months, the Christmas draw is a main source of getting funds.
The Billy Cotter pavilion is available for Birthday Party’s, Christenings, Meetings ect, please contact Oonagh for details.
Come along to the Clubhouse on weekend’s to see your favourite team on the big screen while enjoying a few pints with your friends.
Christmas is now coming up and the clubhouse will be b busy with party’s, make sure you don’t miss out, see the upcoming events here each week.
Passage West GAA Golf Society will hold their annual Christmas outing on Sunday 28th December at Fernhill , Tee time 10---11--30 am This will be a run as a three man scramble, with members picking their own teams. Deposits will be taken a week before the event to Tim Killen, Paddy Carroll, Michael O’Mahony or Noel Collins. It is hoped that this outing will be well supported on the day ,with music and prizes organised at the clubhouse on the night.
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