Away Days Blues for Sligo Ladies by Keith Gilroy
Half-time Laois 1-09 Sligo 0-04
Full-Time Laois 2-14 Sligo 0-11
Sligo Ladies made the long trip to Killhin four km from Carlow town to take on high flying Laois on Sunday. After putting back to back wins together over Westmeath and Waterford in recent weeks Paddy Henry and co were hopeful of getting their first point on the road in 2017, unfortunately that was not to be.
Strong winds and heavy rain played havoc in the first half as both teams found it hard to comes to terms with the condition. It was Laois that had the better of the chances in the opening ten minutes hitting the Sligo cross bar before seen Noelle Gormley get down low to save from Mo Nerney. Laois did get off the mark first with three points two from Simms before Ciara Gorman got Sligo’s first from a 14-yard free. Stephanie O’Reilly slotted over from play to leave the gap at a point. That was as close has Sligo would get as Laois extended their lead with points from Dunne, Simms and Conlon. A pointed free from Gorman and one from play from Karen Maloney kept Sligo in touch until Laois were awarded a penalty in the 23rd minute that was hit perfectly to the bottom corner to give Gormley no chance in the Sligo goals. Laois were showing their dominance and added three more points before the half time whistle.
Sligo started the brighter of the teams in the second half with Ciara Gorman hitting two points and Karen Maloney pointing for the visitors to cut the gap to five. Rachel Williams then pointed for Laois before things got worse for Sligo when Grainne O’Loughlin was sin binned, from the free the home side extended their lead to 8 points. Laois were then reduced to 14 players when full forward Meaghan Dunne was shown a yellow card for a tackle on the Sligo keeper. Two points from Noirin Kirwan and one from Clare Conlon added to the home sides lead, two points from Stephanie O’Reilly and a point from substitute Sarch McMoreland before Gorman added the last score of the day was not enough for the visitors, it could have been worse for Sligo only for Noelle Gormley who got down to deny Laois a 3rd goal right at the end.
Laois go back to the top of the table Sligo drop to fourth place. With a trip to take on last year’s intermediate champions Kildare on March 18th before they welcome Cavan and Clare Paddy Henry and team will know that a big improvement is needed to secure a semi-final spot.
Sligo Team 1 Noelle Gormley (Capt) St Nathys 2 Michelle McNamara Drumcliff/Rosses pt 3 Grainne O Loughlin St Michaels 4 Jacqui Mulligan St Farnans 5 Ruth Goodwin St Mary’s 6 Eilise Codd St Michaels 7 Etna Flanagan St Nathys 8 Bernice Byrne Geevagh 9 Sarah Reynolds Geevagh 10 Laura Ann Laffey Coolera/Strandhill 11 Ciara Gorman St Nathy’s 12 Lisa Casey Eastern Harps 13 Karen Maloney St Mary’s 14 Stephanie O Reilly Geevagh 15 Mary Ann O Kennedy St Nathys 16 Katrina Connolly St Nathy’s 17 Rachel Monaghan Drumcliff/Rosses pt 18 Sinead Naughton Eoghan Rua 19 Sinead Regan Drumcliff /Rosses pt 20 Leah Kelly St Farnans 22 Sarah McMoreland St Mary’s 23 Annmarie Coleman St Nathys 24 Denise McGrath Ballymote 25 Elaine O Reilly Geevagh 26 Amie Cawley Fox Eoghan Rua
Manager:Paddy Henry Selectors :Liam Murray :Liam Naughton :Aisling Ewing :Katrina Connolly :Margaret Davey Physio: Michael Duffy
The club had it’s underage awards evening last Sunday. It was a combined boys/ladies event. We had presentations for the player of the year and the most improved player in U12, U14, U16 and minor and also the medals for the League/Championship double for the u12s and the championship runners-up for u14 and minor.
Mayo goalkeeper and All-Star was the special guest and he presented the girls with their awards, as well as addressing the crowd…highlighting the need for constant practice/revision of skills, individual practice outside of organised training and the importance of diet.
Can you believe the new GAA season is upon us already ! For some at the club it started a few weeks back and great work has already been done in putting the new coaching teams and structures in place for the season ahead.
This year, most of our underage teams for both boys and girls will have training sessions and games scheduled before the end of March, so we are holding our registration evenings slightly earlier this year. It is critically important that all underage players are registered before the season commences.
Our registration evenings for the 2017 season will be held in the clubhouse on two evenings next week the 1st (Wed) & 2nd (Thurs) of March from 7pm to 9.30pm.
Our underage fees for the 2017 season are as follows…
1st Child 60 Eur
2nd Child 50 Eur
3rd Child 40 Eur
4th and subsequent children are free as with previous years.
Adult Non-Playing membership continues at 25 Euro per adult or discounted at 40 Euro per couple. These rates offer exceptional value and this year there will be a special emphasis on getting parents more involved in the club through membership.
New Simpler Process
This year we have made it easier than ever to register as with our new membership database the process in now paperless. Simply present yourself on our registration nights, confirm a few details on screen and we will do the rest. Membership forms are emailed as part of the payment process and form your receipt. No forms are required on the night.
We look forward to seeing you next week on either the 1st (Wed) or 2nd (Thurs) of March in the clubhouse from 7pm to 9.30pm.
St Mary’s Club Registrar
The last Divisional Forum will take place for East Sligo on Wednesday, 22nd February at 8 pm in Connolly Park clubhouse, Collooney for interested parties from Owenmore Gaels, St. Michael’s, Shamrock Gaels, Coolera, Ballymote and Geevagh. Hoping to see a good turnout on the night….
Gorman’s second half goals preserve Paddy Henry’s proud Cloonacool record as Sligo LGFA manager.
Sligo 2-7 Waterford 0-11
Sligo Ladies made it 2 home wins out of 2 following this 2 point victory over Waterford on Sunday in -what could very well become known as a Fort Knox venue for Paddy Henry – Cloonacool Community Park. Trailing by 5 at half time, Sligo turned the game around in the second period to successfully defend their home record at the Cloonacool venue.
In a lively opening quarter, Sligo were guilty of missed opportunities. They had 2 points on the board but at least 2 goal chances had gone a begging with Waterford recording 4 points – 2 each from Ger Power and Lauren Mc Gregory- to lead by 2 after 15 minutes, Sligo’s 2 coming from Ciara Gorman with Power’s 11th minute score being the pick of them.
Roisin Tobin and Emma Murray added points before Sligo were thrown what appeared to be a lifeline, being awarded a penalty in the 20th minute as Stephanie O’Reilly was fouled in the box. Waterford goalkeeper Jessica Fitzgerald batted away Mary Ann O’Kennedy’s effort to preserve the visitors lead. Things then got worse for Sligo as Nicola Fennell and Anne Wall added points for Waterford to leave a 7 point gap between the sides with 7 minutes remaining to the short first half.
Worse was to follow at first for Sligo as Ann-Marie Coleman was sin binned but after this the tide began to turn for them as first Michelle McNamara blocked a point blank goal bound shot for a 45, then at the other end Stephanie O’Reilly and Karen Maloney sent over to leave them 5 in arrears at half time.
Lauren McGregor converted a free for Wateeford some 2 minutes into the second half. Strangely enough by the time their next store would arrive, they would be chasing the game as Sligo took over in the scoring stakes but possession was fairly evenly matched except the home side appeared to be the better finishers.
Ciara Gorman kick started the Sligo comeback with a 7th minute free. From the resulting kick out Karen Maloney provided a boomer from distance to cut the gap to 4. A Ciara German goal in the 9th minute had the gap down to one. Some five minutes later Sligo would hit the front when a super cross field pass from Karen Maloney picked out Ciara Gorman. Gorman’s point effort dipped at the 11th hour, deceiving the visitors keeper with the umpire going for the Green flag instead of the white one.
Gorman tagged on a free in the 16th minute to push the gap out to three. With Sligo defending their lead all Waterford could produce in the final quarter hour of the game was a point and 2 wides as Sligo, Paddy Henry and Fort Knox held firm to ensure a second league win of this campaign and edge Sligo closer to a semi-final place.
Next up for Sligo is a trip to Laois on Sunday next but for now Paddy and the crew can savour this latest win.
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ST. FARNAN’S LADIES
Well done to the Sligo Ladies team on defeating Waterford in Cloonacool on Sunday last in the sides Div 2 clash in the Lidl LGFA National League. Jacqui Mulligan lined out at corner back for the side while Leah Kelly was also a member of the squad.
The footballing nursery to assist with coaching players aged from five years up continues every Saturday morning at St. Joseph’s N.S., Templeboy. Further details from Imelda McNulty, Joanne McAndrew, Lorna Harte Gilroy or any club officer.
Plans are now being finalised for our club’s big fundraising dance which will be held in the Diamond Coast Hotel on April 6th next. Country music star Robert Mizzell will provide the music for what is already promising to be a great night. Tickets will be on sale shortly and the club would greatly appreciate your support.
Sligo Ladies Co. Bd. have launched a major fundraising initiative in the form of a 300 Members Draw which will have four quarterly draws, the first of which will be held in March. Each draw will have a first prize of €1000 and a second prize of €500 while the third name out of the hat will receive €250. There will also be 5 consolation prizes of €100 in each draw. Tickets are available through the clubs at a cost of €100 or alternatively can be purchased with 12 monthly payments of €10, by Standing Order.
Sympathy is extended to the extended family of the late Michael McGee, Dromore West, who has passed away. Ar dheis Dé go raibh sé.