Longstone GAC Notes
(Sunday, April 07)
*Longstone’s Reserve side began their season in the South Down league with a good home win over Rostrevor on Sunday evening, dominating the game overall. Paul Trimble and Paul Haughian will be the team’s captain and vice-captain respectively this year. We wish them well and hope they inspire the players to have a successful season.
*The minor team opened their campaign on Tuesday of last week with a good home win over Newry Mitchels. Michael McStay, as goalkeeper, was always reliable and his distribution from kick-outs was excellent. The defence moved the ball out quickly, with Jamie cComb and Padraig Fegan leading by example. Daithi Young and Pearse Trimble were terrific at midfield. And the forward line of Gareth McDowell, Tiarnan Fegan, Darren Fitzpatrick, Aidan Rogers and Tyrone Poland all featured well. Also well done to subs Owen Rogers, making his minor debut, and Sean Mullan who made good contributions. It was a very good team performance for their first league game of the year.
*Our U-16 side also started their league season last week, on Thursday evening, away to Kilclief and suffered a two point defeat after conceding a last minute goal. Longstone really could have won this game with a bit to spare but many missed chances cost them in the end. Players to do well consistently in the game were Owen Rogers, Owen Haughian and Sean Mullan in the full-back line. Tony Young at centre-back was exceptional and he was ably supported by Finn McElroy-Banjo. The midfield of Dean Haughian and Aidan Rogers played well, as did Darren Fitzpatrick and Tyrone Poland in the forward line.
*Juvenile camogie notes: The Minors have played one game and were defeated at home to Liatroim by a significant margin, but the girls did play some very good camogie at times. Players to shine were Courtney McComb, Seaneen Rooney, Cliodhna Rooney, Bronach Curran, Kelsie Rogers (captain), Niamh Rogers and Brin Dundas. The team mentors were very impressed with the girls’ skill and determination and hopefully they will draw on the positives from the game and continue to improve. Thanks to referee Lorraine McCartan. Longstone wish Aisling Brown a speedy recovery from the injury she received. The U-16 9-a-side league starts this evening (Wednesday) away to Atticall at 6.30pm.
*This Saturday in Longstone, 10.30am-1pm approx, there will be U-8 Go games involving Longstone, An Riocht, Rostrevor, Warrenpoint, Atticall, Glasdrumman, Ballymartin and Mayobridge.
*Minor and U-16 football training this Saturday in Longstone at 4pm.
*And this Sunday there is a South Down U-12 tournament in Atticall involving Longstone, Rostrevor, Warrenpoint, Mayobridge, Atticall, Baileghlas and An Riocht.
*Reminder to all juvenile football players that mouthguards must be worn during training and games.
*Upcoming games: Wednesday, U-16 camogie v Atticall (a); Friday, Senior v Downpatrick (h) 6.45pm-to be confirmed; Saturday U-8 Go Games in Longstone, 10.30am-1pm; Sunday, U-12 tournament in Atticall, Reserve v Burren (a) 6pm; U-14s v Bosco (h) 6.45pm; Tuesday U-14 camogie v Shamrocks (a), Minor camogie v Ballygalget (a).
*Club membership for adults is £25 until the end of this month, £30 thereafter. Please see Dympna Rooney this Friday at the senior game in Longstone. All team mentors of the club’s juvenile teams must be members of the club to be eligible to manage/assist with a team this year.
*Longstone GAC will hold a fundraising night on Saturday, April 20, to support the charity ‘Keep Er Lit’ for the treatment of Mark McKernan, a cousin of Down player Kevin McKernan, commencing at 8.30pm.
*The U-10 Mourne League will start on Monday, April 22. More details on Longstone games next week.
*Numbers 2, 3, 12, 17. Three matched 3. £5500 on Sunday.