Longstone GAC Notes
(Sunday, September 02)
*The senior team were away to Burren on Friday evening. At half-time the home team led 2-8 to 0-2. In the second half Longstone admirably gave their all, but Burren’s support play and the finishing of a number of their forwards was superior on the night and the result was never in doubt.
*The Reserves were away to Shamrocks on Sunday evening. The first half was an even affair and the visitors led narrowly at half-time. Longstone got off to a good start in the second period and led by six points entering the last quarter. Shamrocks did stage a partial recovery, but the Stone held on to win the game due to their consistent high level of effort.
*Our minors had two all-county championship games in the last two weeks. The first game finished up with a comfortable home win over St Mary’s (Dundrum/Ballykinlar). Goalkeeper Michael McStay was great throughout as was the defence, led by Jamie McComb, Niall Rooney and Michael Trimble, who worked tirelessly and passed the ball out first time. Midfielders Daithi Young and Pearse Trimble won great possession and delivered the ball in first time to the forwards who all were in good form, namely, half-forwards Gareth McDowell, Aidan Rogers, Tiarnan Haughian, who worked tirelessly to win possession, and John Trimble, Darren Fitzpatrick and Tiarnan Fegan. And last Thursday the opposition was Baileghlas in Pairc na Riochta and it ended in a three point defeat for the Stone. During the first half all defenders put in a great effort and didn’t concede a score from play. John Trimble and Daithi Young won a good amount of ball in the midfield area and supported their team-mates well. The forwards worked tirelessly for possession and took some good scores. Overall it was a very good performance by the team, and in particular from Sean Mullan. The minor league finished up about two weeks ago and Longstone gave a very good account of themselves this season and with some a little more luck could have won the league.
*Our U-16 team has qualified for the final of the All-County ‘C’ championship to play Glenn. The semi-final was played on Sunday in Drumgath against Shamrocks ‘B’ and Longstone, four points down at half-time, raised their game from the start of the second period and played with a lot of belief in themselves to go on and win the tie. Longstone started slowly and missed a number of opportunities in the first quarter in particular. However, midfielders Aidan Rogers and Gareth McDowell grabbed the game ‘by the scruff of the neck’ at the start of the second half and brought their team-mates into the play. The defence of Padraig Fegan, Sean Mullan, Tony Young, Michael McAstocker, Dean Haughian, Joseph Young and Conor Kelly competed tenaciously at all times, while the forwards, Tiarnan Fegan, Darren Fitzpatrick, Finn McElroy-Banjo, Paul Gilmore, Tyrone Poland, Conor Shields and Ronan Harrison played very well and always supported each other. It was simply a terrific team display in the second half. Everyone is pulling together and looking forward to giving another good performance in the final against Glenn later this month. Team training is on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in Longstone from 7.30-8.45pm. All players to attend.
*The U-12s had two home games last week and won both with good, consistent performances against Ballymartin and Annaclone on Thursday and Sunday respectively.
*On Saturday, the U-8s went to Dundrum to take part in their football tournament and played four games against Down clubs. They qualified for the Trophy final after the group stage and after a great tussle with Castlewellan came out on top by 0-4 to 0-3. It was a very enjoyable tournament which ended on a high for the team winning the Trophy and the players received a medal as well. Thanks to Dundrum GAC for organising this event.
*On Saturday Longstone U-10 camogs travelled to Bredagh for their annual U-10 tournament. The girls played teams from Leitrim, Dromara, Bredagh and Aghaderg. Unfortunately they didn't make it into the final, but they all showed a high standard of skill and determination and wore their team colours well. The team on the day was Orla Smith, Aine Trimble, Grainne Cunningham, Tierna McCartan, Sarah Fitzpatrick, Linden Haughian, Tara Rooney, Natasha Rooney, Morgan Smith, Teagan Magorrian and Katie Rodgers. Well done girls.
*Well done to the Longstone team who represented the club very well in the An Riocht Social 7s on Saturday. And we wish our top social 7s player Patrick Smyth the very best as he leaves for Australia next week.
*Upcoming fixtures: Wednesday, U-12s v Glasdrumman (a) 6.45pm; Friday, SFC v An Riocht (St Patrick’s Pk.) 8.30pm; Saturday, RFC v Rostrevor (Pairc na Riochta) 5pm; Sunday, U-12s v Annalcone (a) 11am.
*Good luck to our senior team when they play An Riocht in the 3rd Round of the championship this Friday in St Patrick’s Pk. Newcastle, at 8.30pm. And also to our reserve team in the championship semi-final this Saturday in Pairc na Riochta, Dunavil, at 5pm. All support would be appreciated to encourage the players to perform to their best.
*Condolences to the families and friends of James ‘The Doyler’ Trainor, a former Longstone player, and Bridget Rogers, who passed away recently. May they rest in peace.
*Ulster GAA will be running football coaching courses in October and November in St. Patrick's College, Armagh. The Award 2 Child Course is open to coaches who work with children aged 4 - 12years and the Award 2 Youth/Adult Course is open to coaches who work with players of U-14 level and above. Coaches wishing to attend either course must have completed both Foundation and Level 1 Coaching Awards. Opportunities will arise to also complete foundation and Level 1 courses, and if there is significant interest within our own club then we may have the opportunity to host one of these courses. If interested in continuing to progress as a coach and helping children progress from Juvenile to adult players in Gaelic games, then please contact club secretary Damian Young for more information, 07843 171293.
*Numbers 7, 13, 14, 21, 24. Four matched three. Jackpot £6000 on Sunday.