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Club News 19/06/17

Upcoming Fixtures
County Junior Football League Final
Fr. Caseys Vs Monaleen – Wednesday June 21st in Mick Neville Park at 7.30pm

County Senior Football League
Fr. Caseys Vs Monaleen – Thursday June 22nd in Monaleen at 7.30pm

County Senior Football Championship
Fr. Caseys 2-11 Rathkeale 0-10

Fr. Caseys Senior Footballers travelled to Newcastle West last Thursday evening to face Rathkeale in round 3 of the County Championship. Both teams entered the game with one point from two games and knew that victory was a must if hopes of reaching the knockout stages were to be kept alive. Having lost to Rathkeale in both County League and West Championship already this year, Fr. Caseys went into the game as underdogs but the Abbeyfeale men were hoping for third time lucky. A pointed free from Rathkeale opened the scoring but this was soon cancelled out by Cormac Roche, converting a long range free. Three points without reply from Rathkeale put them into a comfortable lead but Fr. Caseys weathered the storm and replied with three points of their own, firstly Adrian Enright on target then Cormac Roche adding a brace of points, one from a placed ball. A pointed free gave the lead back to Rathkeale but two more points from the clinical Cormac Roche put Fr. Caseys in front for the first time. Late in the first half Rathkeale added their sixth point of the night to leave the sides tied at 0-06 each after a lively and evenly matched first half.

Two early second half points from Cormac Roche and David Ward gave Fr. Caseys a two point lead but Rathkeale replied with a brace of their own to level proceedings. This game had a draw written all over it until two moments of brilliance in a five minute spell turned the game on its head. Corner forward Darren Keane rounded his man, ran for goal and from the narrowest of angles blazed the ball to the back of the net to send Fr. Caseys into a three point lead. Rathkeale responded immediately with a pointed free but any hopes of a comeback were then dashed when Darren Keane collected a brilliant pass from Seamus Lenihan on the corner of the square and rattled the Rathkeale net for a second time. From this point on Fr. Caseys seemed to grow more and more in confident and gave a great display of keeping the ball out of trouble for the closing quarter. Cormac Roche could do no wrong and would add three more points from placed balls to bring his tally on the night to nine points, seven from frees. Rathkeale added one further point but it now was a mere consolation as Fr. Caseys held on for a very impressive seven point victory. The full time score was Fr. Caseys 2-11, Rathkeale 0-10

This victory leaves Fr. Caseys in joint third place with Adare on 3 points. Monaleen lead the group with six points with Drom/Broadford second with five points. Our round four encounter will be against last years beaten finalists Drom/Broadford on the first weekend of August with round five coming two weeks later against Na Piarsaigh. The mood in the camp for the coming weeks will defiantly be positive after a fantastic display and hopefully after a shaky start to the year this is a sign of better things to come.

West Junior Football Championship
Fr. Caseys 1-10 Newcastle West 3-08

Fr. Caseys Junior footballers faced local rivals Newcastle West last Friday evening in the opening round of the West Junior A Championship in Croagh. Having recently won the West Junior League, Fr. Caseys entered the game with plenty of confident but knew a tough test awaited them. A brilliant 35 yard free from Michael Keane opened the scoring after two minutes. Newcastle West soon levelled but a second Michael Keane free reached its target to put Fr. Caseys back in charge. A Newcastle West point drew the game once more with little separating the sides in the opening ten minutes. Newcastle West then struck a purple patch midway through the first half and kicked 2-01 without reply in a 10 minute spell to take a commanding lead. The lively Newcastle forwards were causing all sorts of havoc but as the half progressed Fr. Caseys finally started to gain the up hand in midfield and it was the fealesiders that dominated the last ten minutes of the half. A point from wing back Kieran Foley and a well taken goal from midfielder Michael Keane reduced the margin to a goal and the comeback was on. Against the run of play however Newcastle West responded with a goal of their own, the high ball and the low lying sun deceiving our keeper. This Fr. Caseys team were in no mood to back down however and kicked three more points before the half time whistle to leave the half time score Fr. Caseys 1-06, Newcastle West 3-03.

Trailing by three points, Fr. Caseys took the game to Newcastle West at the start of the second half. Despite owning the ball for large periods and camping in the attacking third, Fr. Caseys were very wasteful in front of goal and missed numerous point and goal opportunities both from play and placed balls. Despite placing their main focus on packing their defence, Newcastle West also proved successful on their counter attacks and were able to match Fr. Caseys score for score throughout the half with the Abbeyfeale men failing to reduce the margin below three points at any stage. It was frustrating for Fr. Caseys who felt that had they brought their kicking boots and avoid a 10 minute collapse in the first half they were more than capable of winning this game. The final score was Fr. Caseys 1-10, Newcastle West 3-08.

Fr. Caseys now play Monagea in early July and Cappagh two weeks later. Victory in either game should still be enough to claim a place in the semi-final stages. Before that game however our Juniors face Monaleen this Wednesday evening in Mick Neville Park in the final of the County Junior Football League. The throw in time is 7.30pm and hopefully a large crowd can make the trip to cheer on the team.

Spin & Win Draw
The following are the results from last Sunday nights Spin and Win Draw which was held in the GAA Clubhouse. Congratulations to all our winners and many thanks to everyone who purchased a ticket.

Cormac Moloney €40
Joanne & Sile €50
Niamh Moloney €50

The next Spin and Win Draw will be held on Sunday June 25th in the GAA Clubhouse at 9.30pm. With the jackpot not won last weekend, the prize fund now increases to €2,100. The three players spinning the wheel next weekend are as follows:

John Reidy, New Street
Maureen Lane, New Street
Patsy Collins, Bellwood House

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