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Club News 14/08/17

Upcoming Fixtures
West Junior A Football Semi-Final
Fr. Caseys Vs Monagea – Friday August 18th in Newcastle West at 7.00pm

County Senior Football Championship
Fr. Caseys Vs Na Piarsaigh – Sunday August 20th in Croagh at 7.00pm

County Minor Football Championship
Fr. Caseys Vs Mungret – Tuesday August 22nd in Mungret at 7.30pm

Important Championship Weekend
Fr. Caseys face a make or break weekend with both our Senior and Junior footballers needing to claim victories to keep their seasons alive. Our Junior Footballers take on Monagea on Friday evening in the semi-final of the West Junior A Championship. The permutations for this one are simple, the victor proceeds to the West Final against Newcastle West while for the loser their season is over. Our Juniors have had a great season to date winning the West and County Junior A Leagues as well as topping Division 4 of the County League. Hopefully this team have another big performance to overcome a formidable Monagea team in what should be a really close contest.

On Sunday our Senior Footballers take on Na Piarsaigh in round 5 of the County Championship. Fr. Caseys could potentially make the quarter final stages without winning on Sunday if results elsewhere went their way but that is a chance nobody is willing to take. The aim next Sunday will be to secure a victory and from that a place in the quarter finals is guaranteed. The team are on a high after defeating Drom/Broadford in round 4 but in Na Piarsaigh they face a team who will be fighting for survival and a team that will also be fully of confidence after their round 4 victory over Rathkeale. Another big effort is required and hopefully the team can deliver again and keep the momentum going. We wish both teams the very best of luck and hopefully a large crowd will be present to cheer on the teams.

County Minor Football Championship
Fr. Caseys 1-07 Rathkeale 3-18

Fr.Casey’s minor team found themselves back on home soil for their third game of the County Minor Championship when they hosted Rathkeale who came into the game undefeated in the competition. Abbeyfeale got the scoreboard in motion through a point from play by DJ Stack however Rathkeale quickly replied with three points of their own. Abbeyfeale would bring the sides’ level with the first score being worked through the lines effectively into the danger zone making the Rathkeale backs resort to fouling and rewarding the Abbeyfeale men with a free which was converted by DJ Stack. The second was produced by midfielder Ronan Cross from a superb off the ground free some 45 yards out. Rathkeale then started to find there groove in the two quarter of the game and hit two further points before kicking their first goal which was worked from their own full back line with pace, movement and strong support play  through the heart of the Abbefeale defence to be slotted soccer style into the net. Fr.Casey’s however were quick to reply by working the ball down the right wing were they were award a 21 yard free scored by Ronan Cross. Nevertheless their West Limerick rivals continued to turn the screw and would go on to close out the half by score 1-03 without reply from the Fealesiders. The Rathkeale goal came courtesy of an unforced error out of defence which was quickly turned over and flowed beautifully over the heads of the out of shape Abbeyfeale full back into the hand of the on fun Rathkeale man took drove the ball low in the corner of the net.

Our minor’s now decided to throw the shackles off and knew they had to start the half brighter however the visitors showed no signs of easing up and started the second half from where they left off in the first. Straight from the throw in which was won by Rathkeale and movement directly into the ever moving full forward who then off load to the looping around corner forward to slot over from play. Rathkeale would then immediately convert from play again before Fr.Casey’s keeper Gearoid Scannell was called into action to produce a great save. Rathkeale’s utter dominance around the middle of the park both in terms of aerial ability and break balling success was making life a nightmare for the Abbeyfeale defensive structure. Rathkeale would go on to add two more points to their tally before Fr.Casey’s got their first score of the half from play which was initial won by Ronan Cross who’s  pass found Kevin Foley who turn the ball to Cross once more and went a high ball into corner forward Gerard Moloney who provided the score. Fr.Casey’s were now finding life difficult to live with the fast moving Rathkeale men who once again began to exuberate their dominance when moving the ball fast out of their own half and began to create overlaps resulting in them converting a third goal. Both sides went then trade points the first coming from Rathkeale from play while the Fr.Casey’s pointed free came courtesy of Martin Coughlin. Rathkeale would now move on to infected more pain on a wounded and down beat Abbeyfeale team by hitting the next four consecutive points as Fr.Casey’s continued to contribute to their demise. Fr.Casey’s however were rewarded with a consolation goal which was scrambled into the Rathkeale goal by Killian Healy. The scoreboard unfortunately tells the whole story of this game as the Fealesiders were defeated in all area of the field and were unable to live with the well organised fast moving athletic Rathkeale side. The final score on the tonight showed Rathkeale 3-18 Fr.Casey’s 1-07. Our minors will now need to regroup quickly and get to training grounds in order to get their championship bid back on track.                 

80’s Night Fundraiser
Fr. Caseys GAA Club would like to thank all those that supported our 80's Night Fundraiser last Saturday night in the GAA Clubhouse. It was great to roll back the years and well done to those that put fantastic effort into dressing up. Our organising committee once more were a shining light with no stone left unturned. The clubhouse was beautifully decorated and the spot prizes, food and music were equally as splendid. More importantly everyone present had great fun on the night

AIB Home Insurance Offer
Does your Home Insurance need renewal? Open a Home Insurance policy with AIB Bank, mention Fr. Caseys GAA Club & AIB will kindly donate €50 to our local GAA Club. If 20 of our fans do this before the end of September, our club will receive a €1,000 O'Neills voucher. Your support for this offer would be greatly appreciated.

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.

Danielle Sheeran €55
Sean O’Connell €80
Pat Stack €50

The next Spin and Win Draw will be held on Monday August 21st in the GAA Clubhouse at 9.30pm. With the jackpot not won last weekend, the prize fund now increases to €2,900. The three players spinning the wheel next weekend are as follows:

Brian Ward
Angela Cronin, Glenashrone
Mike Foley (Yearly Ticket)

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