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Club News 17/07/17

Upcoming Fixtures
County Minor Football Championship
Fr. Caseys Vs Newcastle West – Tuesday July 18th in Abbeyfeale at 7.30pm

West Junior A Football Championship
Fr. Caseys Vs Cappagh – Friday July 21st in Newcastle West at 7.30pm

County Football League Division 1
Fr. Caseys 0-11 St. Kierans 2-09

Fr.Casey’s senior team travelled to Coolcapagh to face west rivals St.Kieran’s in the final round of the Senior County League deep in the knowledge that only a victory would prevent relegation from the top flight division. Unfortunately from the men in blue and white events didn’t go to plan at the start of this game as Fr.Casey’s found themselves a goal behind in the opening three minutes when a high ball in around the Abbeyfeale danger zone was misjudge and fell into the hands of the unmarked St.Kieran’s forward who slotted the ball into the empty net. St.Kieran’s would go on to further increase the lead by kicking three consecutive points before Abbeyfeale registered their first score of the game through a Cormac Roche free right on the quarter hour mark. Fr.Casey’s seem to find it difficult to make an impact on game and with minimum support play along with poor ball distribution particularly in the final third made life easier for the St.Kieran’s side to build their counter attacks from the back. Both sides would then trading scores from play the first coming from St.Kieran’s followed by a superb score from distance by Caher man Kevin O’Connor thanks to a quality ball from the middle of the park into corner forward James O’Riordan who engineered the ball out into a scoring position.  Abbeyfeale would then again follow up with another score this time from a placed ball converted by Cormac Roche gain through strong running play by the Fr.Casey’s forwards which forced the St.Kieran’s backs to be indiscipline resulting in a 21 yard free, however St.Kieran’s would cancel out this score on the stroke of half time through a free of their own to allow the score board display a 1-05 to 0-03 lead in favour of the home side.

After a poor opening half hour display of football Fr.Casey’s knew they had nothing to lose and decided to throw caution to wind when entering the second half of this do or die battle. It was the Fealesiders who started the brighter of the two sides by kicking the opening two points from frees courtesy of the Abbeyfeale shape shooter Cormac Roche the first coming from a kick out won by the aforementioned Roche who’s pass found Derry O’Connor in space allowing him to take on the opposition defence and force a foul. The second started from the Abbeyfeale full back line where an excellently incepted tackle by Kevin O’Connor enabled Fr.Casey’s to a build a fast moving counter attack from defence which was worked to the hands of Derry O’Connor who’s brilliant vision saw the inside run of junior international soccer star Chris Smith resulting in panic amongst the St.Kieran’s back forcing them to commit yet another foul. St.Kieran’s would reply a minute later through a point of their own from play, however for the next 18 minutes of the game Abbeyfeale would out score their opponents six points to three. Fr.Casey’s now begun to gain of foothold in the game and through rectification of their earlier mistakes started to exert their dominance on proceeding. Two quickly executed points from play both supplied by corner forward Jamie O’Connor came as a result of poorly distributed kicks out from the St.Kieran’s keeper. St.Kieran’s however proved resilient and kept the scoreboard ticking over in their advantage through the addition of two more points. Entering the final 10 minutes of the match Fr.Casey’s hit their purple patch of the game and strong link up play between Derry O’Connor and county star David Ward allowed O’Connor to pivot a way through the heart of the St.Kieran’s defence to convert from play. Once again both players would be involved in the next score for the Fealesiders only this time the finish was executed by David Ward who created an overlap for O’Connor to slot the ball into his path. Cormac Roche was again on hand to score a delightful long range point from play; however this score was soon cancelled out by another St.Kieran’s point. Cormac Roche was again on hand to hit the target this time from a place ball to reduce the deficit to the minimum with only minutes remaining. Nevertheless it was St.Kieran’s who drove the final nail in the Abbeyfeale coffin when a cross field ball found a St.Kieran’s forward who after rounding his man began to bare down on goal creating a one on one chance which was driven low into the corner of the Fr.Casey’s goal and with little or no time left the Abbeyfeale men’s faith was sealed as their competitor’s ran out victors on a score line of St.Kieran’s 2-09 Fr.Casey’s 0-11.
This result means that our seniors will unfortunately be playing their league football in division two next season, however both management and players will want to forget periods of this game and know that improvement is need in order to face the bigger challenges that lie ahead but can be confident in the knowledge that these issues will be rectified on the training ground through hard work and determination over the coming weeks.   

80’s Night Fundraiser
Get your leg warmers on !!! Fr. Caseys GAA Club are hosting an 80's Night Fundraiser on Saturday August 12th in the GAA Clubhouse, Abbeyfeale. All proceeds will go towards the further development of our club facilities. ​Tickets are available for €10 from committee members & also from Thomas O'Connell's Shop & Bar, New Street Abbeyfeale. Fancy Dress optional, Finger Food & Spot Prizes on the night. Your support for this event would be extremely welcomed.

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.

Sile, Sean & Diarmuid €60
Ned O’Flaherty €40
Kevin Buckley €50

The next Spin and Win Draw will be held on Sunday July 23rd in the GAA Clubhouse at 9.30pm. With the jackpot not won last weekend, the prize fund now increases to €2,500. The three players spinning the wheel next weekend are as follows:

Ronan & Steven c/o Mary Lane
Pat Kelliher
Alan Cotter

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