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Castleblayney Notes

September 6th, 2011

Seniors -The seniors bowed out of the championship on Sunday evening after a very disappointing 3-06 to 1-08 defeat at the hands of Ballybay. It was Ballybay who started brightest and they were 3 points to the good by the 12 th minute, Blayneys cause wasn’t being helped by some very poor shooting and when Paul Finley goaled it left us right on the back foot. Straight from the kickout Ciaran Hughes burst through and found the net to get Blayneys first score. Further points from Brendan McElroy and closed the gap to 1 but a Ballybay free on the stroke of half time left the half-time score Ballybay 1-4 Faughs 1-2. A Ciaran Hanratty score early in second half was followed by a succession of wides as Blayney couldn’t take advantage of a period of dominance. The teams then traded points before Ballybay added a second goal from the penalty spot with 10 minutes to go to restore there 4 point lead. Gradually Blayney whittled away at that lead and they had drawn level as the game injury time before a quickfire 1-1 from Ballybay sealed Blayneys fate.

Team: Pauric McNally, Stephen McGeough, Mark Treanor, Kealan Duffy, Paddy Conlon, Cormac Brady, Marty McElroy, Ciaran Hughes, Francis Moore, Gerry Brady, Dermot Malone, Dermot McArdle, Brendan McElroy, Ryan Treacy, Ciaran Hanratty. Subs P Mallon for K Duffy, K Hill for D McArdle, P Tavey for R Treacy, B McNamara for P Tavey.

Minors – The minors will face either Carrickmacross or Scotstown in their league semi-final in Inniskeen next Wednesday night at 7.30PM.

TransFAUGHSmation –On Tuesday night next Operation transFAUGHSmation begins in earnest with an introduction to the programme at the Concert Hall, Our Ladys Secondary School at 6.15PM. There is huge interest in the programme with over 70 people already registered and anyone else interested in taking part is urged to contact any of the following individuals to ensure their participation as places are now limited. Entry fee can also be paid on registration or on next Tuesday night: Tom Miller 087 6290806; Jason Hughes 086 8194157; Catherine Brennan 087 7669075; Louisa O’Brien 087 7981035. More information and entry forms are also available on www.castleblayneyfaughs.com.
Field Development Update – The groundwork which has been carried out over the summer is now complete and the field was seeded last week. All we need to do now is to wait for Mother Nature to do its thing and hopefully this time next year we’ll be playing on our new pitch.

Bog Snorkelling -The national championships are being run again this year at Alices Loft, Doohamlet and they hope to run a “county club championship” and we are looking for a representative. All money raised goes to St Marys Hospital so if you think you have got what it takes ring Declan on 0868182482 or check www.irishbogsnorkelling.com

U12 – Last Saturday saw our U12’s overcome Sean McDermotts to win the U12 shield final. A hard fought encounter saw Blayney winning 4-7 to 3-6 after a pulsating game. A very strong first half performance was the platform for the victory. Early goals by David Irwin and Kian O’ Connor gave the team the confidence to play some very stylish football and we led by 2-5 to 1-1 at half time. The second half started well with a point by Craig Callan. However Seans physical superiority saw them gradually get a hold of the game. They scored 4 unanswered points and only for some super last ditch defending by James Mc Adam, Ryan Mc Kernan and Gavin Kelly our lead may have been wiped out. An excellent counter attack started by Robbie Hannratty saw Craig Callan extend our lead by finding to the net. This was quickly followed by a superb long range point by Kian O’ Connor. Another counter attack from the back by Colin Merrick and good play by Joshua Walsh and Stephen Beattie resulted in Francis Mc Geough hitting our 4th goal. Two quick goals by Seans however ensured a nervy finish. A tired Faughs team greeted the final whistle with relief and great celebration. The victory was just rewarded for all the hard work by this young squad. Captain and man of the match Ryan Mc Kernan led the celebration through the town which continued in GR8 for most of Saturday afternoon. Special thanks to all the parents who transported kids to matches all year and to Dessie, Bugsy and Sean for all their help and especially well done to the playing squad of Steven Beattie, Craig Callan, Leon Campbell, Ciaran Duffy, Gavin Kelly, Francis McGeough, Ryan McKernan, Kian O’Connor, Colm Bishop, Jack Callan, Robbie Hanratty, David Irwin, James MacAdam, Shane McGeough, Colin Merrick, Niall O’Connor and Joshua Walsh. Photographs from the final are also now on the club website.
Circuit Training -Marc Loughman is running a sculpt class on Saturday mornings in the Scout Hall (8.30-9.15AM). The class is open to men and women; cost is €5. Marc can be contacted at 0879489207.

Lotto -Lotto numbers for the week ending 29th August 2011 were 06, 13, 20 and 26. There was no Jackpot winner; three people matched 3 numbers to win €50 each; Michael Smyth 34 Bree: Bev Butcher 47 Bree; Mindszenty Finnegan, Lake View. Next week’s jackpot is €11,000.

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