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SELECTORS: PAT O'GRADY, LUKE LEYDON
RESULT: J. J. Kavanagh and Sons North Junior A Hurling League/Championship Group A
O'Loughlin Gaels 3-18 to 5-11 Dicksboro
A one point win here caps a good day for O'Loughlin Gaels GAA Club. Well done to all... Lovely hurling
J. J. Kavanagh and Sons City 3rd Teams J.H.L. Group A
O'Loughlin Gaels 0-11 to 2-15 James Stephens
JJ Kavanagh and Sons North Junior A Hurling Championship Rd.1
Fenians 0-7 to 1 - 15 O'Loughlin Gaels
Sunday, July 31st at 1pm in Johnstown Referee: E. Mansfield
The O'Loughlin Gaels Junior A Hurlers produced their best performance of the year in Johnstown today ( Sunday July 31) when the breezed past the home Club, Fenians, in the Championship first round, which incidently also doubled up as a relegation semi final for the losing team.
With the aid of the strong wind in the first half the City taem raced into a 7 points to nil lead in the first 20 minutes. Indeed they missed quite a few scores in the opening half and could thank the accurate Sean Bolger(8 points) for going in at the break 10 points to 4 in front.
The Gaels took their time exiting the dressing room and straight away tore into the wind assisted oposition. Pat Byrne and Fergal Brennan(2) scored three of the first four scores of act 2 while Webster added to The Fenians' men total. Brennan again got on the end of a well worked move and fired to the net on 50 minutes making the score 1.13 to 7, a gap that the Fenians would not close. Final score O'Loughlin Gaels 1.15 Fenians 0.7
O'Loughlins had won no game during the League campaign and were delighted to keep their third adult team safely in this Junior A division. They look ahead now to a Northern Quarter Final clash with League Table Toppers and Championship favourites Young Irelands of Gowran next weekend
Country Style 3rd Junior Hurling League Round 1
O’Loughlin Gaels GAA 1-18 to 2-8 James Stephens GAA
Venue: St. Johns Park, 27th of March 2016 at 12.30pm
Referee: Ger O’Grady.
It was a blustery day in St. Johns Park and those playing with the wind took advantage when they could. Two early goals from James Stephens got them on the front foot and managed to keep that distance between the teams almost to the break. Hard work by the O’Loughlin Gaels defence ensured that the gap was never widened and the St. Johns outfit were reasonably happy going into the break five points down knowing that they had a strong wind advantage in the second period. Within five minutes on the restart that difference was nullified helped by a goal from the lively Peter Collins who was one of the sides two half time replacements. The O’Loughlins lads looked the fitter side now and dominated the play to the end with Fearghal Brennan , Peter Collins and James Lenihan adding the scores to help stretch the lead. Kevin O’Brien was rewarded for his hard work with a point of his own and Robbie Driscoll made a fine contribution to the attack. Ricky Leydon dictated proceeding from the rear guard with fine performances from Brian Buckley, Ross Butler and Stephen Tyrell. It was a good days work and a well-deserved victory. Well done to all involved.
B. Cleere, M. Twomey, M. Lambert, B. Buckley, S. Tyrell, R. Leydon, K. O’Brien, F. Brennan, R. Butler, T. Gleeson, P. Byrne, T. Wallace, J. Lenihan, P. Bergin, R. O’Driscoll S. O’Neill, P. Collins, J. Lawlor, J. Croke, , E. Kelly. L. Andrews
Junior A's go down to Tullaroan
O'Loughlin Gaels Junior A's had no answer this evening to a rampant Tullaroan side at St. Johns Park this evening leaving valuable points a begging in the JJ Kavanagh & Sons Junior A hurling League. There'll be more to play for next week when the lads are out again in round 3.
Junior A’s (Hour) Late Surge
O’Loughlin Gaels 3-8 to 2-10 Young Irelands
It was like the Junior A’s hadn’t realized summertime was in. It took them the full hour of game time to realise that the clock had moved forward on Sunday morning and the game that they were playing actually started an hour earlier. When it did dawn on them they were trailing a rampant Young Irelands 2-9 to 0-4 in this JJ Kavanagh & Sons All County Junior A hurling league tie. That was ten minutes into the second half and O’Loughlins had it all to do if they were to win this one. But the sudden realization that time was ticking triggered corner forward Richie Moylan to slot in 2 goals and ignite what was up to then a lacklustre performance. A couple of changes by the team selectors brought new life into the team and the lads responded with some fine plays clawing the game back to level pegging into the final minute. One last effort and a final match winning point from substitute Kevin McGarry pleased the home crowd and even prompted a little jig on the sideline from selector Gerry Buckley. A good win and a good start to the year.
Junior B in All-Ireland Semi Final
Junior B’s were unlucky to be beaten in the All-Ireland Semi-Final on Sunday. It marked an end to a great season for them after been crowned County Champions and Leinster Champions for 2014. Well done to all the lads.
Junior B’s in Leinster Hurling Final
O’Loughlin’s Junior B team earned themselves a Leinster Final appearance by beating Wexford’s Kilmore GAA on a healthy scoreline of 1-19 to 0-5. They now meet Clarinbridge in the Final scheduled for Saturday at 3pm in Heywood Community School, Ballinakill. Best of luck.
Junior B’s are Leinster Champions
A strong crowd of hardened O’Loughlin Gael supporters travelled to Ballinakill on Saturday afternoon to witness another powerful performance by a team proudly wearing the white and green. Big respect to these lads who outstretched their arms to catch sliotar and fend off ash in the icy conditions provided while many in attendance kept their appreciation muffled with their applauding hands remaining in the warmth of overcoat pockets. Those who travelled were treated to another great day for O’Loughlin Gaels GAA Club as their team were crowned Leinster Champions overcoming old foe Clarinbridge GAA by a scoreline of 1-11 to 1-09.
The game started well for Clarinbridge getting ahead early while our lads took time to find their stride and get used to the unusual all-weather playing surface at the wonderful facilities of Heywood Community School. When they did however none could match them and O’Loughlins found themselves cruising with 5 mins remaining in the first half. A goal from Jason Forde however followed by another point took the shine off the O’Louglins first half performance however and the teams went for their sliced oranges all square at 1-3 to 0-6.
The second half again adopted the same pattern and the Galway men went ahead after a few early exchanges. The St. Johns men got on top again after good work from Alan O’Brien and Ricky Leydon tightened up the defence. This created the platform for good attacking play and after a good passage of play for O’Loughlin midfielder Andy Kearns burrowed his way into the opposition defence and got the decisive score of the game directing the ball past the keeper and putting O’Loughlin Gaels two points ahead on 40 mins. It was point for point after that with O’Loughlin Gaels maintaining the advantage with points from John Doyle, James Lenihan and free-taker Barry Hogan. O’Loughlins will feel they were better than the scoreline suggests but in these ice-cold conditions anything goes. All celebrations are set aside now as the players and management headed by Dave Ward prepare for an All-Ireland semi-final to be played in three weeks. Well done to all concerned.
O’Loughlin Gaels: Mark Croughan, Kevin O’Brien, Michael Lambert, Eoin Croughan, Alan O’Brien, Rickey Leydon, Andy Cantwell, Vinny Wallace, Andy Kearns (1-0), James Lenihan (0.1), Fearghal Brennan (0-1), Martin Gibbons, Barry Hogan (0-5 fs), John Doyle (0-2), Ben Leydon (0-2), Shane O’Neill (Capt), Stephrn Tyrell, David Rice, Richie Moylan, Joe Walsh, Andy Smith, John Corcoran, Michael Twomey, Kevin McGarry, Jamie Kavanagh, Evan Walsh.