MANAGER: NIALL BERGIN - 086 3581771
PAUL CLEERE, STEPHEN HOGAN, BRIAN KELLY
FITNESS: MICKEY COMERFORD
MANAGER: NIALL BERGIN - 086 3581771
PAUL CLEERE, STEPHEN HOGAN, BRIAN KELLY
FITNESS: MICKEY COMERFORD
O'Loughlin's slowly grind Danesfort into submissionO'LOUGHLIN GAELS 1-16; DANESFORT 0-11John Knox
15 Apr 2018
O'Loughlin Gaels applied a slow squeeze and slowly but surely ground down Danesfort to win this senior hurling league clash in Palmerstown today.
The game was ruined by a strong wind and heavy rain and it was a tough slog all the way for both sides.
O'Loughlin's, with a three point contribution from free taker, Mark Bergin, sneaked into an interval lead of 0-8 to 0-5 after the opposition played with what advantage the largely cross field wind gave.
Former All-Star, Paul Murphy, turned out at full-back for the losers and played reasonably well, but they were without former Hurler of the Year, Richie Hogan, who is still nursing a back injury.
Danesfort nabbed the opening point of the second half through sure striking free taker, James Mullally, but without the services of Hogan up front, they lacked real bite.
Mark Bergin (2) and Conor Bergin hit points as O'Loughlin's slowly took control. They more or less sealed victory in the 42nd minute when a good break by Conor Bergin caused confusion in the losers defence, and when the ball broke near goal it was touched home by Robbie Buckley.
That goal shot O'Loughlin's 1-11 to 0-6 clear, and with Danesfort largely relying on free taker, James Mullally for scores, saving the game was beyond them.
SCORERS: O'Loughlin Gaels - Mark Bergin (0-7); Robbie Buckley (1-2); Sammy Johnston, Conor Heary (0-2 each); Jack Nolan, Conor Bergin, Paddy Deegan (0-1 each). Danesfort - James Mullally (0-7); Paddy Hogan (0-2); Robbie Walsh, Philip Cooney (0-1 each)
Team: S Murphy, A. Forristal, H. Lawlor, E.Kearns, J. Molloy, P. Butler, P. Deegan, J. Nolan, M. Bergin, S. Bolger, R. Buckley, C. Heary, S. Johnston, S. Mahony, C. Bergin - E. Walsh, J Doyle, D. O'Connor
Senior C'Ship Semi Final
O'Loughlin Gaels 0:14 to 1:14 Dicksboro.
A first half goal proved the difference between these two sides in a game that not unlike the league final, never caught fire. The Gaels struggled to find inspiration to take this game by the scruff of the neck...and if they had the pendulum could easily have swung the other way. Every opportunity in fairness was stifled by a hungrier looking Boro side and they did enough to put themselves into a Co. Final. . the first all city final since 1950.
So the Champions are out...but there's plenty to look forward to..lots of young blood coming up the ranks and ready to take ownership of that coveted jersey once the opportunity arises.
Yes, it was a weekend that didn't deliver on its promise, but how many clubs would love to be in that same position on a Friday evening in mid October. Quite a few I suggest. So there's good work being done...players are coming through, and on Wednesday week the club can look forward to a minor Semi-Final and a chance to take in some more silverware. So chin up and keep on supporting O'Loughlin Gaels GAA Club. It serves us well. Hon the Loughs.
O'Loughlin Gaels 1:14 to 0:18 Dicksboro.
Some early silverware for the Boro but in truth neither team will be thrilled with their performances today..a late goal by substitutes G Kelly put a bit of gloss in the scoreline and a draw was there for the taking. The Boro did look the sharper however and we're well deserving victors...but with championship looming the reigning champions will be upping the ante in an effort to make a serious challenge for another title
St. Canices CU Hurling League Round 3
O’Loughlin Gaels GAA 2-15 to 0-16 Carrickshock
Venue: St. Johns Park, 20th of May 2017 at7.30pm
Referee: Owen Kenny
O’Loughlin Gaels came away from this game with maximum points.. a scenario that didn’t look likely as the first half approached its closing stages. The Gaels benefitted from a couple of breaks in the first period. The first coming just 90 seconds into the game when referee Owen Kenny awarded the St. John’s attack a penalty. An opportunity that O’Loughlin’s No. 1 Stephen Murphy duly converted with a net rattler. But from there until the 28th minute Carrickshock outscored the Gaels 10 points to 5..with 3 of those O’Loughlin’s points registered in the last 8 minutes during a much needed purple patch kickstarted through a well worked Mark Kelly point – Mark looking dangerous at times throughout this opening period. Just before the break the Gaels got their second break. Carrickshock’s indiscipline was showing and the Gaels were awarded a free on the 28th minute from 50 yards. Mark Bergin strike dipped short and bounced harmlessly to the net. The Gaels headed for the slices of oranges with a flattering one point advantage. O’Loughlin Gaels 2-5 to 0-10
If O’Loughlin Gaels rode their luck in the first half, Carrickshock were guilty of some bad shooting in the second. True O’Loughlin Gaels did put in a better performance and were worthy of their 5 point win but again they struggled to shake off the challengers. O’Loughlin defence was solid and the attack was moving a lot better and making the opportunities The southerners indiscipline continued and was often tolerated, but it’s consistency only contributed to a disjointed performance by them. Conor Bergin, Robbie Buckley and David Burke enjoyed the final quarter while Mark Kelly and Paddy Deegan dominated the play during vital stages of the game. Upon the restart Carrickshock registered a poor wide from a placed ball which was repeated moments later. In the mean time O’Loughlin converted 2 minors, one from a free (M Bergin) and one from Robbie Buckley who had just missed an earlier opportunity showing good form in the early stages of this half. Goal keeper Stephen Murphy showed his worth again with a good save and quick hands to divert the danger from his goal area and keeping a clean sheet for his evening’s work. With 8 mins remaining the score stood at 2-12 to 0-13, Carrickshock added 3 unanswered points over the next 5 mins to put just 2 points between the sides as the final whistle loomed. But the Gaels closed out the game during the referees discretionary 2 minutes of additional time with 3 points through Mark Kelly, Conor Bergin and David Burke. Final score O’Loughlin Gaels 2-15 to 0-16 Carrickshock.
The St. John’s faithful headed towards the Sion Rd satisfied with the points earned after the first three league games. There’s a break now until July now while the inter-county game gets going. A break that the lads will gladly take to re-evaluate for the remainder of this campaign. It’s been a good job so far with new players being given their opportunities and more established players having to draw from their rich knowledge of experience. 3 games – 5 league points…that’ll do. Lovely hurling
Team: S. Murphy (1-0,Pen), A Forrestal, A Kearns, E. Kearns, P. Butler, B. Hogan, H. Lawlor, P. Deegan, J. Nolan, S. Johnston, M. Kelly (0-4), M. Bergin (1-6, 1-5f), D, Burke (0-2), R, Buckley (0-2), C. Bergin (0-2). D. Lenihen, S. Bolger, B. Maher, G. Bryan, R. Butler, J. Doyle, G. Kelly, J. Leahy, S. Mahony.
St. Canices Credit Union Senior Hurling League
O'Loughlin Gaels 1-17 to 1-17 Mulinavat
Venue: Hugginstown - May 4th at 7.00pm
Referee: Paul Cahill
At the end of an indifferent first half for the city side Mullinavat had just a four point lead for 30 minutes of hard hurling. It seemed they controlled parts of the Hugginstown venue and looked poised to cause more upset in the second half of this round 2 league fixture.
Ger Malone and John Walsh for the south Kilkenny men were keeping the O'Loughlin Gaels defence on their toes but a lot of the damage was being perpertrated down the middle with strong play from Michael Malone and fullback Tom Aylward, and aided by Mark Mansfield who was deployed to the Mullinavat defence from his natural corner forward position. Throughout this first period O'Loughlins grafted hard and kept in touch thanks to good work by Jack Nolan, Sammy Johnston (2pts) and Paddy Deegan. Both freetakers were worth their salt as they converted placed balls - 7 for John Walsh for the Mullinavat men, and 5 during this period for O'Loughlin Gaels Mark Bergin.
They second half was much better from O'Loughlins and within five minutes of the restart had equalised the game including a fine score from substitute John Doyle. Mulinavat returned the next to put them back in front but each time O'Loughlins looked to get a foothold on the game Mullinvat returned and a long period of tit for tat hurling insued. It wasn't until the 57th minute that the deadlock looked to be broken - after going a point up O'Loughlin's added to their advantage with a fine goal from Robbie Buckley. Sammy Johnston gathered the ball from a clearance that began with a score stopping block by Anthony Forristal in defence, Sammy made the hard yards and laid it off to Robbie who cleverly steered it passed the on rushing Mullinavat keeper. 3 minutes left...4 points clear...the St. John's support were wishing for the final whistle. Unfortunatley the next whistle sounded was for a free to Mullinavat outside the O'Loughlin's 21. With less than 2 minutes remaining a low drive to goal was stopped brilliantly by Stephen Murphy....the resulting scramble on the square forced two more reflex saves from the number 1 before the ball fell nicely to corner forward Adam Mansfield and he stuck it to the net. On the puck out the breaking ball was snapped up by Mullinvat and the delivery found the only man O'Loughlin Gaels did't want to have it, Mullinavat's John Walsh who masterfullly guided it over the bar from way out wide with no more time left on the clock.
At half time O'Loughlin Gaels may have been happy to steal a draw..but really this was one that got away. A good test that saw good work by a few players working to get on this team. A few have laid down a marker over these first couple of games and compettion for places will certainly be hotting up. A good place for any selector to be in. Next up is Carrickshock on May 20th in Bennettsbrige. That is one to look forward to.
Team: S. Murphy, A. Forristal, A. Kearns, E. Kearns, P. Deegan, H. Lawlor, J. Leahy, S. Mahony, P. Butler, S. Johnston (0-3), M. Kelly, R. Buckly (1-0), G. Kelly, M. Bergin (0-12, 2f,1'65), J. Nolan. Subs J. Doyle (0-1) for J. Leahy 30mins, S. Bolger(0-1) for G. Kelly 40mins, D. Lenihan for J. Nolan 58mins
B. Maher, C. Bergin, G. Bryan, R. Butler, P. Byrne, P. Cantwell, D. Burke, B. Hogan,