Extended Clubnotes - April 7th 2009

Senior Football Cup:
No game
Junior A Cup:
Match V Ballyboughal <No Report>
Junior B Cup:
No Game
Junior C:
No Game
Adult 5 Hurling League:
A great away win over Civil Service (1-9,2-10), best were Eoin Cronin, Ken Scully and Damien Carew.
Adult 8 Hurling League:
Another fine performance as the Junior B Hurlers defeated Kilmacud Crokes (3-11,0-6). Midfielder Chris Geoghegan was Clontarf's man of the match while Craig McConnell contributed 7 from frees. Clontarf led by 8 at the interval, thanks to a Colm McCabe goal and there was no let up in the 2nd half as the whole team battled to the end. The match saw another bit of hurling history made for the club as Father and son duo of  Mick and Conor Cronin lined out in the forwards. John McGuire and Ciaran McSharry both gave magnificent displays in defence, while captain Neil Arthur dominated at wing back.
Minor Football:
Minor A <No report>
Minor B's lost to Naomh Barrog (1-10,2-8)
Under 16's:
<No Report>
Under 15's:
<No report>
Under 14's:
Hurlers had to concede match due to lack of numbers. Many thanks to the 8 lads who were ready to go.
Under 13's:
Hurlers beat Naomh Fionnbarra
Under 12:
A and B Football teams both had narrow defeats.Mikey Holloway scored 3 great goals as A team lost to Ballymun (5-9,5-8) in a thriller. B team lost to St. Maurs by a couple of scores.
Under 11 Football:
A team beat Naomh Barrog 5-10,1-6, while B team were 28-3 winners.
Under 11 Hurling:
The U11 hurlers 6 month unbeaten run against Dublin opposition finally came to an end against Na Fianna in a top the table clash at St. Vincent’s School on Thursday evening.
Clontarf had 1 win and 2 loses against was has to be said is a very strong and talented Glasnevin outfit.
The A team came up against a Na Fianna team who were playing at the very top of their game and who led from start to finish. Each time Clontarf managed to get a foot hold back in the game Na Fianna were able to respond in kind. The most pleasing aspect of the game from our point of view was Clontarf’s refusal to lie down under extreme pressure and no one exemplified this more than Jack Higgins and Patrick Smyth.
PJ gets our manager of the week award yet again as his team produced our only win of the evening. Cathal Ryan, Darragh Ring and Sean McKeown were outstanding.
Noel and Frank’s team were beaten by a far more experienced Na Fianna team with Donal O’Dwyer and Niall O’Huallachain leading by example throughout.The boys take a few well deserved weeks off from competitive action and this will give us the chance to re-organise and re-group in training for what is now effectively an A championship quarter final against Whitehall on May 2nd. followed by a trip to Na Piarsaigh Cork the next day.
Under 10's:
Great performances by all 3 Football teams as they defeated St. Brigids at home.
Under 9:
Blue group took on O'Tooles away in the 2-team league.  Clontarf were stronger in both matches and achieved two good wins - scoring 47points to 14.  The quality of kicking by Clontarf was much improved on previous outings.  In the first match, Clontarf were always on top and everyone played well - but John Hanley and Mark Winters stood out - while Jonathan Orange did most of the scoring.   In the second match, Ed Byrne did well at midfield and scored one great free, while Tom Reuveny was solid throughout.  Iollann McKeon was the most improved player. 
Red group took on Naomh Barrogs at home in the 3-team league.  On a windy day at St. Pauls, Clontarf achieved one win and two losses - but ending up ahead 54-47 overall.   In the first match, the Clontarf team was not focused on the task in hand and often kicked aimless balls.  However Jamie Nesbitt never gave up and scored one great point, while Conal Keogh and Gavin Murray tried hard throughout.  In the second match, Clontarf likewise underperformed.  One exception was Cian O'Brien (who continues to improve in every match), who was outstanding at midfield, while Stephen Evens was solid in goals in the second half.  It was left to the Clontarf team in the third match to show the other teams how to do it!  Playing against a strong breese, in the first half, they held Barrogs to one point, before scoring 6 points to no score in the second half to notch up a fine win!  In defence, Eoin McCloine was excellent on his Clontarf debut!  He and Sam Kelly formed a fine defensive partnership, which was first to every ball.  In Goals, Finn McGarry pulled off good saves, when required and delivered lots of strong kick outs.  Meanwhile up front, Timmy Sweeney and Eoin Toomey shared some fine scores.
Inters and Juniors:
The Inters & Juniors recorded good wins in the first round of the cup, against Skerries Harps and Kilmacud Crokes. The cup starts this Wednesday April 8th, with the Inters travelling to Tallaght to take on newly promoted St Mark's, while the Juniors face Garda in St Anne's, throw-in for both 6:45pm
Ladies Junior team fashioned a cup win from a unlikely start with a 3-7 to 1-7 win against Kilmacud. Most heartening for the future was the qualityof both the football played and for the younger players appearing at this level  for the first time. Scorers Maeve Doyle 0-1, sarah mcCaffrey 2-3, Joanne Dufficy 0-1, Trish reynolds 0-1, Lauren McClean 1-1.
Dublin B team drew with Cork in the 1st round of the Aisling McGing tournament, with Helen Cliffe coming on as a sub, while Siobhan Kennedy and Ciara Fenton were panel members.Carrie O'Connor was part of the Dubs senior squad who defeated Armagh in the 1/4 final of the National league Div 1.
Playing  Ballyboden St Enda on Monday at 6.45pm St. Annes
Under 16 Girls:
<No report>
Under 14 Girls:
Despite a brave display and some great individual performances Clontarf U14 ladies lost to a very strong Kilmacud Crokes team in the lashing rain on Friday evening. It was a tough physical encounter but this is Division 1 football and no game is going to be easy. Many thanks to Caoimhe Troy who pulled off some great saves and Ciara O’Farrell both from the U13s. Score 5-16 to 3-4.
Under 13 Girls:
No news
Under 12 Girls:
Clontarf 1-0 Naimh Barrog  2-4
Under 11 Girls:
Division 1 Clontarf 3-3 Ballyboden St Endas 0-12
Division 3 Templeogue  3-6  Clontarf 0-2
Under 10 Girls:
Played Na Fianna at home
As part of the GAA 125th aniversery, La na gClub will be held on Sunday May 10th with a series of events taking place over the course of the day.Details will be sent over the next few weeks.

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