Important football league games this week for Seniors, Junior B's and Junior C's
Junior A Hurling:
A's lost away to Craobh Ciaran (1-9,0-11) in a vital league game. Despite Clontarf leading at the interval (0-7,0-2), Craobh stormed into the 2nd half and edged to within 1pt before they had a player sent off. Clontarf settled again and looked to have done enough in the closing stages as they led by 2pts. However a late 20m free for Craobh was dispatched to the net for the winning score. James Cantwell and Ciaran Johnson in attack, Ger Devine in midfield and Aidan O'Halloran in defence all had fine games.
Minor A Football:
Minor A footballers had a most disappointing defeat to Castleknock in the first round of the championship. Despite conceding an early goal the guys fought back to lead by a point midway through the second half. Clontarf had many chances but two late points from the opposition saw them win by a solitary point. A great team display but must win their next two games to progress.
Minor B Football:
Minor B's had a fantastic 2-10 to 2-8 win against St Judes in the Championship. This was a hard fought battle with Judes taking an early 1 point lead but Clontarf responded with magnificent points from Sam Kenyon, Ronan Deery, Brian Forde and Cillian Carroll and a goal from Mark Plunkett to lead at half time by 1-6 to 1-4. The second half was a real dogfight with Judes taking a 1 point lead with only minutes remaining. Clontarf sealed the victory with a great goal from substitute Thomas Cunningham in the last minute. This was a great team display by all 18 that took part with Sam Kenyon, David O'Sullivan, Joseph O'Grady, Stephene Reynolds and Andy Lombard all in outstanding form.
Under 14 Hurling:
Cluain Tarbh 4-12, O'Tooles 3-3.
This was a superb display from the entire team. Our full back line was excellent with Sean Brodie a tower of strength at full back. Conor Mullins was man of the match with a score of 3-5 and excellent play throughout. At midfield Joshua Reynolds and Luke Holden (Capt) were excellent and provided a steady supply of good ball to the forwards. Luke also contributed two excellent long range points in the second half. Kevin Mullins had a good game contributing well on the score board with 1-1. Bernard Sweeney had his best game for months with excellent winning of competitive ball and strong general play. Oisin Mulligan at full forward had a huge game and continues to improve. He scored 0-3 but his overall contribution and strength was key for Cluain Tarbh. Thanks to three of our U13 friends who were great for us on the day – Daniel Patton, Sean Grainger and Cormac Devilly.
Hurlers had a big win over Naomh Fionnbarra
There were mixed results from the matches against Donoagmore with one team winning by a point and another team losing by a point.
2 Team Group:
Team 1A lost by a point. After giving the opposition a great start of 4-4 to no score in the first 10 mins. we were chasing the game after that.The Halftime score was 4-8 to 2-5. In the second half the boys dominated to reduce the deficit to 1 point but time eventually ran out on them.Final Score was 4-8 to 3-10. Best for the Clontarf were Sean O'Shea ./ Harry Opperman /Rory Clark /Paddy Smith
Team 1B won by a point. 5-10 to 4-12. It was a great team effort by all the boys with the game ebbing anf flowing from end to end. Best for the boys.Darragh Mccaffrey / Jack Higgins / Sean kelly / Oisin O'Donoghue and Max Kearney
1 Team Group:
This team fought galantly against St.Finans of Swords with a depleted team and further injuries during the game hampered them .The final score was 34 - 21 to St. Finians.Neil O'Hanlon had a superb game in goals and pulled off some great saves. Sean McKeown had a great display in midfield and scored 3 goals.Daragh Ring / Conor Doran and Dermot Brodie also gave strong performances.
Under 9 Football:
U9 Footballers started the Autumn season with a double home fixture in sunny St. Pauls, against Na Fianna and Brigids.
Blue group played Brigids and achieved 1 win and 1defeat, with overall points 51-55. In the first game, John Hanley shone, scoring 5 points with both foot and fist while Eoghan Donnolly performed well throughout. In the second march Oileann McKeown was always strong in defense, while Cian Davitt, & Mathew Byrne played well throughout.
Red group played Na Fianna and got 2 wins and 1 defeat, with overall points 71-74. In the first match, Clontarf competed well, particularly in the first half. However Na Fianna pulled away in the second half with several well taken scores. Every Clontarf player give of their best, with Man of the Match going to Rory Doran who typified the home team's battling spirit. In the second match, Clontarf dominated all areas of the pitch from start to finish. Eoghan Toomey and Timmy Sweeney did well in defence, while Stephen Evens and Danial O'Sullivan formed a fine partnership in forwards and shared most of the scores. The third match was reasonably even, but Clontarf ran out winners in the end by 4 points. Conn Breathnach and Eoin Deery played very well in midfield; while Ben Murphy in defence and Finn McGarry in goals let little get past them. Man of the Match was Eoin McCloine in forwards for his strong ball winning and excellent scoring.
Intermediate Shield Final
Clontarf 2-14 Lucan Sarsfields 0-3
Well done to Clontarf Immediate Team who won the inaugural intermediate shield competition following a comprehensive victory over Lucan Sarsfields in Balgriffin on Wednesday September 9th. The first half was a closely fought affair, and Clontarf led at half-time 0-7 to 0-2, with points from Carrie O’Connor, Helen Cliff, Chris Doyle, Sarah McGrath and Stephanie Adams. The performance of the defence in the second half set the stage for the victory as they held Lucan to just a single point, with goals coming from Niamh McNally and Orla Deegan. It was a hard working team performance, and was a reward for the hard work of the whole squad over the last 8 weeks in particular. Sarah McCaffrey won the player of the match award, with other excellent performances from Ciara Fenton, Orla Deegan, Sarah McGrath and Jess O’Grady.Thanks to the club executive and all our supporters on the night.
Team: Christine McBride, Caroline Treanor, Finola Kennedy, Ciara Fenton, Anne-Marie Heery, Orla Deegan, Sarah McCafrrey, Caroline O’Connell – captain, Sarah McGrath, Jess O’Grady, Chris Doyle, Stephanie Adams, Niamh McNally, Carrie O’Connor, Helen Cliff, Sue Lillis (for C Treanor), Sarah Murphy (for N McNally), Sarah Purcell (for Orla Deegan), Miriam Foley, Hannah Billings, Martina Coen, Hannah Craddock, Erica Grant, Siobhan Kennedy, Fiona Ward, Sarah McGinn,
U 14 Division 1 Championship - great win for Clontarf in the championship - Na Fianna 6-2 Clontarf 8-6
U11 Div 1 - lost a tough game to Ballybodenin the last 10 minutes, dispite a strong performance. Well done to all the girls
U10s travelled to Finglas to play Erin's Isle in our first series of games after the long summer break. We had two very competitive matches and have plenty to work on next Tuesday at training.
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There will be live music in the club bar on the eve of the All-Ireland Football final.