NA FIANNA G.A.A.
G.A.A CLUB NOTES
DATE: 11th OCTOBER 2021
1981 INTERMEDIATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS REUNION
To mark the 40th Anniversary of Raheen’s great success in winning the 1981 Intermediate Football Championship (which paved the way for Raheen’s appearance in the Senior Final just 4 years later) a ReUnion of the Players & Management from this great team including Family & Friends has been organized for Saturday 06 November (exactly 40 years to the day of this great success) in Hamilton’s, Geashill at 7:30pm for a meal and some music later in the night. Earlier the same day (Sat 06 Nov) a golf outing is arranged in Portarlington Golf Club where some members of the 1981 team will be playing and the golf is also open to all members, friends and supporters of Raheen GAA. To confirm your attendance for either or both of these events or if you have any queries please contact Hughie Bolton (1981 Team Captain) on 086 345 0258.
Na Fianna U15 No 1 Football Team saw their Championship ambitions quashed despite a great late rally as they lost out to Rhode Óg in the A Championship Quarter Final last Wednesday evening in Geashill on a scoreline of 3-11 to 3-08. The early stages of the game was slow to get going with it taking until the 10th minute for the opening score to arrive as Na Fianna got off the mark witrh a goal well finished by Aaron Rattigan before Rhode opened their account with a point in the 13th minute. The next 15 minutes Na Fianna dominated the play slotting over their first 6 points but would later rue the few chances that went astray to go further ahead as Rhode kept themselves in touch with their 2 points along with a 22nd minute goal. At half time there was just 3 points in it as Na Fianna led by 1-06 to 1-03. Na Fianna’s half time lead was short lived as Rhode struck for a goal inside the first minute to draw level and went in front with first 2 points of the second half. Then in the 4th minute Na Fianna were briefly back in front as a blistering run up the right wing by Conor Bracken saw him lay the ball off to D J Tierney on the end line and he shot low across goal to the left corner of the net. Rhode then hit their purple patch firstly scoring their 3rd goal in the 8th minute followed by 5 points in a row. Despite this Na Fianna never gave up and the fightback began with a pointed free in the 27th minute with Rhode responding with one of their own before Na Fianna struck for their 3rd goal just as the game went into injury time powerfully finished by Conor Bracken and in the 4th minute of stoppage time sent over their final put to cut the gap to just 3 points but time ran out in the push for the equalising goal.
NA FIANNA: Doonacha Keoghan, Oissine Troy, Finn Hassett, Colm Nolan, Jack Fox (0-01), Rory Grehan, Tadhy Clear, Eibheann Gorman, Aaron Rattigan (1-03), Conor Bracken (1-03), Eoin Dunne, Sean Cuskelly, D J Tierney (1-01), Edward Mangan, Josh Sheeran.
SUBS: Dara Grehan (for Colm Nolan), Sean Dunne (for Edward Mangan), Ryan Kinahan (for Josh Sheeran), Lucas O’Meara, Jamie Byrne, Cathal Quinn, Tadhg Lee, Rian Fenlon.
MINOR A FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTER FINAL
Na Fianna Minor Footballers 2021 Championship campaign also came to an end as they lost out to Edenderry in the A Championship Quarter Final last Saturday morning in Geashill on a scoreline of 3-14 to 1-05. Na Fianna got off to a nightmare start which they could not recover from as straight from the throw in Edenderry worked the ball upfield into the square where the ball came loose and pulled on first by the Edenderry player straight to the net for a goal to open the scoring. That set them on their way as they then added 7 points without reply before Na Fianna finally got off the mark with their opening point in the 20th minute but just as they did Edenderry went straight down the field to score their second goal. Edenderry then added 3 more points before the end of the half to Na Fianna’s 1 so at the break the game was effectively over as a contest as Edenderry led by 2-10 to 0-02. Na Fianna did open the scoring in the second half with the first point but just as they did Edenderry responded immediately with 2 of their own followed by another moments later. Then in the 7th minute Na Fianna were awarded a penalty when Kieran Coonan was brought down in the square which Geordi O’Meara stepped up to take and slotted it to the net and added a point just afterwards but were undone yet again in the 10th minute as Edenderry fired in their 3rd goal. Thereafter both teams saw out the remainder of the game adding just 1 more point apiece.
NA FIANNA: Doonacha Keoghan, Finn McCormack, Eamon Bolger, Aaron Gorman, Dylan Cahill, Brian Malone, Danny Gorman, Adam Joyce, Geordi O’Meara (1-04), Anthony Gorman, Kieran Coonan, Brian Dempsey, Dan Daly, Robbie Gallagher, Cian Malone (0-01).
SUBS: Peter McKeagney (for Finn McCormack), RoryGrehan (for Danny Gorman), Eoghan Hyland (for Anthony Gorman), Brian Connolly (for Kieran Coonan), Cein Gorman (for Brian Dempsey), Jack Burns (for Dan Daly).
U20 FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTER FINAL
Na Fianna U20 Footballers get their 2021 Championship underway next Tuesday (19th October) @ 8PM in Walsh Island with a Quarter Final tie against Kilcormac / Killoughey. All Support would be appreciated. This game is all ticket and Link to Purchase Tickets can be accessed on the Offaly GAA website.