Coolaney/Mullinabreena GAA PRO Notes

November 8, 2018

Coolaney/Mullinabreena GAA Notes August 10th ‘09





Our intermediate side got this year’s championship off to a winning start by virtue of a six point victory over St. Pats last Saturday evening in Kilcoyne Park Tubbercurry.

C/M made the perfect start and really hit the ground running with a 1.03 to no score lead after ten minutes. Points from Kieran Finan, Shane O’Brien, Shane Kivlehan and a goal punched to the net by Padraig McHugh laid the platform for this win as St. Pats never really got to grips with the pace of the game. Further points from Finan, O’Brien, debutant Enda Kivlehan and Barry Kivlehan left the score board reading 1.07 to 0.3 at the interval. C/M picked up where they left off after the break and were 1.12 to 0.5 ahead with ten minutes remaining. P McHugh(2), O’Brien, Finan, Enda Kivlehan and Donal Doherty were the scorers in the second half. St. Pats notched up 1.02 in the closing stages and this loss of concentration by C/M will have to be eradicated for future encounters. Overall this was a well merited triumph with the work rate and spirit evident in abundance. Tougher battles lie ahead however starting with Cloonacool next Saturday at 6pm in Tubbercurry. Well done to club minor players Sean Gorman, Enda Kivlehan and Conor Gorman who made their championship debuts and performed very well.

Team: F Brennan, S Walsh, B Coleman, S Marren, C Connolly, A Walsh, J McGowan, S O’Brien(0.3), B Kivlehan(0.1), S Kivlehan(0.1), K Finan(0.3), S Gorman, D Doherty(0.1), P McHugh(1.02), E Kivlehan(0.2). Subs: M Conlon for S Gorman, C Gorman for C Connolly, T Sexton, W Kivlehan, B Finnegan, A McGowan, K Duffy, M Connolly, A Duggan, M Healy, K Doddy, S Davey, E O’Dowd, James Conlon.




Our U-16 team provided one of the club’s proudest moments when capturing the A2 championship title against a fine Coolera side last Friday evening at Markievicz Park. A single point was all that separated the sides at the death yet Coolaney/Mullinabreena were merited victors in this thrilling match enjoyed by a large C/M support. We got off to the perfect start when talisman Christeoir Davey finished to the net soccer style after two minutes. However Coolera responded well and showed some class when scoring five unanswered points, all fine long range efforts. Davey pointed a free and Declan McCormack got a point following a Davey attempt off the bar to steady C/M who were under pressure from a Coolera side that had settled well. Coolera went two ahead again as C/M struggled to find possession. Custodian Eoin McDonagh produced a fine save to prevent a certain goal as Coolera continued to dominate. Coolera then hit a series of wides although under some pressure from the C/M rearguard. Davey hit a free as Barry Kennedy was fouled and Darren Coleman pointed to leave the sides level at 1.04 to 0.7 at the interval.

C/M re-emerged with one change as Stephen Barrett replaced Fergal Gallagher in the defence. The C/M lads finally came to life in this half and showed their talent by going three points up with two frees from Davey and a score form McCormack. Coolera again responded with two points to stay in the game. The unlucky Davey again hit the crossbar as C/M were finding the edge in the middle of the park. Midfielder Raymond Connolly hit two great points with assists form Barrett and substitute Brendan Doddy, the latter showing delightful skill flicking the ball to his teammate. C/M were themselves guilty of five wides at this juncture but Coolera weren’t finished just yet. They always looked dangerous and breached the defence for a fine goal to level this enthralling game at 1.09 each. It was end to end stuff now as the sides traded points before the decisive score of the game. A wonderful team move by C/M found centre forward James Henry in possession. He cleverly rounded his marker and ran for goal before off-loading with great vision to the onrushing Declan McCormack who rifled to the roof of the net to send the C/M support into raptures. True to the game and the Coolera spirit they hit two points to narrow the gap once again with time running out. Darren Coleman scored what proved to be the insurance point before Coolera got the last score of the game. However, C/M were not to be denied on this occasion and deservedly held on for a magnificent victory. Well done to both clubs for providing a wonderful exhibition of football hugely enjoyed by the large support. Best for C/M were Eoin McDonagh in goal with two fine saves, Aidan Coleman at full back did well under pressure along with Colin Marren in the corner and Joseph Henry at centre back. The introduction of Stephen Barrett really steadied the C/M defence while Christopher Lee, Eddie Burke and Seamus Wimms also worked hard against a good Coolera forward line. Midfield pairing of Raymond Connolly and Declan McCormack really showed their strengths after a slow start chipping in with 1.04 between them. Up front Christeoir Davey with 1.05 to his name was excellent despite heavy marshalling. James Henry and Darren Coleman were also prominent while Fergal Gallager, Pearse Gorman, Barry Kennedy and Brendan Doddy provided several assists and contributed hugely to the victory. Congrats to the management duo of Leo Coleman and Colin Connolly for all their hard work over the year.

Team: E McDonagh, C Lee, A Coleman, F Gallagher, S Wimms, Joseph Henry, E Burke, D McCormack(1.02), R Connolly(0.2), D Coleman(0.2), James Henry, P Gorman, B Kennedy, C Davey(1.05), C Marren. S Barrett for F Gallagher, B Doddy for C Lee, F Gallagher for B Kennedy, K Gannon, G Feely, C O’Dowd. The management wish to thank Christy Davey, Tommy Regan and Eamon Scanlon for sponsoring the team.


Trip to Antrim:


Our U-16 team have been invited by the Roger Casements/Sean Stinsons club in Antrim to spend a weekend at the end of this month with the club as their guests. This is to reciprocate the hospitality show to the club when they visited Sligo two years ago to play in the national feile competition. A meeting will be held in St. Nathy’s Hall Mullinabreena on Monday August 17th at 9.30pm to arrange the details of the trip. Parents of the players are asked to attend the meeting. For more information please contact Leo Coleman or Colin Connolly.