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Senior League Div 1C Bonniconlon v Swinford Match Report


When the pressure was on the last few weeks this Swinford team stood up and were counted, every man that threw on the jersey, be they on the first fifteen or on the bench. When no-one was giving us a chance, including some of our own we travelled to Bonniconlon and got the win we needed.
Starting the day on 6 points and looking for results to go our way, we first off had to win our own game and that we did. We started the game very nervously and Bonniconlon opened the scoring with a point, before adding a 45. A pointed free from Jack McDonnell got us off the mark but the home team rattled off a free, another 45 and a point from play to take a 4 point lead. A free from Liam Moran kept us ticking over. Despite playing some good football we just could not breach the Bonniconlon defence. A score from play and a free gave Bonni a five point lead but we then found our rhythm and three points from Jack McDonnell, a Mark Forkan point and a free from Jack had us level just before the break. Bonniconlon got one just before the break to lead 0-8 to 0-7.
Jack McDonnell added another free shortly after the restart to levele the game for the second time. Bonniconlon then added three points to take a good lead. Kevin McShea pulled one back before Jack added what appeared to be a fine point but not given by any of the officials. Jack soon added another free followed by a free from Liam Moran as we brought it back to a point. Bonniconlon added their twelfth point. Mark Forkan leveled the game for the third time before Liam Moran put us ahead for the first time with ten minutes left. Then came a crucial moment in the game, a great save by Aaron Kinsella in the Swinford goal kept our lead intact and in the game. Bonniconlon leveled but with his third point of the game Mark Forkan put us back in the lead. There was one more throw of the dice for Bonniconlon with a 45 deep into injury time but thankfully it sailed to the left of the post and wide. A great win on a score of Bonniconlon 0-14 Swinford 0-13 at a ground that it is never easy to come away with the two points.
That win puts us on 8 points level with Bonniconlon, Louisburgh and Castlebar Mitchells. The Mitchells did not field a team a team against Shrule this morning and are relegated as a result and we defeated both Bonniconlon and Louisburgh over the season and surely stay up on the basis of head to head.
The forwards will get the credit (richly deserved) but our defence was outstanding today led by our keeper Aaron Kinsella with two great saves at crucial times during each half. Whatever happens in the coming days in the committee rooms of Mchale Park to decide our fate the team have been outstanding in the last few months, Everyone has given huge commitment over the season and with a bit of luck and fortune in some games would be pushing near the top of the division.

Swinford Aaron Kinsella, Aiden McLoughlin, Sean Brady, Alan McLoughlin, James Lavin, Mark Forkan, Joshua Smith, Johnny Burke, Michael Walsh, Michael Prendergast, James Sweeney, Liam Moran, Kevin McShea, Jack McDonnell, Darren Campbell Subs Kevin Barry, Jason McLoughlin, Tom Horkan, Conor Conway, Anto Friel, Mark McNicholas,

Scorers Jack McDonnell 0-7, Mark Forkan 0-3, Liam Moran 0-3, Kevin McShea 0-1

Senior League Division 1C Castlebar Mitchells v Swinford


Goint into the game both teams required points to consolidate their position in Division 1C. This was the home teams last game while Swinford have a trip to Louisburgh next weekend.

Swinford got off to a great start and were five points up after twelve minutes with scores from Kevin McDonagh, Liam Moran, JP Broderick and a couple more from Liam Moran. It was the 16th minute before Mitchells got on the scoreboard and they rattled off four more points to be level going in at the break. Swinford were to regret their large number of wides and should have been well in front at this point.

Soon after the break Kevin McDonagh put Swinford back in front but Mitchels got the next three points to lead by two after ten minutes. Points from Liam Moran and Kevin McDonagh leveled the game for the third time midway through the half.

That was the end of the scoring for Swinford as Mitchels scored three points without reply to win by 0-11 to 0-8.

It was very disappointing to see such a small squad of players present for such an important fixture.  The effects of a long drawn out season are showing on the team. The GAA are going to have to look at the effects the county championship is having on the small clubs. Weeks and weeks go by without any games and then when the weather has turned and players have college and exams on their minds there is a glut of games. At the height of the summer the team went eight weeks without a league game. If we are to keep our players in the game this has to change.

Swinford: Gavin Moore, Aidan McLoughlin, Sean Brady, Mark McNicholas, Mark Forkan, Paul McDonagh, Kevin Barry, Johnny Burke, Michael Walsh, Kevin Doyle, Kevin McShea, Kevin McDonagh, Liam Moran, JP Broderick, Darren Campbell. Subs James Lavin

Scorers: Liam  Moran 0-4 (1f) Kevin McDonagh 0-3 (f), JP Broderick 0-1

Swinford GAA Weekly News

50/50 Draw
50-50-draw (Duplicate)
This weeks draw for Swinford GAA 50/50 draw was held in Melletts on Tuesday 12th January and Ciaran Geraghty of meelick won €705.  Envelopes are available in most business premises and online through www.swinfordgaa.ie where tickets can be purchased in bundles of 10/25/52 weeks. Next draw is in Moores on the 19th January. Draw envelopes are now also available at 3 for €5.

Intermediate Management

At a recent meeting of the Executive of the Club, our new Intermediate management team of Pat O’Neill, Michael Devaney and Eamon Molloy were ratified for 2016. We wish them the best of luck for the coming season.



Club membership is now open for 2016, please contact a club officer. The club will be hosting an underage registration session in the Gateway Hotel on Saturday 23rd January from 11am to 1pm.

The price of membership remains the same as previous years:

Adult Player: €60,

Non-Playing Membership €20,

Under 18: €40, 2 children in family €70 and 3 or more children in family €100.

GAA National Club Draw


Croke park have launched the 2016 GAA National Club Draw – a great opportunity for clubs to raise funds with fantasic prizes to be won.

Contact any club officer to get tickets or tickets available through our website shop.

2016 Membership & Underage Registration


Club membership is now open for 2016, please contact a club officer.

The club will be hosting an underage registration session in the Gateway Hotel on Saturday 23rd January from 11am to 1pm.

The price of membership remains the same as previous years:

Adult Player: €60,

Non-Playing Membership €20,

Under 18: €40, 2 children in family €70 and 3 or more children in family €100.

MD Roof Under 21 B Final Swinford v Davitts


History was made on Saturday evening at Elverys McHale Park as we won our first Under 21 Championship. We suffered defeats in our two previous finals in 1993 and 1998 but this time we were by far the better team.

It took a little time for us to get our rhythm going in the game. Daviits playing with the win into the bacon factory end got off to the better start and after five minutes were two points up.

It took us until the 7th minute to raise our first white flag with a nice point from Kevin McDonagh and were quickly level with a point from James Devaney. There then followed a great goal chance from James Devaney 10547674_1082761288442234_9083415397334733737_n

A nice move ended with a cheeky chip of the Davitts goalkeeper but the ball just trailed wide of the post.

Davitts retook the lead from a free but the game was soon level for the second time when a high ball into the square was punched over the bar by Ryan Convey. On the 15th minute we took the lead from a well taken point by Kevin McDonagh which was set up by Johnny Burke winning the Davitts kickout. We were then in complete control and two points from James Devaney had us leading by double scores after 20 minutes. Unfortunately the game then swung the way of Davitts and they rattled over two points. It could have been worse for us but for a great save by Jonathan Giblin.

Liam Moran then got his first score of the game from a free before davitts finished the half the stronger and scored two points to leave it level on 7 points a piece at the break.

We got off to a great start in the second half with a great point from Sean Brady from over 40 yards. Some great work by Sean Prendergast in front of the stand led to a second scored free from Liam Moran.

Davitts then got a soft free to bring the game back to one point but that was as close as they were to get as for the next 15 minutes we dominated the game. Liam Moran showed why he was a worthy man of the match scoring 1-3 including two frees and a great goal. James Lavin received the ball inside our own half and played it down the sideline to James Devaney who did very well to stay in play, he drew in the defenders and played the ball to a charging Liam Moran who sweetly put in in the back of the net.


Just before the goal we lost Sean Prendergast to injury and he was replaced by Conor Conway.

Davitts never gave up and scored two points but Liam Moran wasn’t finished and got a lovely point from well out the field.

Michael Prendergast replaced the hard working Michael Walsh with five minutes left.

Liam Moran scored his final point with a free from 45 yards out to finish the game with 1-7. In between Davitts got some consolation scores before Kevin McDonagh finshed the game with a point from the left sideline.

Into the last stages of the game Johnnie Pidgeon replaced James Devaney.

Charlie Collins brought the game to a end to finish 1-15 to 0-12 and our first Under 21 title.


The MD Roof Services trophy was presented to our joint captains Mark Forkan and Stephen McNicholas.

Full credit goes to the entire squad and the team management of Pat O’Neill, Michael Devaney, Noel Barry and Eamon Molloy and team physio Brian Galvin.

Along the way we beat Erris St. Patricks, Belmullet and a great win over our neighbours Charlestown in the semi final. Playing football in December is not ideal but it worked perfectly for us to give a great end to the year for the club.

Thanks to Swinford Killasser Ladies club for the use of their jerseys. Their great year certainly rubbed off on us. Thanks also to Philip Durkin for the pictures.

Swinford: Jonathan Giblin, Stephen McNicholas, Alan McLoughlin, Sean Prendergast, Sean Brady, James Lavin, Michael Walsh, Mark Forkan, Kevin McDonagh, Liam Moran, Johnny Burke, James Devaney, Ryan Convey.Subs Conor Conway, Michael Prendergast, Johnnie Pidgeon.

Unused subs: Andrew Lenihan, Jonathan Moore, Caoimghin McLoughlin, Joshua Smith, Shane McDonnell.

Scorers: Liam Moran 1-7, James Devaney 0-3, Kevin McDonagh 0-3, Ryan Convey, Sean  Brady 0-1.


Swinford v Charlestown Under 21B Championship


Some pictures tell a story but there was a lot to our destruction of our neighbours Charlestown this afternoon at a wet and windy Robert McCallion Memorial Park.

It was a game that we led from the first score but with a very strong wind in the first half and only leading by 1 at the break a lot was expected from Charlestown in the second half but mighty work from the entire team held the ‘town scoreless and we ran out easy winners by 8 and what could have been a lot more.

For the diehards in the club any win over Charlestown is worth celebrating but such a superb win in a semi final will be doubling celebrated tonight. Nothing won yet and we look forward to a final next weekend against either Hollymount/Carramore or Davitts.

The game started in windy but dry conditions and the pitch was looking well after all the early rain. Liam Moran got us off the mark with an early free and we soon gained a strong foothold in the game. Kevin McDonagh added the second after the ball was well won by Ryan Convey. A great goal chance fell to James Devaney but the crossbar stood in his way.

After some fine work by Johnny Burke and Liam Moran Kevin McDonagh added his second and our third point.

There was twelve minutes on the clock before Charlestown got off the mark, after two earlier wides. James Devaney had a long kick pushed over the bar by the Charlestown goalkeeper to keep the lead at 3. The visitors added their second before Liam Moran added another free and Mark Forkan got our sixth point.

With two minutes left in the half Charlestown scored a goal and what turned out to be their last score. Before the break they added three wides to their wide tally to lead us leading by the minimum of 0-6 to 1-2.

Swinford supporters were very nervous at the break with only a point lead and now with the wind to play against. However the rain came down and the wind died down for the second half. After an early wide for Charlestown James Devaney got the goal which put daylight between the two teams and Kevin McDonagh covering every blade of grass on the field added two more points to put us firmly in the driving seat. Our visitors continued extending their wide total.

Johnny Burke made a great run up the field and a good ball into Michael Walsh who kicked it over the bar to put 7 between us midway through the half. Sean Prendergast who was having an excellent game picked up an injury and was replaced by Conor Conway.

Two great goal chances then fell our way when first Michael Walsh and then Liam Moran had shots screaming across the box. Charlestown then had a great chance to get back into the game but for a fine save by Jonathan Giblin.

With chances to extend our lead we had a few bad wides and one off the upright before Liam Moran got the last score of the game to leave it 1-10 to 1-2 at the final whistle.

A great team effort by all concerned in tough conditions saw  us progress to the M D Roofing services Under 21 B Championship final.

Swinford: Jonathan Giblin, Alan McLoughlin, Steven McNicholas, Sean Prendergast, Sean Brady, James Lavin, Michael Walsh, Mark Forkan, James Devaney, Liam Moran, Kevin McDonagh, Ryan Convey, Johnny Burke. Sub: Conor Conway, Michael Prendergast, Caoimghin McLoughlin, Andrew Lenehan.

Scorers: Kevin McDonagh0-4, James Devaney 1-1, Liam Moran 0-3, Mark Forkan, Michael Walsh 0-1 each.