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MD Roof Under 21 B Final Swinford v Davitts

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Swinford GAA Weekly News

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50/50 Draw

This weeks draw for Swinford GAA 50/50 draw was held in Franks Place, Killasser on 15th December and Aoife Rowley won €1,000.00. The winning envelope was bought in Spains Cards & Gifts. 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 in Bolands on 22nd December. Draw envelopes are now also available at 3 for €5. Once again there will be a guaranteed €1,000 for the winner.

Swinford GAA Fixtures

The M D Roof Services Under 21 B Championship final has been fixed for Saturday 19th December 5pm in Elverys McHale Park, Castlebar:

Swinford v Davitts

Christmas Greetings

Swinford GAA club wishes all its members, players, managers, coaches and supporters a very Happy Christmas and Prosperous New Year.

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Swinford GAA Weekly News

50/50 Draw – Guaranteed €1,000.00

This weeks draw for Swinford GAA 50/50 draw was held in Horkans on 8th December and Ruairi Golden won €1,006.00. 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 in Frank’s Place, Killasser 0n 15th December. Draw envelopes are now also available at 3 for €5. Once again there will be a guaranteed €1,000 for the winner.

Swinford GAA Fixtures

The M D Roof Services Under 21 B Championship final has been fixed for Saturday 19th December 5pm in Elverys McHale Park, Castlebar:

Swinford v Davitts

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Swinford GAA Weekly News

50/50 DrawNext week Guaranteed €1,000
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This weeks draw for Swinford GAA 50/50 draw was held in Sheepwalk on 1st December and Regina Duffy c/o Sheepwalk won €631.00. The winning envelope was sold in the Sheepwalk. 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 in Horkans on 8th December. Draw envelopes are now also available at 3 for €5. To kick start the Christmas next weeks draw will be a guaranteed €1,0000.

MD Roof Services Under 21 Championship
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Our Under 21 team had a great win in the semi final of the MD Roof Services Under 21 B Championship beating Charlestown bt 1-10 to 1-2 on Saturday 28th Nov. By now the final result will be known, check out full report at swinfordgaa.ie

Swinford GAA AGM

The club held its AGM in the Gateway Hotel on Sunday 29th November. It was a very poorly attended meeting but the club officers reflected on a very good year on the football field for all our underage teams. The club finances are in a very healthy position. The club Chairman congratulated the Swinford Killasser Ladies GAA Club on a very good year. All Club officers were returned unopposed for the coming year.

Chairman: Shane Campbell

Secretary: Katie Kelly

Treasurer: Vincent Armstrong

PRO: Douglas Kelly
County Board/East Mayo Delegate: Peter Geragty
CulturalOfficer: Michael Campbell
Coaching Officer: Martin Roughneen

We are looking for people to give up their time to help out on various committees within the club. At present there are vacancies on the Finance Committee and the Pitch Committee. If you are interested please contact a club officer.

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Swinford v Charlestown Under 21B Championship

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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.

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Swinford GAA Weekly News

50/50 Draw

This weeks draw for Swinford GAA 50/50 draw was held in Quinns on 24th November and Mary Connolly c/o of Ellen McDonagh won €588.00. The winning envelope was sold in Swinford National School. 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 in Sheepwalk Bar on 1st December. Draw envelopes are now also available at 3 for €5.

M D Roof Services Under 21 B Championship

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The semi final between Swinford and Charlestown has been fixed for Saturday 28th November 1-30pm at Connacht Centre of Excellence.

Full report of our quarter final win over Belmullet is on our website.

Swinford GAA AGM

The annual general meeting of the club will be held in the Gateway Hotel on Sunday 29th November at 6pm. Closing date for nominations and motions is Wednesday 25th, please return to club secretary. Please note the time as the incorrect time was printed in Swinford Church newsletter.

Swinford Memorial Garden

The club has made a presentation of €1,200 to the committee of Swinford Memorial Garden being the proceeds of the raffle held at  the Phil Coulter concert.

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Under 21 Swinford v Belmullet

On a cold cold afternoon at the Connacht Centre of Excellence in Bekan Swinford dispensed with Belmullet in the quarter final of the MD Roofing Services Under 21 B Championship. We march into the semi-final against neighbours Charlestown.

It was a game that we controlled from start to finish and finished with eight different scorers and 21 points on the scoreboard.

From the throw in we attacked the Belmullet defence and James Devaney soon had us off and running. This first score was soon followed by points from Kevin McDonagh, Johnny Burke, Mark Forkan and a free from Liam Moran. Belmullet could not get a look in and our dominance continued with more points from Johnny Burke and two more from Liam Moran and one from Michael Walsh.

With twenty minutes gone with us leading by 9 points Belmullet got their first score and this was soon followed by another point and a goal to bring them back to within 4 points. With no wish to let Belmullet back into the game Kevin McDonagh added a free and Liam Moran with  fourth point. Belmullet added two more points split by a point from James Devaney to leave the half time score at Swinford 0-12 Belmullet 1-4.

From the start of the second half there was no relaxing and Liam Moran went on a great run, leaving four defenders in his trail and scored a great point. This was quickly followed by a point from Johnny Burke, Kevin McDonagh, Mark Forkan and James Lavin to give us a ten point lead after ten minutes.

Jonathan Giblin was called into action and made a very good save and from their next attack Belmullet sent a long range shot off the upright and wide. You are never going to dominate a game for the entire sixty minutes and Belmullet scored the next three points but this was as close as they got in the second half. Another point from Mark Forkan and a free from Liam Moran eased the pressure. Both teams swapped a couple of points with scores from Ryan Convey and the final score coming from Kevin McDonagh to finish at Swinford 0-21 Belmullet 1-9.

It was a dominant performance from Swinford and we will now play Charlestown in the semi 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

Scorers: Liam Moran 0-6, Kevin McDonagh 0-4, Johnny Burke, Mark Forkan 0-3 each, James Devaney 0-2,  Michael Walsh, James Lavin, Ryan Convey 0-1 each