Best wishes to the St Joseph’s Boys National Schools and to the girls of Scoil na nAingeal Naofa who compete on Tuesday in Ballyleague in the Cumann na mBunscoil Football Finals. The Boys Final is at 5pm and the Girls Final is at 6pm. Well done to Peter Bolger and his management team and the entire panel of the McGovern Directional Drilling Seniors on their excellent victory over Elphin in the first round of the Hodson Bay Senior Championship in Croghan on Friday evening last. This was a good performance from all involved including the five subs that were used and really showed the potential that exists within this team in probably the best performance in a number of years. Boyle started at a frantic pace and never gave Elphin an opportunity to establish any footing in the game. The first half saw Enda Smith hit the Elphin net twice when he sliced through the their defence. Donie added a number of frees on a day when he hit 8 frees in total and added one from play. The second half saw Boyle continue to attack from deep and added a third goal from Jim Suffin who finished excellently to all but but bury any hope of an Elphin revival. Elphin received three red cards in the later stages of the game, with two for fighting and one for abusive language to referee Vivian Hardiman.The only blip on an otherwise flawless day was a late goal conceded. The team and panel on the day was. Cian Smith, Michael Hanmore, David Callaghan, Cillian Cox, Aaron Sharkey, Sean Purcell, Tadhg McKenna, Roch Hanmore, Enda Smith, Jim Suffin, Donie Smith, Tadhg Lowe, Mark McGovern, Darren O'Connor, Mark O'Donohoe, Evan McGrath, Joe Sweeney, Liam Conroy, Colin Goldrick, Brian Furey, with Jason McDermott, Steve Tonry, Tommy McGarrity, Ciaran Beirne, Peter Lavin. They will face Padraig Pearses and St Brigids in the remaining championship games in their group in August. Meanwhile they have two vital O’Rourke Cup games in the coming week. They will travel to Woodmount on Wednesday evening to face Padraig Pearses at 8pm and they will host St Faithleachs in the Abbey Park on Sunday next at 2pm. Stewards will be required to make themselves available for this game from 12.30pm onwards.
The Cooney Motors/ Cooneys Centra Juniors are scheduled to play Kilglass Gaels in the Abbey Park on Saturday evening next in the Division 4 League. The Abbey Park will host a Connacht ladies Football Intermediate Championship Semi Final between Roscommon and Sligo at 7pm on Friday evening next 20th. Stewards from both the male clubs and the ladies club are required to make themselves available from 6pm.
The Abbey Park successfully hosted an U14 Girls ALL Ireland Semi Final between Limerick and Derry on Saturday last. Thanks to all from both Boyle clubs for helping with the smooth running of the event. Highlight of the weekend was the victory by the U12 Girls in the Division 1B County Championship Final. Congratulations to the girls and to Adrian Brogan and his management team. The Club extends its sympathy to the Shiel family Ardmore. Croghan and to the Lynch and Ryan families, Boyle on the death of Mrs Shiel.