Match Reports

Billy Ronan Tournament

Monday, 29 August 2011 at 11AM

There was a good crowd in attendance at the Final of the Billy Ronan Tournament in Tom Ryall Park Kilmanagh on Sunday

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Barrow Rangers win Fennelly Cup

Wednesday, 24 August 2011 at 8AM

BARROW RANGERS 1-13 WINDGAP 0-13

Barrow Rangers had to withstand a strong second half rally from a determined Windgap side before laying their hands on the Kevin Fennelly Memorial Cup following a hard fought game at Thomastown on Friday evening last. This was a game full of passion, commitment, pride and courage as both sides strove valiantly to emerge victorious.

BARROW RANGERS 1-13 WINDGAP 0-13

Barrow Rangers had to withstand a strong second half rally from a determined Windgap side before laying their hands on the Kevin Fennelly Memorial Cup following a hard fought game at Thomastown on Friday evening last. This was a game full of passion, commitment, pride and courage as both sides strove valiantly to emerge victorious.

You would give little for the chances of Windgap at the break but they upped their performance several notches in the second half and in the end it was Rangers that were hanging on grimly to a narrow lead.

Niall Doran had the first score for Windgap with a pointed free in the first minute. They found themselves ten points behind by the time they scored again in the 20th minute as Rangers took over. With Paddy Barcoe and Thomas Brennan controlling the midfield area and Martin Bambrick working like a trooper all over the field, an endless supply of good ball was making its way towards the Windgap goal. Thomas Whitely scored two great points from out on the wing, Dermot Maher pointed a number of frees to add to a point from play. The crucial score came on fifteen minutes when Paddy Barcoe first timed a ball from midfield for Jason Holden to run on to and score a fine goal.

When Doran attempted a goal from a free on 20 minutes Eamon Hawe collected the rebound and add his sides second score. Windgap were coming more into the game at this stage and were outscoring Rangers two to one. Points from Sean Power and Philly Lonergan brought a reply from Cathal English. Dermot Maher replied to two further points from Cian Ryan and Doran to  leave Rangers 1-11 to 0-6 ahead at the break. What would have happened if  a Wingap goal from a long free had not been disallowed for a square infringement will never be known.

It was a totally renewed Windgap side that appeared for the second half. They thundered into the game right from the start. Philly Lonergan, Davy Power and Cian Ryan were piling on the pressure. Having said that Rangers forwards were guilty of three terrible wides before Dermot Maher pointed a free on three minutes. They would not score again until the third minute of injury time as the southern side assumed total control. Rangers work rate in the forward  line reduced dramatically with the result that pressure mounted on the Rangers defence.

To their credit all seven backs were magnificent during this period, putting their tired and sore bodies on the line to prevent a goal that would give an impetus to the Windgap sides attacking fortunes. Points from Philly Lonergan (2)Eamon Hawe, Niall Doran (3) and J J Phelan left just two points between the sides and when a Windgap player got through and heading goalwards, Kevin McDonald somehow got his body in the way and John Kealy picked the breaking ball and his mighty clearance reached Dermot Maher who put it over the bar. The Rangers team and followers were mightily relieved to hear the final whistle after an absorbing encounter.

Chairman of Bord na nÓg, Willie Dempsey presented the trophy to Rangers captain Dermot Maher.

Barrow Rangers: J J Staunton, Kevin McDonald, John Kealy, Sean McDonald, Willie Hennessy, Patrick Purcell, Ciaran Doyle, Paddy Barcoe, Thomas Brennan

(0-1), Martin Bambrick (0-1), Dermot Maher (0-7), Thomas Whitely (0-2),
Cathal English (0-2), Derek McEvoy, Jason Holden (1-0).
Subs: Michael Whitely, Joe Hughes

Windgap: James Murray, Sean Power, James Mackey, Davy Power, Philip Lonergan (0-3), Peter Landy, Ger Purcell, Cian Ryan (0-1), Eoin Cody, Tommy Lonergan, Tommy Fleming, Eamon Hawe (0-2), Niall Doran (0-5), Conor Lonergan, Sean Foley.

Subs: J J Phelan (0-2), Phil Landy, Aidan Mackey.

Referee: John Walsh

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Under-16 Hurling championship

Sunday, 14 August 2011 at 9PM

LISDOWNEY            0 – 13                         BARROW RANGERS         1 – 5

Barrow Rangers interest in this years under-16 Hurling championship ended at Lisdowney on Tuesday last when the went under to the home side in the Shield quarter final after a close and at times exciting game.

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Minors lose out to Dublin

Sunday, 07 August 2011 at 10AM

Dublin proved too strong for Kilkenny in yesterday’s Leinster minor hurling final played in Croke Park yesterday.  Dublin seemed physically dominant over Kilkenny and opened strongly registering three points in the first 10 minutes one from Glenn Whelan and two from Paul Winters.The Kilkenny mentors switched Kevin Kelly, to centre-forward, and the star of last year’s side helped Kilkenny back into contention. The breeze seemed to favour the Dubs slightly, but their shooting from distance was inaccurate

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Ten point Coady shoots the ’Lockes to victory

Thursday, 02 June 2011 at 3PM

Ten point Coady shoots the ’Lockes to victory
John Lockes 0-17 Conahy Shamrocks 0-13

THE third round clash in the Intermediate Hurling League ended with big-hearted John Lockes (Callan) claiming their second victory in front of a good attendance in Tullaroan. The star of the show for the winners was P.J. Coady, who scored 10 of their points.

As soon as referee, Maurice Flynn, threw-in the ball Conahy showed a serious attitude, but they failed to back up appearances with action. Ten seconds in Peter Vickery (C) opened the scoring. The ’Lockes replied when P.J. Coady pointed a free.

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