Aghada GAA Club Notes

06 September, 2016

Eastern U 14 Football League Game Aghada 10-7 (37)  Shamrocks 4-16 (28)

The Aghada u-14 footballers travelled to the Shamrocks club in Ringaskiddy for a football league game, described by the travelling Aghada supporters as the “shoot out at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona”,  with plenty attacking football by both teams, and as the above score line would suggest some wonderful scores, especially by the Aghada forwards and many of the scores coming from our defence. This game will stand to the team as they prepare for the upcoming championship game against Crosshaven.

Eastern U 14 Football Championship Game Aghada 3-15 (24)  Crosshaven 5-07 (22)

Played in Mediterranean type weather in the splendid Crosshaven grounds, Aghada kicked off their u14 football Championship campaign with a 2 point win over a well drilled Crosshaven team, both teams going for it with temperatures reaching 23 ̊C, in one of the hottest evenings of the summer, with the absence of regular goalie John Manning the call was made to Danny MacCarthy to step up between the posts and had an outstanding game saving some certain goals over the hour. Our inside backs of Jack Corkery, Donagh Collins and the reliable Dan Leahy done some great defending, while out around the middle of the field Neil Cunningham was have a titanic battle with the huge Crosshaven midfielder assisted by Lachlan Greig when the game was really in the melting pot. Up front captain Seamus Maloney, Eoin Motherway and Fintan Cody were really testing the tough Crosshaven backs. When Crosshaven did manage to attack our half backs of M.J Stafford, Aidan Slye and Sean Og O Keeffe managed to overturn the Crosshaven attack and set up the ever hard working half forward line of centre forward Jack Colbert who if ran home from Crosshaven to Aghada would not have covered as much ground as he did on championship night. Our wing forwards of Conal Rooney and Scott White ran themselves to a standstill collecting the ball from deep to deliver to the inside attacking threat. Overall a great team performance as we move on the championship semi-final.

Eastern U 14 Football Championship Game Aghada 3-11 (20)  Saint Vincents 6-8 (26)

Aghada were beaten by a strong Saint Vincents team in the u14 championship for 2016, as a good start by Vincents in the opening 15 minutes resulted in 3 goals being scored as Aghada appeared to be caught in the headlights and were unable to get their hands on the ball. The last 10 minutes of the first half resulted in the Aghada team kicking over some wonderful points to leave us trailing 3-3 to 0-9 at half time. The second half was a superb game as Aghada drove on with every opportunity kicking 3-2 and with Vincents now on the ropes and we playing with great belief and confidence, a kick back by Vincents was always going to happen as they had ample subs to exchange at vital time during the game. The team were very downbeat after losing this game by 6 points in the end. Credit must go to Aghada who fought right to the end.


Eastern U 14 Football League Game Aghada 5-7 (23)  Lee Gaels 2-4 (10)

Aghada enjoyed a 13 point win in this u14 football league 1/4 game played at the Kerry Pike venue, welcoming back goalkeeper john Manning where we played very well in the opening period, playing attacking football with us continuing to find the link player and ran out leading at half time by 4-6 to 1-2, as the game wore on the faithful supporters from Aghada were given plenty entertainment, and this time it wasn’t the boys in the green jerseys that amused the crowd, with the man in the middle really taking the spot light in the game. Thankfully we kicked on the win 5-7 (23) to 2-4 (10) in another good display with Ben Walsh, Fintan Cody, Scott White and giving a great exhibition of forward play.

Eastern U 14 Football League Semi-Final Game Aghada 5-9 (24) Coursey Rovers 3-3 (12)

On All-Ireland hurling final day, we travelled to Ballinspittle the home of Coursey Rovers for a 12.00 throw in in this league encounter and of course the moving statue of 21 years pervious, but there was no statue standing by both teams who went at it full hilt. Both teams gave a great account of themselves in a tough fast moving encounter. We went in at half time leading 3-5 to 1-1, the Aghada management under the watchful eye of veteran coach, selector, manager, player and Gaa Guru, Tommy Foley decided to rotate players every 10 minutes and it worked a treat as players were totally tuned into their roll and his master move was surely converting regular back Sean Og O Keeffe to a forward position late in the game, in a move where no fewer that 6 Aghada players Motherway, Maloney ,White, Walsh, Cunningham, White again ,and  Stafford onto the converted forward O Keeffe who crashed the ball to the net, after that score a remark from the sideline was made that the statue could start moving again. As the game wore on the defence of Dan Leahy, Donagh Collins, Lachlan Greig and the man with a connection to the Dublin senior footballer Naomh Olafs David Byrne winner of 2 All Ireland/3 leinsters/3 national leagues,  Jack Corkery really shored up all Courseys could throw at us, as Aidan Slye became a link with influential midfielders Conal Rooney and Neil Cunningham, both goalkeepers Danny MacCarthy and John Manning played there part in the semi-final win to run out winners 5-9 (24) to 3-3 (12) and make it through to the league final.


County U 15 Football Championship Aghada V Lyre

The Aghada u-15 footballers were drawn to play their first outing of 2016 at home against Lyre, who had to make the long journey from the other side of the county, after a shaky start Aghada soon got into our stride and ran out comfortable winners in a game where hard working wing forward Max Aherne caught the eye as well as Rory Bawdin and Jack Norris in defence, as well as every ready goalkeeper Ruairi O Connell who need to be at his best for Aghada. Shout out to Aghada ladies for serving refreshments to the travelling Lyre team.


County U 15 Football Championship Semi-Final Aghada 0-18 (18)  Clondroid 1-09 (12)

In a superb game of football played at the excellent CIT grounds both teams gave everything in an all-round entertaining game. Aghada started brightly and raced into a 0-7 lead with Sean Byrne and Dillion Buckley bossing the mid-field tussels and wing backs Jonathan O Mahony, Shay Keane and centre back Diarmuid Phelan defending stoutly Aghada had their best period but as the game nearing the half-time whistle Clondroid kicked 5 unanswered points to make the half-time score Aghada 0-7 Clondroid 0-5. The second half opened brightly as Aghada took control again and as both teams traded points their long range point kicking was a feature of the second half and Aghada ran out winners 0-18 to Clondroids 1-09, Aghada now go on to play the county final against Clyda Rovers


County U 15 Football Championship Final Aghada 5-09 (24) Clyda Rovers 3-11(20)

With 20 minutes remaining in this game at Mayfield, the Aghada supporters would have been forgiven if they had left their seats in the stand and headed for the exit gates. David Walsh, who up to that point, had been running the show for Clyda in the middle of the field, broke up an Aghada attack. He transferred the ball to team mate mate Conor Corbett, who ran 40 metres, before crashing the ball to the net. That left the score 3-11 to 1-07 and apart from a superb goal from Max Aherne shortly after half time, there was little to cheer. The boys in green were simply playing for pride. After that score Aghada threw caution to the stiff breeze they were playing into, and let loose. Their outstanding half back line of Shay Keane, Diarmuid Phelan and Jonathan O Mahony pushed into mid-field. The breaking ball out around the middle was now seized upon by Darragh Ryan and Conor O Keeffe. The tide began to turn. Amazingly Aghada won the remainder of the game by 4-02 to 0-0. Clyda Rovers were at this stage of the game visibly tiring going in at half time 7 points up having played against the wind. Aghada were awarded a penalty after a foul on Seamus Maloney. Jamie O Hanlon dispatched it to the net. Shortly after that Shay Keane scored Aghada’s third, now the game was back in the melting pot. Dillion Buckley and Sean Byrne took over at midfield. Clyda simply couldn’t win a kick out.

They tried on occasions to play the long ball into their full forward line but Rory Bawdin, Jack Norris, Gavin Kirrane and later Aidan Slye got out in front of their men to clear the danger. The substitutes certainly made an impact. Neil Cunningham finished to the net for Aghada’s fourth goal. He replaced Ronan O Connell who was a constent thorn in Clyda Rovers defence. Craig Healy was also withdrawn as he simply ran himself to the ground. Fifteen players were not going to turn this around. This was all about the collective. The fifth goal was a great move finished to the net by Darragh Ryan. Goalkeeper Ruairi O Connell who had little to do in the last 20 minutes did much to limit the damage in the first half with his intelligent kick outs. When Cathal Egan put the whistle to his mouth for the final time the scenes in the stand and on the field were jubilant to say the least. Sub goalie John Manning, Sean Og O Keeffe, Dan Leahy and Ben Walsh also played their part and togged out on the day.  Congrats to the whole squad and the backroom team. This is a victory which will live long in the memory.


1.      Ruairi O Connell

2.      Rory Bawdin

3.      Jack Norris

4.      Gavin Kirrane

5.      Shay Keane (1-0)

6.      Diarmuid Phelan (0-1)

7.      Jonathan O Mahony

8.      Dillion Buckley (Captain) (0-1)

9.      Sean Byrne (0-1)

10.   Max Aherne (1-1)

11.  Darragh Ryan (1-1)

12.   Conor O Keeffe (0-2)

13.   Jamie O Hanlon (1-2)

14.   Ronan O Connell

15.   Craig Healy

16.   John Manning

17.   Seamus Moloney

18.    Aidan Slye

19.   Sean Og O Keeffe

20.   Neil Cunningham (1-0)

21.   Dan Leahy

22.   Ben Walsh

Thanks to everyone who organised the Celebrations in the clubhouse afterwards.

Aghada U-15 Footballers and Supporters with the County Cup