Bon Secours County Championship Round 2.
Kerins O Rahilly’s 1-10 John Mitchels 5-05.
John Mitchels made the short journey across town to Kerins O Rahilly’s on Sunday last and got their Bons Secours County Championship campaign back on track with a well-deserved 7-point win over the home side.
On a beautiful morning for football with just a slight breeze blowing from the Town end, John Mitchels settled the better and a wonderful passing movement involving Sarah Kilgallen, Diana O’Keeffe and Simi Ogungsbesan ended with Grace Hamilton outmanoeuvring the home sides defence to blast the ball to the net for the opening score after 5 minutes.
John Mitchels doubled their lead three minutes later when following a great block by Aoife O’Brien, Ashleigh Murphy passed to Lucie O’Donoghue who slipped the ball to Shannon Martin who in turn found Ava Buckley on the 13-metre line and Ava gave the Kerins O Rahilly’s goalkeeper no chance with a powerful shot to the net.
After these early setbacks, the home side slowly settled into the game and scored 3 points without reply to reduce the lead to 3 but following an excellent save by John Mitchels goalkeeper, Kayleigh Collins, Erica O’Connor played a pin point pass to Emma Carmody who released Rachel Kilgallen down the right wing who then found Lily Parker and Lily cleverly rolled the ball across the face of the goal to Shauna Flynn who blasted John Mitchels third goal midway through the opening half to restore their six point advantage.
Kerins O Rahilly’s responded with a goal on the 20th minute before Diana O’Keeffe and Rachel Kilgallen each added points from frees to increase the lead to 5 points before 2 late pointed frees from Kerins O Rahilly’s left to score Kerins O Rahilly’s 1-05 John Mitchels 3-02 at the half time interval.
Just as in the opening half, John Mitchels began the second half in lightening fashion and a wonderful passing movement, involving Ashleigh Murphy, Simi, Sarah and Lily ended with Ava Buckley scoring her second and John Mitchels fourth goal in the fifth minute to push the visitors into a six-point lead.
Kerins O Rahilly’s responded with 2 points before Ava Buckley scored a beautiful long-range point for the visitors. Kerins O Rahilly’s then added another point but some excellent goalkeeping by Kayleigh Collins and stalwart defending from Emma Carmody, Erica O ‘Connor and Aoife O’Brien prevented them from scoring the goal that they so desperately needed to turn the tide.
Lily Parker then added a point for John Mitchels from a very acute angle following a deft pass from Diana O’Keeffe and although Kerins O Rahilly’s reduced the deficit to four points with 5 minutes remaining a wonderful passing movement, involving Clara O’Dowd, Sarah, Simi, and Grace ended with Shauna Flynn being fouled in the penalty area and up stepped Ava Buckley to hammer home the resultant penalty to complete her hat-trick and claim the match ball.
Kerins O’Rahilly’s did add a couple of late consolation points before Rachel Kilgallen completed the scoring with a long-range free for John Mitchels to leave the Final Score Kerins O Rahilly’s 1-10 John Mitchels 5-05.
All in all, a wonderful team performance by John Mitchels, full of commitment, hard work and no little skill and it was also so heartening to see Tanya O’Connor, Julie Foley, Eabha Mullen, Lily Silong and Anna Murphy all in attendance in spite of the fact that a few of them are currently carrying injuries.
Training continues on Thursday this week in preparation for Round 3 of the Bons Secours County Championship which is an away fixture to Glenflesk on Sunday the 10th of September.
Mothers and Others
Training continues on Monday evening from 7pm-8pm. If you are 25 and over not playing senior football and want to try some non-competitive football please come along and give it a go.
Stay tuned for training details as we await Town league fixtures.
Under 15 Boys
We train again on Monday evening 6-7 with our eagerly awaited semi-final v Austin stacks fixed for Wednesday evening the 6th @7pm in Connolly Park full attendance required we’ll need every 1 training in preparation for the game Na Misteallaig Abu
Under 16 Girls
Training continues on Weekend evening at 7pm. New players always welcome.
Under 15 girls
Congratulations to our U15 Girls team who had a massive victory over a very good Finuge / St Senans team away in Finuge on Sunday evening. After a slow start we found ourselves 4 down at the first water break but showed incredible character to claw our way back in to the game.
We did the damage in the third quarter where we turned a 2-point deficit in to a 2 point lead. We turned in a very solid last quarter to win the game on a score line of Finuge / St Senans 2-07 John Mitchels 2- 10. Well done to the girls. We face Shannon Side Tarbert at home on Tuesday at 7pm.
Under 14 Girls
The girls continue to train ahead of the upcoming North Kerry Leagues which start shortly. Congratulations to the u14 girls who lined out for John Mitchels in the u17 championship game vs Annascaul and performed well in defeat.
Well done also to Laoise O’Sullivan and Nicole Hennig from out u14 team who lined out for Kerry in the u15 PDP blitz in Mallow on Saturday. Congratulations too to u16 player Ava Sharma, who also put on the Kerry jersey at the blitz.
Under 13 Boys
The Green team played Ardfert in the Central league semifinal with Ardfert our opponents tonight, Ardfert never relented but our boys kept them at arm’s length throughout the game.
The first half was a close contest, but our forwards kept taking points when it mattered.
We had a few absentees for numerous reasons, and our squad showed its depth by raising standards even further
We finished winners by a scoreline of 4:17 to 3:14 and Na Gaeil now await us in the final.
Under 12 Girls
U12girls After our break from training, we had once again over 20 for coaching on Wednesday. We play Annauscaul away in Camp this Sunday. Best of luck to all going back to School this week, with that we are guaranteed some good weather.
Under 11 Boys
On Sunday we played our last game of the Central League away to Laune Rangers. It was end to end stuff in what was the highest scoring game of the year. Both our teams played on the front foot and supported each other throughout which was great to see. Many thanks to Laune Rangers for hosting us and for a very sporting game.
Under 8 and 10 Girls
Our u8 & u10 girls had a good turnout for this Sunday morning match against Camp. Everyone had great fun with some fantastic skills on display.
There will be a match again next Sunday vs Kerins O’Rahilly’s, new players are always welcome.
Under 9 Boys
John Mitchels U9 Boys got a fantastic treat this morning when Senior Men’s Players Paudie & Ciaràn White came up to put out lads through their paces. The lads showed our young boys some fantastic tips on kicking & defending which was later displayed in 2 cracking games of football. The lads also explained how important it is to practice & to try & spend at least 20mins a day practicing the skills, kicking, catching, hops & solo’s. You can never do enough practice.
Training continues this Wednesday from 5.30pm to 6.30pm in our Astro Pitch see you all then.
Under 7s boys and girls
The boys trained on the AstroTurf last Sunday morning. It was a glorious morning and after we finished the warm up, the boys went through a comprehensive series of football drills. We finished the session with 2 go games which were keenly contested.
Training continues next Sunday morning at 11am. As ever new members are always welcome
Under 6 Boys and Girls
Our under 6s trained outside on the Astro turf under glorious sunshine this Sunday morning.
It was very warm so we had lots of breaks and drank lots of water.
The boys and girls has great fun as we had the whole AstroTurf to ourselves. Follow the leader, stuck in the mud send dodgeball were the highlights of the day.
Training continues next Sunday morning at 11am and as always new members are always welcome
Full Body Strength & Conditioning Classes Free for All Members.
Come along on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6am and avail of our free strength and conditioning classes being facilitated by George Bastible. All you need is motivation, an exercise mat and water. Open to all 18-year old’s and over.
Bingo continues on Wednesday and Friday nights. Eyes down at 8.30pm sharp at Chamfers John Joe Sheehy Road Tralee. Please note that only patrons 18 years and over are eligible to play bingo and proof of age will be required on request. Any persons under 18 years of age cannot unfortunately attend bingo.
John Mitchels GAA Club Lotto Results
Sunday 03th September 2023.
This week’s Lotto numbers are 09 ,11 ,13 & 30.
The numbers today were drawn by George Lowe and Alan O Donoghue.
There was no winner of the Jackpot of €1,500.00
Congratulations to our three lucky dip winners this week:
€25.00: Clive O Callaghan
€25.00: Stephen Walsh
€25.00: Gail Lowe
Next week’s Jackpot is €1,550.00 and the draw will take place on Facebook Live on Sunday 10th September 2023 at 11am.
Ticket sales close at 9am sharp. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here: John Mitchels GAA Club We thank you for all your support.
On behalf of all in John Mitchels we also extend a sincere sympathy to the families of the following:
Brendan Quill, Lohercannon, Tralee, Kerry
Sean Moran, Dromcairn, Ballyseedy, Skehanagh, Tralee, Kerry
Richard Rafferty, Liosdara, Oakpark, Tralee, Kerry, V92 VP1H
Mundie (Edmund) Prendiville, Oakpark, Tralee, Kerry / Castleisland, Kerry
Angela De Regibus (née Slattery), Shanakill, Tralee, Kerry, V92 F5Y
Dan Enright, Rathcooney, Cork / Tralee, Kerry