COUNTY FINAL DISAPPOINTMENT FOR FOOTBALLERS - There was disappointment for the Young Irelands footballers who lost out the County Junior Championship final in a close fought battle to Rower-Inistioge in Nowlan Park last Sunday week.
Hopes were high of completing a league/championship double following a twelve-point victory over Railyard B in the Junior League final.
However, it wasn’t to be as Rower-Inistioge emerged victorious 1-7 to 0-8.
HURLERS COMMENCE INTERMEDIATE CAMPAIGN - Following a promising year in 2012 when they reached the championship quarter-final, their intermediate hurlers will commence their league campaign this coming Saturday evening against Mooncoin in the opening round of the championship.
Once again under the guidance of 9-times All-star DJ Carey, Young Irelands will be hopeful of a winning start against the Suirsiders.
The Gowran men won their first three matches in the group stages of the league last year, before losing out on a league final spot with defeat to St. Patricks Ballyragget in the final round of matches.
Following the opening round of matches this weekend, Young Irelands are scheduled to play neighbours and All-Ireland Junior club champions Thomastown on Friday, May 10 in Tom Walsh Park, Skeoughvosteen, before playing last years intermediate finalists St Patrick’s.
Their final two group games are in July against Conahy Shamrocks and Dunammaggin respectively.
GOWRAN PARK STAGES ALL FLAT MEETING - Following the staging of it’s recent highly successful two-day meeting, Gowran Park stages an all flat meeting next Sunday.
The feature race is the Victor McCalmont Stakes with the racing commencing at 2.20pm.
YOUNG IRELANDS GAA CLUB LOTTO DRAW - Last week’s Lotto numbers were 7, 10, 17 and 21. No jackpot winner. The 5 x €35 euro winners were Oliver Dreeling, Joan Treacy, Leo Byrne, Eamonn Nolan and Jim Murphy. This week’s jackpot is worth €9,300.
CLEERE’S REACH CUP QUARTER-FINALS - Following on from their great league success, Cleere’s have the double within their sights, and last week, they reached the quarter-finals of the Cup following a penalty shoot-out victory.
It was their 2nd consecutive penalty shoot-out after victory.
In the last 16, they overcame Grogan’s of Callan 5-4 on penalties after the match ended 1-1, while spot-kicks was also required to overcome their opponents in last weeks last 16 encounter.
Goalkeeper Niall Kennedy was the shoot-out hero as he pulled off the decisive save to set-up a quarter-final encounter with Kells FC in Scanlon Park last night (Tuesday).
If Cleere’s emerged victorious last night, they will play their semi-final match next Monday, April 29 against either Kytelers or Crutt United at 8.30pm in the Loreto.