New Arrivals - Congratulations to Meave and Sean O` Carroll, Powerstown on the birth of their new baby boy Michael James who was born last week. Congratulations also to Deirdre and Ger Dalton, Freshford on the birth of their baby boy last week.
Meave Moran is the daughter of Ned and Catherine Moran, Powerstown and Deirdre Lawlor is the daughter of Joe and Tina Lawlor, Mount Loftus. Both Grandfathers are former Chairman and Secretary of the Blacks and Whites GAA club respectively and no doubt will be recruiting for the Skeough side in the years to come!! Best wishes to you all.
Intermediate Football - The Blacks and Whites Intermediate Footballers suffered a second defeat in the Football league last weekend as they went down to Erin’s Own Castlecomer at Canon Kearns Park last Sunday. With a lot of players still tied up with College hurling commitments and some injuries also, numbers were limited for the game however the effort and commitment given by the team could not be faulted.
Playing against a stiff breeze in the first half, Blacks and Whites struggled to make telling attacks on the home side’s goal and at the other end depended on some excellent last ditch defending to keep the game in the mix. However with attack after attack on the skeough goal, the cover was finally breached and comer got thru for a goal half way during the first half which was followed by three quick points also. Skeough settled and worked some good scoring opportunities through placed balls which Michael Doyle converted. Again some great defending from Sean Kealy, Padraig Joyce and Tommy Joyce to name but a few foiled some excellent comer moves and kept them to some minor scores from distance which saw the half time score read Erins Own 1-05 B & W 0-02.
On the restart the skeough side tried to use the breeze to their advantadge and were successful as they converted some good play into scores from Michael Doyle and Niall Kennedy which narrowed the gap. A speculative shot then from the comer half forward deceived skeough goalkeeper Anthony Barcoe and ended up in the corner of the net which was a sickening blow to the skeough comeback.
However credit to Blacks & Whites they continued to attack and score with more and more pressure on the comer defence and with 8 minutes remaining had the gap back to just four points. But with time against them, a rare second half attack from comer was buried in the net and so to was the skeough challenge. All of Blacks and Whites defence were outstanding all day with Brian Cleere, Jos Murphy and Niall Kennedy helping the lads already mentioned. Micahel Moloney and John lawlor worked hard at mid field while up front Michael Doyle, John Lennon and John Murphy posed the most threat. Team; A Barcoe, B Cleere, S Kealy, P Joyce, T Joyce, N Kennedy, Jos Murphy, M Moloney, J Lawlor, J Lennon, M Doyle, M Kelly, J Murphy, K Fitzpatrick, S Doyle. Subs: E Foley, K Barcoe, T Drennan.