Kilmanagh: A Monster Christmas Whist drive in aid of St. Brigid’s Camogie club

CHRISTMAS CARDS - The weekly Christmas Card games of “25”s carries on in Coolagh Hall, three miles from Callan on the Windgap road. Prizes of hams and hampers. All welcome.

CHRISTMAS CARDS - The weekly Christmas Card games of “25”s carries on in Coolagh Hall, three miles from Callan on the Windgap road. Prizes of hams and hampers. All welcome.

COMMUNITY ALERT - Ballycallan, Kilmanagh, Killaloe Community Alert will hold a follow up meeting in Ballycallan Community Hall on Thursday, 13 December at 8.45pm as was stated at the last meeting.  The meeting is a follow up to the meeting of 29 November which was very well attended by people from the community and also the Gardaí.  Please note that people from all areas of the parish are invited to attend and would be very welcome. 

MONSTER WHIST - A Monster Christmas Whist drive in aid of St. Brigid’s Camogie club will take place this coming Friday night, 14 December at the Palmerstown venue commencing at 8:30pm.Lots of prizes, e.g. hampers, vouchers, chocolates, biscuits and lots of Christmas goodies and a nice €50 voucher from Gerry O’Brien for Top Lady and Top Gent. All are welcome.

BRENNANS BAR - On Saturday, 15 December the annual Brennan’s Christmas Party is being held. This is a night not to miss with great music and entertainment for every. All are welcome. While waiting to attend these two great nights keep warm with fuels from Brennans who have great prices and free delivery. For further information contact Joe on 087 2867578.

ST. BRIGID’S WHIST DRIVE - The next whist drive in aid of St. Brigid’s Camogie Club, Kilmanagh will be their Monster Christmas one which will take place on Friday night, 14 December at the Palmerstown venue.

There will be lots of prizes such as hampers, vouchers, chocolates and Christmas goodies and more on the night. All are welcome.

POP UP MARKET - The Callan Pop Up Christmas Market will take place in the Old Co-op (beside Cafe L’Arche), Green Street, Callan on Tuesday, 18 December and Wednesday, 19 December from 10am to 6pm.

Produce on offer includes cakes, breads, eggs, handcrafted cards, calendars, hair fascinators, turned & sculpted wood, knitted & embroidered gifts and lots more. All are welcome to come along, have a browse or buy some locally produced products.

For anyone who would like to have their own stand, a HSE cert and insurance is required. Stands cost €5. For more information contact 056 7755519 ext. 1.

STEPHENS DAY FOOTIE - Up next is the local traditional fun game on St. Stephen’s Day between Rangers and Ryan’s Celtic in the annual charity Game.

RANGERS VS. TULLAROAN - Rangers made the short trip to our near neighbours on Sunday morning, 2 November last looking to build on their good result last week.

The game started brightly with Rangers in the driving seat and looking the more dangerous. The first real chance fell to Dara Murphy when he latched on Ben Hayes’ excellent through ball. Dara’s shot look goal bound but for a fine save from the home keeper. Tullaroan subsequently launched a raid into the Ranger’s half and the shot for the edge of the box was turned around the post.

Both teams then had free kicks in dangerous positions but both keepers had their angles covers. Then the turning point in the game, a Ranger’s attack, was broken up and Tullaroan countered quickly when a through ball was threaded through and the Tullaroan attacker was one on one with our keeper.

With space running out and the keeper in best position the attacker threw himself to the ground and won a penalty to the dismay of the Rangers tea. Despite all the protests the penalty was given, taken and scored. The second half saw Rangers go again in search of the equaliser and again the home keeper denied Jason Darmody with a fine save. Tullaroan broke and had a second penalty claim but the Referee waved it away. Was he just evening things up for the mistake in the first half...?

With Rangers pushing forward gaps appeared at the back and Tullaroan doubled their lead to add to their tally before the end. Rangers did score the last goal with a fine header from Ben Hayes.

Team: M. Corrigan, P. Dalton, C. O’Grady, T. Manogue, M. Hogan, J. Gleeson. T. Ryan, B. Hayes, G. Murphy, D. Murphy and J. Darmody

Subs: D. Carroll and D. Egan

RANGERS VS. FRESHFORD - after the disappointment of last week’s result Rangers hosted Freshford in the Paircín on Sunday morning. Rangers started brightly again and took the lead from their first attack. James Gleeson whipped in an inch perfect corner and Ben Hayes rose highest to power a header past the visiting keeper.

From the start they again pushed forward to try and increase their lead. Freshford then settled in to the game and began to become more of an attacking treat. Their first attempt came when the Freshford centre forward latched on to a through ball. The home keeper came to narrow the angle and made a decent save to keep Rangers in the lead.

Freshford then began to push forward more and more and were awarded a harsh penalty. Despite the best efforts of the Ranger’s keeper Freshford equalised from the spot. Freshford now had their tails up and took the lead when a scrappy ball found its way into the top corner. Despite playing well Rangers found themselves 2-1 down at the break.

From the restart Rangers went straight for another goal. A Jason Darmody cross and Dara Murphy volley was goal bound but the Freshford keeper got his hand to keep it out and a James Gleeson effort just rose too high and over the bar.

All Freshford attacks were been handled well by the Rangers’ defence and this gave the attackers a platform. J.J. Corrigan was introduced with a view to use his pace to cause the Freshford defence problems and it did not take him long to make his mark. Jason Darmody again chased a ball into the corner and made his way into the box and crossed it to JJ where he controlled it on the edge of  the 6 yard box and with a left foot finish levelled the score for Rangers.

The next attack proved fruitful for Rangers as Jason again held up the play before releasing to Dara who then had his goal bound shot finished to the net again by JJ. Rangers now had the lead. Not wanting to sit back and hold on they kept pushing forward and a snap shot from Gearoíd Murphy took a wicked deflection and looped over the keeper to increase Ranger’s lead.

This was a great performance for the Rangers and a result that was long overdue. With this games 14 players and a few to come back for the next day they have a strong squad and hope to push on for the remainder of the season.

Team: M. Corrigan, P. Dalton, T. Manogue, C. O’Grady, M. Hogan, J. Gleeson, B. Hayes, D. Murphy, T. Ryan, G. Murphy, J. Darmody Subs: J.J. Corrigan, D. Cahill, P. Doheny, C. Darmody.

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