Feile U14 2011
Ballydonoghue U14's who were defeated in the Semi Finals of Féile held in Cork
30th June to 3rd July
Our U14 surpassed all expectations last week at the Feile when they became only the second Kerry team to win their group stage and qualify for the semi finals. The only other time this was done was when Kerry hosted the Feile finals in 1994.
The draw didn't help our cause having only one game on Thursday meant we had to play three games on Friday as well competing in the skill competition.
The first game up was against our host club Clonakilty and we got off to the best possible start with a comprehensive win Ballydonoghue (5-9) Clonakilty (1-3). It was then on to Clonakilty itself where we were based before returning to Cork again for the parade through Cork city on Thursday night.
It was an early start on Friday with our first game in Eire Og at 10:00am against the Galway representatives Craughwell favourites to get out of the group. They had played and won their two games on Thursday and this was one we could not afford to lose.
Darragh Sheehy got us off the mark with a point after 3mins and this was followed by a great Cian O'Mahony save. Craughwell then pointed from a free before Jack Foley, Kevin O'Donnell and Kieran Lynch kicked a point apiece. While Craughwell put over another free before half time.
Craughwell came out in the second half a different team and went in hard from the start and had pulled back the two point deficit after 10 mins and with a minute left went a point ahead and it looked like we were on the way out. But in the final seconds we won a 20m free and Jack Foley stepped up to pop over for the winning score. Ballydonoghue (0-5) Craughwell (0-4).
Going into the next game both teams were level on points but Craughwell ahead on score difference having played an extra game. Therefore we needed to win well in our next match against Eire Og to gain the advantage and we certainly did that scoring a total of eight goals and five points to Eire Og one goal. Scorers: Daragh Sheehy (2-1), Brian Mason (2-0), Jack Foley (3-1), Jason Foley (1-0), Kieran Lynch (0-1), Shane Kennelly (0-1), Brian
We faced into our final game of the group against Ballincollig with a 27pt better scoring difference and realistically only needed to win to qualify for the semi finals. But what a close call this turned out to be. As both sides had the exact same strip Ballydonoghue played in the Kerry colours and this must have inspired the Cork side as they had the ball in the net after 3mins while Kevin O'Donnell and Daragh Sheehy had kicked two earlier points for us. Daragh Sheehy then levelled after 5 mins. Ballincollig then goaled from a penalty but 2pts from Jack Foley and one from Brian Mason had the sides level at half time.
In the second half Jack Foley, Daragh Sheehy and Kieran Lynch kicked three unanswered points and then up popped Donal Doyle to slot home our only goal. We looked to have weathered the storm at this stage, until Ballincollig pulled a point back after 11mins and a min later had the ball in the net to leave just 2pts between the sides. Ballincollig had their tails up now and had drawn level two mins later with only seconds remaining. But one last effort and the ball was worked down field and in to Jack Foley and he rode off three tackles before slotting over for the winning score and put us through to the semi final.
Next it was on to Cork City and the Neamo Rangers grounds where we were to play against Cork side St. Finbarrs.
What a game this turned out to be with Kieran Lynch scoring what must be a contender for goal of the tournament after just 30 seconds to give us the perfect start and rock hot favourites St. Finbarrs. The Cork side had their first score after 2mins but a Brian Mason point cancelled this out two mins later. Points from Daragh Sheehy and Jack Foley increased our lead before a good five min spell for St Finbarrs saw them score (1-2) in the 5mins before half time. Half time score (1-3) to (1-3).
Good work by Micheal Foley and Brian O'Seanachain straight from the throw in set up Jack Foley who blasted to the net in the first min. But within two minutes St Finbarrs cancelled this out when they found the back of the Ballydonoghue net. Both sides then exchanged points, then with 4mins left and the sides all square Shane Kennelly was clearly pulled down inside the square and the referee had no hesitation in awarding a penalty. He kicked up the ball placed on the penalty spot and as Daragh Sheehy stood over the ball and about to take his shot the referee walked towards one of his umpires and after a brief consultation he came back out picked up the ball and threw it up between two player St Finbarrs won possession and raced down field and popped the ball over the bar and we went from being a possible 3pts ahead to 1pt in arrears. Finbarrs then went 2pts ahead with a minute remaining from the kick out Jason Foley found Brian O'Seanachain and he went on a great solo run before the ball was finally worked through to Jack Foley and with an absolute bullet of a shot looked to have stolen the game but somehow the St Finbarrs goalie got his finger tips to the ball to push it on to the bottom of the post and back out into play. This was a tremendous performance by our boys over the two days and they have done themselves, the parish and county proud.
|Team ||Played ||Won ||Lost ||Drawn |
|Ballydonoghue ||4 ||3 ||0 ||1 ||71 ||26 ||45 ||7 |
|Craughwell ||4 ||3 ||0 ||1 ||45 ||12 ||33 ||7 |
|Ballincollig ||4 ||1 ||2 ||1 ||31 ||39 ||-8 ||3 |
|Clonakilty ||4 ||1 ||2 ||1 ||30 ||59 ||-29 ||3 |
|Eire Og Cork ||4 ||0 ||4 ||0 ||19 ||60 ||-41 ||0 |
Boys Division 1 - Group B
|Team 1 ||Score ||Score ||Team 2 ||Venue ||Date ||Time ||Comment |
|Ballincollig ||0-2 ||3-1 ||Craughwell ||Ovens ||30/06/2011 ||12:30 |
|Clonakilty ||1-3 ||5-9 ||Ballydonoghue ||Ovens ||30/06/2011 ||12:30 |
|Craughwell ||3-6 ||0-3 ||Clonakilty ||Ovens ||30/06/2011 ||14:00 |
|Eire Og Cork ||1-2 ||0-6 ||Ballincollig ||Ovens ||30/06/2011 ||14:00 |
|Clonakilty ||2-4 ||1-6 ||Eire Og Cork ||Ovens ||01/07/2011 ||10:00 |
|Ballydonoghue ||0-5 ||0-5 ||Craughwell ||Ovens ||01/07/2011 ||10:00 |
|Eire Og Cork ||1-0 ||8-5 ||Ballydonoghue||Ovens ||01/07/2011 ||11:00 |
|Ballincollig ||3-2 ||2-5 ||Clonakilty ||Ovens ||01/07/2011 ||11:00 |
|Ballydonoghue ||1-10 ||3-3 ||Ballincollig ||Ovens ||01/07/2011 ||12:30 |
|Craughwell ||3-6 ||0-2 ||Eire Og Cork ||Ovens ||01/07/2011 ||12:30 |
Ballydonoghue 2 - 4 vs 2 - 6 St Finbarrs Cork 18:30 Semi Final
Ballymun Kickhams Dublin 3 - 5 vs 1 - 2 St Michaels Cork 17:00 Semi Final
St Finbarrs 0 - 1 vs 2 - 3 Ballymun Kickhams 15:00 Final
Darragh Sheehy who represented his club Ballydonoghue & Kerry in this years Feile Peil Na nOg Skills Test at the end of the June
FEILE TABLE QUIZ: A great turnout at The Thatch bar on Friday night for the Feile fundraising quiz night. It was fantastic to see so many parents, family, friends and supporters of our U14 boys who have given us all so many enjoyable days over the past few years, turn out in such large numbers to show their appreciation for these boys. The success of the Quiz Night will help in no small way to fund their historic adventure in the All Ireland Feile Finals on June 21st.
A big Thank You to all in Coiste na nOg who worked behind the scenes to organise a most enjoyable and profitable night.Féile Peil na nÓg: After their recent success in the county Feile final our U-14 boys will represent Kerry at Féile Peil na nÓg, which takes place in Cork from the 30th June to the 2nd of July. Féile Peil na nÓg is a national festival of Gaelic football for boys and girls under-14. Each year approximately 30,000 boys and girls participate in the competition, which includes teams from the 32 counties and also some teams from Europe, England and USA. It is a great honour for the Ballydonoghue club to have its U-14 boys team represent Kerry at this wonderful festival. In the coming weeks fundraising efforts will be getting underway to make this weekend possible. We would ask for your support during these events.
Ballydonoghue have been drawn in Group B for the competition and will play their games in Ovens Co Cork
Ballincollig Co Cork
Clonakility Co Cork
Craughwell Co Galway
Ballydonoghue Co Kerry
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR U14's WHO MADE HISTORY TODAY 23rd April 2011 BY WINNING THE COUNTY FINAL OF FÉILE
Ballydonoghue 4.05 Dr.Crokes 2.04
Ballydonoghue 4.10 Kerins O Rahillys 2.03
23rd April 2011
Feile Peil na nOg;
No prizes for guessing this weeks top GAA headline as our U14's capture the Dan O Sullivan Memorial Cup winning the county final of Feile. They now go on to represent Kerry in the All Ireland series that is taking place in Co.Cork this year. With the Ballydonoghue group stage being hosted by the Eire Og club of Ovens home of Corks Daniel Goulding and Ciaran Sheehan.
Our success was made all the more sweet as we had to overcome two of the aristocrats of Kerry football Dr.Crokes and Kerins O'Rahillys.
Ballydonoghue (4-5) Dr.Crokes (2-4). First up were Dr Crokes in the semi-final and we got the best possible start when Kevin O'Donnell had the ball in the Crokes net after 2mins. Crokes reacted by piling on the pressure and only two top class saves from goal keeper John Scully kept them at bay. Good work by Brian Mason resulted in the ball being turned over and Jack Foley expertly finished for our second goal. The score of the game, our third goal came a min before half time and two minutes after Dr. Crokes had converted a penalty and it came from that dynamo himself Kieran Lynch who soloed all the way from the halfway line before blasting the ball to the back of the Crokes net.
Half time (3-2) to (1-1). We put the game beyond Dr.Crokes reach early in the second half with a point apiece from Jack Foley and Darragh Sheehy before Stephen Mason finished a good move with a well taken goal. While Jason Foley at fullback was a colossus repelling all comers and only in the final seconds did Dr. Crokes breach our defence for their only goal from open play.
On then to the final against Kerins O Rahillys in their own backyard, Strand Road and if our boys had played well in the semi-final and earlier rounds they certainly kept their best till last. Brian O Sheanachain winning the ball straight from the throw in before combining with Jack Foley and Darragh Sheehy with the latter finishing to the net from the narrowest of angles with 30sec on the clock and three minutes later Jack Foley set up Stephen Mason for goal number two. John Scully who was certainly on song brought off another good save before O Rahillys got in for their first goal. But we replied almost immediately with a Darragh Sheehy point to settle the team again. K.O Rahillys then kicked two points that were quickly cancelled out by points from Brian O Sheanachain and Jack Foley. With half time approaching the outstanding player of the final Micheal Foley collected the ball on his own 60m line and in a solo run that left several ORahillys players in his wake he never let up until the ball was nestling in the back of the K.O Rahillys net. Half time B/D (3-3) K.OH (1-2).
Kerins ORahillys got off to a good start in the second half when a first min free dropped just under the crossbar for an early goal. But our backs closed shop after this, conceding only a point for the remainder of the match with Conor Horgan, Donal Doyle and Jack O'Connor especially sticking to their task. And with our forwards adding another 7pts and good work from Shane Kennelly setting up Jack Foley for goal number four we ran out comfortable winners.
Team: John Scully, Conor Horgan, Jason Foley, Donal Doyle, Joey Lynch, Jack O'Connor, Kieran Lynch (0-2,1f), Brian O Seanachain (0-1), Michael Foley (1-1), Brian Mason, Darragh Sheehy (1-2f), Shane Kennelly, Stephen Mason (1-0), Jack Foley (1-4,3f), Kevin O Donnell. Subs: William Kissane, Patrick Sheehy, Cian Mahony, Michael McCarthy, Denis Horan, Joseph Lynch.
A great and historic achievement by all concerned and a special well done to Manager Mike Foley, Selectors Martin Sheehy, Liam Foley, Anthony Shanahan and Patrick O'Donnell.
Féile Peil na nÓg is a national festival of Gaelic football for boys and girls under 14 years of age. It was first held in Cavan in 1982, the brainchild of Fintan Tierney of Butlersbridge. Féile An Cabhán 1982 saw a total of 40 teams participate, 20 of whom were from other counties. It consisted of two boys divisions only - no girls teams. The girls didn't participate until 1994.
Each year approximately 30,000 boys and girls from each of the 32 counties, and some teams from the UK, Europe and USA, participate in Féile. A preliminary competition is held in each county for the right to represent the county at the Féile finals. The winning club then travels to the host county, Corcaigh 2011, where they are hosted by one of the cubs in that county.
It is recognised by the GAA as a major festival of great importance for the promotion of football among the youth of our country.
Féile Peil na nÓg 2011
Fixtures: Group B (Healy Park, Ballyrickard, Tralee) Saturday 16th April 2011
|2.00pm ||Austin Stacks ||4.06 ||Legion ||2.02 |
|2.50pm ||Ballydonoghue ||2.06 ||Austin Stacks ||4.02 |
|3.40pm ||Legion ||2.02 ||Ballydonoghue ||3.03 |
Féile Peil na nÓg 2011
The line up for the semi-finals next Saturday is as follows:
Austin Stacks v Kerins O'Rahilly's at Strand Road
Ballydonoghue v Dr Crokes at Ballyrickard
The format for Féile 2011 is as follows:
All games to be played to full rules as per rule book, subject to the following exceptions:
Fixtures: Group A (Strand Road, Tralee) Saturday 16th April 2011
|2.00pm ||Kerins O'Rahillys ||Dr Crokes |
|2.50pm ||Dingle ||Kerins O'Rahillys |
|3.40pm ||Dr Crokes ||Dingle |
Fixtures: Group B (Healy Park, Ballyrickard, Tralee) Saturday 16th April 2011
|2.00pm ||Austin Stacks ||Legion |
|2.50pm ||Ballydonoghue ||Austin Stacks |
|3.40pm ||Legion ||Ballydonoghue |