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Intermediates Defeated in County Semi-Final

posted 17 Oct 2013, 05:12 by Unknown user   [ updated 17 Oct 2013, 05:14 ]

Intermediates were defeated by Kilnadeema-Leitrim in their county semi-final on a scoreline of 2-10 to 0-17 in Kenny Park, Athenry on Sunday the 29th of September. Both teams arrived at the semi-final stage with strong quarter final wins, Abbey defeating Killimor and Kilnadeema-Leitrim defeating Kilbeacanty, but it was Kilnadeema Leitrim who were the bookies favourites for this tie.

Abbey started well with a pointed free from sharp shooter Paul Flaherty and a fantastic goal from Brian O'Donnell after a defense splitting hand pass from Danny Mullins. Paul Flaherty traded a point with Kilnadeem-Leitrim to lead 1-2 to 2pts after 15 mins before K/L hit a purple patch in the second quarter to lead at the break 0-9 to 1-3 at the break with the final Abbey score in that half coming from young Flaherty again.

On the resumption of the second half Abbey again took it to K/L with Brian Flaherty in particular standing out for the Abbey cause. Further scores from Paul from open play and the placed ball had us trailing by  three points before Trevor Mullins received a hand pass from Brian O'Donnell and calmly slotted the ball to the back of the net. The roar from the Abbey support was electric and the teams were level with 15mins to go. Both sides traded points to the end and K/L edging this battle by the minimum to claim a place in the 2013 Intermediate Final V Cappataggle who overcame Ahascragh-Fohenagh in the second semi.

Photo's from the day can be viewed on the link Photo's from Semi-Final






Tommy Farragher

David Carton

Ronan Cooley
Eoin Blade
(0-1)
Brian O'Donnell
(1-0)
Brian Cooley

Thomas Blade

Brian Flaherty






Paul Flaherty
(0-9)

Padraig O'Donnell






Stephen Ruane

Coleman Maher
Ger Ruane

Danny Mullins


Trevor Mullins
(1-0)

Intermediates March to Intermediate County Championship Semi-Final

posted 17 Sep 2013, 01:25 by Unknown user

The Intermediates played their championship quarter final game last Saturday against Killimor in Loughrea. Weather and pitch conditions were perfect for hurling. Abbey unlike previous championship games took an early lead and set the tone and pace of the game with points from Paul Flaherty, Danny Mullins, Eoin Blade, Shane King and Padraig O'Donnell. The defense led by the Galway Bay FM Man of the Match Brian Flaherty were strong in the the tackle and dominant in the air. Tommy Farragher carrying an injury into the game showed no ill affects with his now usual tenacious tackling. At half time the score was Abbey 0-9 to Killimor 0-8.

Within 60 seconds of the restart Abbey got the start both sides wished for, corner forward Brian O'Donnell was fouled in the square and Paul Flaherty converted the resultant penalty giving Abbey a lead of four points. Scores were hard got in this 3rd quarter with both defenses on top. Killimor were to only score twice in this second half as Abbey dominated in defense and midfield with Ronan Cooley in fine form throughout the game. Eoin Blade, Paul Flaherty and substitute Trevor Mullins tagged on points in the final quarter to give the men of Abbey a 1-13 to 0-10 win. The result saw Abbey through to the Semi-final stages and the draw which took place that evening will see Abbey against Kilnadeema/Leitrim in just under two weeks time. Fixture to be confirmed.

Team on the day was: Declan Molloy, Tommy Farragher, Thomas Blade, Stephen Ruane, David Carton, Brian Flaherty, Coleman Maher, Ronan Cooley, Gerard Ruane, Eoin Blade, Paul Flaherty, Danny Mullins, Brian O'Donnell, Padraig O'Donnell, Shane King. Subs used were Trevor Mullins and John Blade.

Intermediates Defeated in 1st Rd. Champ Game

posted 7 May 2013, 04:41 by Unknown user   [ updated 7 May 2013, 04:44 ]

The Intermediates played their 1st round championship match in Ballinasloe on Bank Holiday Monday v's Cappataggle but were defeated, final score Cappataggle 1-17 Abbey 1-9. This was an unfortunate result as the scoreline could have been much different had we not put so many balls wide, as this was a fairly even game with the ball being in play on both sides equally. Cappa opened the game almost straight away with a point but Abbey came back with a point by Padraig O'Donnell. Another point from Cappa was again equalized by Padraig O'Donnell. However, the next three points scored by Cappa were not equalized as Abbey put the next 3 balls wide. Cappa made 3 more attempts of which 2 went over the bar. One of the frees taken by goalie James Skehill failed to produce a score. A free in gave us another point which was taken by Padraig O'Donnell.
The 1st Cappa attempt at goal was saved by Declan Molloy.  Twice Brian Flaherty got in and intercepted the ball from a Cappa sideline cut but unfortunately these were wide. Cappa went on to score 2 more points before half time leaving the half time score 0-9 to 0-3.
In the 2nd half Padraig O'Donnell put the ball over the bar from a free. Shortly after the next free in fell short and during the scuffle Abbey were fouled and a penalty awarded. Paul Flaherty took the shot and put the ball into the corner of the net getting Abbeys 1st goal. This was short lived however as Cappa retaliated with a goal moments later. Brian Flaherty got his first point on the board but this was followed up with Cappa scoring 4 points, followed by another point from Brian Flaherty. The Abbey side put two balls wide before Brian Flaherty scored another point. During which time Cappa successfully got another 3 points.
Two more attempts at goal were made by Paul Flaherty but these were blocked by the Cappa defense line. In the last minutes a point was scored by Dave Carton, Cappa put a ball wide and another point followed by Brian Flaherty. 
Team on the day was Declan Molloy, Tommy Farragher, Tom Blade, Michael Gannon, Paddy Flaherty, Stephen Ruane, Dave Carton (0-1), Ronan Cooley, Coleman Maher, Ger Ruane, Padraig O'Donnell (0-4) Eoin Blade, Paul Flaherty (1-0), Brian Flaherty (0-4) & Danny Mullins. Subs used were: Shane King & Paul Cooley.

Abbeyknockmoy Crowned Connacht Tain League Champs

posted 23 Apr 2013, 02:18 by Unknown user

Abbeyknockmoy defence holds out for Connacht GAA League title

Connacht GAA Tain League Final Division 1 2013

ABBEYKNOCKMOY..............0-12
TOOREEN................0-11

One of the best games played in the inaugural Connacht GAA Tain league was reserved for the final game in the series at the windswept Connacht GAA Centre on Saturday last as Abbeyknockmoy withheld a determined second half fightback from Tooreen to gain their first piece of silverware for the season.
In what has been acclaimed by all involved as an inspired creation the Connacht GAA Tain league has helped to invigorate hurling in Connacht counties at seasons beginning with a fitting final for all concerned. Whoever played with the strong wind in the Connacht GAA Centre required absolute accuracy otherwise a difficult second half would be their lot. Abbeyknockmoy, managed by Galway hurling icon Michael Coleman were without the services of Galway senior panellist Brian Flaherty whilst Tooreen bemoaned the loss of NUI, Galway Sigerson player Cathal Freeman, who missed the game due to a shoulder injury.
The Galway side played with the elements in the opening period but it was Tooreen who had as many chances to score but were off target from placed balls and in the final analysis this was crucial to the final outcome. Padraig O'Donnell opened the scoring with a free for the Galway side after 3 minutes. Kenny Feeney responded for Tooreen before Padraig O'Donnell struck three in a row (2 frees) in a four minute spell as Abbeyknockmoy realised that a double digit lead would be welcome at the break. A constant feature of the game was the inability of either side to carve out clear goal chances and had one or the other done so success would have been theirs with ease. Shane King sent Abbeyknockmoy into a short lived four point lead before Tooreen wing forward David Kenny with a well created score gave hope to the Mayo men who had spurned four scoring chances in the first ten minutes. At the other end of the field Abbeyknockmoy were creating a sizable tally of wides giving Adrian Hession a relaxed first half in the Tooreen goal. Under tremendous pressure in the last ten minutes of the first half Tooreen held out to concede a paltry four points to Abbeyknockmoy with Danny Mullins, Sean McCarthy and O'Donnell (2) on target. Tooreen on the one hand went in at the break happy to be only (0-9) to (0-2) in arrears but from the other viewpoint disappointed that they themselves had hit seven wides against the breeze with at least three eminently scorable.
The standard of play increased considerably in the second half as Abbeyknockmoy defended well allowing little concession of frees after what had been a free ridden first half. Both sides upped their efforts in the physical stakes as the entertainment value was now at an optimum. As the second half matured and Tooreen were finding it difficult to score from frees and play and the magical goal looking impossible they allowed Abbeyknockmoy off the hook for a crucial segment of the second half and in that timespan Padraig O'Donnell struck three vital second half Abbeyknockmoy scores. Kenny Feeney did the most that could be expected with half a dozen second half scores (2 frees) as Fergal Boland, Pat Morris and Ciaran Finn also tagged on minors to leave the minimum between the sides entering the final moments.
Great scenes of jubilation greeted Gus Chapman's final whistle as Abbeyknockmoy accepted that they had used up all their good fortune in securing the title and could thank a mean defence and a marvellous freetaking exhibition by Padraig O'Donnell. Likewise for Tooreen who showed great honesty in defence just fell short in the first half when an extra score or two would have garnered the odds. As a consequence and such tiny margins champions are created.

Abbeyknockmoy: Declan Molloy, Tommy Farragher, Tom Blade, Mike Gannon, Paddy Flaherty, Steven Ruane, David Carton, Ronan Cooley, Colman Maher, Ger Ruane, Padraig O'Donnell (0-9), Shane King (0-1), Sean McCarthy (0-1), Brian O'Donnell, Danny Mullins (0-1)

Tooreen: Adrian Hession, Paul Hunt, Shane Morley, Brian Delaney, Joey Ganley, Michael Morley Conor English, Ciaran Charlton, Gary Nolan, David Kenny (0-1), Kenny Feeney (0-7), Ciaran Finn (0-1), Dylan Lynskey, Sean Ganley, Pat Morris (0-1). Subs: Conor Henry for J Ganley, Shane Boland for S Ganley, Fergal Boland (0-1) for D Lynskey.

Referee: Gus Chapman (Sligo)

2013 Tain League Champions

After the game the Connacht GAA Tain League division 1 cup was presented by Connacht GAA Council president Frank Burke to Abbeyknockmoy captain Padraig O'Donnell in the presence of National Hurling Development Committee Chairman Tommy Langan (James Stephens, Kilkenny), and Committee member Mary Kenny (Liam Mellowes). The Man of the match award was presented to Abbeyknockmoy's Danny Mullins.

Captain Padraig O'Donnell receiving Shield                                            Man of the Match - Danny Mullins

U-21's Defeat Portumna in 2nd Round Replay

posted 12 Mar 2013, 07:58 by Unknown user


U21's - U-21's defeated Portumna in their second round replay championship match at the weekend. Abbey dug deep against a strong Portumna side to win by six points, 3-12 to 0-15. Portumna were fastest out of the blocks and raced into to a 9-2 lead after 20 mins. Abbey management of Brian & Paddy Flaherty introduced Craig Kennedy and Colm Mannion. They proved inspired substituatons as Craig scored two points within 3mins of his introduction. Padraic MacMaighnuis was felled in the square and Paul Flaherty dually smashed the penalty to the net. Abbey went in at half time trailling by two with the wind assisting them in the second half.

The opening exchanges to the second had real championship cut and thrust. Scores were harder come by for both teams. It wasn't until the final 15mins when Abbey's sub Colm Mannion, having a good game since his introduction, was sent to the line. The men of Abbey were the team who took the game by the scruff, within 2 minutes they had managed a six point turnaround, our 'keeper Alan Devane in for the injured Dean Keary made a point blank save, the Portumna forward following up was deemed to be in the square and the resultant free for us led to Eoin Loftus burying the ball to the net. The Portumna response was snift out by the Abbey defense who marshalled their opponents well only conceding 4 points in the second half. We now look forward to a quarter-final in the coming weeks.

Padraic MacMaighnuis hit the final nail in Port's coffin to seal a fantastic win. A strong team performancehad stand out performers in Tom Blade, Paul Flaherty, Noel Garvey, Craig Kennedy Padraic MacMaighnuis and Eoin Loftus. Team: Alan Devane, Matthew Mills, Tom Blade, Cathal Mannion, Adrian McDonnell, Paul Flaherty (1-1, all frees) , Paul Cooley, Eoin Blade (0-1), Shane King, Cathal Laheen, Daniel Flaherty (0-4, all frees), Sean McCarthy (0-1), Padraig MacMaighnuis (1-2), Eoin Loftus (1-1).








Cathal Mannion

Adrian McDonnell

Noel Garvey


Daniel Flaherty
(0-4, All Frees)

Eoin Loftus
(1-1)
Alan Devane


Tom Blade

Paul Flaherty
(1-1, All Frees)







Cathal Laheen


Padraig MacMaighnuis
(1-2)






Matthew Mills

Paul Cooley


Eoin Blade
     (0-1)


Shane King



Seán McCarthy
(0-1)


U-21's Draw with Portumna in Rd. 2 of Championship

posted 28 Feb 2013, 01:11 by Unknown user   [ updated 11 Mar 2013, 15:20 ]

The U21s drew with Portumna after a highly enjoyable and pulsating 2nd round of the championship game that saw the teams enter extra time in an attempt to separate them.

The match, as expected, began at a high pace that did not diminish throughout the day, with Portumna placing a huge amount of pressure on the Abbey backs who dealt with the bombardment as a unit and with discipline. Once the initial nerves of the first few minutes subsided, Abbey soon got into their stride and were able to send the ball into the full-forward area with Padraig MacMaghnuis, Sean McCarthy and Eoin Loftus capitlising on the possession, albeit unlucky in shooting a few wides. Portumna however were far more accurate by punishing Abbey mistakes with frees and some well taken points from play thus were the happier team going in at half time Portumna 0-6 Abbey 0-4.

Abbey emerged in the second half and immediately got on top in the forwards with better ball being supplied by midfield and half back line. In addition there was a greater return than what was found in the 1st half; with Sean McCarthy and Padraig MacMaghnuis slotting a brace of scores.

The game fell into a "tit-for-tat" situation with both teams exerting the height of passion and pace into the game. Abbey went a point down with only a few seconds left only to be bailed out by a fantastic solo effort from Paul Flaherty who brought the game to extra time. The point-for-point continued into the extra time with both teams impressive in their ability to keep the games high pace with some excellent scores. A Portumna free to level the game once more was the last piece of action to be seen that day, and the two teams must meet again in what is sure to be a highly entertaining game.

It is hard to single out any individuals on the Abbey team that stood out above the rest; the team as a whole produced a strong, passionate and disciplined performance which was key to producing such a good game, and they were all a credit to the club and parish. The replay is to be announced in the coming days.








Tom Warde

Adrian McDonnell

Eoin Blade


Colm Mannion

Sean McCarthy
Dean Keary

Tom Blade

Paul Flaherty








Shane King

Padraig MacMaghnuis






Matthew Mills

Paul Cooley

Noel Garvey


Daniel Flaherty

Eoin Loftus

U-21's defeat Moycullen in Championship 1st Round

posted 12 Feb 2013, 05:01 by Unknown user   [ updated 12 Feb 2013, 07:04 ]

U-21's defeated Moycullen last Sunday on a full time scoreline of 4-10 to 0-11. Playing against a stiff wind in the first half Abbey trailed by a point 1-2 to 6 points. Abbey tightened up in defence in the second and with midfield and the forwards took control of the game to rattle 3 goals and 4 points in the second half. It was a strong performance by the team and now look forward to a second round game against Portumna. Date will be finalised in the coming days. The team was; Dean Keary, Tom Warde, Thomas Blade, Cathal Mannion, Adrian McDonnell, Paul Flaherty, Paul Cooley, Michael O'Brien, Eoin Blade, Colm Mannion, Shane King, Daniel Flaherty (0-6, 5 frees), Eoin Loftus, Padraic MacMaighnius (1-4), Sean McCarthy (3-0). Subs used Cathal Laheen & Vinny Lally. Well done to both players and management.







Tom Warde

Adrian McDonnell
Eoin Blade

Colm Mannion

Eoin Loftus
Dean Keary

Thomas Blade

Paul Flaherty







Shane King

Padraig MacMaighnuis






Cathal Mannion

Paul Cooley

Michael O'Brien

Daniel Flaherty

Sean McCarthy (Capt.)

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