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Elphin/Ballinameen U16s claim League title

An Excellent display from Elphin/Ballinameen U16s on Sunday evening against Roscommon Gaels in the Division 2 league final, which was held in Enfield, yielded a well deserved League title.

Played in excellent conditions Elphin/Ballinameen got the first score of the game within the first two minutes of play. Corner forward John Finnerty was fouled and Diarmaid McCaffery duly kicked his side into the lead. Roscommon Gaels responded on four Minutes with a well taken score from play. Elphin/Ballinameen created the first meaningful goal opportunity of the game as Dara Casserly-Beirne poured forward and fed Gavan Murray who beat his man and unleashed a powerful shot which took a defection up and on to the crossbar and somehow Roscommon Gaels managed to survive. Some great defending by Ben Gleeson and in particular Dara Casserly-Beirne, who on one occasion cleared a ball of his own line to deny Roscommon Gaels a goal. Elphin/Ballinameen moved the ball forward before Diarmaid McCaffery kicked his first point from play to put his side up by a point with 12 minutes of play gone., Elphin/Ballinameen were creating opportunities and some good build up play involving Rossa Brennan Kelly, Gavan Murray and Ronan Garvin who in turn found Diarmaid McCaffery free on the edge of the square. His shot was well smothered by the Gaels Goalkeeper and Elphin-Ballinameen were denied. With 20 minutes on the clock Elphin/Ballinameen finally made the break through as Ronan Garvin picked up possession on the 45 meter line and scorched through the Roscommon Gaels defence and launched a thunderous shot into the Roscommon Gaels net.

Elphin-Ballinameen led 1-2 to 0-01. Ronan Garvin was looking threatening throughout as he kicked another good score on 25mins after good build up play from Dara casserly beirne, Rossa Brennan Kelly and Gavan Murray. Roscommon Gaels responded with a well taking goal. Powerful Midfielder Mark Purcell drove through the heart of the Elphin/Ballinameen defence and found a support runner of the shoulder who duly blasted the ball into the roof of the Elphin/Ballinameen net. Ronan Garvin kicked the final score of the half to leave the score line at Elphin/Ballinameen 1-4 – Roscommon Gaels 1-1 at half time. Roscommon Gaels flew out of the traps early in the second half and immediately set about reeling Elphin/Ballinameen in. A well struck free in the 34th minute followed by a good score from Gaels Midfielder Mark Dwyer narrowed the gap back to 1 point with 38 minutes of play gone. Roscommon Gaels were level at 1-4 a piece following another attacking move before Mark Dwyer pointed for his side.

The momentum seemed to be changing but credit to the Elphin/Balinameen players they never panicked and set about upping the ante. Elphin/Ballinameen needed a response and Diarmaid McCaffery kicked a nice score on the 41 min mark to put Elphin/Ballinameen ahead again .Ronan Garvin and Gavan Murray combined before the ball fell to wing forward Evan Gunn who put the ball over the bar to put his side ahead by 2 Points. Declan main broke through the Gaels defence before finding McCaffery who coolly slotted the ball over the bar and pushed the margin out to 3 points. The score of the game arrived on the 46th minute mark as the energetic Gavan Murray done brilliantly to turn over possession deep in his own half He carried the ball up the field before finding centre forward Ronan Garvin with an inch perfect pass he turned and drove the ball over the black spot pushing Elphin/Ballinameen 4 Points clear with 15 minutes of play left. Roscommon Gaels responded with a well struck free of the ground from Mark Purcell to bring it back to a 3 point game entering the home straight. Another booming Purcell kick reduced the lead to 2 points with 10 minutes left on the clock. Elphin/Ballinameen then took control of the game from the kick out Ronan Garvin won clean possession and a neat play involving the hard working Declan Main, he bisected the posts to put 3 between the sides. An inspirational Gavan Murray point soon followed as he raced up the sideline before finding the target. Elphin/Balinameen kicked for home as Garvin again sliced through the defence before passing the ball to John Finnerty on the edge of the square and he fired over a great score to put Elphin/Ballinameen 5 clear with 6 minutes remaining, Elphin/Ballinameen now had all the momentum and energy as each player worked tirelessly to kill of the Gaels challenge. Rossa Brennan Kelly won the resulting kick out and he fed McCaffery who popped over his 5th of the game. McCaffery added another free before Rossa Brennan Kelly kicked a super score from distance after a strong run up the field to put the icing on the cake and Elphin/Ballinameen on the brink of lifting the cup. McCaffery pushed a free wide late on. Roscommon Gaels pushed for a goal but strong defending from Ben Gleeson, Dara casserly beirne and Gavan Murray denied them any meaningful opportunities. They did manage a consolation point late on as Elphin/Ballinameen keeper Alex Rossiter Obrien did well to push over a dipping shot. Referee Jimmy Donohue blew the full time whistle to jubilation as Elphin/Ballinameen had won the cup and secured Division 1 football for the remainder of the year.
Elphin/Ballinameen joint captain Gavan Murray and Ronan Garvin lifted the cup to the delight of the on looking supporters.

On a day where everyone played well and can be happy with their contributions best for Elphin/Ballinameen on the day were Gavan Murray who was a real driving force behind everything his team done well. Ronan Garvin was a thorn in the Gaels defence all day long as he punished them time and time again with his pace and skill. Dara casserly beirne defended excellently for his team breaking up lots of attacks and starting attacks. Rossa Brennan Kelly held his own in midfield kicking a great score while catching the eye with some aerial fetches. Diarmaid McCaffery played well up front and kicked some important scores for his team

Team and Scorers

1.Alex Rossiter Obrien 2.Cian Beirne 3.Ben Gleeson 4.Charlie Brady 5.Robbie Lee 6.Gavan Murray 7.Thomas McGrath 8.Rossa Brennan Kelly 9.Conor Durkin 10.Evan Gunn 11.Ronan Garvin 12.Declan Main 13.John Finnerty 14.Diarmaid McCaffery 15.Dara Casserly Beirne.
Subs 17.Luke Gunn 18.Alan Gormaly 19.Danny Traynor 20. Emmet Keane 22.Ewan Clarke 23.Sean Brady 24.Kyle Casey 25.Jack Durr 26.James McNamara 27.James Brenan 28.Christopher Sabinda 29. Adam Dwyer
Scorers: Ronan Garvin {1-4} Diarmaid McCaffery {0-6 2 frees} Evan Gunn {0-1} John Finnerty {0-01} Gavan Murray {0-01} Rossa Brennan Kelly {0-01}

Elphin ease to Minor Division Four title

Abbey Hotel Minor Division Four Championship Final Elphin 2-11 Kilbride 1-2 Elphin enjoyed a comfortable win over Kilbride in Ballyforan on Friday night to take the Abbey Hotel Minor Division Four Championship title. They opened the scoring through Cillian Fox and Kilbride equalised in the eleventh minute, courtesy of a free from Kevin Battles but it was to be their last score until a second free from Battles in the 26th minute. During the quarter-hour in between Elphin dominated the play and scored 1-5; the goal coming in the 14th minute from Aidan Murray, following good work from Cillian Fox, and points from Dylan Shanagher, Joseph Beirne, Aidan Murray and the score of the night from Nessan Lenehan, who’s shot from the outside of the left boot swerved over from about 30 meters. Their solid defence, high work rate and ability to break quickly with accurate kick passing enable them to make good use of space and gave them a number of scoring opportunities throughout the game. The last score of the half came when Kilbride’s Rian Biesty was pulled down when running through on goal. Ciarán Beirne received a Black Card and Biesty stepped up and scored the resulting penalty with an unstoppable shot which hit the underside of the crossbar and the post before finding it’s way to the net. The goal left the half-time score at Elphin 1-6 Kilbride 1-2 and gave supporters the prospect of a real contest in the second half but unfortunately it wasn’t to be. The second half was a scrappy affair with a number of stoppages due to injuries and indiscipline. Elphin continued to attack and Kilbride Keeper Tomás Simpson made a great save after 33 minutes to deny a certain goal. With the score at 1-8 to 1-2 Kilbride’s challenge was made all the more difficult with the dismissal of Sam Neary in the 39th minute, following an off the ball incident, and they were reduced to nine men just four minutes later when Shane O’Hanrahan was sent off for a second yellow card. Following one of the injury stoppages the Kilbride defence was caught napping and a quick ball found Joseph Beirne who sent the ball to the back of the net. Despite the deficit the Kilbride players continued to work hard and create chances, thanks to good runs from Conor Shanagher and Jamie Feerick, however many of the resulting shots were sent into the arms of Aaron Brady in the Elphin goal. Conditions deteriorated with the arrival of rain but Elphin added further points courtesy of Beirne and Lenehan however a hail shower with five minutes to go made conditions extremely difficult and put an end to the scoring. Teams and scorers: Elphin: Aaron Brady; Christopher O’Connor (C),Ciarán Beirne; Dylan Shanagher (0-1), Luke Mollahan; Gavin Higgins, Cormac Beirne; Aidan Murray (1-3), Nessan Lenehan (0-3); Cillian Fox (0-1), Joseph Beirne (1-3) Subs used: Paddy Giblin for Ciarán Beirne; Dima Kelly for Higgins; Gavin Higgins for Shanagher, Daithi Kennedy for Higgins Kilbride: Tomás Simpson; Eabhan Tully, Ryan Murray, Sam Neary, Shane O’Hanrahan; Connor Shanagher; Jamie Feerick; Kevin Battles (0-2, both Frees); Aran Kenny, Rian Beisty (1-0, Pen), Callum Feerick Subs used: Conor O’Dea for Beisty, Brian McDonnell for Battles, Liam La Pina for Kenny, Kevin Carroll for J Feerick
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Div 3 League – Tansey Cup Final 2007

DEC  2007:Elphin 0-7 Fuerty 0-6A Fintan Cregg inspired Elphin side produced a terrific battling performance and staged a fine comeback to claim the Tansey Cup Final in miserable conditions at Kiltoom on Saturday.   And chief among Elphin’s fightback in the second half was a Leaving Cert student called Fintan Cregg. The AllIreland minor winner from 2006 covered acres of ground, picked up loads of possession on the ’40 and showed a level of maturity and composure way beyond his years. Earlier in the week, Fintan was voted MVP in the All-Ireland Schools’ Senior Volleyball Final. It has been an amazing couple of days for the multitalented sportsman.  Fuerty will have gone away from this game wondering how they managed to lose. With 20 minutes remaining, they led by 0-6 to 0-2. It was a sizeable lead by any standards and a particularly comfortable one given the conditions.It was very difficult for freetakers with strong gusts of wind testing players’ judgement. Early on, Fuerty were that bit more economical. Tom Reddington and Eamon Bannon were prominent in midfield. Bannon’s surging runs caused Elphin problems, while Tom Hickey was on song at cornerforward, kicking a tremendous point in the 38th minute.  Fielding a host of players with senior championship experience, Elphin simply weren’t producing the standard of play their individual talents suggested they could.After 15 minutes, Elphin trailed by three points. Frees from Mervyn Connaughton and Tom Hickey along with a Hickey effort from play gave Fuerty a good cushion. A fine run by Fintan Cregg saw the centre-forward find the target to open his side’s account in the 18th minute.Matt Hynes cut the deficit to the minimum before Eamon Bannon tagged on Fuerty’s fourth to leave the score at 0-4 to 0-2 at the break. Indeed, just before the break, Tom Hickey saw an effort waved wide that appeared to creep inside the post.  Within nine minutes of the second half Hickey had extended Fuerty’s lead to four with two points (one free). It was at this point that the character of this Elphin side came to the fore. Their workrate increased. They played with a greater belief. And with every score their confidence grew. A foul on Fintan Cregg saw Matt Hynes point the resultant free in the 43rd minute. Three minutes later, the same combination was repeated. Cregg then landed a free to cut the lead to a point before he turned provider for Matt Hynes to level up the game in the 49th minute, the latter firing over a beautiful point having judged the elements brilliantly.  The likes of Dermot Neary and Niall Travers (who was lucky to stay on the field after an earlier incident) were epitomising the Elphin spirit at this stage. And with the momentum with Elphin, one sensed they were always the more likely to kick the winner in the final ten minutes. However, Fuerty found a second wind after Elphin drew level but they just couldn’t manage to work a score.With three minutes remaining, Fintan Cregg gathered possession around midfield. He set off on a run, weighed up his options before deciding to have a pop at goal himself. His shot sailed over. The young student was destined to kick the winner.  It was a disappointing defeat for Fuerty who will wonder how they didn’t manage to put this game beyond Elphin’s reach early in the second half.
Source: Match Reports

Elphin v Brigids O’Rourke Cup Semi ’07

Saturday, October 13, 2007ELPHIN 0-6 V ST. BRIGIDS 3-10 There will hardly be a more low-key league semi-final anywhere in the country than the one played out between St. Brigid’s and Elphin at Dr. Hyde Park last Saturday evening. The fact that only 73 spectators and a dog turned up to view proceedings set the scene for what was to follow.The exercise served Brigid’s well in terms of preparing for the Connacht Club Championship. On the other hand, Elphin were just making up the numbers, having being knocked out of the championship at the quarter-final stage some weeks ago.  St. Brigid’s won comfortably without playing anywhere near their potential.Elphin were game opponents but they were facing mission impossible.They only scored six points with centre-forward John Collins accounting for five of those scores.The game marked the return of David O’Connor to the St. Brigid’s colours. The ace marksman wasn’t even on the panel for the county final against St. Faithleach’s.  However, his second-half introduction gave St. Brigid’s more direction in attack. O’Connor went on to notch up 1-5 in just 30 minutes, a timely reminder that he could have a major role to play in the provincial club championship next month.St. Brigid’s could afford to rest players like Donal O’Connor, Peter Domican, Cathal McHugh and Frankie Dolan. Team captain Dolan was carrying a slight knock so it made little sense to risk him in this contest. Elphin formed a guard of honour to welcome St. Brigid’s on to Dr. Hyde Park.   It was a nice gesture and for the first quarter, they more than held their own against the county champions. St. Brigid’s were sloppy in many aspects of their play with a laboured build-up in defence delaying any quick possession the forwards were looking for.In saying that, Matt Hynes was busy in the Elphin goalmouth. He did well to parry a Senan Kilbride fisted effort early on. He came to his side’s rescue again in the ninth minute when good play from Garvan Dolan and John Tiernan created a clearcut chance for Darragh Blaine. Hynes made a smart save but Gearoid Cunniffe was on hand to direct the rebound into the net.  John Tiernan added a point in the 11th minute after Karol Mannion and Brendan O’Brien engineered an opening. Elphin opened their account in the 22nd minute when a foul on James Callery gave John Collins the easiest of chances from a 13-metre free. The industrious Karol Mannion replied for St. Brigid’s before the midfielder added a bizarre goal to his tally on the stroke of half-time. A Senan Kilbride attempt for a point lacked conviction. Mannion beat ‘keeper Hynes to the race for possession and fisted into an empty net.O’Connor’s introduction added fresh impetus to the St. Brigid’s attack. While Elphin plugged away through Michael Glancy, Martin Travers, Shane Tiernan, Collins and Paddy Foxe, St. Brigid’s were more clinical after the break.   Two Collins frees within nine minutes of the restart suggested that an Elphin revival was on the cards.However, Brigid’s finally shrugged off their lethargy with O’Connor and Garvan Dolan finding the target from play. Collins replied from a placed ball before O’Connor and Blaine added further points. St. Brigid’s third goal arrived in the 50th minute. Impressive substitute Robbie Gilligan and John Tiernan released O’Connor and his emphatic finish gave Hynes no chance.    St. Brigid’s continued to probe with O’Connor (3) and Mannion increasing their side’s tally. Collins opened his side’s account from play in the 54th minute. Paddy Foxe, who had a fair old tussle with Ger Aherne, added another point four minutes later. However, in reality, the game was up for Elphin when this fixture was made. The experience gained by some of their younger players against a team of Brigid’s calibre may stand to them in the future.Apart from that, there was precious little to cheer about.ST. BRIGID’S: S. Curran, D. Nestor, G. Aherne, R. Kelly; E. Mannion, I. Kilbride, N. Grehan; M. O’Carroll, K. Mannion (1-2); D. Blaine (0-1), J. Tiernan (0-1), G. Dolan (0-1); B. O’Brien, S. Kilbride, G. Cunniffe (1-0). Subs used: D. Donnelly for Kilbride (29 mins), D. O’Connor (1-5, three frees) for Cunniffe (half-time), R. Gilligan for O’Brien (42 mins), J. Martin for Curran (47 mins), J. Mannion for O’Carroll (47 mins).ELPHIN: M. Hynes; M. Travers, P. O’Connor, B. Neary; M. Glancy, R. Brady, J. Callery; S. Tiernan, B. Cregg; B. Rock, J. Collins (05, four frees), P. Conlon; C. Rock, P. Foxe (0-1), S. Roddy. Subs used: M. Callery for C. Rock (34 mins), G. Brady for Callery (39 mins), K. Brady for Roddy (54 mins), M. Cregg for Glancy (54 mins), K. Beirne for Callery (56 mins). Wides: St. Brigid’s 7; Elphin 6. Booked: St. Brigid’s none; Elphin Tiernan (36 mins).Referee: V. Hardiman.
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Elphin v Pearses SFC 2007

Sunday, 12th August 2007Elphin 0-10 Padraig Pearses 0-9    John Collins proved to be Elphin’s match-winner in this close-fought, and at times uncompromising encounter played at Pairc an Piarsaigh on Sunday.Collins scored an impressive eight points six from frees to help undefeated Elphin book their place in the quarter-finals of the senior football championship.Padraig Pearses now face the prospect of playing Kilbride in a play-off to determine who finishes in the second qualifying position.   The sides played out a draw in the first round of the group stages and another close contest is in store.Elphin were dealt a blow before the ball was even thrown in, when regular custodian, Shane Reynolds was injured in the pre-match warm-up. Matthew Hynes was sprung from the bench and proved himself to be a very capable deputy.  With the prize of a guaranteed quarter-final berth at stake, this game was always going to competitive, with very little between the sides.After a pretty even first half, the second half was scrappy and at times ill tempered. Referee Oliver Kelly was forced to issue seven yellow cards in total six of these came in the second half.  Padraig Pearses opened the scoring within three minutes of the throw-in, when a move involving Enda Barrett, Padraig Kelly and Pat Connell saw the latter raising a white flag.John Collins cancelled Connell’s score out with a free following a foul on Stuart Roddy. Pearses almost stole in for a fortuitous goal when a Sean Fahy free dipped viciously under the Elphin crossbar. Luckily for Elphin, centre-back Paddy O’Connor was alive to the danger. O’Connor fielded the ball on the line and cleared the dancer.   Pearses were dominating proceedings at this stage and they translated this superiority onto the scoreboard Mike Duignan set up Ja Egan for their second point, while a minute later, Padraig Kelly was on the receiving end of a Matthew Hynes clearance and he duly slotted over to extend Pearses’ lead to two points.Brendan Rock halved the deficit with an Elphin point and following a missed opportunity by Sean Fahy, John Collins squared matters with a 21st-minute free.Elphin hit the front a minute later when Collins converted a 30-metre free following a foul on himself.   Although a Pat Connell score had the sides level with seven minutes remaining in the half, another Collins’ free in the 25th minute gave Elphin a lead that they would never relinquish.Collins was central to almost everything good that Elphin created at this stage and on the stroke of half time he almost got in for a goal. His effort, however, scraped the wrong side of the crossbar. This score gave Elphin a two-point lead at the break 0-6 to 0-4.   Elphin extended their lead to three points within a minute of the resumption when Brendan Rock added to their account. Ja Regan reduced the gap to three once again, but John Collins added two more Elphin points to leave the score 0-9 to 0-5 after 37 minutes. With all their dominance, one would have expected Elphin to stretch away for a comfortable victory. Pearses to their credit raised their game and held their opponents scoreless for the next 19 minutes. Despite all their pressure, Pearses fell just short of levelling the game.  They scored three points on the trot, through Fahy (two) and Pat Connell, but failed to gain parity. A Collins free following a foul on Colm Rock proved to be the winning score, because although John Connell once again narrowed the gap to a solitary point, time eventually ran out for the home side.
Source: Match Reports

Elphin v St. Faithleachs SFC Quarter-Final ’07

Sunday, September 02, 2007 St. Faithleach’s 2-12 Elphin 1-10 St. Faithleach’s and Elphin served up an absolute cracker of a quarter-final at O’Rourke Park, Castlerea on Sunday evening.This game was real championship fare great passages of play, full commitment from both sides and some superb score-taking. St. Faithleach’s were good value for their win and must be quietly fancying their chances of going one step further than last year. Next up for Faithleach’s is a semifinal date with Padraig Pearses. That should be another contest to savour with both sides in tremendous form at the moment. Elphin, for their part, will count themselves unlucky.  For periods of this game, they were the dominant team. When they moved the ball quickly, they had the Faithleach’s defence at sixes and sevens. Unfortunately for them, they did not translate their few periods of dominance into scores and, once Aidan Dooney cracked home Faithleach’s second goal, they were always chasing the game. Elphin will also point to the loss through injury of influential midfielder Brian Higgins 20 minutes into the first half. Although Higgins made a Dara O’Shea-like return to the action with ten minutes remaining, it was too little too late for Elphin.  Faithleach’s hit the ground running and had 1-1 on the scoreboard inside three minutes Alan Brehon shooting over after receiving a pass from Martin Reynolds. Less than a minute later, Faithleach’s struck for their first goal. Senan O’Grady superbly fielded the ball from an Elphin kickout. Advancing into Elphin’s half, he fed Enda Kenny, who was careering through the Elphin defence. Kenny ran about 20 yards and from the edge of the large square unleashed a piledriver that flew high into the top of the net.  Elphin remained calm and worked their way back into the game. Points from Shane Tiernan, John Collins (2) and Fintan Cregg saw the sides level by the 25th minute. James Vesey edged Faithleach’s in front with a 26th-minute effort, before Collins and Stuart Roddy points put Elphin in front for the first time in the game.  Vesey replied with two frees to nose Faithleach’s ahead again. The last of the first-half action saw Collins level matters again, 1-4 to 07.Elphin went in front immediately from the throw-in John Collins scoring from play. Faithleach’s hit back through a Kenny free three minutes later. This dingdong tie saw Elphin go ahead again in the 36th minute Collins again doing the needful.  The game really needed one of the teams to take it by the scruff of the neck and Faithleach’s duly obliged. In a ten-minute spell from the 38th minute, they outscored Elphin by 1-5 to nil. Elphin never recovered fully from this avalanche of scores.  Points from Vesey (2), Kenny (2), Reynolds, coupled with a fantastic goal from Aidan Dooney, saw Faithleach’s race into a 2-11 to 0-9 lead by the 50th minute. Dooney’s goal was a beauty a wonderfully directed rocket from the corner of the small square into the left-hand corner of Shane Reynolds’ net.It was now do-or-die for Elphin and, to their credit, they fought hard to get back into the game. Brian Cregg, who was moved from defence, took a pass from Collins, and, on the run, hit a piledriver into the top right-hand corner, for as good as goal you’ll see all year.   Derek Thompson, who had a fine game between the posts for Faithleach’s, had no chance. Fintan Cregg cut the gap to four points from a free and the game was in the boiling pot again.Faithleach’s kept their cool in the latter stages. Another Vesey free extended their lead to five with four minutes left and despite some concerted Elphin presure, Faithleach’s deservedly held out to win.ST. FAITHLEACH’S: Derek Thompson; G. Murray, A. McCormack, Diarmuid Thompson; D. Murray, A. Murtagh, S. Ormsby; S. O’Grady, M. Reynolds (0-1); A. Dooney (1-0), A. Brehon (0-1), P. Wallace; J. Vesey (0-6, three frees), E. Kenny (1-3, two frees), D. Hussey (0-1). Subs used: H. Kenny for D. Hussey (52 mins), P. Cox for P. Wallace (58 mins)ELPHIN: S. Reynolds; M. Glancy, B. Cregg (1-0), B. Neary; J. Carney, P. O’Connor, J. Callery; B. Higgins, S. Tiernan (0-1); P. Fox, J. Collins (0-6, one free), B. Rock; F. Cregg (0-2, two frees), C. Rock, S. Roddy (0-1). Subs used: R. Brady for B. Higgins (20 mins), B. Higgins for J. Callery (50 mins).Wides: St. Faithleach’s 5; Elphin 3.Booked: St. Faithleach’s D. Murray (31 mins); Elphin J. Collins (51 mins).Referee: S. Regan.Man of the Match: Derek Thompson (St. Faithleach’s). It’s not too often that goalkeepers get awarded Man of the Match, but Thompson was excellent on Sunday. He made a number of fine saves, including one crucial one from Brian Cregg in the closing minutes. His massive kickouts were also the launching pad for many St. Faithleach’s attacks.
Source: Match Reports

Elphin v Kilbride SFC 2007

Saturday, 21st July, 2007Elphin 2-10 Kilbride 0-8  This game was a contest between speed and brawn with Elphin running out deserving winners by double scores.The disparity in size between the teams as they lined out was patently obvious almost man-for-man, Kilbride towered over the home side. Elphin needed to adhere to a strict gameplan if they hoped to succeed. Of utmost importance was to prevent county star Seamus O’Neill from gaining a substantial foothold at midfield. The Elphin defence also needed to curb the influence of Stephen Lohan and finally, and perhaps most crucially, they needed to be clinical in front of goal.  Elphin ticked all of the above boxes in style. Although O’Neill and Gerry Lohan won a lot of clean possession at midfield, Shane Tiernan and Brian Higgins competed strongly enough to limit their influence. Stephen Lohan had a fine game at full-forward for Kilbride. His darting runs caused panic on occasion in the Elphin full-back line, but again, Brian Cregg adequately dealt with Lohan’s threat.The scoring stats speak volumes about Elphin’s performance in front of goal.  They scored ten points and kicked just five wides over the hour. They had two real goal chances and they took them both in style. What was apparent right from the throw-in was that Elphin’s pace would cause Kilbride endless problems. With centre-forward John Collins exerting an enormous influence on proceedings, Elphin were only ever headed by a point.   Indeed, they never relinquished the lead they took in the 18th minute. Kilbride went in front in the third minute Eddie Lohan stroking over a free following a foul on Seamus O’Neill. Elphin’s reply was almost immediate, with Colm Rock shooting over following a swift attack involving Brian Higgins and Stuart Roddy.The game then descended into a period of stalemate with the sides shadow boxing each other without causing any real damage. Lohan split the uprights with a ‘45 in the 13th minute, but again, Elphin responded Collins scoring from a 30yard free.Three more points in a three minute period from Shane Tiernan, Stuart Roddy and Colm Rock between the 20th and 23rd minutes left Elphin ahead by 0-6 to 02. Kilbride, to their credit, lifted their game and Lohan scored two points to leave the half-time score 0-6 to 04 in favour of Elphin.  Elphin opened the second half at break-neck speed. Colm Rock stroked over a beauty from a very acute angle after six minutes. Two minutes later, Roddy rattled the crossbar with a thundering drive after being put in by Higgins. Thirty seconds later, Collins knocked over a free to put his side ahead by double scores. The same player extended the lead to 0-9 to 0-5 with a converted tenth minute free. Kilbride raised their game once again and clawed their way back to a two-point deficit through three Eddie Lohan frees in the 14th, 20th and 21st minutes. But when it looked as if they might just pull this game from the fire, Elphin struck for the game’s decisive score.   Colm Rock sent a garryowen into the Kilbride square. Patrick Fox collected the breaking ball and coolly slotted past goalkeeper Jonathan Farrell.Elphin now led by 1-9 to 0-7 and were well on their way to victory. Both sides exchanged points Collins for Elphin in the 26th minute and Eddie Lohan in the 27th before Fintan Cregg put the icing on the Elphin cake with a goal two minutes from time.
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2006 MFC Div 1 Final

ELPHIN 3-11 V CLAN na nGAEL 2-10                                                 (PHOTOS) It was one of the most dramatic finishes ever witnessed in a county final in any grade. Elphin minor footballers snatched a sensational victory from the jaws of defeat in St. Dominic’s Park, Knockcroghery, on Sunday last to leave a shattered Clann na nGael team absolutely shell shocked.To say that a game is never over until the final whistle is an understatement in this instance. It was like winning all around you at a race meeting and then as you were about to go home to celebrate your winnings you discovered that your pocket had been picked and your wallet stolen.   As the game entered injury time Clann led by six points, 2-10 to 0-10. They were just playing out time as they dominated the game for the last 15 minutes. Then in a crazy three-minute spell Elphin scored 3-1, two of the goals coming from the boot of Frankie Cregg. The old adage that goals win matches was never before proven so true. A six point deficit had been turned into a four point lead. The spectators were stunned, Clann na nGael followers and players were numb while the Elphin players and followers deliriously celebrated a famous victory. Four minutes earlier Elphin’s hopes seemed to be dead and buried. The dramatic nature of their comeback suggests that Lazarus might have had Elphin connections.   It was a good game of football, which reflected the healthy state of the game in this grade in the county at present. It was enjoyed by the large crowd present. There were 26 scores, some of the points from both sides were superb. It is a great year to win a county minor title. Clann entered the game as hot favourites but Elphin showed from the start that they weren’t just there to make up the numbers.   Four and a half minutes of play had elapsed before Elphin opened the scoring with a Fintan Cregg point from play. Two minutes later Clann responded with a goal. Impressive left-half back Seán Walshe floated a high ball into the Elphin goalmouth that was collected by full-forward James Keegan. His effort for a point came back off the crossbar and corner-forward Niall Lennon was on hand to grab the rebound and slam the ball to the net.  Elphin recovered from this setback and scored the next three points from play in a six minute spell. Team captain Liam Taylor had the first in the eighth minute, followed by a Frankie Cregg point two minutes later and a good point from Kevin Brady in the 14th minute after he was put through by Fintan Cregg. James Keegan had a Clann point in the 18th minute but Elphin again responded with another three points on the trot.Elphin led by 0-7 to 1-2 at this stage but Clann scored four unanswered points in the last ten minutes of the first half to lead by 1-6 to 0-7 at the interval.   Donie Shine hit one of his trademark long range points from play in the 22nd minute. Two minutes later a promising move involving David O’Brien, James Keegan and Donie Shine ended with a foul on Shine and he pointed the resultant free. In the 26th minute David Flynn was fouled and the impressive Conor Duignan pointed the free. Two minutes into injury time corner forward Ross Naughton closed the first-half scoring with a point from play.Second Half  Clann na nGael started the second half with captain and centrehalf back David Flynn moving to midfield in a direct switch with Colin Nicholson. It was Elphin’s Eanna Tiernan, however, who raised the first two white flags of the second half. The first was a point from play in the second minute, which was followed by a pointed free in the fourth minute. Clann responded with three unanswered points.Donie Shine fisted over a point in the sixth minute, Graham Pettit had a point from play two minutes later. In the 14th minute, James Keegan had a point from play following a good move involving Donie Shine and Ross Naughton.   Cathal Shine’s goal looked to have clinched the game for Clann. Nine scoreless minutes followed before Cathal Shine struck again in the 27th minute with a good point from play. Kevin Brady had an Elphin point from play at the end of normal time.Clann were now in control and it was just a matter of playing out the last few minutes of injury time. Nobody present could have foreseen the drama that was to unfold in the space of 90 seconds. Elphin refused to throw in the towel and pounced with two goals from Frankie Cregg and another from Paul Kellegher.    This defeat will haunt Clann for many a day. A hard lesson will be learned, you can never rest on your laurels. A game isn’t over until it is over. They reckoned the game was over when the fat lady was only clearing her throat. She hadn’t begun to sing. Elphin never gave up and their persistence was rewarded.   This victory will be celebrated in Elphin for many a day. It will do the game the world of good in the parish that was once the stronghold of football in the county. The club’s coaching programme is now paying off. There were many heroes in this victory. I was very impressed with centre-forward Eanna Tiernan. He always seemed to be in the thick of the action and he took his scores well. He was instrumental in leading the famous comeback that yielded the vital goals. If I had the awarding of a ‘Man of the Match’ award Eanna would have been my choice.     The Brady twins, Gerard and Kevin, also impressed, as did the Cregg brothers, Fintan and Frankie. David Hynes was impressive at midfield while team captain Liam Taylor and full-forward Paul Kellegher can be happy with their contributions. Speaking on the telephone to the Elphin chairman, Martin Beirne, on Saturday morning, he suggested that this Elphin team are a bit like the Roscommon minor team. They have no big stars but are, nevertheless, a good team. He was right. Elphin’s campaign was a bit like Roscommon’s as well. Few would have given Elphin a chance at the start of the championship.   The big favourites were St. Brigid’s or Clann na nGael. Elphin created a big shock throughout the county by beating a fancied St. Brigid’s team. Sunday’s victory showed that it was no flash in the pan. Right-half forward Conor Duignan was impressive for Clann na nGael all through. Wing-half back Seán Walshe had a fine game. David Flynn played better at midfield after he had a torrid opening half on Eanna Tiernan while Colin Nicholson, Donie Shine, Ronan Killian, Ross Naughton and substitute Cathal Shine all had their moments. That will be little consolation for them though as they try to grapple with the reality of losing a title that they thought was in the bag with only minutes left in the game.   Football can be a cruel sport. It was a very pleasant afternoon in Knockcroghery. It was a very mild day and the pitch was in splendid condition.
Source: Match Reports

Super Valu U-16 FC Div 3 Final 2009

ELPHIN……2-16Tulsk……2-3A very impressive Elphin side stormed to the Supervalu U-16 football championship title when they had 13 points to spare over neighbours Tulsk in this final played in very bad weather last Sunday in Tarmonbarry.   The heavy rain and strong winds made for very difficult conditions for the players but it was Elphin who coped best and they had scored 1-7 before Tulsk got on the score sheet. Shane Killoran was tormentor-in-chief and he scored Elphin’s first goal after 20 minutes play, en route to a man of the match display. Two minutes later Tulsk scored their first goal – from Donal Fleming – but further Elphin points saw the gap rise to 11 points 1-11 to 1-1 by half-time.   Elphin continued on top after the half-time break and they could even afford the luxury of missing a penalty early in the half. Ten minutes in, Elphin scored their second goal when Ciaran Byrne fired home. Tulsk never gave up but they were now only playing for pride and they grabbed a second goal in the 50th minute through Declan Donoghue. Elphin: M Brennan, C Brady, C Sweeney, D Hempson, J King (0-1), S McCaffrey, J Sweeney (0-1), C Lenehan, D Brady, C Beirne (1-4), S Killoran (1-7), B Neary (0-2) D Beirne (0-1). Subs: J O’Donnell, D Lee, A Kielty, K Rushe.Tulsk: P Beirne R Larkin C Higgins D O Rourke; B Serridge J Carroll D Donoghue (1-0) R Galvin T O’Rourke K Mc Dermott D Fleming (1-0) R Simms M Conway (0-2). Subs: R Kelly, D Carleton, P Gorham, R Mulligan (0-1), D McNamara.Referee: E Heslin. 
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U16s 2008

CHAMPIONSHIP:Lost to Kilglass Gaels by 3 points in 1/4 Final.LEAGUE:Sunday 5th October: U16`s (lost by 6 to) St. Michaels (League) 2pm Orchard Park.Sunday 28th September: U16`s W/O Ballinameen (League) 12pm Ballinameen.Monday 22nd Sept: U16`s 4-10 v Kilglass Gaels 3-14 (League) 6.30pm Orchard ParkSunday 31st August: U16`s 1-07 v Kilmore 2-14 (League) 12.30pm KilmoreSun 17th August: U16`s 2-15 v St. Barry`s 4-03 (League) 12pm Tarmonbarry.Spring League results:Beat Kilbride and Oran.Lost to St. Croans.
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