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Craughwell United Notes 15/16 April 2023   17/04/2023

Craughwell United Juniors overcame Maree/Oranmore in a brilliant game in the Junior Championship on Sunday. United made lots of chances early on and eventually scored via Joe Jackson on the half-hour mark. Craughwell continued to push and registered a second - a well worked Kevin Molloy free kick, but Maree/Oranmore got one back before the interval. In the second half Craughwell pushed for a third which never came. A brilliant second half from both sides saw United absorb lots of pressure and ultimately hang on to take the 3 points on a 2-1 scoreline.

Later on Sunday the U18 Boys were victorious in a seven goal thriller over East United in the semi-final of the Division 1 Cup. It was 1-1 at halftime with Liam Plower scoring from the penalty spot. The second half started poorly with Craughwell conceding 2 goals from corners. Ethan O'Brien then scored a pearler from 20 yards and Craughwell started to get on top in the game. Conor Gilligan was introduced with 15 minutes to go and scored an unstoppable shot from 30 yards to send the game to extra time. Towards the end of the first half of extra time  Shane Gorman made a great run and set up Gerry Boyle who scored the winning goal. An excellent comeback and the U18 lads will now meet West Coast in the final where they will also hope to complete the league and D1 Cup double.

The U14 boys lost to Mervue on Saturday in the Connacht Shield Semi Final at Coleman Park. Craughwell were competitive throughout and were unlucky to go in at half time trailing by two. Paul Keaveney had hit the woodwork from a free kick just before the break. Craughwell continued to push for a goal in the second half but were caught on the break a few times by the visitors where the final scoreline did not reflect the home team's performance. Best for Craughwell on the day were Shane Cahill, Harry Comer, Rossa Gorman and Paul Keaveney.

The U13 Boys hosted Renmore at Coleman Park in the league on Sunday afternoon.
The visitors were the stronger starters and went a goal up. Craughwell rallied and finished the half level when Charlie Nugent converted from the penalty spot. The second half saw both sides create chances but no more goals were forthcoming and ii finished 1-1 with the spoils shared.

Back row: Max Madden, Darragh O'Donnell, Cathal Desbonnet, Matthew Hardy, Charlie Nugent, Ashwin Juby, Calum McMahon, Alan Hallinan.
 Front row: Zach Keane, Ryan Faherty, Ethan Beattie, Michael McNamara, Charlie Duggan, James O'Dwyer, Oisin O'Donovan, Jack O'Dwyer.


The U12 Boys have qualified for the Connacht Shield Final after a hard-fought win against a tough physical Cregmore/Claregalway side. Playing with the breeze Cregmore took the lead after 15 minutes with a well taken strike. Craughwell took it on the chin and dug deep. Edward Donoghue used his pace and made a breaking run through the center creating a one-on-one chance. The 'keeper parried and Edward picked up the rebound to slot the ball home to make it 1-1. Shortly after Edward made it 2-1 with a toe tap past the keeper. Cregmore equalized 2-2 just before the break. In the second half, United with the breeze now at their backs had Edward Dondghue break down the right hand side and square for Ethan Beattie in the centre who tapped home to make it 3-2. Cian Kelly pulled off numerous top drawer saves that not only kept Craughwell in the tie but his saves were what saw Craughwell edge out winners. A fantastic team effort - Craughwell now progress to the Connacht final in May.

Back row: Darragh O’Donnell (C), Danny Cahill, Callan Dolan, Cian Kelly, Edward Donoghue, Jack Flaherty, Toby Molloy.
 Front row: Ethan Beattie, Henry Cullaine, Noah Kinneen, Ciaran Moran, Brian O’Gara.


Craughwell United U12 Navy secured a 2-0 home win in their last league game of the season against Renmore. Despite an exciting game the game was 0-0 at half time. Craughwell pushed hard in the second half coming close on several occasions. With 5 minutes remaining, Jack Melia won a free-kick just outside the box, which Enna Tormey expertly struck into the top corner. Two minutes later Cathal Osborne broke into the Renmore box and was fouled. Osborne dusted himself off to take the penalty and placed it confidently into the top corner, securing a 2-0 win for Craughwell. Cathal Byrnes had an excellent game in midfield leading the team well as captain, while Jack Conneely in goals kept the defense switched on and answered all questions asked.
Back row: John Woods (Coach), Thomas Glennon, Wojciech Walo, Iarlaith Moriessy, Jonathan Nolan, Jack Conneely, Cathal Byrnes, Enna Tormey, Arbri Korbi, Milan Karip, John Melia (Manager).
 Front row: Bartosz Walo, Liam Ward, Adam Melia, Jack Melia, Zach Wholihan, Darragh Woods, Cathal Osborne.


Craughwell United U12 Girls were unfortunate to lose 3-0 at home to Moyne Villa on Sunday. The two top teams in the division played out an excellent game of football. Craughwell dominated possession in the first half but were unable to find the breakthrough. Moyne Villa took the lead in the second half and added two more late on with Craughwell chasing the game. Driven on by Grace Mc Glynn, Emily Raftery, Beth Dillon, Mia Fitzpatrick, Isabel Behan and Niamh Keaveney, Craughwell played some fine football and battled to the end, where the scoreline didn’t do justice to the monumental effort put in the Craughwell girls, who can be extremely proud of their performance and their season.

Back row: Briana Seoighe, Leanne Kelly, Grace McGlynn, Niamh Keaveney, Isabel Behan, Beth Dillon, Mia Fitzpatrick, Clara Wholihan, Éabha Smyth, Elise Hardiman, Cara Caffrey, Ailbhe O’Shea.
 Front Row: Sophie Meehan, Lily Roche, Evie Gillespie, Ella Whyte, Cerys Johnston, Evelyn Hewitt, Sarah Smyth, Bethann Beattie, Emily Raftery.


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