Friday night was great as the Senior Men battered Kilclief by a whopping 22 point winning margin. Fine scoring from Arnold and Harney and Brendon Cunningham will garner the headlines, and rightly so, but there was many another great cameo including corner back Tommy Magennis raiding forward like an ancient Viking to plunder a mighty score or Callum Mahoney’s cheeky second half goal which effectively ended the game as a contest. Fantastic performances occurred all over the park but a special mention must go to Timmy Russell, who as one wise owl said, was a “revelation”. A real team effort also saw scores from Conor Shields and Tony Molyneaux in the latter stages to leave Kilclief bruised, bloodies and battered 3-18 to 1-5. Next up Drumgath Away.
Special mention to all the girls at half time – it was great to see the future of the club in what we would like to become a regular part of all home matches
The Minors hosted last year’s county minor champions Rostrevor. The first half was nip and tuck, with Rónán Dunlop looking lively and then likes of Jamie Morgan and Ryan Crawford took the game to Rostrevor in the second to secure victory. We travel to Bryansford on Tuesday.
The U16s succumbed to a defeat against a strong Dromara outfit, who outplayed our boys on the night. However management will be please with the performances of many of the lads. We host Aughlisnafin on Thursday night.
The U14’s have a had a hard start to the season as they came across an in form Kilcoo side and although the boys will want to forget the score they know they can perform better and with hard work at training improvements will come.
After a heavy defeat away to league leaders Bryansford last Thursday, the under 12 boys bounced back with a more competitive game at home to Loughinisland on Sunday. Although narrowly defeated the p6 boys in the team gained a lot more experience. Connall Hanna showed great composure in front of goal and added to his tally from the previous week by scoring a goal and a point. Along with fellow p6 Sean McKeown they’re showing great promise. McKeown also scoring 1-1 and his great link up play helped John Mahoney score 3 classy points. Matthew Hanna, Ruairi Gilchrist and Oisin Cullen in defence had a lot of work to do and are gaining more confidence every game. With the experience of Conor Kernan along side them they’ll only get better. And with the endless running by the midfield duo Harry Obank and Cathal Kinsella, helped by the ever improving Luka Carew who showed great determination, they maybe deserved more out of the game. Great effort lads. Next up is Bredagh away. Training on Thursday evening.
A small army of year 6’s and Year 4’s attended a blitz in Drumaness on Saturday morning for a great mornings football. The Year 6 lads attended their first blitz of the year in Drumaness. Considering this group have only had a few training sessions they played with great determination and passion against Bredagh and the host club Drumaness. They were strong in defence and took some great scores.
A mixture of P3 and P4 boys and girls took to the field in Drumaness on Saturday morning. The first of 3 matches saw Saul take on the Bredagh ‘B’ team. This was a dominant performance from Saul, with a strong defensive showing from Oliver Crawford, Rory Toman and Oisin Hanna. Some excellent interceptions in midfield from Conail Fitzsimons and Eoin Murphy set up several goal and point chances and they were ably supported by the Saul front line consisting of Daniel Fitzsimons, Poppy Ferguson and Ben Shaw, to set up a straightforward win for the Year 4’s. The 2nd match was a much closer contest against Bredagh ‘A’. After initially going behind to some well taken scores from boys from Belfast the Saul team fought hard to regain control of this match. Some excellent work in midfield by Conail, Eoin and Finn McLoughlin ensured the Saul team got back on top. However, injuries to both Finn and Oisin meant both had to sit out the rest of this contest. Once the Saul team regained control, points from Conail, Eoin, Daniel and a late goal from Rory was enough to see the Saul team over the line.
The final match was against our hosts for the day, Drumaness. After recovering from their injuries Finn and Oisin started up front with Ben. Conail, Daniel and Poppy made up a strong midfield with, Rory, Eoin and Oliver in defence with Freddy Ferguson in nets. Drumaness got off to a speedy start with 2 quick points without reply. Some good tackling and blocking in the back line kept the score down, while Conail, Eoin and Daniel started to dominate possession in midfield. This possession ensured large parts of the game remaining was played in the Drumaness half, with superb goals from Conail, Daniel and Rory, and excellent points from Finn, Oliver, Eoin and Conail meant the Year 4’s from Saul ended the day unbeaten.
Well done to all the boys and girls, some excellent performances throughout the team. The scoring, tackling and team work was very impressive and special mention to Ben and Freddy who made their Saul debut on Saturday. Training continues on Thursday at 6:30pm for all P3 and P4 boys and girls.
Work at the clubrooms and grounds continues, with the likes of Columban Fitzsimons , Gareth Fitzsimons, Pat Magee and John McGrath lending their expertise. There’s still plenty of volunteer effort required to continue our tidy up , so if you can help in anyway, contact any committee member, or just drop by with a strimmer, brush or shovel, and contribute a few hours hard labour!
And Finally, after much demand Saul are going to produce a Junior Strictly in the summer. Overseen by the expert eye of Jenna Finnegan it’s a great chance for any young dancers, performers or dedicated eejits to get involved. For further information phone Sonia or any other committee member or contact us via Facebook or the webpage.