Congratulations to our boys and girls who overcame Taugheen, Irishtown and Meelickmore to qualify for the next round of the Mini-7s football competition which takes place on Thursday, October 5th @ 10am in the Dome, Bekan. Both boys and girls are in Group B with Gaelscoil Uileog de Búrca, the Boys’ NS & Muire Gan Smál Primary School in Claremorris. The girls were delighted to by joined by Sophie and Anna from Lehinch NS.
The 2023 McCartan Cup kicked off with Gortskehy taking on the reigning champions Robeen. The game was competitive with some fabulous skills being showcased throughout the field. Gortskehy finished on top with a scoreline of 4 – 3 to 1 – 4.
The next preliminary game featured Gortskehy v Roundfort. The referee threw in the ball at 6.30pm and Roundfort opened the scoring with a fine point. The next score came from Eoin Hession, Gortskehy, who slotted over to level proceedings. This would prove to be Gortskehy’s only score of the half with Roundfort adding a point and finding the net towards the end of half-time (Gortskehy 0 – 1, Roundfort 1 – 2).
Gortskehy came more into the game in the second half with Jamie Delaney tapping over. He added to his tally shortly afterwards following a beautiful pass from Eoin Hession which found Jamie one-on-one with the goalie and making no mistake to leave the teams level. Roundfort responded with a goal and a point of their own to once again take control of the match. A fine goal by Cian Slattery left the bare minimum between the teams but Roundfort finished stronger scoring another two points to see out the game with a three-point win.
Next up was Robeen v Roundfort with the latter finishing stronger and setting up a final where they would once again face Gortskehy. The crowd roared as Mark Tuffy threw in the ball and Roundfort once again opened the scoring with a well-worked point following a lovely passing move. Gavin Murphy was quick to restore parity for Gortskehy who quickly got into their stride and knocked over a string of three unanswered points thanks to Cian Slattery (2) and Jamie Delaney (1). Roundfort continued to press and scored a fine goal on the stroke of half-time to leave the teams level on a scoreline of 0 – 4 to 1 – 1.
The excitement grew as the second half got underway with Eoin Hession blasting home a goal after three minutes of play. Roundfort responded with a point but Cian Slattery extended the lead with a great goal and cemented Gortskehy’s advantage with a great point shortly afterwards. Roundfort hit back with a point but this proved to be their final score as, arguably, the point of the game came from Corey Jennings who somehow managed to slot between the posts from a very tight angle.
Gortskehy ran out winners on a scoreline of 2 – 6 to 1 – 3. It’s the first time in twenty years that Gortskehy have won the competition on their own. The fine, open football and fantastic skills shown by all teams bode well for the future of our local clubs.
Congratulations to our boys and girls who have reached the County Semi-Final of the Cumann na mBunscol football competition. Both teams play the North Mayo winners, Ardagh NS, on Wednesday next (May 17th) in Mulvey Park, Castlebar, F23X651.
The girls play on Pitch 1 (higher-ground pitch on the left-hand side) with throw-in at 11.30am. The boys play on Pitch 2 (lower-ground pitch on the right-hand side) with throw-in also at 11.30am. Everyone is invited to come along and support the teams.
On Thursday last, November 17th, history was made when Gortskehy girls overcame Culleens NS, Ballina and Breaffy NS to win the Mini-7 County Final for the first time.
The Dome at the Connacht Centre of Excellence welcomed champions from the four corners of the county who arrived in anticipation of taking home silverware after an exciting campaign which began two months earlier. The semi-final line-up featured North (Culleens, Ballina) vs South (Gortskehy) and East (Charlestown) vs West (Breaffy).
At 11.30am referee John Finn threw in the ball and Gortskehy got off to a great start with Holly Hession knocking over a point followed shortly afterwards by a brace of goals from Faye Tierney. Grace Hristova was rarely troubled in goal until a hopeful ball found it’s way past the Gortskehy defence and Culleens fired to the net with a soccer-style shot that any premier league player would be proud of.
This was the only breach in the opening half as Sorsha Jennings and Aoife Hession were dominant on the backline. Holly Murphy took a fine point extending Gortskehy’s lead to five and Holly Hession added another, leaving the half-time scoreline 2-3 to 1-0.
The champions from Ballina were not to exit the stage so meekly, however, and following some positional changes proved much stronger in the second half. They opened the scoring with a goal, quickly followed by another to leave the teams on level pegging. A point by Holly Hession restored Gortskehy’s lead but this was short-lived as Culleens again found the net to go two points ahead for the first time in the game.
The mark of this Gortskehy team throughout the competition is that they never let their heads go down in spite of adverse momentum and Alaois Doherty, held scoreless up to now, fired home a wonderful goal to tip the balance once again in Gortskehy’s favour. Culleens responded with another goal to restore their lead but Alaois dominated the closing stretch with a brace of goals to secure a hat-trick and a hard-fought win for Gortskehy.
Culleens had won the second half by two points but the first half Gortskehy blitz proved decisive as they progressed to the final on a scoreline of 5-4 to 5-0.
Gortskehy: Grace Hristova, Sorsha Jennings, Aoife Hession, Alaois Doherty (3-0), Faye Tierney (2-0), Holly Hession (0-3), Holly Murphy (0-1).
The other semi-final saw Breaffy overcome Charlestown and, at 12.30, John Finn began the County Final with Holly Hession opening the scoring by bagging her first goal of the day. Breaffy responded with two points before Holly Murphy slotted home a goal with a fine shot that smashed in off the post. Breaffy finished the first half by tapping over a point to leave the half-time score Gortskehy 2-0, Breaffy 0-3.
Goals were shared in the opening minutes of the second half with Alaois Doherty keeping Gortskehy in front. Faye Tierney extended the lead by splitting the posts but Breaffy responded with a couple of fine points to leave just two between them as the game approached full time. Sorsha Jennings and Aoife Hession were busy on the back line as Breaffy came in search of a goal that might snatch a late victory. Following a clearance out of defence, Alaois Doherty won a free which she calmly slotted between the posts. The quick kick-out was won in mid-field by Faye Tierney who soloed past two attempts to stop her before blasting the ball over the crossbar which left Gortskehy now four points up.
As John Finn blew the final whistle, rounds of applause and cheers rang out beneath the Dome. The girls were congratulated by supporters, young and old, who saw Billy McNicholas, Mayo GAA Games Manager, present captain Grace Hristova with the County Shield before her team members received their medals.
Final Score: Gortskehy 3-3, Breaffy 1-5.
Gortskehy: Grace Hristova, Sorsha Jennings, Aoife Hession, Alaois Doherty (1-1), Faye Tierney (0-2), Holly Hession (1-0), Holly Murphy (1-0). Second half substitution, Ciara Hession for Holly Murphy.
Celebrations continued on the way home with a trip to Supermacs in Ballindine for a much needed meal. The welcome the team received back at school was a sight to behold with bonfires lining the route and a sea of red and white to greet them as they got off the bus. The whole community is so proud of our girls who made history on November 17th, 2022.
Congratulations to our Gortskehy girls who overcame an excellent team from St. Joseph’s NS, Ballinrobe, in a thrilling encounter this morning at Kilmaine GAA grounds. Having all the hallmarks of a competitive county quarter final, Gortskehy got off to a good start with points from Alaois, Faye and Holly. Ballinrobe bounced back with two goals while Gortskehy narrowed the gap to the bare minimum as half-time approached. A fine point from Ballinrobe left them two points ahead at the interval on a scoreline of Gortskehy (0-5); Ballinrobe (2-1).
Gortskehy had the better start in the second half with Alaois splitting the posts for a fine point and Ciara blasting to the net at the end of a great passing move. Ballinrobe responded with two points to leave the teams level midway through the half. Alaois found the net and Faye tapped over from a free while Ballinrobe again scored a goal and, with a minute to go, lofted over a point to leave the teams level on the brink of full-time.
In what was to be her final kick-out of the game, Grace sent a long ball down the center where, despite two markers and a scramble for possession, Faye came away with the ball finding Alaois with a well-placed pass. Alaois held her composure to send over the winning point before the welcome shrill of the final whistle was greeted by loud cheers from jubilant Gortskehy supporters made up of pupils and parents alike. It was a fantastic match and an excellent display of football by both teams.
Grace had a fine game in goal with excellent kick outs, Aoife and Sorsha were tireless on the back line with Sorsha blocking at least one certain goal as full time approached. Alaois and Faye were once again exceptional at mid-field with Holly M and Holly H performing very well against a strong Ballinrobe defence. Ciara made a match-winning contribution when she joined the fray in the second half with the final scoreline Gortskehy (2-8); Ballinrobe (3-4).
Both the county semi-final and final will be played in The Dome at the Connacht GAA Centre of Excellence on Thursday, November 17th. It’s the first time the school has reached this stage of the competition and we’re very proud of all the girls.
Team and panel: Grace, Sorsha, Aoife, Alaois (1-3), Faye (0-2), Holly M, Holly H (0-2), Ciara (1-1), Caitlin, Daphny, Niamh, Ailbhe, Zara.
Because of age restrictions in the Mini-7 competition, Alisha, Aoibhínn and Niamh couldn’t take to the field but are an integral part of our training and match preparation.