CROTTA COISTE NA NOG NEWS: Congratulations to the Crotta U13 Players and Mentors on winning the Rose U13 Hurling Cup "A" title on Saturday 18th August in Austin Stack Park, Tralee.
Crotta played and won all their group games. They then played Tulla (Clare) in the semi final and beat them 3-06 to 2-02. Patrickswell were their opponents in the final and this was a cracking match from start to finish. Patrickswell who incidentally were the holders of the Rose Cup started the brighter and scored two points without reply. However a pointed free from Barry Mahony following a foul on Darragh ODonoghue and two great points from play by Adam OSullivan gave Crotta a one point lead at half time.
Patrickswell equalised just after the restart and at this point were very much on top. Crotta withstood the onslaught though with some great play by the outstanding Aaron Murnane in goals plus a defensive unit of Eamon Rohan Brian O'Connell Dominic Nolan and Darragh Behan who hurled as if their lives depended on it. John Quilter(Capt) was prominent all through and eventually he turned the tide in Crotta's favour. A brilliant piece of play by Sean Murnane and Darragh O'Donoghue who were causing all sorts of bother to their direct opponents, resulted in the Patrickswell keeper making a brilliant save which resulted in a 65. Barry Mahonys puck from the 65 went all the way to the net. An excellent point from play by Sean Murnane put Crotta four points to the good. When Darragh O'Donoghue broke through the Patrickswell defence as time ran out,he was upended as he was about to shoot. Barry Mahony once again pointed the free to complete the scoring. Final score Crotta 1-05 Patrickswell 0-03. Jubilant scenes followed the final score and well done to all. Captain John Quilter accepted the Rose Cup on behalf of Crotta . Aaron Murnane was awarded the Player of the Tournament Award.
The following was the panel of Players: Aaron Murnane Dominic Nolan Daniel Quirke Darragh O'Donoghue Sean Murnane Darragh Murnane Padraig Hunt Daniel O'Rourke Brian O'Connell Cilliant Trant Tomas Dillon David O'Connell Aodhan Behan Daniel Hunt Adam O'Sullivan Barry Mahony James Sheehan Darragh Behan John Quilter Eamonn Rohan. Highlights of the tournament were Barry Mahony's free taking, Adam O'Sullivan scoring four goals against South Kerry, Aaron Murnane's great saves, Darragh O'Donoghue's (2-02) against Tulla in the semi final, John Quilter pointing two line balls and the great defending by Crotta's backs.
All panel members played their part in this great win. Crotta U15 The Crotta U15 team are through to the North Kerry U15 Division 1 Championship Final after beating Kilmoyley in the last round of the Championship. Crotta started terribly and after 8 mins found themselves behind on a scoreline of Kilmoyley 3-03 Crotta 1-00. The team played well after that and were level at halftime. Playing with the advantage of a slight breeze there was only one team in it after the break and Crotta won on a scoreline of Kilmoyley 3-05 Crotta 8-09. scorers for Crotta Brandon Conway(3-02) Jordan Conway(3-01) Raymond Nolan(1-03)Barry Mahony (1-02) Adrian Mahony(0-01) Well done to Pairic Shanahan on winning first place for the Mandolin in The All Ireland Fleadh Ceoil na hEireann held in Cavan recently. A great achievement. Congratulations to Pairic and his Parents Tom and Helen Shanahan. Well done to Darragh O'Donoghue who represented Kilflynn NS and Crotta when he took part in the Cuman na mBunscoil Primary Schools game at half time during the All Ireland semi final between Kilkenny and Tipperary. Darragh had a great day and really enjoyed the whole experience. Thanks to Mrs O'Carroll, Principal for travelling to the match and thanks to the Cuman na mBunscoil co-ordinators who selected him.