Monday 10 December 2018

Community news: Macroom Matters

John Delea

There was double disappointment for the U14 and U16 Macroom FC teams, with both losing out in the last 32 of the Skechers National Cup.

The U14 side were first in to action as they travelled to Meath to play Kells/Blackwater FC. The game was moved to an all weather facility in Navan and resulted in a 5-1 win for the home side. Macroom trailed 2-0 at half time but played a brilliant second half. Although Kells increased the lead to 3-0 Macroom then took over.

An outstanding solo effort from Conor Kelleher meant it was game on at 3-1.

Then, a number of gilt -edged chances came and went, and as the visitors pushed on they were punished with two late breakaway goals. The scoreline did flatter Kells somewhat and the Macroom players and management can hold their heads high. It was undoubtedly a positive experience for all and will surely provide much inspiration and lead to further success. Many thanks also to Kells/Blackwater FC for looking after the U14 team, management and supporters.

The following day it was the turn of the U16s to entertain Quigley's Point Swifts from Donegal at Murrayfield.

There was a great crowd in attendance, and an excellent atmosphere along with favourable weather conditions prevailed. The visitors settled the quicker, with Macroom possibly suffering from some nerves as this was a huge game for them.

A well-worked short corner led to the opening goal for Swifts. Soon after, the visiting keeper made an outstanding save to keep it at 0-1. From the very next attack it was 2-0 to Swifts and Macroom now faced an uphill struggle.

Having regrouped at half time the home side gradually got more of a foothold in the game. Midway through the second period, Patrick Barry's free kick found the net via the post and it set up a frantic finish. Macroom were now driving on looking for the all important equaliser. Chances were missed at both ends as the tie remained on a knife edge. Unfortunately the final whistle arrived and it was Swifts who progressed to the next round on a 1-2 scoreline. Despite the result it was a great occasion for the young players and their management team. The desire and commitment shown was outstanding. Also, a real buzz was evident around the town in the build up to these games which was fantastic to see. The grounds committee put in a huge effort to ensure that the U16 game was played at Murrayfield. And the club as a whole demonstrated fine hospitality to our Donegal visitors and indeed many favourable comments came the way of Macroom FC.

Macroom Flower and Garden Club

The flower and garden club AGM takes place tonight, Thursday, 8 February at Coolcower House at 7pm. This will be followed by guest speaker Catherine Foley who will give a presentation on interior design.

New members and visitors most welcome. Annual Membership for 2018 now due, Schedule of demonstrations and events will be outlined.

For further details, you can contact 087-9821708.

Macroom Football Club news

In the AUL Division 3 League, Macroom B travelled to Lakewood for an afternoon kick off on Sunday January 28 and lost out 3-1.

An experienced if somewhat understrength Macroom took to the field and began well. John James Healy cut in from the right and struck a fine left foot shot beyond the home keeper after 10 minutes.

The visitors were comfortable for the remainder of the first half and led 0-1 at the break. Lakewood, now playing with wind advantage began to gain control as the second half progressed.

Macroom held out until 67 minutes when a deflected free kick gave keeper Declan Kiely no chance. This season in Junior soccer teams are now permitted to make five substitutions (an increase from three) and this had a massive impact on this game.

Lakewood were able to send on five youthful players and this made a huge difference for them. A hotly disputed penalty gave Lakewood the lead and in injury time a breakaway goal made the points safe for the home side. A battling performance from Macroom but with no reward. The unavailability of key players and a lack of match practice proved to be insurmountable obstacles in this fixture.

In the President's Cup 1st Round, defending champions Macroom B gave an outstanding performance away to Grattan and qualified for the quarter finals. The home side enjoyed much dominance but found the Macroom defence in sparkling form. After a tough 110 minutes of football the sides could not be separated. The dreaded penalty shoot out was required but Macroom were soon jubilant winning 4-2. Lakewood Athletic await in the last eight.


Results for January 29 (Jackpot €3,000): Numbers drawn were 1, 22, 33 (No Winner). Prize winners: €80: Liz, Ger, Charlie c/o Danny. €20 each: John Hunt c/o Twomey's Butchers; Claire Mungovan c/o Evelyn; Joan O' Riordan c/o Joan; Michael Dineen c/o Greyhound.

Results for February 5 (Jackpot €3,200): Numbers drawn: 12, 18, 19 (No Winner). Prize winners: €80 to Margaret Coakley c/o Corner Store. €20 each to Cian and Alex Cotter c/o Evelyn; Nicholas Pierce c/o Evelyn; Ceilia Lynch New Street; Fiona Cunningham c/o June.

Juveniles hit gold standard of Rebel Óg

The juvenile club is delighted to have been awarded the Gold Standard in Rebel Óg Benchmarking for the period 2017-2020, having been at silver in 2016.

The judgment is made on a number of parameters; the number of games played, the number of training sessions held, and proper administration with regard to secretarial, treasury and vetting work.

Consideration is also given to the upkeep of grounds and dressing rooms, organization of matches and provision of referees, and running our affairs well with a friendly and healthy relationship with other clubs.

Note is also made of the occurrence of special training modules such as 'speed camp' and goalkeeping coaching.

The effort was led by Diarmuid Holland and other club officers, and all involved should be complimented and well pleased with the award. Effectively the recognition is saying that the club has good club structures and the basis for on-going development and progress. Well done to Diarmuid and all who contributed.

In other Macroom GAA news, the club has completed an application for the health and well-being project. The general aim of the scheme is to promote the physical, mental and social well-being of our players.

The idea seems excellent and the club is eager to implement its strategy.

Danny O'Keeffe is the Health and Well-being Officer for the club.

In team updates, the Intermediates continue to train and will have their 1st league game next Sunday. Macroom are back in Division 1 and will be playing Kelleher Shield football again.

They play St Finbarr's in Togher next Sunday 11 of February at 2.30.

The Juniors are training with the intermediates and good numbers are attending. Tadg Sheehan is the Junior B manager and Concubhar Murray is guiding the Junior Cs.

The under-21s played Dromtarriff in the final of the Glenville Cup in Cloughduv on Friday, February 2. Macroom were short several leading players - among them the O'Gormans, Alan Quinn and Mark Corrigan, and met a strong Dromtarriff side. The opposition had the upper hand from the beginning, were up five points at half-time before finally having a winning margin of 10 points.

The Minor Team will be back training in Tom Creedon Park at 7.30pm on Thursday. The under-16s and 15s will also commence training on Thursday in the Tom Creedon Park at 7.30pm.

The under-12s begin training on Sunday, February 11 at 10.30am in Tom Creedon Park.

The under-11s begin training on Sunday 11 at 10.30 in Tom Creedon Park.

In other items, there was a good turn-out in the Pavilion on Friday night for Juvenile registration and the process will be finalized next Friday 9th from 7.30 to 8.30pm again in the pavilion.