Senior Men

A battling performance from our senior men on Friday evening saw them claim a hard fought, one point win away to Eire Og on a score-line of 1 – 11 to 2 – 7.

The Shanes played some great football in the opening stages of the game thanks in no small measure to the entire defensive unit winning each of their individual battles and the dominance of the Shanes midfielders. After twenty minutes they led by 0 – 4 to 0 – 0 with Mark McCabe, not for the first time this season, getting the first score of the contest with Sean McLoughlin following up with a well taken free. Some fine approach play from the Shanes resulted in Mark McCabe notching up his side’s next score and the same player had a chance to increase the advantage even further soon after but the Eire Og keeper made a fine stop. Another period of sustained Shanes pressure saw Ryan Quinn slot over a fine point before Eire Og opened their account with a close range point with Mark McCabe replying soon after for the Shanes with his third point of the half. The sides then swapped points with Connaire Mackin on target for the Shanes which saw his side lead by four and only for another fine save by the Eire Og from a Mackin pile-driver the Shanes could have been even further in front. A late first-half free from Eire Og saw them trail by three at the break, 0 – 6 to 0 - 3.

Both sides scored early points in the second-half with Mark McCabe once again the scorer for the Shanes. A fifth point from Eire Og left them two in arrears but minutes later they went ahead for the first time in the game when their full forward rose highest to flick the ball to the back of the Shanes net. However the Camlough side responded in great fashion when they swept from one end of the field to the other and Paul O’Rourke was on hand to confidently dispatch the ball to the Eire Og net and restore his side’s two point lead. A pointed free brought the home side to within one but O’Rourke replied for the Shanes with a great point from a tight angle but Eire Og hit back soon after with another well taken point to leave just one between them again.  A well worked move saw Greg McCabe fire over to extend the Shanes lead to two again but a high, hopeful ball from an Eire Og free somehow found its way to the net and the home side now led by one. To their credit the Shanes didn’t panic and they were awarded a free almost out on the touch-line and Paul O’Rourke held his nerve to slot the ball over the bar and tie the game. With the game now in its dying minutes the Shanes pushed forward looking for the score which would surely prove to be the winner and when Sean McLoughlin, who had one of best games in a Shanes jersey, found space about thirty metres out he fired the ball over the bar to give his side a narrow one point advantage. Eire Og piled forward in search of an equalising score but the Shanes defence, who were magnificent throughout, kept their opponents at bay seal the win and despite a couple of dubious umpire calls which resulted in 45s to the home side, the Shanes held on to the claim the win, 1 – 11 to 2 – 7.

The lads should take great credit for their efforts on Friday night and it was also good to see Chrissy McMahon and young Padraig Magee make their competitive senior debuts.

Senior Ladies

The senior ladies put in a great performance against Carrickcruppen last Wednesday evening but a point in the dying minutes saw 'Cruppen claim the win by the narrowest of margins, 3 - 9 to 4 - 5. It was tough luck on the girls, with each and every one of them outstanding throughout and giving their all for the jersey. A closely fought first-half saw the Shanes lead by three at the interval, 3 – 3 to 2 – 3, thanks to scores from Aoibheann Jones (1 – 1), Ciara Jones (1 – 0), Aoife McCoy (1 – 0) and Jessica Watters (0 – 2). The Shanes added a further goal and two points in the second-half, with Jessica Watters getting the goal and a point apiece from Aoife McCoy and Moya Feehan which saw them lead by four points. However Carrickcruppen hit five points without reply to claim the win by the narrowest of margins. Best wishes to Yasmin Mackin and Kirsty Murphy who both left the club in an ambulance after the game and both players are now recovering from their respective injuries and we hope to see them back in a Shane’s jersey soon. Next up for the senior ladies is a home game against Clann Eireann on Monday evening.

U16 Girls:

Training for our U16 girls continues every Tuesday evening from 6.30pm -7.30pm at the field. Games will start again next week when exams finish.

U14 Boys

Our U14 boys were involved in a high scoring game against St Paul's last Tuesday evening. The lads played some great football and took some brilliant scores but despite their best efforts the lads lost out by a few scores. Well done to all the lads for their hard work and effort on the night.


Our U12 footballers travelled to take part in the annual Newry Mitchell’s tournament on Saturday where they paired up with the host club. There was a total of 48 teams taking part in the competition and the Shanes found themselves in a group along with Truagh Gaels from Monaghan,  Trillick St. Macartans from Tyrone, Killcullen from Kildare, Mayobridge from Down and Naomh Colmcille from Donegal. The youngsters played same great football throughout the group stage which saw them qualify for the shield quarter-final and a game against Armagh side Maghery Sean McDermotts. The Shanes were totally dominant in this game and qualified comfortably for the semi-final and a game against our old friends from O'Donovan Rossa, Magherafelt. This proved to be an excellent contest and at half-time the Shanes were slightly ahead but unfortunately the young Shane's team fell just short, losing out by just one score. It was a disappointing outcome but the young Shanes can feel extremely proud themselves, narrowly missing out on a place in the final in a tournament which began with 48 teams. All the players were outstanding right through the whole competition and credit must go to them and the managers, Joe Lennon and John Grant, not just for their efforts on Saturday but over the last few weeks. The club would like to extend a warm thanks to Newry Mitchell’s for the invite and a very well-run tournament.  Training continues on Tuesday and Friday nights at 6.00pm at the club


Training for the U10s now takes place every Tuesday and Friday at 6.00pm at the club.


Training for our U8 footballers now takes place every Tuesday and Friday at 6.00pm at the club.


Training for our U6s continues every Wednesday evening in Bessbrook Community Centre at 6.00pm.

Meabh O’Neill’s Camogie

Well done to our U10 camogs who took part in a Go-Games tournament in Killeavy on Saturday. The young camogs played a total of three tough games, winning 2 of them and the drawing the other.

Training for all camogie, U14, U12, U10 & U8, takes place at the Shanes pitch every Wednesday evening at 6.00pm. All new members, age 4 and upwards, are welcome to attend.

Any past or present camogie or hurling players who could spare one hour per week on a Wednesday evening to help coach some of our underage camogs is asked to contact Sandra Smith on 07599640444. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

The camogie club is organising a car boot sale on Sunday 12th June from 11.00am – 3.00pm in Shane O’Neill’s club grounds and every second Sunday from then on. Cars and small vans will cost £5.00 whilst large vans will cost £10.00 and everyone is welcome to attend. For further details please contact 07599640444.

Everyone at the camogie club would like to wish Chairperson Sandra Smith a very happy birthday.

Best Wishes

Best wishes to all our underage members who are currently sitting their exams.


Last week’s winning lotto numbers were 24, 25, 28 & 31. There were no jackpot winners and 1 x lucky dip winner. The jackpot now stands at £3300. For all our ex-pats now living abroad you now take part in the Shanes lotto by clicking on the following link

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