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Senior Men – Intermediate League Division 2B Champions

Wednesday evening saw our senior men crowned Intermediate League Division 2B champions following a six-point win over Crossmaglen II’s, 1- 13 to 0 – 10. The Shane’s went into the game knowing that if they avoided defeat they would claim the league title without any need for comparing head to head results or any other permutations.

Played in damp weather conditions it was never going to be a free-flowing game and there were almost five minutes on the clock before the first score was registered with Connaire Mackin getting the Shane’s off the mark with Ryan McCabe following up soon after with a well taken point. Two points in as many minutes had Crossmaglen back on level terms before a Paul O’Rourke point nudged the Shane’s back in front but the away side hit another two points to lead by one. Minutes later Neil Paul Lennon raised the green flag when he slotted the ball home from close range and he followed this up almost immediately with a decent point before Paddy Maughan popped the ball over the bar to give the Camlough men a four-point advantage. The sides then swapped points with David McCabe on target for the Shane’s before two late first-half scores from Crossmaglen saw them trail by just two at the break, 1 – 6 to 0 – 7.

Shane O’Neill’s captain Micheál Brady collects the Intermediate League Division 2B trophy
Shane O’Neill’s captain Micheál Brady collects the Intermediate League Division 2B trophy

The opening exchanges of the second-half were fairly cagey with the sides scoring two points apiece in the first fifteen minutes with Paul O’Rourke getting both the Shane’s scores. The home side still led by two at this stage before two points from the boot of David McCabe kept the score-board ticking over for the Shane’s before Crossmaglen pointed a free to leave just three between the sides. This proved to be their final score of the game as the Shane’s pointed a further three placed balls courtesy of Connaire Mackin, Paul O’Rourke and Kristian Magill to claim the all-important win and ultimately the Intermediate League Division 2B title, on a score-line of 1 – 13 to 0 – 10.

The Shane’s didn’t make the best of the starts to their league campaign this year but as the season moved on they gradually found their rhythm and they went on a great run of form just at the right time to deservedly claim the league title. There were a number of key results throughout league which proved vital but it was their two-point win away Middletown when they were trailing by four with less than ten minutes on the clock which gave the lads the belief and confidence to go on and claim the silverware.

Well done to the management team of Kelly O’Rourke and David Muckian who worked tirelessly throughout the year and guided the lads to the league title. Well done also to all the players for all their hard work and commitment during the season which saw them earn their just rewards on Wednesday night, including all the younger players on the squad who stepped up to the mark at various times throughout the year. A big word of thanks to our ever-reliable club physio Nicola McCabe who had a busy year treating various injuries and knocks and to young Ruairi O’Brien who was ever present at all training sessions and matches making sure that all balls were accounted for, all training gear was present and correct and water was readily available to all players at all times.

The lads will return to training over the next few days as they await the outcome of the upcoming Championship draw.

Senior Ladies

With plans already underway for Shanes ladies return visit to China in 2019 with Confucius Institute, we were delighted to welcome Priya Bhasin to our training session on Thursday night. Priya, who plays and coaches with Shanghai Ladies GAA, met and trained with the players and spoke of the rapidly growing popularity of Gaelic games in China. We wish Priya a safe journey back to Shanghai on Saturday and look forward to meeting all the Shanghai club members next year. Training for the senior minor ladies continues this week on Tuesday and Thursday evening at 7.00pm.

U16 Girls

The U16 girls have a game tomorrow night away to Silverbridge at 7.00pm.

U14 Girls

The U14 girls will train on Tuesday and Thursday this coming week from 6.00pm – 7.00pm.

U12s

Saturday a combination of our U12 boys and girls take part in the All County blitz in Mullaghbawn. All the young Shane’s played some great football and really enjoyed the day out.

Shane O’Neill’s senior men – Intermediate League Division 2B Champions
Shane O’Neill’s senior men – Intermediate League Division 2B Champions

U12 Girls

Our U12 girls had a challenge game against Newry Bosco on Sunday morning. Both sets of players put on a great display of football and we would like to thank the Bosco club for the game in what proved to be a good run out for the young Shane’s girls in preparation for their championship semi-final away to Pearse Ógs next Sunday.

Annual Golf Classic

Due to the poor weather last Saturday our annual Golf Classic was postponed but has now been rescheduled for Saturday 1st September in Coverhill Golf Club. The competition will take place in association with the Confucius Institute and will take the form of a 3-Ball Scramble at a price of £75.00 per team. The winners will collect a first prize of a 1 Stay and Play package at the Slieve Russell Hotel.  There is still plenty of time for all would be golfers out there to get involved and anyone wanting to enter a team or get further information please contact Gareth McLoughlin on 0044 781 089 2439.

Annual Minor Ladies 7-Aside Tournament

The club is hosting its annual minor ladies 7-aside tournament on Saturday 22nd September. The tournament is be sponsored by BM Steel with Cup and Shield competitions on the day. Entry fee is £40/€50 and further information please contact 07876 453546 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lotto

Last week’s winning lotto numbers were 12, 21, 26 & 29. There were no jackpot winners and 1 x lucky dip winner. The jackpot now stands at £1,800.

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