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A Great Start to the 2015 League for Fullen Gaels

posted 9 Jun 2015, 13:54 by Fullen Gaels

A great win on the first outing of the year for Fullen Gaels Camogie! Camogie League Semi-final, Birmingham 6th June 2015. Fullen Gaels 2.4 - 1.3 Croydon.

After an opening few weeks of walk-overs and cancelled games, the ladies faced their first game of the year at the league semi-final in Birmingham on Saturday 6th June. A mixture of excitement and nerves of the unknown was felt before the game to see how this season’s first encounter with Croydon would go.

After a tentative start from both sides testing the water, getting a feel for the game, Croydon opened the scoring with a point. Fullen Gaels pressed forward well and created some great chances but it took a free from Capt Karen O'Leary to steady the ship. The Gaels' defence worked tirelessly to keep a strong Croydon side out with Rose McCarthy and Una Haren holding firm in the full back line, helped out by midfielders Karen O'Leary and Fiona Courtney.

As the team got to grips with the game, half forwards Jackie O’Rourke and Aileen Hallahan won a lot of ball and frees to keep the pressure on Croydon with Karen O’Leary on hand to put the ball over the bar. This was soon matched by another Croydon score however. More chances were created with full forwards Ann-Marie Hennessy and Danielle Wright winning ball and linking well with the other forwards whilst under pressure from a tough Croydon back line. Half time the sides were level at 2 points apiece.

The second half began better for Croydon who picked up a goal which Fiona Hynes was unlucky to keep out after a long ball found its way to the net. Shortly after, Fullen Gaels answered back when the forward line combined well and Jackie O’Rourke finished with a ground stroke into the net.

The whole team battled well for each other, there were some excellent clearances from the defence by Ciara Daly, Linda Coughlan and Cailin Haughian. More frees followed from both sides which had the score line at 1.3 to 1.4 with a few minutes left on the clock. A high ball from Karen and some goal mouth distraction by Ann-Marie Hennessy saw the ball find the Croydon net again! Fullen Gaels were unlucky not to add another goal when Saoirse McWalters (on for Laura Deacon) pulled on a breaking ball which narrowly went wide at the end.

A great win and an even greater team performance by Fullen Gaels Camogie! A big thank you to the lads for travelling to support us and to our coaches Conall Maskey and Vincent Morrissey. We look forward to the league final next Saturday 13th June Vs John Mitchels @ 12pm in Pairc Na hEireann.

Championship Semi-Final v Croydon

posted 5 Oct 2014, 03:25 by Fullen Gaels   [ updated 5 Oct 2014, 03:30 ]

A repeat of the same fixture last year, this semi final saw much changes on both teams from the 2013 meeting.

After a 200 mile journey, Fullen Gaels took the field in only they're 4th game of the year and 3rd against Croydon.
The London team opened the scoring with a point by Anne Brown however minutes later Fullen Gaels opened the Croydon defence through great approach play from midfield and the full forward line resulting in a goal from Ann-Marie Hennessy. Croydon came back strong and full forward Danielle O'Sullivan scored a goal and point and then a further two points were tagged on. There were no scores for the next 10 minutes with both teams defending well. Following a tactical switch from the Fullen Gaels management, Fullen goals scored two excellent goals, both scored by the hard working Clare Commane now at full forward. Croydon picked up another point in reply and then a goal just before half time saw the sides Croydon 3.5 to Fullen Gaels' 3.1.

Commane opened the second half account for Fullen Gaels and on 35 minutes a long ball in from Áine Brislane found the back of the Croydon net to level the game. Croydon answered with a goal and and point to move back ahead. Sarah-Ann Smyth then got on the scoring sheet with a low shot which crept over the bar. Croydon again answered with a point from distance but the Fullen Gaels defence was preventing any clear opportunities with a strong display at full and centre back by Linda Coughlan and Karen O'Leary. Croydon sub Niamh Kehoe managed to scramble a ball over the line following a period of heavy pressure and repeated blocks and challenges from the Gaels defence. This goal then lifted the Fullen Gaels players and with Ciara Walsh and Aileen Gallagher constantly running directly at the Croydon defence and eventually ended up with a low ground stroke by Aileen Hallihan finding the bottom corner. 

The last ten minutes saw some brave defending from both teams trying to land more goals but both defences stood firm with some hard work by Fullen Gaels' Rose McCarthy and Ciara Daly getting in some crucial blocks and clearances. The long journey and hot September sun was now taking it's toll on the Fullen Gaels team who were unable to pick up any more scores. Croydon tagged on one final point from distance to finish the game Croydon 5.9 to Fullen Gaels 5.3.

This Fullen Gaels team displayed some excellent heart and determination in this game and can walk away with heads held high at they're performance. They will surely back with a hunger again next year to challenge for the title. 

Fullen Gaels would also like to wish stalwart camogier Ciara Walsh the best of luck on her travels and thank her for her hard work for the club over the last number of years.

Fullen Gaels
1. Mairead Ni Chonaglaigh 2. Rose Mc Carthy 3. Linda Coughlan 4. Maura Cunningham 5. Ciara Daly 6. Karen O'Leary 7. Mairead O'Sullivan 8. Ciara Walsh 9. Áine Brislane (1.0) 10. Louise Dunne 11. Clare Commane (2.1) 12. Aileen Gallagher 13. Ann-Marie Hennessy (1.0) 14. Sarah-Ann Smyth (0.1) 15. Aileen Hallihan (1.0) 16. Sinead Donoghue (replaced 7) 17. Danielle Wright (replaced 15) 18. Edel Barrett (replaced 13

Championship Match Vs Croydon 2014

posted 1 Sept 2014, 13:28 by Fullen Gaels

On 30th August 2014, Fullen Gaels Camogie team met Croydon Camogie on the pitch in Pairc na hEireann, Birmingham for the second round of the Senior Championship.  Croydon started the game with a goal after three minutes when Michaela Murtagh sent in a ball to Danielle O’Sullivan who put the ball in the back of the net.  Fullen Gaels responded with a great delivery from Karen O'Leary to Aine Brislane who also found the back of the net. Croydon responded with a goal from play from Caoilinn Ni Neill.  Fullen Gaels struck next with a goal from their centre forward, Clare Commane. Croydon responded with a point from Maeve McEnery.  Fullen Gaels player, Helen O’Mahony, suffered an ankle injury in the first half, leaving the team with 14 players on the pitch.  Despite Fullen Gaels playing down a player, the first half was a close matchup, with a score of 2-0 to 2-1 at half time.

Croydon quickly found their feet in the second half, with two points from Ni Neill putting Croydon in the lead. Fullen Gaels did have some scoring chances in the second half but were unlucky to see some strong shots go wide.  Croydon finished the game with a goal from a free from Ni Neill, a point from McEnery and another goal from O’Sullivan.  Final score was Croydon 5-5, Fullen Gaels 2-0.

All players displayed a huge amount of effort and teamwork and despite the score it was a great game to play and watch.

Camogie Tournament 2013

posted 12 Mar 2013, 08:47 by Fullen Gaels   [ updated 12 Mar 2013, 08:47 ]

Fullen Gaels Camogie Team met Tara in the final in their first outing of 2013.Fullen Gaels Sinéad Boyle, Karen O'Leary and Ciara Walsh covered most of the pitch working hard and making life difficult for Tara's midfield. At the end of the first half Tara had managed to keep Fullen Gaels tally down to one point following two saves inside the square. Tara's defense showed an unwillingness to back down; Margie O'Connor and Joni Traynor made some crucial clearances to send the ball back up the pitch and out of danger. As the second half started the light was fast fading and the playing conditions increasingly more difficult. Tara started the second half well with Angela Kenneally, Fiona Morrisey and Elaine Burke all scoring points from play. Fullen Gaels goalie Ciara Healy was impressive and upset the Tara forward line by stopping all other attempts at her goal line. Fullen Gaels came back in the last quarter and ruined Dearbháil O'Neill's clean sheet in goal by putting two goals past her in the space of 5 minutes; the first coming off a controversial 45 and the second was quick thinking from Fullen Gael's Una Haren. Tara however managed to hold onto their lead and their efforts in the first half paid off with a final score of Tara 3-6 and Fullen Gaels 2-1.Fullen Gaels did not leave empty handed, Sinéad Boyle was named player of the tournament by Rita O'Hanlon Wright and Etty Kelly London Camogie President.

Match Report adapted from Hogan Stand Uk.

Croydon 2-04, Fullen Gaels 1-05

posted 11 Oct 2012, 08:31 by Fullen Gaels   [ updated 11 Oct 2012, 08:36 ]

Match report from The Irish Post on September 15th 2012 for the London Senior Camogie Championship semi-final on September 8th 2012.

Tara 3-07, Fullen Gaels 1-04

posted 3 Jul 2012, 07:10 by Fullen Gaels   [ updated 3 Jul 2012, 07:10 ]

Fullen Gaels take on Tara Camogs

Tara 3-07, Fullen Gaels 1-04

It was a tale of two halves as Fullen Gaels of Manchester took on Tara Camogie of London last Saturday at Parc na hÉireann, Birmingham in their first match of the championship.

Both clubs knew it would be a hotly contested match as they were largely level pegging during their last meeting in the league only for Tara's to come out on top only a point to the good.

Fullen Gaels stormed the field in the first half matching the gale force winds swirling the pitch. Playing like they had a point to prove, Sinead Boyle and Sarah Wright in midfield were winning all the puck outs and breaking ball. Using their right wing, the sliotar was kept largely in the Tara half putting Tara's backs of Sheila Fernandes, Ann Gleeson, Helen Murphy and Susi Gill under immense pressure.

Ciara Healy was the Fullen Gaels danger woman and quickly had a tally of three points to her name. With two disputed penalty calls given in her favour she added a goal to the Fullen Gaels score with Tara’s goal keeper extraordinaire Gilligan saving one by punching a rasping shot out to her right wing.

Feeling hard done by, Tara’s were not going to go down without a fight but the wind was against them and their shots were being fired wide despite the efforts of Elaine Burke, Joanne Hamilton, and Janine Heagney. Fullen Gaels full back Sheila O'Sullivan was clearing up any low balls and scrambled a shot from Tina Enright away from goal. A chop on Tara’s Elaine Burke in midfield and a much needed free was given in Tara's favour. Approaching half time and with no score on the board, Burke was determined to take advantage of it. Dropping the ball into the square Tara’s Angela Kenneally rattled the back of the net and the first half finished 1-03 to 1-00 in Fullen Gaels favour.

The second half was like watching a different match altogether and Tara’s showed exactly why they are three-in-a-row in a row County Champions and last year’s All Ireland finalists.

Meabh Brennan, Orla Callanan and Angela Kenneally controlled midfield. With the wind at their backs and with Fullen Gaels puck outs dropping short in the wind the second half was largely played in the Fullen Gaels half. Picking up a breaking ball from the puck out Elaine Burke fired over a point quickly followed by a goal from Tara’s Dearbhail O’Neill.

The tide had turned and Tara’s were now pointing from all sides of the park with an Orla Callanan shot from the left wing and an Angela Kenneally shot from the right wing both hitting the target. The only respite for the Fullen Gaels half backs came when Anne Marie Ceitinn picked up the sliotar in the half back line and a succession of hand passes in to midfield of Rachel O'Farrell, Ciara Walsh and Sinead Boyle followed by a swift pass to Ciara Healy saw her shot sail over the bar.

It was to be the only real action in the Tara half. The Tara’s were running riot and Joanne Hamilton, Angela Kenneally and Elaine Burke were seeing all of the sliotar and the score line reflected this with Burke adding a further goal and three points to her tally and Kenneally firing the last point of the day over the bar to finish the match out 3-07 to 1-04 in Tara’s favour.


Fullen Gaels
SarahAnne Smyth, Rosemarie McCarthy, Sheila O'Sullivan, Anne Marie Keating, Fiona Courtney, Karen O'Leary, Rachel O'Farrell, Ciara Walsh, Sinead Boyle, Sarah Wright, Maria Clarke, Sinead Conway, Laura Masterson, Ciara Healy, Laura Deacon. Subs: Caroline McKay, Ingrid Kieran, Ursula Conway, Caroline McKeeney

Denise Gilligan, Susi Gill, Ann Gleeson, Sheila Fernandes, Catherine Higgins, Helen Murphy, Niamh Keating, Orla Callanan, Meabh Brennan, Angela Kenneally, Joanne Hamilton, Dearbhail O’Neill, Janine Heagney, Elaine Burke, Tina Enright. Subs: Eilish Malone, Janine O’Gorman.


Match report from Hogan Stand UK

Fullen Gaels 3-08, Fr Murphys 1-02

posted 3 Jul 2012, 07:00 by Fullen Gaels   [ updated 3 Jul 2012, 07:15 ]

Fullen Gaels opened their Senior Camogie Championship campaign with a 3-08 to 1-02 win against Fr.Murphys at Pairc na hEireann on Saturday last, 16th June.

It was a real battle with scores hard to come by early on and both teams fighting for everything. Gradually the Fullen Gaels girls gained the upper hand, reaching the half way mark with a 3-06 to 0-02 scoreline. The second half was a different story, with Fullen Gaels only scoring 2 points to Fr.Murphys late goal. Overall it was a great team performance and the girls now face Croydon on Saturday next 23rd June in the Senior Camogie  League. Well done Ladies, hopefully it's the first of many victories for this team!

Fullen Gaels: Stephanie McEniry, Rose McCarthy, Sheila O Sullivan, AnneMarie Keating, Fiona Courtney, Karen O’Leary, Rachel O'Farrell  Sinead Boyle, Ciara Walsh, Sinead Conway, Maria Clarke, Sarah Wright, Ursula Conway, Ciara Healy, Laura Deacon, SarahAnne Smyth, Una Haren, Laura Masterson, Ciara Daly, Clare McGowan, Seana Donaghy, Kit Gallagher, Caroline McKeeney.

Tara 2-09, Fullen Gaels 2-08

posted 21 May 2012, 07:52 by Fullen Gaels   [ updated 3 Jul 2012, 07:08 ]

Hard fought win for Tara
Tara Camogie, London, got their defence of the league title off to a hard fought win last Sunday against Fullen Gaels in Birmingham.
It was nip and tuck for the first fifteen minutes with a lot of ground hurling in the middle of the park. Tara’s Niamh Dolan was the first to open the scoring with a fine strike over the bar but it was quickly cancelled out at the other end by Fullen Gaels.

Lightning quick in attack and using the right wing with great effect Fullen Gaels were showing they mean business as new entries to the London league. Tara’s half backs of Dearbhail O'Neill and Niamh Keating were up for the challenge however and made some superb clearances. 

Tara’s Helen Murphy and Meabh Brennan were working like trojans in centre field. A Fullen Gaels free from the 45 dropped short and Tara’s Susi Gill cleared only for it to be caught by the Fullen Gaels forwards and sailed into the top corner of Tara’s goal.

Tara’s lifted their heads and dug deep. Goalie Denise Gilligan’s long range puck outs were finding the half forward line and Sheila Fernandes' strikes across field to Elaine Burke added three points in quick succession. Working well again together Burke's strike on goal was deflected off Fernandes' hurl into the Fullen Gaels' net. 

Coming close to half time Fullen Gaels upped the tempo again and shot over the bar. More shots followed but the majority were dropping short for goalie Gilligan and right back Susi Gill to catch them square in front of goal and clear them out to the wings. Tara’s Joanne Hamilton plucked one clearance from the air and a quick strike over the bar saw the sides close out the half 1-05 to 1-02 in Tara's favour.

Tara’s started the second half like they had a point to prove. Quick movement by forwards Tina Enright and Eilish Malone moved the sliotar into Elaine Burke who sailed three points over the bar in quick succession.

Fullen Gaels seemed to see red and the back line of Rose McCarthy Sheila O'Sullivan and Ingrid Kieran put up a blanket defence for the rest of the half. An excellent display of hand passing followed as the sliotar was worked through to Fiona Courtney Karen O Leary and Sinead Boyle expertly. 

Tara’s defence of Bid Grennan and Ann Gleeson were working well under pressure to prevent Fullen Gaels passing the 45 mark. They say the best teams score the most points and when six unanswered long range points followed it was clear it was going to be a race to the finish. 

The momentum was in Fullen Gaels favour and when another shot fell short skidding across the top of Taras Michelle Adairs Hurl, Fullen Gaels Ursula Conway pounced on it and drew the side’s level with a goal. With only five minutes to go and it was clear that the next score could be the winner.

Gilligan again sent a long puck out to Helen Murphy who rounded her marker and her solo run took her the length of the Fullen Gaels half. A pass to Elaine Burke saw Fullen Gaels goalie Stephanie McEniry make a fine block, one of many she made during the match. The rebounding shot however found Tara’s Sheila Fernandes. Picking up the sliotar from Fernandes in centre field Tara’s Joanne Hamilton shot over the bar to break the deadlock with the final score 2-09 to 2-08 in Tara’s favour. 

Tara Camogie
Denise Gilligan, Susi Gill, Ann Gleeson, Michelle Adair, Niamh Keating, Bid Grennan, Dearbhail O’Neill, Helen Murphy, Meabh Brennan, Sheila Fernandes, Joanne Hamilton, Niamh Dolan, Eilish Malone, Elaine Burke, Tina Enright, Janine O’Gorman. 

Fullen Gaels
Stephanie McEniry, Rose McCarthy, Sheila O Sullivan, Ingrid Kieran, Fiona Courtney, Karen O’Leary, Courtney Linden, Sinead Boyle, Ciara Walsh, Laura Masterson, Ciara Healy, Rachel O’Farrell, Geraldine Connolly, Sinead Conway, Ursula Conway, Una Haren, Sinead Dillon, Laura Deacon.
Match report from Hogan Stand UK

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