Club Notes 25th August 2015

Senior Team –Sunday saw the Seniors beaten by Monaghan Harps in the Senior Football Championship in Truagh. The Harps got to the pace of the game quicker than us and led by five points before Patrick Tavey scored a goal to bring us back into the game, but the Harps regained the initiative with four points before half time to lead by six. The second half saw the Harps continue to keep the scoreboard rolling over and eventually run out comfortable winners on a score line of Faughs 1-4 Harps 1-16. We have now been drawn to play Donaghmoyne in the back door next Sunday at 1.30pm in Clontibret. Can we ask that another large Blayney support travels to O’Neill Park to cheer on the boys.

Operation TransFAUGHSmation – We had a great crowd for registration of the firth year of Operation TransFAUGHSmation last Tuesday evening. The programme will start on Tuesday 8th of September when we have our information night, which will be in a different format from previous years, with each participant able to talk directly to each of the instructors on a one to one bases, at their individual information stand. We look forward to seeing a full crowd on the 8th and again at the Black Island for the walk on Friday 11th at 6.30pm for the first activity which will be a walk around the back island. Remember our motto…”a fun way to a healthier lifestyle”

Boys Under 10 – The boys travelled to Cloghan last Saturday morning to play in the All County Go Games. We entered two teams and both teams did really well. Training will continue this week, and we will text all the parents to keep them updated.

Girls Under 12 – Theses young ladies are worth coming out to watch as yet again this week they emerged with a one point victory over a very good Truagh team. The girls had to battle hard and when the Truagh girls scored a vital goal mid-way through the second half the Faughs Girls responded with a brilliant flowing move down the pitch, which was finished to the net in great style. In the nail biting final few minutes, these young girls showed what they were made off, with a very impressive display of defending, blocking, tackling and high fielding to keep their noses just in front to win. We are now away to Carrick next Sunday 30th of August with a throw in time of 11.30am followed by a game against O’Neill Shamrocks, the date and time to be confirmed.

Boys Under 14 – It was a good week for both under fourteen squads, with wins for both on Saturday. The development team were first up when they played Clontibret, this was the boys last game of the season and in fairness they put in a great performance with a good win. These young lads have had a difficult year with wins proving difficult to come by, but they are a group of young boys who can play and while they are small in size currently, they have a ton of skill and guts which will be nurtured over the next few years. Final Score, Faughs 2-14 Clontibret 0-08. Well done Boys. The Under 14 Senior team had a home game against Scotstown directly after the development team. This again was another must win game in order to progress to the Semi Final of the Mason Cup. Two goals late in the second half set us up for a win, but a big improvement will be required if we are to defeat Monaghan Harps in the Semi Final. Final Score Faughs 4-11 Scotstown 2-7. The date of the Semi Final is confirmed as Thursday 3rd of September with a throw in time of 18.45hrs.

Girls Under 14 – Our U14 Girls have their first Championship Match of the Season coming up. They travel to Tyholland this Friday night with a throw in time of 6p.m. Best of luck girls. All support would be greatly appreciated.

Boys Under 16 – The Under 16 team played their Championship Final last Thursday night when they faced Corduff in Drumhown. For alot of this team, they were playing in a Championship Final for the first time and as one would expect the first ten minutes or so players showed some nerves, then a Mark Hughes goal seemed to settle the Faughs. A further four points from Craig Callan and a great team goal finished off by Captain Joshua Walsh, saw the Faughs go into the break with a good lead of Faughs 3-8 Corduff 1-4. The second half was a more tense affair as the Faughs defended well against the breeze with some great work being done by Colin Merrick, Gavin Kelly and Ryan Mc Kieran. Keeping Corduff at bay was Joshua Walsh, and second half subs Joshua Mone and David Irwin. The Faughs scoreboard kept ticking over, then a Mone goal at the end sealed victory for the Faughs. Final Score Faughs 4-12 Corduff 1-9. On the night Cian O’Connor played well between the posts with great accuracy with his kick outs, the defenders of Ryan McKieran, Colin Merrick and Gavin Kelly were strong throughout and were ably supported by the introduction of Declan Hughes. The Faughs battled well in the middle with Stephen Beattie showing that he has potential to be a great future Faughs midfielder while Craig Callan put in a great shift with his free taking proving vital. Up front, team Captain Joshua Walsh showed great skill all night and was very effective throughout, he was well supported by the hard working Jack Callan, while Mark Hughes showed again his great potential with a personal tally of 1-3 during the game. Fresh legs up front are always a huge benefit when you are playing nine aside and the introduction of David Irwin and Joshua Mone added both speed and skill to make sure that we kept the scoreboard ticking over. The win was a panel effort with the following be part of the team on the journey, Kealan McKernan, Robbie Hanratty, Eoghan Casey, Niall Carville, Joseph Hughes, Francis Mc Geough, Niall Carville and Max Rodgers. Well done to the Management Team of Tom Miller, Eoghan Mc Tiernan and Mark Kelly. They have put in a great effort for the last few years and deserve a lot of credit for their work with these boys. Next up is a league Semi Final against Cremartin which takes place this Thursday in St Mary’s Park with a throw in time of 18.45hrs, extra time if required. Well Done lads

Girls Under 16 – Our U16 Girls played St. Bridget’s last Thursday night in a nerve wrecking semi-final. The girls started the first half brightly with some great scores and were two points ahead at half time. St. Bridget’s came out fighting in the second half and scored a goal in the early minutes, leaving them one point ahead. Our girls continued to work the ball patiently and never gave up and with the game entering the last few minutes the Faughs were down by two points. A determined Sally Maloney worked the ball tirelessly down the field and when ready to strike for a goal she was fouled and we were awarded a penalty. Up stepped Aoibhin Fitzsimmons to coolly slot home the kick giving the girl’s a great one point victory. These girls work seamlessly as a team from defence through to midfield and forwards and they all fought so hard right to the final whistle to deserve their win. This is a fantastic achievement for the girls in their first year as an established U16 team and they now meet Doohamlet in the Final. Date and time to be confirmed.

Minor Girls – Our Minor Girls travel to Inniskeen on Monday next the 31st August 2015 with a throw in time of 6.45p.m. All support would be greatly appreciated.

Well Done – This week’s well done goes to all our Juvenile Teams who all won this week, in particular our Under 16’s who won the Division Three Championship. Also well done this week to Sally Maloney from the Girls Under 14 team and Under 16 Team, who won the All Ireland Gymnastics Under 15 Title in the Community Games. The final well done goes to Brandon Rice who made a very welcome return to St. Mary’s Park this week to watch both the Girls and Boys Under 16 teams. Great to see Brandon out and about after his recent accident.