First Year Football

Aodan Connaughton & Diarmaid Claffey

First year football commenced on the second Wednesday we started back to school under the watchful eye of Mr Michael Tully and Godfrey Gibbons. We trained consistently every Wednesday without fail (except the cold December & early January) with an average of about 20 players at training. These 22 training sessions helped us to build a bond with our new team mates. Early in September Colin Cotton was appointed captain.

Our first match of the year was a challenge match against Athlone Community School at home. This was a goal feast at a windswept Garbally, we scored five goals in the first half through Paul Regan, Leon Glynn, Eoghan Costello and Colin Cotton. However we conceded some soft scores in the second half and lost by two points in the end. There were encouraging performances from Cathal Goode, Karl Fehily, Liam Donagh and Darren Kenny.

We started our league campaign at home to Holy Rosary College, Mountbellew. After a slow first half we regrouped at half time and put in a mammoth second half performance. The lead changed hands three times in the last five minutes and we lost by a point to an injury time free. Good performances that day were from Aodan Connaughton, Jason Mannion, Eoin Gavin & Eoin Galvin. Our second match of the league was away to St. Joseph’s College, Galway in St. Michael’s Pitch. After a bright start we lost to a very strong side. This meant we didn’t progress to the knockout stage of the league.

Our preparation for the championship commenced in mid January and two challenge matches against Athlone Community College helped build confidence in out team. We won both those challenge matches (one away and one home) with some fine performances from Jack Kelly, Rory Barrett, Diarmaid Claffey and Kelvin Kelly. We also competed in the first year blitz organised by Roscommon county board, this blitz was held in Kilbride where we had two teams entered.

The championship kicked off to a great start in early March with a comprehensive win over Calascantus College, Oranmore.  On a glorious day in the new Kilnadeema pitch we scored eight goals with Colin Cotton, Diarmaid Claffey and Micheal O’Neill playing well. This win put us into the Connaught Colleges quarter final against St Attracta’s College, Sligo in Castlerea. St. Attracta’s proved too strong for us on the day and we lost on a scoreline of 3-12 to 0-11. Best for Garbally on the day was Daniel Glynn, Eoin Gavin and Aidan Grenham.

We would like to thank Mr Tully and Godfrey Gibbons & Mike Malone for training us every Wednesday. In total we had 22 training sessions, 3 challenge matches, 2 league matches, 2 championship matches and a football blitz.

Back row:  P. Regan, E. Costello, D. Curley, C. Goode, M. O’Neill, C. Cogavin, L Donagh, R. Barrett, D. Hyland, F. Parsons

Front row:  K. Kelly, J. Kenny, L. Glynn, A. Barrett, J. Kelly, E. Galvin, E. Gavin,

C. Cotton, D. Claffey

Seated:  A. Connaughton, E. Quinn