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TOPIC • 15 February, 2018 SPORT 61 Keena’s brace gives Queens Park the points SCOTTISH LEAGUE DIVISION ONE EAST FIFE 0 QUEENS PARK 2 Former Mullingar Athletic player Aidan Keena made the headlines last weekend when he scored two goals with his new club, Queens Park, to give them all three points from their Scottish League One clash against East Fife last Saturday afternoon. BY PAUL O’DONOVAN Keena, who joined SPL side Hearts last August, was loaned out by the Edinburgh club to Glasgow side Queens Park. But already, young Keena, who this week celebrated his call up to the Irish Under 19 squad for their forthcoming matches, has made his mark with the Glasgow club, scoring three goals in his opening two games. Keena scored on his debut for the club, notching a consolation goal for Queens Park in their 3-1 home defeat against Raith Rovers, but at least Keena had the distinction of scoring at the famous Hampden Park in Glasgow, as that is where Queens Park play their home games. Keena then followed that up with two goals last Saturday as Queens Park visited Fife for the League One clash. Keena scored his first goal after 25 minutes, cutting in from the left wing Aidan Keena is congratulated by his teammates after scoring for Queens Park last Saturday. before sending a neatly placed, slow paced shot into the bottom corner of the net, wrong footing his Mullingar’s Aidan Keena scores the first of his two goals for Queens Park against East Fife last Saturday. opposing goalkeeper. Late on with six minutes remaining, Keena doubled his side’s tally with a superb goal. This time Keena got possession on the right wing and cut inside, sending a dipping, curling shot from outside the box into the far corner of the net, giving the opposing goalkeeper no chance and giving his side a vital 2- 0 win and three vital points, to the delight of his teammates and supporters. The win is vital as Keena’s new club battle against relegation at the bottom of the table, but it is a challenge young Keena certainly looks equal to and his match experience and game time at a new level, and in a new country, will bring his career on dramatically. Keena will be hoping to keep up his goalscoring exploits when Queens Park visit Airdrieonians this Saturday for another Scottish League One tie. ROONEY BACK WITH A BANG REAL SWANS FA SOCCER NOTES Real Swans FA Under 16 team travelled to Portlaoise on Saturday week last. Unfortunately, on what was a very cold day, both sides were left waiting around for an hour as the kick off was delayed. However, it was the Swans who got off to a flying start and scored with what was their first attack of the game. Ciara McManus played a through ball behind the Portlaoise defence into the on running and in-form Kacey Clynes who slotted past the keeper to make it 1- 0. In the early stages of the game, the Swans midfield duo of Nicole Geoghegan and Ciara McManus were in complete control, and this contributed to some fine Swans possession. McManus then changed the pace of the game with some great individual footwork and close control before firing from outside the box to make it 2-0 after just 12 minutes. Soon after, a great delivery from a corner from McManus found the head of Lauren Martin and Lauren nodded home the third to really take control of the game. Nicole Geoghegan then came close after a slick exchange of passes with Eva Kelleghan on the edge of the box, but this time her shot went over the crossbar. Swans looked really good down the right hand side and Aoife Glennon, playing at right back, had an outstanding game and her link up play with Swans captain Alison Bane was fantastic. It was great to see Alison back to a little bit of form, following her recent spell out injured. However, there is still plenty more to come from her. Some combination play from the impressive Zoe Mooney and Kacey Clyne had Portlaoise struggling, and the first half ended with Swans 3-0 up. The introduction of two more attacking players in the form of Katelyn Rooney and Kacey Geoghegan for the second half bode well for the Swans, making it very difficult for a very youthful Portlaoise side. Swans were soon at it again, with McManus and Mooney combining again and creating chances through the middle and out wide. In truth, Real FA Swans were in no mood for letting up. McManus played in the returning Katelyn Rooney on a number of occasions, with Rooney picking up a hattrick and her first goals from open play, following her long lay-off with injury. It is certainly competition for places right now in the attacking end of the Swans squad, with Kacey Clynes continuing her unbelievable form for her new club also grabbing three goals in this contest. Zoe Mooney and the impressive Eva Kelleghan also got on the scoresheet with fantastic goals. The Swans defence was solid also as Grace O’Sullivan, Aoife Glennon, Lauren Martin, Ciara Heffernan and Oonagh Cassidy all did very well. The Swans will face stronger opposition in the coming weeks, which will improve the play of this squad. Player of the match, despite the Swans having two hat-trick scorers in their team, has to go to Aoife Glennon. Her work rate going forward and her link up and combination play was excellent. A big thanks to all the parents and players that travelled to Portlaoise on what was a very cold afternoon. SWANS UNDER 10 The Swans u10 squad were set a tough challenge recently when they were made to split their team in two in order to facilitate playing in this latest edition of the PDP format. In atrocious conditions, our ladies stuck to what they do best and played a very attractive brand of football throughout. With a few girls also starting their first game ever, their performances were a testament to their hard work during the week in training and they will be better for it as the season goes on. A few special mentions must be noted this week. Brooke Clynes continued her impressive run, bagging six goals over two games and Emily McSherry took on a skipper’s role in the second game, helping her new teammates out. As one of the teams competing had to pull out at the last minute, it meant that the Swans needed two goalkeepers. Emily Pierce put her hand up and put her teammates first by offering to go in goal. She epitomised everything that is good about sport and deserves a very special mention. This was another great day for the Swans and the experience gained will help them through the remainder of the season. Well done, girls. NOTICE For any news on the following please contact us through our regular social media, Facebook Real Football Academy. Twitter @WEAR- ERFA or info@realfootballacademy.ie Pictured is the Barrack Street, Mullingar team that won the Cup back in 1985. Back row, from left: Peter Donoghue, Brendan Murray, Dukie Tyrrell, John Smith, John Dinnegan, Cathal Glynn, Ciaran Glynn, Patrick ‘Chap’ Donoghue. Front row, from left: Kevin Smyth, John Corroon, Dermot Browne, Willie Donoghue, Gerry Storey, Joe O’Keefe. There was a memorable success for the Barrack Street soccer team from Mullingar in the local Mullingar Town and District League back in 1985. Managed by ‘Chap’ Donoghue, Barrack Street stormed to victory, and with legendary player Joe O’Keefe in fine form, they were very consistent throughout the campaign. Barrack Street had some great local talented players, including John Dinnegan, Johnny Corroon and Kevin Smyth, but O’Keefe’s arrival from Dublin generated quite a stir in Mullingar and it didn’t win universal approval at the time, but it certainly added greatly to a talented Barrack Street side. Amazingly, Irish legend Paul McGrath almost ended up playing with the Mullingar men - now that would have been some story. O’Keefe signed for Mullingar Town in 1986 and scored against Longford Town. He and teammate Ollie Hegarty later became known as the twin strikers. COMBINED COUNTIES FOOTBALL LEAGUE FIXTURES Saturday February 17 All games at 2.00 unless stated Under 17 Division 1: Mullingar Ath v St Aengus; Gainstown Mullingar; Under 19 Premier Division: Idle Clongowes, Mullingar Ath, Under 19 Division 1: Mountmellick Utd v Kilbeggan; Conor Davis Park Mountmellick; Division 1 Saturday: A soccer blast from the past... Recalling the very successful Barrack Street team of 1985 Camlin Utd v Grange Utd; The Mall Longford; Idle Castlepollard Division 3 Sat: Moate Rangers v Raharney Utd; Granard Community Centre; Sunday February 18 All games at 11.00 unless stated CCFL Womens Shield Preliminary Round: Mullingar Athletic B v Birr Town; 2.00; Gainstown, Mullingar; Senior Division: Birr Town A v Mullingar Town; Frank O'Connell Park, Birr; Tullamore Town v Ballinahown A; Leah Victoria Park, Tullamore; Clonaslee Utd v Mullingar Athletic; Community Centre, Clonaslee; Clara Town A v Rosenallis AFC; Stanley O'Hara Park, Clara; Idle Willow Park, Monksland Utd A Division 1: Horseleap Utd v Gentex; Horseleap Village; Division 2: Kinnegad Juniors v FC Killoe; Lagan Park, Kinnegad; Highfield Utd v Moate Celtic; Burkes Hill, Birr; Women’s Division: Willow Park v Killeigh B; 2.00; Willow Park, Athlone;

62 SPORT TOPIC • 15 February, 2018 ELITE BOXING CLUB NOTES Westmeath GAA Notes Five Elite Boxers reach Leinster finals Group2: Castletown/Geoghegan v Raharney, St. Munnas - Bye. Division 2 - Two groups Group 1: Drumraney, Clonkill, Delvin. Group 2: Castlepollard, Longford, Brownstown. First Round draw Group 1: Clonkill v Delvin, Delvin - Bye. Group 2: Brownstown v Castlepollard, Longford - Bye. U16 Camogie Championship: League system. Two divisions. Format as used in the Camogie U12 2017 competition will apply. No walkovers. Two amalgamations, namely Cullion/Castlepollard and Delvin/St. Munnas, will participate in this competition. Group 1: Castletown/Geoghegan, Clonkill, Cullion/ Castlepollard, Delvin/ St. Munnas, Drumraney, Longford. Group 2: Lough Lene Gaels, Raharney, Crookedwood, Brownstown, St. Oliver Plunketts. First Round draw Group 1: Cullion/Castlepollard v Delvin/St. Munnas, Longford v Drumraney, Clonkill v Castletown/Geoghegan. Group 2: Brownstown v Raharney, Lough Lene Gaels v St. Oliver Plunketts, Crookedwood - Bye. U14 Camogie Championship: League system. Two divisions. Format as used in the Camogie U12 2107 competition will apply. No walkovers. Two amalgamations, namely Cullion/Castlepollard and Delvin/St. Munnas, will participate in this competition. Group 1: Brownstown, Crookedwood, Cullion/Castlepollard, Drumraney, Lough Lene Gaels, Raharney. Group 2: Castletown/Geoghegan, Clonkill, Delvin/St. Munnas, Longford, St. Oliver Plunketts, Wolfe Tones. First Round draw Group 1: Cullion/Castlepollard v Raharney, Brownstown v Lough Lene Gaels, Crookedwood v Drumraney. Group 2: Wolfe Tones v Longford, St. Oliver Plunketts v Delvin/St. Munnas Clonkill v Castletown/Geoghegan. 2018 CLUB CAMOGIE COMPETITIONS At a Westmeath Camogie Board Club delegate meeting, which took place on Tuesday night, February 6th, a draw for a number of 2018 Club Camogie competitions took place: Senior Camogie Championship: League system. One division. First Round draw: Lough Lene Gaels v St. Munnas. Cullion v Raharney. Castletown/Geoghegan v Crookedwood. Clonkill - Bye. CLUB CHILD PROTEC- TION OFFICER Each of Westmeath’s Camogie Clubs should have had a Child Protection Officer in place for 2018, Westmeath Camogie Board Chairman, John Weir, stated at last week’s delegate meeting. Westmeath Camogie Board, Child Protection Officer, Jackie Jackson, at last week’s meeting was informed, will be contacting all clubs to confirm that each club does actually have a Child Protection Officer in place for 2018. ITEMS HELD OVER A number of items discussed at the February 2018 meeting of the Westmeath Camogie Board, will be included in the next Westmeath Camogie Board article that is published in this newspaper. Elite Boxing Club Mullingar entered seven boxers into the Leinster Championships in Athy at the weekend. Oliver Dinnegan and David McDonagh qualified for this weekend’s Leinster Boxing finals. Mohamed Nasir both gave their all on Saturday but bowed out after cracking contests. However Jake Charles, Davy Nevin and David McDonagh all produced top class performances to book their place in next week’s finals, where Craig Farrell and Paddy Nevin have already qualified for their finals. All the boxers are in great form and they will give their all this weekend. Davy Nevin of Elite Boxing Club is delighted to reach the Leinster Boxing finals. Jake Charles of Elite Boxing Club will compete in this week’s Leinster Boxing finals. CASTLETOWN GEOGHEGAN CAMOGIE CLUB NOTES U16 PRESENTATION Congratulations to our U16 girls who were presented their medals for their great win in the championship last year. A great night was had in Mount Druid for the girls and a thanks very much to Adrian and Deirdre Murphy for use of their facilities. CONGRATULATIONS We were represented by a number of girls in various camogie competitions over the weekend. Well done to Emma Flynn and her LIT team reaching the Purcell cup final following win over Garda College. Hard luck to Tara Dennehy and Sligo IT who were beaten In the Fr. Meachair cup semi final Also Niamh Mullarkey and her Loreto teammates on reaching the schools all Ireland final. FOUNDATION COURSE Well done to Triona Durkan, Edel McCormack, Geraldine Cassidy, Mark King and Michelle Carroll Tuite who completed the Foundation coaching course on Saturday. SYMPATHY Condolences to the Flynn family, Adamstown on the death of Jack and to the Cuskelly family, Garthy on the death of Vivian’s father, Philip Lowry. LEINSTER LEAGUE Our senior girls had a bye this weekend but are back in action this weekend against Kilcormac Killoughey. LOUGH LENE GAELS CAMOGIE CLUB 2018 SENIOR CAMOGIE CHAMPIONSHIP Lough Lene Gaels Camogie Club will participate in the 2018 Senior Camogie Club, which will be played on a league system, consisting of one division. Seven clubs will participate in this competition. The seven clubs in question are: Castletown- Geoghegan, Clonkill, Cullion, Crookedwood, Lough Lene Gaels, Raharney and St. Munnas. Lough Lene Gaels has been drawn to play St. Munnas in a first round fixture of this competition. Lough Lene Gaels is scheduled to have home venue in terms of the location, where this fixture will be played. 2018 ALL COUNTY CAMOGIE LEAGUE Lough Lene Gaels Camogie Club will participate in Division 1 of the 2018 All County Camogie League, consisting of two groups. Seven clubs will participate in this competition, with four clubs drawn in Group A and three clubs drawn in Group B. The seven clubs in question are: Castletown-Geoghegan, Crookedwood, Cullion, Lough Lene Gaels, Raharney, St. Bridgids and St. Munnas. Lough Lene Gaels has been drawn in Group A, alongside: Crookedwood, Cullion and St. Brigids. Lough Lene Gaels is scheduled to play Crookedwood in a first round fixture of this competition, to be played at Crookedwood. 2018 U16 CAMOGIE CHAMPIONSHIP Lough Lene Gaels Club will participate in the 2018 U16 Camogie Championship. This competition will be played by using the format that applied to U12 Club Camoige competitions in Westmeath in 2107. Nine clubs and two amalgamations will participate in this competition, which will be played on a league system, consisting of two divisions. Lough Lene Gaels has been drawn in Division 2, alongside: Brownstown, Crookedwood, Raharney and St. Oliver Plunketts. Lough Lene Gaels has been drawn to play St. Oliver Plunketts in a Round 1 fixture of this competition. Lough Lene Gaels is scheduled to have home venue in terms of the location, where this fixture will be played. At last weeks’ delegate meeting of the Westmeath Camogie Board, clubs were informed that those clubs that concede walkovers in the divisional phase of the various U16 Camogie Championship competitions for the 2018 playing season. 2018 U14 CAMOGIE CHAMPIONSHIP Lough Lene Gaels Camogie Club will participate in the 2018 U14 Camogie Championship. This competition will be played by using the format that applied to U12 Club Camogie competitions in Westmeath in 2017. Ten clubs and two amalgamations will participate in this competition, which will be played on a league system, consisting of two divisions. Lough Lene Gaels has been drawn in Division 1, alongside: Brownstown, Cullion/ Castlepollard, Crookedwood, Drumraney and Raharney. Lough Lene Gaels has been drawn to play Brownstown in a Round 1 fixture of this competition. Brownstown is scheduled to have home venue in terms of the location, where this fixture will be played. At last week’s delegate meeting of the Westmeath Camogie Board, clubs were informed that those clubs that concede walkovers in the divisional phase of this competition, will not be allowed to contest the knock out phase of the various U16 Camogie Championship competitions for the 2018 playing season. SINCERE CONDOLENCES Lough Lene Gaels Camogie Club extends its condolences to the Carter family, Glenidan, Collinstown, bereaved on Thursday, February 1st by the death of Mrs Elizabeth Carter, grandmother to sisters Emma, Niamh and Aine Carter, all three of whom have given great service to Lough Lene Gaels Camogie Club in a playing capacity. 2018 LITTLEWOODS NATIONAL CAMOGIE LEAGUE Lough Lene Gaels Camogie Club extends sincere best wishes to its players that are members of the Westmeath panel of players for the 2018 Littlewoods National Camogie League competition. Lough Lene Gaels Camogie Club also congratulates Castletown-Geoghegan Camogie Club player Mairead McCormack on her appointment as Westmeath team captain for the 2018 playing season. Westmeath commences its campaign in this competition next Sunday, February 18th, by playing Down in a Division 2, Group 1 fixture, at a Westmeath venue. 2018 MEMBERSHIP FEES Lough Lene Gaels Camogie Club memebership fees for 2018 are: Adult €50 Youth €25 Mentors/Coaches €3 Social €10 Adult and Youth players are requested to note that the 2018 membership fees in the Adult and Youth categories also included insurance fee payment per player for 2018. RAHARNEY CAMOGIE CLUB NOTES DINNER DANCE Raharney Camogie Club cordially invites all club members, friends and the community to join with them to celebrate the successes of this wonderful club with a Victory Minor and Senior Dinner Dance to take place on Friday, 23 February in the Annebrook House hotel. Tickets will be on sale on Friday, 16 February from 7-8pm in the Tennis Pavilion or can be got from any committee member or by contacting the club phone on 086 3651214. JUVENILE MEDAL PRE- SENTATION The underage medal presentation for U12, U14 and U16’s will take place on Sunday, 18 February in St Mary’s National School Raharney at 5pm. All players and coaches are asked to be there for 4:45pm. Please come and join the club in celebrating the achievements of these wonderful girls and mentors. Light refreshments afterwards. FEILE 2018 Parents / Guardians of this years under 14 Camogie Team please return completed Garda Vetting Forms to any committee member. Any parents who missed last week’s meeting can get the relevant forms required by contacting any committee member or the club phone. REGISTRATION Registration for new and existing members for all teams will take place on Tuesday, 20 February from 7pm to 9pm in the Tennis Pavilion in Raharney. Any new members or anyone thinking of trying camogie are very much welcome to join this exciting and progressive club. WESTMEATH CAMOGIE BOARD 2018 LITTLEWOODS NATIONAL CAMOGIE LEAGUE Westmeath is scheduled to commence its campaign in Division 2 of the 2018 Littlewoods National Camogie League next Sunday, February 18th, by playing Down in a Group 1 fixture, scheduled to be played at a Westmeath venue. Best wishes to the Westmeath panel of players and team management for the 2018 Littlewoods National Camogie League. WESTMEATH 2018 CAPTAIN Best wish to Mairead McCormack, Castletown/Geoghegan, who is the Westmeath team captain for the 2018 playing season. JUNIOR CAMOGIE CAMOGIE CHAMPI- ONSHIP: LEAGUE SYS- TEM. ONE DIVISION. FIRST ROUND DRAW: Drumraney v Delvin. St. Brigids v Longford. Brownstown v Castlepollard. ALL COUNTY CAMOGIE LEAGUE Division 1 - Two groups Group 1: Lough Lene Gaels, St. Brigids, Crookedwood, Cullion. Group 2: St. Munnas, Raharney, Casteltown/Geoghegan. First Round draw Group 1: Cullion v St. Brigids, Crookedwood v Lough Lene Gaels.

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