Weekly notes – April 15

April 15, 2015 at 10:32 am

Steelstown brush off Lissan’s physical challenge

Brian Devine
Steelstown 1-16
Lissan 0-12
It’s a cliche by now but they would’ve lost a game like this many moons ago.
Lissan came to Ballyarnett on Sunday with a tactic. Shake up the new boys. Rattle the newly relegated side. Get in their faces, make it tight, make it tough. The tactic didn’t work.
Whilst the Óg’s proved four years ago that they could withstand that sort of scrutiny as they made their way to the top of Division Two en route to promotion, they spent the last three seasons growing. Maturing.
So when the south Derry outfit came up the road for the first league game of the season, the city men weren’t rocked by their physical imposition. Instead, they nearly thrived off it.
Men like Darren McDaid commanding the centre for the hosts wouldn’t back down from that sort of challenge. Seb Crudden, making his first league start for the side, isn’t shy of dishing out a hefty challenge. Scattered throughout the team now, from the brick wall-like Liam Heffernan, the stronger Mickey McKinney, the no-nonsense Brian Devine and Mark Foley inside who’s just crying out for that sort of shoulder-to-shoulder contact, Steelstown have men ready to stand up to the fight.
And they blew their visitors away early doors with Foley chipping away at the score board and McKinney and Neil Forester’s deep running proving too much to handle.
Lissan rallied before the break though and, with the wind, brought it back to just 0-7 to 0-6 at half time.
Gary Duffy’s men didn’t panic and came out in the second period with cool heads. Driven on by two absolute beauties off the right boot of Brian Devine, the blue jerseys began to work through the gears until Gareth Logue burned a hole in the net and Steelstown cruised home, unshaken.
It’s been a good couple of weeks for the squad who have accrued a James O’Hagan Cup title and their first league win of the season.
They head for Drumsurn away on Sunday for what will be a similar battle.
The reserves meanwhile ran up a frightening scoreline earlier in the day, seeing off Lissan 10-25 to 0-3 in a free-scoring display.
U16s get season off to winning start
U16 squad who beat Dungiven
The U16 squad got their league campaign off to a fine start, beating Dungiven in Dungiven to overcome their first challenge of the season.
In a solid team performance, the Óg’s led by 5-5 to 4-3 at half time and, although they had to withstand strong Dungiven pressure at the finish, they managed to hold out and win on a scoreline of 8-9 to 7-5.
It was a fantastic result but the boys know that there will be tougher challenges coming their way.
The squad entertain a good Lavey outfit tonight at 7pm at Páirc Brid but are still without the services of Cathal Roarty who is recovering from a hand injury and now influential midfielder Conor McGuire.
Everyone at the club would like to wish Conor a speedy recovery after he was treated for viral meningitis. Get well soon, Conor.
U14 Girls
U14 Girls
Well done our U14 girls who won their Round 2 League match away against Glen with a final score of 3-2 Glen to 4-13 Steelstown.
The Ógs completed another fine display of teamwork from defence through attack. Goals from Aoife Collins, Catherine McGuigan, Leah McGonagle (2 converted penalties) were complimented by points from Leah (6), Aoife (3), Niamh Friel (2), Maeve Mooney and Evie Doherty (actually Evie’s shot dropped into the goal and was unfortunately recorded as a point).
A penalty save from Catherine prevented some additional blushes at the end of the match. 
U14 Boys
U14 Boys Training resumes fully this week with the league starting in 4 weeks time.
Training will be at the club on Wednesday night 7:00pm – 8:15pm & Saturday 10:00am – 11:30am.
Please ensure to have your own water and a post training snack.
U12 Boys
The U12 Boys enjoyed a successful Go Games Blitz at home on Saturday. The A team won all of their games defeating Swatragh, Slaughtneil & Dungiven, saving their best performance for the final game against a hitherto unbeaten Dungiven team.
A solid midfield platform was provided by the dominance of Donncha Gilmore & Finn O’Donnell and with a good supply of ball, Shane Hughes and Callum Deery gave the Dungiven defence a very uncomfortable time. After an opening score by Callum Deery, slick interplay led to spectacular goals from Callum Deery & Donncha Gilmore, which was added to by a Shane Hughes point, and when the same player lobbed the goalkeeper, following a great turnover by Deery, the young Ógs were comfortably ahead at half-time. Dungiven mounted a spirited second half comback, but resolute defending by the outstanding Oisin Duffy, Aidan McLaughlin and Khyat Bhavsar, on his home debut, largely kept the visitors attack at bay. Another 2-1 from Shane Hughes and a pointed free by Callum Deery saw Steelstown run out comfortable winners on a scoreline of 5-4 to 4-2.
The Development team competed very well in all of their games, scoring freely while defending realy well. The performance of these young players, many of whom can still play U10 is a great sign of encouragement.
Under 10s Training resumes at the club pitch 6.15PM sharp on Wednesday evening. Please dress accordingly and bring own water-bottle.
Note that mid-week training costs £1 per player, and weekend training costs £2 per player or £3 for 2 family members.
Any player who is not registered with the club should do so.
(Family membership is £60.00 which can be paid by 12 X £5.00 direct debits or £10 single membership per child.)
Forms are available from Don O’Donnell at training sessions.
Gutsy performances all round from Steelstown’s two U10 teams in our first Go Games Blitz of the year at Dugiven at the weekend.
Both teams gave their all and put in fantastic efforts against some very strong opposition in Dungiven & Glen Maghera. Well done from all the coaches, we’re very proud of every one of you!

Bag Pack

Another amazing team effort by Steelstown volunteers.
We had our experienced bag packers supported by our new volunteers who joined our team, new to the cause were Victoria & Cara O’Neill, Fiona McCauley, Jane McIntyre, Aoife Walker, Monica & Aine Nelis, Niamh Rankin, Orla Nelis, Mark & Conor Rabbett, Kevin, Emily & Eevie Hilton, Anthony & Jack Breslin, Dearbhla, Maeve & Niall Mooney.
This is a perfect example of how our club is strengthened and is continuously evolving with new help and new volunteers.
The total raised at the B&M bag pack by our helpful and friendly  bag packers was £529 & €7.