First half goals prove decisive in Willies win

posted 24 Sep 2018, 03:02 by bornacoola leitrim

Junior B Championship

Bornacoola 1-9 Aughawillan 2-13

The Juniors bowed out of the championship on Saturday last when Aughawillan proved the superior team in the county semi-final in Ballinamore. 

The early exchanges pointed to a close encounter, but two goals in the ten minute period leading up to half time gave the Willies a comfortable 2-7 to 0-4 half time lead. The Bors woes were added to as they were reduced to 14 men for the entirety of the 2nd half. 

However an early Brian Conroy goal in the second period, brought the Bors back into contention and at one stage, the lead had been reduced to just three points. 

However, the Willies rallied in the closing stages and added a couple of crucial scores to seal a 7 point victory – 2-13 to 1-9. 

Team was Conor Hackett, Tony Shanley, Conor Mc Cauley, Luke Jones, Gearoid Mulligan, Mervyn Howard, Robert O Beirne, Michael Duignan, Anthony Mulligan (0-2), Noel Mc Enroe, Shane Conroy, Roy Keenan, Jonathan Duffy (0-1), Brian Conroy (1-5) and Liam Jones (0-1). Subs used were Mark Mc Closkey, Ciaran Campbell, Kevin Shanley and John Shanley. 

Our thanks to manager Brian Mallon and to Aidan Reilly for their work with this team all year. 

 

Slow start costs Bors in Relegation Semi

posted 17 Sep 2018, 06:36 by bornacoola leitrim

Senior Championship - Relegation Semi Final

Bornacoola 0-9 Drumreilly 0-13

Drumreilly were the opposition in last Saturday’s Senior Relegation semi-final played in Cloone. 

The Bors got off to a slow start, failing to score for almost 25 minutes - points from Anthony Mulligan and Cian Mallon got us off the board eventually, but trailing by 0-7 to 0-2 at half time we faced an uphill battle in the second half. 

THe introduction of Michael Duignan at half time added to Bor's scoring options and he was responsible for two of the Bor's second half scores but while we did manage to narrow the gap to just three points at one stage in the second half, Drumreilly retained control throughout and were fully deserving of their 0-13 to 0-9 victory. 

We now enter the relegation final where we will play either Aughnasheelin or Dromahair with senior status for 2019 at stake. 

Team on Saturday was Daniel Farrell, Brian Duffy, Gary Mc Closkey, Jason Conroy, Mervyn Howard, Conor Mc Cauley, Damian Mc Guinness, Allan Croghan, Anthony Mulligan (0-4), Philip Howard, Ollie Vaughan, Ronan Mulligan, Brian Conroy (0-1), Sean Mc Keon and Cian Mallon (0-2). Subs used were Michael Duignan (0-2), Liam Jones, Robert O Beirne    

 

Late Kiltubrid surge denies Brave Bors

posted 10 Sep 2018, 04:02 by bornacoola leitrim

Our u12 girls travelled to Aughavas on Friday evening for their shield final against Kiltubrid. Kiltubrid started the match strongly going into a 2-2 to no score lead midway through the first half. 

Our girls started to get to grips with the game however and went in at half time trailing by just 5 points. The Bors came out strongly in the second half and reduced the deficit to 2 points entering the closing minutes. A goal on the stroke of full time put us up by one point but two late Kiltubrid points meant it was not to be our day losing out by a single point. 

However, it was a fantastic performance by our girls who showed great determination and skill thoughout the game, and they should be very proud of their efforts. This group of girls have given us great entertainment throughout the season working hard and improving with each game played . 

Well done to the girls and to Ann Marie Boyle and her management team for their sterling service throughout the year. The team for the Shield final was Emma Donlon, Elana Kilraine, Blanáid Reynolds, Mary Shanley, Orla Hackett, Jolie Lyons, Megan Molloy, Katelyn Boyle, Fiona Mulligan, Rachel Mallon, Eimear Healy, Grace Duignan, Nessa O Riordan and Elly Conboy. 

Melvin win battle of the Gaels

posted 10 Sep 2018, 04:00 by bornacoola leitrim

Minor Championship Final 

Rinn Gaels 1-11 Melvin Gaels 2-11

Rinn Gaels faced Melvin Gaels in the Division 2 Minor Championship Final in Páirc Seán on Saturday last. Having lost by 12 points to the Kinlough side in the round robin stage of the Championship, it was always going to be an uphill battle for the Bornacoola/Gortletteragh amalgamation. 

And so it proved, as despite leading by two points at half time, Melvin Gaels proved the better team in the second half and two goals in that period would ensure their eventual 2-11 to 1-11 victory. However it was once again a positive campaign for the Rinn Gaels lads and much improvement was evident over the course of the campaign. 

The team in Saturday’s final was Sean O Riordan, Tom Reel, Ciaran Reen, Oisin Niblock, Ciaran Mc Glynn, Odhran Heslin, James Cunningham, Shane Mallon, Ryan Cunningham, Shane Reynolds, Brendan Davis, Jamie Quinn and Ciaran Reynolds while the subs bench included Jake Shields (who was injured for the final), Conor Niblock, James Doyle, Cian Mc Nulty, Brendan Naughton, Mark Reynolds and Nathan Ward. A big well done and thank you to the management team of Kevin Mallon and Mark Duignan  

Mohill turn the tables in Ladies Championship

posted 10 Sep 2018, 03:58 by bornacoola leitrim

Ladies Intermediate Championship

Bornacoola/St Mary's 1-8 Mohill 4-8

 The Ladies' season concluded on Sunday last as they fell at the semi-final stage of the championship in Annaduff with their opponents, Mohill, recording a 4-8 to 1-8 victory. 

Out of the blocks early, Bornacoola/StMarys had 1-1 on the board as a Hannah Farrell goal and a Kelly Howard point had them into their stride. As the half wore on Mohill came more into it and had taken the lead by the end of the first quarter. Aisling Leahy with a pointed free and two Hannah Farrell points from play put our girls back in control. A Mohill purple patch just before the interval which saw them register 2-4 without reply proved to be our girls undoing as the teams entered the break on a scoreline of 1-4 to 3-6. 

A fourth Mohill goal early in the second half left the mountain steeper to climb, but to the girls' credit they fought on gamely despite the odds stacked against them. Three Aisling Leahy points and one from Sarah Reynolds was to be their only reward in this half hour and while the defence worked extremely hard to hold the Mohill attack to 1-2 across this period of play, the winners had done enough to edge the battle and we congratulate them on their win and wish them the very best of luck in the upcoming decider with championship favourites, St Francis. 

While the girls' season has ended we have to compliment them for their overall dedication towards training and matches since last February. They claimed the Division 3 League title in July and have made great progress in their step up from winning the Junior Championship last year. 

They played eleven competitive matches over the season across the league and championship, winning eight and losing in just three; well done to manager Declan Bohan for his commitment to the team throughout the year also.  On duty on Sunday last were: Kathy Butler, Cora McCauley, Jasmine Maye, Hannah Reynolds, Enya Guckian, Lorraine Guckian, Emily Reynolds, Kasey Bruen, Alison McKeon, Aisling Leahy (0-4). Sara Crowe, Rachel McGarry, Sarah Reynolds (0-1), Kelly Howard (0-1), Hannah Farrell (1-3), Lauren Hackett, Joanne McGushin, Lisa Guckian, Isabelle Chandler, Ellen Woods, Caroline Guckian and Hannah Bird. 



Shay Reynolds RIP - An Appreciation

posted 16 Apr 2018, 04:50 by bornacoola leitrim

It was with great sadness that we learned on Sunday morning of the passing of a true legend of our club, our President Shay Reynolds. Shay was widely known and loved, not just in Cloncolory, Dromod and Bornacoola, but throughout Leitrim and far beyond. 

He was the epitome of the community volunteer and was at the heart of everything positive that took place in the area over the years, from his time as a youth in Mrs Moffatt’s Dromod marching band, to his stage appearances in Cloonturk hall, the wren boys, his work with Dromod Development, Bornacoola Community Development, Cloonmorris Graveyard Committee and the Cloonturk Christmas choir to name but a few. 

Yet it was undoubtedly the GAA that provided his most passionate outlet. Over the years he became synonymous with Bornacoola GAA, but his footballing life actually had its roots with our neighbours Annaduff, with whom he played in the 1960’s while our own club lay dormant. And he played with great success too, starring on the losing side in the 1966 County final against Aughavas. However, there was little doubt that once the Bors reformed in 1973, Shay would cross back over the Eslin River and for the next number of years he starred for the Bors as they reached two Junior Championship finals in 1977 and 1978 (pictured above), unfortunately losing both. Consolation came in the form of a Junior league title in 1976 but when talking with Shay about those years, it was clear that the fun and enjoyment off the field was almost as important as what happened on it and that particular group were widely known for their sportsmanship and ability to enjoy the social as well as the playing side of the game. And Shay of course was always at the heart of the craic! When he retired from playing, he took up refereeing and again gained the respect of his peers when being named Leitrim Referee of the Year in 1980; for spells in both the 1990’s and in the 2000’s, his attention returned to on field matters when he served as a selector with various Bornacoola adult teams.

He was also heavily involved in Scór throughout his life – initially as a participant and later as an administrator when he served in a number of roles, including as Treasurer of the Connacht Scór Committee; indeed he became well known throughout the province in this role and it was a source of great pride to him that all three of his sons – the late Kevin, Cathal and John – participated in Scór and kept the cultural flame burning. His greatest contribution to Bornacoola GAA however came in his fourteen years as Chairman of the club (1989 to 2002), where with his good friends Declan Bohan, as Secretary, and Sean Mc Gowan, as Treasurer, the Club entered a period of growth that saw a plethora of titles secured at underage level and participation levels reach new heights as Bornacoola began to field three adult men’s and an adult ladies team annually (all within just 25 years of reforming from nothing as a club). The Club moved from Junior through Intermediate before finally obtaining senior status again in the Autumn of 1997, something that pleased our then Chairman greatly. To see the Bors, with his son John as part of the panel, reach the County senior finals of 2005 and 2008, was the fulfilment of a dream for Shay that at many points in the journey must have felt a million miles away. An ever present on the sidelines as a supporter, it was always instructive to seek his views in the Railway (or the Copper) after a game and if there was a small Power’s to hand when seeking them, then so much the better! 

His love for Bornacoola was only matched by his pride in his native County. For home games in Páirc Seán he would be on duty as a steward; for away games there was the pre-match pep talk and a little sustenance to be consumed in Jimmy’s (or Cox’s) before loading up with his close friends the late Jimmy O’Connor and TP Cox and pointing the car in the direction of the Hyde or Tuam, Aughrim or Dr Cullen Park. 

There were more bad days than good, but his loyalty and pride never wavered. It was appropriate therefore that he was appointed as Chairman of the Leitrim Supporters Club in 2010 and he – unsurprisingly – excelled in that role too helping to oversee the generation of hundreds of thousands of Euros over the years through the Supporters Club Draw. For many years he was a voice of wisdom and reason at County Committee meetings, and always represented the Bornacoola view fairly but firmly.

Yet even the love and commitment he showed for the local community, for his parish and for his county was overshadowed by the love he bestowed on his best friend and life long companion Mary, and on his sons Kevin, Cathal and John. Kevin’s sudden passing a few years ago, while in his mid-30’s, was an unbelievably cruel burden to bear. The grace and bravery with which they carried their grief typified the character of the Reynolds’ family and through it all, Shay was the rock for all around him. The last month of Shay’s life was spent in Mullingar hospital, surrounded by his family, but for someone who gave so much to so many, who was such a public presence and who was so generous with his time for others, there was something fitting in his last weeks being surrounded by and filled with those who knew and loved him the most. We can but offer our heartfelt sympathies to Mary, Cathal and John, to his son in law Simon, daughter in law Nicola, grandson Kian, granddaughter Laila, sisters Maureen Hanley (Strokestown) and Betty Murray (Greystones) brothers in law, sisters in law, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and many, many friends.

Known all over the County, when news of his death broke on Sunday morning, our Club Facebook page was inundated with messages of sympathy from those who struggled to get their heads around the departure of a man who was simply a colossus in the community. The majority of posts used the word “gentleman” and that was not by accident. He was a friend to so many people, in so many ways a father to our community, and his easy way, generosity of spirit, his ability to tell a great story and that big laugh will never leave the memory. We are comforted by the fact that somewhere in heaven he is sharing a drink with those he loved and who have gone before him, and when he’s called on for a song, the Four Green Fields or the Croppy Boy will surely get an airing. Our loss is their gain. Níl tú imithe uainn a chara dhílis, ach romhainn. Solas na bhfláitheas dá anam uasal. 



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