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Broadford (SOB assist) produced another scintillating display last night in Corofin to bring this incredible bunch of players to another 'A' County final. Broadford were expecting a tough encounter against a Corofin team that finished top of the table after the round stages. The game started with a bang for Broadford when Cian Mulqueen gave the sizeable Broadford and Smith O' Briens supporters something to shout about. A goal up for Broadford inside a minute. The team continued strongly in the first half with the aid of a decent wind. Corofin stayed in the game picking off points in the first half. They did however find it hard to break down Paddy Donnelan in an unfamiliar position but Solid under every high ball. There were excellent performances around the middle of the field in particular by Mike Gough. The Corofin backs were always under pressure by the Broadford forwards with James Mason (scoring a brace in the game) and Jack Ward Murphy causing them major headaches. Broadford finished the First half 4 points up but would be against the wind in the next period. The second half saw man of the match performances all over the field. Both Gearóid Vaughan and his brother James put their bodies on the line on many an occasion. Conor Phelan stepped up another gear in the second half and he along with Cian Mulqueen provided great ball for the forwards. Corofin pulled back the lead with 10 minutes to go but Broadford stepped it up a gear again. They kept out with strong defending from Evan Connolly. Dean Ryan Cashman played a stormer in the second half and with TJ Dillon also scoring another goal for Broadford it was said that the old phrase 'goals win games' must have been in the Broadford players heads. The game finished 1-15 to 5-09. Broadford march on to the 14A County final against Clarecastle. Congrats to all the Coaches, Mentors and all involved, in particular the support by the parents. Check out the Facebook page for pics of the game.
Broadford (Smith O’Briens Assist) will face Corofin in the hurling under 14A semi-finals on Friday 29th May. The match takes place in Corofin with the throw-in at 6.30pm.
The Broadford (Smith O’Briens Assist) lads have had a great competition so far and it would be fantastic to see them progress to the final.
What better way to spend Friday evening than going to Corofin to support this great team.
Good luck lads!
Directions and map below.
Broadford play their first match in the Intermediate Championship this Sunday 31st May. The match is against Newmarket-on-Fergus and will be played in Sixmilebridge. Throw-in is at 12-noon.
Good luck to the players, coaches, and everyone involved with the team.
Help to get behind the team and go down to the ‘Bridge if you can make it. The more support the better!
Note that the Broadford pitch hosts Ogonelloe v Clarecastle, also on Sunday at 1-pm.
Broadford really does have some stunning scenery and more than its fair share of interesting history, from ancient times to local characters. So if you are a longstanding resident, new to the area or just visiting, come along on Monday 1st June for a community walk up Violet Hill and Dromin.
Meet at the GAA clubhouse ready to leave at 3pm. The walk will take in a number of places of interest along the way including The Bins, Rockmount House, the Pittatyewee Stone, Giants Graves, Dolmens, Grouse Lodge and the places of Jack Kennedy – Poet and Blacksmith.
The walk will take about three hours and is not suitable for buggies or young children. Sorry, no dogs allowed. Bring plenty of water and a packed lunch.
Refreshments after in Danny’s Bar where we will continue the stories with a trad session and plenty of singing.
Donations to the Camogie Club.
A great day to be had by all for sure!
As ever the event will be weather permitting. We will keep you posted here on the web site and on Face Book.
Broadford travelled the short distance to Kilkishen for the Junior League Final against Corofin on Sunday. Although Corofin scored three points in the first 15 minutes, play ebbed and flowed between both ends of the field. However Broadford’s responses went wide a number of times until Caroline Moloney raised the white flag to give Broadford their first point. Corofin really found their form however and took control to score six more points in quick succession to end half time 0-01 to 0-09
The second half started as the first had begun with a strong Corofin side dominating and scoring another three points and 2 goals in the first 15 minutes with Broadford only able to take one point in return. However Broadford’s courage and determination suddenly came to the fore and from nowhere Aoife Dillon scored a goal for the team in green. Broadford were back in the game! Then, in the 17th and 19th minutes , two more goals from Aoife Dillon and Siobhan O'Connell and Broadford had come from nowhere to be back with a fighting chance (3-02 to 2-012). Two great saves from Broadford’s Hannah Mason and then another goal for from Caroline F Moloney for Broadford was responded to by an apparent goal for Corofin that would surely have been the end of Broadford’s chances. However a call from the umpire led to several minutes consultation with the ref and hope on the side lines for the Broadford supporters. Eventually the goal was disallowed, to the relief of Broadford. In the end though, time got the better of Broadford and a free from Niamh Mulqueen in the dying seconds gave Broadford the last score of the match. Final score 4-03 to 2-12.
Congratulations to the stronger team that won on the day but Broadford mounted a massive attack in the second half to show they are a force to be reckoned with.
Two big events tomorrow! Yes its Clare v Limerick Intermediate and SHC Quarter Finals in the in the afternoon, but don’t forget its Broadford v Corofin in the Camogie Junior Final tomorrow morning in Kilkishen at 10am.
Come along to support the Camogoie Juniors if you can.
Good luck to the Junior Ladies and good luck to Clare from the Broadford GAA and Camogie clubs.
The Broadford Under 14 hurlers are playing Bodyke/Mills in Bodyke on Friday 22nd at 6.30pm.
In Camogie the Under 11’s will be in Crusheen on Saturday 23rd at 10am and the Broadford v Corofin Junior Final takes place on Sunday 24th in Kilkishen at 10am.
There is no adult hurling this weekend due to the Clare v Limerick match this Sunday.
Good luck to all the teams this weekend especially to the Junior ladies in their final.
All support welcome if you can make it to one of the matches.
If you braved the cold, wind and rain on Monday evening to go and watch Broadford take on Sixmilebridge in their Junior A League match then you were treated to something special; although it might not have seemed like that initially.
Broaford’s Eoin O’Brien scored the first point before the second minute of the match was over but this was soon matched by one from the ‘Bridge. Both scores were then repeated, again by Eoin for Broadford, and the score was even at 0-02 to 0-02 just five minutes in to the game. It seemed that Broadford and Sixmilebridge were evenly matched and would spend the game trading points; and a few wides as it happens. However the game quickly drifted in favour of the ‘Bridge and they soon started to rack up their score. Three over the bar followed by the first goal and then another point, all to the ‘Bridge by the 23rd minute. With a score line of 1-06 to 0-02 and the ‘Bridge consistently out manoeuvring Broadford, a turn-around in Broadford’s fortunes seemed a lot to ask for. Sean Considine got one over the bar for Broadford only for the ‘Bridge to send a further two over in quick succession (1-08 to 0-03). Not looking optimistic for Broadford and dark clouds gathering over the pitch, Eoin O’Brien and John McNamara closed the gap by two points to put Broadford in a slightly better place for the second half. Halftime score 1-08 to 0-05.
The second half started as the first had begun with a point from Eoin O’Brien. This was followed by no less than five wides for the ‘Bridge. Maybe the second half was not going to go so well for the ‘Bridge. Then a series of shots over the bar - one for the ‘Bridge and two for Broadford to put the Broadford lads now just four points behind. Two more points for the ‘Bridge followed and perhaps the gap was too wide again with just 15 minutes left on the clock. Suddenly a shot near the front of the ‘Bridge goal from Eoin O'Brien was deflected in to the net by a Sixmilebridge player in the 18th minute and then a direct goal from Seanie Casey in the 23rd and the scores were level 1-11 to 2-8; something which had seemed only a hope for much of the match and now gave everything to play for. Two more Broadford points and they were finally ahead with the excitement on the side lines mounting over the incredible turn-around. A two point lead though with only two minutes on the clock is a dangerous place to be and the lads from Sixmilebridge were not going to just let the match slip away and they came back with a goal to bring them a lonely point ahead but with just 90 seconds left on the clock. Tense! The game was just in to precious extra time but which team would make the most of it? Both teams were firing on all cylinders and a point for Broadford put them level again. Could they keep the scores level, was a win a possibility? One minute and 26 seconds in to extra time and the ‘Bridge stole the lead again (2-12 to 2-11). Surely that was it. No, a dropped hurly a hand pass and a heightened exchange around the ‘Bridge end 20m line and it was a free for Broadford. He opened the scores in both halves and he closed the scores in extra time, not from the easiest of angles and also in to the wind but over the bar it went for Eoin O’Brien. From what seemed an impossible position during the first half and was a battle in the second, Broadford came back from the brink to pull in a draw. Final score 2-12 to 2-12. Mighty!
Broadford play Sixmilebridge in SMB for the next round of the Junior A League on Monday 18th May.
Throw-in at 7pm!
Two good wins for the Broadford girls this weekend. On Saturday it was the turn of the Juniors, Broadford played Bodyke away in the Camogie Junior Girls Semi-Final and winning 1-06 to 5-05 (summary and pictures below). Then on Sunday Broadford/Feakle Intermediates met Bodyke/Whitegate in Broadford. Broadford won again with a score of 2-13 to 1-4 but the match was a lot closer than the score shows.
Well done to the girls, trainers and supporters
Broadford played away to Bodyke in the Junior Girls semi-final in the evening of Saturday 16th May. Broadford made a promising start with a point from Niamh Mulqueen in the second minute. However for almost the rest of the first half neither team seemed able to pull together and take control of the field. Both teams had a number of goal scoring chances and tested each other’s defences in the process but the goals simply remained elusive. Bodyke eventually took a point three minutes before the end of the half. 0-01 to 0-01.
Unsure whether the second half was going to be as disappointing as the first, the match soon started to take an altogether more interesting turn. A solo run from Niamh Mulqueen looked like it might produce the first goal but an excellent save from the Bodyke goalie made sure it was not to be. This was the turning point and both teams were suddenly more energised. A point to Bodyke, a goal to Broadford, a goal to Bodyke, then another goal to Broadford all in eleven minutes (1-02 to 2-01). The game was now exciting! Two more points to Bodyke but thankfully for Broadford, Bodyke sent another four wide to see the game ending level at seven a piece – 1-04 to 2-01
The game went to extra time and Broadford came on and immediately took control with Niamh Mulqueen sending four over the bar and Anna Spaight sending one to the back of the net in the first half. The second half saw Moya McMahon and Siobhan O'Connell each scoring goals in the second half of extra time. Throughout the extra time Bodyke were worthy opponents and put up strong defence and mounted a number of challenges in front of the Broadford goal but were only able to score two more points for their efforts. Final score 1-06 to 5-05.