Clann na Banna club news

RESULTS: Clann na Derg took its Minor B Football Championship semi-final against Baileghlas, winning with a four-goal margin.

They will be facing St John Bosco in the final in Páirc Esler.

Clann na Banna returned home with the silverware as U8 retained the Shield in the annual Rostrevor Tournament on Saturday 22 September.

The group stages saw Clann na Banna come up against Rostrevor A and B, An Ríocht, Longstone and Warrenpoint. It produced some great performances from the young Bann team.

The return of Darragh McGrath, Jack Maguire and a debut for U6’s Reese Berry all strengthened the Bann team. Some great defensive performances in the group stages from Cian Gregg and Shea Malone meant Clann na Banna gave very little away.

The Bann forwards were equally impressive with Adam Maginn, Aodhran Devlin and Conor McKee difficult for the opposing teams to handle.

At the end of the group stages Clann na Banna was pitted against Warrenpoint in the decider. This gave them the chance to avenge an earlier defeat in the group stages.

Bann started slowly and conceded two early goals before Eoin Campbell and Denis Kerr got on top in defence and allowed Bann a platform to push forward.

A point a piece from Liam Vaughan and Taylor Hill got Clann na Banna on the score sheet, then as the confidence grew, a goal from Donal Scullion put Bann back in contention. Bann stood strong defensively and Taylor Hill grabbed a second goal to put them two points up.

Clann na Banna kept possession well and a cynical foul from Warrenpoint allowed Donal Scullion a free which he converted to put them three in front. Warrenpoint couldn’t find the goal they needed to draw the match level as the young Bann team stood firm.

As the final whistle went the Clann na Banna players were able to celebrate their first trophy of the season.

WINTER TRAINING - With the end of the 2012 season, winter training begins. U6-10 will run on Sundays from 11:30am-1:00pm from 14 October to 2 December (excluding 28 October and 25 November), at the Banbridge Leisure Centre. The sessions for the 11-14 and 15-18 age groups will run on Tuesday evenings, 7:15-8:30pm, from 9 October to 27 November, at St Patrick's College.