U16 Ladies Footballers advance to County Championship Final with win over Ibane

Our U16s headed to West Cork this afternoon to face Ibane Ladies in the County Championship Semi Final. Having received a walkover in the quarter final, this team’s last competitive match together was at the start of June so they knew they had a tough task ahead.

Sophia White opened the scoring with a well-taken point after 5 minutes; another point from Alannah Keane and a brace from captain Elly Murphy saw Passage lead by 2 after 10 minutes. An Ibane goal on 20 minutes saw them take the lead for the first time but Passage always looked threatening going forward and a well-worked goal from Sarah O’Mahony and point from the unmarkable Shannon Ryan saw the teams go in level at the break, 1-5 a piece.

The second half saw Passage take control defensively, limiting the Ibane attacks and feeding great ball to the midfield pairing of Elly Murphy and Róisín Killen who in turn continued to set up the Passage forwards for some great scores. Sub Róisín Hanlon tapped over 3 great points at her ease and Lauren Coughlan struck 2 following some great passing. Further scores from Alannah, Elly and Rita saw the girls 7 points ahead with only 5 minutes remaining. A late Ibane goal from a penalty proved to only be a consolation score as the Passage defence shut up shop and continued to dismiss any Ibane attempts to salvage the game. A fantastic performance from this group of girls whose work rate and fitness earned them well-deserved victory. They now have a county final to look forward to in October. Well done to all involved and thanks to all the great supporters🟢⚪️

Final score Passage 2-13 Ibane 3-6

Passage team: C. Walsh, I. O’Brien, T. Hanlon, K. Farrell, L. Finlay, S. Moynihan, C.Brady, E. Murphy (0-3), R. Killen, S. Ryan (0-1), R. Browne (0-1), S. O’Mahony (1-0), A. Keane (1-2), L. Coughlan (0-2), S. White (0-1), R. Hanlon (0-3), L. Kelly, E. Barry

Passage Pythons take part in Sports Direct National Blitz

Our Gaelic4Mothers and Others team Passage Pythons had an early start yesterday morning as they headed to Dublin for the Sports Direct National Blitz Day. Almost 3,000 women took part in this fantastic event with 138 teams registered.

They played matches against St. Kevins Kildare, Bray Emmetts, Dunamaggin Kilkenny, Scoil Uí Chonaill Clontarf, and Robert Emmetts Donegal. As usual it was a day filled with football and great craic! Well done ladies!! 🟢⚪️

All-Ireland Winning Ladies Footballer Niamh O’ Sullivan special guest at Passage Blitz

We were delighted to welcome All-Ireland winning Ladies Footballer for Meath, Niamh O’ Sullivan to our U8 & U10 Ladies Football Blitz last weekend

Niamh pictured here with Francis McEveney, John O’ Connor, Matt Aherne and Chloe, her relative, who plays with our U10 Ladies Football Team and her family!

Passage win U15 Hurling Championship Mid Div 2 Final

U15 Hurling Championship Mid Div 2 Final on 11/09/23 in Ballinhassig

Passage 1-17 Ballygarvan 1-11

From the first whistle, it was clear that both teams were going to go all out to claim victory. The intensity of the game was evident, with players from both sides leaving everything on the field. The crowd at Ballinhassig were in for a treat as they witnessed a thrilling encounter that showcased the very best of underage hurling. Sean Coughlan split the posts after just 30 seconds to set the standard for the rest of the game. The Passage backs settled early and Shane Whyte who was immense throughout cleared the first Ballygarvan attack. The Ballygarvan Cork U15 goalkeeper dropped a high ball into the Passgae square for the next attack of the game and cornerback Rueben Ring won the ball and cleared down the field. It was end to end now with both sides hitting some wides. Philip Heavey had a shot blocked down and Sean Coughlan fired over the resulting 65. From the puck out Ballygarvan had a goal chance that went narrowly wide. Sean Coughlan won the puck out and fired over his third point from out by the far sideline. Ballygarvan started to get to grips with the game from the 10th minute but fortunately for Passage, this didn’t reflect on the scoreboard. They hit 3 wides in a row before finally scoring their first point of the game in 12 minutes. They quickly fired over another to leave a point between the teams.

The Passage backs were working hard Aidan O’Connor, Oisin O’Sullivan and Sean Cash were getting in important blocks and clearances to keep Passage ahead. Callum Griffin who was carrying a leg injury all week and only declared fit before the game, was hurling a lot of ball in the middle of the park. The next ball into the Passage square left the large crowd watching holding their breaths. Passage Goalkeeper David O’Connor caught the ball out of the sky going backwards right on the line. His clearance found the excellent Alex Maher who went on a solo run. He was fouled for a free and Sean Coughlan fired over. Passage’s Mark Barry then scored a fortuitous goal from a high ball when the Ballygarvan keeper dropped the ball on his goal line.

It was a pivotal moment in the game, as it allowed Passage to go into halftime with a bit of cushion and momentum on their side. Sean Coughlan fired over another free after corner-forward Eoghan O’Bryne was fouled and suddenly Passage was 6 points ahead. Ballygarvan came back strongly but couldn’t find a way past Shane Whyte and Dermot Buckley who both made some great clearances. David O’Connor dealt with another ball in and cleared it out to the wing. Sean O’Regan won the ball and passed to Philip Heavey who dispatched the ball over the bar. Both sides exchanged frees coming up to the half-time whistle to leave the score Passage 1-7 Ballygarvan 0-3.

Ballygarvan refused to back down in the second half and quickly scored from another free. Young Brian Griffin came on at the start of the half gave a great pass to Sean Coughlan who fired over the bar for Passage’s first score of the half. Ballygarvan upped their game and their relentless attack tested the Passage defence, which held strong until the 10th minute. Ballygarvan fired over 3 unanswered points to leave only 4 points between the teams after 13 minutes. Sean Coughlan lifted the siege for a period with a long-range free. Sean Cash and Oisin O’Sullivan both made great clearances before Ballygarvan scored another point. Passage was unlucky with a great goal chance when Zac Hanlon fired a shot across the goal and Sean Coughlan missed getting a touch by centimetres. Ballygarvan then had a chance of their own when their centre forward burst through and fired a close-range shot, somehow David O’Connor managed to save the effort much to the relief of the Passage supporters present. Ballygarvan missed the 65 and from the puck out Sean Coughlan fired over a free after Philip Heavey was fouled.

Ballygarvan replied with a free of their own which left 4 points between the sides with 10 minutes left to the final whistle. Sean Coughlan quickly made it 6 points when he fired over two points from play within a minute. Fionn Flaherty came on as a sub and he quickly settled in making a score for Passage full forward Zac Hanlon. Just when it seemed Passage was home and dry the Ballygarvan centre forward hit an unstoppable shot to the bottom corner of the net. It was all drama now as Ballygarvan believed they still had a chance. Led by the inspirational Shane Whyte and Dermot Buckley the Passage backs showed great determination and resilience, making it difficult for Ballygarvan to find the scores they needed. Midfielders Philip Heavey and Callum Griffin were doing trojan work. Ballygarvan won a free on the 21-yard line. Their Keeper ran up to take but thankfully the ball went over the bar. Sean Coughlan showed his class in the closing minutes scoring some great long-range efforts to leave Passage the winners by 6 points at the end.

Sean Coughlan was the standout performer for Passage. His sharpshooting skills were on full display, as he consistently found the target and helped his team maintain their lead. Coughlan’s 15-point contribution played a crucial role in securing the hard-fought victory for Passage. The match was filled with great plays, near misses, spectacular saves, and tough physical exchanges. Both teams left it all on the field, showcasing their love for the game and their desire to claim victory. It was a true display of sportsmanship and skill.

As the final whistle blew, Passage celebrated their well-deserved. Their Feile title earlier in the summer seemed like a distant memory, but this victory served as a reminder of their undeniable talent and determination. Both teams can hold their heads high after a thrilling encounter. It was a night of great entertainment for all the spectators who witnessed this intense battle between two talented sides. With this win, Passage has undoubtedly cemented their position as a force to be reckoned with in the local under-age scene.

Overall, it was a memorable night with Passage emerging victorious in a hard-fought battle against Ballygarvan. The game had it all – skill, passion, and determination – leaving the Passage supporters eagerly awaiting the next game the semi-final of the County.

Team: David O’Connor, Rueben Ring, Dermot Buckley, Aidan O’Connor, Sean Cash, Shane Whyte, Oisin O’Sullivan, Callum Griffin, Philip Heavey, Alex Maher, Sean Coughlan, Sean O’Regan, Mark Barry, Zac Hanlon, Eoghan O’Bryne.

Subs Used: Brian Griffin and Fionn O’Flaherty.

Scorers for Passage Sean Coughlan 0-15 ( 5 frees, 1 ’65), Mark Barry 1-0, Zac Hanlon 0-1, Philip Heavey 0-1.

Juniors draw with Grenagh in Championship Match

Our Juniors played Grenagh in the championship this evening in very humid conditions. The game was close from first to final whistle, with the lead changing hands repeatedly and both teams unable to go more than a score ahead. With minutes left on the clock Passage were 1 point down before a goal put them 2 points to the good. Grenagh to their credit battled back and slotted over 2 late points; when the final whistle went a draw was probably a fair result on the night. An intense game that could have gone either way with both sides spurning chances to take the win right at the end. Thanks to all who travelled to support🟢⚪️

Final score Passage 2-9 Grenagh 3-6.

Passage West Ladies Football Blitz a huge success

That’s a wrap on day 2 of our Blitz Weekend! As always, thank you to all our volunteers, we could not host this blitz without the amazing community all pulling together to help. We had an amazing 2 days, and we hope all teams near and far did aswell!

See below some photos of just some of our volunteers over the 2 days – as always the biggest thanks to Francis who puts huge effort in to make sure the Passage West Ladies Football Blitz is on the map as a great day out for all involved

Pasáiste Abú 💚🤍

U8 Boys take part in Blitz

Our U8 boys played a football blitz this morning in the sweltering heat hosted by St Finbarrs H&F Club. A total of six games were played by our two teams we played against three senior clubs. Nemo Rangers, Bishopstown and St Finbarrs.

Six very competitive games with great defending, scoring and kick passing skills were on show by our boys and some great link up play in very humid conditions. According to the boys we won every game.

A very enjoyable morning of football was had by our 14 boys. Hurling blitz on Saturday week is next for this group of players.

St. Peter’s Community School Transition Year students help set up for Blitz

A huge thank you to the St. Peter’s Community School Transition Year students who gave their time this morning to help with the setting up for our blitz this weekend. It is very much appreciated and great to see them representing the school so well in the local community! Sincere thanks to Susan O’Keeffe for organising this!

Parish League Team photos

📸 – Team photos of all the children who took part in our recent Parish Leagues. We hope all the attendees had fun at our Parish Leagues this year!

Thanks again to all of the coaches, organisers and volunteers for giving up their time to help us bring back the parish leagues after a 15 year absence. Special thanks to main organiser Marc Linehan and his wife Niamh who ran a fantastic fundraiser a few weeks ago to help fund the parish leagues.

U12s continue winning streak with victory against Delanys

Our U12s continued their winning streak in the county with a victory this evening against Delanys. A great team effort by all 22 girls in front of a strong home support. Next up will be an away game to Dromtarriffe. Well done to all involved and thanks to Delanys for a very sporting game 🟢⚪️