Congrats to Sean Cash and Philip Heavey who played in the winning Cork City team that won the U14 Inter Divisional Football Tournament in Mallow yesterday. Great future ahead for these lads.
Cork City Marathon
Well done to all of our Cork City Marathon participants this weekend for running & walking for Passage West GAA!
U14 Footballers pull off sensational comeback to beat excellent St Vincent’s side
U14 Football Championship Fri 2nd June’23
Passage 8-6 St Vincent’s 6-10
What a game in Manning Park last night. Passage young u14 players pulled off a sensational comeback to beat an excellent St Vincent’s side. With 14 mins left on the clock Passage were 12 points down and it looked game over. Somehow they regrouped to score 4-2 in the closing minutes to secure an amazing win. Vincent’s started brightly and scored their first goal on the 5-minute mark. Only for some great defending by the Passage full back line of Ollie O’Neill, Oscar O’Sullivan and Finn O’Connor, the scoreline would have been far worse for Passage. Passage slowly came back into the game. Corner forward Zac Lenihan was making several great runs and was unlucky with a pointed effort that went inches wide. From the resulting kick out midfielder, Philip Heavey won the ball and sent a lovely ball to Zac who beat his man and gave a quick hand pass to the on-running David O’Connor. David scored a goal into the bottom corner to level the match after 10 minutes. Vincents raised their game and for the next 15 mins scored 1-5 without reply. In fairness, some of their football was breathtaking to watch. Philip Heavey scored a goal against the run of play, but Passage found the going tough. Vincents replied immediately with two long-range points before they were awarded a penalty. The Vincents forward made no mistake to give them a 10-point lead coming up to the halftime break. David O’Connor scored the last score of the half with a well-taken point after a great pass from Eoghan O’Bryne. The referee blew the halftime whistle with the score standing Passage 2-1 Vincents 3-7. Passage went to the dressing room for the halftime talk and a few choice words were needed with the team down 9 points. Passage playing into the town end started well and the excellent Philip Heavey scored a great goal after only two minutes. Vincents replied with a long-range point but Passage was definitely playing better than the first half. Daniel Collier scored a point before Vincents fired in two quick goals to give them a 12-point cushion. It looked like the game was over at this stage but somehow Passage began to come back into the game. Their half-back line of Corey Browne, Sean Cash and Finn Brady got a grip on the game and midfielder Aidan O’Connor started running at the Vincent’s defence. Two goals from full forward David O’Connor and Sam O’Flynn narrowed the gap to 6 points with 10 minutes left on the clock. Vincents replied with three points and looked home and dry. Passage scored 2-1 in the next few minutes to only leave a point between the teams. Daniel Collier and Philip Heavey got the two goals with the hard-working centre forward Mark Barry firing over the well-taken point. Vincents straight from the kick out worked the ball up the field and scored a goal after a goal-line scramble. There was still time for some more drama. Passage scored two quick points from an Aidan O’Connor free and a great point from Daniel Collier. Passage was awarded another free which Philip Heavey stepped up to take. His shot out of the hands dropped in under the crossbar for a goal and Passage was in the lead. Vincents weren’t finished and they worked the ball up the field playing terrific football. They had one final goal chance but somehow Daniel Mooney managed to save the effort and the final whistle went. Passage had snatched victory against all the odds.
Daniel Mooney made some great saves throughout and was the hero at the finish with his late-minute save. The full-back line of Ollie, Oscar and Finn was steady all night and they got in some great clearances during the game. Oscar made two great blocks stopping certain goals. The half-back line Corey, Sean and Finn especially in the second half stood tall and eventually came out best in this titanic battle. Midfielders Aidan and Philip Heavey ran themselves to a standstill. They covered every blade of grass in Manning Park and Philip’s 4 goals was some achievement. In the half-forward line Brian, Mark and Austin worked hard all night and can be proud of their performance. They were back helping out the defence for most of the game sacrificing their attacking play. The full forward line Eogan David and Zach were living off scraps in the first half but they won several balls and kept Vincent’s defence pushed back. Sam O’Flynn, Tom Kileen and Daniel Collier all helped to turn the game in favour of Passage and 2-2 was scored from the bench. Some players didn’t get a run in this game but have all played their part over the last few games.
Heroes all well done to all the players and the management team.
Team Daniel Mooney, Ollie O Neill, Oscar O Sullivan, Finn O Connor, Corey Browne, Sean Cash, Finn Brady, Aidan O Connor, Philip Heavey, Brian Griffin, Mark Barry, Austin Horgan, Eoghan O Bryne, David O Connor, Zachary Lenihan. Subs used; Sam O’Flynn, Tom Kileen, Daniel Collier
Scorers: Philip Heavey 4-1, David O’Connor 2-1, Daniel Collier 1-2, Sam OFlynn 1-0. Aidan O Connor 0-1, Mark Barry 0-1.
AOS Security Football League Division 3 – Passage V Ballyphehane
Passage played Ballyphehane in Division 3 of the AOS Security Football League on the 31st May 2023 – the full time score was Passage: 0-08, Ballyphehane: 1-13.
U13 Camogie V Douglas – 31/05/23
Well done to our U13 camogie team on a great performance on Wednesday against Douglas! They were unlucky not to register a few more scores but congrats to Abby and Niamh for the great scores Super teamwork all over the pitch. Thanks to the U12’s who came up and for all the support from the sidelines!
Junior Team Progress to the McCurtain Cup Final
Congratulations to our Junior Hurling Team who have qualified for the Seandún GAA Tomas McCurtain Cup Final after beating St. Vincents last night in Pairc Uinsinn – great effort from all players!
Full Time Score:
St. Vincents: 0-16
We will be playing Na Piarsaigh in the Final on Monday the 5th of June @ 1:30pm – we need everyone to come out and support the lads, lets make sure Ballinlough is covered in Green and White!
U12s Girls make it seven wins out of seven in the league!
Our U12s made it seven wins out of seven in the league this evening with a good victory over a determined Ballinora side. Some lovely football from both teams on a glorious evening Manning Park. The girls now qualify for the latter stages of the league. Well done girls!
U9 Camogie team take part in Blitz
Well done to our U9 camogie team who took part in a blitz on Sunday in Nemo, some great skills on show!
U9 Footballers put in great performance V Ballygarvan
Great performance from U9 footballers yesterday morning playing away go games in Ballygarvan. In the glorious sunshine, some great scores from the lads but even better some fantastic diving saves in both matches.
Well done Passage
Matt Aherne installed as President of Passage West GAA Hurling and Football Club
In recent weeks, Matt Aherne has been installed as President of the Passage Hurling and Football Club, where he succeeds Tommy Lester who has completed his two-year term.
It was hardly surprising that Matt got involved in his local club at a young age, as his great-grandfather Ned Cadogan was the first chairman of the club in 1885, and the club was founded in his family home, in which Matt still lives.Also, in the first fifty-five years of the club’s existence, the fields they used were owned by Matts family.
Even though he was not even seven years old, Matt has vivid memories of the opening of Manning Park in 1952. He particularly remembers the Carrigaline Pipe Band leading the Blackrock and Barr’s Senior Hurling teams around the field prior to the opening match.
Seven years later, on St. Valentine’s Day 1959, he wore the Passage colours for the first time when he lined out in a U15s football match against Ardaroistig (Bishopstown).
He subsequently played in all grades for the club up until 1990, when he lined out in goals with the Junior B Hurling team. Even while playing he got involved in various teams, hurling and football, both as a coach and a selector.
In the early 1970s due to the steady growth in the underage activity in the club, it was felt that a separate committee should be set up to oversee the progress of these young players. Matt Aherne became the first chairman of this committee; he fulfilled this role for a number of years.
He says he was honoured to be involved with many of the players who subsequently backboned the great Passage football team who won county titles, in 1982 (Junior Football) 1983 (Intermediate Football) and lost narrowly to a star-studded Barrs in the senior semi-final in 1984.
In the late 1960 and early 70s, Matt acted as Passage delegate to the city division board, where he was accompanied by the late Hugh Geary. He then took an interest in the maintenance of Manning Park, a role he fulfilled for fifteen years, after which he was succeeded by Ned Harrington, who carried out this duty for further twenty years.
In 2006, Matt, ably assisted by Sean Geary and Derry Doody, penned the 120-year history of his beloved club. It was very pleasing for all concerned when the finished book won the McNamee award in Croke Park for the best history book of the year, against twenty-five other entrants.
For the past ten years, Matt has acted as a hurling delegate for the Passage club at the Cork County Board.
Matt is pictured here with his granddaughter, members of the executive committee and chairperson John O’ Connor.