U12 Ladies Footballers are County Champions!

Nearly 6 months after their Mid Cork league final win against Grenagh in MTU, our U12s finally headed to Bishopstown 4G to take on Castlemagner in the County Final yesterday. The chilly December morning did little to deter a sizeable Passage crowd from turning out to watch this talented bunch of players who are yet to taste defeat in either league or championship this season. This match had been postponed twice due to unplayable pitches so our girls were raring to go as the referee threw in the ball at 11.30am. The opening score came immediately with Castlemagner pointing almost straight from the throw in. Passage responded instantly with a goal much to the joy of the Passage crowd. Shortly after they added to their tally with a well-taken point and a rocket of a goal. Scores were proving hard to come by for both teams with the defenses doing their utmost to force the opposition into impossible angles and putting in some fantastic blocks and tackles. Further scores from play steadied the ship somewhat for Passage, with Castlemagner keeping the scoreboard ticking over with some well-worked points. There was very little between the teams at the half-time whistle and the scoreline reflected the competitive nature of the match.

As the second half unfolded, Passage moved up a gear and took the game by the scruff of the neck. As the chilly breeze swept across the pitch they executed inch-perfect passes, demonstrating incredible athleticism and skill against a determined Castlemagner team who kept fighting until the final whistle. Passage capitalised on their increased levels of possession and took full advantage of their scoring opportunities. When the final whistle blew the outburst of pure joy from these girls was a pleasure to see and it was fantastic to have such a strong support there to witness their achievement. Both teams are to be commended on their skill level, sportsmanship and resilience throughout the match and no doubt they will meet again in future competitions.

Sincere thanks to Castlemagner for a very sporting game, to the referee Brendan Noonan and his umpires, to Bishopstown GAA for the fabulous facilities and of course to our supporters who turned out in great numbers and fine voice to encourage the team all the way to the final whistle. Congratulations to the girls on adding the county title to their league victory. There will be many more great days out with this talented team. An incredible collective effort this season with every single girl contributing.

Passage team:

K. Daly, S. Lordan, D. Price, L. Browne, A. Murphy, M. Murphy, R. Hanlon, S. Hendrick, E. Collier, E. Barry, C. Murray, A. O’Neill Ram, G. Murray, I. Sjaellender, K. O’Herlihy, E. Lenihan, H. O’Brien, A. O’Driscoll, A. Walsh, S. Mooney, G. Walton, S. Coughlan, E. Corcoran Duggan, L. Preston

Passage U15 Hurlers Claim Historic County Title in Thrilling Final Showdown

Passage 1-21 Sliabh Rua 3-11

On Sunday last in Bishopstown GAA Club, we witnessed a historic moment as the Passage U15 hurlers clinched the club’s fourth-ever underage County title, defeating a formidable Sliabh Rua team in a fiercely contested match. This victory was undoubtedly well-deserved after an extraordinary and impressive year for this young Passage team. In an amazing year, Passage had already secured the club’s first-ever Feile title during the summer and continued their winning form by claiming the championship just a few weeks ago. With these victories in their pocket, there was a quiet confidence that the club would add the County trophy to their list of achievements.

From the opening whistle, both teams showcased their skill and passion, treating the huge amount of supporters present to an exhilarating display of hurling. The match flowed end to end, carrying spectators on a rollercoaster ride of emotions, as each side fought tooth and nail for victory. Every tackle and challenge exhibited an unparalleled level of commitment, highlighting the intensity of the contest. Throughout the year, Passage had consistently demonstrated their ability to excel in close games, relying on their sheer determination and skill. Sunday’s final was no exception, as they once again showcased their remarkable resilience when it mattered most. In the closing stages of the game, Passage managed to break away from their opponents, securing a hard-fought victory that left the Passage supporters ecstatic with joy. From defence to attack, every member of the Passage team seemed to rise to the occasion, delivering standout performances that left their mark on the match.

As the final whistle blew, jubilation swept over the Passage supporters, whose unwavering support had undoubtedly helped the team’s success. This victory will forever hold a special place in the hearts of the players, coaches, and supporters alike, as it marks a significant milestone in the club’s history. The Passage U15 hurlers have cemented their legacy in the history of the club. Their remarkable achievements throughout the year, culminating in this historic County title, serve as a testament to their dedication, skill and talent. Looking ahead, Passage will undoubtedly continue to build upon this success, using it as a stepping stone hopefully to further glory. It is clear that the future of Passage Hurling is in capable hands.

Passage playing against the strong wind in the first half, raised the first white flag of the game from a 65 from Sean Coughlan after Zac Hanlon had a goal chance blocked. Sliabh Rua responded with several balls being launched into the Passage full back line. Rueben Ring cleared two quick balls and Shane Whyte won a free after he was fouled catching the ball in the air. The siege continued, Sliabh Rua, hitting two wides before they finally registered their first point at the five-minute mark. In the next few minutes, Sean Cash, Shane Whyte and Oisin O’Sullivan batted down some high balls coming in. It was back to the walls for the Passage team and Sliabh Rua went ahead for the first time with a well-taken point from their centre forward. From the puck out Alex Meagher and Callum Griffin worked the ball into Zac Hanlon. His shot on goal was superbly saved by the Sliabh Rua goalkeeper. Zac was again the target man for the next Passage attack and this time he was fouled. Sean Coughlan made no mistake from the resulting free to level the scores once more.

Sliabh Rua responded and fortunately for Passage, they shot three wides in a row. Two of these wides were forced errors from great defending by Oisin O’Sullivan and Alex Meagher. Callum Griffin was hurling well around the middle of the park and he played a great ball into his younger brother Brian. Brian won the ball and was fouled as he turned towards goal. Sean Coughlan drove the free in towards full forward Zac, who broke free of his man to fire an unstoppable shot to the back of the net. The ground shook with the cheer from the Passage supporters. In the next passage of play, Sean Cash cleared the long puck out and you couldn’t take your eye off the game for a second. Sliabh Rua attacked again and scored two well-taken points in a space of a minute to narrow the gap. Alex Meagher, Callum and Eoghan O’Byrne linked up to set up sharpshooter Sean Coughlan for another point almost immediately. Sliabh Rua responded with two efforts that went wide and another that Passage goalkeeper David O’Connor came out and cleared. Sliabh Rua wereawarded a free in their own half and their full-back sent it over the bar. In the next few minutes, Diarmuid Buckley, Oisin O’Sullivan, Shane Whyte, Sean Cash and Rueben all made good clearances.

The Passage defence’s blocking and tackling were exceptionable and every ball was hotly contested. Sliabh Rua was awarded another free and their full forward made no mistake to level the game. Sliabh Rua then scored a goal when their forward found himself free with only keeper David O’Connor to beat. Like the semi-final Passage didn’t panic and quietly worked their way back into the game. Philip Heavey got a well-worked point and Sean Coughlan scored a 65 that corner forward Ollie O’Neill won by forcing the Sliabh Rua corner back to make a mistake. It was now a one-point game and both sides missed some scoring opportunities. Sliabh Rua scored a soft goal in the next passage of play when the Sliabh Rua forward found himself free again.

The Passage defence tightened up after this and Diarmuid Buckley and Sean Cash battled hard to ensure that Sliabh Rua didn’t extend their lead in this period. Callum Griffin caught a great ball out of the air to set up Sean Coughlan for the next score of the game. From the puck out Sean O’ Regan was fouled and Sean Coughlan fired over the resulting free to narrow the gap to two points. From the puck out, Alex Meagher showing a great work ethic managed to force the Sliabh Rua forward to shoot wide. Passage brought on Morgan Kelleher in the closing minutes of the half and his physical presence added another bit of steel to the Passage defence. Diarmuid Buckley went down injured on the edge of the square after clearing the ball and it allowed everyone in attendance to have a breather. Sliabh Rua won and pointed a free on the restart to leave them three points up coming up to the halftime whistle. A quick puck out found Sean Coughlan out in the halfway line. He turned his man and drove a monster shot over the bar to finish the half. The halftime score was Passage 1-8 Sliabh Rua 2-7.

Thankfully the wind dying down at the start of the second half made no impact to Passage. They made a few positional changes during the break and were fast out of the tracks at the throw-in. Philip Heavey set up Callum Griffin for the first point of the half inside the first minute. The play was stopped momentarily for an injury to Zac Hanlon. Diarmuid Buckley set up Sean Coughlan for another long-range point to level the score yet again. There was some confusion when the scoreboard indicated that Sliabh Rua had scored the point, but this was quickly rectified. The game flowed end to end with Morgan Kelleher, Rueben Ring, Sean Cash and goalkeeper David O’Connor getting in some great clearances. Sliabh Rua seemed to be getting a fair amount of 50/50 calls from the referee and they scored another point from a free to go back in front. The Sliabh Rua goalkeeper then saved two shots from Callum Griffin and Zac Hanlon. The save from Zac resulted in a 65, that Sean Coughlan converted.

Sean scored another point after Sean Cash managed to bat the sliothar down to him from the Sliabh Rua puck out. Passage seemed to be in control but conceded another goal after Diarmuid Buckley and David O’Connor batted out the ball and the Sliabh Rua player hit a ground shot that went into the far corner. It was noticeable that Morgan Kelleher and Oisin O’Sullivan were starting to dominate in the half-back line. Ben Horgan entered the game and it was great to see him back playing after spending a lot of the summer on the sidelines with a knee injury. He immediately made an impact setting up Sean Coughlan for a goal chance. Sean hit an unstoppable shot that came back off the crossbar. Alex Meagher and Brian Griffin managed to win the ball out of the resulting ruck and they set up Sean O’Regan for a great point. Sliabh Rua came back up the pitch shooting two wides much to the relief of the Passage supporters. Fionn Flaherty the youngest player on the squad was introduced for the final twenty minutes.

Sliabh Rua were lucky not to be reduced to fourteen players when their full forward pulled across Callum Griffin. Sean Coughlan pointed the resulting free to level the scores again. Within a minute he sent Passage into the lead with a wonder score from out by the sideline. Sliabh Rua to their credit didn’t drop their heads and came thundering back into the game. They scored two quick frees to retake the lead with eight minutes left on the clock. They then missed a free to extend the lead and Passage who have finished strongly in all their games this year upped the tempo. Sean Coughlan fired over a free after Fionn Flaherty was fouled. Zac Hanlon who moved out the field fired over two quick points to leave Passage in the lead coming up to the closing few minutes. The nerves and tension were unbearable as Passage battled for every ball as if their lives depended on it.

Morgan Kelleher stopped one possible attack and Sean Cash cleared another one. Callum Griffin showed outstanding skill to set up Philip Heavey for a point that left three points between the teams. The referee was now playing extra time and the worry was that Sliabh Rua would score a goal to break the hearts of this amazing Passage team. We need not have been worried Philip scored another point after great work from Brian Griffin set him up. There was still time for some more drama as Sliabh Rua scored yet another free. They launched two more balls into the square but the Passage defence cleared the danger. Philip Heavey scored a point and the referee brought the game to an end. There were scenes of joy at the final whistle as the treble was won, in what will go down as one of the best underage years in the club’s history.

Congratulations to all the players and management team. Special call out to Daniel Collier, Corey Browne and Finn O’Connor who didn’t get on the field but played a huge part in the overall success of the team during the year. Finally, the injured players Aidan O’Connor and the two Barry brothers Cian and Mark, all also played key roles during the year. Speedy recovery boys and I hope you all will be back fighting fit for the start of next season. Thanks also to Karl Murphy for being Maor Uisce all year.

Scorers for Passage: Sean Coughlan 0-13 (3 65’s, 4 frees), Philip Heavey 0-4, Zac Hanlon 1-2, Callum Griffin 0-1, Sean O’Regan 0-1.

Team: David O’Connor, Sean Cash, Diarmuid Buckley, Rueben Ring, Oisin O’Sullivan, Shane Whyte, Alex Meagher, Callum Griffin, Philip Heavey, Sean O’Regan, Sean Coughlan, Brian Griffin, Eoin O’Byrne, Zac Hanlon, Ollie O’Neill.

Subs used: Morgan Kelleher, Fionn O Flaherty, Ben Horgan

U15 Camogie Team win Seandun Shield Final

Our U15 Camogie team won the Seandun Camogie Shield Final that was held yesterday in Manning Park. Passage payed a strong Douglas side and edged over the line by just a point! Overall, a fantastic display of Camogie from both sides 🏆

Final score:

Passage: 2-03

Douglas: 2-02

U16 Girls unlucky in County Final

Our U16s headed to Douglas yesterday afternoon to face Grenagh in their county final. Having faced Grenagh in the early stages of the league back in the spring, the girls knew they were a formidable opposition. Passage started the brighter, registering 3 unanswered points before Grenagh established themselves on the scoreboard. The first half was a very even affair, with both teams finding scores hard to come by thanks to tenacious defending from the backs. Grenagh found the breakthrough with a brace of goals just before half time to leave the score 2-2 to 1-3 at the short whistle.

Grenagh used the momentum from the end of the first half to drive on in the second, creating a number of successful scoring opportunities. Passage continued to battle hard but Grenagh pulled away and ran out winners on a 5-7 to 1-5 scoreline. A disappointing result but there will be plenty more days out for this team; they should be very proud of the strides they have made this season. Thanks as always for the great support for the girls🟢⚪️

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

Passage U15 Gaelic Footballers Clinch Championship Victory with Epic Comeback

Passage 4-7 Ballinora 2-10

Our U15 football team achieved a historic victory last Saturday afternoon in Bishopstown, cementing 2023 as one of the most successful years for the club’s under-age section. In a stunning display of determination and skill, our young footballers staged a dramatic comeback, snatching victory from the jaws of defeat to claim the championship trophy to add to the hurling championship already won a few weeks ago. In what can only be described as an exhilarating contest, Passage found themselves on the verge of defeat as the clock ticked down in the final stages of the match. However, adversity only fueled their spirit and inspired a remarkable turnaround.

With the opposition seemingly in control, Passage showed great resilience, rallying together to unleash a flurry of attacks in the closing minutes. Despite facing a formidable opponent, they demonstrated unwavering determination and a refusal to accept defeat. The turning point came when Passage orchestrated a stunning scoring return of two well-executed goals and two points in the closing five minutes The spectators were left spellbound as the team turned the game on its head, transforming the scoreline and propelling themselves into the lead. This breathtaking display of skill, teamwork, and unwavering belief in their abilities showcased the incredible talent and determination possessed by these young Passage players. Their remarkable performance serves as a testament to the quality of coaching and the hard work put in by the players themselves.

The triumphant victory in the championship will be etched in the history books of the Passage Gaelic Football Club, marking 2023 as a standout year for underage football. The club’s continued success at this level serves as an inspiration to future generations of aspiring footballers and hurlers, instilling in them the belief that anything is possible with dedication and a never-give-up attitude. As the celebrations erupted on the field, the joy and elation on the faces of the Passage U15 football team were a reflection of the immense effort they had poured into their training sessions and the desire to succeed. Their achievement will be celebrated not only by the club but also by all the supporters present, who will undoubtedly cherish this memorable victory for years to come.

Ballinora despite playing against the strong wind, opened the scoring in the first minute after they worked the ball through the Passage defence. Tomas O’Flaherty immediately but his shot was blocked down by a Ballinora defender and went out for a 45. Sean Coughlan failed to convert the kick and Ballinora broke up the field and fired over their second point of the afternoon. Callum Griffin made two important interceptions in the next passage of play that helped keep Ballinora away from the Passage goal. Ballinora were on top and had a point effort fall short into the hands of Passage goalkeeper Diarmuid Buckley. Passage counter-attacked and Philip Heavey was unlucky that the Ballinora full-back managed to block down his shot. Ballinora immediately broke down the field and their half-forward won a free after he was fouled, luckily for Passage, the Ballinora free-taker’s shot hit the crossbar and fullback Shane Whyte managed to clear the ball out of danger. Ballinora managed to win the ball back and they again ran through the Passage defence to score their third point of the game after 10 minutes. Passage like so many times this year refused to yield and slowly came into the game more. Against the run of play, Zac Hanlon caught a great ball and hand-passed the ball to the lightning-quick forward Eoin Morrisson. Eoin fired an unstoppable shot to the roof of the net to level the game. Within 30 seconds Philip Heavey scored another great goal to give Passage the lead for the first time. Ballinora regrouped and scored 1-2 in the next few minutes to regain the lead. They could have scored two more goals only for a brilliant save from Diarmuid Buckley and a last-minute block from centre-back Callum Griffin.

Oisin O’Sullivan and Tom McCarthy started to win more balls in the middle of the park. The Passage half-forwards Tomas O’Flaherty, Sean O’Regan and Sean Coughlan started to dominate their area and Sean Coughlan kicked 3 points coming up to the half-time break. Zac Hanlon was unlucky with a goal effort that went inches wide after Alex Maher had made a great clearance moments earlier. The halftime score Passage 2-3 Ballinora 1-6. Mark Barry was the only change made at halftime for the Passage team. Ballinora got the second half off to a flyer scoring 1-2 in the first few minutes. The Passage defence of Ollie O’Neill, Shane Whyte, Alex Maher, Sean Cash, Jack Mc Mahon and Callum slowly started to come to grips with the Ballinora running game. This helped the forwards to start creating more chances. Sean Coughlan hit the post from a free won by Mark Barry and he also had an effort saved by the Ballinora keeper. Philip Heavey who had an excellent second half fired over a long-range point to narrow the lead. The next five minutes saw three goal chances for Ballinora thankfully going inches wide. It wasn’t all one-way traffic Zac Hanlon had a goal effort saved by the Ballinora keeper. Callum Griffin scored a point after a well-worked move involving several Passage players. Ballinora replied with two quick points of their own to leave Passage 5 points down with only five minutes on the clock. In a finish for the ages, Zac Hanlon and Sean Coughlan scored two quick goals and Philip Heavey kicked two great points to give Passage a three-point win and the U15 Championship double.

What a group of players, they never know when they will be beaten and hopefully they can continue this in their County campaign against Clonakilty. Congratulations to all the players and management team. Special call out to Aidan O’Connor who was injured at the last minute, he played his part in getting the team to the final. Also playing their part were the subs on the day who didn’t get game time on the day but played most of the games during the year Tom Kileen, Eoghan O’Bryne Zac Lenihan. Call out to the U13 players who played some of the games earlier in the summer also.

Team: Diarmuid Buckley, Alex Maher, Shane Whyte, Ollie O’Neill, Jack Mc Mahon, Callum Griffin (capt), Sean Cash, Oisin O’Sullivan, Tom Mc Carthy, Tomas O’Flaherty, Sean O’Regan, Sean Coughlan, Eoin Morrisson, Zac Hanlon, Philip Heavey.

Sub Used: Mark Barry

Scorers for Passage: Sean Coughlan 1-3, Philip 1-3, Eoin Morrisson 1-0, Zac Hanlon 1-0. Callum Griffin 0-1

Passage U14 Hurlers Secure Hurling League Victory

Passage 3-14 St.Vincents 2-5

In an exhilarating match last Wednesday night in Knocknaheeney, the Passage U14 hurlers emerged victorious, clinching the hurling league title. This triumph marked the second time in just a few weeks that a young Passage team had travelled away to St. Vincent’s, displaying their tenacity and skill to bring home the trophy.

Throughout the game, Passage demonstrated their commitment and determination, standing toe to toe with their opponents. While Vincent’s put up a strong fight, it was Passage who ultimately pulled away in the second half, securing a remarkable victory. It is important to acknowledge the overall achievement of Passage U14 hurlers, who overcame formidable challenges to secure another remarkable victory on their journey to success. The players’ unwavering dedication, skill, and mental fortitude were instrumental in their victorious campaign. With this latest triumph, Passage has further solidified its position as a force to be reckoned with in underage competition. The future appears bright for these young hurlers, who, buoyed by their recent achievements, will undoubtedly approach future games in the coming years with renewed vigour and confidence.

Straight from the throw-in Vincents were the quickest out of the blocks scoring two points in the first minute. Passage replied with an excellent point from Morgan Kelleher after a great solo run through the Vincent’s defence. Straight from the puck out Vincents won the ball and fired over their third point. They could have increased their lead only for poor shooting, missing two scorable chances. The Passage defence of Finn Brady, Finn O’Connor, Ruben Ring, Ollie O’Neill, captain Sean Cash and Morgan Kelleher were slowly coming into the game and were outstanding throughout hooking blocking and giving their opponents no peace throughout the game. Half-forward Brian Griffin narrowed the Vincent’s lead with an excellent point out by the sideline, after great work from David O’Connor and Fionn O’Flaherty to set him up. Philip Heavey pointed a free to level the scores after Fionn Flaherty was fouled. In the next play, Morgan Kelleher caught the sliothar and went off on another solo run. The Vincent’s midfielder who was one of their better players fouled Morgan and the referee sent the Vincent’s player to the line. As can sometimes happen Vincents seemed to be galvanised by the sending-off. They quickly scored the first goal of the game and were denied another one only for the heroic defending by Ruben Ring.

Luckily for Passage Vincent’s shooting again left them down in the next few minutes, they missed two scorable frees and another easy chance from play in front of goal. Goal poacher Austin Horgan then scored a great goal for Passage against the run of play after great play from Aidan O’Connor and Daniel Collier. Sharpshooter Philip Heavey fired over a quick point almost immediately afterwards to give Passage the lead for the first time in the game. Passage suffered a blow when the excellent Ruben Ring had to go off injured. He was replaced by Daniel Mooney who slotted in effortlessly playing an excellent game up to the final whistle, clearing numerous balls. Passage had two wides from Philip Heavey and David O’Connor in the next few minutes before Vincents drew level with a long-range effort from the middle of the park. Midfielder Matthew Sheedy who battled away all night won the puck out and sent in the sliothar to the Vincent’s back line. Fionn Flaherty won the ball and somehow managed to break free from the Vincent’s players marking him to set up Philip Heavey who fired over the bar.

David O’Connor was fouled in the next attack and Philip made no mistake from the resulting free. The exchanges were tough and some of the tackles going in were not for the faint-hearted. Austin and David O’Connor had two wides in the next minute before Vincents scored a well-worked goal. Vincents gained some confidence from the score and were denied another goal opportunity when Eoghan O’Bryne and Ollie O’Neill combined to clear the ball. Philip missed a free to level the scores before the referee blew the half-time whistle. The halftime score Passage 1-6 Vincents 2-4.

Like the first half Vincents were first out of the blocks. They created a goal-scoring chance immediately but Eoghan O’Bryne managed to save the shot after a goalmouth scramble. Morgan Kelleher and Finn O’Connor worked the ball out to clear the danger. Vincents were fired up and thankfully only managed one point in the next few minutes from four shots on goal. Daniel Mooney and Finn Brady cleared a lot of balls in these minutes also. Full forward David O’Connor lifted the siege with a well-taken point from a pass from Brian Griffin. Philip Heavey then took over proceedings with a majestic display up to the final whistle. He scored a great goal after another solo run from Morgan Kelleher. The goal lifted the whole team and it was one-way traffic now. Philip fired over three points from play in the next five minutes. When Vincents managed to get back up the pitch Finn Brady, Sean Cash, Finn O’Connor, Ollie O’Neill, Daniel Mooney and the leader of the defence Morgan Kelleher ensured there was no way through. Behind them, Goalkeeper Eoghan O’Bryne was excellent all night with his puck-outs. The forwards were doing their part also half forwards Aidan O’Connor, Brian Griffin and Fionn O’Flaherty working their socks off all night. Inside them despite limited ball going in Daniel Collier, David O’Connor and Austin Horgan were all winning their battles.

Philip scored another goal midway through the half after Aidan O’Connor and substitute Sam Flynn combined to set up the scoring opportunity. Sam was fouled in the next play which allowed Philip to add to his scoring tally with another well-taken free. Ruben Ring re-entered the arena for the final ten minutes which added an extra layer of protection up to the final whistle. David O’Connor won a ruck to set up Brian Griffin for another point in the next passage of the play. It was all Passage now and Philip fired over another free after corner forward Daniel Collier was fouled. Brian Griffin then produced a moment of magic out by the sideline flicking the ball over his man and firing a shot which went inches wide. It would have been a score for the ages had it gone over. Tom Killen and Hugo Murray came on for the final ten minutes and both were quickly in the thick of the action. The tackles were still flying despite the scoreline.

Workhorse Matthew Sheedy scored the final point of the game with two minutes left on the clock. Tempers threatened to spill over in the closing minutes when Morgan Kelleher gave his marker a perfectly timed shoulder by the crowded sideline. The match was held up for a minute or two as the referee tried to clear people off the pitch. On the restart, he blew the final whistle and Passage had secured another trophy in what has been a year for the ages. Special call out to the players who didn’t play on the night. Mark Barry who played all the games during the year but unfortunately was injured for this game. Corey Browne was also injured and played his part during the year. Youngsters Darragh Walton and Padraig O’Driscoll can be proud of their contributions during the year and finally Noah Joyce who was injured for most of the season and it’s great to see him back playing. All that was left now was for captain Sean Cash to lift the trophy his second of the year. Well done to all the players, management and supporters.

Team: Eoghan O’Bryne, Ollie O’Neill, Ruben Ring, Finn O’Connor, Finn Brady, Morgan Kelleher, Sean Cash(capt), Matthew Sheedy, Philip Heavey, Brian Griffin, Aidan O’Connor, Fionn O’Flaherty, Daniel Collier, David O’Connor, Austin O’Connor.

Subs used: Daniel Mooney, Sam O’Flynn, Hugo Murray, Tom Kileen.

Scorers for Passage: Philip Heavey 2-9 (0-4 frees), Austin Horgan 1-0, Brian Griffin 0-2, Morgan Kelleher 0-1, Matthew Sheedy 0-1, David O’Connor 0-1

U10 Ladies Footballers finish off the season with match V St. Michaels

Our U10s enjoyed a great morning’s football against St Michael’s to finish off their season. The girls have made great progress with their skills this year and all their efforts at training are paying off. Thanks to St Michael’s for travelling down. Thanks also to all the players and parents for their dedication to training all year🟢⚪️

U8 boys play in monster football blitz in Páirc Uí Chaoimh

Our U8 boys played in a monster football blitz this morning in Páirc Uí Chaoimh. A total of 9 games were played by our three teams we played against Ballinora, Kilmurry, St Catherine’s, Whitescross, Ballygarvan and Aghabollogue

Nine very competitive games in a beautiful dry morning on the Páirc Uí Chaoimh astro .The boys showed great teamwork along with some great scores, nice kick passing and great defending when they had to.

A very enjoyable morning of football was had by the 17 boys who togged out. Hurling blitz on Saturday week back in Páirc Uí Chaoimh is next for this group of players which be their last blitz of the year.

U12 Ladies Footballers into County Final after win over Dromtarriffe

What an evening in Dromtarriffe! Our U12s headed north for their final county league group match. With both teams sitting level at top of the table with a place in the final at stake, the girls knew they had a tough encounter ahead and this game delivered excitement in spades.

The game was played at a ferocious pace from the start, with the lead changing hands constantly. Each team had periods of dominating possession and neither side was able to pull more than a couple of scores ahead as the clock ticked on. A purple patch for Passage in the closing minutes of the game ensured they came away with the victory and a well-deserved place in the county final, much to the delight of the large group of travelling supporters who as always were exemplary in their encouragement and support of the team.

A huge well done to this group of players who have already achieved so much this season and continue to do the club proud. Details of county final to follow! 🟢⚪️

U16’s have comprehensive win against Ballygarvan despite difficult conditions

Our U16s had a comprehensive win against Ballygarvan in the autumn league yesterday evening in very difficult conditions in Manning Park. Passage dominated possession in the first half playing some great attacking football, resulting in a sizeable lead at half time. More of the same followed in the second half with the girls’ work rate truly admirable in tough wet conditions and fading light.

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