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Football Update (Billy Clery, Stephen Nash, Paudie Murray)

Collingwood/Junior A Team

The first team’s season is really only kicking off now after a later than usual start. The Sunday morning squad has had some great wins in Division One of the Galway District League and is currently positioned in the mid- dle of the table with several games in hand.

They had a fine run in the FAI Junior Cup only to be upstaged in Round 3 in a 4-3 thriller versus West United ‘A’. The team showed great strength and spirit that day which bodes well for the Collingwood challenge. The lads are also still in the Connacht Junior Cup which is now down to the final sixteen.

The effort from the players in the Sunday morning squad has been tremendous. This has been matched by sev- eral people the past couple of seasons. Mark Foley, Paddy Downes,Will Geoghegan, Paudie Murray, Billy Cleary have all put Trojan work in to developing this squad. We hope that James Delargy will see the benefit and that his input will bring success for the club.

In the combined University/IT League we have one game left at home to Sligo IT – a win in that will see us through to the Quarter Finals. The very best of luck to the squad in that upcoming game.

Junior B Team

“The Colts” currently lie third in Division 4A of the Galway Junior League 4A with a record of three wins, two draws and just one loss.They are only five points off the leaders, Naomh Bricain, and are poised to challenge for the league.Their cause is not helped by the crazy decision by Galway FA to play only one round of fixtures in Division 4.

The season started well with wins at home to Oughterard (3-1) and Athenry (4-3). This was followed by a disappointing 1-1 draw away to Renmore as they had led most of the game. The Colts got back to winning ways against MacDara ‘B’ in Carraroe. The team that day was captained by Mark Foley as his wife lay in hospital expecting their first child – dedication or terms for divorce, you decide?

The league leaders, Naomh Bricain, were next to visit Dangan and a hard-fought match finished in a 0-0 stale- mate with College hitting the post in the second half. More recently Colts lost ground on the leaders after losing at home to East Utd (1-2). At present it looks like a three-way battle between NUIG ‘B’s, Naomh Bricain and East for the Division 4A title and promotion to Division 3.

Intervarsity Competitions & Dates

Competition Location

Dates (Inclusive)

Harding Cup

University of Ulster, Coleraine Weds. Feb 7th – Sat. Feb 10th

Collingwood Cup Crowley Cup

NUI Galway Trinity (Dublin University)

Mon. Feb 25th – Thurs. Feb 28th Thurs. Mar 6th – Sun. Mar 9th

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