Semi-finals action continues

Indoor Soccer Tournament: Semi-finals action continued on Saturday in the 5-a-side Indoor Soccer Tournament at Strokestown Leisure Centre, with the attending spectators witnessing some hard-fought matches and exciting play. U 13 Girls Semis: Strokestown 0 AFK 3. Strokestown girls, who had been winners in this age group for the past 4 years, lost this excellent game against AFK. Ballintubber/Ballymoe 1 Kilglass 0. This match could not have been closer as Ballintubber/Ballymoe came out on top with a last-minute goal in extra-time.   U15 Girls Semis: Douglas Hyde 8 Tulsk 4. There were many goals in this game with Douglas Hyde coming out on top with excellent team-play. Strokestown 1 Drumclonown 0. This was another nail-biting match with Strokestown taking the win with a penalty in extra-time. U13 Boys Semis: Castlerea 3 Taughmaconnell 2; Strokestown 5 Ballaghaderreen 1.  U15 Boys Semis: Castlerea 0 Strokestown 1.    Roscommon/Kilteeven 0 Ballintubber/Ballymoe 1.      Finals day was Sunday, which saw Strokestown take 3 out of the 4 trophies with AFK taking the other. All these teams will go forward to the Connacht finals which will be held in Co. Leitrim on 5th April. U13 Girls Final: AFK Ballintubber/Ballymoe 0.  U15 Girls Final: Strokestown 4 Douglas Hyde 1.  U13 Boys Final: Strokestown 5  Castlerea 0.  U15 Boys Final: Strokestown 2 Ballintubber/Ballymoe 1. This was a nail-biting match with Ballintubber/Ballymoe having most of the play, holding a one-nil lead for much of the match but Strokestown did not give up and won with 2 late goals.    Thanks must go to the committee at Strokestown for holding the event, volunteers for assisting and for all the referees because without them this tournament could not have taken place. Thanks must also go to the team players and managers for playing the games in the true spirit of The Community Games. We wish them all good luck in the Connacht Finals. Forthcoming events Draughts: The draughts competition takes place on Saturday, 8th March at 3 pm at Kilbride. This tournament will be played by girls and boys in all age groups from under ten to under 14.  Cross-country: The U13 Boys and Girls cross-country will take place at 12 noon on Sunday, 9th March in the Roscommon Racecourse. Table Tennis: The Table Tennis tournament will be held on Sunday, 9th March at Ballinameen, starting at 3 pm. Basketball: Basketball competition will be held over the Easter holidays and all areas will be notified of dates and venue as soon as possible. Ballintubber/Ballymoe Community Games U-13 Girls indoor soccer team reached the Community Games County final on Sunday last. The girls displayed a great team performance in all their games beating Moore, Drum/Clonown, and Kilglass but unfortunately lost the final to AFK on a scoreline 2-0. Thanks to all who supported the team throughout their campaign and especially their managers Rosaleen Timothy and Ann Collins, parents who provided transport to all the matches and to Sean T Kelly and Damon Kearney for coaching the girls. Thanks to the team of Sharon Moran, Shauna Ward, Maeve King, Sarah Forde, Rachel Smyth, Laura Smyth and Aoife Collins for all their efforts. Best wishes and good luck to AFK in the Connacht Finals and thanks is extended to Strokestown Community Games committee for a well-organised event. It has been a hectic and thoroughly enjoyable weekend for both boys and girls at Community Games soccer. Saturday last saw the boys compete in the County semi-final against Fourmilehouse. After winning their first game 1-0 they went on to meet Ballaghaderreen, who on the day proved too strong for our boys and we exited the competition. Girls U-13 also competed over the weekend and won their first game against Ballinameen on a scoreline of 3-0. They then advanced to the final against AFK and unfortunately were on the losing end of this encounter. Boys U-15 reached the final against Strokestown. While they put up a great performance and worked tirelessly it was not to be their day, eventually losing out to Strokestown on the narrowest of margins. Our heartiest congratulations to all three teams involved in these competitions. Well done to all concerned – it was truly an enjoyable Community Games Soccer weekend.