U16 Boys Manorhamilton Rangers 6 v 4 Ballymote

Manorhamilton Rangers U16 team having being promoted as Champions last year from Division one last year opened their season in the top flight against Ballymote Celtic who were finalists in the top flight last season. Conditions for this match were very poor with rain showers and a strong wind. Manor dominated the first twenty minutes and went close through efforts by Diarmuid Giblin and Darren Gilmartin. Manors opening score came from a brilliant individual goal from Hugh Clancy playing at right back. He seized the ball in his own half and went on a run down the right hand side beating three Ballymote players before cutting back inside and firing a cracking shot to the net. Manors Iarla Regan was forced into action and made a brilliant one on one save to keep Manor in front. Manors pressure was further rewarded on 33 minutes with the hard working Darren Gilmartin forcing the ball to Hugh Clancy and he found Micheal O Conallain who struck an unstoppable shot to the net. Muireann Devaney marshalled the Manor midfield and combined well with Darren Gilmartin and Jack Faulkner. Ballymote put themselves back into the game against the run of play when a ball over the top reached the Ballymote striker who looked two yards offside. He sent his shot past Regan much to the dismay of the Manor defence. The Manor back line of Shay Gurn, Mathew Connolly, Andrew Rooney and Hugh Clancy was strong throughout and Ballymote struggle to get through. Muireann Devanney, playing in possibly three roles was immense. Micheal O Conallain and Diarmuid Giblin linked well with Darren Gilmartin, Jack Faulkner and Darragh Maguire and their creative play should have yielded more in the first half. Cathal Og O'Connell was introduced to the fray in midfield. Ballymote should have equalised but for the brilliance of Iarla Regan with two outstanding saves in quick succession. Manors third goal came from a perfectly floated free kick by Mathew Connolly into the Ballymote box which was headed to the net by Jack Faulkner. A minute later Manor further extended their lead when great work by Darragh Maguire saw him beat the keeper with a cracking shot for 4/1. Manor led at halftime by 4/1.Manor should have closed out the game but as can happen in games where you dominate the defence were caught napping twice. The first from a corner kick which wasnt dealt with and allowed the ballymote striker to make it 4/2. Manor started to lose their shape and Ballymote pounced again when a fine free kick from outside the area found the net for 4/3. Manors nerves were settled when Diarmuid Giblin sent a ball over the top to Jack Faulkner who took the sweetest of touches to send the ball crawling over the goal line for 5/3. Keith Kerrigan replaced an injured Diarmuid Giblin. Iarla Regan was again called into action and at full stretch sent the ball around the post when a goal looked inevitable. Oisin Burns replaced Darragh Maguire. Murieann Devanney came to Manors rescue several times with some very well timed tackles as Ballymote looked to break forward. Muireann was rewarded for her hard work when a goal clearance by Iarla Regan found her and she forced an error from the Ballmote keeper charging down the ball before calmly finding the net for 6/3. Ballymote scored a fourth goal two minutes later but it was to prove no more than a consolation. A good start to the season. Player of the match could have went to a few players with good performances all round. Muireann Devanney on her first start U16 was player of the match.

U12 Girls off to a flyer

Paul Caprani and Bernard Torsney first foray into management was a successful one as the girls U12 team got their legue campaign off to a good start at home to Ballymote Celtic. It was a great all round peformance with the whole squad involved. Aine McLoughlin scored both goals for Manor.

Manorhamilton Rangers nominated in last eight for Aviva Club of Year 2017

Manorhamilton Rangers AFC have been nominated for the second time in three years in the last eight clubs for the Aviva Club of the Year. Its a huge achievement for the Club and Club PRO Dave Cummins will now go to the Aviva Stadium on June 4th to meet the judges and receive 1500 and learn the details of the presentation that the club have to put forward outlining their case why Manorhamilton Rangers should be crowned Aviva Club of the Year 2017. exciting times. Well done to all involved with the club.