Seniors and Reserves
The seniors made the long journey to Craigbane on Wednesday evening in the penultimate league game. The game was played in difficult conditions and despite getting off to a shaky start, they recovered well to go into the break 7 ahead. The second half saw a much improved display and they ran out comfortable winners on a scoreline of Newbridge 3-15 Craigbane 1-07.
Newbridge scorers K Sweeney (1-03), P McGuigan & D McKeever (1-00 each), C Doherty (0-04), D Mulholland (0-03), E Burke & O McGlone (0-02 each) and J Diamond (0-01).
The win against Craigbane set up a winner takes all game against Steelstown on Sunday in the final league game of 2017 in what was effectively the league final and played in front of a large crowd. The Bridge got off to the worst possible start conceding 2-01 after only 5 minutes and give themselves a mountain to climb. To the teams credit they regrouped and starting chipping away at the scoreboard via Kevin Sweeney, Ciaran Brooks and Danny Mulholland and by the 29th minute levelled the game for the first time however a converted Steelstown on mouth of half time left the Bridge trailing by the minimum at the break. The second half was relentless end to end football with both teams trading scores and it was in the 49th minute the Bridge got into the lead for the first time via a converted Sweeney free. This was followed up with points from Mulholland and Sweeney (2) to open up a 3 point lead with 5 minutes to play. Steelstown continued the fight scoring the next 2 points however after 4 minutes injury time, which felt like 24 for the large home crowd, the Bridge claimed the win, the Division 2 League title and promotion back to Senior football for 2018. Final score Newbridge 0-18 Steelstown 2-11.
Newbridge scorers were K Sweeney (0-09), D Mulholland (0-05), C Brooks, N Rocks, O McGlone and C Doherty (0-01 each).
The reserve game was first up on Sunday with the Bridge knowing a win would secure the league title. Despite trailing by 2 points after 6 minutes, this was the only time they were behind as a ruthless first half performance saw them lead by 5-08 to 2-05 at the break. Playing into the breeze in the second half, the team put up a resolute performance and eventually ran out winners on a scoreline of Newbridge 5-15 Steelstown 4-06.
The committee wish to thank the management team of Paddy, Pete and Paul and all the players for hard work ,effort and sacrifice they have put in from the beginning of the season . The team has suffered injuries over the past few weeks so its a real testament to the players coming that they have done the business to ensure we secured promotion. The committee also wish to thank our Seniors and Reserves sponsor Uform for their ongoing support.
Minors – Newbridge 0-08 Lavey 3-22
U14 cship – Newbridge 6-05 Steelstown 2-05
U14 cship – Newbridge v Dungiven (away)
Good luck to Paudie, Mark, Sean and all involved with Derry Minors in Saturdays All Ireland Quarter final vs Sligo. The u12 & 14 teams along with the management will all be there to cheer you on!!
Membership for 2017 is now due, cost £20 and committee members are calling around as many houses as possible to collect this. If by any chance a representative has not called at your door and you wish to be a member, please let any committee member know to help get this arranged. All membership monies are required to be by this week.
Thank goes to all the helpers and children who helped make this years Cul Camp so successful.
All Ireland Draw
Tickets are now on sale for the annual All Ireland football final prize draw which includes 2 nights B&B and 2 tickets for the final located in the Cusack Stand. Tickets cost £2 each or £5 per book of 3. The draw will take place on Saturday 9th September at the Bingo.
This week’s lotto numbers are 2, 9, 14 & 16 there were no winners. Susan Scott, Teresa Downey, Tom Walls and Brendan Carty each win £25. Next weeks jackpot is £1,950
Bingo continues to take place every Saturday night at 8.30pm in the Hall.
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