Clann na nGael / Tormeys Solicitors Under-10 League

posted 2 Sep 2015, 15:04 by William Leahy   [ updated 2 Sep 2015, 15:04 ]
The Under-10 and under-9 teams played St. Dominics, from Knockcroghery in Roscommon in the sixth round of the Clann na nGael / Tormeys Solicitors league on Wednesday evening in Garrycastle. A good turnout on the evening allowed us field 2 teams at 11-a-side. 
In the Under-10 match, Garrycastle started well, and soon had a score on the board from Jamie Carroll. Playing with the wind, Garrycastle had to work hard to get some scores on the board against a resolute St. Dominics defence. Good midfield play opened up some opportunities for Jamie, Killian Redmond and Kealan Ryan-McIntyre to add to the score before St. Dominics registered their first score. Further scores from Diarmaid Murtagh and Kealan rounded off a good first half display. 
Playing against the wind in the second half, Garrycastle laid siege to the St. Dominics goal, but kicked no fewer than 6 wides in a row before Jamie and Matthew Conner added to the score. From then on, Garrycastle were always in charge around the field and further scores from Jamie rounded out a good win. This was an impressive display with all 14 players playing at least half a match each, and all players impressing. 
In the Under-9 match, the Garrycastle team started slowly and relied on some strong defending by Anthony Mannion and Andrew Henson to keep St. Dominics at bay. Slowly the midfield of Tom Sheehan and Jack Allen got the upper hand, and helped by some good forward play from David Carter and Killian Keegan started to pop over some scores. At half-time, Garrycastle led by a single score. 
As the second half started, the Garrycastle team stated to dominate around the field, and with better service to the forwards, the scores started to flow, with Rian Gaynor and James McHugh to the fore. In full flow now, the team continued to add scores, but also defended strongly as the need arose, and ran out comfortable winners in the end. 
So, two wins on the night. Overall, this was a very impressive display from the under-10 and under-9 teams, with all 26 players on the night playing their part in two excellent matches. All of the players can hold their heads high after two excellent performances. 
Squad on the evening:
Under-10: Conor McCarthy, Jack Mulvihill, Sean Doyle, Oisin Nugent, Diarmaid Murtagh, Brian Mulvihill, Jamie Carroll, Cian McCormack, Thanh McCay, Killian Redmond, Matthew Conner, Kealan Ryan-McIntyre, Tom Daly, Mattie Wozniak.
Under-9: Anthony Mannion, Nathan McKeon, Andrew Henson, Jack Allen, Sean O'Donoghue, David Carter, James McHugh, Rian Gaynor, Niadh Shine, Killian Keegan, Tom Sheehan, Cian Norris.