Clann na nGael / Tormeys Solicitors Under-10 League, 'B' Final

posted 8 Oct 2016, 02:56 by Garrycastle GAA   [ updated 8 Oct 2016, 02:57 ]
After a long wait since playing the last round of the Tormeys Solicitors / Clann na nGael under-10 league, it was finally time for the Garrycastle Under-10 squad to travel to Johnstown on Thursday evening to play Clann na nGael in the 'B' final. On a lovely evening we had a geat turnout of 28 players, allowing us to easily field teams at under-9 and under-10 levels. 
For the finals of the league, both teams played, and the scores of the two matches are added together to give a final result. 
The under-10 team started well, and traded scores with the host club in a very evenly matched first half. At the half-time break only a single score separated the teams, with Clann in front. A couple of positional switches at half time allowed the Garrycastle squad to push forward more in the second half, and they soon drew level, and then took the lead with some excellent build up play from the centre of the field. Both teams fought hard and fair to try and control the match, but it was Garrycastle who held the upper hand in the third quarter and they stretched their lead with some excellent scores. However, as expected, the home club fought back as the game entered the last few minutes, and it took some fantastic rearguard work from the very hard working Garrycastle backline to weather the storm. As the final whistle sounded, the Garrycastle team emerged victorious by just a single score. 
Not to be outdone, the under-9 team started very strongly, and had the lions share of possession right throughout the first half. Building on a very strong midfield showing, and an excellent defensive display when needed, the Garrycastle lads took a good lead into the half-time break. However, there was a large number of wides also in the first half, which meant the game was closer than was necessary at the break. As the second half started, the Garrycastle subs were begun to be introduced so that all players present could play in the final. The Clann team attacked strongly in the second half, but the Garrycastle defence handled the threat well, and aided by some inspirational scores up front, took a deserved win, having led from start to finish. 
There were scenes of great excitement and pure joy at the final whistle as this superb group of young players celebrated their win! 
The joint captains, Anthony Mannion at under-10, and Aaron Keegan at under-9, led the cheers and singing as the players celebrated with all their might. Once they calmed down a little, it was off to the clubhouse for the medals and trophy presentation. It was a very proud group of players who accepted their medals, and the roof was nearly lifted off the clubhouse with the cheering when the trophy was presented to Anthony and Aaron. 
Overall, the Garrycastle under-10 squad have put a huge effort in right througout this league, and got their reward with their win in the final. All the players played their part during the league rounds, and on the finals night, and all can be justifiably proud of their efforts and rewards. 
A huge note of thanks is due to Tormeys Solicitors for sponsoring this league, and to the Clann na nGael club for hosting it, for their excellent organisation right throughout the league, and their excellent hospitality on the finals night. Such well organised and structured opportunites to play football at this age level are few and far between, and this tournament is an excellent example of how it can be done! 
Many thanks also to the parents who bring their sons and daughter to training and matches, and who always stay to cheer on their young players from the sideline in excellent spirits. As always, it is this type of support that makes all the difference. 

Full report, team pictures and photos from the game are on the under-10 page.

Squad on the night:
Brandon Devaney, Jack Allen, Tom Sheehan, Nathan McKeon, Sean O'Donoghue, Calum Hudson, Kacey Mulvihill, Killian Keegan, Dean Greham, David Carter, Anthony Mannion, Oisin O'Donoghue, Christian Turean, Kealan McNamara, Niadh Shine, Oisin Mulvihill, Conor McCormack, Aaron Keegan, Cian Norris, Rian Gaynor, Dylan Frawley, Darragh Glennon, Andrew Henson, Fionn McMahon, Van McCay, James McHugh, Louie Shine, Keelan Ward.