U16 Roinn B Football Champions

posted 11 Feb 2015, 07:19 by Mary O'Donnell   [ updated 11 Feb 2015, 13:11 ]
The U16 Roinn B County final was played in a cold, foggy but well-presented Dr.Tierney Park on Sunday. Well done to the field committee who had the pitch in excellent condition. The Emeralds struck first blood with a well taken point. St. Fiachra’s raced into the lead with 3points (2F) from Terry Dreelan and a well taken goal from Sean Holden. (1.03 to .01) The Emeralds then hit their purple patch and scored 1.04 unanswered which left the halftime score 1.05 to 1.03. Aaron Foley and his full back line of Michael Walsh, Shane Byrne and Ian Foley had to be outstanding to keep the deficit to 2 points. From the restart the game ebbed and flowed The Emeralds kicking over 5 points and Terry converting 3 frees 1.10 to 1.06. The visitors grew stronger and faster as the time ticked on. The local boys didn’t lose heart, as well as defending staunchly wing back Killian Phelan battled his way to the Emeralds goalmouth and hit the net to keep Fiachra’s within touching distance 1.10 to 2.06. Minutes later and with minutes remaining Sean Holden rattled the Emeralds when he netted his 2nd goal of the day 1.10 to 3.06. The Urlingford men were not going to lie down easy and they drove forward time and time again and kicked over 4 super points which gave them a 2 point cushion deep into stoppage time. Another attack was halted by some great defending by Patrick Nolan. The ball was cleared and made its way into the hands of Adrian Doyle who was fouled as he drove into the Emeralds box. Needing a goal to win quick thinking captain Terry Dreelan blasted the ball to the net which sealed a hard fought and what looked at times unlikely win. Apart from those already mentioned Joe Dowling worked hard with the other backs to restrict a very dangerous and capable attacking forward line. Mid field duo of Niall Hayden & Mitchell Maher showed great character in a huge midfield battle. Richard Foley, Stuart Maher and Michael Barcoe kept their opposite numbers busy. Jason Byrne, Taghdh Delaney & Cian Kennedy all made a great impact when introduced. Centre back Eoin Cullen was unfortunate to miss the game through illness, Sean Walsh, Ben Savage and Sean Cosgrave were all on standby should they get the call. Thanks to mentors Pat Nolan & Thomas Holden for their great work with the boys