When I was asked to cover the Glasgow Gaels Vs Tir Conaill Harps Game on Friday night I didn’t think I would have to deal with an actual Glasgow Gale (I am writing this with no notes as everything was washed away). All day on Friday the weather looked ideal for the Gaelic Football Glasgow Derby but that changed just before Throw in, when it dramatically started pouring down.
This isn’t the only change in Glasgow Recently with this being the first fixture at GG new home pitch at Clydebank Community sports hub and thankfully the brand new all-weather facilities meant the game was always going to go ahead (They’re not the only ones to move of course, Tir Conaill Harps have also moved recently to Cambuslang Rugby and sports Club).
The first 10 mins of the contest were relatively even as both teams took time to adapt to the extreme conditions. The break through finally came And it was from the men in Green and Gold with David Bouchier continuing his recent form with a well taken Goal. At this stage THC were having great success with balls into the full forward line. Conner Shannon’s link up play was working well and he got his reward with a well taken point.
Mid way through the first half TCH made a tactical change when Muiris Bartley came on and made an instant impact, running from midfield unmarked to ram the ball into the back of the net.
Aiden Brennan’s run from midfield was outstanding and lead to an unorthodox point. It looked like he had lost possession on more than one occasion and when it looked like he had over ran this opportunity for a score as he was surrounded by GG Defenders he lobbed the ball for a well taken point.
The first half came to a close at GG 0-2 THC 3-3 with David Bouchier getting another two scores with a goal and a point.
The weather didn’t get any better for the start of the second half with the teams taking the field looking like the first half was played in a swimming pool the brave spectators should have received a medal for lasting the game. Muiris Bartley had an outstanding second half scoring 1 – 2. David Boucheir also got another Goal. Connaire Shannon was rewarded for his continued running with another point.
Glasgow Gaels got a late penalty that they converted before sub Paul Molloy came on to score a late goal from range just before the final whistle to complete the scoring.
Well done to our U13 boys & U14 girls, who played the blitz in Edinburgh on Saturday.
It was a brilliant display of grit & determination, especially from our 8, 9 & 10 year olds who bolstered the teams to allow the matches to happen.
Senior training takes place on Tuesday and Thursday night at 7pm and underage training on Friday at 6.30 both at Cambuslang Rugby and Sports Club.