Under 17 Championship Final
St Joseph’s 5-10 Inny Shamrocks 1-06
Fast, Fluid and focussed football with a large amount of ability and a huge determination to win led to our terrific win over the Ballynacargy/Bunbrosna combination Inny Shamrocks at the well-appointed Milltown pitch on Saturday 26th September. To win any final, you need skill and we showed plenty of that to totally outplay our opponents who were well beaten on the day. It was a hugely impressive display in which we won by a far larger margin that anyone would have expected.
Inny Shamrocks started well with a point early on but it was a false dawn as St Joseph’s took over for most of the game. Alan Conlon’s two goals tied up matters well and we led by 2-5 to 1-3 at half time. A well worked goal four minutes into the second half finished off by Ben McDonnell put us in a hugely significant 3-7 to 1-3 lead. There was really no way back. At the second water break we led by 3-08 to 1-04. Then followed a converted penalty from Mikey Lynam and a great finish from Daniel Keegan finished the goal scoring but it was a very competent display from everyone on the day.
At the end we finished ahead by a margin of 16 points. One score would have been sufficient but needless to say it was hugely satisfying! Every win is built on performances and everyone played their part. Stephen Fennessy was very solid throughout in goals while the defence were on top at all times. The full back line of Mark Lynam, Adam Kelly and Ciaran Keegan were like granite. Nothing was getting through. Half Backs Jake Gannon, Frankie Day and Ryan Fogarty combined their defensive duties well with many foraging runs in aid of the attack and like their counterparts in the full back line were on top of their game. The midfield partnership of Noah McDonnell and Daniel Keegan were in full flow and were well assisted by full forward Peter Reid who probably had his finest game for the club on the day.
The forwards were a joy to watch. Alan Conlon got two great goals and played with huge pace and certainly Joseph Cusack gave numerous markers nightmares as he was as slippery as an eel throughout. Mikey Lynam played a tremendous game slotting over a couple of 45’s along with a goal. A real captain’s game. Ben McDonnell and Jamie McDonnell have great engines and they really purred sweetly throughout the game. Not forgetting the substitutes, Josh Gannon, Owen Tandy, Dylan Drake, Eanna Rabbitte, Thomas Conlon and Sean Elliffe. Those who came in all did well and they all can look forward to the Under 15 final coming up.
Team: Stephen Fennessy, Mark Lynam, Adam Kelly, Ciaran Keegan, Jake Gannon, Frankie Day, Ryan Fogarty, Noah McDonnell, Daniel Keegan, Jamie McDonnell, Mikey Lynam, Ben McDonnell, Joseph Cusack, Peter Reid, Alan Conlon. Subs: Josh Gannon, Owen Tandy, Dylan Drake, Eanna Rabbitte, Thomas Conlon, Gerard Reid, Sean Elliffe.
We would like to pass on our condolences to the family of Mrs Rose Cummins Née Fox, Creeve, Streamstown who sadly passed away on September 22nd peacefully in her 81st year.
We would also like to pay our respects to the family and friends of Theresa Smyth (née Cunningham) of Ballymore who sadly passed away on September 23rd and also to the family and friends of Mr Anthony (Tony) Tuite late of Rathcore, Dysart who died on the 25th September at Tullamore Regional hospital.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anamacha