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Club Notes-14th March 2011

posted Mar 14, 2011, 2:49 AM by Unknown user

 

U21 Football Eastern Final

 

The Eastern final against Mount Sion last Friday night proved to a be a very tight affair & after 60 minutes, we can be relieved to come away with a draw, with the replay fixed for next Friday 18th March at 7:30 PM at Carrickbeg. We started the match tentatively & after kicking a few early wides we found ourselves behind when Mount Sion opened the scoring with a point in the 5th minute followed by a goal in the 8th minute, when their full forwards greater physical strength levelled all around him before finishing to the net. We finally opened our account with a point by Gavin Nugent in the 11th minute, before Mount Sion added another point a minute later to restore their 4-point lead. The following quarter of a hours football was riddled with mistakes with numerous hand passes & kick passes going astray & a lot of the basic football skills being absent. There were no further scores in this period, before we finally saw some quality when Ronan Cahill kicked a huge point from 50 metres in the 28th minute, followed by a Gavin Nugent point & another from Ronan Cahill in first half injury time, to leave us only one point in arrears, 1-2 to 0-4 at the break. In truth everybody in the sizable attendance hoped for better in the second half.

We started the second half with a quick point by Richie Lacey in the first minute to level it up before Mount Sion added two further points to lead by two after 37 minutes. A point apiece by our two midfielders Jamie Kirwan & Ronan Cahill brought us back level with 15 minutes left to play, with these two players keeping us in the match. Both teams continued to find it difficult to create & finish scores & as we entered the last 10 minutes it looked like a point or two for either side would be enough to secure victory. Some poor defending by us led to a free for Mount Sion wide on the right in the 55th minute, & up stepped the Mount Sion free taker to slot over a magnificent free off the ground with his left leg. The pressure was now on us as time ticked away, & with two minutes left we won a free wide on the left about 30 metres from goal. Our best player on the night, Ronan Cahill, took responsibility & facing into a strong breeze, kicked it high  & straight between the posts with a right leg kick for a point that the best players in the country would be happy with. Both sides pushed for a winner, & on the stroke of full time Mount Sion won another free in practically the same position as the previous one, but this time he failed to connect properly & the referee blew the final whistle before another Mount Sion forward had time to take advantage of the loose ball.

Final score: Rathgormack 0-8, Mount Sion 1-5.

Neither team will be happy with their overall team performance in this match, where there was no lack of endeavour or commitment, but a distinct lack of quality apart from a few high points. Both teams will feel they can improve greatly & we would feel that our lads can improve slightly more & take the silverware in the replay. All in the club wish the lads the best of luck in the replay, & please come along to Carrickbeg to lend your support.

Team:  Eamonn Cahill, Billy Power, Gerard Kirwan, Connor Walsh, Johnny Quinlan, Nigel Skehan, Sean Cullen, Jamie Kirwan (0-1), Ronan Cahill (0-4), Gavin Nugent (0.2), Liam Walsh (Ballinafina), Richie Lacey (0-1), Michael Curry , Paul Drohan, Steven Kirwan. Subs: Sean Lacey for Michael Curry, Sean Connolly for Richie Lacey, Peter Foran for Liam Walsh (Ballinafina).
 

U14 Football

 

We received a walkover from Sacred Heart in our final match last Saturday.

 

Minor Football

 

For the second week in a row, our minor’s match was postponed, this time against De La Salle. Our next match is at home to Dungarvan, on Saturday, 26th March, at 3:00 P.M.

 

In action in Fraher Field

 

Our U10 team played an exhibition game at half time at the Waterford/ Tipperary Allianz Football League match last Saturday 12th March, during the first senior intercounty game under lights at Fraher Field. All involved enjoyed the experience on this historic occasion, & to top it off Waterford had a great result beating Tipperary by 5 points. We would like to thank all the parents for bringing along their children & a photo of the boys involved has been posted on the club website.

 

Deise Draw

 

There is only one more week in order to secure your ticket before the first draw. We would ask our regular supporters to purchase their tickets ASAP. The first draw goes ahead on Friday, 25th March.
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