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Bord Na Nog News 23/10/17

U16 Division 1 County Final
Fr Caseys 1-14 St Kierans 0-07

On Friday night Fr Casey’s under 16’s were crowned Division 1 County Champions in a windswept Mick Neville Park by defeating St Kieran’s 1-14 to 0-7. 

Played in very difficult windy conditions it was St Kierans who settled into their game quickest kicking some excellent long range scores to lead by 3 points to no score after the first quarter. They broke through our defence on a few occasions but some excellent goalkeeping by Shane O’ Connell and defending from our backs kept our goal intact. A point by our full forward and captain Eoin Murphy settled the nerves a bit before St Kerians kicked 2 more unanswered points. Trailing by 5 points our boys slowly began to settle into the game and started to find their passes and their scoring boots. Great work in the corner from Ethan Sweeney who foraged for every ball started to pay off as points from Dylan Quirke, Eoin Murphy and Thomas O’ Connell  got us right back into it leaving us level pegging at half time on 6 points each.

Our second half performance showed what an excellent side this team is. From the throw in we went on the attack and started to pick off points from every angle and distance. With Eliah Riordan and Gearoid Scannell starting to dominate at midfield the supply to our forwards was relentless. Our defence in this half were excellent to a man, conceding just one point over the 30 minutes. The full back line of Sean Lane, Micah O’ Connell and Robbie Walsh snuffed out any threat being first to every ball. This allowed our wing backs of Luke Scannell and Jamie Quirke to attack whenever they could and with Ryan O’ Connell rock solid at number 6 the opposition could not find a way through.
The introduction of Olan Quigley early in the second half added more firepower to our attack and with Morgan Scannell running their defence ragged the scores kept coming. A goal from Eoin Murphy midway through the half opened a gap of 6 points and some beautiful points for Jack Quinlivan, Olan, Morgan, Luke and Eliah kept the scoreboard ticking over. The introduction of Ian McAuliffe, Gearoid Harnett and Conor Healy showed the strength in depth of this panel as they continued where the others had left off. There was sheer joy for the Fr Casey’s team and mentors at the final whistle and after a long season the Gerry Molyneaux Memorial Cup was presented to our captain Eoin Murphy.

Fr Casey’s U16 Team: Shane O’ Connell, Sean Lane, Micah O’ Connell, Robbie Walsh, Luke Scannell, Ryan O’ Connell, Jamie Quirke, Eliah Riordan, Gearoid Scannell, Jack Quinlivan, Dylan Quirke, Morgan Scannell, Thomas O’ Connell, Eoin Murphy, Ethan Sweeney, Olan Quigley, Gearoid Harnett, Ian McAuliffe, Conor Healy, Eoghan O’ Connell, Sean Kilbridge, Kevin Lane, Conor Mullane.

U15 Division 1 County Final
Fr Caseys 4-09 Galbally 0-02

On the previous Saturday our U15’s started off a great week by defeating Galbally in the Division 1 final on a score line of 4-9 to 0-2. After some early pressure and with Kevin Lane bringing off some great early saves it was clear there was going to be no way through our defence led by captain Sean Kilbridge who along with Adam Fitzgerald and Eamonn Sheehy closed out any threat from the Galbally attack. Our wing backs Sam Quigley and Conor Mullane were in flying form and Gearoid Scannell stopped any threat coming through the middle. Eliah Riordan and Morgan Scannell ran the show at midfield and never let up for the full game.  Eoghan O’ Connell dictated the pace of the game from centre forward and supplied quality ball to our inside forwards. Cathal Harnett and Diarmuid Buckley never stopped working for the team. Our inside forward line of Shane O’ Connell (1-0) Jack Quinlivan (1-4) and Cathal McCoy (2-2) tormented the opposition defence and ended up scoring a total of 4-06 from play. The introduction of Liam Collins and Scott McCarthy only underlined how strong this squad of players is. With many of the U15 panel playing in the U16 final a week later it was a great start to a brilliant week for the Fr Casey’s Bord na nOg.

Fr Casey’s U15 Team: Kevin Lane, Sean Kilbridge, Adam Fitzgerald, Eamonn Sheehy, Sam Quigley, Gearoid Scannell, Conor Mullane, Eliah Riordan, Morgan Scannell, Cathal Broderick, Eoghan O’ Connell, Diarmuid Buckley, Shane O’ Connell, Jack Quinlivan, Cathal McCoy, Scott McCarthy, Liam Collins, Cian Harnett, Mark Nolan, Culan Quigley, Oisin Woulfe, David Fitzgerald, Michael Kilbridge.