Sean Stinsons added another hurling title to their collection on Saturday, as they comfortably won Section F of the Ulster Féile after victory over Naomh Colmcille from Coalisland, in the Final played at Carey.
The day started in somewhat of a historic fashion for the young Stinsons men, as they officially unveiled their new IWC Replica Watches look playing kit, with new club colours Maroon and White.
Sean Stinsons U14 Hurlers before the Ulster Féile '07 in their new kits sponsored by Brady Electrical.
Stinsons were matched against Buncrana (Donegal), Castlewellan (Down), and Shamrocks (Tyrone) in their side of Section F, however with the Strabane men not travelling, all games were played in Portglenone.
The first group game saw Castlewellan beat a spirited Buncrana outfit, in a close encounter. Stinsons moved into action first against the Down outfit, and buoyed by their new look, they played some fantastic attacking hurling to comfortably win.
To secure passage to the Section F final, Stinsons had to beat Buncrana in the final group game of the morning, and from the off they made their intentions clear giving the Donegal men little time on the ball and taking their own scores with ease. The game ended with another comfortable win for Stinsons and a job well done in reaching the decider later in the day at Carey.
Sean Stinsons U14 Hurlers parade at the Ulster Féile '07 in Ballycastle.
After a wonderfully colourful parade through the streets of Ballycastle in the sunshine, the young Stinsons lads minds were once again focused on their big game and having learned the opposition, Naomh Colmcille had also secured easy passage into the Final, they realised they would face a tougher challenge that those earlier in the day.
With a strong breeze blowing straight down the Carey pitch, Stinsons won the toss and took immediate advantage of the elements. Despite being overall a much smaller team, Stinsons played sharper hurling than the Coalisland outfit in the first half, and scored at will with the assistance of the wind.
Any attack seemed to be rewarded with a score for the Antrim men, and any rare attack from Naomh Colmcille was quickly snuffed out by a great defensive display. At half time the score was 2-5 v 0-1 in favour of Sean Stinsons, but with such a strong breeze and against a bigger team, they must have wondered if they had done enough to secure victory.
Stinsons continued to press against the odds in the second half producing a great team performance to overwhelm the Coalisland attack. Stinsons added another goal and 2 points against the wind, whilst the Tyrone men only managed to better their half time tally by a single goal which keeper James OConnell was unfortunate not to save.
The young Stinsons team celebrated the final whistle with roars of delight, and were presented their medals by former Ulster Council President Micheal Greenan who had been a spectator throughout.
In their three games every one of the Stinson players made their mark on the day, and all deserve special mention.
Sean Stinson's: James OConnell; Mark Duffin, Ciaran Doherty, Declan Lennon; Emmet ONeill, Eamon Brady, James Magee; Fionnbarr ONeill (Capt), Patrick Graham; Declan Findlay, Fergal Magee, Ryan McGreevy; Daniel ONeill, Niall Kelly, Cathal OBoyle. (Injured: Declan Doherty)