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Stinson’s hit ‘Purple Patch at Ulster Hurling Féile 06 May 2007

Sean Stinson’s 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 Stinson’s men, as they officially unveiled their new IWC Replica Watches look playing kit, with new club colours Maroon and White.

Ulster Hurling Féile- 05 May 2007
Sean Stinsons U14 Hurlers before the Ulster Féile '07 in their new kits sponsored by Brady Electrical.

Stinson’s 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. Stinson’s 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, Stinson’s 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 Stinson’s and a job well done in reaching the decider later in the day at Carey.

Ulster Hurling Féile- 05 May 2007
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 Stinson’s 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, Stinson’s won the toss and took immediate advantage of the elements. Despite being overall a much smaller team, Stinson’s 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 Stinson’s, but with such a strong breeze and against a bigger team, they must have wondered if they had done enough to secure victory.

Stinson’s continued to press against the odds in the second half producing a great team performance to overwhelm the Coalisland attack. Stinson’s 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 O’Connell was unfortunate not to save.

The young Stinson’s 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 O’Connell; Mark Duffin, Ciaran Doherty, Declan Lennon; Emmet O’Neill, Eamon Brady, James Magee; Fionnbarr O’Neill (Capt), Patrick Graham; Declan Findlay, Fergal Magee, Ryan McGreevy; Daniel O’Neill, Niall Kelly, Cathal O’Boyle. (Injured: Declan Doherty)

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