U10’s in North Antrim Indoor hurling play-offs
On Sunday 16th February, our U10 hurlers travelled to St. Malachy’s College in Belfast to represent the club in the play-off stages of the annual North Antrim Indoor Hurling competition. This is graded based on the first weeks competition with the top 2 progressing to the finals the following week.
Squad: Jamie McLaughlin, Patrick Mooney, Patrick Murray, Conhuir Johnson, Matthew Mullen, Maitiu Cairns
Five teams turned up on the day including Eoghan Ruadh (Dungannon), O’Donnovan Rossa (Belfast), St. Enda’s (Belfast), St. Ergnatt’s (Moneyglass) and ourselves. The teams from Buncrana and Glenshesk were unable to attend.
First up were the red-handers from Tyrone.Swiss Replica Watches They were a very well drilled and strong outfit that meant business. They scored three quick goals before our lads got into their groove. When they did, Maitiu Cairns and Patrick Murray were unlucky not to steal a few back before the referee blew for full time.
Next up were our neighbours from Moneyglass. As expected, this was a tough, close game and nobody wanted to lose! We went ahead with a great goal from Jamie McLaughlin. Then it was a case of holding on when Moneyglass pushed hard, but there was some great defending by Conhuir Johnston and Matthew Mullen. With a minute to go, a speculative shot from halfway made it all the way through and the game was level. Our lads went on the attack again and pushed for a winner. The pressure was rewarded with a penalty. Conhuir hit a great shot but a brilliant save by the Moneyglass keeper summoned the final whistle and it ended in a draw.
Our third game was with St. Enda’s from the other end of the Antrim Road. Another good game but we just didn’t get the breaks. St. Enda’s managed two goals but despite our best efforts we couldn’t get the ball in the net. Patrick Murray and Jamie were very busy in defence and kept battling until the end. This was definitely a game that was closer than the score suggested.
The final match was another tough one with the Rossa lads providing the opposition. All the lads were up for this game and from the get-go it was clear in their play. It wasn’t long until we had the ball in the net, a cracker from Jamie McLaughlin. A good spell for Rossa saw Patrick Mooney in nets make three great saves in a row. That boosted our play again and Conhuir Johnston scored another good goal to make it 2-0. With the game almost over, Jamie ghosted through the Rossa defence and found the net again. A solid victory to finish the day off.
All six of the lads worked really hard and gave it their all. They now have a week off before heading to Magherafelt for the Ulster GAA organised games in Meadowbank on Saturday 1st March.
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