Rockcorry 2-8 Clontibret B 2-5
Our under 14 team played Clontibret B in the semi-final of the championship on Tuesday 5th June at Pairc Naomh Mhuire and despite shooting many wides they still managed to have three points to spare on the sound of the final whistle as they secured the win with a great performance on a score-line Rockcorry 2-8 Clontibret 2-5.
There was very little between the sides during the first quarter which ebbed and flowed from start to finish and at the end of the first period we enjoyed a slender lead, leading 1-2 to 1-0. During the second quarter both defences were on top of their game as they battled hard to deny any simple scoring opportunities and restricted the scoring to just 1-0 to 0-2 to leave the score at the midway stage Rockcorry 2-2 Clontibret B 1-2.
The game continued in a similar fashion during the third quarter and I have to give credit to both sets of players as they all truly played their hearts out and gave the supporters plenty to cheer about and at the end of this period we maintained our advantage, leading 2-4 to 1-3. There were some nervous and very anxious moments towards the end of the fourth quarter as Clontibret B blasted home a goal to leave only two points separating the sides with just a couple of minutes remaining on the clock. Thankfully, the lads showed their resilience and stormed back and had the last say when they converted a free-kick to leave the final score Rockcorry 2-8 Clontibret 2-5.
Speaking to our team manager Felix Granaghan after the game he stated “those lads were brilliant tonight. This is a team game and those lads put ever thing they had into the game, they worked extremely hard for each other and that’s what it all about”. I would also like to echo those comments because this was a real team effort where one to eleven played their part. Kyle Brannigan in goals made some outstanding saves and delivered his kick-outs with pin-point accuracy. The defenders including Gareth Smith, Patrick James, Caolan McPhillips and Damien West marshalled and confined their opponents in good style. The midfielders Caolon Gallagher and Mark Duffy covered every blade of grass while the forwards, Pauric O’Brien, Vincent O’Brien, Gavin West and Morgan Tate-McGeough created and took some excellent scores.
Many thanks to the parents and the people who turned up to support the players and we can now look forward to your support for the final. Well done lads.
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