Great Start For U16 Footballers
A devastating opening seven minutes which saw them score 2-2 laid the foundation for an impressive opening win over Clann na Gael in the under 16 football division 1 championship in Trim on Wednesday night (29th March). Trim attacked from the throw in and Conor Quigley opened the scoring after two minutes with a well taken point.
This was quickly followed by two great scores from Justin Barbiu (1-1) and a top quality goal from Frank O’Reilly before Clann na Gael opened their account with a well worked point. Harry Kennedy extended the Trim lead with two points from frees.
Clann na Gael then took control for a fifteen minute period and launched a number of attacks which were well handled by the Trim defence. Conall Rogers, Gary Fleming and Harry Harlin proved to be a very strong last line of defence and thwarted them several times.
Sean Mahony, Ben Holden and an excellent Liam O’Reilly were also very solid in defence and ensured that Clann na Gael got little return (1-2) from their dominance. Trim finished the half strongly thanks to the hard work of Harry Kennedy (0-1) and Conor Quigley at midfield and another fine Justin Barbiu goal just before half time which left the score:
Trim 3-5 Clann na Gael 1-3
The second half started a lot slower than the first and Trim found it hard to make much progress against a strong breeze. It was nine minutes in before Trim opened the second half scoring with a Conor Quigley point followed by another 3 minutes later from Jonathan McEvoy. After that, with the exception of a great Frank O’Reilly goal in the 16th minute Clann na Gael dominated play from the 13th to 26th minute and scored 6 points. But Trim again rallied and finished the match with points from Frank O’Reilly and Harry Kennedy.
James Murray, Brian Bolger and Mark Dempsey were introduced in the second half and acquitted themselves very well. Mikey Cole worked tirelessly in the forwards and he and Aidan Hilliard worked hard to win ‘dirty ball’ and laid off some great passes for colleagues to score. When the pressure really came on in the second half and many of the lads were wilting it was Aonghus Shortt who came up trumps with hard work, tracking back and great tackling to frustrate the Clanns boys.
Peter Brennan had a great game in goals bringing off some great saves, fielding well and distributing effectively.
A good start for Trim but it gets more difficult from here. Final Score:
Trim 4-9 Clann na Gael 1-9.
Trim team: Peter Brennan, Harry Harlin, Conal Rogers, Gary Keating, Ben Holden, Sean Mahoney,Liam O’Reilly, Conor Quigley (0-2), Harry Kennedy (0-4), Aonghus Shortt, Jonathan McEvoy (0-1),Justin Barbiu (2-1)Mokey Cole, Frank O’Reilly (2-1)Aidan Hilliard.
Subs: Brian Bolger, James Murray and Mark Dempsey