U21 A County Final
Shannon Gaels 0-10
St. Patrick’s 2-08
A great crowd gathered in Clarina last Saturday for the 2014 U21 A County Final between Shannon Gaels and St. Patricks. It was the Gaels that got off to a flying start with James Wallace converting an early free he had won for himself and Stephen Barrett kicking over a fine point from a tight angle. Kevin Moore then landed his first of the day, also from a free kick. However, the tide turned on the 15th minute mark, when a high ball into our square was struck by a St. Pats fist and ended up in the back of our net. Another point for our opponents a minute later gave them the lead. This setback stirred our boys into action and they dominated the remainder of the half. Jim Liston made a wonderful marauding run from defence before setting up Moore for another point. More good work by Liston resulted in point for John Wallace minutes later which was followed by his brother James kicking over his second free in the 25th minute. Kevin Moore lit up the Ballybrown field in the remaining minutes of the half, rattling off 3 great points, including two monster scores points from 50 metres out on the left hand side. Pats got one back before half time to leave the score, Shannon Gaels 0-09 St. Patricks 1-2. Great credit was due to our backs for keeping the St. Pat’s forwards to such a low score.
Unfortunately the 2nd half proved very difficult for our boys as they faced into a strong wind. To be fair, St. Patricks made the most of their possession and reeled off score after score to which we had no response. After converting a penalty, they pushed on and but for the goalkeeping heroics of David Killeen, who pulled off a point blank save in the 50th minute, it could have been a wider gap. Kevin Moore scored consolation free towards the end, but St. Patricks came away with a four point victory. Great credit must go to the Shannon Gaels management team of John Walsh, Pat Noonan, James O’Donovan, Mike Sweeney, Ger Lyons and physio Mike O’Shaughnessy for their work in getting to a county final for the second year in a row and the Glin and Gerald Griffins players for their efforts and dedication. With such talent at minor and U21 level at the moment there’s no reason why the Gaels can’t be back stronger next year.
Panel: David Killeen (Glin), Ger Stack (Gerald Griffins), Christy McSweeney (Gerald Griffins), Brendan Stack (Gerald Griffins), Jim Liston (Gerald Griffins), Kevin Sweeney (Glin), F. Geoghegan (Glin), Tommy Griffin (Gerald Griffins, capt.), Jamie Long (Gerald Griffins), John Wallace (Glin, 0-1), Paul Culhane (Glin), James Wallace(Glin, 0-2), S. Barrett (Glin, 0-1), K. Moore(Glin, 0-6), Martin McSweeney (Gerald Griffins). Subs: Darragh Noonan, Conor O’Shaughnessy, Joe Stack (Glin), Paudie Moore (Glin), Ger Riordan (Glin), Eric Costelloe (Glin), Darren Curtin (Gerald Griffins), Colin O’Donovan (Glin), Darren Enright (Glin), Diarmuid Noonan (Gerald Griffins), Colm McSweeney (Gerald Griffins)
Glin GAA Club AGM
The Glin GAA Club AGM will take place this Friday, January 16th in the clubhouse at 8.30pm.