Score: Blackhall Gaels 4-10 Bective/Cannistown 0-6
'A lovely evening for football' was the call from the sideline and the U14 boys delivered with a comprehensive result over Bective/Cannistown yesterday in Bective.
It didn't start too well though. We conceded a penalty in the first few minutes. However, when Colin Byrne faced up to the penalty you had a sense that he was confident. His confidence was justified as he pulled of a sound save and cleared his line immediately.
The penalty save seemed to settle nerves and the lads started ticking over points pulling away from then on. The first half was built on a strong defensive foundation. We held Bective/Cannistown to two points and our defence seemed to mop everything up and indeed drove forward in waves with the O'Toole brothers connecting up well on numerous occasions. Kealan Forde & Peter Coakley were not to be outdone in the defensive line though. They drove forward and took their fair share of the scores. Cillian Mangan and Paul Codd were their usual reliable selves always causing hassle for attackers. 'It's just hard to get around either of those two' was the comment from the side.
With a strong base in the backs our forwards took advantage, finding space and inching passes over the Bective/Cannistown defence. Luke Jennings co-ordinated some of this and contributed scores from midfield while Ross Thorton kept a steady ship allowing his teammates to run off him and roam more freely.
Micheal McIvor and Charlie Mulligan were the ones to take advantage of the precision passes and ran onto a few balls to either take their own score or set others up. Charlie Barker was the forward on form with 1-2 to his tally.
This win was built on a solid defence and James Ruddy was the rock at the heart of it. Man of the match goes to him for a confident and dominant performance that made it easier for others to have confidence to drive forward.
Score of the game goes to a goal Alan O'Toole. A rare foray into the forwards for one of our key defensive men paid dividends and he deserved his score.
A good start to the league season for the U14 boys. Tougher challenges ahead...
HT BHG 2-6 Bective/Cannistown 0-2
Colin Byrne , Alan O'Toole (1-0), James Ruddy , Barry O'Toole, Cillian Mangan , Kealan Forde (0-3), Peter Coakley (0-2), Paul Codd , Ross Thornton , Luke jennings (1-4), Micheal McIvor , Charlie Barker (1-2), Charlie Mulligan (1-0).
Referee: Mick Mc Donagh
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