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U14s push on through to the final

FootballCompetition: U14 FL D6
Date: 2017-06-06
Venue: Batterstown
Score: Blackhall Gaels 5-7 Bective/Cannistown 0-10

A windy evening for football in Batterstown for the U14 boys against Bective/Cannistown. We played into the wind in the first half and had to absorb our fair share of pressure from the boys in green and white. Our backs were as solid as ever, with Alan 'The Rock' O'Toole in at full back supported by his wing men Paul Codd and Killian Mangan. They swept up much of the high ball and forced Bective/Cannistown into numerous wides. Our half backs, James Daly and Mark O'Leary also played significant roles in the first half. Mark returning from injury landed running with a performance that looked as if he had never been away. James on the other hand continues to impress this season, owning that position as wing back.

In truth though, Bective/Cannistown had the better of the scoreboard for the first half. They opened scoring after a few wides and tagged 5 points up to 1 point from BHG, a free, converted by Kealan Forde. Our forwards played clever football against the wind using the short passing game to hold possession as much as possible. This style proved effective for our opening score from the field, a rasping shot to the bottom corner from Peter Coakley. This brought us back into the game, BHG 1-2 B/C 0-5. It was about damage limitation against this wind though and our backs forced B/C into more wides, holding them to 3 more points for the half with Kealan Forde adding another from the play.

Half time - BHG 1-2 Bective/Cannistown 0-8

The half time mood was good in the camp with Brian Byrne using his own inimitable style to urge the lads on. "We were the better team in the first half and with a wind like that 3 points is nothing"... or something to that effect (there are children reading this).

Brian's words held true, the opening exchanges of 2-1 to 0-1 had BHG in driving position and in fairness it never looked in doubt after a few minutes of the second half. Our backs absorbed and intercepted everything that came at them holding B/C to 0-2 for the second half. Killian Mangan, held his man at bay throughout the game with strength and guile. Paul Codd had another solid game, maturing as a defender with the ability to distribute to forwards after his defending duty is done.

Our forwards were in open season on the B/C goal with 4-5 for the second half. Micheal McIvor finding the net 3 times (one disallowed, we still don't know why), Peter Coakley adding to his tally with a further 1-1 and Kealan Forde impressing with 1-2 on top of his two points in H1.

It was a whole team performance though, the lads worked hard and deserved their victory.

Midfield showed great spirit with Ross Thornton putting in probably his best performance of the year. His attitude and endeavour has been really impressive this year. For a 'big man' he is able to motor and has good control in the tackle. His 'big kick' turns defence into attack from anywhere on the pitch. Barry O'Toole put his usual shift in. This isn't to say he is in any way complacent, Barry's 'usual shift' is always impressive. He had their county man in his pocket and is able to frustrate and attack anybody he is matched up with. A key man to the team.

Our forwards had a good game tonight. Micheal McIver picked pockets as usual and took his scores well. Peter Coakley, was the driving force behind our attack. Charlie Mulligan won plenty of ball on the wing and distributed well. Oran O'Mahoney showed a great touch and had composure on the ball. Kealan Forde was the scorer of the night though, a tally of 1-4, which I'm sure he'll be happy with. Well deserved too.

Colin Byrne, kept his sheet clean and was also one of our strongest attacking forces with kickouts and clearances into our forwards. This put pressure on B/C for the whole of the second half. His distribution in the first half was well judged having to deal with the wind.

We also have to put a word in for our U12 additions. We were down 5 players tonight and Liam Jennings, Tom Powderly and Matthew Ruddy stepped up. Liam and Tom putting in their fair contribution for a few minutes at the end. We kept Mathews gun powder dry, maybe for the final next week.

In all a great team performance. To pick a man of the match would be unfair on the rest of the team.

Bring on the final next week..... Pairc Tailteann the venue.

, Killian Mangan Colin Byrne , Killian Mangan , Alan O'Toole , Paul Codd , James Daly , Mark O'Leary , Ross Thornton , Barry O'Toole , Micheal McIver (2-1), Peter Coakley (2-1), Kealan Forde (1-4), Oran O'Mahoney (0-1), , Charlie Mulligan.
Subs: , Liam Jennings , Tom Powderly , Matthew Ruddy.

Referee: Eamonn Barry

Posted by robj on June 06 2017 23:47:47 - 605 Reads - Print