U14's continue unbeaten run in tough match against St. Malachy's

11 June 2011
St. Malachy's came to Woodlands on Tuesday night and gave us a tough examination in the South Antrim Under 14 League.
 
The school exam season is beginning to bite, and we glad to be able to call on Luke Donnelly from the U 12 team who started at left full forward and also John Mc Caffery and Philip Kennedy from the U12's who came in at half time in the full forward line.
 
The game started well enough, with Conal Turley and Camahain Daykin working hard in mid field, but even early on we were guilty of making poor decisions when in pocession and trying for goals rather than taking points and keeping the score board ticking over.
 
Domnic Lynn showed well early on and was moved from centre half forward to centre half back as Kevin Mc Cann moved further up the field to counter the size of the St. Malachy's half back line.
 
St. Malachy's were strong and we were under pressure int he defence where John Mulgrew competed wel and Conor Mc Gowan remained dogged throughout, taking one great ball near the end as St. Malachy's pressed.
Ben Mc Garrigle was good under the high ball and saved well from close range in the first half and his kicking with one exception was good all night.
Conal and Caomhain continued to compete well around the middle and were helped just before half time by the introduction of Conal O' Neill.
Manus Kearney showed some good skills on the ball and Conor Gilligan and Darragh Hamilton worked hard alongside Matt Hamill in an attack that improved throughout the game.
 
Only a couple of points seperated us at half time and although we had led from the first whistle, St. Malachy's moved into a 2 point lead with their second goal of the 2nd half.
At this stage we looked to be in trouble, but great defensive play again in particular form Stephen Erskine and Cronin Rodgers and Ruari Mc Elroy steadied the ship.
 
Cronin and Stephen are looking stronger in each game and along with Conor Mc Gowan they form a strong full back line. 
 Ruari Mc Elroy along with John and Kevin kept going at half back throuhghout, with Ruari taking two great high balls as the pressure on us grew and John winning several frees which helped us out. Kevin Mc Cann's ability to win the ball cleanly from several opponents was key.
 
Scores win matches as everyone knows, but so too do tackles and blocks and two great blocks from Conal Turley and one from Conal O' Neil shouted out "we will not be beaten" and a goal from Conal Turley brought us back into the lead.
 
Scores from Kevin, the two Conal's and Caomhain enabled us to move away from St. Malachy's and win by 3-6 to 2-8 at the end.
 
This was a tough game, but we came through it. playing not as well as we can. So onto Twinbrook next Tuesday night and a match with Lagmore Glaes - let's keep the run going.