Owenmore Gaels 5-7 Calry/St.Josephs 3-11
The U-14 lads secured the B championship trophy yesterday evening at Scarden with a hard fought two point win over a gallant Calry/St.Josephs at the Centre of excellence yesterday evening.
In a low key first half both teams struggled to get to grips with a strong breeze which blew predominantly crossfield but slightly in our favour in the first half. Calry/St.Josephs were the first to strike with a point on 3 minutes. We got our first score in the 8th minute when the returning Joshua Mulreannan finished the ball to the net after it broke loose from a Paul Mahon free. Mahon struck over a free after Kyle Mullen was fouled following good work from Luke Lougheed (who excelled at full-back throughout) and Daire Callaghan. Calry hit their second point before Dylan Clarke hit a lovely score from a tight angle after a great run to support Aaron Mullen in the corner. Calry again responded before we hit the last two scores of the half, the first from Paul Mahon who picked up a lose ball in the middle and blasted over and then John Taheny got his name on the scoresheet after good approach play from Aaron Mullen and Conor Sweeney. Score at half time 1-5, 0-3 in favour of the Gaels.
Calry got the scoring off to a start again in the second half with a point. We hit back with a goal, a second of the game for Mulreannan after a strong run through the heart of the Calry defence. Calry scored the next point before Mark Anderson and Patrick O’Connor were introduced in place of Adam Moran and Dylan Clarke. Calry then turned the game on its head with two goals and a point in the space of 3 minutes to lead the game for the first time, 2-5 2-6. This snapped our lads back to life and we raised the green flag again when Sweeney finished home a rebound after Mulrennan’s goalbound effort was stopped. We goaled again immediately after, Taheny hitting the net after his initial effort came back off the crossbar. The goal was set-up by a strong run from Sweeney after he cut-in on the end-line. Calry hit the next point to keep in touch (4-5, 2-7). When Kyle Mullen struck the next goal after a determined run we were back in the driving seat. Ryan McMorrow entered the fray for John Taheny. The two sides traded points, ours a free from Mahon as the topsy-turvy nature of the game continued. Jack Redmond and Patrick Irwin came on for Kyle Mullen and Conor Sweeney to give to provide fresh legs for the final 8 mins. Calry hit the next two points before Aaron Mullen deservedly got on the scoresheet when his effort snuck in of the upright after good approach play from Callaghan, O’Connor and Redmond. Calry pointed again and followed up with a goal in the last minute to cause some nerves but we held out to secure the win.
The cup was presented to captain Paul Mahon by Pat Conway as the lads celebrated their win. Well done to the lads and management team of Gary Mullen and Gareth Lavin on a deserved title for their efforts over the course of the year.
Team: Killian Barrett, Luke Lougheed, Adam Moran (Mark Anderson), Dylan Clarke (0-1) (Patrick O’Connor), Ryan Quigley, Dillon Walsh, Paul Mahon (0-3, 2F), Joshua Mulrennan (2-0), Daire Callaghan (0-1), Kyle Mullen (1-0) (Jack Redmond), Aaron Mullen (0-1), John Taheny (1-1) (Ryan McMorrow), Conor Sweeney (1-0) (Patrick Irwin). Lloyd Willis