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Glanmire win the Billy Ahern U12 Football tournament in Aghada

On Saturday June 15th, a selection of the Glanmire U12’s and backed up by some U11’s played in a superbly organised Billy Ahern Football tournament, hosted by Aghada GAA club.

On a beautiful sunny morning down in East Cork, Glanmire had 3 initial group games.

In the first group game against Saint Michael’s, Glanmire flew out of the blocks, knowing a good start was important to the tournament. The boys scored some great team points and ended up winning on a score of 2-13 to no score, with everyone of the 22 players getting game time, in the 2 by 12 and a 1/2 minutes a half, format. Top scorers included Darragh Barrett with 2-2, with both Billy O’Mahony and Cillian Haugh weighing in with 3 points each. A very satisfying point for Glanmire, was the introduction of JJ Foley, Sean O’Regan, Darragh Rodgers, Oscar O’Connor and Fionn Conway from the U11’s and how they fitted seamlessly into the team in the second half.

 

Youghal gave Glanmire an extremely good test in the second game. Playing with the wind, Youghal built a lead of 7 points to 1 nearing the end of the first half, however a bullet of a shot into the top left hand corner from Jack Morley late in the half, got Glanmire back into the game. On the restart and with the wind to our backs, Glanmire played very good possession football and kept the scoreboard ticking over and further goals by Darragh Barrett and Jack Tierney, saw Glanmire running out winners on a scoreline of 3-7 to 0-9. Another highlight of the match were 2 terrific saves by Jack Marah in the Glanmire goals. Finn O’Connor and Billy O’Mahony scored 3 very important points each. Finin O’Donovan and Leo Mitchell had sterling performances in the second half in defence.

In the final group game, Glanmire played Saint Colmans, knowing a victory would qualify them for the Cup final. Glanmire got off to a great start playing with the wind in the first half and led at halftime with Matthew O’Donovan covering every blade of grass on the field. However, Saint Colmans took advantage of the wind in the 2nd half, and midway through the half moved into a 3 point lead. But when they were really needed Cullen Condon and Ciaran Rodgers rose to the occasion in the wing back positions, and in parallel with the reintroduction of Matthew O’Donoghue to centre back, closed down the Colmans supply of ball and the boys led by our 2 able midfielders Sam Yelverton and Ciaran Roche tore into the game and refused to be beaten. A string of goals from Darragh Barrett and the two Jack’s, Tierney and Morley saw Glanmire finish with a flourish and win on a scoreline of 6-2 to 3-7.

After a break of 30 minutes in the tournament, to give the players a chance to take breath and refuel, Glanmire played the hosts Aghada in the Cup final. 

Aghada had wind advantage in the first half, but a cracking goal by Sam Yelverton, which flew into the bottom corner in the 2nd minute settled any nerves. Resolute defending by full back Gavin Murphy and corner back Charlie O’Driscoll saw Glanmire holding their own against the wind and Billy O’Mahony tucked over a lovely point on the counter attack. A late goal just before halftime from Finn O’Connor saw Glanmire lead at the turn of ends by 2-3 to 1-1. Aghada served notice of intent, that they intended on keeping the Billy Ahern Cup in the home clubhouse when they scored 1-2 without reply early in the second half, to make it a drawn game.  Glanmire then showed what they were made of. To a man they gave everything they had. Billy O’Mahony scored 2 perfectly weighted points, Darragh Barrett flicked over a point, Finn O’ Connor got 2 beautiful long range points and the 2 midfield power houses of Ciaran Roche and Sam Yelverton who definitely left everything on the field, each scored a point. Great goals by Jack Morley and Billy O’Mahony finished the game as a contest, and allowed all 7 Glanmire substitutes to come on the filed of play and enjoy the experience of playing in a winning final.

The lads were over joyed to accept the Cup from the Ahern family after the final whistle. The coaches of Glanmire U12’s are extremely thankful to Aghada GAA for their invitation to the tournament and the way they treated all the clubs on the day. It was a great day and a very well run tournament.

It is very important to mention, that the Glanmire U12 East team played out a superb game of football with Whites Cross on the Thursday night, 2 days previous to the tournament, and even though they were losing by 3 points with 10 minutes to go, showed great determination and won out on a scoreline of 6-8 to 4-6.

Not to be outdone, the Glanmire U12 C3 team went out the Sunday morning, the day after the tournament and pulled off the ultimate come back. Trailing by 1-1 to 2-11 against Carrigaline at halftime, and after playing into a strong breeze, they worked hard to try and get a foothold in the game. Slowly but surely and to the disbelief of coaches and all the people watching the game, they showed an incredible belief in their ability and started to pick off score after score. In what can only be described as a superb comeback, they achieved an incredible win on a scoreline of 4-12 to 2-13, which sees them stay top of the C3 league.

It was a great weekend for Glanmire U12’s players, coaches and parents.

2 Comments

  1. KARLA LYNCH

    June 25, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    Hi. We moved to Glanmire and my son is 12 and he would like to join. Can you give me info how to proceed?

    • Cathal O'Connor

      June 25, 2019 at 8:44 pm

      If he was born in 2007, then contact Niall (086) 342 5726 or call down to u12s training on Fridays 7.30-8.45.

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