On Wednesday last our U14 footballers made the long journey to Ballylanders to take on the locals in the first round of the Championship. The boys put on a magnificent display of football to come away with the victory on a scoreline of 2-8 to 2-2, the victory was even sweeter as we struggled to get a full squad together due to injury and illness. On a perfect evening for football the boys got off to a great start and a fantastic goal from Devon Ryan got the lads in front and that score put the Ballylanders team under all kinds of pressure and only for some poor shooting and great saves from the local goalie would have been well in front. The locals managed to get a few scores as the half wore on and managed to pick off two goals before halftime to lead against the run of play by two points at the break Ballylanders 2-1 Murroe Boher 1-2. The second half started with our lads totally dominant and the most of play took place in the opponents half with our backline magnificent, Luke Moran pulled off two brilliant saves and he had great protection outside him in Michael Dunlea who had the task of marking Ballylanders best player and did a great job. David Hickey was excellent in Midfield and ran himself ragged and popped over a few great scores from frees and from play with his goal coming from a free that dropped in under the bar after being misjudged by the goalie. Jack Nicholas was a tower of strength at centre back and managed to get an inspirational point in the second half. The link up play from the forwards was great to see with Calum Ryan, Cillian O Shea, James Collopy and Brian Quigley doing great work. The lads finished really strong and with Johnny Kelly and Michael Hourigan dominating the Kickouts eased to victory in the end Ballylanders 2-2 Murroe Boher 2-8. A great start to the football year but with Ahane next the boys cant rest on this result, a huge thanks must go to the parents who made a great effort to make this game with a long journey and a early throw in time.
Team: Luke Moran, Cathal Barry, Michael Dunlea, Shane Bartley, Eoghan Madigan, Jack Nicholas, Eoghan Burke, David Hickey Johnny Kelly, Calum Ryan, Michael Hourigan, James Collopy, Brian Quigley, Cillian O Shea, Devon Ryan.