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U14 Division 3 League Final 2014

Date: 6th September, 2014
Venue: Blackhill

2014 U14 Winners

2014 U14 Winners

Clontibret 3-22 Cremartin 4-07

Clontibret came out on top in this local derby against neighbours Cremartin to wrap up the Division Three League title to add to their Championship triumph earlier on in the Summer and complete an impressive ‘double’ in what has been a fantastic 2014 for this group of lads. Played in perfect conditions in front of a substantial crowd in Blackhill, as expected both teams were desperate for the win and in-keeping with the history at juvenile level between the two teams this game was not decided until the final ten minutes with 10-man Cremartin pushing eventual winners Clontibret to the very pin of their collar.

The game started off in dominant fashion for the Saffrons with a lightning quick 1-02 without reply. A long ball in from Shea Gorman had the Cremartin defence all at sea and the ball eventually found its way into the net via a deft touch from Darren McMahon. This was followed by a fantastic long range point by the commanding Adam Sylvestre who stormed up from half back, right through the heart of the Cremartin defence to raise the white flag. The pendulam then swung in the Shamrocks favour in a hectic 5 minute period where Clontibret really struggled to get out of their own half. Following an injury to corner back Conor Molloy, the referee continued with play which enabled Cremartin to take advantage of the extra man and hit 2-02 to rattle Clontibret and leave them in all sorts of trouble. Luckily, following a brief spell on the sidelines Conor Molloy was able to return to the field having been momentarily replaced by Michael Mohan. This steadied the ship once again and Clontibret regained their composure to level the match following the end of the 1st quarter:
Score: Clontibret 1-06 Cremartin 2-03

For the first couple of minutes of the 2nd period, there was very little to separate these two teams, both matching each other point for point with the match ever increasingly looking like it was going to go right to the wire. However an off the ball incident involving Clontibret ‘keeper David Brennan and a Cremartin forward was spotted by the officials and resulted in the referee having no hesitation and reaching for a red-card for the Cremartin player, leaving them a man down and presenting Clontibret with a huge incentive with almost three quarters of the match to play. Surprisingly it was Cremartin who initially dealt with the loss of a man a lot better then their counterparts dealt with the advantage and with perhaps a sense of injustice they rallied to score a point and once again take the lead half way through the second quarter with half time fast approaching. Clontibret finally got to grips with the game and began to use the numerical superiority to their advantage with Ronan O’Reilly becoming increasingly more prominent in his ‘free-role’, taking the ball from deep and launching the Clontibret attacks while also lending his services at the other end of the field when necessary. Cremartin refused to go away though and the cat and mouse game continued right up until the half time whistle with only 2 points separating the sides in Clontibrets favour, Conor McCooey with the pick of the points towards the end of the quarter.

Following the resumption of play, Clontibret finally assumed control of the contest and started to take control of this final with some lovely worked scores. Five points on the trot included some fantastic long range efforts from the skilful Eli Ward, a well worked move culminating in a Ronan O’Reilly point and a beautiful left foot curler from way out the field from Conor McCooey. However as Clontibret looked like they were going to take this game to its inevitbale conclusion with a lead increasing to 7 points they were very much in for a shock with 5 minutes of the quarter left. Cremartin out of nowhere mustered the energy to display their never-say-die attitude and take advantage of some very slack defending on Clontibrets part, once again registering a two goal burst which seen them cut the lead to just one point. Clontibret then took a further blow as Conor Molloy was once again injured following a 50/50 challenge with his opponent and unfortunately this time he would not return to the playing field, being replaced by Paddy Keenan with 2 minutes of the 3rd quarter remaining. At the end of the quarter there was only 1 point between the teams with all to play for entering the last 15.

The first score of the last quarter was always going to be a vital score and it was Clontibret who gained the upper hand once again with a goal inside two minutes to set the tone for the remainder of the game. Leading by example, captain Shea Gorman took the game by the scruff of the neck charging through the heart of the Cremartin defence and rifling the ball low into the net. From here Clontibret never looked back and following a further goal from full forward Nathan Power after a re-bound, the O’Neills tagged on further points to seal the deal in style. The pick of these scores were two wonderfully identical left footed points from the lively Niall Moen and a fantastic move involving Ronan O’Reilly, Darren McMahon and finishing off with young Paddy Keenan popping the ball over the bar for his first score of the game. Cremartin did threaten on a few occasions however, through a culmination of goal-post, cross bar and rock solid defending from Brendan McCully and David Brennan they were never able to get the scores required and reign Clontibret back in.

2014 U14 Captain Shea Gorman

2014 U14 Captain Shea Gorman

The final whistle was met with great joy from the Clontibret players and supporters alike. Captain Shea Gorman was presented with the cup from his very own clubman Dessie Mone to complete a wonderful year for this bunch of players in not only winning their first piece of silverware as a group but claiming a double in such impressive fashion. The players then made their way over to Conor Molloy on the side of the pitch who was unable to join them for the presentation due to injury, however thankfully following a precautionary trip to Drogheda hospital Conor is on the mend with no serious injury to report.

2014 U14 Winners

2014 U14 Winners

Final Score: Clontibret 3-22 Cremartin 4-07

Team on the day: David Brennan, Conor Molloy, Brendan McCully, Ronan O’Reilly, Adam Sylvestre, Eli Ward, Shea Gorman, Conor McCooey, Darren McMahon, Niall Moen, Nathan Power

Subs: Michael Mohan for Conor Molloy, Conor Molloy for Michael Mohan, Paddy Keenan for Conor Molloy, Ronan Boyle, Emmett Walsh, Tom Ward, Kian Quinn.

 

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