St. Colmcilles GAA Club, Pairc Ui Rís, Piltown, Bettystown, Co Meath info@cilles.com 0877441731
St Colmcilles U14 Boys participated in the Meath Feile Peile na nOg ‘A’ Qualification Tournament this weekend.  On Saturday the boys played in the group stage in Grangegodden, Kells.
Their first game resulted in a great win over Donaghmore Ashbourne thanks to some wonderful flowing football and well taken scores.  The second game against Gael Colmcille was a closer affair where St Colmcilles had an abundance of scoring chances but were only ahead by 2 points heading into the final few minutes.  Gael Colmcille were awarded a ‘45’ in the last minute from which they scored a goal to win by a point.
Gael Colmcille finished top of the group with St Colmcilles finishing second.  Both teams progressed to the Semi Finals in Senechalstown early Sunday morning.
St Colmcilles faced Senechalstown, the favourites to win this tournament on their home pitch in the Semi Final and started brightly, dominating possession in attack and showing great resilience in defence. Unfortunately St Colmcilles could not convert this early dominance into a lead, thanks to a great performance by the Senechalstown’s goalkeeper and at half time the scoreboard reflected Senechalstown’s greater efficiency in attack with them ahead 1-2 to 0-1.  Early in the second half, despite some excellent defence, the home team scored a second goal which increased the gap between themselves and the visitors which they maintained until the final whistle, winning 2-5 to 0-2.
Senechalstown faced Gael Colmcille in the final, who overcame Ratoath in the other semi final.  After a close start, Senechalstown continued their good play from their Semi Final and finished out as deserved winners thanks to their consistent excellent performances throughout the weekend.
Whilst St Colmcilles were disappointed to loose at the Semi Final stage, a lot of positives can be taken from this weekend.  23 players participated across the two days in three tough games, with a further 3 restricted to the sideline due to injury.  They boys consistently showed excellent tackling and determination in defence but unfortunately were unable to repeat their excellent attacking play from the first group game in the Semi Final. These positives bode well for the rest of this long U14 season.   We wish Senechalstown well as they progress to represent Meath at Feile Peile na nOg in Connaught in July.
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