U14 Divison 1 Football
Douglas (Cork) 1-11 (14) v St Colmcilles 2-17(23)
Game 5 of St Colmcilles U14 tour saw them take on the Champions of Cork in the form of Douglas, a game played in Park Ratheniska GAA club outside Portlaoise last Saturday. Douglas were runaway winners of the Cork League last year and looked every bit as big in the flesh as they did in picture. This game began in frantic fashion with opening scores from Conor Farrelly and Liam Stafford being wiped out by a goal and a point from Douglas as they grabbed a 2 point lead. A brilliant free of the ground on the 45′ from Douglas number 11 soon extended the Cork sides lead out to 3 as the Cork side began to make their early pressure count.
However the Cork side’s early pressure soon wilted as the St Colmcilles U14’s began to motor. Great team play between O’Donoghue, Stafford, Daly and Mac an Aba released Emmet Higgins and he stroked over a great point before Adam Daly then kicked a wonderful score after a great ball in from Sean O’Donoghue to see the lead cut 1 point. St Colmcilles were playing some great football and a brilliant goal fired to the roof of the net from Christian Finlay after he was set up by Oisin Murphy saw the St Colmcilles boys race 2 clear. The 2 point lead in the next 15 minutes soon became 10 points as St Colmcilles went into overdrive with their team playing simply top drawer football. Great team scores saw Liam Stafford, Sean O’Donoghue and Oisin Murphy extend the lead to 5 points, before points from Fiachra Mac an Aba and Conor Farrelly finished more great team moves to extend the lead out to 7 points. Conor Farrelly then finished a wonderful move, firing low past the Douglas keeper to see the Cork side fall 10 points behind.
Douglas did claw a score back with another fine dead ball score courtesy of their number 11, but again St Colmcilles turned the screw and two stunning scores from Adam Daly and great solo score from Liam Stafford saw the Meath boys go in at the break 12 points to the good leading 2-12 V 1-3.
The 2nd half was not as frantic as the first and saw both sides trade 2 scores a piece courtesy of points from Adam Daly and Conor Farrelly and the Douglas two midfielders. Douglas then hit a purple patch hitting 5 points on the spin as they started to really play and reduced the margin down to 7 points. However further points from Conor Farrelly, Luke Hanan and Fiachra Mac An Aba pushed the deficit back out to 10 before a last minute Douglas free was converted to see the margin at the end close out with a 9 point win for St Colmcilles
Up next for St Colmcilles is a home tie this weekend against Clane this Sunday followed the following Friday with an away trip to play the Dalton Cup squad from Omagh CBS
Team: Danny Ehichoya, Conor Power, Godfrey Ehichoya, James French, Oisin Murphy, Oisin O’Mhurchu, Josh Hayes, Liam Stafford, Sean O’Donoghue, Emmett Higgins, Fiachra Mac an Aba, Christian Finlay, Conor Farrelly, Adam Daly, Luke Hanan. Replacements. Dylan Martin for Oisin Murphy, Cillian Quigley for James French, Mitchell De Faoite for Christian Finlay
Scorers: Conor Farrelly 1-4, Adam Daly 0-4, Liam Safford 0-3, Christian Finlay 1-0, Fiachra Mac an Aba 0-2, Emmett Higgins 0-1, Sean O’Donoghue 0-1, Oisin Murphy 0-1, Luke Hanan 0-1