Saints U.15 team played the first round in their championship against Wolf tones in Kilberry last night. Wolf tones are one of the strongest teams at this age group and were always going to be a big ask for the Saints however, the team proved that they were well up to the task. Wolf tones made a strong start scoring 4 successive points to making and making a number of attempts on goals. Max Kingston in goals was equal to the attacks repelling and saving all attempts including a mid first-half penalty , he was assisted ably by Ciaran Latimar and Conor Lynch who was particularly strong at cornerback. Saints finally settled and started to get into the rhythm of the game with Eogan O’Brien fielding a long Kinston puck out, rounded his man and completed a 50-yard solo run from midfield to the 21-yard line before putting it in the back of the net. A second goal soon followed from strong saints attack leaving the scoreline WT 0-5 points to Saints 2-0.
Wolf Tones ended the second half strong scoring 4 points and managing to get one past Max leaving the first half score 1-9 to 2-0.
Wolf Tones started the second half strong with a goal straight after the break followed by three points. Saints responded with a goal and a point from Aaron Grant , with Alex Flanagan making long breaking runs from the half-forward line but missing narrowingly on a few occasions. During this period, Saints had numerous attacks on goals with at least 4 goal-line clearances from their keeper and full backline. We lost our captain Eoghan O’Brien at the start of the second half to injury and his playmaking and runs were missed. Wolf Tones added 3 more points to their tally leaving a scoreline of 2-13 to 3-2 with 10 mins to go in the match. a final rally from Saints saw Goals from Michael Timmins and Aaron Grant all supported by Kevin Lenehan who played strongly on the wing and was unlucky for a few goals of his own.
Unfortunately, Saints ran out of time with a final score of 3-16 to 5-2 points. Despite the scoreline, Saints were unlucky not to take this game with them due to the relentless attacks they created on goal and some close-in wides. All in all, there were a lot of positives to take from the game particularly the way Saints went toe to toe with a team that must be one of the favourites for the group
MAx Kingston was player of the match for Saints with strong performances from Eoghan O’Brien in the half forward line, Conor Lynch in corner back, Cormac O’Sullivan in Midfield, Kevin Lenehan and Alex Flanagen forwards and Michael Timmins on the full-forward line. While some of the players stood out, it was the overall team performance that must be commended with each player making contributions in the positions they played.
Team Line out: Max Kingston, Conor Lynch, Ciaran Latimar, Eoin Brennan, Luke O’Brien, Tadgh Lenehan, Cormac O’Sullivan, Alex Flanagan, Eoghan O’Brien, Aaron Grant, Kevin Lenehan, Michael Timmins