Wednesday, 17 January 2018 at 01:58 AM Galvin Early
Owen Roe’s and Aghyaran met in Pairc Mhic Siogair on Saturday last in the Under-16 Grade 3 League semi-finals. Aghyaran opened the scoring with a pointed free within a few minutes of throw-in and were to carry on this form for much of the first half.
Ryan Devine pointed first for the Roe’s from a free shortly after, but it was Aghyaran who were to dominate the attack for the next 20 minutes or so as they raced into a 1-03 to 0-01 lead. Owen Roe’s then introduced Rory Donaghey on 23 minutes and he seemed to give the Roe’s another option front, picking off 2 points to narrow the gap.
Some wayward passing by the Roe's had let them down in the Aghyaran half of the field but also some wayward shooting by Aghyaran was keeping Owen Roe's in touch.
Half-time: Owen Roe’s 0-03 Aghayaran 1-03
Things were to be turned on their head however within minutes of the second half throw-in. Two minutes into the second half, 2 points, 1 from a free, followed by a goal, all by Ryan Devine, had given the Roe's a 2 point lead!
However the lead was to be short lived with Aghyaran regaining the upper hand with a pointed free but also seeing a goal opportunity denied to them by the post. However the rebound fell well for them with the referee judging that one of the Roe’s backs had fouled and Aghyaran goaled from the resulting penalty.
After a low scoring 1st half, the scores were coming thick and fast. Another 2 quick goals from Owen Roe's saw them back in command, the first after some fumbling in the Aghyaran goal mouth and the second by Conn Tinney, and it was now Owen Roe's 3-05 Aghyaran 2-04. Aghyaran were not to be outdone and shortly afterwards replied with another goal of their own.
It was nip and tuck for the remainder of the half with both sides plugging away. Another pointed free from Ryan Devine, who gave up a chance to go to Dublin to be picked for the Irish boxing side who are going to Russia, opting to play for his Club instead, and one from play for Conal Mc Cormack, with Aghayaran having a goal chance late on cleared by the Roe’s defence.
Some not so good news after the final whistle however was the news of Sean Kelly breaking his arm near the end of the match. All at the Club wish Sean a speedy recovery! Also belated wishes for a speedy recovery to our other U-16 player, Peter O'Flaherty, who broke his wrist in the win over Drumragh in the Championship quarter finals last week.
Team: Ronan Coyle, Jamie Mc Gale, Eoghain Devine, Sean Kelly, Conal Mc Cormack (0-01), Damien Mc Crossan, Ryan Devine (1-05, 0-03 from frees), Rory Boylan, Conn Tinney (1-00), Niall Mc Aleer, Aaron Mc Gonigle, Jamie Conway, Oisin Dooher Subs: Rory Donaghey (0-02) for Jamie Conway, Pearse Devine for Sean Kelly