Wednesday, 17 January 2018 at 01:58 AM Galvin Early
The boys’ U-16 team who met Gael Naomh Pádraig in the Championship final. After losing out in the League final last Sunday the boys’ were out to make amends in this match but possibly pre-match nerves seemed to have taken its toll on the team from the throw-in. The Clogher Valley side were out to win a title of their own and soon stamped their authority on the game, racing into a 3 points to 1 lead after 8 minutes, the only Roe’s score coming from a pointed free from Ryan Devine. Conall Mc Cormack was unlucky to see his effort at goal blocked down.
The Gaels were to make no mistake when within minutes of Conal’s effort as they picked off a goal of their own with Ronan Coyle in the Roe’s nets left isolated with no option to come out and meet the attack. Three more missed points from the Roe’s was a disappointing return as they were holding the majority of possession but just couldn’t convert it in to scores.
The Gaels pointed again, and could've increased their lead but for a brave save from keeper, Coyle. Into the 29th minute of the first half and the Roe’s lads finally found their footing. Making for his earlier missed goal chance, Conal Mc Cormack this time found the net, followed up by a point from Aaron Mc Gonagle, leaving only a kick of the ball in it at half time: Owen Roe’s 1-02 Gael Naomh Pádraig 1-05.
Within a minute of the second half restart, McCormick extended his tally with another point soon equalled by the Gaels. Conn Tinney had a goal chance saved when a Ryan Devine shot came off the upright and fell to Damien Mc Crossan who passed to Ruari Boylan only for Boylan to be fouled, but pointing from the free. Another pointed free from Ryan Devine, after a foul on Jamie Conway followed by another from play from Mc Cormack, brought the Leckpatrick side back to level pegging with their opponents.
However the Gaels weren’t going to allow the Roe’s to get up a momentum of their own and picked off 2 points of their own. The Roe’s were dealt a blow with the loss of Eoghain Devine through injury, replaced by Adam Mc Elwee. The Gaels extended their lead to 3 before Ryan Devine pointed from a free. However the game and the work rate put in to pull back the match were beginning to tell on the Roe’s. Two more unanswered points from the Gaels kept the Roe’s chasing the game. This was made all the harder with the black card dismissal of Ronan Coyle in nets, when he was left with no option but to tackle the Gael’s forward. Ryan Devine temporarily stepped into nets for the penalty only to see the kick beat him. Another 2 points for the Gael’s and another pointed free for Ryan Devine brought the game to a disappointing end for the boys.
Full time: Owen Roes 1-08 Gael Naomh Padraig 2-13.