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South Antrim League

02/06/2014Posted by Darren Hamill

U12 Hurling League v Saint Galls

Venue: Milltown Pitch

Date: 2nd June 2014

Brid Og's fourth game was an away trip against current Nipper Quinn A champions Saint Galls and as both teams were still both unbeaten something had to give.

The game started in the worse possible way when our opponents scored a goal with only minutes on the clock and they added to their tally with a quick point as well. After a couple of quick tactical changes we started to relax into the game and our clean possession of the sliotar began to increase and we started to put pressure on their back-line. In one of the best moves of the game our link up play from Brendan, Connla and Sean found young Niall in space and he had the confidence to round the keeper and get our first goal. Pressure on the poc out meant we got our second score, a point from Sean.

In the second half the intensity from both teams was increased and to be honest it was a great game which was enjoyed by the sizeable crowd on the sidelines. Both teams traded the lead with each other but with seconds to go, scores from Sean ( 2 goals) and Connla (1 goal and 1 point) had us in a winning position with the score line of Brid Og 4:2, Saint Galls 3:3. Unfortunately there was just enough time for Saint Galls to score another major and take the victory 4:3 to 4:2.

At the final whistle the players were all devastated as they had came so close to the victory against a very skilful Saint Galls team. I  would like to congratulate Joe who put in a tremendous shift in Goals and saved us on several occasions. He was also protected brilliantly but our full and half backs Connla, Dylan, Fintan, Gerard, Oisin, Paudraig, and Shane. Twins Brendan and Sean were our dynamos in midfield who chased after the sliotar relentlessly. Our forward lines of Andrew, Dara, Diarmaid, Jack C, Jack D, Luke, Niall, Pearse also worked tirelessly for the team and the final score tally does not include the 3 or 4 times we hit the side netting or the several frees that were called wide.

Thanks

I would like to thank Gerard, John D and John R for helping with the team. Thanks to our parental support and I hope they enjoyed the spectacle even in defeat from the sidelines. Final well done to our players as I believe this was their best performance of the year to date even if ultimately it ended in defeat. I would also like to thank Owen for his support from the sideline and hopefully he will enjoy some game time in the future matches.

Brid Og Panel: Andrew, Brendan, Connla, Dara, Diarmaid, Dylan, Fintan, Gerard, Jack C, Jack D, Joe, Luke, Niall,  
Oisin, Owen, Paudraig, Pearse, Sean, Shane

South Antrim League

26/05/2014Posted by Darren Hamill

U12 League Game v Gort Na Mona

Venue : Enwright Park

Date: 26th May 2014

1st Half

The Game set off in a high tempo with Gort opting to play ‘downhill’ in the first half. Sean placed a shot wide of the posts early on. A ball played into the square was met by Pearse who recorded first score with a fine goal.

Gort were pushing forward but the defence and midfield dealt with all that came their way – especially Joe in nets who made some great early blocks and Luke, Shane, Gerard, Paudraig and Andrew worked very hard to get ball back out wide/midfield to Oisin, Brendan and Connla.

Another high ball into the Gort goal area was met By Jack D. who hammered it into the goal for the second score and this was a goal of the highest quality which would have been applauded at any pitch in the country.

The game got a bit scrappy due to the match becoming physical which included a knock on the head for Shane. When  play resumed the ball made it’s way into the Gort goal area again and this time the sliotar was put over the bar by Pearse for his second score.

A busy Connla then placed a good attempt at a point just wide. Andrew then placed two point attempts wide as he came strongly into the midfield action with some good breaks and catches. Sean then got hold of a loose ball and scored another point whilst Niall’s shot was saved by the very good Gort goalkeeper.

Sean followed up with another goal after a strong shot across the net beat the Gort keeper. The last score of the half was by young Niall who scored a goal from close range – just desserts for all his first half work

Connla was putting in a great performance from midfield when he made a couple of great blocks which stopped the stronger Gort players from getting the ball forward. When the sliotar did get pass the midfield it was ably mopped up by the busy and effective Gerard, Paudraig and Oisin, together with Joe our keeper who was able to  burst through tackles and send the sliotar to safety.

At half time: Gortnamona  0 : 0 Brid Og  4 : 2 

2nd Half
Right from the throw-in the Gort side were determined to make amends for failing to score in the first half and they narrowly put two efforts wide before they got a point with their 3rd attempt. For Brid Og Andrew again placed a shot wide but he was growing in confidence thru out the game.

It took a while to come but the first score for BO came when Connla and Sean combined well and hardworking Connla got his first point of the match. This was followed up by BO making good use of passing the ball around and a ball into the Gort goal area was dispatched into the goal by  Pearse. It was good to see  Pearse , Luke and Jack D defending from our forward lines and making runs  into space with the result that they got  scores from the service they were getting from midfield.

Gort were still pushing forward and the BO defence was very busy – on one thwarted attack by Gort it was Shane who made a terrific block on the ball before gathering and releasing forward to Brendan who brought it forward and fired a shot over for his first score. This was followed by another point from distance by Sean. Sean had the chance to get another with a free in midfield but put his effort wide of the posts. Gort then pushed forward and got a great point after some good passing work by their midfield. However, this was cancelled out almost immediately after Connla’s great sideline cut found Sean alone in the midfeld area –with a catch and turn he put the ball over for another excellent pointed score.

Gort then replied with a fine goal of their own to remind BO that they were not going to lie down. However, as the pressure mounted on the Brid Og goal it was Joe who made a fantastic close range block on what seemed to be a certain goal bound shot – he recovered the ball and not for the first time cleared it out the wing to a busy Oisin who was winning most of his battles for possession of the ball.

Another combination of Connla and Sean saw Connla get a fine goal with a stinging shot at the Gort net’s. Connla fired off another shot but sent it wide. Gort then got the ball forward up to the BO nets and again Joe have to make a very fine save to deny the Gort player a goal.

Sean placed another shot wide before getting the chance to take a free from close distance – he opted for a goal and his strong shot found the corner of the net.

This was followed great play from Brendan and Andrew – Brendan took a free out near the sideline and hit it across the field to Andrew who was running into space. Andrew cleanly caught the ball and then fired off a shot which went wide of the posts – it would have been a memorable score had it come off as it showed the boys are thinking about the passing of the ball. Brendan then had another chance himself but he too put that wide before the referee’s whistle blew for full time.

At full time: Gortnamona  1 : 2 Brid Og  6 : 7

Brid Og Panel: Andrew, Brendan, Connla, Gerard, Jack D, Joe, Luke, Niall, Oisin, Paudraig, Pearse, Sean, Shane

South Antrim League

19/05/2014Posted by Darren Hamill

U12 South Antrim Hurling League

Venue: Corrigan Park

Date: 19th May 2014

Brid Og's second game in the U12 league was an away game against Saint John's and it was agreed by both teams to field 15 players. It was  great to see that we also had 3 substitutes for this game as well.

In the first half the Og's seemed to give the Johnnies players too much respect and we went into the break trailing by two points to nil although we did put their back line under some pressure near the end of the half.

After a couple of changes at half time we tried to reassure the players that if they done the basics of the game right we could easily get something out of the game and in fairness to the team they began to link up well and started to grow in confidence when Sean scored the first of his points. From their poc out we tried to put them under pressure and got the equalising score. At this stage we seemed to be winning more of the dirty ball around the half back , midfield area and we tried to feed our forward line. Under a bit of pressure from Pearse and Martin  the sliotar knocked off their keepers stick for a '65'.
Sean took the free and sliotar was struck perfectly that it landed in the back of the net to a loud cheer from the travelling Brid Og support. In fairness it was harsh on the young Saint Johns keeper who had saved his team on several occasions during the game.

When we took the lead the Johnnies regrouped and tried to get a bit of possession themselves. It was now Joe's turn to be the busier in nets but he continued his fine form from the Cushendun blitz by batting the sliotar down on several occasions. Our back lines of Gerard, Shane, Paudraig, Diarmaid , Nathan and Fintan were under sustained pressure which they repelled well although the Johnnies did register another point close to the end of the game.

Our midfield duo Brendan and Sean  linked up brilliantly and fed our forwards Jack C Jack D, Luke, Dylan, Andrew, Oisin and our youngest players Niall and Pearse. There was still time for the best score of the evening when Sean and Niall linked up from a free to knock the sliotar over the black spot to register our third point and on the final whistle we had secured a hard earned 1:3 to 0:3 victory.

This was a well earned victory and followed up on some great hurling displayed by the team in the Cushendun blitz. It is great to see that our players are starting to get the confidence to link up play between the different areas of the pitch. I would like to thank Oliver , John and Gerard for helping with the team and our parental support for backing the team from the side lines. Finally well done the Ogs and roll on our next game against Gort na Mona

Brid Og: Andrew, Brendan, Diarmaid, Dylan, Fintan, Gerard, Jack C, Jack D, Joe, Luke, Martin, Nathan, Niall, Oisin,
Paudraig, Pearse, Sean, Shane

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