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Co Down Games

01/03/2015Posted by Ciaran Grant

 

The P4s had a turn in playing at the Co Down Games at the Eddie Irvine Centre. They had tough matches against Portaferry, 2 teams from Ballygalget and also against Carryduff.

The first match was against Portaferry. The teams were evenly matched throughout but Portaferry edged the game 2-1, with Oisin getting the Brid Og goal. The team responded well in the next match against Ballygalget A, this time winning by 2-1 with James K and James S scoring the goals. Next up was a high scoring draw with Carryduff. Brid Og found themselves 3 goals down but came back well. Daire, James K and Donnacha shared the goals and it was all level at the final whistle. The final match was against the B team from Ballygalget. James K and Donnacha grabbed a couple of goals and Liam added to this. Though the Ogs defence shipped some goals, they were always ahead and ran out winners.

Brid Og squad: Daire, James S, James K, Conor MacE, Donnacha, Liam, Oisin, Conal, Conor McK

N Antrim League

21/02/2015Posted by Ciaran Grant

U8 N Antrim Division 2 Final
Tower Leisure Centre, Ballymena
21st February 2015
 
It was the turn of the U8s to be involved in finals day of the North Antrim Indoor Hurling League at the Tower Leisure Centre, Ballymena. After the U10s success in Division 3 final three weeks ago, the U8s were looking to go one step further as they were competing in the Division 2 final against the Oisins of Glenariffe. The Ógs had narrowly lost to Oisins the previous week but after a good training session on Thursday there was quite confidence of a Brid Óg victory, though a tough encounter was expected.
 
It was impressed on the boys that as there was only 1 game, that there were no second chances, they needed to give their all for this one match and they needed to be on the go from the throw in. And it must be said they listened to this advice and responded fantastically. Right from the throw in they were first to the ball and got off to a dream start when James K fired in the opening goal. Liam and Conor MacE did a great job of pressurising the Oisins’ goal-keeper and defender and the ball was kept in the Glenariffe half for most of the first time. James S swept up any balls that got past the midfield and returned them down the hall. Donnacha in goals was having a rather untroubled opening to the game. James K scored a second goal, but just as Brid Óg were looking comfortable, a strong shot flew past Donnacha to get Oisins back in the game. The half-time whistle was not far away and at the break Brid Óg held a 2-1 lead.
 
The next goal was going to be crucial and after an even start to the second half James K completed his hat-trick with another strong strike. Concentration had to maintained as there was still time for Oisins to mount a comeback. However, it never materialised and Brid Óg grew stronger and James K rounded off a man of the match performance with his fourth goal of the game. The Brid Óg supporters could finally relax and after the remaining couple of minutes were played out the whistle blew and the young Ógs had recorded a glorious and well-earned victory.
 
Though James is to be right lauded for his goals today, this was a victory for teamwork. The kids had taken the advice from their coaches over the course of the three weekends of games and training and used it to get a fantastic victory. Today, Liam led the line by keeping the Oisins’ defence and goalie penned back. Oisin took a turn in attack and kept this good work going. They were ably assisted in this by Conor MacE pressing from midfield, and James K swept up a lot of the ball resulting from harried Oisins’ clearances and took his chances when they came along. James S was again strong in defence making some strong clearances and stifling the Oisins’ attacks throughout. Donnacha in goals didn’t have any chance with the goal, but for the rest of the game he was composed and reliable and his puck-outs and clearances were long and strong. The other members of the squad – Ciaran, Conor MacK and James McC each had a turn in forwards and they all had chances to score. Ciaran was unlucky when his shot just crept past the far post. The boys were all congratulated individually for the effort they put in and the role they played today. Many of the travelling Brid Óg supporters commented on how well they played as a team and the kids can all be very proud of themselves. Their coaches and their family and friends are indeed proud of their efforts, not just today, but also during the group games in the previous fortnight. I think they deserved their sweets and crisps afterwards.
 
All that was left was to wait and receive the trophy from the organisers. Joint captains Liam and James K were awarded the trophy and each player got their own individual trophy. For some of the children this was their first hurling trophy – it should be the first of many. For Conor MacE, James K, Liam and James McC it adds to the trophy they also won for the U10 competition. With two competitions already won it has been a fabulous start to 2015 for Brid Óg and the year looks bright for our teams throughout the club.
 
Finally, a word of thanks for the Brid Óg support. Again today they were very vocal and gave great encouragement to the team. Family and friends have to be praised for their commitment over the last three weekends and the kids dedication cannot be questioned. Conor travelled all some some far off part of Donegal for todays game. So, I would like to express thanks to parents and everyone else for their support and encouragement throughout the competition and beyond.
 
Brid Óg squad: Liam, Conor MacE, Conor McK, James S, James K, James McC, Ciaran, Donnacha, Oisin

N Antrim League

15/02/2015Posted by Ciaran Grant

U8 N Antrim League Div 2
Venue: Cross & Passion College, Ballycastle
Date: 15th Feb 2015

Brid Og U8s travelled to Ballycastle for their Division 2 matches in the N Antrim league. With the U10s recently winning Division 3 of this competition the U8s had something to emulate.

The first match was against Ruari Ogs 2 and the Cushendall team scored early on to take the lead. The Ogs showed a lot of courage and determination and were rewarded with goals from Conor McE and James K to get the day off to a winning start. The second game was against Oisins 2. We were of the belief that this would be a very good team as the U10 boys from Glenariffe have won Division 1 of the competition for the past two years. And this proved to be true as they came away with a narrow 2-1 victory. James K got the Ogs goal, but it wasn't enough to get a result. The Ogs did have a number of chances
but the Oisin's goalkeeper made a number of stops. The goalie fumbled one shot and Brid Og thought they had got the equaliser as the ball had clearly crossed the line before it was cleared. However, the referee failed to award the goal (where's Hawkeye when you need it?).

The players didn't let that setback get to them as they came out firing against St Ergnats, Moneyglass. By the end of the match, Brid Og were winners by 6 goals to 0. James K & Conor MacE shared most of the scoring and young James McC also weighed in with one.

Dunloy Cuchullians were becoming Brid Og's main rivals for a place in the Division 2 final They had also lost to Oisins 2 and crucially had drawn against Ruari Og 2. So, the final match of the day was a head-to-head between Brid Og and Dunloy for the right to play Oisin's in next week's Division 2 final. Things didn't start too well for the Ogs as Dunloy scored an early goal. With their backs against the wall another comeback was needed to get into the final. Brid Og pressed and were awarded a penalty when the Dunloy goalkeeper went out of the semi-circle. James K's penalty was struck too centrally and the keeper made the save. It was looking like was going to be a hard-luck story for Brid Og. All the kids were performing brilliantly and they were pushing hard and pressurising the Cuchullians defence.
Eventually, James K made amends when he scored the equaliser. This was followed by the award of another penalty when the goalie again left the semi-circle. With confidence that he wasn't going to miss two penalties in the one match, James was instructed to take this penalty as well and aim for the corners. He duly obliged and dispatched the ball well beyond the reach
of the keeper to give Brid Og the lead. With only about 1 minute left the Brid Og supporters could relax a little as due to the earlier results a draw would be enough to keep the Ogs above Dunloy in the league table. Dunloy pressed during the final minute and during quite a long bit of stoppage time, but the Brid Og defence were strong and held firm to see out victory and clinch a place in next week's Division 2 final. They will again face Oisins 2 in the final and hopefully we will see a repeat of the success that the U10s had.

There were great performances from all the players today. They had different jobs to do at different times and they did what was asked of them each time. The team also showed tremendous courage, grit and determination as two victories came after falling behind. They didn't let their heads drop, but kept working hard and fought to get the reward that their hurling deserved today.

Brid Og squad: Conor MacE, Conor McK, James K, James S, James McC, Liam, Ciaran
A special mention for Conor McK as he was returning after suffering a broken arm. Good to see him back in action

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