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Creggan Kickhams v Brid Og

14/04/2012Posted by Darren Hamill

Due to their  imminent league campaigns we hoped to get challenge matches for our U12 and U14 teams and our old sparring partners Creggan Kickhams duly obliged.

Unfortunately our U14 team was low in numbers due to the Easter Holiday and some of our older more experienced U12 players got a run out in our U14 team.

Both teams were to play on adjacent pitches. The U12s were to play on Creggan's 3G pitch whilst the U14's got to play on the training and match pitches. John and Oliver took control of the U14's and Frank, Gerard and Darren looked after the U12's.

The U12's numbers were boosted with some "new recruits" at this level. Cian, Oisin, Reuben, Ronan and Ruairi were thrown in at the deep end and occupied full, half back and half forward positions. Brendan took up his regular berth in nets and Diarmaid was in front off him at full back. Our midfield dynamos were Sean and Ciaran and Dylan and Ciaran took up the final positions at full forward.

The first half was a very tight affair as both teams jostled for supremacy and our players found it hard to get used to the 3G surface. Sean and Ciaran were getting crowded out by two or three players as Creggan tried to get control of midfield and Creggan finally opened the scoring with a goal and continued the scoring with a couple of unanswered points. Brid Og had some chances of their own but went in scoreless at half-time.

The players were told at half-time that all they had to do was get the basics right and they would get back into the game. They also had the advantage off now playing with the wind. Another point in our favour was the referee was changed for the second half as Damien from Creggan became the " man in the middle". My time there was summed up by Carla after the match "Darren you were a rubbish referee. You give them everything!!!" and I was just trying to be impartial !

With the wind advantage it was now essential to start moving the ball when we got possession. Our players were told to strike the ball at every opportunity as there was no point carrying the ball and this seemed to have dividends when Sean pointed our first score from distance.

This raised our game and we hit a purple patch with our midfield now becoming dominate. Both midfielders got goals and our score sheet was further increased with points including a free from distance coolly put over the bar by Sean. Creggan's keeper was now the busier and we had a couple of chances cleared off their goal line.

Creggan also had their chances in the second half and got some great points but our Goalkeeper and back lines seemed to get confidence from what was happening in front of them. At the final whistle both teams shook hands in the knowledge that they had contributed to a great spectacle of hurling.

I would like to mention the contribution of our "new recruits" who performed brilliantly and will be a welcome addition to the U12 line up this season.

After the match we moved across to the adjacent pitch only to see some of our players donning the Creggan shirt. I thought maybe a mutiny had happened at half-time but due to our and Creggan's player numbers it seemed it would suit better it we mixed and matched both teams. The match was then moved to the larger match pitch to accommodate a Camogie match.

I would now like to thank both Joe and Damien for setting up these matches at short notice. I personally think these games will be good preparation for the league campaigns which lie ahead. I would also like to thank them for the drinks / snacks supplied to players / parents after the match and we hope to continue this competitive relationships between the clubs in the new future.

Thanks again to the players parents for travelling to the venue and their loud and vocal support from the side lines. I am sure this raises our players performances. Finally I would personally like to thank Brendan and Sean for finding young Pearse's hurl and Gerard for returning it. Obviously Pearse thought the safest place to leave his stick wasn't our car boot but Creggan's pitch !!

We are now coming into a very busy time for our teams and we will be in touch soon about our league campaigns. It is now essential that our players get as much practice as possible as with every strike of the sliotar there will be improvement.

Brid Og's U12 Panel:  Brendan, Cian, Ciara, Ciaran, Diarmaid, Dylan, Oisin, Reuban, Ronan, Ruairi and Sean

Brid Og's U14 Panel:  Conor E, Conor G, Ethan, Ewan, Gareth, Mark, Peter, Phelim, Ronan, Rory, Ruairi and Tom


O'Donnell Cup Quarter Final

01/09/2011Posted by Liam Devlin

Eire Og/St Agnes 4-6 St. Malachys 2-6

Eire Og/St Agnes took to the field on Thursday seemingly fresh from the summer break and recovered from the celebrations following their league win finale in June, to take part in the quarter final of the O’Donnells Cup.  The course of the first half very much followed the pattern of their League encounter with St Malachys with the Woodland lads racking up 3 -3 against the visitors 0-2 in a one-sided half during which the Ogs/Aggies dominated possession and defended stoutly.

The second half was a different story.  It was clear that the hosts were displaying signs of ring-rustiness following the summer lay off and lack of competitive action.  They only managed a further goal and 3 points in this period while a couple of long-range goals and 4 further points brought St Malachys back in to contention.  When the final whistle blew the Ogs/Aggies players (and the home crowd) were relieved to have secured safe passage to the semi finals.  Next up are Davitts on Sunday 11th September at 11:30. (at Glen Road)

Eire Og/St Agnes 3-6 Lagmore Gaels 0-8

10/06/2011Posted by Liam Devlin

South Antrim Under 12s Football League Division 2

In their pen-ultimate league game of the season, Eire Og/St. Agnes maintained their 100% record against outside threats for the title, Lagmore Gaels, at Twinbrook.  This was no easy match, as the Gaels, after a slow start, pushed Ogs/Aggies hard, picking off their scores to keep in touch throughout.  By half-time Ogs/Aggies were only a goal to the good and knew they were in for a second-half battle. 

The second period probably turned on one outstanding moment and one outstanding performance.  The moment was provided by Gavin Donnelly who soloed from deep inside his own half to slot over the bar.  The performance of the match was by Fintan Toner who time after time thwarted the Lagmore attack, breaking up play and clearing the danger.  These displays provided the inspiration for the visitors to build upon their first half lead and run out winners by 3-6 to 0-8.  One more match now stands between the Woodlanders and the League title – next up St.Galls at Woodlands on Friday 24th!

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