Last weekend saw three teams in action.
Pride of place must go to the U10s who clinched the Division One title by beating Wicklow Town on a 4-1 score line on a lovely sunny morning in Ryder’s Field last Saturday. A win for the young glens coupled with Rathnew dropping points in Newtown, would mean the Glens clinching the title with two games to go.
They started nervously but got into their stride and hit two quick goals mid-way through the half via Conor Giles and Jack Carey. It seemed the points were in the bag early in the second period when Jack Carey got his second and the Glens’ third but Wicklow never gave up and deserved their goal to make it 3-1 and a nervy ending. However, Shane ‘Hasslebank’ Merriman got a brilliant fourth goal to seal a famous win.
Then there was a hour wait to hear the result from Newtown which went the way of the home team meaning Glencormac United could not be caught for the title. Well done to the entire panel who put so much effort in both training and matches throughout the year and to dedicated manager Lar Merriman and his assistant Colm Griiffiths.
The whole squad is: Charlie Ward, Erica Conroy, David Honan, Jack Carey, Conor Giles, Kieren Griffith, Shane Merriman, Michael Prendergast, PJ Dunne, Josh Cahill, Matt Falecikowski and Simon Jasinski.
The U8s were also at home on Saturday morning and faced stiff opposition in the form of Rathnew. It looked bad at the break as the mini Glens trailed 4-0 but Alan Condon must have given some speech during the interval as they pulled it back to 4-3 with five minutes to go and as they went on all-out attack mode, it was a risky strategy which didn’t work in the end as they were caught on the break and it finished 5-3. It was a brave performance by all but special mention to Aoife Fox, birthday boy Daniel Dunne and Alex Condon who all scored for the glens.
The seniors were at home to Carnew on Sunday morning and had a really impressive 3-1 win. Gavan Barton scored with a brilliant left footed volley and then Bob O’Donnell powered in a good header to make it 2-0. The game was all but over by the break when Gavan slotted home a penalty after Aaron Creavin was fouled in the penalty box. The game turned a little nasty after the break as Carnew had two men sent off but still managed to pull one back from a free before they were reduced to nine men following another sending off and then they left the field so the referee abandoned the game with 5 minutes to go. Simon Doyle had his best game in years in the midfield along with Gavan Barton, Colm Nolan and Eoin Farrell but it was a great effort by the entire team.