Tal­ented foot­ballers tackle Ty­rone and Cork on busy week­end

Bray People - - SPORT -

THERE was no rest for the Wick­low county un­der-15s last week­end where a vic­tory over a trav­el­ling Ty­rone side sug­gests how much tal­ent is avail­able to work on in the panel.

Man­ager Kevin O Brien and his coaches are de­lighted with the re­sponse of their play­ers.

On what was an­other busy week for the un­der-15 foot­ballers, on Thurs­day night they trav­elled to Thomas­town in south Dublin to play Cuala in a chal­lenge game.

This game was or­gan­ised to give mem­bers of the panel game time who didn’t get a run the pre­vi­ous week against Meath.

On to Satur­day and big games against Ty­rone and Cork in Bless­ing­ton.

The man­age­ment team would like to thank the Bless­ing­ton GAA club for pro­vid­ing their fa­cil­i­ties to play such high pro­file teams as Ty­rone and Cork.

It proves how much peo­ple are look­ing at re­sults over the last few weeks when you have teams like this look­ing to play chal­lenge games.

The panel of play­ers were re­ally look­ing for­ward to test­ing their abil­ity against such pres­ti­gious op­po­nents.

De­spite a num­ber of play­ers away on hol­i­days from the prievi­ous games it also gave a num­ber of other play­ers the chance to stake a claim for start­ing place for the Adam Man­gan tour­na­ment in Of­faly on Au­gust 12.

The open­ing game against Ty­rone was played at a very high tempo and Wick­low had good con­trol of a very com­pet­i­tive game.

As ex­pected, the North­ern boys tack­ling was close to the edge but game was played in a very sport­ing man­ner and no cards is­sued or re­quired.

Due to hol­i­days the team had a slightly dif­fer­ent look to pre­vi­ous games but the play­ers on the pitch, one to 15, played for the jersey and made it dif­fi­cult for the side­line to make changes in this game.

Re­sult: Wick­low 3-07, Ty­rone A 2-06.

Scor­ers: Jack Han­lon, Sam Kear­ney, Thomas O’Shea, Shane Daly, Cil­lian McDon­ald, Adam Had­den and Eoin O’Neill.

The sec­ond game against the sec­ond Ty­rone team started like a for­mula one mo­tor race with both teams at­tack­ing at speed and the man­age­ment emp­tied the bench mid way through game.

This game was high scor­ing and re­quired a de­gree of com­po­sure to quench a strong sec­ond half per­for­mance come back from Ty­rone.

One of the many stand out mo­ment of the game saw Sam Kear­ney taken down but got back up straight away and and buried the ball in the back of the Ty­rone net.

After two games against Ty­rone the play­ers had played two hours of foot­ball, there­fore, as ex­pected, the play­ers were get­ting tired.

Kil­lian McDon­ald had a man of the match per­for­mance in all games and was ably as­sisted by Sam Kear­ney and Eoin O’Neill who mar­shalled mid­field with an ac­com­plished per­for­mance. Pro­vid­ing 30 play­ers with game time over two games is a lot to man­age.

Re­sult: Wick­low 5-10, Ty­rone B 3-12.

Scor­ers - Jack Han­lon, Sam Kear­ney, Robey Mi­ley, Cian Hynes, Alan Mi­ley, Sean Cof­fey and Pa­trick O’Hal­laron

By the time Wick­low played Cork in the third game there was lit­tle in the tank and as ex­pected our per­for­ma­ces didn’t reach the high stan­dards as in pre­vi­ous games.

Cork knew this as well as they were im­pressed enough to or­gan­ise an­other chal­lenge game in a few weeks.

Over­all an­other ac­com­plished per­for­mance from this group of play­ers.

Slowly but surely it looks as though this team is de­vel­op­ing into a side Wick­low peo­ple can be proud of.

The play­ers them­selves also feel part of some­thing spe­cial.

Much more to do but the seeds are be­gin­ning to grow, they need to be nur­tured and cared for like a gar­dener takes care of his flow­ers in the end beau­ti­ful flow­ers de­velop and the Gar­den looks amaz­ing.

For this group of play­ers to bloom and de­velop it will take more than sun and wa­ter and the oc­ca­sional weed­ing it will take fi­nance and back­ing from a spon­sor and to­tal sup­port from our County Board to en­sure th­ese play­ers get their day out in Croke Park in two year’s time.

Panel of Play­ers who com­peted were: Jack Han­lon (Balt­in­glass), Kil­lian McDon­ald (Ti­na­hely), Bradley Hickey (Ti­na­hely), Adam Had­den (Ti­na­hely), Oisin Bro­gan (Bless­ing­ton), Daniel Healy (Éire Ógs), Thade Shana­han (Éire Óg), Eoin O’Neill (Éire Óg), Cian Hynes (Éire Óg), Alan Mi­ley (St Ni­cholas), Brian Keogh (St Ni­cholas), Jack Grace (St Ni­cholas), Shane Daly (St Ni­cholas), Luke Kenny (An Tochar), Hugh O’Brien (AGB), Dy­lan Lynch (Derry Gaels), Sean Camp­bell (Derry Gaels), Cian Kelly (St Pa­trick’s), Sean Cof­fey (Rath­new), Fionn O’Sul­li­van (Rath­new), Joseph O’Shea (Barn­dar­rig), Thomas O’Shea (Barn­dar­rig), Rob­bie Mi­ley (St Kevin’s), Keith Burke (St Kevin’s), Sam Kear­ney (Bray Em­mets), Ryan Guil­foyle (Carnew Em­mets), Caoimhin Raw­son (Cool­boy) (in­jured), Stephen Maguire (Kil­macanogue), Dar­ren Walsh (Balt­in­glass), Pa­trick O’Hal­laron (AGB), Arun Daly Danne (Balt­in­glass) (in­jured).

The Wick­low un­der-15 team who de­feated Ty­rone in Bless­ing­ton last week­end.

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