Doyle guides Village home
Superb win for Rathnew
RATHNEW CLARA 2-16 3-9
A talented Rathnew side claimed victory over Clara Gaels in the Under-17 ‘A’ Shield final in a windy Ballinakill on Monday night last.
With a defence marshalled by captain Nicky Kearney and Tristan O’Toole, a strong midfield of Sean Coffey and Sam O’Dowd and an impressive attack featuring Eoin Doyle who finished with 1-9 to his credit and the Man of the Match award, the Village side kicked off what they will hope will become a very successful one with this deserved victory despite a gallant effort from Clara Gaels in the second half.
Rathnew started with the strong wind at their backs and had opened up a 1-10 to 0-4 lead at the break thanks the dominance of Sean Coffey at midfield and plenty of effort and grit from the impressive Fionn O’Sullivan and Ewan Culbert.
The conditions didn’t help the Clara Gaels lads who were under pressure from the word go with balls arriving in to the lethal duo of Eoin Doyle and Dylan Smyth who caused all sorts of problems for the Clara Gales rearguard.
Rathnew grabbed the best possible start with a fine goal from Jenson O’Connor who lined out at centre half forward.
A rapid fire three points opened up a 1-4 to 0-0 lead, the white flags raised by Tristan O’Toole who watched as his long ball into the Clara Gaels square bounced over the bar, and Eoin Doyle’s opening two scores, both from frees.
There were 10 minutes on John O’Brien’s watch when Clara Gaels opened their account, this from the boot of Dale Fluskey from a free. They enjoyed their best spell in the opening half over the next few minutes where they drew to within 1-4 to 0-3 behind Rathnew with points from Andrew Brancato and Luke Kearney, but the Village side pulled away with some fine football and points from Sam O’Dowd, Dylan Smyth (2), Eoin Doyle (3,2f) before Fluskey swept over a free to make it 1-10 to 0-4 at the break with Clara Gaels having the wind at their backs in the second half and a mountain to climb ahead.
Rathnew started with a flourish and a point from Jenson O’Connor after good work from Sean Coffey and Eoin Doyle but Clara Gaels hit back through Fluskey only to be answered swiftly by a Smyth free-kick.
Things took a major turn for the good for Clara Gales when Shane Brown rifled home low and hard past Reece Doyle in the Rathnew goal after 39 minutes and a Sean Leonard point moments later left just six between the sides.
Brown would get on the end of a sweeping move to grab his side’s second major of the evening shortly after a Jack Manley point for Rathnew and when Malachy Stone pointed off his left moments later there were just three between the sides and plenty of time left.
But your big men stand up in times of need and Eoin Doyle answered the Rathnew call in emphatic fashion. He won and pointed a free and then fired over a stunning goal before notching another ripper of a point from play to put some daylight between the sides at 2-15 to 2-7 with less than five to go.
Credit to Clara Gaels, they stuck to their task and fired over 1-2 through Fluskey, Shane Brown and a late goal from Malachy Stone in reply to an Eoin Doyle free but time would run out for the Clara Gaels men and John O’Brien’s final whistle was met with delight from the Rathnew players and supporters.
Coiste na nÓg chairman Pat Dunne presented Rathnew captain Nicky Kearney with the Under-17 ‘A’ Shield cup and Eoin Doyle was presented with the Wicklow People sponsored Man of the Match award.
– Rathnew: Eoin Doyle 1-9 (6f), Jenson O’Connor 1-1, Dylan Smyth 0-3 (1f), Tristan O’Toole 0-1, Sam O’Dowd 0-1, Jack Manley 0-1.
Clara Gaels: Shane Brown 2-1, Malachy Stone 1-1, Dale Fluskey 0-3 (2f), Luke Kearney 0-1, Andrew Brancato 0-1, Sean Leonard 0-1.
Reece Doyle; Killian Clarke, Nicky Kearney, Charlie Cruise; Fionn O’Sullivan, Tristan O’Toole, Ewan Culbert; Sean Coffey, Sam O’Dowd; Shane Cullinan, Jenson O’Connor, Toby Curran; Cian Furlong, Eoin Doyle, Dylan Smyth. Subs: Jack Manley, Cian O’Neill, TJ O’Neill.
Daniel Morley; Kevin Kinsella, Liam Dickenson, Tom O’Shea; John Porter, Kelan Busher, Luke Kearney; Andrew Brancato, Ryan Kenny; Mark Cullen, Malachy Stone, Dale Fluskey; Cian Ward, Shane Brown, Joseph O’Shea. Subs: Sean Leonard.
John O’Brien (Newcastle)
Scorers Rathnew: Clara Gaels: Referee:
DERRY GALES produced a devastating burst in the second half to derail a decent Tomacork outfit in what was a very entertaining Under-17 ‘B’ Shield final in Shillelagh last Sunday morning.
From a worrying position of being 2-10 to 1-7 down with 15 minutes of football left in the game, the Aughrim/Annacurra combination rampaged back into contention thanks to four stunning goals that knocked Tomacork for six after they had looked reasonably comfortable at the end of the third quarter.
Key to the victory for Derry Gales were the performances of Darragh Owens and Dylan Lynch in the middle of the field while Adam Keegan had a hand in nearly everything positive over the course of the game. Dylan Walsh was pulled back to try and stifle the hugely impressive John Doyle at full-forward and he coped admirably.
Things were looking very promising for Tomacork early on when they opened up a 0-3 to 0-1 lead after seven minutes thanks to the accuracy and talent of John Doyle at full-forward who dropped over three fine scores from frees with Adam Keegan landing Derry Gaels’ opener.
But Derry Gaels got a major boost three minutes later when referee Gerry Corbett signaled for a penalty for a foot block on Euan Harper. The Tomacork management team were incensed by the decision but it stood, and Dylan Lynch fired home the spot kick to the roof of the Tomacork net to propel his side into a 1-1 to 0-3 lead.
Derry Gaels took a big boost from that goal and began to take the game to Tomacork and Adam Keegan might have had a goal himself had his lob attempt dropped quicker than it did after 14 minutes, but he turned away knowing that his effort had added a point to the tally.
One thing Derry Gaels couldn’t really manage over the course of this game was to shackle John
The Derry Gaels side who defeated Tomacork in Shillelagh on Sunday morning.
Rathnew captain Nicky Kearney is presented with the cup by Coiste na nÓg chairman Pat Dunne.
Talented Eoin Doyle collects the Wicklow People Man of the Match award.