The ability to dig out goals at crucial times saw Galmoy/Windgap finish the year on a winning note when they overcame Young Irelands (Gowran) in this under-16 Roinn C League Shield final at Bennettsbridge on Saturday.
Sean Carey was in flying form early on for ’Irelands. He hit two early points to put his side in front. The Gowran side seemed to be operating off a ‘feed Carey’ policy as they were sending in some quality low ball.
In the 10th minute Galmoy/Windgap got off the mark. Jack Delaney send in a long delivery. Niall Walsh gathered, beat two men and batted the ball to the net past the advancing Jamie Mahoney. Over the next 10 minutes Walsh and Carey exchanged three points each from play and placed balls to leave the winners ahead by 1-3 to 0-5 after 20 minutes.
Cracker of shot
Then some beautiful inter-play between Niall Walsh and Oisín Phelan saw the latter send a cracker of a shot to the Gowran net. Phelan added a point almost immediately following a Brandan Phelan pass. Sean Carey gathered a Geoff Brennan delivery and replied before he was fouled. He converted the free.
In the 27th minute Galmoy/Windgap finished the half in style. Oisín Phelan caught a Brandan Phelan cross, side stepped two defenders and netted. Ted Drea pulled one back for Gowran with a great point. Little did we know, but this was Young Irelands last score. The winners led at the break by 3-4 to 0-8.
The second half belonged to the winners and they turned in stylish performance. With David Doyle policing the ever dangerous Carey, Conor Grace in fine form at wing back and midfielders Jack Delaney and Patrick Grace working their socks off, they dominated.
Niall Walsh put over some nice points and Conor Drennan also weighed in with a brace before Walsh closed the deal with a goal from a 20 metre free. ’Irelands tried hard with Sean Roche and Geoff Brennan doing most to support Sean Carey, but this was not to be their day.
Joe Pyke,on behalf of Bord na nÓg, presented the Shield to joint captains, Kieran Phelan and Niall Walsh.
Galmoy/Windgap - James Culleton, Ryan Murphy, David Doyle, Sean Phelan, Conor Grace, Kieran Phelan, Robert White, Jack Delaney (0-1), Patrick Grace, Conor Drennan (0-2), Niall Walsh (2-5, 1-3 frees), Josh Price, Oisín Phelan (2-1), Brandan Phelan (0-1), Cathal Phelan. Sub: Patrick Doyle.
Young Irelands - Jamie Mahoney, Tyler Lennon, Jamie Bryan, Jeremy Farrell, Michael Carey, Sean Roche, Kevin Brennan, Philip O’Donnell, Tommy Byrne, Ted Drea (0-1), Geoff Brennan, Daniel O’Connor, Robert Dunne, Sean Carey (0-8,0-2 frees), Adrian Nolan. Sub:Shane Nolan.