U10 Munster Team Battle Elements and Strong St Enda’s Side to Record Second Straight Win of Season
For the second week in a row the platform for victory was built on a strong start to the match. Donal Hanna led the midfield well from the off, keeping up his impressive start to the season. He worked well with James Kilpatrick who worked hard from the first to the final whistle. Solid scoring from Niall Finnegan rewarded that midfield effort.
The second quarter again repeated last week with the strong wind and substitutions affected the momentum. We yielded the initiative to St Endas during this spell, conceding points to a strong side showing their danger.Good work from Rory Birt, moved more into a defensive role, helped to limit the scoring and John McCooe added some quality up front. Liam Magee repeated his scoring exploits of last week with solid scoring, unlucky on a couple of occasions with good efforts hitting the woodwork.
St Endas started the third quarter strongly again and it looked like the comfortable lead built up in the first quarter might be lost. John McCooe in two moments of brilliance made sure that didn’t happen. Switched to nets to allow Adam Murphy to play up front he produced two saves in the space of a minute that turned the tide of the game. His first a brilliant diving effort to save a well taken penalty. The second within thirty seconds of that breathtaking save, denying a certain score.
Twin Peter Mc Fadden put in some great work in midfield tackling well until having to be substituted after a brave tackle, the clear knock to his knee matching his bloodied nose from earlier. A brave and tireless performance.
Conor Brown showed his class in both distribution and his ability to score from play to open the gap again at this vital stage in the game. Adam Murphy’s return outfield was also paying dividends, both in his ability to develop possession and also ensuring St Endas had to work hard to get the ball up to their midfield. Matthew Mc Cann was also showing his promise in midfield in tracking his marker well and gathering possession.
Shane Murphy and Pierce Finegan were at the heart of the defence working well as a team in tackling hard and winning possession, with their distribution being clever, helping the midfield in the tricky conditions.
Ronan Mc Keown had shown his industry through out the match and it was a blow to the midfield when he had to be replaced late into the match with injuries sustained after a trip when he was breaking with the ball. Conor was able to help, linking well midfield and attack. Other Twin Ronan Mc Fadden also helped during this vital period in the match, closing down really well, tackling hard with controlled aggression.
Further scores from Niall Finnegan helped to stretch the gap and see victory being secured. A tricky tie especially with the wind playing havoc with the play at times, making scoring tricky.
Saint Brigidts Ulster U10’s keep their unbeated record in tack.
Once again this team set down a marker from the start.
Goals were once again a platform from which the team built on.
Niall Murtagh in nets was faultless throughout.
In the back line Brian Mc Gurk continued his sparling form.
Mark Canavan produced his best game of the season, while young James Gorman showed once again why the coaches rate him so highly.
Oliver Marken and Thomas O loan provided the steel in a defense which has proved formidable this year todate.
Im mid field Donal Bradley and Cathal Maguire were clearly on top for all of the game, and worked hard at driving the team forward. The dominance at midfield insured a stead supply of ball to the forward line and was instrumental in wearing a good Saint Enda’s team down.
Upfront Fintan Mc Garvey and Ben Mc Auley knocked over impressive long range points, while Aodhan Mc Nicholl’s return provided flair and precision.
The forwards were futher helped by sterling performance from Joseph O Sullivan, Joseph Cullinan and Niall Murtagh who all made very positive contribution.
The large home crowd clearly enjoyed both games.