With a personal tally of 2-4 points, Eoin Woods ensured a St Rynaghs victory in the U-14 Football League final held in Ferbane in glorious sunshine on Sunday morning last.
U-14 Football League Final
St Rynagh’s 4-7
This was St. Rynaghs second title win over the same opposition this season but were made to fight for their win right to the death by a spirited Shamrocks side.
It was Shamrocks who got the better start and led by two points to no score after 6 minutes with points from Andrew Delaney and Paul Looby. A breakaway attack by St Rynaghs brought their first score on seven minutes when Aaron Kenny soloed through the Shamrocks defence to finish off a fine individual goal. Shamrocks were guilty of quite a few wasted opportunities in the first half especially with the midfield dominance of Delany who surged forward at every opportunity but made very little impact on the scoreboard.
It was St Rynaghs who were far more efficient when the chances came in the forward line and further scores with an Eoin Woods goal and a Denis Healy point left Shamrocks trailing by 2-3 to 0-4 at the break.
Shamrocks started the second half in much better form and were quick to register four unanswered points in the opening exchanges, Andrew Delaney scoring three and Paul Looby chipping in with another fine point. But on St Rynaghs first attack Seán Hanamy found the net when his shot deceived P. Cantwell in the Shamrocks goal and dropped under the crossbar. Eoin Woods powered through to score his second goal of the day from the kickout and from then on Shamrocks attacks yielded very little.
Further points from Woods, Hanamy and substitute Daryl Gaughan put daylight between the sides and St Rynaghs ran out eventual winners on a scoreline of 4-7 to 0-10.
St. Rynaghs: Ciaran Flynn, Shane Hogan, Conor Redmond, Dominic Healy, Enda Flynn (C), Fergal Hanamy, Paddy Byrne, Denis Healy, Caolan Kelly, Sean Hanamy, Aaron Kenny, Thomas Corcoran, Shane Daly, Eoin Woods, Danny Flaherty, Oisin Hickey, Sean Kilmartin, Michael Harrington, Daryl Gaughan, Cillian Troy, Conor O’Sullivan, Barry Moylan, Eamon Corcoran, Dara Tierney, Jack Flynn, Paul Donohue, Graham Daly. Management: Martin Hanamy, Tom Wynne, John Daly
Shamrocks: Niall Moloney, Conor Moran, Dylan Dunne, Gareth Healy, Jack Molloy, Darren Brady, Shane o’Toole, Stephen Healy, Andrew Delaney (C), Patrick Malone, Wayne Mooney, Paul Looby, James Larkin, Conor Buckley, Shane Kearney, Padraig Cantwell, Niall Mooney, Jack Watkins, Brendan Daly, Mark Malone, Joe McCourt, Luke Delaney. Management: Rogor Molloy, Noel Daly, Ray Larkin