Monday 26th of July 2021 saw the curtain come down on the schoolboys season after what seemed an eternity of lockdowns due to Covid 19. We will give a quick run down on all our teams in what was a hectic 2 month period with games a plenty and little time for anything else. It was great to see all our schoolboy teams, except our u16s, play a fixture or two in our new grounds in Suir Crescent.
Our u11 squad under Mike Molloy and John O’Connor’s watch had the privilege of playing the first fixture in our new ground against Park Rangers.
They also had games over the last number of weeks against Dungarvan, De La Salle, Piltown and Kilmacow . A busy few weeks for this young squad with the majority on the go 5 or 6 days a week with soccer and hurling.
With the new season starting in September, this short season will stand to them going into competitive football at u12 level.
Coaches Miguel Ponce De Leon, Colm O’Donoghue and Niall Owens will be happy enough after their games as the lads and lady improved with every game and won 3 out of the 5 games played in the u12B league. With the majority of this squad underage again for u12, this experience will be invaluable for the new season.
Entertainment and goals galore were the order of every game this squad were involved in as Eric Walsh and Wattie Foran over saw 5 games in which it took the lads a couple of games to click together and from there the confidence grew with excellent performances against Carrick and Bohs finishing off the short season.
A goal that wasn’t given against Bohs to deny them 3 points and a single defeat against eventual league winners De La Salle denied this squad honours but Thomas Conway and Mark Quinn will be very happy with the performances of all involved as the lads and hot shot Emily Blackmore were only getting going as the season came to a halt. With players unavailable for a number of the games in the short season plenty to look forward to for next season when there is a full crew available. Good experience gained by all.
A tricky number of weeks for Kevin Kennedy, Pat Walsh and Michael Power as the loss of players for a variety of reasons caused havoc with match days , but the lads got on with the job in hand . The lads on duty seized the opportunity and big improvements were clear to be seen thanks to more game time.
Derek Tebay and JP Byrne had a squad that had 8 games to fit in and again slowly got going and improved with every performance . The change in this squad physically over the last few years has been staggering and they can look forward to U16 football with confidence.
So near but yet so far for Mick Conway and Mickey O’Hanlon as near neighbours Piltown pipped this squad to league honours on the last day of this league.
Disappointing in the end but again this squad have a lot to look forward to as they step up to u17 and adult football.
A big thank you to all our coaches over the last number of weeks and also a well done must go to the parents who have been run ragged every day of the week between different sports.
Unfortunately no trophies from this short season, but progress is evident in our players and all our teams will be back training in a number of weeks refreshed and ready to go again for season 2021/2022.