St Brigid’s win The Downs U-10 Tournament, Saturday, August 30th 2014

posted Sep 8, 2014, 7:12 AM by Richard Canny
Pictured with mentors, the Sheraton Hotel sponsored St Brigid’s U-10s which won The Downs tournament on Saturday, August 30th, 2014.
The Sheraton Hotel sponsored St Brigid’s U-10s participated in an 11-a-side U-10 tournament in The Downs, Mullingar on Saturday, August 30th.  The tournament consisted of 6 teams, Navan O’Mahoneys, Kilcock, Athboy, Gowna, The Downs and St Brigids.

Game 1:  St Brigid’s 0-5, Gowna 0-5

St Brigid’s opening game in the tournament was a tough, tight encounter against the reigning tournament champions Gowna from County Cavan.

In the opening half, St Brigid’s played with the aid of the wind and started confidently with fantastic approach play from the midfield pairing of Paddy and Ewan ensuring quick ball was distributed to the forwards Bobby, Sean, Billy Ray and Shane, who all won their individual battles to win primary possession. Bobby in particular showed class and skill in converting the opportunities created by his teammates into scores. At half time the score was 4 points to 2. St Brigid’s were dominant in this period and indeed their play deserved a greater half time lead than 2 points.

In the second half, Gowna displayed all the characteristics of reigning champions with a strong comeback. Early in the half St Brigid’ s extended their lead to 3 points with another well taken score from Bobby with some great approach play from Simon and Brian.  In this period the St Brigids team were severely tested as the pressure intensified. Crucially Brigid’s introduced fresh legs with Brendan, Eoin and Robert coming into the game.

Between the posts for Brigids, Eanna was strong throughout and ensured that his team kept possession of the ball. David, Sol and Daniel excelled in their defensive duties limiting space and denying good scoring opportunities to the Gowna forwards.

Overall it was an enjoyable and testing opening game which was played in a very sporting manner. Both sides were happy to come away with a draw, from what was a tough encounter.

Team: Eanna McDonnell, Sol Trundle, Daniel Skehan, David Dolan, Paddy Higgins, Bobby Nugent, Ewan Joyce, Billy Ray Dolan, Sean Minnock, Shane O’Boyle, Brian Armstrong, Brendan Murphy, Eoin Reid, Robert Keenan, Simon O’Boyle.


Game 2: St Brigid’s 0-12, Athboy 0-5

In our second game against Athboy,  the lads got off to a fast start mainly thanks to some fine kick outs from Eanna and registered early scores from Brendan, Ewan, Luke Sylvestor and Bobby, however Athboy hit back with a few scores before half time. In the second half, Brigid’s began to dominate with the backs of Sol, Daniel and Paddy defending excellently and breaking up the field setting up attacks for both the midfielders and forwards of which Matthew, Cameron and Robert contributed to some fine scores. As the game entered the final quarter, Brigid’s were well in control and substitutes Shane, Simon, Luke Whelan, Thomas and Killian were sprung from the bench to ensure victory over a very gallant Athboy side.


Team: Eanna McDonnell, Sol Trundle, Daniel Skene, David Dolan, Paddy Higgins, Ewan Joyce, Bobby Nugent, Robert Keenan, Brendan Murphy, Luke Sylvestor, Matthew Samuels, Cameron Sheehy, Luke Whelan, Killian Curley, Simon O'Boyle, Shane O'Boyle, Thomas Muldoon.


Game 3: Kilcock 0-8, St Brigids 0-9

In our 3rd Game we played against Kilcock and came away with a narrow 1 pt win. Playing with the wind in the first half, Brigids opened up a lead of 6 points to 1. Some great combination play among the forwards opened up the Kilcock defence for some great scores by Matthew and Bobby.

The second half looked like a formality, but Kilcock had other ideas and came storming back into the game.  The Brigids backs were under tremendous pressure, but superb defending by Daniel, Sol, Eoin, Paddy, David and goalkeeper Eanna just managed to keep Brigids ahead.

Brigids were depending on breakaway attacks for scores, and managed to work the ball forward to sneak 3 crucial scores.  These scores involved great movement and passing by Shane, Simon, Brian, Killian, Billy Ray, Sean and Thomas.  Cameron and Euan, who were rested for this game came on in the end and steadied the ship and Brigids just managed to hang on and qualified for the final against Gowna.

Team: Eanna McDonnell, Sol Trundle, Daniel Skehan, Paddy Higgins, Bobby Nugent, Brian Armstrong, Killian Curley, Billy Ray Dolan, Sean Minnock, Thomas Muldoon, Eoin Reid, Shane O’Boyle, Simon O’Boyle, Matthew Samuals, Cameron Sheehy and Ewan Joyce.

Final: St Brigid’s 0-10, Gowna 0-5

The final against the holders of thecCup, Gowna, was a repeat of the first game of the day.  Brigid’s elected to play against the strong wind in the first half. Straight from the off, Brigid’s went on the attack and a lovely pass from Matthew, set up Luke Whelan, who slotted over a lovely point into the wind. Gowna replied with two points, before Bobby levelled the scores with a point from a difficult angle.  Gowna pulled 2 more points ahead, and looked like opening up a big lead before half time. However, Paddy, David, Daniel, Sean and Sol defended magnificently and ensured Gowna did not get any easy scores. Bobby replied with a further point just before half time to keep just one between the teams at the break.  Playing into the wind in the second half was a big advantage after 4 hard games and goalkeeper Eanna ensured that Brigid’s had every advantage with some brilliant kick outs which always found a teammate.  Ewan and Shane started to dominate midfield and kept a plentiful supply of ball going into the forwards. Killian’s movement created some lovely scores for Matthew and Luke Sylvestor. As the Gowna lads began to tire, Brigid’s fresh legs kept up the pressure and the scores began to follow. Brendan, Thomas, Simon, Shane and Robert were playing brilliantly and Gowna just had no answer to the movement and shooting of the Brigid’s forwards.  In the end, Brigid’s won by 5 points, thanks to the efforts of all 21 players, who all made a significant contribution.

Team: Eanna McDonnell, Sol Trundle, Daniel Skehan, David Dolan, Paddy Higgins, Bobby Nugent, Ewan Joyce, Killian Curley, Sean Minnock, Eoin Reid, Shane O’Boyle, Simon O’Boyle, Matthew Samuals,  Luke Sylvestor. Luke Whelan, Brendan Murphy, Thomas Muldoon, Robert Keenan.