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U14 Boys Féile Peile na nÓg Div 2 Champions 2018:

posted 23 Apr 2018, 14:00 by Athlone GAA
Athlone v Tyrellspass
21/4/2018 The Downs

Our U14 Boys brought home the first piece of silverware to Páirc Chiaráin in 2018 when they claimed the Division 2 Féile Peile na nÓg after a tough battle against a very game Tyrrellspass side. In the process they have ensured that they will be one of Westmeath's representatives in the National Féile Peile na nÓg finals. Played in the impressive surrounds of the The Downs GAA club, the two teams took the pitch in unseasonably warm conditions with sunglasses and T-shirts the order of the day for the spectators.  Coupled with the warm conditions was a strong breeze that blew diagonally across the pitch making accurate shooting and passing very tricky on the day.

Athlone won the toss and elected to play with the wind in the first half and this seemed to pay dividends when they goaled early in the game before adding a further point from the dead ball. However, that was to be the last score for the Shannonsiders in the first moiety. Instead, a combination of some sloppy play and some tenacious Tyrrellspass battling led to the Tidy Town team raising a green flag. Just as in the previous league game (away to Killucan), the Athlone lads had started slowly and failed to take advantage of a strong breeze. In the dressing room at half time, the lads knew that a titanic effort would be required if they were maintain that narrow lead to the final whistle. However, just as in Killucan the previous week, the Athlone boys rolled up their sleeves and put on a fantastic display of grit and determination, coupled with some excellent football to outscore their opponents by 3-2 to 0-02 in the second half. At the long whistle, they had triumphed on a score line of 4-3 to 1-2. However, the final score does not tell the full story of the game as the lads had to put in a massive rear guard action in the latter stages as the Tyrrellspass players came at them in waves. As the second half wore on, the Athlone lads were determined that their goal would not be breached again. The defending from 1 to 15 was exceptional and great credit to the forward line who tacked on the scores needed to supplement the excellent defending. This really was a team effort and it was most pleasing to see each player get on to the field for the match (some not as much as the mentors would have liked but with the time constraints of the twenty-minute halves it wasn’t possible, but there are many league games coming up to make sure everyone gets plenty of playing time).

And so it was a delighted bunch of Athlone players, led by captain for the day, Pierse Edmundson, that climbed the steps of the stand to receive the trophy from Westmeath Minor Board Chairman, Niall O’Brien. Well done to all involved and a journey that began on a wet Saturday morning in Garrycastle is now destined to continue in Burren GAA, Co. Down at the National Féile Peile na nÓg finals from the 29th June to the 1st July. Well done to the Mentors Seamus Mitchell, David O'Connell and Morgan Farrell and hearty congratulations to the players involved. Some new Athlone stars are emerging.  

The U14 panel on the day was: Alban Cepi, Conor Devins, Pierce Edmundson, Luke Farrell, Cian Geary, Eoin Hardiman, Josh Kenny, Johnny Martin, Donagh McCormack, Dano McMonagle, Owen McNamara, Kian Mitchell, Luke O’Connell, Oisin O’Sullivan, Daniel Omukoro, Piaras Rohan, Jason Rushe, Tom Sheridan, Alan Sweeney, Jason Ukatu, Luke Whelan and Brandon White. 

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