U12's are Sky High

14 December 2009
Under 12’s lift inaugural Airborne title Our under 12’s today lifted the inaugural under 12 airborne indoor hurling title in Ballycastle. We had qualified for the final by competing in a qualification and group stage over the last few weeks. We have taken on teams from many clubs such as Cushendall, Creggan, Glenavy,Ballycastle,Rasharkin, All Saints , St Enda’s and others. Today we met St Enda’s in the final. Teams consist of five players with unlimited substitutions allowed. We had a small panel and as usual some of our players were punching above their weight against these 12 year olds. The panel was David Kilgore/Cavin Mc Cormick/Leo Morgan/Conor Mc Hugh/Niall Mc Cormick/James Morgan/Harry Kilgore/Connor Bannon. Unfortunately Connor Bannon was not available for the final, but played a pivotal role in helping with qualification. The match lasted for 10 minutes and was fiercely contested from the first whistle. Niall Mc cormick had a magnificent match and the quality of his performance meant that he kept the St St Enda’s hotshot Rory Crummey (yes, one of the Cushendun Crummeys!!) at bay and scoreless. David Kilgore/Cavin Mc Cormick and Conor Mc Hugh had a terrific battle with the St Enda’s midfield. Leo Morgan overcame the pain of a foot injury to play well in defence and make some good clearances. The game was scoreless after six minutes when Cushendun sent for Harry Kilgore and James Morgan. The action was frantic in the last two minutes as both teams went for a winner David Kilgore narrowly missed near the end of normal time as Cushendun were finishing the match on top with several chances falling to our players. Extra time was needed to separate the teams and we continued where we had left off in normal time. The tackles were flying and no quarter was given by either team, Conor Mc Hugh was creating many chances but just couldn’t convert. After Conor picked up a nasty hand injury which meant he had leave the field of play, James Morgan replaced him. His first task was to take a free awarded after St Enda’s had been pressurised into a defensive error. James scored easily and this score put us in the lead for the first time. The game really opened up now as St Enda’s went for an equaliser and Conor Mc Hugh took full advantage of this, by striking two superb goals after he got his arm patched up and was able to resume.St Endas continued to press but Harry Kilgore, Leo Morgan, David Kilgore and Cavin MC Cormick closed them down every time with a great display of blocking and tackling. It is always hard to pick a man of the match and we generally don’t do it but special mention has to go Niall Mc Cormick who harried and battled for the whole match and turned in a great defensive display. James Morgan, on behalf of the team collected the shield which will be on display in the school from Monday. Well done lads, we just need you to follow up this performance with a good showing in the indoor ground hurling after Christmas. A and D