Under 12's narrowly miss out on Div 4 final

21 January 2010
Our 2nd squad of under 12s narrowly missed out on qualification to the finals of division 4 despite some tremendous performances from all involved. Having beaten Glenshesk and Glenravel in week 1 to qualify for division 4 we had already exceeded expectations. Our team included several players such as Niall Mc Cormick, Tomas Scally and Aidan Dunne who have a number of years left at this age group. Our older members who were Cabhan Mc Cormick, Patsy Mc Auley, Hugo Mc Keegan, Jack Mc kay and Michael Convery helped backbone the side and contributed majorly in every match. We started off on Saturday with a 0-0 draw against Glenarm in a game which we dominated and are disapointed not to win as our main rivals beat glenarm quite handsomely. Our next game was a 2-1 victory with goals from Cabhan and Niall spurring us on to victory. Game 3 brought a 2-1 loss to our main rivals dungiven and this was a bitter disapointment as we had battled hard against a strong, physical side but were outdone by the last poc of the game. Next we played a St Endas side led by Rori Crummey and managed by Colm (good to see a strong dun influence in their side aswell) and managed to reverse the roles from the last game as we grabbed a great last gasp winner from Niall Mc Cormick with one of the goals of the day. Our confidence was high at this stage and we knew another victory would put us close to the finals. However, we met a very strong Ballymena side who had a number of very handy hurlers and ran out convincing winners against us. Overall though it was a very productive day with almost every player getting on in every game. We had a rotation policy which ensured fresh legs in each match. Jack Mc Kay and Hugo Mc Keegan took turns in nets and both were very reliable. Tomas Scally and Michael Convery tooks turns to play as the last defender and proved formidable. We had one of the best midfields in the group in the ever present Niall and Cabhan Mc Cormick who were excellent throughout and had a tremendous workrate which carried us along way, not to mention providing us with some top notch goals. Up front we had Aidan Dunne and Hugo Mc Keegan providing the firepower and some of the link up play was top notch. Patsy Mc Auley scored the goal of the day on our first outing but unfortunately was sick and couldnt make our second day. We wish him a speedy recovery and hope hes back soon to rattle the net! All and all, a very promising couple of outings for the club and the future definitly looks bright at underage, long may it continue!