Moycullen Capture U13A Hurling Shield Title
Post date: Aug 30, 2015 11:39:27 PM
On Friday the 28th August Moycullen won a thrilling but low scoring u13A hurling final versus Castlegar. The result of this game was in doubt right up the final whistle as Moycullen held on for a famous victory. Castlegar has reached the final following a semi-final victory over Athenry, while Moycullen overcame Carnmore following a replay of their semi-finalin Kenny Park on the previous Sunday.
A strong wind blowing from the Salthill end aided Moycullen during the opening half but it was Castlegar who took the initiative and the lead after Cillian Callaghan converted a penalty midway through the first half.It could have been more but for some brilliant interventions and clearances by Moycullen’s Jason and Aaron McDonagh during frantic early exchanges. Scores were at a premium as both teams tackled, hooked and blocked in a game dominated by the defences. Gradually Moycullen came to terms with the conditions and the pace of the game. A group of forwards including Sean Forde and midfielder Eanna Davoren won a vital free for Moycullen midway through the first half. Aaron Barrett launched the free into the Castlegar defence. After an initial goalmouth scramble the ball came back out to Eamon Enright and the 11 year old first timed his ground effort high into the Castlegar net. Colin Forde, Conor Corcoran, Aaron Barrett and Kevin Walsh came roaring into the game as the half progressed and Daniel Cox was a constant threat with some clever deliveries into Rhys Plower and Liam Seoighe.
Louis Corr, James Bradley and Paul Kearns were introduced during the 2nd half and brought a new threat to the Castlegar rear guard. Colm Cunningham and Louis Corr picked off two tremendous points from play into the breeze during the 2nd half. James McLoughlin breached the Castlegar full backline after a great run and was fouled for a penalty. With the maturity of a player twice his years Colm Cunningham rifled the penalty to the net and Moycullen began to dream of victory.
Castlegar never gave in. Goalkeeper Darragh Neary, Centre back Cillian Callaghan, Midfielder Daniel McNulty and Centre Forward Lee Fahy were superb for Castlegar and but for the brilliance of 10 year old Diarmuid Davoren in the Moycullen goal they might have achieved parity during a rip roaring conclusion. When the final whistle was sounded Moycullen were surrounded by panel members, parents and supporters. This was great win for a panel that have been training since early in 2015. Throughout the season there were vital contributions from David Donoghue, Jack Molloy, Alan Richardson, Ben O Sullivan, Jake Fahy and Fiachra McDonagh. At the final whistle Aaron Barret accepted the trophy on behalf of the Moycullen panel and Conor Corcoran was a deserving winner of the man of the match award.
Well done to all who contributed to the emergence of this team including the parents, club executive, and coaches Martin Barrett, Tony Walsh, Derek Corcoran, David Kearns, Vinnie O Sullivan and manager Frank Enright.
Mágh Cuilinn: Diarmad Davoren, Aaron McDonagh, Aaron Barrett, Jason McDonagh, Kevin Walsh, Conor Corcoran, Colin Forde, James McLoughlin, Eanna Davoren, Sean Forde, Colm Cunningham, Daniel Cox, Eamonn Enright, Rhys Plower, Liam Seoighe.
Jack Molloy, James Bradley, David Donohoe, Ben O’Sullivan, Fiachra McDonagh,Alan Richardson, Louis Corr, Jake Fahy.