14th Sep 2011

Scoil Mhuire’s Junior Boys’ Football team got their new season off to a start with a match against local rivals, St. Mary’s Boys NS. Whilst the result wasn’t what the team wanted for their first outing, the quality of the football played was excellent and the battling skills shown were Richard Dunne-esque!

The game started at a furious pace but it took 5 minutes for a score to be registered with Mary’s boys scoring a goal after a scramble in defence. Not long after Scoil Mhuire broke from defence, with Jack Butler clearing a long ball up to midfield. Cian Buckley helped it on to Charlie Keher who kicked it straight between the posts.

The first half continued in the same vain with great battles ensuing in both defences. Debutants Philip Kane, Leigh O’Neill along with Mark Gormley put in some great blocks and cleareances. Up the other end another debutant, Liam Masterson, was having a great game – belting over a point from a difficult angle and scoring a super goal after being set up brilliantly by Dylan Knowles. Charlie Keher popped up with a great goal to take us into half time just two scores behind.

Unfortunately the wind picked up in the second half and was blowing a gale into our faces and the greater experience of the much larger school of St. Mary’s started to tell. Despite facing an onslaught Scoil Mhuire defended doggedly with substitute Cian Hyland and Cian Buckley, who moved from midfield, playing particularly well. We found it hard to break out of defence but when we did every move we made seemed to go through the troika of Jack Colgan, Evan Hallowe’ed & Charlie Keher. Indeed our one second half score came from Evan Hallowe’ed, who took a bang earlier in the game and played on with a swollen knee.

We had a few other chances in the second half, we struck the woodwork twice and Dylan White had a terrific shot well saved by their goalkeeper. In the end it wasn’t to be our day but the display the lads put on gives us great hope for the remaining games in our group. Next up are James’ Street.