Coolmeen/ Kildysart 1-12 Naomh Eoin/ O' Currys 0-04

posted 29 Oct 2011, 09:18 by Joe Corry   [ updated 29 Oct 2011, 09:26 by Seán Corry ]
Coolmeen/ Kildysart finalists

Cooraclare was the venue for Saturday afternoon's west Clare final. Both teams came through tough opposition to earn the right to battle against each other for the under 15 shield and, being the last underage game for the year, there was an added incentive to end a long competitive year on a high.
    The game got off to a strong start, neither team shying away from the action. Ben Cleary got the amalgamation off to a good start and after 15mins had converted 5 points to Noamh Eoin's 0-03. Seán Wallace got his name on the score sheet to make the difference 3 points. Wallace worked hard throughout the field and tackled hard to regain possession as did Alan Normoyle and Ruairi McMahon, holding strong and dispossessing well on the full back line. Ben Cleary added another point to his tally to send Coolmeen/ Kildysart into the half time break 4 points to the good.
    At the start of the second half, Mark Meaney was introduced in place of Seán Wallace, who may have been feeling the effects of a first half collision. Cian Murphy took it upon himself to put away Naomh Eoin's chances straight away with a long soloing run that resulted in a left footed kick into the bottom corner of the opponent's goals. They didn't stop there though and kept tagging on the scores with 5 more points coming from Ben Cleary, Gary Meaney and Cian Murphy. The defense held strong throughout and were very impressive, Normoyle and McMahon staying consistent throughout.
    At the final whistle, Coolmeen/Kildysart were winners on a score line of 1-12 to 0-04.
Gary Meaney accepted the shield on behalf of the amalgamation and thanked Cooraclare for their facilities as well as his mentors and teammates.
    All in all, it was a strong performance from Coolmeen/Kildysart considering the time of year. All players gave their all and impressed the travelling crowd. Alan Normoyle shined in the full back line, as did Gary Meaney at wing back. Cian Murphy really expressed himself throughout the 50 minutes and always looked confident on the ball. The team finished the year on a high and confidence is booming for the oncoming season of football.

Team: Adam Carrigg, Alan Normyle, Ruairi McMahon, Gary Meaney (capt.), Darragh Cleary, Oisín Coyle, Cian Murphy, Seán Wallace, Conor Donnellan, Barry Crehan, Ben Cleary.
Subs used- Mark Meaney, Kevin McMahon, Robert Neenan, Cormac Guinnane, David Clancy.

Scorers: Ben Cleary 0-08, Cian Murphy 1-01, Gary Meaney 0-02, Seán Wallace 0-01