Under 16 championship semi-final

posted 1 May 2012, 07:03 by Joe Corry   [ updated 1 May 2012, 07:03 by Seán Corry ]

Coolmeen will contest the under 16 C championship final after beating Shannon Gaels/Killimer in dramatic circumstances in Kilrush Monday last. Both teams battled with a strong cross field wind and it was the Gaels that registered on the scoreboard first. Mark Meaney was introduced to the team early on in the first half and made an immediate impact, whilst Alan Normoyle and Rory McMahon did their best to protect their back lines. Coolmeen soon registered their own points through Oisín Coyle and Kevin McMahon but at the break The Gaels and Killimer led by 2 points, 1-02 to 0-03.
It was tit for tat for the most of the second half with both teams struggling to play with the conditions, but it looked like Shannon Gaels were coping better as they increased their lead to 5 points with minutes to go. Coolmeen didn’t drop their heads though as Gary Meaney and Cian Murphy kept pumping and working the ball into Shannon Gael’s 21 yard line. Their persistence worked off and with minutes to spare Mark Meaney made the difference just 2 point with a hard worked goal. Ben Cleary then converted a free with his left to make the score line 1-06 to 1-07. 
With seconds on the clock Cian Murphy got possession and kicked to the left of the Gael’s and at the final whistle Coolmeen had taken the win by 2 points, 2-06 to 1-07.

Team: Adam Carrigg, Darragh Cleary, Alan Normoyle, Oisin Coyle(0-2), Gary Meaney, Rory McMahon, Cian Murphy(1-0), Shane Ryan, Robert Neenan, Eric Scanlon, Kevin McMahon(0-1), Ben Cleary(0-3), Barry Crehan.
Subs: Mark Meaney(1-0) for Neenan, Seán Wallace for Scanlon, Eric Scanlon for Ryan.