Senior Men produced the match of the season, if the not the performance of the season. A heart stopping affair on Friday night will live long in the memory and the hollers and yells of the large crowd could be heard in the living rooms of houses as far away as the bottom of the Slaney Hill! That the match came down to the last kick of the game with the captain coolly slotting over as even his own father turned away unable to look summed up the drama and tension.
Seven down at half time the game looked over, the season losing its pulse but the second half was to see a resurrection Lazarus would have blushed at. Harney was slotting points over, Traynor was having an impact around the middle of the park, Laverty and Tumelty were running hard, Byrne was locking any doors left ajar – but this wasn’t about individuals or even the team. It was about the whole panel and the management. While the first half may be best forgotten, it was great to see the fight in the team that is needed when things just don’t seem to be working out. Approaching the summer break, two points were needed and keeps them in touch with the league leaders.
U14 girls made the long trip on Father’s day to play league leaders Rostrevor in tropical conditions. With some key players missing or injured it was always going to be an uphill task, but these girls have demonstrated all year long that they just don’t know when they’re beaten, going down by two points. Hard luck girls.
U14 boys travelled to Castlewellan and like a boxer that has been pummelled but just won’t go down the lads showed great heart and courage and even managed to land a couple of blows themselves. The positives remain that a core 13 boys are getting constant football and having to really work on their fitness and every week someone is stepping up – this week was Odhran Magee – battled the whole game through.
U12 girls battled well against much stronger opposition Downpatrick at St Patrick’s Park on Saturday morning. In the sweltering heat they showed that in spite of their young age, they have improved their kicking and marking. Plenty to smile about afterwards in spite of the final result. Well done girls.
U10s attended the Loughinisland Memorial Tournament on Saturday. After a slow start with two draws against Teconnaught and Dundrum the lads found their winning form against Loughinisland in their third match. Two more wins against Dromara and Drumaness led to the team making it to the final where they would again meet Teconnaught. Playing against the wind in the first half some tough tackling around midfield and excellent scores brought them to half time with a 5-2 lead. As the second half got underway Teconnaught hit back quickly with two quick scores to leave only a point between the teams. It was at this point the boys really stepped up their game battling for every ball and taking their opportunities to run out winners in the end. It was superb to see the lads grow in confidence and to see all their efforts from training paying off. Many thanks to Loughinisland for their invite and organisation on the day. Well done to the lads and thanks to everyone who came along to support the young stars!
Training continues this Thursday at 6:30-7:30pm. Super Blitz is Saturday 24th in Ardglass. Also don’t forget Cúl Camp registration is now open.
U8s head to Annsborough for 10:15am this Saturday morning. Training at the pitch as normal for the younger ones.
Good luck to Jack, Calum & Daniel and both Down Minor and Senior squads in the Ulster Semi Finals in Armagh this weekend. Come on the boys in Red & Black!
Condolences from the committee and members to the Morgan and Keenan families on the loss of Eugene. Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.