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Heartbreaking defeat for Minors (03/09/14)

posted 9 Sep 2014, 15:03 by ballymacnab armagh   [ updated 9 Sep 2014, 15:05 ]

UNDER 18 DIVISION III CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI FINAL

Ballymacnab 1-14 Wolfe Tones 2-12

Our Minors suffered a heartbreaking one point defeat at the hands of Wolfe Tones in the Semi Final of the U-18 Division III Championship last Wednesday.

Ballymacnab made a bright start with a point from Ryan Watters. From the resulting kick out, Wolfe Tones went on the attack and found the net with the first goal. This did not upset the 'Nabs rhythm and points from Brendan Kennedy and Oisin McGivern levelled matters on the 5th minutes. Wolfe Tones responded with a point and a second goal from the penalty spot. Brendan Kennedy and Oisin McGivern hit back again with points before a brace from Ryan Watters, in between points for the opposition. Shaun Casey reduced the deficit to the minimum with a point on the 26th minute and were denied a goal when Ryan Watters' cracking shot rattled the crossbar. Wolfe Tones finished the half with three consecutive points but a point from Oisin McGivern just before the interval left Ballymacnab trailing 9 points to 2-6 at the break.

Wolfe Tones began the second half with a point but Michael Gribben over turned an attack and kicked a point. Scores were exchanged through the accuracy of Oisin McGivern (2) and Caoimhín Rafferty with the opposition to leave three between the sides however a 49th goal from Oisin McGivern was just what the 'Nab deserved for their efforts when previously they had found the net but that shot was deemed to have hit the post but not the back stanchion. Wolfe Tones took the lead with a point but an inspirational effort from Brendan Kennedy levelled matters once more on the 57th minute. Wolfe Tones hit the front two minutes later and try as they might, the Round Tower lads just couldn't get an equalising score.

A great effort was throughout by the lads and although defeated on the night the lads can be proud of their work rate throughout. 

Team: Shane McClelland, Niall McKee, Shaun Casey (Capt 0-1), Stephen King, Brendan Kennedy (0-3), Josh McGeown, Finnén Maguire, Caoimhín Rafferty (0-4), Michael Gribben (0-1), Oisin McGivern (1-5), Ryan McKenna, Eoin Smyth, Ryan Watters (0-3). Subs: Conor Gribben for J.McGeown 

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