Posted March 8, 2015
The twenty five thousand fans who descended on Croke Park last night may have been forgiven in thinking that the Dublin Senior Hurling and Football teams were to be centre of attention. The main event occurred however when Naomh Mearnog’s under 11’s took on St Pereguines in a thrilling encounter which left the 25 thousand strong crowd on the edge of their seats. There is little doubt that Naomh Mearrogs were merely “checking the joint out” for the upcoming battles for their club and county team in the years to come.
You have your good days and your bad days and Naomh Mearnog Second team had the latter against Lucan Sarsfields yesterday. It wasn’t our day although the management felt that the team learned a lot, especially that the score line can flatter a team regardless of whether there is a small gap between teams. Thankfully many great Saturdays have been enjoyed and the coaching team feel the team came away with some lessons learned that will drive valuable focus in upcoming training sessions.
The First Team had an epic with Craobh Chiarain and lost by two points. Full credit was acknowledged to both teams who it’s becoming increasingly apparent will be great and equal rivals in the years to come. The Naomh Mearnog coaches felt that the 6 scoring opportunities where we didn’t take the point was the difference in winning and losing. However the commitment and will to win was apparent and there is no doubt there are some big victories ahead for this team.
If taking on the highly rated Ballinteers yesterday at home phased the Naomh Mearnog Under 13’s it certainly was not obvious to the sideline supporters as the team warmed up under the watchful eye of the coaches. A strong wind in the oppositions favour in the first half gave a big advantage to Ballinteer which they were understandably determined to make the most of, ensuring any wide balls were collected efficiently by their forwards. The second half saw Naomh mearnog reduce the deficit by 8 points and come to within three of victory.
Controversially Ballinteer fielded an extra player for a few minutes late in the second half however it was difficult to get consensus after the game whether this was a factor in the result. It certainly provided some drama in an encounter that had it in spades already