Posted March 22, 2015
The under 13’s travelled to Castlenock on Saturday to face an in form St Bridget’s on a Spring day that promised much for the upcoming Summer months. Tony Phillip’s side overcame the challenges of traffic to get there for the 3:30 kick off and started the game with high hopes. The initial confidence was short lived as the first 10-15 minutes proved to be much like the starting 10 minutes of many recent war movies with an attack that caught the visiting team by surprise. The response by our U13’s however, although too much ground to make up, drew high praise from the management team, who saw courage and commitment in abundance changing the game dynamic on its head. Some days just don’t go your way, but it’s a how a team responds that illustrates the character of any bunch of men never mind young boy’s and although skill and talent are the cornerstone of any team, what was evident by our display was back bone and self belief that cant be taught. The “fight” demonstrated by the team in conjunction with the return of some key players missing due to an athletics meet, will ensure that the return home match in a matter of weeks will be a mouth watering prospect.
Under 11’s & 12’s
The Under 12’s faced Lusk and Kilmacud Crokes on Saturday. The Lusk encounter was moved to 10AM to help facilitate availability and the Mearnog’s Under 12’s played out of their skins to easily beat the visiting Lusk side. Dave Madden’s Under 11’s charges supplemented the Under 12 panel as a result of a cancelled fixture and were not by any means out of place in their contribution. Special praise however is reserved for the “keeper” on the day Karl Redmond. His performance was truly outstanding and especially so for a position he has not played in the past. His many key saves helped the scoreline greatly compliment the score in the favor of Naomh Mearnog.
Kilmacud Crokes on the other hand were unsurprisingly a more daunting prospect for the first team. The visiting side won, however the management team treated the result as a valuable lesson for the team in their progression to reach their unquestioned ability. It was simply a matter of touch that ensured Crokes walked away with the victory. The difference between a win and a loss in all sports is generally down to small differences and with some tweaks to the training sessions, there is strong belief that this result can be remedied to a more favorable and equitable score line in future fixtures.