Posted June 16, 2015
On Saturday morning in Clontarf, 30 or so brave young men from the Naomh Mearnog U9 squad walked on to three windswept pitches in Alfie Byrne park to meet their opponents, Clontarf GAA Club & St. Pats of Donabate, in the U9 football blitz. This great occasion would see three teams from each club play 4 matches each over a 2 hour footballing marathon.
It was truly a great morning’s football with our boys looking very confident on the ball and working hard for each other. Daniel O’Connor, Jake O’Malley & Robert Kidney all fought very hard in tough conditions to string together some great passing moves and to make and take some fine scores.
As you moved from pitch to pitch to watch our three teams in action throughout the morning what you saw was a joy to behold. All our players showed great composure on the ball and the quality of score taking was of a really high standard. Andriy Collins scored a memorable goal from the half way line quickly followed by a great point from play. Charlie McKeever & James Wall kicked a hat trick of points while playing in full forward. Charlie showed great courage when he picked up a bloody lip in a tackle, (Thanks to his mouth guard it was just a bloody lip), but he played out the game with his usual style and commitment.
In mid field we had some great performances from Charlie Aston, Fintan Derry, Isaac Beehan & Sam Forde who controlled the centre and supported the backs and fed the forwards with great passes and set up many fine scores.
The defensive performances of Jeremy Campbell, Liam Finnegan and Rob O’Connell were outstanding also and the overall contribution made by Noah Reid, including his hat trick of goals in the first game were nothing short of awesome.
Our strong numbers meant that we needed to give some players to the opposition in some games and congratulations to those who stepped up to the challenge. Well-earned jelly snakes all round.