Posted June 11, 2017
Our U12 Boys travelled to Carlingford, Co. Louth to participate in the Bammel Malone Football Blitz.
The early start did not deter our boys in anyway and despite being drawn in a tough group alongside Burren from Co. Down and Inniskeen Grattans from Co. Monaghan. The lads were quick off to mark in their opening game against Burren finishing strongly to win the game. The second game of the groups stages followed quickly afterwards with another excellent performance from our lads ensured we finished top of the group and progressed to the quarter finals.
At this stage there was a pause in the on field activity for refreshments from our fantastic hosts Cooley Kickhams GAA. The draw was made for the quarter final and Mearnógs were pitted against Ballyboden St Enda’s in a Dublin derby. What a cracker of a game this turned out to be, Boden dominated the early stages but didn’t reflect it on the scoreboard and a Seb Broderick goal and some outstanding saves by Darach O’ Brien-Keaveney meant the margin at half time was just three points. Mearnógs with the aid of the wind in the second half soon closed the gap but were dealt a hammer blow as time ticked away when Ballyboden scored a goal to go three points up. With time almost up Mearnóg had one last chance and an excellent team move from one end of the pitch to the other saw Joey Kinnane score a screamer to level the game. Extra time beckoned and with the teams going toe to toe, Boden managed to pull away just as time ran out. The performances from our Under 12 players throughout the day were superb, well done to all the boys. A word of thanks to our hosts for an excellent day which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Once the football was over we travelled to the nearby Carlingford Adventure Centre where we were staying overnight. The staff at the Adventure Centre were fantastic in running the activities the lads took part in Saturday evening and all day Sunday. The team and accompanying parents arrived back home Sunday night exhausted from the weekend activities but delighted with the footballing display from our terrific twelves.