The under 11s made the (long) trip to St Margaret’s on a beautiful spring morning, ready for another tough challenge. Recent performances were a little below par, so there was certainly something to prove. We lined out 12 vs. 12 to get everyone on the pitch, and the St Margaret’s team looked as if they too had a point to prove.
The first half was industrious – with Gers having the majority of possession – and while Zeb, Sam and Dylan were very solid in defence, our midfielders were a bit wasteful and our forwards were a little off the pace. Robbie and Cian kept the pressure on, but a game that should have been out of sight was very close at half time. The boys lined out for the second half knowing that they would have to step up, but unfortunately the opposite happened: a 15 minute surge from a very good St Margaret’s team (the phrase “hot knife through butter” comes to mind) left us on the back foot and behind on the score sheet and in a lot of trouble.
From somewhere the Ger’s rallied – Robbie dropped into defence, and between him, our other steely backs, Zeb in goal and Eoin (Man of the Match) Byrne, nothing further got through. Omar, Hugo and Ben stepped up manfully in the middle, scoring at will (Hugo with 3 goals), and our forwards became unplayable. Eoin H. and Padraig took the roles of supplier (and the first line in our relentless defence) while Liam played like a man possessed, scoring 3 goals in rapid succession. The closing down, the quick passing and the blanket defence worked a treat, and got the boys over the line by a handsome score line of 6-7 to 2-11 in favour of our lads.
The mentors know we are still nowhere near our potential, but it was a great morning’s work, and a huge thanks to St Margaret’s, the ref, the parents who cheered on the team and, especially, the boys for their hard work.