Good conditions at home in Cornelscourt this afternoon for our first U14 League 8 game of the year against Castleknock B.  It was the first game also for this new combined/united team made up from our U13 & U14 players that will represent our club in Feile in May of this year. It was 14 aside with 7 subs for this game. Morgan was our Captain for the day & the throw in was at 3pm.

Our line up with scores in brackets after players names was in goals Paul H, our full back line Thomas, Morgan ( 0:01) & Ronan with Jack & Eoin subbing on. Half backs were Alex H & Shane O S. We had 3 in midfield Jamie ( 3: 02 ) Peter ( 1:01 ) & Donal with Shane P subbing on at half time. Our half forwards were Charlie ( 0:01 ), Mark ( 1:01) & Cormac with Omar ( 1:00), Mathew & Cian ( 1:00) subbing on. Up front we had Robert ( 2:02) & Liam with Sam subbing on.

Peter had our opening score a goal inside the 1st minute when he got his boot to the ball after it had come back off the post. We were unlucky at this point with 3 of our shots coming back off the woodwork. Jamie got his first score of the day on 8min a great goal. His brother Mark had the ball in the net again soon after for a great start for our new team. The visitors were awarded a penalty on 11min which was converted & they got in again for another goal on 12min. Robert finished to the net on 16min after a great solo run through the visitors defence. Peter added a nice point from play b4 Castleknock got in for a 3rd goal on 19min against the run of play. Mark & Robert added points b4 Cian after sidestepping the full back kicked an unstoppable shot to the net on 29min. The visitors got in again for 2 goals as we tired coming up to half time intercepting poor passes from our players & giving Paul no chance in goal. Half Time Gers 5:04 C/knock 5:00

Jamie who was having an outstanding game at mid opened the 2nd half scoring with a nice point from play on 33min. Robert added another point on 35min & soon after the visitors had their 1st score of the 2nd half a point from play. Jamie had the visitors net shaking again on 37min. Morgan got our best score of the day picking up the ball deep in his own half he went on a great solo run b4 kicking a nice point over the black spot on 39min. Jamie completed his hat-trick on 40min. Robert & Omar who had a great game after subbing on at half time added goals on 45min. Jamie again had our last score of the game a point on 52min from a free. Again as in the 1st half we tired & the visitors got through for 2:02 in the last five minutes giving our keeper who made many great saves no chance. Full Time The Gers 9:08 The Knock 9:03.

This was a great result for our new team against a big strong C/knock team who played a hard but fair game. Our U13s were all outstanding today Jack & Eoin in defence. Charlie & Omar on the wings their carrying, protecting & passing of the ball stood out.  While up front Mathew, Liam & Sam  along with our U14s all played their part in what was a great win.

Unavailable today was Zach,  Alex M, Padraig & Ben who we look forward to having back for our game away to St Finians in Aylmer Road Newcastle next Saturday the 24th of Feb. A big thanks to everyone who helped out with the team today Des, Adrian, Ellen & Julie. To all the Mums & Dads who shouted on our team today. We will train again on Tuesday in the new sports hall in Clonkeen College  from 7 to 8pm & on the back hockey pitch at Loreto Foxrock on Thursday again 7 to 8pm. On The Gers!!!!!!!