Light wind but otherwise good conditions for our final County League 8 game at Cornelscourt this afternoon against St Vincents B. We played against the wind 1st half into the Dunnes Stores end goal. Our line up today was in Goals Donal our backs were S O Sullivan, Zach, Ronan. Alex M, Peter & S Power. In mid we had Morgan & Thomas. Up front we had Cian, Michael, Cormac, Hugo, Ross & Alex H. Our subs were Jack, Liam, Christopher, Eoin & Paul.
We got off to a great start in this game when Alex Hopkins on his return kicked a great point from play from the right wing on 2 minutes. Ross playing his first game back after a break of a few years got in for a great goal on 5 min. Morgan added another point on 8 min. At this point we got hit for a couple of goals when Vincents got the overlap on our defence giving Donal no chance in the goal. Hugo had us back on level terms when he kicked a great point from play on 18 min. Michael had us back in front soon after when his well struck 45m kick went all the way to the visitors net. The visitors got a lucky break on 27 min when a shot from distance came back off our cross bar to their forward who palmed the ball to the net. We finished the half strong with 2 more points to leave the Half Time Score Gers 2:05 Vincents 3:02.
As in the 1st half we got another great start to the 2nd half when Liam on as a sub got in on goal kicking a low hard shot to the bottom left cornor of the net. Alex H added another point from play soon after to give us a 4 point lead. The visitors got their first score a point from play on 38min followed by a goal soon after. We went ahead again when Michael landed a great free from distance. Vincents got on top at this point kicking 4 points from play to go back in front. We again finished the half strong with 2 points to leave us just one behind with time nearly up. We through every thing at the visitors at this point & were unlucky for scores. We did win a free out on the right but Michaels kick trailed to the right & wide to leave the F.T.Score Gers 3:09 Vincents 4:07.
Again it was not the result we wanted on the day but as a consolation a win would not have got us up to 2nd in the table as other results did not go in our favour. So we finish 4th in League 8 ahead of our great rivals from Na Fianna on scoring difference. This I feel is a fantastic result for our combined/united team that is made up of our 2004 & 2005 boys. We have come on & improved over the year in this league & have a very good squad of players as we move up to U15s next year when games will be played on Sunday mornings. We used 30 players this year with an equal divide 15 under 13s and 15 under 14s with all getting good game time and Marc, James, Des & I are proud of everyone of you. We have more than held our own with teams who would have all 2004 players. We were unlucky in the Feile this year with injuries but we will enter a team again for Feile 2019 made up of our 2005 & 2006 boys.
We will continue to train on Tuesday evenings in Kilbogget Park & Thursdays when possible. We hope to play a couple of challenge games in the next few weeks mainly for our 2005/2006 boys to get them used to playing togeather re Feile 2019. We will also have an end of season day out in December & it would be great if we could have all 30 boys there to mark a great year for our team. Hon The Gers.