️ Our 1st Year Footballers were out on Friday in their first championship game vs Knockbeg.
It was Knockbeg who had the stronger start as they struck over two points in the first 5 minutes. St. Mary’s CBS fought back early though with Eoin Fitzpatrick converting a free for the first of his four points. The brothers took the lead mere minutes afterwards when Noah Lawlor smashed a rebound into the bottom corner. They took off from there as Ethan O’Connor sent his shot sailing over the bar then picking out a stunning pass to wing forward Danny Breen for him to rattle the back of the net as well. Rory Kennedy was kept busy in between the sticks throughout, pulling off some stunning saves to keep our lads ahead. His pinpoint kickouts also meant he always found a red jersey. ️ It was level at the break with a score of 2-2 to 1-5.
The CBS had a stronger start to the second half, with Darragh Fingleton tapping the ball into the net for a third goal. Two more well taken points which full forward Eoin Fitz added to his tally, helped the brothers pull away ️ and super sub Ryan Shiney Conlon had an immediate impact firing one into the top corner with his first touch of the ball. The lads worked extremely hard off the ball as well, Rory Hand never let go of his man at centre back while Darragh Fingleton and Darragh Keenan were relentless in midfield ️ With the help of strong subs to close the game there were solid performances from Calvagh Cullinane, Senan O’Connell and Mark Roberts which meant Knockbeg only scored two points in the hole second half. Nearing the final whistle, Adam Whelan slotted one over from corner forward with Ethan O’Connor pointing once again too. Eoin Fitz punished Knockbeg with his fourth point of the game and Adam Whelan sealed the win with another goal calmly placed into the bottom corner. The boys ran out 5-7 to 1-7 winners. ️
MOTM had to be spilt between two great players with Darragh Keenan and Rory Kennedy both putting in super displays.
Many thanks to TY Student Cormac Deegan for the match report