U-12 Boys Football

15 April, 2013

In truly terrible wind and rain, the Under-12’s travelled to Blessington on Monday, 15th April for their second Wicklow football match of the season with the squad being split into two teams on the night. On the first pitch, Rory Whelan's and Sam Kearney's size, strength and unselfish work ethic ensured Bray dominated midfield but Blessington got two soft goals at the start. These setbacks seemed to fortify Bray and by getting low quick ball into the forwards Bray went on a scoring spree with David Nesbitt, David Martin, Sean Cox and Aidan Kane ensuring the scoreboard was kept ticking over. The back line of Cathal Eddy, Jamie Baguley and in particular Gavin Henderson ensured many attacks were snuffed out with Oisin Drury also contributing with a number of saves and accurate kick outs in trying conditions. Rotating and switching the team regularly to allow tired players get a rest and substitutes get warm was the order of the day and great displays from Riain MacMaolin, Art Whittle and Brian Nesbitt ensured that Bray were well ahead at half time. The second half brought drier weather but resulted in Bray playing into a stiff wind. Belying their age, Bray carried the ball well with good interplay through the team  playing accurate low ball into the pacey forward line and started the second half very well. Rory now playing in the half back line continued to stop attacks building up as well as bringing the running ability of Art and Brian into play and with continued excellent hard work from Gavin and Riain ensured that the expected Blessington comeback did not materialise. The forward line although getting less ball ensured it was well used with the two Davids and Oisin raising green flags and in the end Bray ran out comfortable winners. This was a great team performance and everyone can be justifiably proud of their part in the performance. Many thanks to the parents (and grandparents!) who braved the elements on the night.
Team: Rory Whelan (captain), Gavin Henderson, David Nesbitt, Oisin Drury, Jamie Baguley, David Martin, Cathal Eddy, Aidan Kane, Art Whittle, Riain MacMaolin, Brian Nesbitt, Sam Kearney and Sean Cox
On the other pitch, Tadhg commanded his goal from the first whistle, standing firm with the ever willing Michael contesting any ball that came near him and together they were a constant source of annoyance to Blessington’s forward line. Davy was rock solid, operating all over the pitch, catching balls put up to him from defence, breaking through tackles and kicking long balls through to the forwards. Sean, Philip and Ben operating in the middle of the pitch frequently broke up Blessington’s attacks and fought gamely for possession, never tiring and always looking for the ball. When Peter was let loose onto the pitch he ran about like an express train chasing the opposition down at every opportunity and winning ball that should have been the oppositions. Up front in the forward line Luke, Fionn, Jack  and Aaron fought for the ball and took their scores well to keep the game finely balanced. Eoin willingly moved from outfield to goal to allow Tadhg to warm up, while Daniel and Oisin on their debuts slotted seamlessly into the match with their new teammates. The rotation of subs saw the lads get a couple of minutes respite under an umbrella before going back out to battle the opposition as well as the weather! A special mention must go to Conor who was the only person on the pitch who did not realise that the ball was slippery as he gave a master class in intercepting, catching and distributing any ball that came near him. And finally a note for Daniel and Oisin who were making their debuts: lads, you don’t get that drenched every match!
Team: Aaron Graham, Ben Gorman, Conor Hardiman, Daniel Flavin, David Maloney (captain), Eoin Holmes, Fionn Dougan, Jack Treacy, Luke Brandon, Michael Timmons, Oisin Hayde, Peter Aherne, Philip Jakob, Seán McDonagh, Tadhg McCarthy