U12 footballers

20 September, 2014

Bray Emmets contested the one and two team finals held in Ballinakill on Saturday last. The two team group played St Pats of Wicklow Town in the final, St Pats had beaten Bray twice during the year and were warm favourites going into the final.
On pitch 3 Bray started well and scored the first point but St Pats settled the quicker and were four points up after five minutes with a well taken goal. Bray started to get on top in Mid Field with Sam and mark beginning to dominate. The forward line of Nathan, Brian, Michael and Eoin started to get better ball and were able to engineer a number of scores. The back line had by now settled and Evan, Luan, Zack and Tadhg (the Birthday Boy!!) were cutting out a number of dangerous St Pats attacks with Finn in goal always alert making a number of key saves. The introduction of Art and Luke further strengthened Brays resolve resulting in a number of scores before the half time whistle to be ahead but after playing with a stong breeze in the first half.
St Pats started the second half well with a number of well worked scores. Again Bray settled and with Sam now in the full forward line using his speed and height to good effect brought the dangerous forward line of Brian, Luke and ever impressive Nathan into the game to great effect. Art and Mark ran themselves ragged in mid field ensuring the back line was protected as well as getting good ball to the forward line. The back line continued to hassle and harry their opponents with Evan and Zack in the half back line ensuring their men were kept quiet with any high ball expertly dealt with by Tadhg and Luan.  Pats continued to attack and Finn was again called upon to make a number of crucial saves. Bray played at a high tempo to the end and eventually ran out worthy winners.
In the second game: St. Pat’s started brightly and strong running from their half backs and midfield caused early
problems as their lively forwards scored some excellent points. Sebastian, Aaron and Phllip, Donal and Ben rose to the challenge and exerting great pressure forced the St. Pat’s forwards into shooting wides and conceding frees. Cathal and at first Jack and then Adam kept the ball moving into the forwards who were made to fight very hard for scores. Despite this St. Pat’s lead by 3 points 0-7 to 0-4 at half time.
The second half started as had the first and the sides traded points in the opening minutes. Then from a quick attack St. Pat’s scored a goal and appeared to be opening a decisive lead. Great pressure from Oscar and Tim in the forwards resulted in a free that a re-energised Jack struck to the net. He quickly followed that with a point, and the pendulum swung in Emmet’s favour. Showing great character, focus and determination, both Oscars, Tim, Cathal, Philip, Jack and Sebastian, refused to let the ball cross into the Emmet’s half and scoring
opportunities abounded. Both Oscars and Tim scored goals (although one was not allowed!) and all scored points. St. Pat’s made a number of attacks but they were soundly repelled by the Emmets defence (Sebastian, Donal and Phillip making some excellent interventions).This and super work from Ben and some fine goalkeeping and good kickouts from Charlie, restricted St. Pat’s to a single point in the last quarter of the game. The final play saw Cathal strike a fine goal to round off a great performance and meritted win.
Team 1: Finn, Luan, Tadhg capt,Evan, Zack, Sam, Mark, Brian,Eoin, Michael,Nathan, Art and Luke
Team 2: Charlie, Donal, Adam, Aaron, Sebastain, Philip, Ben, Cathal, Jack, Tim,Oscar H, Oscar M 
The one team group played Barndarrig in their final. This team is made up primarily players born in 2003 with a number of 2002s coming back from injury and who are new to the game. Barndarrig were the biggest team that Bray had played so far this year and did stuggle to contain an excellent Barndarrig team. John Butler was excellent in goal with a number of great saves and long kick outs in the first half. The back line of Jamie, Eoin, Simon Conor and Louis worked their socks off against opponents who were twice their size, Cian and captain fantastic Eoin Holmes were more than a match for their markers at midfield, with the forward line of Quintin, Riain and the two Michaels always dangerous. The introduction of Daniel, Jack, Fionn and Eoin helped freshen up the team who were playing at a very high tempo to be behind by only a few scores at half time.
A few changes in positions and personel a half time did not quench the team's appetite for hard work with Michael making a number of fantastic saves. Michael McCarthy a huge man for a 2002 moved back into the full back line to mark someone who was even bigger than him (what are they feeding them in Wicklow),Daniel, Fionn, Louis, Conor Simon and Cian ran themselves to a standstill in the backline. Eoin and John never stopped playing well in midfield with both rewarded for their endeavours with well worked scores with the other two Eoins always looking to be involved. Quintin the silent killer was leathal all day when he got the ball, Jack who was badly injured in the first half, Jamie and Riain continued to give Barndarrig headaches at the back.
It is always easy to play good football when you are the dominant side, it says something about the pride and determination of this group of players that they continued to play good football despite the quality of the oppositon that they were playing against. No cause was ever given up typified by the sheer determination of John Butler to get to a ball he had no right to get to (frightening the life out the specators standing too close to the action!!) winning a side line, a small thing perhaps but indicates the never say die attitude of the team on the day.
Congratulations to Barndarrig on the day, they were deserving winners and thanks to Eugene O'Doherty who reffed the game in a unfussy and fair manner.
Team: John, Michael H, Michael Mc,Simon,  Daniel M, Eoin Holmes capt, Eoin Mahony, Jack, Riain, Jamie, Louis, Cian, Quintin, Fionn, Conor and Eoin K  
Overall this was a great performance by the group with some exceptional displays across the three teams. Many of the team will be moving onto under 14 next year which is a big jump in terms of physicality,skill and size of pitch but there is no doubting that they will be able for the move up and the club are lucky to have such a lot of players of a high standard moving onto the next level, we hope that they will be well looked after. With regards to the many players born in 2003 (and the few 2004s and 2005s that played this year) this year's experience will stand to them and further success beckons in 2015 under the expert tutledge of Michael, Peter, Caomhin and Gary.
Thanks to the Bord na nOg for running a well organised event and in particular Eddie Leonard for all the hard work on the day. Thanks to all the support on the day, despite some people getting lost!!! Thanks to Michael, Peter, John and Terry who kept the teams going on the day and finally special praise must go to the players for all their hard work and dedication throughout the season.
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