Roche prevail after marathon U-12 decider
Roche Emmets 4-13 Sean O'Mahony's 4-4
HAVING played out a thrilling draw in the first game 3-11 to 3-11 including extra time both sets of supporters were eagerly looking forward to the replay of the U-12 Division 3A final.
And whilst the scoreline was maybe not as close as the first game both sets of players put on another excellent display which included everything you would expect to see in a GAA match, this was most impressive considering it was an U12 game, the skill level from both teams was of a very high standard from start to finish.
Roche got off to a flyer and raced into an early lead scoring 1-1 within the first few minutes a lead which they never lost, and like the first game were in a commanding lead at half time. Sean O'Mahony's came back strongly in the second half and it looked like a repeat of the first game was on the cards with a flurry of late goals sparking a revival, however Roche were well prepared and to their credit stood firm and added 1-5 to their first half tally to run out deserving winners on the night.
The Roche victory was built on solid goalkeeping by Fintan Watters with excellent kick outs, great defending by Peter Lynch, James McArdle, Blake Robinson ,Adam McKay , Ciaran Goss and Aidan Grant an excellent midfield performance by Adam Fee 1-0 and Glen Stewart 0-2, along with great forward play from James McDonnell 0-1 , Gerard Browne 0-2 , Scott Carthy, Dylan Keenan, Ciaran Kilkenny, Liam O'Donnell and especially Sean Dawe who scored 3-8 on the night. Other Roche players to feature during the course of the League were Devan Callan, Brogan Kelly and Josh Rice Martin, which highlights the fact that gaelic football is truly a team sport made up of a squad of players.