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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Dylan Graham reveals his Coughlan Cup tale

Published 20/02/2013 | 05:44

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Girls Football - Day 2 - Roundwood GAA grounds on February 20 - One day girls' football tournament nine-a-side and no age limit. This is an outdoor tournament. Contact Claire Frawley on 01-2876597 if interested.

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Boys' Allianz Football League Days - March 6, venue to be decided (day 1); March 13, venue to be decided (day 2). Eleven-a-side and no age limit at 11a.m. (Teams will have been put into divisions on Coughlan Competition Day).

Our Experience of the Coughlan Cup

by Dylan Graham, sixth class, Moneystown NS

A total of 11 boys and 1 girl represented Moneystown NS in a Gaelic blitz in Bray Emmet's GAA grounds. We won our first match against St. Brigid's convincingly which gave us a great confidence boost heading into the next match.

However, we lost narrowly by a point in our second match against Ashford. It was disheartening as we knew we had the ability to beat them. We were determined to get a win in our next game against St. Joseph's which we did as we were the better team.

Our defence were very strong and St. Joseph's didn't manage to get any score. Our final match was against St. Cronan's and we knew we were up against it. After a very hard fought battle we lost by three points. We were very happy with our performance in all matches. There was still the division stage to come and we knew we could make our school proud.

On day two our school team again headed to Bray Emmets GAA ground with a lot of confidence, as we had been the winners of Division 4 last year. We hoped to build on that success. The group we were drawn in was hard and our first match was against St. Joseph's A.

It was a very windy day and playing conditions were difficult. We had to fight hard and play well as a team and even though this match ended in a draw we were still confident of reaching the final.

We had to beat St. Fergal's to advance to the final and we did this on a score line of 0-03 to 0-01. We reached the final against Arklow Gaelscoil and we knew we would have a battle on our hands to win. The conditions deteriorated and we agonisingly lost by a point.

We were still very proud of performance and received medals for being runners up in Division 3. We would like to thank Mr. McGillycuddy our team coach for his dedication and support and to all the parents who brought us to and from the matches.

West Wicklow Boys Indoor Football

The West Wicklow Indoor Football Fun Blitz for third/fourth class boys will take place this Friday February 22 at 11am. Teams are nine-a-side and players must be boys in third or fourth classes. If a school has some players in second class and cant field without them they can bring them along to make up team.

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