Tuesday 20 February 2018

St Attracta's lift Connacht Juvenile trophy

St. Attracta's captain, Colm Doddy, celebrates with the Connacht Championship trophy
St. Attracta's captain, Colm Doddy, celebrates with the Connacht Championship trophy

St. ATTRACTA'S Community School became Juvenile B Connaught champions on Friday last at the Ballyhaunis Centre of Excellence.

In a pulsating match that needed extra time to decide the destination of the coveted title, the South Sligo boys emerged as worthy champions.

St. Attracta's won the toss and elected to play against the wind in the first half and raced into a two point lead.

That was as good as it got for the Sligo team in the first half as St. Nathy's got into the game and kicked eight points on the bounce to lead 0:8 to 0:2 at the break.

With their backs against the wall and the elements behind them, St. Attracta's had to dig deep in the second half and fought back gallantly.

St. Nathy's pulled their corner forward back as a sweeper but St. Attracta's used this to their advantage and introduced a 7th forward to counteract this and took the game to the Roscommon lads.

St. Attracta's took control scoring a great goal and a number of points and had chances to win it in normal tim.

However, with the full score 1-8 to 0-11, it was all down to extra time.

Playing against the elements again in the first half of extra time, the Sligo lads held St. Nathy's to just a single point.

The second half of extra time saw the Tubber lads kick four points to win by three points in the end.

When the referee blew the final whistle, the massive Tubbercurry support ran onto the pitch with Captain Colm Doddy receiving the cup.

With St. Nathy's being the only team to beat the St. Attracta's competitively this year, the win was madeeven sweeter .

The two teams will have to do battle again as they are meeting in the league decider shortly and everything points to another cracking final.

Sligo Champion

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