Anne’s beaten in Under-17 football tournament decider
GLYNN-BARNTOWN ended the People Newspapers Coiste na nÓg season in fitting fashion, with a fantastic performance in victory over St. Anne’s in the Forth Mountain Wexford People Under-17 football tournament Division 1 cup final in St. Patrick’s Park on Monday of last week.
The Killurin crew were made to fight all the way by a gutsy St. Anne’s outfit, but two goals in less than three minutes after the second-half water break proved to be pivotal in the destination of the title.
To be fair to the Rathangan boys, there could have been no arguing against them deserving the success, had they prevented that burst and maintained the push they were making before those quickfire goals.
St. Anne’s bossed large spells of the second-half and were unlucky to find themselves on the wrong end of the scoreline. On the other hand, Glynn-Barntown deserve great credit for this success.
They seemed to play with the brakes on for much of the contest, managing their way through it until they burst to life with goals from Conor Mackey and Callum McDonald.
They were also outstanding when their backs were against the wall and St. Anne’s were inflicting serious spells of possession.
Weaker sides would have wilted under the onslaught, conceded a couple of goals and fallen apart, but Glynn-Barntown proved too mentally strong for that kind of hiccup.
The first-half was a lot closer than the score suggested. Glynn-Barntown built a 0-5 to nil lead after 28 minutes but St. Anne’s could easily have been on terms.
James Doyle got a couple of those points, while Aaron Nolan and Darragh Murphy were also on target as their side built a four-point water break advantage.
Before Murphy added Glynn-Barntown’s fifth, Ciarán Doyle had hit the upright from a close-range free and Liam Donoghue made an excellent save from Páidí Doyle’s 25th-minute penalty after the taker was fouled.
Justin McMahon got his side on the scoreboard deep into added time to make it 5-1, and St. Anne’s used the first ten minutes of the second-half to chip away at that advantage, with Páidí Power (two) and Cathal Murphy dragging their club within one.
James Doyle made it two again, but it was 0-6 to 0-5 at the water break after Bobby Reville pointed.
The break came at the wrong time for St. Anne’s but was perfect for Glynn-Barntown, who emerged after it playing quick, direct ball into their forwards and profited with a vital 2-1.
Nolan added the point before Patrick Berry set up Mackey for the opening goal. The second came after a remarkable string of events that saw McDonald and Berry both denied before the former bludgeoned home when the ball came back to him.
Down by 2-7 to 0-5, St. Anne’s responded with points from Páidí and Ciarán Doyle sandwiching a well-taken Reville goal.
With their lead reduced to a goal in added-time, Glynn-Barntown wrapped up the title with a clinching major, a cracking finish from Aaron Nolan after being played in by Darragh Murphy.
Glynn-Barntown: Liam Donoghue; Josh Murphy, Daniel Brazzill, Cian White; Michael Furlong, Kevin Rowe, James Boggan; Will Hayes, James Doyle (capt., 0-3 frees); Aaron Nolan (1-2), Conor Mackey (1-0), Shane Donovan; Patrick Berry, Callum McDonald (1-0), Darragh Murphy (0-2). Subs. - Cian Turner for J. Murphy (33), Alex Breen for Donovan (43), also Liam Cooney, Jack McNamara, Jack Sinnott, Evan Sweeney, Mark Kavanagh, Josh Donovan, Colin Carley, Cian Carthy, Ben Redmond, Cillian Ferriter, Seán Cooney, Cathal Sinnott, Seán Laffan, Mark Walsh, Joe Gilhooley.
St. Anne’s: Robert Moore; Corey Ryan, Finn Ryan, Jack Martin; Dylan Moran, Andrew Moran, Kevin Byrne; Ciarán Doyle (0-1), Páidí Doyle (0-1); Ben White, Cathal Murphy (0-1 free), Páidí Power (0-2); Justin McMahon (0-1), Shane Ryan, Bobby Reville (1-1). Subs. - Aidan Brennan for White (30+3), Rúairí Flannery for C. Ryan (53), also Eoin McMahon, Darragh Sinnott, Dara Browne, Darragh Jones, Conor Kennedy, Liam Berry, Jack Kelly.
Referee: Matty Kinnaird (Starlights).