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The AGB squad, who performed with distinction in the Féile competition.

The AGB squad, who performed with distinction in the Féile competition.

The AGB squad, who performed with distinction in the Féile competition.

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The Féile journey for the AGB under-15s began with a comprehensive victory in the Wicklow Féile competition with victories over St Pat’s and Bray Emmets.

Next step was the Leinster Regional Féile at the Wexford Centre of Excellence in Ferns.

On the day there was representation from Dublin, Offaly, Louth, Meath, Kildare as well as the men from AGB proudly representing Wicklow.

First up for the Arklow men was Celbridge, Co. Kildare. This was a tight encounter which ebbed and flowed with the minimum between the teams at the end with AGB emerging victorious on a scoreline of 1-6 t0 0-8.

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Next up we met Shamrocks from Offaly who had beaten Celbridge in the first round. AGB started well and were competitive throughout but unfortunately we fell short on a scoreline of 1-2 to 1-11 with good work from our forwards going unrewarded as we struggled to come to terms with a challenging cross wind.

At the end of the qualifying group, a second placed finish for AGB was rewarded with a quarter-final draw against Killary Emmets of Meath.

This was a great game with nothing to separate the teams for long periods but a superb team effort and some superb inter-play in the second-half allowed AGB to retain possession and get the crucial scores to emerge victorious on a scoreline of 3-3 to 2-3 and secure a place in the Leinster semi-final.

Our opponents in the semi-final were a well drilled outfit from Baile Talun of Louth. Having won their qualifying group the Louth men qualified directly for the semi-finals and thus enjoyed a rest period while the quarter-finals were taking place.

This respite was to prove crucial as their energy levels on the day were just a bit higher than AGB, who had played three games on the trot.

In spite of a valiant effort throughout, the lads were unable to claw back the early advantage established by the men from the Wee county with a final score of 4-4 to 2-0.

As we reflect on the Féile adventure, the lads can look with great pride on a series of wonderful achievements in winning their group in Wicklow, and representing their club and county with pride in the Leinster competition.

The talent and ability of this group is exceptional and as we return to training with renewed energy in the weeks ahead, we can look forward with optimism to the remaining games in the county league and championship.

Congratulations and well done to one and all.

Squad: Matt Byrne, Patrick Byrne, Miley Connors,Liam Dodd, Ryan Gleeson, Shane Gregory, Maxim Hannon, Tom Kavanagh, Charlie Lappin, Aaron Mannion, Ryan Morgan, Dylan Mullen,Josh Nugent, Diarmuid O’Reilly, Donnacha O’Reilly, Cian Redmond (C), Ryan Redmond, Callum Roche, Kian Scanlon, Donnie Walker, Eoghan Ward, Harry White.


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