The U-10 final between Celtics and Rangers Sunday was a classic, just like the championship final, which went to double extra time. This time it was Celtics who carved out a 1-6 to 1-2 victory over Rangers. Celtics opened the scoring with points by Eoghan Kyne and Karl McGovern. Back came Rangers and a four player movement involving Padraig Phelan, Denis McGoldrick, Ronan McGoldrick who found Sean Twomey in space, planted the ball in the net. Sean Twomey was to add two more points before the half. Both defenses were rock solid with scores hard to come by.
In the second half, Celtics’ midfielder C.J.Molloy now an inspirational figure playing a captain’s part sent a might point over, set up Shane O’Connor and Derek Lennon for one each; as play flowed Celtics half back line, Allison Traynor, Daniel Tierney and Michael Lang broke up several promising movements by Rangers’ Anton Ramon, Matt Anderson, Ronan McGoldrick and Sean Twomey. With the clock ticking down C.J. Molloy sealed victory for Celtics with a marvellous goal and point.
Celtics: Sean Sheanon, Kevin McArdle, Kieran Patton, Sean Colliem?, Allison Traynor, Daniel Tierney, Michael Lang, C.J. Molloy (1-2), Karl McGovern, Eoghan Kyne (0-1), Rory Creegan (0-1), Derek Lennon (0-1), Aisling Smith, Shane O’Connor (0-1), Brian Curley.
Rangers: Colm Murray, Brain Durkin, Colin Flynn, Killian Brady, Pierce Cassels, Ronan McGoldrick, Padraig Phelan, Sean Twomey, Denis McGoldrick, Anton Ramon, Matt Anderson, Brian Flynn, Denis Collins, Jason Brophy, Bill Murphy.
In the U-12 contest, following up on their championship success Rockland got the double, winning the League Cup medals by a score of 4-4 to 1-6 over a gallant St. Barnabas team. With just a point between the teams at the half, manager Emmett Woods’ words to his team worked wonders, as Rockland, now the more inventive side asserted their authority.
Rockland: Patrick Sweeney, Matt Pogeweit, Brian Walsh, Patrick Murphy, Matt Jordan, Caleb Chaing, Emmett Woods, Peter Kennelly 1-0, Conor Hogan 0-3, Stephen Spellman, Brendan McManus (2-0) Nick Mangan, Shane O’Reilly, Danny O’Malley, Joe Connelly, John White (1-1), Moira Woods, Dana Pischera.
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St. Barnabas: James Jandelli, Brian McGovern, Joe Hallinan, Pat Hallinan, Danny Kojac, Gary Clancy, Thomas Brady 1-1, Thomas McGovern 0-5, Anthony Catabiano, Bobby Chambers, Kyle Hannon, Gerard Dunleavy, Brian Burns, Gearoid Kehoe, Danny Hilzig.
In the Under-18 final, it was St. Joseph’s 4-9, Rangers 2-4.
St. Joseph’s set the tempo from the start with Ruairi O’Neill and Gerry Gillespie on top of their game at midfield using the long ball quickly into the forwards paid quick dividends with Stephen Hickey getting a fast 1-0. Rangers, short some of their regular panel tried to swing the game in their favor but the best efforts of Kevin Coughlin, Brian Morris, John Fahey, Tommy Williams, Derek Courtney and Barry Mullen would not be enough. P.J. Ferris, Donal Gillespie and Kevin Cashell excelled in the back line for St. Joseph’s and with too much firepower up front Eugene Gillespie (2-3), Ian Young (1-0), Brendan Creegan (0-1), Pat Maguire (0-2), as team manager Sean O’Neill said after the game, pure team effort won it.
St. Joseph’s: Chris Clark, David Kelleher, Kevin Cashell, Peadar Rooney, P.J. Ferris, Donal Gillespie, Declan Curley, Ruairi O’Neill (0-1), Gerry Gillespie (0-1), Ian Young (1-0), Eugene Gillespie (2-3), John Cashell, Chris Dello, Pat Maguire (0-2), Stephen Hickey (1-0).
Rangers: Marie Cassells, Ronan Coughlin, Kevin Coughlin, Robert Burke, Sean McDonagh, Brian Morris, John Fahey, Paul Suchneskey, Justin Murray, Tommy Williams, Barry Mullen, Steven Cassells, Derek Courtney, Peter Cassels.
On Saturday at Rockland, St. Joseph’s edged Rockland in a splendid U-16 League semifinal 3-11 to 4-5. They meet St. Raymond’s in the final.