At Rockland on Saturday in a thrilling U-10 League semifinal Rangers edged St. Barnabas 2-3 to 2-2. With time almost up, it was man of the hour Ronan McGoldrick who hit the winner for Rangers from 35 yards out, straight over the bar. Sean Twomey 1-0, Brendan Cullinan 1-0, Jason Brophy 0-1, Denis McGoldrick 0-1, Ronan McGoldrick 0-2 were the Rangers’ marksmen. Jack Hannon 1-0, Timmy Murray 0-1, Thomas Neilus 1-0, Brian McGovern 0-1, Padraig McDaniel 0-1, Mickey Butler 0-1 were the sharpshooters for St. Barnabas.
Thomas McGovern, manager of the St. Barnabas U-12 team has his players peaking at just the right time after brushing aside the Rangers challenge in the semi-final 3-8 to 1-5 at Rockland. Best for St. Barnabas were James Landelli, Gerard Dunlevy 0-1, Pat Hallinan, Brian McGovern, Danny Kocat, Garry Clancy, Thomas Brady 1-0, Thomas McGovern 2-1, Brian Burns 0-1, Anthony Catasiano 0-3, Kyle Hannon, Gearoid Kehoe, Danny Helbig, Michael Nollen. Rangers’ beste were Martin Cassels, Killian Brady, Colin Flynn, Mike O’Sullivan, Tim Lynch, Steven Cassels, 1-2, Pierce Cassels, Chris Cassels, Ronan McGoldrick 0-1, Denis McGoldrick, Sean Twomey 0-1, Eamon Nugent 0-1, Matt Mullins, Mike Carrigy, Colin Murray.
In the third game of the afternoon Celtics qualified for the League U-10 final with a 4-6 to 2-0 victory over St. Joseph’s. Led by the inspirational C.J. Molloy and his midfield partner Carl McGovern, Celtics were quickly into their stride, showing confidence, flair, cohesion, hallmarked their display. Celtics top guns were Shane O’Connor 1-3, Rody Creegan 1-0, CJ Molloy 1-0, Carl McGovern 1-0, Eoghan Kyne 0-1, Kelly McArdle 0-1, Shane McNellis 0-1. Also impressive were Kevin McArdle, Allison Traynor, Brian Curley, Daniel Tierney, Sean Sheanon, Aisling Smith, Michael Lang and Derek Glennon. St. Joseph’s best were Daniel Cahalane, Matt Gormley 1-0, Francis McKenna 1-0, Rory Gourley, Finola O’Hanlon, John Power, Chris Fitzimmons, also Finn O’Donahue, Sinead Gourlay, Daniel Devlin, Shane O’Hanlon, Colin Powers, Tim DiSilvio, Thomas Heaney, Conor Donahue and Ashley Donalson.
Rockland had five points to spare over Celtics in the U-12 semifinal as they qualify for a showdown with St. Barnabas at Gaelic Park on Sunday morning at 10 in the U-12 final. At 11:15 a.m., Rangers and Celtics contest the U-10 final. St. Josephs vs Rangers U-18 final at 12:30 p.m.