In one of the truly great U-10 finals, Rangers, in double overtime, won the 1999 championship with a 1-9 to 2-4 victory over Celtics at Gaelic Park on Saturday.
In a low-scoring first half, points by Sean Twomey (2) and Jason Brophy (1) had Rangers ahead 0-3 to 0-1 (C.J. Molloy). Rangers upped the tempo in the second half, but goalkeeper Kevin McArdle denied them, ably assisted by Allison Traynor, Kieran Patton, Aisling Smith and Carl McGovern. Shane O’Connor and Rory Cregan began to control centerfield for Celtics, using the long ball inside to the forwards, but the Rangers backs shut them down, led by game MVP Pierce Cassels, Martin Lowery, Denis and Ronan McGoldrick, and Padraig Phelan. Points by Rangers’ Matt Anderson (2), Jason Brophy (1), Sean Twomey (1), Brendan Cullinan (1) had them leading 0-8 to 0-1. Celtics sprung Brian Curley from the bench with about nine minutes to go. A movement involving Shane O’Connor, C.J. Molloy, Eoghan Kyne and Daniel Tierney ended with Brian Curley sending a rocket to the Rangers’ net. Shane O’Connor got a long-range point and with time winding down Thomas Brady rattled the net to even the score.
Late in the second half of the second overtime, a Brian Durkin clearance collected by Pierce Cassels and transferred to Denis McGoldrick, Sean Twomey, Damien Cassels and finally to Matt Anderson, ended with the latter bulging the Celtic net. Back came Celtics with points by C.J. Molloy and Daniel Tierney on the closing seconds.
Rangers panel: Colin Murray, Martin Lowery, Ronan McGoldrick, Brian Durkin, Pierce Cassels, Denis McGoldrick, Padraig Phelan, Sean Twomey 0-3, Anton Ramon, Jason Brophy 0-3, Matt Anderson 1-2, Brendan Cullinan 0-1, Damien Cassels, Colin Flynn, Killian Brady.
Celtics: Kevin McArdle, Aisling Smith, Kieran Patton, Conall O’Brien, Allison Traynor, Carl McGovern, Michael Lang, Rory Crean, Shane O’Connor (0-1), Brendan Guerrier, C.J. Molloy 0-2, Derek Lennon, Thomas Brady 1-0, Daniel Tierney 0-1, Eoghan Kyne, Brian Curley 1-0.
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Rockland 5-6, Rangers 1-1
In the U-12 championship final, Rockland looked sharper to the ball and stamped their authority early with some spectacular goals and long-range points. Great work by midfielder Peter Kennelly earned him the game MVP.
Rockland panel: Caleb Chaing, Matt Poweweit, Brian Walsh, Emmet Woods, Gary Ginley, Nick Mangan, Matt Jordan, Conor Hogan, Peter Kennelly 1-0, Stephen Spellman 0-2, Brendan McManus 2-2, Chris Fitzpatrick 0-1, Shane O’Reilly 1-0, Danny O’Malley 1-0, T.J. Ruane, Pat Murphy 0-1. Manager, Emmett Woods.
Rangers: Kevin Cullinan, Daniel Kenny, Peter Woods, Kevin O’Shea, P.J. Wagner, Lorcan Malone 0-1, Michael Wiezorek, Stephen Cassels, Patrick Berna, Errol Akiska, Michael Durkin 1-0, Chris Cassels, Tim Lynch, Patrick O’Driscoll, Kevin O’Driscoll. Manager, Henry Malone. Referee Jimmy Naughton.
Rockland 1-9, St. Joe’s 3-1
Rockland captured their second championship of the day, beating St. Joseph’s in the U-16 decider. Rockland’s better all-around team work, and their ability to take scores, proved the difference between the teams at the end of the hour. James Donohue (1-0) had an outstanding game for Rockland and was voted MVP. Also playing a vital roles were Sean Moughty, Chris Mangan 0-1, Greg Loftus, Brendan Fennell 0-4, Shaun Dunne, Brian Meaney, Tom Moore 0-2, Billy Cosgrove 0-1.
St. Joseph’s best were Michael Creegan 2-1, Brendan Creegan, John Pachello 1-0, Gary Gillespie, P.J. Ferris, Mike Murray and Jimmy Durkin. Danny McKenna was referee.
St. Raymond’s 1-3, St. Joseph’s 1-2
At Paddy’s Field on Saturday evening, St. Raymond’s overcame a very game-determined St. Joseph’s team to capture the U-10 B championship by a score of 1-3 to 1-2.
St. Raymonds: Tom Enright, Patrick Moulton, Chris Nylan, David McGinty, Tom Huvane, Denis Kilkenny, Conor Bowden, Padraig O’Connor, Peter Lamachia, Jack Gianeth, Vinny Tadino, Kevin Lawless, Michael Todino, Timmy Sullivan, Ciaran Slattery.
St. Joseph’s: Lindsey Gilly, Finn O’Hanlon, Chris Fitzsimmons, Colleen Hickey, John McCaffrey, Peter Nevber, Daniel Devlin, Danny Cahalane, Shane O’Hanlon, Brendan Owens, Colin Powers, Michael Tobin, Conor Donahue, Finn Donohue, Rory Gourley.
Rockland 1-9, St. Raymond’s 2-4
On Sunday morning at Gaelic Park, Rockland gained their third 1999 championship, beating St. Raymond’s in the U-14 division. Brendan Fennell’s performance was nothing short of spectacular, accounting for 1-7 of Rockland’s total. He notched 1-4 in the first half, securing the game’s MVP. This, however, was not a one-man show but a total team effort. Kevin Spellman, Seamus Keane 0-1, William Cosgrove 0-1, Brian Canty, Michael Garaghty, Paul McGrath, Raymond Bader and Thomas McVeigh played a vital role in Rockland’s success.
Influential for St. Raymond’s were Brendan Creegan 1-0, Justin Murray, Michael Greaney, Marie Cassels, James Huvane, Peter Cassels 0-3, Brian Denneny 1-0, Michael Delano 0-1 and Steven Greaney.
St. Barnabas 6-7. St. Joseph’s 2-6
The eagerly awaited contest between St. Barnabas and St. Joseph’s in the U-18 final was a most entertaining game for 50 minutes, then the men from Woodlawn stunned St. Joseph’s with a four-goal barrage for a 6-7 to 2-6 victory. Simple defensive mistakes led to two goals.
In the first half, both teams showed a great appetite for the game, contesting every ball, showing a great array of skills. At half time St. Barnabas led 2-5 to 1-5, with Darren Meaney getting both goals, Michael Creegan got 1-4 for St. Joe’s.
The second half saw some delightful football, a four-player St. Joseph’s passing movement (Gerry, Donal and Eugene Gillespie to Michael Creegan) for a brilliant goal to tie the score. St. Barnabas’ defense, led by Adrian Clarke, Brian Coyne, Kieran Dwyer, shackled the St. Joe’s forwards. Michael Devivo scored a long-range point. Sean Carbin, roaming all over the field, stole the show, scoring a tremendous goal and setting up two more. Ciaran Moyles slotted home, Tom Meaney got two. St. Joe’s had no answer to the St. Barnabas firepower.
St. Barnabas: P.J. Doherty, Brian Coyne, Adrian Clarke, Charlie Pape, Kieran Dwyer, Charlie Boyer, Glen McDermott, Ciaran Moyles 1-0, Sean Moyles 0-1, Sean Carbin 1-1 (MVP) Tom Meaney 2-1, Terrence Flynn 0-1, Darren Meaney 2-1, Michael Devivo 0-2.
St. Joseph’s: Michael Talty, David Keller, Kevin Cassels, P.J. Ferris, Chris Della, Gerry Gillespie, John Cassels, Ruairi O’Neill, Donal Gillespie, Francis Leonard, Eugene Gilliespie 0-1, J.P. Creegan 0-1, Ian Young, Pat Maguire, Michael Creegan 2-4.