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Minor Board Roundup: Rockland proves mettle

February 17, 2011

By Staff Reporter

In the Under 10 match up, Rockland’s midfield took control early and never let Westput mount much of an attack. Rockland raced out to a 1-4 lead at halftime and never looked back. Playing well for Rockland was Player of the Match Garvin Lee, along with Kieran Walsh, Ryan Trayonr, Brendan Morrisey, and Pat McHugh. Best for Westput were John Vitkus, Matt Minniter, Danny Feighery, Aidan Hynes, and Timmy Bradbury.

In the match up, Westput had some early chances but did not capitalize on them. Rockland then converted on a couple of goal opportunities and had a 2-2 to 0-1 lead at the half. The second half produced hard fought and exciting action , with Rockland’s passing keeping them in the lead Leading the way for Rockland was Player of the match Francais Kelly, supported by Tom O’Riordan, Shane Durkin, John Landes, and Tomas Davis. Best for Westput were Brendan Caoilli, Caitlin Hynes, Joe Mazzata, Brendan Hynes, and Megan Bradbury.

On Saturday, St. Raymond’s traveled north to take on St. Brendan’s of Monroe in another battle of the Saints at Woodbury Park in four games. In the Under 10 match, which was well played by both sides, St. Brendan’s came out on top by a score of 4-3 to 1-3. There was some excellent football skills on display by many of the players on both teams and they have a bright future ahead. In the Under 12 game, the home side were too strong for the visitors and at the final whistle, St. Brendan’s were the winners by a score of 4-8 to 0-0. In the highly anticipated Under 14 game, St. Brendan’s came out on fire and ran off a succession of scores before St. Ray’s could get on the tally sheet. The halftime score was St. Brendan’s 4-5, St. Raymond’s 0-1. The second half saw St. Ray’s elevate their game and they quickly scored two points. However, St. Brendan’s switched it into high gear and took over control of the game. In the end, St. Brendan’s were the deserving winners by a score of 5-14 to 0-4. The last game of the day saw the debut of the St. Brendan’s Under 16 panel and although they put forth a good effort, the experience of the St. Raymond’s squad came through and they brought the victory. All in all it was a great day for football and both clubs are to be commended for the display of sportsmanship exhibited.

On Sunday afternoon, St. Brendan’s and Long Island Gaels met for two games at Paddy’s Field. In the Under 10 game, which was an entertaining encounter, St.Brendan’s experience showed over the new team from the Island and they emerged the victors by a score of 4-5 to 0-1. The Under 12 game followed suit and St. Brendan’s pulled out a double on the day.

In an entertaining game of football, St. Raymond’s defeated Shannon Gaels among great individual efforts by the Gaels that developed into many scoring chances. But the St. Raymond’s backline of Declan Byrne and John Kilkenny held firm. The difference in the game was St. Raymond’s ability to move the ball up field when they gained possession. Brandon Healy and Sean Lawless controlled mid-field while the accurate passing of Shane Slattery and Eoin O’Brien kept the Gaels backs under constant pressure. Scoring for St. Raymond’s were Sean Lawless (2-0), Steve Guarino (2-0), Eoin O’Brien(0-2), Shane Slattery (0-1) and Brandon Healy (0-1). Man of the match for ST. Raymond’s was Sean Lawless.

The next meeting of the NY Minor Board will be held Tuesday May 17th in the Heritage at the usual time of 8:00 all club delegates are asked to attend.

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