Celtics, who held the upper hand for long periods over the hour, could not convert their outfield superiority into scores and fell to St. Barnabas 3-4 to 0-3 in the U-10 League final.
St. Barnabas made the most of their chances. Jack Hannon, set up by a fine passing movement via Brian McGovern, Shane Flanagan and Brendan McMorrow, got goal number one. Padraig McDaid sent over two long-range points, leaving the halftime score St. Barnabas 1-2, Celtics 0-1. Celtics applied even greater pressure in the second half, thanks to the heroic defensive work by the Hallinan brothers, Patrick and Kevin, St. Barnabas held on. And with 10 minutes to go, Jack Hannon with a deft left-sided strike from 20 yards found the Celtic net. Three minutes later, Hannon got number two, set up this time by Kevin Chambers, Conor Hogan and Brendan McMorrow. Jack Hannon notched the final score, a point, before referee Dave Ryan sounded the final whistle. Great team performance for the Woodlawn boys.
Michael Lang, Daniel Tierney, Kelly McArdle, Chris O’Connor, Brendan Guerrier excelled for Celtics.
Team captain Padraig McDaid was presented with the League Cup by president Mike Keane
St. Barnabas: Kevin Hallinan, Seamus Delaney, Patrick Hallinan, Kevin Chambers, James Hannon, Shane Flanagan, Conor Hogan, Brian McGovern, Padraig McDaid (captain), Willy Reidy, Anthony Ciena, Brendan McMorrow, Daniel McEaneny, Jack Hannon, Cian McKeever, Liam Deane.
Celtics: Paudie Coyne, James Guerrier, Chris O’Connor, Anthony Smith, Shane McNelius, Michael Lang, Kieran Reilly, Brendan Guerrier, Daniel Tierney, Kelly McArdle, Ryan Patton, Eamonn Tierney, Patrick Pierson, Brian Curley and Keith Lang.
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In a U-16 encounter, St. Raymond’s defeated St. Barnabas 4-4 to 3-6. Outstanding for St. Ray’s were Justin Murray, Brian Denneny, Brendan Creegan and Michael Greaney. Excelling for St. Barnabas were Tony Caltabiano, Kyle Hannon, Joe Graziosa and Bobby Chambers. Players of the game were Peter Cassells of St. Raymond’s and Kevin Hannon of St. Barnabas.
The a U-18 match saw St. Barnabas turn the tables on their Bronx rivals by a score of 3-3 to 1-3. James Simpson, Kevin O’Neill, Steve Hughes and Brian Cullinan were St. Raymond’s best players. For St. Barnabas, Matt Hannon, Barry Sullivan, Pete Shea and Mike McMorrow excelled. Players of the game were Mike Sullivan of St. Ray’s and Andrew Donoghue of St. Barnabas.