Rockland was the venue Saturday for three matches between the home team and the visiting St. Barnabas boys.
The first was an Under-14 game, which saw Rockland come out winners by a score of 4-12 to 0-4 over a young St. Barnabas panel. The winners received good offensive displays from Shaun Dunne, Ray Bader and Mike O’Connor. The defense was anchored by Shane Hogan and Billy Cosgrove. Chris Mangan led the attack from midfield.
The Woodlawn boys were gallantly served by Andrew Donoghue, David Hannon, Matt Brady, Douglas Brady and Neil Brouder.
The Under-16 game was a closely fought affair, with Rockland prevailing by 1-7 to 0-3. The margin in the scoreline does not reveal the intensity with which this match was played. Were it not for the superb play of Rockland keeper Luke Fitzpatrick, the score would have been much closer.
St. Barnabas poured on the pressure, with Kieran Moyles leading the attack. He was duly assisted by Adrian Clarke, Billy Donoghue, Sean Moyles and their outstanding keeper, P.J. Doherty. Throughout, the Rockland defense stood intact, led by Sean Moughty and Declan Neville. Also excelling for the winners were Jeff Gartner, Matt Smith and Tom Foley.
The Under-18 matchup had St. Barnabas turning the tables on their upstate rivals by a final tally of 4-3 to 3-2. St. Barnabas played good, flowing football in another tightly contested game. The winners’ goalkeeper, P.J. Doherty, gave another cat-like exhibition between the posts. Other winning players of mention were Jason Clarke, Brian Meaney and Sean Corbin. Rockland were given fine performances by Richie Galvin, Ray Lennon, Pat Smith and Stephen Grimes.
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Sunday morning at Paddy’s field, Celtics defeated St. Joseph’s of New Jersey in Under-10 action by a score of 3-4 to 0-0. Best for the winners were Shane O’Connor, Sean and Daniel Tierney and Kieran Patton.