Of the three league semi-finals played in Rockland on Saturday, the U-12 game between St. Barnabas and Rockland was outstanding, with Rockland edging the Woodlawn boys 0-8 to 0-7.
Both teams must be complimented on a very sporting competitive contest. Jack Hannon’s goal and points by Thomas McGovern and Bobby Chambers had St. Barnabas in the lead at the short whistle, Rocklands three points coming from the boots of Sean McGrath and Micheal Sullivan (2).
Rockland turned the game in their favor in the second half. Points by Brendan Canty, Dillon Maye and Nick Mangan, Conor Whealan and Micheal Sullivan, coupled with great defensive play by Emmet Woods, John White and John Cyrley ensured their place in the final.
St. Barnabas best were Thomas McGovern, Thomas Nelis, Pat Hallinan, Thomas Brady and Gerald Dunleavy.
Referee John Fitzpatrick.
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In the second U-12 semi-final, Rangers are through to the final, thanks to a 3-5 to 1-5 victory over Celtics.
In the first half, this was a defensive struggle with Stephen Cassels, Peter Woods, Ronan McGoldrick and Peter Cassels outstanding for Rangers.
Kieran Patton, Allison Traynor, Micheal Lang, and Daniel Tierney were rock solid for Celtics.
Just before the half time whistle, Mike Wiezorek fielded a high ball at center field, passed it off to P.J. Wagner, who spotted Denis McGoldrick in space and, from 20 yards out, Denis planted the ball in the back of the Celtic net.
Rangers introduced Sean Twomey at center field for the second half with Sean giving a steady supply to the inside forwards.
Chad Egan and Stephen Cassels got a goal each with Mike Carrigy, Tim Lynch and Denis McGoldrick getting minors.
Now at center field, Daniel Tierney got the goal of the game with a 40 yard solo run sending a pile driver to the Ranger net. G.J. Molloy, Sean Tierney Chris McSweeney got the points.
Victory for Barnabas U-14s
In the U-14 semi-final, St. Barnabas had a comfortable win over Rangers 2-9 to 0-7. Player of the game was Thomas Brady with a personal tally of 1-5. Peter Shea scored 1-0, Anthony Catabiano 0-3, Bobby Chambers 0-1.
Kevin Hannon, John Mulligan, Joe Hallinan, Barry Sullivan and Brian McGovern excelled for St. Barnabas.
Justin Murray, Colm Flynn, Matt Anderson, Colm Murray and Emmet Nugent were best for Rangers.
On Sunday morning at Gaelic Park, St. Barnabas qualified for the U-10 league final with a 5-1 win over Rangers 1-5. There was few if any weaknesses in this Barnabas side. Jack Hannon scored 2-0, Anthony Cienz 1-0, Pádraig McDaid 1-1, and Brian McGovern 1-0.
Mickey Butler, Patrick Hallinan and Conor Hogan also were excellent.
Rangers best were Ronan McGoldrick 1-1, Brendan Cullinan, DJ. Shannon, Martin Lowery, Denis Collins And Shane McIntyre.
In the second U-10 semi-final, Celtics, giving a five-star display, qualified for the final with a 3-6 to 1-3 victory over St. Raymonds.
From Goalkeeper Brian Patton to corner forward Dillon O’ Neill, manager Tommy Traynor had his team firing on all four cylinders. Daniel Tierney, Brian Curley, Thomas Brady, Pádraig Kyne, Micheal and Kieth Lang, Brendan Guierra and Kelly McArdle were outstanding.
Catching the eye for Raymonds were Tom Enright, Pat O’Connor, Denis Kilkenny, Con Slattery, Sean Lauton, Steve Lawless and Rick Hughes.
In Teaneck, N.J., St Barnabas topped U-18 champs St Joseph’s to qualify for the league final.