A rousing half-time speech made the difference between winning and losing for the battling footballers from Cashel boy’s school!
On a windswept pitch at The Ragg they took honours in the Cumann na mBunscoil County U13 ‘B’ final, last Friday, on a scoreline of St John the Baptist BNS 2 – 7 Tipperary CBS 1 – 5.
On Thursday, the boys were disappointed to learn that their final was to be moved from the Stadium. It was to be played in The Ragg, but irrespective of where the game was to be played, there was a County title at stake.
On Friday, they arrived at a wind-swept pitch in a constant drizzle.
The game began and we faced in to a very strong breeze. Tipperary CBS were quick to settle and raced in to an early lead with a goal followed by a couple of scores. Our goalkeeper, backs and mid-field did very well to keep the score down in this half while our forwards had to ‘feed off scraps’ - such was the power of the wind. We were happy to retire at half time behind on a score of Tipp 1 – 5 to Cashel’s zero score. We knew that in the second half we had a chance if we could keep our composure.
After a rousing half-time speech, the troops re-gathered and knew it was all or nothing. No sooner was the ball thrown in when Eoghan Connolly gathered and his long range effort found its way to the Tipp net. He quickly followed with another goal, a point and then he equalised from a free, with less than five minutes gone on the clock. Rodrigo Goncalves put us ahead for the first time with a nice point. When Tommy Fitzgerald’s ground stroke flashed over the bar, the Cashel team sensed victory. With six minutes remaining, Eoghan stretched our lead to 3 with a pointed free.
Ross Bonnar showed his football skills as he kicked another point. Captain Murragh McDermott had the final say deep in injury time as his point sealed this fantastic victory.
Great credit is due to the goalie and backs who dealt with a few dangerous balls late in the half, the midfield who worked hard and the forwards who sought those important scores.
Both teams have to be admired for such a good game in the testing conditions.
A jubilant Murragh McDermott accepted the trophy on behalf of his team and school. He thanked his principal and coaches and all who supported them on the day.
We wish these boys well as, hopefully, they go on to bigger things with their school, club and indeed, the Blue and Gold. That’s all in the future. For now, we will enjoy our moment in the sun (if it ever comes out!).
Panel: Feargháil O’Donoghue, Adam Skeffington, Michael Morrissey, Michael O’Meara, Rodrigo Goncalves, Jack Browne Corbett, Ross Bonnar, Eoghan Connolly, Scott Scanlon, Luke Quinlan, Jamie O’Keeffe, Murragh McDermott (C), Sean Ryan, Gabriel Saldanha, Tomás Skeffington, Dean O’Brien, Jak Hays, Luke White, Jack Ryan (Con) , Dean Quinlan, Sean Quinlan, Dylan Byrnes, Evan Hynes, Jack McCarthy, Kevin Gayson Molloy, Tommy Fitzgerald, Aaron Moloney, Tomás Bourke, Mikey Delaney, Daniel Moloney. Principal: Mr. Will Ryan. Coaches: Paddy Moloney, Raymond O’Sullivan & Will Ryan.