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Connacht Juvenile League October 2011

St. Marys             2 -10

St. Colman’s       3 – 06


The College Juvenile team got their Connacht league campaign off to a successful start following a hard fought victory over St. Colman’s in Claremorris on Friday afternoon. This was our first competitive match in the league and the inexperience showed early on as we went behind to two goals in the first ten minutes of the match. St. Colman’s were firmly in the driving seat at this stage but we showed great resilience to regroup and tighten up on what had been very poor marking, and soon we began to peg back their lead with some excellent point taking. Centre forward Paul Healy was the spark that led the charge as he gave an excellent display of point taking from both frees and open play, and when he goaled after 23 minutes the Colman’s lead was cut to a single point. A great point on the turn from Adam Mooney saw us draw level before Liam Buckley marked what was an excellent debut with a long range point to put us into an unlikely lead. Healy was on the mark again for his fourth point of the half, and at this stage Mary’s were in firm control. Tomás Donovan, Ronan Higgins and Robert Carroll were dominant at this point and were supplying an excellent platform for the forwards. However, we lapsed into bad habits again as the half closed and once more loose marking and failure to track our man allowed Colman’s in for two quick points to tie up the match once again.

Colman’s were obviously inspired by their strong finish and started the second half strongly to go into a two point lead. Nevertheless, we kept working hard, and with wing backs Padraig Kearney and Gaelen O’Toole finally getting the measure of their markers we began to reclaim our dominance again. A great point from Donovan got us back into the match and soon Healy had the match all tied up again. A further exchange of pints saw us head into the final ten minutes still level, but then Colman’s struck for what appeared to be the hammer blow when they scored a third goal. Healy got us back to two but a number of wrong options meant that we couldn’t close the gap. This team is developing a ‘never say die’ attitude though, and with only three minutes to go Cathal Foy made an excellent catch on the edge of the area, turned and buried the ball in the Claremorris net. Colman’s pushed forward with time running out but sterling work from the Mary’s back line, for which full back Michael Naughton was outstanding, just about managed to keep them at bay. This was a good team performance, but we know we are far from the finished article, and a lot more training has to be done before Championship season.

St. Mary’s:

James McMahon, Paul Wynne, Michael Naughton, Niall Stenson, Mark McDermott, Robert Carroll, Padraig Kearney, Ronan Higgins, Tomás Donovan(0-1), Gaelen O’Toole, Paul Healy(1-7), Liam Buckley (0-1), Sean Kelly, Adam Mooney(0-1),Desmond Conneely. Subs: Matthew McDermott, Seán Colleran, Eamon Buckley, Cathal Foy (1-0), Conor Taggart, John Sheridan, Tomás Griffin, Ryan Fox