2011 Minors Win First Ever County Final

posted 28 Dec 2012, 01:14 by Unknown user

Liam Mellows 0-14

Abbeyknockmoy 2-10

Congratulations to our Minor team who captured the 1st Minor cup to the club last weekend where they overcame a strong Liam Mellows team in Loughrea in what can only be described as very challenging underfoot conditions.

It was a credit to both teams that they managed to cope and serve up a game that was fitting for a Co. final where skill, passion and excitement were to the fore.

In a keenly fought encounter where very little separated the teams, Mellows got off to a better start and were three points up after ten minutes before Paul Flaherty leveled the game with a well taken twenty meter free, for the remainder of the half it was nip & tuck with Abbey getting to the pace of the game and leading by two points at the break on a score line of 1-6 to 0-7.

On resumption Mellows got back on level terms, both teams traded points with never more that a one point advantage. As the game was coming to the concluding stages, Mellows increased the margin to two points owing mainly to some wayward shooting by Abbey, however Abbey continued to press and got the break for the penultimate score when Kenneth Garvey raced through to score a cracking goal and on the puck out he added a further point to finish the scoring at 2-10 to 0-14.

Overall it was a great win for Abbey with an excellent team performance with many heroes on the day and a fitting conclusion to the year with both the U-16 & Minor titles. Great credit goes to the management team of Keith Ruane, Brian Cooley & Aidan Flaherty who worked tirelessly in the preparation of both of those teams during the year.

For the record the team on the day was D Keary, K Divilly, J Burke, S Joyce, N Garvey, P Flaherty (Capt) (1-4 F), P Cooley, Co Mannion, Ca Mannion, K Garvey (1-2), C Kennedy (0-1), J Moran, D Flaherty, C Blade (0-2), S King, Subs: A Devane, E Roche, C Laheen (0-1), E Loftus, M Mills, A McDonnell, T Warde, B Melia, C Murphy, B Brennan, M O'Brien, S Miller.

Special thanks also to both Michael Vaughan Jnr & Snr for providing the food for the team and to S McQualter for the medical backup, it was much appreciated.