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Congrats to our U15's

posted 31 Oct 2018, 02:08 by Achill Gaa   [ updated 31 Oct 2018, 02:08 ]

Congratulations to our U15's who won the Homeland League Division 4 Cup. Many thanks to the Coaches for all their hard work this season and to all who came along to support these future club stars. Many thanks to Ann Forry for her fantastic match report below. 

Homeland Under 15 Division 4 Cup 
CLG Acla 5-16   Kilmovee Shamrocks 2-11

The final of the Homeland Under 15 Division 4 Cup was played in superb conditions in Islandeady earlier today. 

In advance of the encounter, which pitched opponents from as far west and almost as far east of the county as possible, anyone would be forgiven for feeling that Achill had it all to do in today's final to even get a look in. The result from the corresponding fixture in the earlier stages of the competition suggested that Kilmovee Shamrocks had the title all sewn up, even before the ball was thrown in in Islandeady. The young lads of Achill had other ideas though. It was obvious that these lads, the majority of whom have trained and played together since the ages of 6 and 7, never gave as much as half a minute's headspace to the thought of defeat, such was the level of their focus and industry for the entire game. 
Kilmovee Shamrocks started the game in blistering fashion, raising the white flag twice in the opening minute, before adding a third point in the fourth minute, as Achill struggled to find their rhythm. Gradually though, Achill began to settle, and all of a sudden as Seán Lively McNamara advanced towards goal, it seemed there was only going to be one outcome. Seán let fly, the Kilmovee netminder did well to stop the effort, but James O' Hara was on hand to ensure the green flag went up, and that it would be his name on the scoresheet. 
Colin Grealis opened his account with a free soon after, but the period of the slim lead was shortlived as Kilmovee Shamrocks tapped over to restore parity once more. An excellent high ball in from Eóin Murphy to Seán Lively McNamara was the catalyst for the best possible outcome, as the latter blasted home to leave the score 2-1 to 0-4 with just over ten minutes played.
Further points from frees and from play from Seán Lively McNamara, Fionn Ó Mongáin and Colin Grealis ensured that Achill were soon ahead by two clear goals. This would prove to be a lead that would not be relinquished as the lads from Kilmovee could do very little as the onslaught gained in magnitude. In the scoring department, the rest of the first half had the appearance of being The Seán Lively McNamara Show, but his scoring was only possible due to some fine supply play from the tireless running efforts of Michael Lavelle and Dylan Duane, who did more than his fair share today before departing injured, helped in no small way by JP Lavelle, Thomas McNamara and Ciarán Callaghan. Kilmovee to their credit, added three more points for the half.
It was a sublime point from the boot of Seán Lively, a score which could go down as one of the finest scores of the game, that closed the first half and saw Achill retire at the break in a relatively comfortable position, 2-9 to 0-8 points to the good. 
Apparently encouraged by the extremely vocal Kilmovee supporters, it was the east Mayo lads who opened the scoring in the second half with a well taken free. Seán Lively McNamara and Colin Grealis tagged on scores for the ensuing period, the latter giving a display that would make him first pick for any Under 15 team in the county - and indeed beyond! 
As the second half progressed, James O'Hara and Dylan Duane were reliving their days in the primary school yard, their efforts yielding a goal and a point in the space of a minute for the blonde bombshell from Owenduff. Achill custodian John McGinty must be credited also for his efforts today. The defensive area was buzzing as he, Conor English and Cian McCarthy, whose last act before retiring injured was to bravely block an almost certain goal, battled to keep the Kilmovee Shamrocks scoring tally to a minimum. Despite Achill's defensive travail, Kilmovee managed to find the net on two occasions as the game entered the closing stages. These goals were cancelled out by further scoring success from Colin Grealis, ensuring Achill were victorious on a score line of 5-16 to 2-11. 
Congratulations to the lads and to all who have given of their time to encourage and mentor them from Under 8 upwards. 
Comhghairdeachas leis na buachaillí agus le 'chuile duine a chuir isteach an t-am leo ó thosaigh siad ag imirt le hAcaill ag aois Faoi 8. 
Le cúnamh Dé tá tuilleadh laethanta mar seo le teacht don dream óg seo!

CLG Acla
John McGinty, JP Lavelle, Thomas McNamara, Conor English, Dylan Duane, Ciarán Callaghan (Capt.), Cian McCarthy, Eóin Murphy, Fionn Ó Mongáin (0-1), Seán Lively McNamara (1-7, 0-5f), Michael Lavelle, Colin Grealis (2-6, 0-4f), James O’ Hara (2-1).
Subs: Adam McLoughlin for Cian McCarthy (inj.), Chris Dever for Dylan Duane (inj.), Jack Kilbane for James O' Hara, Cian Gallagher for Fionn Mangan, Jamie McGinty for Cian Gallagher.