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U-14 West Mayo Quarter Final

posted 6 Aug 2019, 13:38 by Achill Gaa   [ updated 6 Aug 2019, 13:38 ]

Burrishoole 6-7 
CLG Acla 7-11

If entertainment was what you were after, there was no better place to be last evening than McGovern Park Newport for the west Mayo derby between Burrishoole and Achill. 

Burrishoole started the stronger,  with a free that somehow found its way under the crossbar. A point quickly followed and it began to look as if it could be one way traffic for the evening. The Achill lads were having none of this though, and showed great determination in their efforts to register a score. Some excellent shot stopping from the Burrishoole netminder left them frustrated on at least three occasions in those early stages. Achill began to settle, and their industry was rewarded with a Seán McNamara (Paul) goal on the 9 minute mark. Scores were traded between the two teams for the next few minutes, mostly from the aforementioned Seán McNamara and Conor Gralton as well as Burrishoole's No.9, before a 5 minute period just before half time saw Achill take the game by the scruff of the neck. Their efforts yielded results where it counted - on the scoreboard, and they headed in at the break eight points to the good 4-3 to 1-4, the  last Achill goal down to Dylan Guthrie who worked tirelessly all evening for the visitors. 

If Achill thought the job was done at half time, they could not have been more wrong. Two Achill points in the early stages of the second half soon paled into insignificance as the Burrishoole resurgence began. Over a 10 minute period they blitzed Achill and were leading by 5 points in what seemed like the blink of an eye. Initially Achill appeared shell shocked and it looked as if heads were going to drop as the game entered its final stages. To their credit Callum Doolan-Lynch, Conor Gralton and Diarmuid Cooney had read no such script and were having none of it. With some strong encouragement from both supporters and management, these three lads steadied the ship, leading from the back and the Achill unit began to take on some cohesion once more. The later stages of the game was as fine an example of team work as you'll see anywhere. Seán Mc, Callum Doolan Lynch and Dylan Guthrie pinched some fine scores as the Achill confidence began to return. An extremely late goal from Oisín Grealis created a final scoreline that, slightly akin to the Mayo v Meath game the day before, was slightly flattering to the victors. A word to Ethan McDonnell, Finn Bellew and Seán Gallagher also. Achill netminder Keith Gallagher cannot be left out either, with some fine kickouts under severe pressure. Their names may not be on the scoreboard, but their work rate was of a magnitude that no scoreboard could quantify. 

And so ended a hugely sporting game of football, and it is Achill who progress to the semifinal stages where they will lock horns once more with Louisburgh GAA in what should be a thrilling encounter.
Well done to all involved!