This weekend saw mixed fortunes for several of our juvenile teams. The u14s followed up a comprehensive win over Killenaule in the championship with a loss to Moyle Rovers in the Peil. This semi final encounter took place in kilsheelan on Sunday evening. While general play was fairly even, Kilsheelan spurned a number of scoring chances in both halves. Moyle Rovers were more efficient with their chances, including a well taken breakaway goal. Kilsheelan had chances to level the match and bring it to extra time, but the wides count cost them dearly. Moyle Rovers finished winners by a single point. On Wednesday evening they are back to championship action away to Carrick Swan.
Monday evening we were back in kilsheelan for the U16s match against Carrick Swan. This was Swan's first outing in the championship, so we were unsure what to expect. What we got was a hard fought match with a very fast and physical team. While kilsheelan got off to a very slow start, Swan's centre forward was in blistering form, cutting through the defence on several occasions. It took until the second half before kilsheelan woke up, and 4 unanswered points at the start of the second half brought them back into the match. Momentum swung back and forth and kilsheelan managed to drag themselves back level, before a pointed free in the dying moments won the game for Carrick. Kilsheelan just left too much to claw back after a sleepy first half performance. Their next match is next Monday away to Knockmealdown Gaels.
Also on Monday, both of our U12 teams were in action in the A and C grade competitions against Moyle Rovers in both grades. It was both teams' last game in the group stages. The C team were up first. Unfortunately having suffered losses in recent matches, they were out of the running for semi final places. However they were determined to end their football campaign on a high. With that in mind, they got off to a flying start, building up a nice lead by half time. Moyle Rovers are no push overs, and with kilsheelan tiring in the second half, Rovers ate into the lead. Kilsheelan's young warriors dug in though and through great defence and some excellent team scores, they recorded a well-earned victory.
The A team then had to try to follow that act. They had already secured a semi final berth but were looking for a win to (a) maintain an unbeaten record and (b) secure top spot in the group. Missing 2 players they had no subs and this started to show in the second half. With kilsheelan having lead for the majority of the game, Moyle Rovers threw everything at them. Like the C team before them, the defence repelled wave after wave of attack and picked off their points when the opportunity arose. They hung on in the end for a 2-point win, ensuring top place in the group rankings. They play Clonmel Og in the semi finals, with the time and venue to be confirmed.
Upcoming fixtures for juveniles:
Wednesday 20th U14B football v Carrick Swan, 6.30 in Davin park
Sunday 24th U12A semi final v Clonmel Og, time and venue to be confirmed
Monday 25th U16A football v Knockmealdown Gaels, venue to be confirmed