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This was a busy weekend for the New York Minor Board as they played the finals of the league in all their under-age levels. In the u 10 B final the Celtics had too much firepower for St. Brendan's as they won comfortably by 6-6 to 1-5. Celtic were anchored at the back by Eoin Walsh and powered by Jack Shannon at midfield and first half goals from Eoin Cole (2), Jack Dennis and Aoife Keaney had them ahead by 4-4 to 0-2 at the break with St. Brendan's points coming from Michael Boyle. In the second half Eoin Kelly, Faust Ystueta, Kieran Kopping and Tim Curtin battled back for St. Brendan's to add a goal and three points to their tally. However Celtics stepped on the gas again as Cole completed his hatrick while Sean Considine goaled as well to propel them to a deserved win.
Celtics Maria Biritetta, John McCarthy, Lily Sheahan, Jack Muldoon, William McFadden, Eoin Walsh, Conor Cronin, Jack Shannon, Ryan Tannian, Aoife Keaney, Mary McGinn, Sean Considine, Eoin Cole, Jack Dennis, Daniel Sheahan Subs Isabella Shannon, Ronan Lehane, Ashley Lehane, Patrick Tannian
St. Brendan's Jake Osborne, Matt Dilorenzo, Paddy Gillen, Niall Maloney, Steve Maloney, Kieran Kopping, Sean McCarthy, Jessie Schwartz, Michael Boyle, Aidan Maloney, Eoin Kelly, Chris Colderone, Tayler Koblish, Faust Ystueta, Declan Debold Subs Tim Curtin, Luke Kopilinski, Greg Edmonds, Jack Mahoney Referee TJ Kerins.
Gaels win with ease
A powerful display by Shannon Gaels saw them claim the u 10 A trophy with relative ease as they quickly throw down a marker with early goals from Christian Devlin and Paudi Mathers. Liam Rafferty, Adam Power, Shane Brosnan and Aidan Bennett tried hard for the Bronx boys but with Colm O'Shea dominant in the middle, Sean O'Connell, Sean Smith, Jason Lee and Sean Corridan continued to rain over points to have their team ahead by 2-9 to zero at the break. Despite the deficit St. Barnabas battled on and eventually Paul Fitzpatrick and Shane Carroll struck for two goals culminating good support play from Adam Power, Shane Brosnan and Sarah Conneally. Still the Queens boys were dictating matters as further points from Christian Devlin, Aidan Mooney, and Luke Duggan put the icing on the victory cake for a very skillful Shannon Gaels squad.
Shannon Gaels Eoghan Doran, Oisin Mathers, Robert Corridan, Mike Paul, Jason Lee, Paudi Mathers, Sebastian Jamshiski, Colm O'Shea, Sean O'Connell, Sean Smith, Aidan Mooney, Luke Duggan, Senan Price, Sean Corridan, Christian Devlin. Subs Charlie McFadden, Mike Paul, Julian Jamshaki, Kevin Curran, Luke Corridan, Liam Hyland, Julian Ferdman, R Duggan
St. Barnabas Brian Coen, Brian Cullinane, Joey Brown, Shane Carroll, Sarah Conneally, Liam Rafferty, Adam Power, Shane Brosnan, Paul Fitzpatrick, Ryan Walsh, John Carroll, Declan Hegarty, John O'Connor, Tim Kiley Subs Kyle Boyne, John Melly, Nick Spadaccini, Adam Cody, Michael Hardigan Referee Ciaran Slattery
Celtics win thriller
This u 12 B final was the proverbial thriller that kept the fans on the edge of their seats on this cold though sunny Autumn afternoon. Rockland had the early momentum as scores from Tadgh O'Riordan and Thomas Wilson had them out in front but Anthony McGrath and Rory Naughton points soon had the Celtics firing. It was tit for tat for the rest of the period as Rockland hit for two points while the Celtics had one as Rory Muldoon was doing Trojan work clearing his lines. However two brilliant second half goals were the decisive moments in this game. The first came from Rory Naughton after he snared a good long range delivery from Aoife Keaney. Anthony McGrath and Jack Shannon landed two well executed points before Peter Cronin rocked the net with another blaster to put the Celtics well in front. However Rockland battled back as Cathleen O'Neill, Aoife McGirl, Tadgh O'Riordan, Sean Traynor and Thomas Wilson strove mightily to turn the game in their favor. They got a goal from Thomas Wilson and a point from Tadgh O'Riordan after a lot of pressure but tenacious defending by Lily Sheahan, Jack Dennis and Sean Mahoney ensured that Celtics were ahead at the final whistle.
Celtics Sean Tierney, Lily Sheahan, Liam Murphy, Jack Dennis, Gary Robinson, Cormac Moore, Rory Muldoon, Colm Kirby, Sean Mahoney, Ryan Allen, Anthony McGrath, Eoin Walsh, Jack Shannon, Rory Naughton, Peter Cronin Sub Aoife Keaney
Rockland Conor Callan, Thomas Wilson, Finola Ryan, Jack Kirk, Sean O'Neill, Kieran Doheny, Joe McHugh, Aoife McGirl, Tadgh O'Riordan, Sean Traynor, Michael Smyth, Eoin Mc Girl, Kathleen O'Neill, Tara Smyth Subs Niall Glynn, Kieran Scanlon Referee TJ Kerins.
Good start sets up
In the final of the u 12 A Rockland got off to a terrific start hitting three goals in the opening minutes, Conor Powerhaus had two while Christian Madigan had the other. A Michael Kennedy goal soon had the Bronx boys on the board but it did little to slow down Rockland as Tommy Shalvey, Kevin Doorly, Kevin Lynch and company continued to chip over points to leave them ahead by 3-7 to 1-2 at the break. Despite Kevin Doorly hitting two goals on the resumption, St Barnabas fought back with some very incisive and inspirational runs from the back by Joe McDaid as Dylan Curran, Conor Gorman, Shane Rafferty, Michael Kennedy and Mikie Brosnan stepped up their performances to add 2-5 to their tally. However Rockland never looked in danger as their goal splurge at the beginning of each half left them secure.
Rockland Matt McGovern, Michael Diskin, Shane Hunt, Shane Murphy, Pat McNamee, Lorcan Teehan, Cullum McElligiot, Thomas Shalvey, Kevin Doorly Kevin Lynch, Jo Jo Michalak, Christian Madigan, Conor Powerhaus, Jack Lowery.
St. Barnabas Cian Patterson, Joe Drago, Marzan Lala, Kevin Rafferty, Joe McDaid, Kevin Bolton,Shane Rafferty, Mikie Brosnan, Dylan Curran, Conor McGourty, Michael Kennedy, Jack Martin Subs Mike Martin, Shane Brosnan Referee Ciaran Slattery
The final of the u 14 B was another very exciting match as both teams hit goals in their opening attacks, Ryan O'Neill struck for Rangers while Danny Corridan replied for Shannon Gaels. Mark Power and Danny Corridan traded points before Shannon Gaels edged ahead with strong play form midfielders Corridan and Mathers to hit four points on the trot as they monopolized possession. However the strong play of the hard running Ryan O'Neill forced a goods save from Fiachra McDonagh at the other end before the same player buried a quick free from Conor McStay in the net. This was followed by a James Breen point to leave just a point between the sides at the break. The second period was similar to the first as Shannon Gaels continued to dominate as Mark Power goaled while keeper Tansey did well to deny Kevin Ward. The very effective and industrious midfield combo of Dan Corridan and Conor Mathers also chipped in with scores. Then as the game appeared to be getting away from Rangers they struck back with two goals, the first from Jack Maghan and the second from Conor McStay to set up a very exciting finish. However late points from Powell and Corridan were enough to hold off the Rangers as Shannon Gaels were fully deserving of victory due to their greater consistency over the hour.
Shannon Gaels Fiachra McDonagh, John Doyle, Tiernan Mathers, Seamus Finneran, Justin Connaughton, Simon Motherway, Lorcan McVinney, Dan Corridan, Conor Mathers, Patrick Devlin, Shane Reid, Killian Reilly, Mark Powell, Caolan Mathers Subs Ryan Kennedy, Eoghan Mulvey, Sean Eustace, Jack Flynn, Conor Ryan, Conor Delaney.
Rangers Pat Tansey, Mike Becker, Chris Sheridan, John O'Connor, Daniel Lehane, Johanna Levine, Owen O'Donoghue, Jack Maghan, Conor Lundy, James Breen, Conor McStay, Tom Enright, Ryan O'Neill, Dylan Grace Subs Rory O'Brien, Dennis O'Shea, D Redican Referee Conor Hogan.
St. Raymond's deserve win
In the final of the u 14 A division St. Raymond's got off to a tonic start as Matt Tierney goaled in the first minute after Slatter O'Brien set him up. St. Ray's dominance continued as Conor Kelly and Christian Bristany hit over points. Rockland wasted a number of chances before Chris McKenna landed two points, plus John Kilkenny stopped a penalty. However Rockland, though outplayed for most of the period finished with a flourish as their best player Martin Boyle goaled and Chris Mulqueen finished with a second major to lead by 2-2 to 1-3 at the break. When play resumed St. Rays. were soon back in front as they struck for a goal and a point. The game was now on a knife's edge as James Hennessy put Rockland back in front with a goal. Chris McKenna extended the lead with a point but St. Rays. launched several attacks as Niall Kelly, Shane Slattery and Mairead Ruane surged forward in search of scores. A peach of a point from Conor Kelly edged St. Rays closer while Matt Tierney saw a few of his efforts go agonizingly wide. However, Slatter O'Brien had the angle and the accuracy as he blasted to the net culminating a good move involving Declan Twomey, Sean O'Boyle and Shane Slattery. Rockland fought back but stern defending by Jack Purse, Niall Kelly and Kaolan Walsh sealed off all paths to the goal as precious time ran out to leave St. Rays worthy victors.
St. Raymond's John Kilkenny, Jack Purce, Alan Matlack, Christian Bristany, Kaolan Walsh, Niall Kelly, Mary Lisi, Shane Slattery, Mairead Ruane, Sean O'Boyle, Matt Tierney, Conor Kelly, Cian Burns, Slatter O'Brien, Declan Twomey Sub Cormack Bradley.
Rockland Oran Hamilton, Liam Burke, Rory O'Riordan, Conor Riggs, Sean Sorohan, Ronan James, Mark Russell, Martin Boyle, Sean White, Sean Coughlan, Chris Mulqueen, James Hennessy, Chris McKenna, Dara Donnelly Subs Liam Gavin, Emily Russell,Graham Skywrok Referee CJ Molloy.