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P4/P3 Go Games

20/08/2016Posted by Ciaran Grant

 

P4/3 South Antrim Go Games

Cricky Pitch

20 August 2016

 

Brid Ógs P4/3 team went to the new Cricky Pitch to play in the latest round of S Antrim Go Games. After the disappointment of narrowly and controversially missing out on the final of the Colin Neighbourhood tournament on their last day playing, the young Ógs responded in super style by winning all four of their games today.

The first game was against St Enda's 2nd team. The seven kids who were present at that time started the game and soon Brid Óg had went a few scores ahead. As other players arrived, many substitutions were made, but this didn't interrupt the flow of the team and Brid Óg ran out comfortable winners.

The next match was against St Teresa's. As they had only 5 players, it was decided we would lend them a player and Brid Óg would play two different teams in each half. Emma volunteered to play for the Glen Rd team. The first half team created many chances, but by half-time only one of these had been converted. The second half team came on and the game continued in the same vein with the Ógs dominating possession and creating many chances. This time more of these were taken and again Brid Óg won comfortably. Despite being the youngest player on the pitch, young Holly got on the scoresheet with a great strike past the keeper.

The third match was against St Enda's 1st team. This game was 7 a side, so Brid Óg had to make many substitutions throughout the game. The Ógs went into a 3-0 lead and seemed well in control. The Glengormley kids had battled hard throughout and fought back to 3-2. At this stage they looked like they would get level and they had a great chance which Conor superbly tipped round the post. This close call galvanised Brid Óg and a couple of further goals resulted to steady the team and see out the win.

Finally, Brid Óg faced St Gall's. Due to numbers, Brid Óg lent St Gall's 3 players and the pitch was extended for a 9 a side match. Roisha, Oisin and Eimear played for the Milltown Row team. Brid Óg had a little more of the play and put their opponents under pressure, though St Gall's also had chances of their own. Brid Óg established a two goal lead, but their opponents responded with a goal of their own. The next goal was going to be crucial and both teams had chances to score. Eventually James got a goal with a fine long range strike, but St Gall's weren't finished and launched attacks of their own. They did get another goal, but it was the final poc of the game, so Brid Óg came away with a narrow victory.

 

Overall this was a very impressive display of hurling for the Brid Óg kids. There were debuts today for Fionn, Emma and Holly and they all scored goals. Ronan, Cuan, James, Conor and Seagh were also on the scoresheet today. It was great to see so many kids turn out to play today. With a few other players not available today, these kids are developing into a very talented squad. With the coaches beginning to look towards the North Antrim league, if we are getting as many kids as this turning out for games, we can look at entering more than one team in that competition. Of course, some of the kids playing today already tasted success in that competition at the start of this year.

 

As usual, thanks to Kieran Megraw for organising these games and to Ardoyne for hosting the matches.

 

Brid Óg P4/P3 squad:

Georgia, Emma, Aoife, Eimear, Roisha, Holly, James, Conor, Fionn, Cuan, Seagh, Ronan, Oisin

 

Colin Neighbourhood Tournament

06/08/2016Posted by Ciaran Grant

Brid Ógs P4/3 team went to the Brooke Activity Centre to take part in a tournament organised by Colin Neighbourhood Partnership, which was also part of this year's Belfast Feile.

The kids played very well, but had little luck as they lost out to St Paul's by a single point in the semi-final. In the final Lamh Dhearg defeated St Paul's to take home the trophy.

Brid Og squad: Aoife, Rionach, Meabh, Roisha, Ronan, James, Liam, Daire, Oisin, Seagh

N Antrim League Final

20/02/2016Posted by Ciaran Grant

After topping last weekend’s group, Brid Óg made the trip to the Seven Towers Leisure Centre in Ballymena for the North Antrim league finals day. The Óg were in the first match of the day against Eoghan Rua 2 from Coleraine.
 
Brid Óg lined out with Roisha in goals, Ciara in defence, James and Ronan in midfield and Conor in attack.
 
The kids were told, as there was only one match today, to go at it right from the start and win the throw-in and so push their opponents back from the off. They did just that and were two goals ahead after about 30 seconds. First Conor, and then James straight from the poc out scored. After that the Coleraine boys found their feet and replied with a goal of their own. But James again and Ronan both hit the back of the net and Brid Óg went in with a comfortable 4-1 half time lead.
 
Patrick came on for Conor at the break and the players were told to just keep doing what they had been doing, keep things simple and stay focused. Eoghan Rua however came back at Brid Óg. They reduced the margin to 2 goals with a powerful strike. Coaches on the sidelines were getting a little nervous as the Co Derry side kept up their attacks. Roisha pulled off a good save, tipping a strong shot around the post. James then sealed victory with another goal and completed his hat-trick. The last couple of minutes were played out without Brid Óg being in any real danger of being pegged back. At the final whistle, the players celebrated a well deserved victory.
 
The victorious squad had  to wait until all the other finals were over for the presentation to commence. It was worth the wait as joint-captains Ronan and James were presented with the shield and the players received their trophies.
 
It was great to be involved in finals day again and was fantastic to take a shield home again. For most of the players this was their first final and the first competition they have won. Hopefully, it will be the first of many. The exception to this was James, who was winning his third North Antrim title after playing in both the U8 and U10 finals last year.
 
Thanks to our travelling support today. They can be very proud of the kids, not just today, but over the three weekends of hurling. Also, thanks to Frank for helping with the team today. And to Martin for helping last weekend. Finally, thanks to Owen Elliot and the rest of the organisers of North Antrim, for another well run competition.
 
Brid Óg squad: Ciara, Conor, James, Patrick, Ronan, Roisha – plus Dara, Georgia and Nicholas who played in the group games.

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