Well what a weekend for the Isle's Our Under 14 boy's won their Hurling Féíle yesterday against Bodens to take the Div 3 Title, but more about that great achievement later. Thanks to our mentors we have news on our others teams that played over the weekend. We hope to post our Féile article later.
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U/8 Girls Camogie/Football
The U/8 girls played a camogie blitz in the club on Sunday morning. Kilmacud Crokes and St Bridget’s were the other teams involved. The girls performed extremely well. And there skills are really coming on. This was acknowledged by the other team’s mentors which was a great boost. The girls have to be congratulated on their commitment to improving their skills. Just like to thank all involved on the day and to Fergal Brown and Jade Lawlor in particular for their continued support.
Under 10 Boys Vs Na Fianna
A great turn out on Saturday for our clash against Na Fianna in Collinstown. Both Isles’ teams had a full complement of players and the games got underway. Robbie’s team played a close game with plenty of score from both teams and notable scores from Nathan Elward and Charlie Murphy. The draw at the end was a fair result. On Podge’s team the game was definitely a game of two halves. In the first half the teams were equally balanced with 50% possession but Na Fianna were more accurate when it came to finishing and went in at half time with a large margin. With some words of wisdom from Podge our lads took the game to Na Fianna in the second half and although possession was the same it was Isles who were more prolific with their finishes and when the final whistle went Isles won by a point and it was a skill point at that. Well Done lads
Erins Isle U12 boys football Vs Skerries Harps 2. Finglas.
Isles opted to play against the wind in the 1st half, a tactic that backfired in the hurling last week. From the throw-in Isles went on the attack but several attacks yielded nothing on the scoreboard. Craig Proctor Malone and Eoin Carney missing some very scoreable chances. Isles first score came after Adam Keeley made two superb blocks and laid the ball into the forwards where Eoin Carney latched onto the pass and drove through the defence before burying the ball low into the corner of the net. Isles next score was a point from Seán Kelly who gathered a quick Jack Nicholson free kick and tapped over the bar from close range. Craig pointed shortly afterwards and followed this with a goal taken superbly after a long solo run. Jack Nicholson providing the pass up the line into Craigs arms. Skerries were finding it hard to contain the Isles onslaught but managed to get a few attacks in the first half. Their first 2 scores came from two 45s after some dogged Isles defending by Sam Gaffney and Alex Doherty in front of goal. Isles continued the attacks and next point came from Ross Hayes who latched onto a loose ball around the box after Craig had slipped just before pulling the trigger and Jack Redmond who miskicked his shot. Ross gathered smartly and stuck one over with his left. Eoin, Craig and Nico were working very hard around the middle to win the ball and it was a great blockdown by Craig which led to Isles next goal. After the block he ran onto the ball and took it up the left wing and passed into Ryan McGrath who finished neatly past the Skerries goalie. Ryan added a second shortly afterwards after a very unselfish through ball from a Jack Redmond handpass. Eoin Carney gathered the resulting kickout and ran through and attempted to handpass over the bar from distance but managed to clip the outside of the post. Eoin added his second goal quickly afterwards when he latched onto a long clearance from Sam Gaffney and turned on his heels, driving forward through the defence and burying into the net. The Isles half backs Blake Ward and Jordan Fitzpatrick were sweeping up anything that got past the midfield. Skerries 3rd and final score of the half came from another 45. This was after a goalmouth scramble which shouldve seen a Skerries goal but great work and diving saves from Seth Hoey and Sam kept the ball away from goal.
Half Time Score 5-3 to 0-3.
The second half started similar to the first with a concerted Isles attack. A couple of attacks were stopped short by the Skerries defence but Craig added his 2nd goal after a few mins with a brilliantly taken goal, burying the ball into the top left corner from about 20 yards out on the right wing. Isles were wasting a lot of ball and spilling long balls in. Seán Connaghan battling hard to cause a loose clearance to land in Craigs hands out on the wing who launched a long ball over the bar for his 2nd point. Jack Redmond finished neatly over the bar after great battling from Seth who passed inside to Jack. Craig added a 3rd for himself from a tight angle on the right hand side. Skerries attacks were being broken down around midfield but they managed to add another point halfway through the 2nd half albeit a controversial one. Some of the Isles defenders called it wide and asked for John Gaffneys glasses to be strengthened for the next game, just in case the game is closer. Jack Redmond added a goal after he gathered a long ball in by Craig and turned his man before placing the ball into the corner of the net. Seth Hoey added another goal straight away. Winning the ball on the sideline he went on a solo run past a few Skerries defenders and slotted past the Skerries goalie. Jack Nicholson was winning great ball in the middle and one of his passes in was caught by Jack Dixon who laid off to James Walsh. James went on a run and took a shot which was half blocked by a defender but made its way across the goal where Jack Redmond was waiting to fist his second goal of the game. Ryan Campbell who had only come on gathered a breaking ball around the middle from the resultant kickout. He rounded his man but was tripped as he ran through. Seth kicked the free inches wide. The usually alert Isles defence fell asleep for a minute and allowed Skerries in for a goal near the end of the game. Isles managed two more scores both from Seth Hoey who had played the first half in goal but showed his outfield ability also with some great play. Ciaran Hempenstall worked hard in front of goal and won a ball which he laid out to Aaron Emmet who put the ball over the bar but this clear score was waved wide by the Isles umpire Johnny Redmond.
We've benefitted somewhat by dropping to a one team league earlier this year which means we can focus on one group instead of trying to organise for two which was difficult with 4 mentors as if one is missing for whatever reason it can cause problems. The team can sometimes be upset by trying to give lots of subs a game but we've managed ok so far in the league with 2 wins and a draw.
Final Score 9-8 to 1-4
Erins Isle: Seth Hoey (1-2) Sam Gaffney, Alex Doherty, Adam Keely, Jordan Fitzpatrick, Jack Nicholson, Eoin Carney (2-0) , Craig Proctor Malone(2-3), Seán Kelly(0-1), Seán Connaghan, Jack Dixon
Subs: Jack Redmond (2-1) Ryan McGrath (2-0) Ross Hayes (0-1) Ryan Campbell, James Walsh, Aaron Emmet, Ciarán Hempenstall, Blake Ward.