Young Irelands Gowran 6-19
The Young Irelands minors qualified for a Minor Roinn A League Final showdown with James Stephens following a comprehensive 21 point victory against Dunnamaggin in Gowran tonight(Monday), as the exceptional duo of Ben Phelan & Michael Keating led the way with 4-12 between them
It was another excellent performance from Ciaran Phelan’s charges who bounced back to winning ways following the loss against their League Final opponents last week.
They got off to a sluggish start as they trailed 0-3 to 0-1 after 10 minutes, but once Michael Keating grabbed the teams first goal in the 12th minute(1-1 to 0-3), they started to accelarate & take control.
Ben Phelan(free) & Michael Keating added points in quick succession to stretch the advantage(1-3 to 0-3) & after points were exchanged, Michael grabbed his second goal in the 19th minute after he was set-up by Thomas Langton. 2-4 to 0-4.
Buoyed on by that second goal, Young Irelands took control for the remainder of the half as they outscored Dunnamaggin 1-5 to 0-2 with Ben Phelan adding a further 1-2 & points coming from the hardworking Kieran Timmins, James Brennan & the towering Eoghan O’Neill.
The goal coming in the 27th minute when the roving Diarmuid Langton soloed forward for Ben Phelan to apply a simple finish. to give Young Irelands a 3-9 to 0-6 lead at half-time & they continued that dominance throughout the second-half.
Dunnamaggin grabbed a goal at the start of the second-half to narrow the advantage(3-9 to 1-6), but Young Irelands replied with points from Ben Phelan, Thomas Langton & a Ben Phelan ’65 to lead 3-12 to 1-6.
Goal number four arrived in the 40th minute when Ben turned provider for Thomas Langton to finish. 4-12 to 1-6.
Michael Keating added another from play seconds later, & goals number five & six came in quick succession in the 48th & 49th minutes respectively.
The Phelan brothers Ben & Cian combined for Ben to finish & that was immediately followed by a goal from Cian who took advantage of a defensive mistake. 6-14 to 1-9.
The Gowran lads added five further points in the final 10 minutes as Michael Keating, Ben Phelan(2), Cian Phelan & Substitute Tadhg Ahern all added to the teams tally as they got back to winning ways following a highly emphatic performance & victory.
Dicksboro’s loss to Clara meant that Young Irelands are guaranteed a League Final spot, with James Stephens having booked their League Final spot following a 6-21 to 2-11 win away to James Stephens.
Young Irelands Scorers: Ben Phelan 2-8(0-2 frees 0-1’65), Michael Keating 2-4, Cian Phelan 1-2, Thomas Langton 1-1, Kieran Timmins, James Brennan, Eoghan O’Neill & Tadhg Ahern 0-1 each
Young Irelands: Tim Brennan, Andrew Corbett, Shane Simpson, Richard Nolan, Sam Brennan, David Langton, Jim Conlon, James Brennan, Eoghan O’Neill, Cian Phelan, Ben Phelan, Kieran Timmins, Diarmuid Langton, Michael Keating, Thomas Langton