INTERMEDIATES FINISH STRONGLY TO OVERCOME BORO
Young Irelands 2-16
Young Irelands finished strongly to overcome Dicksboro and gain their first win in the Senior Intermediate League last Wednesday night following a thrilling battle that produced a thrilling conclusion. When Tommy Phelan crashed his shot to the net in the 53rd minute following a scintillating run by Jack Brennan to put the Gowran men three points ahead (2-13 to 1-13), they were in a strong position to go on and claim victory.
However, the Boro men fought back and a point followed by a goal gave them outright lead in the 55th minute. (2-14 to 2-13), but Young Irelands displayed great admiration and resilience to finish strongly with points from a Tommy Phelan, Sean Farrell with a mighty effort from long range and a Tommy Phelan free to secure victory.
Young Irelands led 0-9 to 0-7 at half-time after the teams were level at 0-4 each midway through the first-half. Paddy Langton (0-3 0-2 frees 0-1 & 65) & Padraig Naddy (0-1) were completely dominant in the half-back line in the opening-half as Tommy Phelan (0-2 0-1 free), Sean Carey, Sean Farrell and Patrick Brennan were also on target.
Dicksboro started the second-half with 1-1 in quick succession to lead 1-8 to 0-9, and the city men maintained that two point advantage throughout the opening quarter as Jason Brennan pulled off a brilliant double save in the 40th minute to deny their opponents a certain goal.
They were still two points ahead entering the final 10 minutes(1-12 to 0-13), but a Killian Carey goal in the 50th minute put Young Irelands back in front. 1-13 to 1-12. Dicksboro replied with the levelling point before Tommy Phelan’s goal gave the Gowran men a cushion.
However, Dicksboro responded with a goal as they took the lead with a few minutes remaining, but Young Irelands refused to panic or wilt as they finished strongly to secure the win.
YOUNG IRELANDS SCORERS – Tommy Phelan 1-5(0-3 free 0- 3 65), Paddy Langton 0-3 (0-2 frees 0-1 65), Killian Carey 1-1, Sean Farrell 0-2, Padraig Naddy, Jack Brennan, Patrick Brennan, Sean Carey & Jimmy Lennon 0-1 each
DUNNAMAGGIN’S LATE GOALS FLATTEN AND FLOOR GOWRAN
Junior A League Semi-Final
Young Irelands Gowran 0-14
A brace of late goals by Dunnamaggin ended Young Irelands hopes in the Junior A League semi-final in Gowran on Friday night.
With the sides level entering injury-time, the prospect of extra-time appeared increasingly likely, but a Dunnamaggin goal from a penalty followed by their second goal moments later finished the contest to put a most flattering look on the full-time score. With both teams very wasteful throughout shooting several wides – particularly in the opening-half – Dunnamaggin led 0-9 to 0-6 at
half-time. Young Irelands first-half total was made up of Dylan Carey 0-3 (0- 2 frees), Paddy Langton (0-1 free), Patrick Brennan & Gavin Manning 0-1 each Dunnamaggin stretched their to lead 4 points early in the Second- Half(0-11 to 0-7), but the Gowran men had a dominant spell with four unanswered points between The 40th and 47th minutes. Paddy Langton was giving a towering display at centre-back, and he was playing his 4th match in 7 days for Young Irelands along with about a half a dozen of his teammates. Last years U-20 All-Ireland winner scored a brace of points in quick succession from a free & a & 65 to halve the deficit(0-11 to 0- 9), before further points from a Dylan Carey free & Jimmy Lennon brought them on level terms as Young Irelands had begun to dominate. 0-11 each. Both sides exchanged three points each with Paddy Langton, Patrick Brennan & Sean Kehoe – all from play – adding to their account. However, Dunnamaggin had the final say as their late late show on a day of drama finished off proceedings.
YOUNG IRELANDS SCORERS – Dylan Carey 0-5(0-4 frees), Paddy Langton 0-4(0-2 frees 0-1 65), Patrick Brennan 0-2, Jimmy Lennon, Sean Kehoe & Gavin Manning 0-1 each
SENIOR GIRLS EASE TO VICTORY IN CAPITAL
Steffi & Tiffanie Fitzgerald were part of the starting 15, as All- Ireland Champions Kilkenny produced their best performance of the year so far as they eased to a 3-14 to 0-11 win away to Dublin in Parnell Park on Saturday. Ciara O Keeffe was among the Kilkenny subs, while Pat O’Neill is part of the management team. Kilkenny should endure a much a stiffer test of their credentials as they host Tipperary in UPMC Nowlan Park on Saturday evening at 6pm.
YOUNG IRELANDS U-14 CAMOGIE
Following the success of both Young Irelands U-14 camogie teams in League Finals recently, attention now turns to the Championship where they will be attempting to pursuit further glory.
The Young Irelands firsts are in action away to Carrickshock in the Roinn A Championship in Hugginstown on Wednesday night at 7.45pm, while on Thursday night the Young Irelands Whites are at home to Mooncoin in Gowran at 6.30pm.
Young Irelands Minor hurlers will resume their League campaign following the exam break, as they will attempt to continue and consolidate their 100% winning record away to O’Loughlin Gaels in Johns Park on Monday Night at 7pm.
Young Irelands U-15 Hurlers also resume their League campaign following the exam break, and on Wednesday night they will host Graigue-Ballycallan in the Roinn A League in Gowran at 7pm.
The two clubs will be familar with one another having played in the U-13 County Final in 2021, as the Gowran boys won on that occasion with a most impressive performance to complete the League/Championship double.
The Young Irelands U-13 endured contrasting fortunes over the weekend.
The Young Irelands U-13 A team were very impressive in winning 6-13 to 4-9 away to Ballyhale Shamrocks, while the Young Irelands U-13 13-a-side Team lost 2-9 to 2-3 against James Stephens.
Both teams are back in action this weekend. the Young Irelands U-13 A team are at home to Piltown on Friday night, while the Young Irelands U-13 13-a-side team host Rower-Inistioge on Saturday morning at 10.30am.
PRIMARY SCHOOLS HURLING FINAL
Gowran Primary School lost 3-7 to 2-5 against Scoil McCauley Ris of Callan in the Primary Schools Roinn A Final in Nowlan Park last Wednesday Night.
The Gowran boys gave a very good account of themselves on the night, and it was a closer game than when the two schools played one another in The Country Cup Final – Scoil McCauley Ris won
5-7 to 2-7 – That completes the Schools Competitions for the year, and it was a superb year for the Gowran boys who won the Country Cup /Championship Football Double while also getting to two Hurling Final.
Congratulations to the boys on a magnificent year, and very best wishes to those who are beginning secondary education in September.