U11 contingent on the N7, bound for Maynooth


On Sunday an U11 contingent was on the N7, bound for Maynooth. It was their first outing of 2018 and with training being hampered due to weather of late; the punters were dubious of the ability of these debutants.

After a formal parade, where teams were led by a pipe- player around the perimeter of the pitch, the Young Ireland boys were up against Faughs of Dublin. This was a close game until half time, but in the second half the Gowran boys got their momentum going and pulled ahead winning 2:3 to Faugh’s 0:1.

The second game was against a very formidable Ballyboden team. This was nip and tuck all the way, the game was fast, the side-line hot, the intensity ardent! But the Gowran boys fought tooth and nail and won 1:4 to Ballyboden’s 1:1.

The third game was against hosts Maynooth, who had lost two of their players in earlier games. The sideline was eerily quiet, but a retired Gowran Principal was involved with the Maynooth side hence the Daddys were mute!!! Despite this the Gowran boys won well on a scoreline of 5:2 to no score.

So topping the table, Gowran were to face Naas on the other side. This was fixed for 3 o’clock, giving the boys over an hour break. However, Maynooth GAA club provided refreshments and an abundance of food for all.

Maybe it was the wait, maybe tiredness set in; but the final caught the Gowran boys in the headlights. From throw-in, Naas dominated the game. Their physicality, speed and skill was commendable. The Gowran boys battled hard and fought to the bitter end; but a better Naas side won out 5:6 to Young Ireland’s 0:3.

The boys were given goodie bags for their journey home by Maynooth GAA and a stop-off in Supermacs, Carlow was also on the itinerary. It was a great bonding day for the boys who had a ball, a great start for 2018! Thanks to their three coaches for organising the day.



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