St. Martin’s U14 footballers look forward to quarter finals.

Glenmore 8-6 St Martins 3-0

St Martins U14 footballers kicked off their league campaign with a very tough match against league favourites Glenmore. While the lads were very rusty after the enforced break due to the recent terrible weather, they did not do themselves justice in the first half. To their credit they did not give up and gave a much improved display in the 2nd half to register three goals. Adam Agar and Justin Manning tried hardest for the defeated hosts Conaghy Shamrocks 0-8 St Martins 1-6 On a brutal morning at the Polo Grounds with the rain teeming down St Martins put in a gritty and determined display to edge out their local rivals. With Harry Kealy,Paul Murphy and Justin Manning playing well in defense, Adan Agar working hard in midfield and Dan Doyle,Daragh Quinlan and Robert Dowling combining well in attack the lads held on for a great win. The crucial score for the saints was a well taken goal from John Murphy.

Tullogher-Rosbercon 2-2 St Martins 2-8

In this winner take all clash with the victors progressing to the quarter final, captain Robert Dowling won the toss and elected to play with the gale force wind in the first half.

Knowing that a big lead was required if we were to have any chance the lads played some great football to lead by 2-6 to 0-1 at half time with the goals coming from Conor Mulhall and Dan Doyle and some excellent points from play by Dan (0-2), Daragh Quinlan (0-2) and Robert Dowling.

In the 2nd half the defence came to the fore where sub goalie Jack Murphy, Harry Kealy, Paul Murphy, Liam Brennan, Donal and Darragh Coughlan all put in a tremendous reargaurd action to keep the home side at bay. The whole team put in a massive effort against the wind and were rewarded with two points from play from Dan and Adam Agar to seal the win.

The long journey home didn’t seem to take long as we can now look forward to the quarter final