With the school holidays fast approaching and thus the White’s Cross VHI Cúl Camp just around the corner, there is plenty of action on the under-age front. While the Minor and Under 16 teams have stopped up to facilitate preparation for Junior and Leaving Certificate Exams, other teams have seen plenty of action lately. Below we get a flavour for some of the games played.
White’s Cross 2-09 Ballyphehane 1-05
In this Under 15 football league clash scores were hard to come by in the opening 10 minutes with both teams just registering one point a piece. Between the tenth and 20thminutes White’s Cross’ midfield pair Shane Cronin and Shane Crowley began to assert their dominance and Craig Hegarty was showing extremely well in the forward line. White’s Cross scored two goals and a point in this period and were well on top. Ballyphehane to their credit battled back and scored two points before half time to leave the score at 2-02 to 0-03. Ballyphehane started the second half very well with the O’Mahonys, Paul and Eric, outstanding for them. They got a goal and a point inside the opening 5 minutes and should really have got some more but for some fabulous saves by White’s Cross goalkeeper Jack O’Leary. White’s Cross slowly began to get back into the game. Martin Reid and John Ramsey were winning their battles at the back and Ballyphehane scores were drying up. White’s Cross then hit a purple patch of their own and scored five points without reply from the outstanding Craig Hegarty, David Roche and Kevin Ryan. This period essentially killed off the game. Though Ballyphehane battled to the end, White’s Cross ran out deserving winners.
White’s Cross 3-07 Delaneys 4-02
In one of a number of Under 10 football challenge games played recently, this one was a close exciting encounter played in Delaneys. White’s Cross started the better of the two sides. Corey Cambridge in particular was causing havoc in the Delaneys backline and he ended up scoring a personal tally of 1-03 in the first half. White’s Cross extended their lead at the start of the second half with some fine scores from Sean Heffernan , Denis Bradley and Colin McCarthy. Delaneys were in the game much more in the second half however and there was never more than just a kick of the ball between the two teams. Indeed Delaneys had White’s Cross on the ropes at the end and only for strong defending from Ross Murphy and Padraig Cloran Delaneys would have sneaked it.
White’s Cross 1-03 Gleann Na Laoi 3-00
In a second Under 10 challenge White’s Cross learned the lesson that goals win matches. Gleann Na Laoi’s ability to take their goal chances when they came along was the difference between the two teams at the end. White’s Cross started the brighter withSean Heffernan and Cormac O Flynn rattling over 1-03 between them. At the other end Ronan Quane and Kate O Callaghan stopped the few attacks that Gleann Na Laoi had. The second half saw Gleann Na Laoi come into the game more and more and they took the chances that proved to decisive at the end. Try as they might the White’s Cross forwards could not get the scores needed in the second half. Gleann Na Laoi hung on for a narrow but deserved win.