Our U11’s travel to Whitechurch and had a very competitive match despite the heavy rain and cold conditions. There were great displays all over the pitch. White’s Cross having most of the possession, but were unlucky not to have more scores up at half time.
There were great displays all over the pitch by Olan Skillington, Ethan Ryan, Harry Buckley and Fionnan Quinlan who worked their socks off to ensure that things were level at half time. In the second half the hard work done by Harry Coughlan, Robert Docherty started to pay off and passes were becoming more fluid, the opposition were being better marked, the scoring boots were on and Luke Kelleher played a blinder between the posts. Sean Towmey, Stephen Whooley, Jack Collins and Patrick Harrington were causing problems for the opposition. There was still hard work to be done in defence and the superb Brendan Quain and Eolan Dill made it hard for the Whitechurch team to score. Well done boys and thanks to all the parents who turned out to support the boys. The final score ending in a draw White’s Cross 2-4, Whitechurch 3-1.
On Saturday, White’s Cross minor footballers travelled to Shamrocks. This was there second league game of the season and hopes were high that White’s Cross could make it two out of two. Unfortunately it was not to be and the lads went down on a score line of 1.07 to 0.05. This was Shamrocks 4th game in the league and all that game time was a telling factor in the final result. The game its self was played in terrible conditions with the rain constantly falling. In the opening 30 second of the game, a well worked move between Robert mcElhinney and Paul Hayes almost resulted in Killian Ryan getting in on goal but with the slippery ball it just went wide. In fact White’s Cross started quite well and were soon on the board with a Luke Cambridge point. As the game progressed Shamrocks got the all important goal in the 15th minute and this score would prove to be vital in these conditions. White’s Cross spent the remainder of the game trying to close this 3 point cushion but it was a bridge to far. They came close on a few occasions but it was just one of those days. With time running out and with White’s Cross pushing forward, Shamocks were able to break and tack on two more points. Some standout performances from the game came form the likes of Jack Kiely ( Keeper) , Shane Twomey (full back) and Luke Cambridge (Full Forward). The minors will have very little time to dewell on this defeat, as they have a home game shortly and a chance to get back to winning ways.
On Saturday last, our U14 footballers headed down to St. Catherine’s in Ballynoe for their first game
of the season. While we didn’t win, there was an awful lot of positives to take from the match.
We started a little bit slowly, as one might have expected, given that weather has hampered our
training efforts. We found ourselves 3:1 to 0:1 down after about 15 minutes. However, the ‘never
say die’ White’s Cross spirit kicked in, and we dragged ourselves back into the game. First to show
his class was Cathal O’Flynn, who scored 2:2 in quick succession without reply, following some great
work in the forwards from the likes of Jack Stuart, Jordan Bransfield, and Sadiq Bakare. Daniel
Collins, making his debut for White’s Cross, also made some very useful contributions to the scores.
Then, the midfield general that is Daniel O’Hara took over. Bang, bang, bang. Daniel had 3 goals
in the back of the net, and St. Catherine’s didn’t know what had hit them. They could not handle
is guts, determination, and fantastic skill as he dragged the team into the lead. We knew St.
Catherines would come back at us, and they did, but we closed out the half very well, with Cathal
Quinlan in goals being very brave on a few occasions to ensure the White’s Cross went in at half time
leading 5:4 to 3:1.
Brendain Murnane (coach) knew that playing against the wind in the second half was going to be
difficult, but he gave some very sound half time advice to the team and out they went for the second
half. The backs were fantastic in the second half, led from the full-back line by Peter Twomey and
Tom Casey, both of whom only know how to give 100%. Our half-back line was full of class with
Adam Kent, Gavin Cronin, and young Patrick O’Hara winning some great possession and giving some
great quick ball into the forwards.
We did tire a bit towards the end, and playing against the strong wind took its toll. We conceded
number of scores, but Daniel O’Hara in midfield continued to run himself to a standstill, getting yet
another goal on the process. Jack O’Callaghan came on towards to the end to try to help rescue the
situation, and tried his heart out, but despite our best efforts, St. Catherines went on to claim victory
on a score of 7:7 to 6:5.
This team has plenty of potential, and they did White’s Cross, themselves, and their families proud
on the day. No more will we ever ask. Onwards to Grenagh in two weeks time.