White’s Cross minor footballers advanced to the minor championship final

White’s Cross minor footballers advanced to the minor championship final after a terrific victory over near neighbours Brian Dillons in the semi final played at Whitechurch.

In the last few years Dillons have made great strides at adult level, built on the success of there underage teams and White’s Cross hope to do the same in the coming years, so this game became a bit of a benchmark for our lads and they were keen all week to lead by example to the younger age groups within the club. When these two teams met in the league, in July, 3pts only separated the sides at the finish, in favour of White’s Cross, so the lads were expecting a close game from the off and were well drilled in what to expect. What transpired was a tidal wave of attacking football from White’s Cross. Everyone was up for this game and boy did it show. Two early goals from Corey Cambridge and Adam Bransfield settled the lads and some lovely points from Paul Hayes and Killian Ryan put the lads in complete command. In the back line Robert McElhinney and Shane Twomey would not give the Dillons forwards an inch. An early injury to Colin Sisk did not put this White’s Cross team off there stride and his replacement  Donnacha Fitzgerald helped himself to a point after another attacking move.

In the second half there was no let up from the lads and a third goal from Paul Hayes sealed this game as a contest. Overall this was a great squad preformance with a total of 20 players been used throughout the game. In the end White’s Cross ran out easy winners on a scoreline of 3.13 to 0.01. A special mention has to go to James Royal, who came in for the injured Andrew Coughlan, at wing back and put in a man of the match performance. This was a great performance  from the lads and the fact that Dillons didn’t get a score from play, shows how focused the lads were.

There were a lot of hero’s in this side, and the younger lads have really added to the saying that if your good enough, your old enough. The older lads really have took the younger ones under their wings and there is a great spirit within the group. The lads now move onto the championship final which is fixed for September 5th against Clondrohid. The lads know that this will be a big game for them. They face a Clondrohid side that have remained unbeaten in the league and championship this season, but this White’s Cross minor squad have a great never say die attitude and a fearless way that they go about there business. This game promises to be a cracker. Well done to everyone involved tonight and best of luck for the final.

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White’s Cross Minors Win in Q-Final

White’s Cross minors had a great victory over Crosshaven in the Q Final of the championship. Winning on a scoreline of 6.10 to 1.05. The lads played some outstanding stuff throughout the game and showed some great hunger and determination to get the job done. Some outstanding play in defence from Colin Sisk and Robert Mcelhinney never let the Crosshaven forwards settle. Jack Kiely in goal was always in command and our half back line of Andrew Coughlan, Shane Twomey and Sean O Leary played a vital part in this White’s Cross victory. Some outstanding runs from Sean O Leary led to him adding 2pts on the scoreboard. In midfield Paul Hayes was immense and along with killian Ryan, who was half forward, covered oceans of ground. Captain Adam Bransfield and Fergal Reid showed great leaderships qualities in tracking back and helping the defence and blocking the runs of the Crosshaven danger men. In the full forward line Tony O Keeffe and Corey Cambridge movements were a joy to watch and Tony added another goal to his goals tally, while 15 year old Corey put in a great nights work and was a constant thorn in Crosshavens side, banging in 4 goals to his credit. James Royal and Donnacha Fitzgerald never stopped running for the cause when introduced early in the second half and young, up and coming stars Aaron Kent and Cillian Hall, both also only 15, showed why they deserve a place on this Minor panel when they were also introduced into the game and showed a great work rate for this level. Overall this was a great squad effort and the selectors were delighted with the lads muture attitude and focus. The lads now move on to the semi final where they face Brien Dillons in a few weeks time. Well done lad

 

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U 14 Hurling Chamionship, Away to Donoughmore, Thursday July 31st

We faced Donoughmore in the opening round of the U14 Hurling championship on Thursday night and came away with a great win. We welcomed Sean Kelly back from injury for his first start this year, and he played a vital part in goal for the first half. Our defence had to be strong to keep out the opposition attacks, and Adam Kent and Peter Twomey were not found wanting with some great interventions. Daniel O’Hara dominated the game from midfield and his powerful runs lead to a number of White’s Cross scores, while Jack Stuart was on the mark from frees.  Conor Docherty, Sadiq Bakare and Luke Murphy worked hard in the half-forward line and further scores came including a fine kicked goal from Luke. We had a good lead at half-time, however we were by no means out of sight. A strong Donoughmore fightback ensued in the second half and we had to fight a rearguard action at times. However fight we did, lead by great resistance from the half back line of Jack Stuart, Jordan Bransfield and Patrick O’Hara – who not only repelled the attacks but also played some good heads-up hurling to set up the forwards. Aaron Wallace had taken over in goal and was called on to make some vital saves. Daniel continued to drive at the opposition and we tacked on enough scores to keep our noses in front, helped by good work from the new inside line of Sean Kelly, Cathal O’Flynn and Jack O’Callaghan. In the end we ran out deserving winners on a scoreline of 9-9 to 7-7. Well done to all the lads, next round Monday 11th August.

 

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