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.