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Errigal Ciaran Under Sixteens Enjoy County Final Success.

Monday 08.10.2012
Team Talk Mag
Club


The under sixteen footballers of Galbally and Errigal Ciaran produced an entertaining county final on Sunday afternoon as the curtain raiser to the Power NI senior decider. There was no shortage of skill or endeavour on display from both sides with some outstanding individual performances.
However it is the ability to play together as a team and produce that little bit more than the “sum of the parts” that can make the difference in youth football particularly and so it was again in this one. Galbally looked bigger and stronger all over the field and began the game at a fierce pace. They created two great goal scoring opportunities in the opening ten minutes but missed both and failed to convert several good chances of points. They dominated possession for long periods but with the Errigal lads working like Trojans the men in blue were unable to capitalise on their territorial superiority and all they had to show for their first half dominance was two nineteenth minute points.
Errigal on the other hand weathered the storm and grew into the game with midfielder Padraig Mc Girr and wing half forward Pauric Mc Anenly stamping their authority on proceedings. These two players along with Patrick O’Neill, Simon Conroy and Niall Kelly plus goalkeeper Conor Mc Anenly were the main reasons that Errigal deservedly lifted the under sixteen title on Sunday. Pauric Mc Anenly in particular showed poise and experience far beyond his years with a masterclass of hard work, creativity and finishing. He scored 1-2 for his team but was also responsible for setting up many of his team’s best attacking moves while at the same time assisting his defence when they found themselves under pressure.
Spare a thought for a hard working Galbally team who will look back on this one and realise they just did not perform on the day. Errigal had their homework done and restricted the influence of key men Ronan Nugent, Enda Mc Garrity and Daniel Kerr and the Pearses previously high scoring forward unit just were not allowed to influence the game the way they have done in the past. Ultimately their wastefulness in front of the goals cost them dearly but hopefully they will learn from this and come back stronger next time around.
That win gave the Errigal supporters a great lift as they prepared for the senior match and was the perfect start to what turned out to be a very significant day in the club’s history. The under sixteen lads will now turn their attentions on representing Tyrone at the annual Paul Mc Girr Tournament in Dromore and we wish them well in their quest to bring further success to their club.

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