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1st March 2013

posted 5 Mar 2013, 15:02 by Unknown user   [ updated 5 Mar 2013, 15:11 by Mark Evans ]

U 16 Football League (1st March 2013)
St James’ 4-6 St Colum’s 2-11

On a pitch that was heavy and had little bounce and where the grass almost hid players’ boots St. James’ took maximum points in this game, their first U16 outing of the new GAA season, though it was touch and go at times in the dying minutes. Mentors Jimmy Butler, Kevin O’Leary and John Whelton will admit that numbers at this age group are very tight indeed, the panel listed below and perhaps one or two others being the best that they can wish for on any match day.

If there was work to be concentrated on in the Ardfield camp over the next few training sessions it would be in the passing department, much of which not as sharp as it could have been last Sunday, despite the between-season lay-off. High balls in to players who were already dwarfed in some parts of the field were not helping the St. James’ game however, the boys in green and gold were by far the more skilful of the two teams on the pitch.

Conor Frost had an excellent game at half-forward, constantly leaving his marker and finding the important space to feed the ball in to the full-forward line or lay back to the attacking midfield in the shape of the ever-hardworking and tower of strength that is Peter Walsh. The back-line were very efficient and ably assisted by Cian McPeake, just ahead of them.

It was Seán O’Reilly who got Ardfield off the mark in almost the first two minutes of play but he saw his well-struck penalty was pushed over the bar by the Kealkil goalkeeper. Colums notched up three points before Ardfield could reply with a Conor Frost goal and O’Reilly’s second point of the match saw the teams go in at half-time all square, 0-5 to 1-2.

St. James’ started exceptionally well in the second period of play with points from Walsh, O’Reilly and Frost and Sean White came on to score a lovely tap-in at close range following a long ball in to the edge of the square from O’Reilly. Colums replied with just a single point before James Taylor got the third St. James’ goal.

In a flurry of activity during the last quarter of the game Peter Walsh scored Ardfield’s fourth goal in a super solo effort and Seán O’Reilly clocked up his fourth point of the day. But it was the home side that finished the strongest, however their two goals and four points were not enough to catch St. James’.

Panel: Seamus O’Sullivan, Peter Whelton, Conor Scully, Alan Butler, Cian McPeake, Joseph O’Sullivan, Peter Walsh (1-1), Conor Frost (1-1), James Taylor (1-0), Jack Oates, Seán O’Reilly (0-4), Frank Meaney, Sean White (1-0).