Local teams show mettle in Leinster
IN THE Leinster outdoor team events, Kilkenny have just four teams in action, Carlow have 20 and Wexford have 22, making us one of the strongest counties in Leinster.
Of the four games played versus Kilkenny, the Under-10 football team from the Castlebridge-Crossabeg Area, although winning their match very comfortably, were forced to pull out because of an error in the paperwork.
The Under-12 boys' soccer team, also from the Castlebridge-Crossabeg Area, came through their game against Urlingford. This was a close and hard-fought encounter with the sides level 2-2 at the break and level again 4-4 at full-time. Extra-time was then played and Castlebridge-Crossabeg were awarded a penalty which they converted into a goal, and they added a further goal before full-time with no reply from Kilkenny.
The full-time score was Castlebridge-Crossabeg 6, Urlingford 4, and the Castlebridge-Crossabeg goalscorers were Dion Donovan, Thomas O'Connor, Mark Doyle, Liam Evans, Paudie Casey and Joe Doyle. They will now play Bennekerry-Tinryland from Carlow in round two.
Craanford met St. Canice's/St. Mary's in the Under-11 hurling competition but failed to progress to round two. Glynn-Barntown's camogie team met Thomastown but alas were defeated.
Some round two matches have been completed and the others will be concluded early this week. The boys' Under-13 futsal team from Enniscorthy met Hacketstown on Saturday of last week in the Acro Sports Centre in Enniscorthy. The Carlow team went into the break with a 1-0 lead but Enniscorthy came right back at them in the second-half to equalise with a fine goal by Dylan McVeigh.
But in the dying minutes of the game, Carlow once again found the back of the net, and as the referee then stated that there was just 30 seconds left on the clock, Enniscorthy saw the game slip away from them.
The girls' Under-13 futsal team from Castlebridge-Crossabeg took on Graiguecullen and here the sides were level 2-2 at half-time. This was a close game with good play from both teams.
Castlebridge-Crossabeg went ahead early in the second-half and they held on to that lead to win out and earn their place in the semi-final. Sadbh McCarthy (two) and Fiona Kinsella were the goalscorers for the winning team.
Kilmore's Under-11 mixed basketball team lost out to St. Lazerian's and their Under-13 boys also went down to St. Lazerian's. The Taghmon boys' Under-16 basketball team did not fare any better as they went down 39-6 to St. Lazerian's.
Ballycanew played St. Lazerian's in the Under-13 girls' competiton and they too went the same way as all of the other basketball teams from Wexford, going down on a 68-2 scoreline.
Kilmore's Under-12 girls' footballers lost out by one point to Rathvilly in their second round match.
The Under-13 boys' soccer team from Castlebridge-Crossabeg entertained Bennekerry-Tinryland from Co. Carlow in their second round match at Curracloe on Friday evening last. The visitors went into the half-time break ahead thanks to a fine goal just before the referee blew for the interval. Try as they might, the local team could not get back into the game in the secondhalf with the visitors adding three more goals to win out comfortably.
The Under-13 boys' rounders team from the Piercestown-Murrintown Area defeated Ballon 9-3 and the Under-13 girls' team, also from Piercestown-Murrintown, defeated Ballon on a 14-1 scoreline to earn their places in the Leinster semi-finals.
The following teams are through directly to the semi-finals as Kilkenny and Carlow do not have teams: rounders Under-15 boys and girls from the Piercestown-Murrintown Area and Tintern Under-15 girls' soccer. Gorey's Under-16 hardcourt tennis team is through to the Leinster final.
The Leinster semi-finals and finals take place in Carlow on Saturday, July 7. Team winners from Wexford will play team winners from the Offaly/Westmeath/Laois section in the semis.
Games Director Jason Moran has all the details of the times and venues for these matches, so please contact him on his mobile. If teams drop out, some of these match times may change, but teams in contention will be notified.
Saturday last was a busy day in the calendar of events as the county athletic finals were held in Craanford. The rain came intermittently but did not put a damper on proceedings. Numbers competing were down on past years but still we had some very good competition in some events.
Senator Eamonn Coghlan paid a visit during the morning and was enthusiastically received, particularly by older athletes who would recall his achievements over the years. Michael D'Arcy, T.D., also paid a visit to the games as did Malcolm Byrne from Gorey, who participated in Mosney in art for a number of years.
Medals were spread far and wide with the Bree-Davidstown Area, who probably had the largest number of competitors there on the day, capturing a number of titles. The local Area, Craanford, did not fare too badly either. Full reports and pictures in the coming weeks.