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U16 Football – Loup v ER – 6 June 2013

Eoghan Rua  v  Loup


5-9  to 1-3

This match was played in almost perfect conditions last Thursday night with just a light breeze blowing. Playing with the wind advantage Eoghan Rua set to work and with Hal McGonigle in scintillating form built up a 1-5 to 0-2 lead by half time. Hal scored 1-4 of this with Barry Daly dropping over the other one. Loup were always in the game but their shooting was letting them down however it took a point blank save from Cillian Butler to deny what looked a certain goal. A lot of credit must go also to the Eoghan Rua defense who worked tirelessly at closing men down without giving away any frees in the half.

The second half began as the first with Hal McGonigle causing havoc. Thomas Magee was having one of his best games at midfield ably assisted by Shea McLaughlin. Thomas plundered a point midway through the half with a spectacular long range effort.

Loup then hit a purple patch and added a goal when Cillian Butler saw his magnificent save come back off the post and over the line. This spurred the home team on and with some magnificent teamwork they engineered a fine Barry Daly goal. Hal added two majors to his score and when Ruairi Devine entered the fray with telling effect he was on hand to tap over the line for another goal.

Nial Brown continued to prosper in his new defensive positioning with his classy running, subtle distribution and excellent reading of the game ensuring the Loup forwards never got a foothold in the game. He was ably assisted by Connor Boyle in the fullback berth and debutant Justin Donnelly who showed great skill and coolness in wing half role.

Up front Hal McGonigle and Barry Daly were orchestrating the show well assisted by the power of James Breslin and the input of Ruairi Devine. Another debutant, Michael Weir, slotted into the corner and helped set up a number of scores for the other forwards. He can be well satisfied with his performance.

The final score was a resounding 5-9 to 1-3 victory for Eoghan Rua.



C. Butler

C Boyle, J Maguire

R Kane, N Brown, J Donnelly

T Magee, S McLaughlin

J O’Doherty, B Daly, J Breslin

H McGonigle, M Weir



H McGonigle                 3-5

B Daly                           1-2

R Devine                        1-1

T Magee                         0-1



R Devine for M Weir

A Doherty for J O’ Doherty


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