17.06.2017 – Boys U10s – Community Games Ulster Champions
Semi-final – St Patrick’s Cavan 7-13, Donegal’s Glenswilly 2-03
In overcast but warm conditions St Pats started off their scoring in the first minute with a point from Faolan Graham. After the kick-out the ball came quickly back down field and the first goal of the game came from Paddy Brides in the second minute. This was followed by two points in quick succession by Ordhan Lee. Killian Reilly gave a great pass into Ordhan in the 4th min for St Pats’ second goal. Charlie Fallon took another great pass from Killian to pop over another point in the 7th minute. As the second quarter started the St Pats lads kept their heads. A converted free from Conor Doyle a minute and half in was followed quickly by a long-range kick and a point for Paddy Brides. Jamie Lovett added a lovely point and again some fantastic catches by Paddy Brides saw another long-range point. In the last minute of the 2nd quarter Ordhan Lee stuck it in the back of the net yet again. At the start of the 3rd quarter the sun breaks through and the “heat is on”. Charlie Fallon takes a shot on goal but it was a great save from Glenswilly. 6mins in and Killian Reilly pops over a point, followed by 2 lovely points from Faolan Graham and Jamie Lovett. In the last minute of the quarter St Pats finished with a superb point by Lashawn Lombard. The last quarter the lads could see the finish line. Lashawn Lombard opened the scoring in the second minute by rattling the net. Conor Doyle converted a well-earned free in the 3rd minute. Five minutes gone and Thomas Gilsenan was put under pressure in the goals but he stopped it on the line. The ball came up the field and Conor Doyle was there, ready to add a goal to his tally. The last 30 seconds they were still pushing hard. Faolan Graham passed to Paddy Brides and he buried it in the net to finish out a very convincing win.
Final – St Patrick’s Cavan 6-06, Clontibret 2-08
The first quarter started off very quiet for the St Pats lads with only one point coming from Ordhan Lee. The backs were put under serious pressure by the Clontibret forwards but these were kept under control with great defensive displays from Darragh Gilsenan, Killian Reilly, Faolan Graham and Finn Crowe. A pep talk from John Gilsenan, Packie Graham and Philip Clarke during the break and the boys came out fighting. Samuel Clarke and Leshawn Lombard took control at midfield, laying off the ball to end with a whopping goal from Ordhan Lee in the first minute. It took six minutes before they scored again with a point from Cian McConnell. A free in front of goal in the 9th minute and Ordhan converted. The 3rd quarter and the lads really had their heads up now. Paddy Brides gave a great pass to Ordhan a minute in and he rattled that net again. Paddy Brides put another point on the board in the 3rd minute. Faolan gave a super pass to Paddy a minute later and he buried it in the net. The net was struck again when Lashawn saw Paddy was free and gave a fantastic pass. In the last minute of this quarter Ordhan finished with a point. Heat and exhaustion were beginning to show but they overcame it and went into the final quarter with the All-Ireland finals in sight. Charlie Fallon banged in a goal in the 4th minute. St Pats found the back of the net again six minutes in. You could hear the Cavan crowd now. The final score of the game came from Ordhan with a point in the last minute. Victory for an elated bunch of lads.
It’s not just about the names on the score sheet. The winning of these games took the effort of every last one of the 16 boys. Each of them played their hearts out and are worthy Ulster Champions. They played so well as a team. Congratulations to Thomas Gilsenan (Killygarry), Darragh Gilsenan (Killygarry), Samuel Clarke (Cavan Gaels), Finn Crowe (Cavan Gaels), Lashawn Lombard (Butlersbridge), Killian Reilly (Killygarry), Conor Doyle (Cavan Gaels), Charlie Fallon (Killygarry), Paddy Brides (Killygarry), Faolan Graham (Butlersbridge), Ordhan Lee (Butlersbridge), Darragh McDonald (Cavan Gaels), Jamie Lovett (Killygarry), Caolan Maguire (Butlersbridge), Divine Imade (Cavan Gaels), Cian McConnell (Butlersbridge) along with their mentors, John, Packie and Philip.