U13 Hurlers win East Division Final
It was Sunday 11th October and our Indian summer weather set the scene in Caherlag for an East Division Hurling Final against traditional Youghal rivals, Tracton. A large contingent of Youghal supporters travelled in anticipation of a battle and, although the end score seemed otherwise, that they got. From the offset, Tracton looked dangerous with some classy midfielders and teak tough defenders but Youghal had our own stars to match and better what Tracton had on offer. Furthermore, side line tactics, introduction of a sweeper and robust support from the Tracton faithful didn’t faze the Youghal lads who went about their business with confidence and discipline. Solid defending by Brian O’Driscoll at full back and Sean O Riordan at centre back gave the necessary platform for many an attack, while Nathan Daly’s goalkeeping was flawless. Tracton's best players were stationed at midfield but with Danny Dorrian (2-6) and Cúlann Geary manning that post for Youghal, the Tracton lads never got a foothold. Up front, Conor O Neill was very solid at centre forward fielding strongly and distributing well while Tracton had no answer for Youghal's Aaron Creamer, Oisin Hill and Cian Coleman’s superior skills in front of the posts. A top notch goal by Devon O’Donoghue before half time epitomized Youghal’s tidy handling and stickwork. By half time Youghal were starting to pull away, and continued to keep their composure all through the second half. When a Tracton player received a red card for a face-guard infringement it looked like Youghal would not be denied their just rewards. Final score Youghal 6-11, Tracton 1-11. A fitting end to a great year for the Youghal u13 lads who, along with the u14s (who did so well in the Féile hurling and football competitions), after the traditional cup tour of the town, enjoyed a celebration at Club Áras hosted by the club and parents. U13 Hurling panel: Nathan Daly, Niall Sheehan, Brian O Driscoll, Evan Villis, Josh Varian, Danny Dorrian, Cúlann Geary, Devon O’Donoghue, Conor O Neill, Cian Coleman, Aaron Creamer, Oisin Hill, Ore Amosu, Micheál Breathnach, Josh Persaud, Shane Morgan, Aaron Fitzgerald, Enda Cronin and Conor Savage.
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