Friday we made the trip to Athea in the second round of the west minor championship. This was our first game since the break and with holidays now to the fore we missed many players however we showed great strength in depth by not only having a strong side but leaving the game behind us. Athea started strongly and rattled some early scores however we grew into our task with Jack and Daniel Hayes (not brothers) using the ball very well and ensuring that the ball linked well from defence to attack. Darren Kearns also began to show his worth while Cormac Woulfe at full back ensured that we drove out with the ball and was teak tough in the fullback line. With Tadhg O Connor at win back we won many kick out and with his strength and strong running both himself and Niall O Connor (these are brother) cause great bother for the Athea back line however our final pass was to be the one that let us down with the goal at our mercy. Jake Power was also to the fore with his pace proving difficult to deal with. The suprise of the game was Arron Rothwell who started in the unusual position of corner forward but as a normal corner back he still showed an eye for goal helping himself to a goal. At half time we led by five points feeling quite happy however the Athea onslaught came and we were now under pressure. We managed some points from the boot of Oisin Finuance and Darren Kearns however Athea were in full swing. A penalty was awarded against us for a tough but perhaps unfair shoulder by Conor Sheehan however we manged to gather ourselves with Jamie Mullane at center back leading the way. Drama soon followed when the ref somehow managed to awarded a second penalty must to the wonder of everyone in the field. Jake Power now growing into the game went on a powerful run and rocked the athea net with a wonderful goal It was expertly put away however with the final whistle upon us we mounted one last attack to level the game and we worked a free. With the last kick of the game we had to score only to see the ball sail wide much to the heart break of the players. It was a tough pill to swallow however we can take great pride in the team performance and with a few returning bodies we can drive on again with our next game on the 20th July.
Jack Lane Killian O Donnell Cormac Woulfe Conor Sheehan Tadhg O Connor Jamie Mullane Daniel Donovan Jack Hayes Daniel Kearns Niall O Connor Daniel Hayes Jake Power Oisin Finuance Dean Cooke Arron Rothwell Tadhg Shanahan