Moycarkey N.S. First Win in Under 11 Schools Championship by John Kirwan

Winning Team

Under 11 Roinn C Boys Football Champions 2011

It was the day of the U-11 Football County Final. This was contested between two strong teams, Ardfinnan N.S. and Moycarkey N.S.. The final took place at the Moyle Rovers GAA pitch on a wet and blustery day. The game threw in and Ardfinnan set the pace with 3 early points. Two of the points were scored due to loose marking by Moycarkey. Moycarkey finally got a score on the board thanks to a Rhys Shelly point who took his score well after a lovely pass from Brian O’ Callaghan. Ardfinnan responded with a point from close range. This was followed by another point by Rhys Shelly who scored a free after a good pass from Stephen Fitzpatrick. Ardfinnan had lots of possession and lots of chances to score but were denied by some great defensive work from Colin Hartigan, Dylan Shaw and Kyle Shelly. There was some great teamwork between Brian O’ Callaghan, Kyle Shelly and Rhys Shelly as Rhys scored another point to leave only a point between the teams. Ardfinnan’s goalie sent a long ball to midfield where they scored a magnificent point from distance. Moycarkey fought back hard and Rhys Shelly, after winning a free, then took it himself to put it over the bar. However, late into the first half, Daniel Brown passed a great ball to Rhys Shelly who raced through the opposition defence to score a great goal. The teams went in at half time with Moycarkey 2 points ahead on a scoreline of Moycarkey N.S. 1-4  Ardfinnan 0-5.

The second half began with Moycarkey having a mighty breeze against them. Ardfinnan scored first with another lovely point. Ardfinnan were very determined and when a long ball was sent down the pitch it was caught brilliantly which in turn lead to some great team work that ended in a fantastic goal. Ardfinnan were piling on the pressure now but Dylan Stapleton worked tirelessly in the Moycarkey goal. There was soem great defending by Kieran Carew who got out in front of his man and passed it to Dean O’ Brien who in turn laid it off to John Coffey. John was pushed to the ground and the free was quickly taken by Kyle Shelly who set up his brother Rhys who blasted it into the back of the net. Ardfinnan rallied almost immediately with another fine goal. Moycarkey did not drop the heads and never gave up but time was running out for them. Ardfinnan kept piling on the pressure but excellent displays from Kyle Shelly and Dylan Stapleton kept the ball out of the Moycarkey net. Moycarkey were 2 points down with the clock ticking away. Then, just a few moments later, Seán Kavanagh passed the ball to John Coffey who kicked it dangerously into the air. Rhys Shelly grabbed the ball and wasted no time in smashing it into the back of the net. Moycarkey were now a point up and did not want to lose their lead. Ardfinnan attacked and attacked but the men from Moycarkey were not to be denied and everyone put in a heroic defensive performance and at the final whistle Moycarkey had held on to win 3-4 to 2-6.

Well done to both teams, their mentors and schools for their sportsmanship and a special thank you to the referee too!

Moycarkey Team: Dylan Stapleton, Colin Hartigan, Daniel Brown, Dylan Shaw, Stephen Fitzpatrick, Kieran Carew, Kyle Shelly, Rhys Shelly (cpt), Brian O’ Callaghan, Dean O’ Brien, John Coffey and Sean Kavanagh.