8-10-2016 Eastern U 14 Football League Final
Aghada 6-12 (30) St.Vincents 3-11 (20)
On the day when we as a club buried our beloved Vice-President and life long supporter Mrs. Peggy Hennessy RIP, our U-14 footballers, played with a heavy heart in the long awaited league football final against Saint Vincents who were going for a league and championship double. The team were very aware of the contribution made by the late Peggy and her family to Aghada Gaa, and vowed to give a display of true Aghada spirit in their final game of the year.
The opening half was a close affair and both teams going at it and producing some great football, goalkeeper John Manning was finding our middle men of Neil Cunningham and energetic Conal Rooney who both gave a terrific display of football over the hour. Our centre forward Jack Colbert kicking over some great first half points, along with impressive wing back Michael Joseph Stafford were causing the Saint Vincents right wing plenty of trouble. The inside line of Ben Walsh and Eoin Motherway were fighting for every ball that was played into them and as well as kicking some scores were also putting their shoulder to the wheel and acting as defenders to pressurize the Vincents backs. At the half time whistle the Aghada team were 4 points down on a score line of 2-07 to 1-06.
The second half began with the now usual change of goalkeepers, as were blessed with two outstanding ones, as Danny McCarthy resumed his place between the posts and what an introduction to the game for Danny, as he had to call on all his goalkeeping experience to deny a certain Vincents goal. The inside defenders of reliable Donagh Collins and the consistence Dan Leahy were now playing football from the front and delivering great ball out of defence, where the fresh legged Fintan Coady and Kaelem Keane won ball after ball and Aghada’s time was on the way as some great scores were taken as 5-06 was put on the score board in the second half. The score of the match was a move with impressive wing back Sean Og O Keeffe winning the kick out and driving forward and with a number of Aghada’s forwards playing the give and go game the ball ended with scorer in chief Seamus Maloney who finished calmly to the net for one of his two goals over the hour. The game was now well and truly beyond return for Vincents as Aghada powered on to win the game by 10 points. Credit must also go to the squad players who togged out on the day and as still young enough to feature next year.
Jubilant scenes at the final whistle, as after 56 sessions of football since early February the lads landed the trophy presented by our own board member Michael Mulroy to captain fantastic Aidan Slye, who had the difficult task of marking Vincents key forward and did so excellently. A nice touch in Aidan’s acceptance speech was his thoughtful mention of the great club person the late great Mrs. Peggy Hennessy RIP.