Shane Devlin memorial tournament 2014
Tullylish U-10’s went to Glenn on Saturday morning hoping for similar circumstances to last year when they reached the final but were piped at the post by a very strong Saval team. This year coach Sean McCartan was quietly confident and had a plan up his sleeve.
The panel was Shea Fitzpatrick ,Emmet Burns ,Brogan Mc Comiskey ,Harry Agnew,Taylor Hadden ,Eoin Corbett, Tony McCartan, Conor Egan, Louis Hill ,Anthony McAtmney, Shea Molloy ,Aoife Campbell, Alisha Breen , Jack Dee, Eoin Campbell ,Harvey Breen ,
With the tournament based on 9 a side and 3 subs ,Sean knew he would be rotating his panel ,with everybody being involved and getting football.
We were up against Newry Bosco who were a strong outfit, scores were traded and at half time it was level. Tullylish came out very strong in the second half with points coming from E Campbell, Louis Hill ,Shea Molloy, it opened up a cushion for us and we run out winners.
Next up was a strong Glassdrumman team. Tullylish were first on the scoreboard with a fine point from Tony McCartan who was dominating in the middle of the field. Glassdrumman then found their form and rallied back but with James Webb, Brogan McComiskey and Harry Agnew creating a solid defensive set it would take something special to beat them. Half time came with Tullylish were up by 1 point. Again another few changes made by the coach with rotating goal keeping duties between Shea Fitzpatrick and Emmet Burns ,
It was now the turn of Eoin Corbett dominating in the full forward line with a few nice scores ablely assisted by Harvey Breen who was missing nothing ,Tullylish pushed on with a 2 point win over a good Glassdrummond team.
Next up was a repeat of last years final, the mighty Saval, this was going to be tough one. The match was up and running with Taylor Hadden in the middle of the park, fielding some high catching football. Conor Egan showed good form up front and taking a nice point and Alisha Breen was also causing some trouble for the Saval defence. Our own defence weren’t making it easy for Saval with Jack Dee showing great form in the back line.
Half time and Saval were 2 points up. the Lish started the second half well with Harvey Breen taking a nice point ,also Emmet took a nice point from distance. However, Saval were strong and ran out winners by 2 points ,
Next up was St Michaels in the semis this was a physical encounter and the coach decided to go for broke ,with scores coming from Aoife Campbell ,Tony McCartan Louis Hill,and the 2 Eoin’s. Tullylish were dominant with Shea Molloy being outstanding in the middle of the field. St Michaels didn’t now what had hit the them, Tullylish never conceded a point in the first half.
Second half underway the lish were still dominating and Tullylish ran out easy winners with 8 points to spare ,this was great performance.
Next up Guess who Saval ,yes a repeat of last years final ,
Game up and running with the defence in control ,this was going to be a big ask but the boys and girls of Tullylish were up for the challenge. The ball was driven low and hard and a great save from young Emmet Burns who was badly hurt in the process and unfortunately had to replaced. In goal now was Shea Fitzpatrick who with the long range kick outs was finding the forward line and Tullylish were trying everything to try and penetrate the physically strong Saval defence Harvey Breen tried every trick in the book. However going in at half time Saval lead by 2 points ,
The coach had given the boys and girls instructions and out they came for one final push with back line holding on as best as they could. But this was a good, well disciplined and physical Saval team. James Webb made some great blocks brave and courageous Brogan and Harry give it everything ,with Big Tony Helping out as much as he could which brought Louis to the middle of the field to pump the ball into the two Eoins who working tirelessly but as last year we come up short. We were beaten by a very good team.
The boys and girls lined up to collect their runners up trophies which they worked very hard for and richly deserved.
This was a good tournament to be involved with and thanks must go out the Glenn Club for a very well run tournament and thanks to Saval who were very modest in their achievements winning back to back titles. Also thanks to the parents who helped us promote the club in a very dignified manner and a quick thanks to Adrian Breen and Justin Hill ,and to the coach Sean McCartan for taking the team to this tournament and competing at this level.