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We welcome all the under 8’s teams today competing in the inaugural Pat McFlynn Tournament
It has been a long year competing in tournaments throughout the county, but today is a bit special, to keep the memory of our former GAA president in our thoughts and all the work he attributed to Tullylish GAC. It has now been a year since the passing of Pat and no greater way to remember him than to have boys and girls playing his beloved sport on his turf on a cold and windy October morning.
First up was Tullylish v ST Michaels
Game up and running and the Lish open the scoring with a great worked goal from the defence, Emmet Burns collected in midfield pumped the ball long to Harvey Breen who duly hit the back of the nett. With a strong panel the 8’s knew there was going to be changes from the side line as the tournament progressed. With good goal keeping from Thomas Mc Evoy and a strong defence line of Oliver Gracey, Diarmuid Grimley and James Webb ST Michaels were finding it tough. A further 2 points from Burns in midfield left the score 1-02 – 0-00 at half time ,
Second half got underway with some new faces introduced John Joe Casey was in the forward line and causing some trouble along with Liam Burns and Jensen Breen. Tullylish took another couple of points through Harvey Breen. Chloe Trainor came on and made some good moves to help the forward line progress with some accurate points from Casey and J Breen. ST Michaels picked off a couple points but Tullylish ran out comfortable winners.
Tullylish vs Glenn
Next up was Glenn with Ruairi McKivergan showing some good ball skills with Victoria Brownlee and Jamie Ritchie also performing well. An early score from Rhianna Breen showed the boys how to take long range scores. Emmet Burns again dominated midfield it was looking good for the lish. Another couple of points from H Breen left the score 0-3 to 0-1 at half time. Tullylish had the wind at their backs and another goal from Caoighn McKivergan left a bit of daylight between the teams ,final score Tullylish 1-3 to 0-4.
Tullyish vs Annaclone
Next up was Annaclone a big physical team but the Tullylish players were not going to pushovers. Again good goalkeeping from Thomas McEvoy and good defensive play from Webb, Alisha Breen and Liam Burns worked tirelessly in defence,with a ding dong battle in midfield the match was tight. With the Clone going in at half time with 3 points to the good. New faces were introduced in the second half with Lily Agnew ,Chloe Trainor and Victoria Brownlee being introduced. The girls and boys worked hard in a strong wind ,with some good football from Harvey and Emmet we mangrd to get a few scored but Annaclone were victorious with the final score Tullylish 0-5 to 1-6 Annaclone. Next was the draw. St Michaels drew Glenn and Tullylish drew Annaclone
St Michaels had a tough encounter with a good Glenn but ran out winners by the smallest of Margins to win the shield
The Final Tullylish vs Annaclone
Next up was the Final Tullylish had been beaten in the knockout stages by Annaclone earlier in the day so this was going to be a tough ask. The coaches would have to add extra ingredients to this Tullylish team to up the performance ,and they took to the pitch with strong words from the coaches of McKivergan,Burns and Breen. Emmet playing out of his skin, he passed a beautiful ball through to Harvey Breen who found the net with ease. Accompanying this were points coming from JJ Casey and Jensen Breen. At the back there was strong defending from Grimley Gracey and Trainor. There was great work done from Mathew McKay who worked tirelessly throughout the match, Annaclone where strong and took a couple of points half time Tullylish 1-2 to 0-2 Annaclone
There was strong words heard coming from the Lish team talk at half time that to do the club proud and go out and compete and so they did. With further scores coming from H Breen and Emmet Burns but Annaclone were not going to lie down and took a well taken goal and two points. The game was in the melting pot with minutes to go. Jamie Ritchie took a fine score but the last score was something special with a great kick from goalkeeper McEvoy, it was collected in midfield by Burns who took on two players and layed of to Harvey Breen who again only had a goal on his menu. That was it Tullylish had done it and won the inaugural Pat McFlynn trophy.
After some celebrations the presentations took place with St Michaels winning the Shield and the Cup staying in Tullylish.
A big thanks goes out to all the competitors and organising committee. To the Ladies who made and served refreshments ,also thanks to the referees and umpires on the ground who without these people these tournaments would not happen. And of course to the Tullylish boys and girls who braved the tough conditions and did thier club proud. Also a big thanks to the coaches of Martin McKivergan,Paul Burns and Adrian Breen ,who prepared the team
Pat would have been very proud of today’s tournament
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