Seamrógaí an Iúir Ian McKeown Memorial U8 (P3/P4 Football Tournament
Tullylish U8s triumphant and win the Ian McKeown Memorial Plate.
Tullylish U8’s travelled to Pairc Esler for the last tournament of the season and with 20 teams competing for three trophies it was a very competitive tournament.
Tullylish’s first match against Bryansford was an exciting game to watch and Tullylish displayed a brilliant defensive display with great saves from Owen Corbett and a tight well structured defence, however even with two top drawer points from Conor Egan Tullylish were narrowly beaten Tullylish 0-3 Brysanford 1-1.
Tullylish’s second match against Kilcoo was again a tight end to end game with Tullylish showing all the qualities of an experienced and well drilled team. The match had everything you would expect from a good gaelic match with even a penalty against Tullylish which Owen Corbett saved effortlessly, however Tullylish could not get a break and again were beaten by the narrowest of margins Tullylish 1-1 Kilcoo 1-2.
Tullylish’s last game in the group stages was against Killeavy and with two tight defeats in a row the young players were tried could not raise themselves to the challenge of a very skillfull Killeavy and the match ended Tullylish 0-1 Killeavy 1-4.
Tullylish then moved into the knock out stages and after a break and a few changes in the teams line out Tullylish faced Glassdrumman and Tullylish went up a gear and went on a score fest. A revived and rampant Tullylish showed all it best qualities and racked up its highest score of the season Tullylish 5-6 Glassdrumman 1-1.
Tullylish then faced the home team Newry Shamrocks B in the final of the Memorial Plate. Tullylish then played its toughest game of the season against a well drilled and hard hitting blanket defence but in the end they were the best team on the day and the score ended Tullylish 3-2 Newry Shamrocks B 1-3.
Tullylish can thank its success to an immense team effort and some outstanding performances from the spectacular goal keeping from Owen Corbett in the group matches. The top notch scoring from Harvey Breen with a personal tally of 4 goals, the superb defensive display and scoring ability from Owen Campbell at crucial times throughout the day, to Louie Hill’s great competitive midfielding in winning the ball and driving forward and feeding the forward lines, to the rigid defence displayed by Brogan McClumskey, Emmet Burns, Jack Dee and Ordhrán Conlon who stood up and showed they metal in some of the most bruising encounters this year. To Alisha and Harvey Breen who broke the hearts of the Glassdrumman defense when they played off each other and racked up the best score of the season, to Taylor Breen who though unwell played bravely in midfield for the first couple of games until he was unable to play on, to newcomer Lorcan Lavery who got stuck in when brought on for his first competitive tournament, to wee Naill Corbett who narrowly missed a goal from a hard won free kick, to Emmet Burns sharp precise goal kicking in the last two games and lastly to the super subs of Caoimhin and Ruairí McKiverigan and Liam Burns.
Tullylish U8’s ended their season on Saturday on a high and finally got their just rewards this year with silverware at Newry which finished off a very hard fought season.
The Tullylish U8’s coaching team would like to thank the monumental effort of the players this year and all the parents who travelled and supported the team week in and week out and hope to see them next season. The coaches would also like to mention to Aileen Burns for all her support and hard work with the warm ups, her water duties and her supervising skills.
The team squad included Harvey Breen, Alisha Breen, Taylor Breen, Caoimhin McKiverigan, Ruairí McKiverigan, Liam Burns, Emmet Burns, Owen Corbett, Naill Corbett, Owen Campbell, Louie Hill, Conor Egan, Ordhrán Conlon, Brogan McClumskey, Jack Dee and Lorcan Lavery.
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