Gaels win local derby

Co. U-12 Division 1 Hurling Final  Roscommon Gaels 1-8 St. Dominics 0-1 Despite the lobsided scoreline Roscommon Gaels and St. Dominics played out a hard-fought and very sporting under 12 hurling Division 1 final in Hyde Park on Saturday last.    Playing against the wind, Dominics started brightly in the early minutes but the excellent Gaels defence stood firm and set the tone for the rest of the match.    The opening score of the game came following good work from Patrick Clinton who fed the tightly marked full-forward Oisin Hession and with space at a premium he cleverly kicked the ball over the bar.    The Gaels grew in confidence and Jamie Bracken sent the ball across the goal and again the Gaels’ full-forward was on hand to strike brilliantly for the Gaels’ second score.    Dominics continued to work hard and were unlucky not to net in the tenth minute following good work from Eden Conron. The Gaels used the wind to their advantage and the brilliant Gearoid Egan struck over a fine point.    Further points from Egan and Hession left the halftime score Roscommon Gaels 0-5 St. Domnics 0-0.   A free from Gearoid Egan early in the second half was quickly followed by a wonderful St. Dominics point from the excellent Paul Joyce. This score lifted the Dominics players and they laid siege on the Gaels defence. Once again the Gaels backline were brilliant and two excellent saves from goalkeeper Diarmuid Mulry kept Dominics at bay. Conor Egan, Barry Mullen and Coman Browne in the Gaels’ full-back line made vital clearances at this stage of the game and as Brian Farrell took control at centre-back the tide swung again to the town side.    Conor Murray fed the quick-thinking Brian Kelly and he laid the ball into the path of Oisin Hession. Oisin’s shot was brilliantly save by the Dominics goalkeeper Kevin Joyce but the ball broke kindly to the Gaels full-forward and he kicked it to the net. This was the defining moment of the game and Dominics now had no way back. Shortly after the goal the hard-working Daire Feely was fouled and resultant free was pointed.    Dominics refused to lie down and pressed again for a score. Gaels wing-back Luke Clogher bravely blocked a Sean McGloin piledriver and drove the ball upfield. Captain Gary Kelly rose high to pluck the ball in the air and was fouled on landing. Gearoid Egan showed what an exciting talent he is by converting the free from the half-way line.    Excellent referee Andy Lawlor brought proceedings to a close and the Gaels were crowned champions on a scoreline of 1-8 to 0-1.   This final was a fitting end to the U-12 competition this year. It was a match which was sporting, competitive and extremely skilful. The Gaels won their second Under 12 title in the club’s history and it was a fitting end to this panel’s campaign, having  gone unbeaten in the competition.   Roscommon Gaels: Diarmuid Mulry, Barry Mullen, Conor Egan, Coman Browne, Luke Clogher, Brian Farrell, Enda Tully, Gearoid Egan (0-4), Patrick Clinton, Brian Kelly, Conor Murray, Jamie Bracken, Gary Kelly, Oisin Hession (1-4), Daire Feeley Subs used: Padraic Hanily, Niall Donnellan, William Clinton, Aidan Duigan and John Kennedy. St. Domnics: K. Joyce, C. Murray, M. Byrne, J. Murray, A. Dolan, P. Joyce (0-1), K. Coyle, M. McDonnell, A. Byrne, E. Conron, M. Creavin, S. McGloin, A. O’Riordan, N. Egan, J. Martin.