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2014 - Under 14's

New-look Under-14's Dig Deep For Victory

Thursday, 20 March 2014 09:31
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A much-changed Urhan Under-14 outfit travelled to Enniskeane on Sunday to take on Ahan Gaels and put in a sterling second half to claim the points.
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On the biggest pitch in West Cork, it took both teams some time to adjust and early chances were few and far between. When the scores came, they fell to Ahan Gaels - a tenth-minute goal that gave Ger Dunne no chance was followed up by a point two minutes later, and it was clear that Ahan had some fine footballers in their ranks. They looked particularly dangerous in the half-forward line and Urhan were put to the pin of their collar in their efforts to stem their attacks.

The duels back there were fascinating and there were signs that the Urhan backs were getting on top. Ger Dunne’s handling was excellent in goal, the full-back line were solid to a man and Daniel Elphick was dominant at centre-back. At centre-field the tireless Ciarán O’ Sullivan was competing well, while the equally hard-working Jamie O’ Neill was pulling the strings.

The visitors had also broken up the field a few times, but it wasn't until the nineteenth minute that they put the scoreboard operator to work, when Jamie O' Neill's free opened their account. From the resulting kick-out, Urhan drove again and Ronan O' Shea floated over a right-footer from the left-half forward position. Ronan repeated the feat four minutes later with a carbon-copy effort.

With the lead down to a point, Ahan rallied again. While possession was split evenly between it was Ahan who made theirs count – three points in the six minutes before the short whistle opened up a gap.

Half-time: Ahan Gaels 1-04 Urhan 0-03.


Much like the first half, the second started tentatively, a Jamie O’ Neill free woke up the scoreboard operator twelve minutes in. He would be busy thereafter. Three frees in the next five minutes from the same boot had Urhan level. They were now transformed. Stephen O’ Shea powered into the game on one wing, Joe O’ Shea was well on top on the other. At centrefield, Urhan were now picking up the lion’s share of the breaks and using them wisely. Urhan’s full-forward line were also getting into it, while the half-forward line was showing better, Micheál Shea playing a steady and sensible game on the right.

The run of frees was broken in the forty-seventh minute with a gorgeous citeóg strike from wide on the left, Jamie O’ Neill once more the scorer. Urhan’s lead didn’t last long, however, as Ahan got their first score of the game with six minutes to go to draw proceedings level again.

Both teams kicked on, but Urhan kicked harder. Three attacks on the home goal could only produce three wides as the game entered the final minute. When the deadlock was broken, it more or less had to be Jamie O’ Neill that managed it. Hard work by the forwards in closing down Ahan’s backs led to a turnover, the ball was fed back to Jamie, who duly obliged.

The lively Ben O’ Sullivan and impressive substitute Ryan Crowley tagged on insurance scores. Ahan needed a goal, but Urhan’s backs held firm. The whistle went on a hugely entertaining game between two fine footballing sides. Congrats to both teams.

Final score: Ahan Gaels 1-5 Urhan 0-11.

Urhan: Ger Dunne; Evan O’ Sullivan, Shane Elphick, Alan Elphick; Stephen O’ Shea, Daniel Elphick, Joe O’ Shea; Ciarán O’ Sullivan, Jamie O’ Neill; Micheál Shea, Darragh Hanley, Ronan O’ Shea; Ben O’ Sullivan, Aidan O’ Shea, Daniel O’ Reilly.

Subs: Cian Crowley (inj.), Ryan Crowley for Daniel O’ Reilly, Eamon Lyons for Joe O’ Shea, Paul McCarthy for Ben O’ Sullivan, Eamon O’ Shea (inj.), DJ Sheehan for Aidan O’ Shea.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 March 2014 09:41

A's and Under-14's In Double-Header This Sunday

Thursday, 13 March 2014 10:34
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An attractive double-header is on the cards for Urhan this Sunday in Enniskeane with two of our teams in action.
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