Faughs U10s travelled the short distance to Pearse Park to take on rivals Crumlin on Saturday morning last. With little breeze, pitch in near perfect condition all was set for a class performance from the Faugh boys – the crowd attending were not disappointed.
From the off both sides were fully committed with little separating them in the initial exchanges. Patrick Evoy and Richie Hogan were strong down the middle of the pitch and managed to absorb a lot of the early Crumlin pressure. Faughs got some vital scores in the first half with fantastic skill shown by Patrick Evoy when he struck a sublime ball which rose high over the bar directly over the black spot.
Competing well in the first half throughout, all boys heeded pre-match instruction to lift the ball at every opportunity. There was little separating the teams as the referee blew the whistle for half time.
This certainly was a game of two halves with a Faughs second half performance that was something to behold. Andrew strong was magnificent in goal with long ranging puckouts executed at every turn. Cormac Keogh and Liam Foran worked tirelessly in defence and this carried through to other team players with Connor Fennell soaking up the Crumlin attack with well taken sideline cuts out of defence.
Crumlin battled hard but Patrick Evoy came up trumps again with further scores both under and over the bar as the clock ticked forward. Tom O’Connor also got in on the action with a fantastic long ranging point taken from half way just inside the sideline. He made it look easy!
Richie Hogan also penetrated the Crumlin defence many times ensuring that he also featured strongly amongst the list of scorers. Some excellent hand passing combinations were observed by the supporters reflecting the huge effort taking place at training on Wednesday evenings.
It was difficult to pick a man-of-the-match but in the end it had to go to Oran Garrigan who ensured the opposition were kept at bay. He was outstanding in attack with a total tally of four goals. Not bad for a morning’s work!
All in all the boys ran out easy winners in the end. Considering there was little separating both teams at the mid-point this was a truly fantastic overall team performance in the second half. Well done to all the players.
Team: Oran Garrigan, Andrew Strong, Cormac Keogh, Connor Fennell, Liam Foran, Patrick Evoy, Tom O’Connor, Richie Hogan.
The second game in Pearse Park was a less competitive affair, with Faughs coming out strongly on top. Moment of the match was a suberb save from Joe Fowler who moved at ligthening speed to get across the goal mouth at full stretch to even deny the opposition a consolation score. Strong performances throughout the team with all the boys winning their duels. Will Doyle’s hard work was rewarded with a couple of goals and Paul O’Connor was disappointed to have point scored from a puck out not allowed. Eoghan Sarsfield and Adrian Lynch ruled the midfield with Paul O’C and Rory Ryan snuffing out every Crumlin attack. Henry Watters Joe and Will were dominant in all positions they played ensuring a comfortable victory.