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October 2nn Juvenile Update.   02/10/2017

Macroom G.A.A. Club, Juvenile section, October 2nd Update. Photo; Macroom U-16s, County Finalists.


The juvenile section would like to congratulate the Premier Intermediates for qualifying for the Division 2 League final and thereby promotion to Division 1.

We would also like to congratulate Bobbie Dwyer on his appointment as Cork Minor (U-17) Football Manager for 2018, and to wish him every success. 

Match Reports:

U-16s: Under 16s’ final ends in disappointment.

The U-16s played Ibane Gaels (Barryroe/Timoleague) in the P2 final in Kilmichael on Sun. 1st of Oct. Macroom faced a stiff breeze and were in trouble early on. Ibane were good and they raced into a 7 point lead, and then added a goal. Macroom’s only reply was a Bradley O’Shea point and at half-time Macroom trailed by 0-1 to 1-12. Re-adopting the orthodox formation on the turn-over, Macroom started with more urgency and scored 2 points. The badly needed early goal did not materialise. Ibane re-asserted control and finished well ahead by 3-15 to 0-6. The ball did not run kindly for Macroom and the slow start gave them an uphill struggle. All the boys tried very hard but it was not their day. The players and mentors did very well all year, and it was very disappointing not to perform to their high standards on the big day. Beidh lá eile acu.    

U-14s: Macroom hosted Ballinhassig before a big crowd in the Group championship semi-final on Sat. in the Castle Grounds, and 27 togged. The match was a tight tense affair with scores scarce. The visitors went 2 points up and Seán De Lacey got one back for Macroom. Ballinhassig then added a goal to go 4 points clear. Macroom responded with a Ben O’Connell goal and another point from Seán, to leave the match tied at 1-2 each at half-time. Hopes were high as not having played well, Macroom were on level terms. On the change over the game resumed the same pattern. A highly competitive game, with many mistakes and misses, maintained the tension and stress was etched on mentors’ and spectators’ faces alike. After the break Ballinhassig got the first score. Macroom scored the next 2 points through Kieran Doody and Seán again, to edge ahead with 10 minutes to go. Then Ballinhassig levelled and went ahead again by a point. Macroom replied with a point and once more the scores were even. Scoring opportunities on both sides were lost but the Carrigdhoun boys notched 2 late points to claim victory in a gripping encounter. The hearts of the Macroom players, mentors, parents and supporters were broken and tears flowed. Macroom had given its all and it wasn’t quite enough. Huge credit is due to both teams for playing with great courage, heart, tenacity and skill and the Macroom lads can be very proud of their efforts. Features of the game were the excellence of Macroom goalie, Darragh Neville and Kieran Doody’s excellent second half point. The final score was Macroom 1-5 to 1-7 for Ballinhassig.

U-10s: In the final league fixtures on Sat. 20th Sept. in Brinny, despite tough conditions, Macroom had a great morning of football. They lost narrowly to Nemo in their first game and, with an improved performance, some late scores secured a good win over Éire Óg. The lads can be very happy with their league performances this year; they played some top class opposition and had a number of fine wins. Huge improvements have been made by the entire panel.


U-9s: They travelled to Castlehaven on Friday night and played well under lights. They were very grateful to their hosts for providing food afterwards.

U-7s/U-8s: 32 boys travelled to play Dr. Crokes in Killarney on Sat. 30th. They dined out in McDonald’s and were excellent ambassadors for the club. Concubhar Murray led the sing-song on the bus home. 

U-6s: They travelled to play Kilmurry on Sun. 1st and had an enjoyable time and played some great football.  They will train next Sat. and will finish their season with a match against Canovee the following week-end.

This Week:

Sat. 7th: U-12 Blitz – first of 2 week-ends - in Tom Creedon Park; it runs from 12 to 1.30.

Sat.7th: Training will take place for various age groups at usual times.

Sun.8th: Juvenile section Fund-Raising Family Walk. It begins at 12 noon from the Castle Grounds, goes to the Weirs and returns to the Pavilion. Light refreshments will be served afterwards. Please support.

After that:

Club U-14 and U-10 Blitzes in October under lights in the Castle Grounds.

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