On the 26th of  November Gallen CS, Ferbane took on Athlone CC in the final of the Connacht Junior Development League Final in Ballyhaunis  Co. Mayo with with Gallen CS   kicking off to Athlone CC.

Gallen  defended brilliantly  with Clive Keena stopping Athlone CC full back in his tracks with a very well timed tackle.

Gallen were awarded a penalty which Sean Flynn kicked to the  corner to put Gallen in a very good attacking position. The first half saw errors on both sides who were understandably nervous on the occasion which resulted in penalties being  conceded  by both teams.

Gallen eventually found their feet and their backs began to make some decisive and threatening attacking plays which put Athlone CC under pressure.  Athlone  came  back into the  game but with some great tackling by Aaron O Reilly, Jamie  Kelly and Lorcan Daly as well as some defensive clearances  by Sean Flynn stopped them going ahead.  Athlone CC missed a penalty on the  call of half time leaving  the game scoreless at the  break.

The second half saw Athlone start  brightly , pinning Gallen CS in their own half but the Ferbane lads held strong with  Aaron O  Reilly once again to the fore in making tackles.  After a great  run  by Luke Gavin Mangan through the Athlone defence,  Gallen were awarded a penalty which David  Nally slotted over to give Gallen a 3-0 lead. Athlone hit  back and their work was rewarded when their number 2  crashed over for a   try and converted  by their  number 12, leaving the score Gallen CS  3,  Athlone CC 7.

Aaron O  Reilly  made a great run for Gallen and earned  them a penalty which David Nally  put over to reduce the margin to just one point.

Gallen CS then got the decisive match  winning score when a great run  by Sean Flynn lead to a pass to full back Nathan Poland who dived over for the try.  Gallen were now in front and showed great  courage and determination with  Nathan Poland  later coming  close  to a second try!  Nevertheless, Gallen held on to take  the league crown.

It is worth noting that Gallen’s roll of honour at  junior rugby now reads, Connacht Junior Development Cup Winners 2013 and 2014 and now Connacht  Junior Development League winners 2014. They will now progress to compete in the Junior Cup next year.

Gallen CS  Team

Ruairi  Carroll, Griffin Dunican, David Gavin, Sean Ibbotson, Aaron O Reilly, Conor Kenny,  Lorcan Daly, Ethan Rowe McCormack, Max Feehan, Sean Flynn, Clive Keena, Jamie Kelly, Luke Gavin Mangan, David Nally and Nathan Poland. Subs –  Jason Tully, Lorcan Buckley, Oliver Cusack, Javier  Diaz.

Manager –  Mr  Steven Mc  Grath.

Athlone Community School Team

Attrio, D. Toohey, J.Garvey, O. Rocke, A. Murray, P. Toland, R. Keighery, A. Lynch, J. Nugent, T. Moody, L. Fallon, D. Gately, M. Muloony, A. Francis, S. Henry.

Thanks  to  Adrian  Hynes  TY  for  the  compilation of this article.


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