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Inny Gaels Under 16 Final

Inny Gaels made the better start to the
game but failed to convert some early
scoring chances. The first score eventually
came through a well worked Inny Gaels' move
that finished with Rory Gibney scoring a
point from play. This seemed to steady the
Gaels and full forward Don Mullen quickly
followed  with 1-1 to give Inny Gaels an early
5 point lead.

Under 16 Champions

However despite trailing on the scoreboard Bru na Boinne had plenty of possession and were rewarded with a goal to reduce the arrears. However, it was Inny Gaels who went on from there with Nathan Doyle converting a free kick to add another point to the Gaels tally. Don Mullen has been notching up the scores throughout this campaign and added a further 3 points giving him a 1-4 total for the first half. Hard working midfielder Ciaran Foley then added another point for Inny Gaels. Bru na Boinne managed to score 3 more points before Brian Gibney slotted over to give a half time score of 1-8 to 1-3 in favour of Inny Gaels.

The second half saw Bru na Boinne coming back strong and soon reduced the lead with a brace of points from play. Inny Gaels replied with points from Don Mullen and Nathan Doyle. Then a pivotal point in the game was reached when Bru na Boinne was awarded a 45. The ball was sent at pace towards the Inny Gaels goal and found its way passed a crowded goal mouth and all the way to the back of the net. There was now only the minimum between the two sides and Bru na Boinne was in the ascendency. However, from the resulting kick out Inny Gaels got possession in the middle of the park and some fantastic first touch football saw Nathan Doyle, Don Mullen and Stephen Browne carve open the Slane defence and Mullen made no mistake in finishing to the back of the net.

To Bru na Boinne's credit they didn't cave in and came back with 3 more points to reduce the lead to just two points and about five minuets left on the clock. Then Inny Gaels had

had a chance to kill off the tie when Rory Gibney broke free of the Slane defence and had a one -on -one with the keeper but the ball ran agonisingly just wide of the upright. Bru na Boinne went on the attack immediately after but again failed to convert possession into scores. With only two minuets left to play Don Mullen won possession on the forty and picked out Rory Gibney with a diagonal pass. Gibney cut through the defence and made no mistake this time finishing superbly to the bottom right hand corner of the net and in doing so made sure that Inny Gaels were crowned champions on a final score line of  Inny Gaels 3-10 Bru na Boinne 2-8  

Ciaran Plunkett was busy in the Inny Gaels goals and his handling of the high ball was crucial in defending off the Bru na Boinne attackers. Padraic Plunkett was very impressive in the full back line and along with Michael Flood formed a solid rearguard. The half back line of Luke Nolan, David O Reilly and Niall Grall were solid throughout with O'Reilly particularly strong in the middle. The midfield pairing of Nathan Doyle and Ciaran Foley put in a trojan afternoon's work against a vey strong Bru na Boinne midfield with both players also contributing scores on the day.  Inny Gaels were very strong on the wings with the Gibney cousins Brian and Rory in excellent form along with Karl Kiernan in the middle. Upfront Don Mullen does what Don Mullen normally does, he gives you scoring power and ended with a personal tally of 2-5 on the day. Jason Kerrigan was substituted in the first half and was replaced by Stephen Browne.

Commenting during the presentation, County Board Secretary Barney Allen said it was one of the best games of football seen in Navan for some time and anybody luckily enough to be there would agree. It was a game befitting of head quarters and it was great to see a Division 6 game being played at Pairc Tailteann as it certainly added to the whole occasion.

A lot of credit must go to both sets of players and their mentors.

Inny Gaels Scorers: Don Mullen 2-5, Rory Gibney 1-1, Nathan Doyle 0-2, Ciaran Foley 0-1, Brian Gibney 0-1

Inny Gaels Team:

C Plunkett, P Plunkett, M Flood, L Nolan, D O'Reilly, N Grall, C Foley, N Doyle (Capt) B Gibney, K Kiernan, R. Gibney, J. Kerrigan, D Mullen.

Subs Used: S Browne for J Kerrigan

Subs: K Manning, S Peyton, R. Reilly, D. Connell, A Segarty,

Mentors: G Plunkett, E Campbell, D Manning, P Mullen

 

Newsflash

Congrats to former player and secretary Shane Brody and his lovely wife Sarah on the birth of their son Senan.