1st Year Gaelic Football: Round One
Match Report by Joe O’Donoghue and Tom O’Hara
St. Munchin’s College 4 – 6 (18)
Glenstal Abbey School 1 – 6 (9)
Parteen GAA grounds provided the venue for this titanic battle on Tuesday, the 18th of November. Glenstal Abbey School, taking to the GAA field for the first time, showed admirable courage and teamwork throughout the match, unfortunately just coming up short to a physically strong St. Munchin’s outfit in what was a most sporting encounter.
Playing with the aid of a strong breeze in the first half, Glenstal started the brighter establishing an early 2 point lead. A brace from midfielder Cian O’ Farrell followed by a sublime effort from Captain Ruairí Woodcock set the foundations for what was an excellent first half performance. St. Munchin’s began to apply more pressure as the first half progressed. Matthew Cannon, Sean Carey and Denis Hayes displayed wonderful tenacity in their hard but fair defending, setting the foundations for Aidan Booth and Taylor Gleeson to orchestrate the attack at every opportunity. The extraordinary efforts of goalkeeper Clovis Hanbury-Tenison was unquestionably the highlight performance of the first half, making a string of top quality saves to keep his side in the tie. The sides entered the break with everything to play for on a score line of 3 points to 2 in favour of glenstal.
The momentum swung sharply in favour of the St. Munchin’s outfit during the first five minutes of the second half, registering 2 goals and 1 point without reply. Despite this, Glenstal continued to show tremendous effort, led by both Darragh Butler at centre back and William Twomey at midfield. Glenstal were offered a lifeline when Aidan Booth was dragged to the ground leaving the referee with no choice but to award a penalty which was confidently dispatched by Taylor Gleeson. Further points from Booth and Gleeson were not enough as St. Munchins rallied once again, scoring two more goals. Despite a surge of pressure towards the final few minutes of the game from Glenstal, the St Munchin’s side held on for deserving 3 goal victory.
Overall, the team can take tremendous encouragement from this encounter. Coming up against the tournament favourites in the first round was always going to be a difficult challenge but the boys refused to give up. The effort, enthusiasm and energy displayed throughout the course of the game bodes well for the remaining fixtures.
1st Year Gaelic Football: Round Two
Match Report: Joe O’Donoghue and Tom O’Hara
Gaelcholáiste 1 – 0
Glenstal Abbey School 8 – 14
The second match for Glenstal Abbey’s Gaelic team was held at Boher GAA grounds. Ruairí Woodcock played the role of Captain, with Cian O’Farrell as Vice-Captain. Despite the cold weather, the team was in great spirits arriving and departing the grounds. Unfortunately for Gaelcholáiste, Glenstal were the stronger team, which was proven beyond doubt by the end of the match.
The first half started off with a bang. In the first 5 minutes, corner forward Robert McAleese scored a goal. Numerous goals and points followed, Aidan Booth, Cian O’Farrell and Taylor Gleeson getting in on the action. From then, Glenstal powered through the whole game, clearly the dominant team. Although, throughout the game, the coaches, Thomas Franklin and Brendan O’Keeffe reminded the team not to get too complacent or over-confident.
The defence held strong, only letting in one goal throughout the whole game, although, they did not see quite a lot of ball on their side of the pitch, as the ball was controlled excellently in the midfield area by Ruairí Woodcock and Cian O’Farrell.
Overall, it was a well-played game, with excellent attack and defence. A big thanks to the coaches, who devised an excellent game plan. Unfortunately, the final fixture to be played against Limerick CBS did not take place. Nonetheless, there is a strong passion for Gaelic games brewing in Glenstal Abbey School.
Mr. Thomas Franklin & Mr. Brendan O’Keeffe would like to thank and commend the First year group who conducted themselves in brilliant fashion during the competition. The players’ commitment and interest in training and in becoming better players was second to none. The support for the team provided by the supporters was super. Transition year students, Declan Floyd, Shane Butler, Jack O’Mahony & Sam McCormack, all displayed huge interest and their help in facilitating and coaching during the sessions was very valuable. Finally, thanks to all those in Glenstal Abbey School who supported the endeavour.