U14 Gaelic Football
Glenstal’s Gaelic football season came to a close on Thursday, May 14th. The under 14 boys took part in the Limerick County B blitz with Abbeyfeale, Hazelwood College and Askeaton the competition for the day. Three games, a total of one hundred and twenty minutes of Gaelic football, were in store for the Glenstal red and greys. Much like the Father Leahy blitz in Newbridge, Glenstal would concede the physical advantage to their opponents. Clovis Hanbury-Tenison would be the busiest man of the day with Glenstal conceding forty scores over the three matches. However, the goalkeeper must be praised for a number of spectacular saves he pulled off to prevent further damage. Clovis received the praise of many opposing coaches present as did, Tim Murphy, Jack Collins, Darragh Butler and Donagh Hyland. These boys were among some of those to impress in all three games. Glenstal themselves would record eighteen scores from nine different players.
The first game against Hazelwood College began in the worst possible fashion as Hazelwood College powered into an eight point lead scoring two goals and two points. Some controversy ensued as a number of players on both sides were booked and removed from the play for not having their gum shields. The play continued and the fourteen men of Glenstal battled against Hazelwood until, after some searching in the gear bags, the Glenstal offenders could return to the action. Hazelwood College’s big men in midfield, their centre forward and their full forward were proving difficult to contain. Glenstal replied with a goal of their own only to have Hazelwood College reply with interest. Hazelwood College would dominate the remainder of proceedings and would finish a long way ahead of Glenstal.
Glenstal Abbey School 4-4 (16)
Hazelwood College 10-10 (40)
After twenty minutes recharge, it was time to face the boys from Abbeyfeale who, of course, would be no strangers to the sport of Gaelic Football. Glenstal had some early pressure and built a number of attacks but a lack of clinical finishing in front of goal meant the scoreboard remained static. As Abbeyfeale came to grips with some of their Glenstal markers, they created, and took, some fine scores. They would lead by six points before Glenstal could muster a reply. Jonathan Doocey demonstrating accuracy with the right boot and Aidan Booth with the left from a placed ball. Abbeyfeale quenched any Glenstal fire through a rally of scores putting them seven points up at half time. Players were rotated frequently in an attempt to keep everyone going until the end and when David G. Troncoso was presented with his first chance to score, he was happy to oblige. A foot race with his marker and the oncoming goalie in the lead up before poking the ball, past the keeper, off the left-hand upright and into the net. Towards the end of the game, William Twomey landed a superb long range effort over the bar but it would be far from enough as Abbeyfeale won their second game in a row.
Glenstal Abbey School 2-3 (9)
Abbeyfeale 3-10 (19)
The final game for Glenstal would still have a significant impact on the competition. Askeaton, Hazelwood College and Abbeyfeale could all still win the competition while Glenstal could still finish second. It was an even affair for the initial moments of the game but Askeaton’s main men were creating a share of chances. Poor shooting by Askeaton meant that Glenstal were in with a real chance. However, the Askeaton boys began to settle more when shooting and thus, the radars were aligned. A goal and two points were replied to when Aidan Booth was hauled down in the square and Taylor Gleeson slotted the penalty. Askeaton added another goal and four points to open the gap to nine points. Taylor Gleeson then scored another goal before Aidan Booth defeated the Askeaton keeper with a near post strike. Askeaton applied the pressure once more to lead by six at half-time. In the second half, Askeaton kept the scoreboard ticking over while Glenstal attempted to up the intensity and work rate in an effort to turn the tide. Glenstal had some chances of getting more scores but couldn’t convert enough of them.
Glenstal Abbey School 4-1 (13)
Askeaton 5-12 (27)
Askeaton were keeping a close eye on the other game, in the hope that Hazelwood would overcome Abbeyfeale. However, it was the boys living on the Limerick-Kerry border that would win all three of their games and take home the Herbert Cup.
Panel: Aidan Booth, Andrew Breslin, Darragh Butler, Matthew Cannon, Uiseann Cooke, Jonathan Doocey, Peter Fahy, Henry Farrell, Taylor Gleeson, Clovis Hanbury-Tenison, Darragh Hanly, Denis Hayes, Donagh Hyland, Art Keane, Mark Kelly, Robert McAleese, Tim Murphy, Harry Swan, William Twomey, Ruáirí Woodcock, Marcus Esmonde, Jack Collins, J.D O’Dea, Adam White and David G. Troncoso.