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Glory for Fossa NS in Kerry Mini Sevens   08/04/2017

Fossa NS claim the first the double in the Allianz Cumann na mBunscol

GAA/INTO Mini Sevens finals


.Seventeen teams from all over the county of Kerry 

battled for top honours in tough, trying and testing underfoot

conditions in Cahersalee and John Mitchels pitches on Monday last.

Following heavy overnight rain,  some of the group games in John

Mitchels had to be played on the astro pitch while the remaining games

were played on their training pitch and the officers of Allianz Cumann

na mBunscol Chiarraí are extremely grateful to the John Mitchels

committee for accommodating us.

Aughatubrid NS , St. John’s Kenmare, Gaelscoil Aogáin and Fossa boys

battled for semi-final places and following the round robin series of

games Aughatubrid came through unbeaten to top the group with Fossa

claiming second place.

   St. Finian’s Waterville in search of their third title on the trot,

Scoil Réalt na Mara Tuath Ó Síosta, Fossa and Scartaglin battled for

supremacy and Fossa topped the group with Scartaglin taking second

place.

In Cahersalee five girls teams Glenbeigh, St. Oliver’s, the Scoil a’

Ghleanna/ Naomh Eirc/ Cill Mhaolchéadair combination, Duagh and

Listellick went head to head in the round robin series of games and

following some tremendously competitive encounters Glenbeigh topped

the group with St. Oliver’s piping Duagh and Listellick for the second

spot.

The boys group was extremely competitive with three of the four teams

losing one game to finish on equal points. Duagh defeated Gaelscoil

Mhic Easmainn in the opening game while Scoil Réalt na Mara, Cromane

accounted for Scoil an Chlocáin. Following the third game in the round

robin series Duagh, Scoil Réalt na Mara and Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn

were on equal points. Cromane came out of the hat to take second spot

in the group while Duagh and gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn had to play off

for a spot in the semi- finals. Duagh got off to a great start but

Gaelscoil fought back and led by two points as the game entered the

dying seconds but the North Kerry champions Duagh struck for a late

goal to claim the final semi- final spot.


In the girls semi finals glenbeigh got off to a tremendous start

against Scartaglin and held a comfortable half time lead. But full

credit to the Castleisland champions they fought valintaly in the

second half and fought till the final whistle but hte Glenbeigh girls

playing attractive combined football held them at bay to claim a final

spot. In the second semi- final Fossa held off a late surge from

neighbours St. Oliver’s to make their first ever Mini Sevens final.


In their semi final the Fossa boys showed all their experience and

withstood a late surge from the Duagh boys to claim a final spot.

Fossa led at the break and held a ten point lead late into the second

hald. Duagh struck for two late goals but time ran out for them and

Fossa progressed.

  The second semi final between Scoil Réalt na Mara, Cromane and

Aughatubrid was a cracker with Cromane taking an early lead and led by

a goal at the break. However the South Kerry champions notched up a

total of 1-8 to pip cromane who registered 2-4.

Boys Final.

The boys final preceeded the girls and what a final we witnessed.

Fossa were quickest out of the traps and launched attack after attack

only to be denied on at least four goals by tremendous saves from

outstanding Aughatubrid goalkeeper Kieran Corcoran.

However they eventually penetrate and by half time they had landed two

goals from Ryan O Leary and Darren Ryan. Sean Dineen, Ryan O Leary and

Darren Ryan slotted over points to give them a 2-3 to 1-3 half time

lead. Ronán Teehan was top marksman for Aughatubrid landing some

outrageous efforts to keep his side in touch.The South Kerry boys

burst into action at the start of the second half and were ahead after

the opening four minutes with two more points from the lively Ronan

Teehan a peach of an effort from Aaron Galvin and a cracker of o goal

fromAodán O Neill. Sensing that the game was slipping from their grasp

the Fossa boys upped their performances and Ryan O Leary and Sean

Dineen burst through for well worked goals. They added appoint a piece

to extend their lead but Aughatubrid fought back with a well taken

goal from Brian Quinlan. However Ryan O Leary had the final score when

he slotted over a point and Fossa claimed their first Mini Sevens

title on a final scoreline of 4-6 to 3-5. Aughatubrid N.S. Kieran

Corcoran, Aodhán O'Neill, Breece O'Sullivan, Ronan Teahan, Sam

O'Driscoll,Tómas Kelly, Brian Quinlan, Aaron Galvin, Conor O'Shea,

Tadhg O'Sullivan

  Fossa. Sam Buckley, Marc Long , Robert Brooks, Peadar Kelliher, Cian

Doyle, Ryan O’Leary, Rocco Sheehan, Seán Dineen (capt.), Darren Ryan,

Finn

Girls Final.

This was also a ding dong affair with the sides dead locked with two

minutes remaining on 2-1 a piece.Sophie dennehy opened fossa’s account

with a well taken goal and Abbie Sheahan responded with a point for

Glenbeigh. Sophie landed another goal and a point before the break to

give her side a 2-1 to 0-1 lead. Glenbeigh found it difficult to

penetrate the stubborn fossa defence and while the had their fair

share of possession secore were hard to come by.However they

recitified this at the break and mid way through the second half they

were all square thanks to well taken goals from the impressive Kacey O

Connor.But this bunch of Fossa girls rallied and finished strongly

with further goals from Alicia Burke and Sophie Dennehy to claim their

first girls mini Sevens and an historical double on a final score of

6-2 to 2-1.

 Scoil Náisiúnta Gleann Beithe

Cara Moriarty, Roisín Smith, Hollie Clifford, Lea Morris, Aoife Page,

Abbie Sheahan, Lucy Mc Mahon, Seodhla O Donovan, Kacey O Connor,

Órlaith Burke

Fossa.  Bianca Ledjowca, Charlotte O’Shea, Alison Butler, Sophie

Dennehy, Abbie Murphy, Alicia Burke, Aimee Coffey, Alanna Brady,

Méadhbh Bennett, Alicia Cummins





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