First up was An Ghaeltacht..this was a fierce battle..with both teams locked at 2 goals apiece at half time. Greg Kelly who had a giant of of a day scored a sublime point at a tight angle after super control to seal the teams win. Darragh Powell and JJ Mooney here were brilliant with Darragh close on goal on a number of occasions. Tadgh Crowley manned the goal in this game and you could say his reflex stops and long clearances were essential to the teams success. A brilliant team performance.
Next up was Douglas from Cork City. Always a good contest when clubs from these counties meet and our lads hit the ground running as soon as the ball was thrown in..Eoghan O'Brien broke the ball on the throw in and Stephen Butler moved it into space whipped into the waiting Zach Evans who short passed it to Luke Hanrahan and doubled on it to the back of the net. The ultimate team score.That set their stall and the boys went on to lead 4 goals to none at the half. JJ Mooney, Eoghan O'Brien and Luke Hanrahan adding those. The second half saw changes to ensure all boys got equal time and more goals followed. Luke Quigley gave a relentless display in defence and Cormac Wall was at his very very best. The boys ended up with a very impressive win here of 6-1
The final game of the afternoon was against Inniscara of Cork. The boys carried the momentum into this final game and fought hard. Tired limbs and the hot sun didn't deter our guys from driving on from their earlier performances. Daniel Bryrne and Jack Morrissey were powerful hitters of the sliotar and Michael Lambert as always was a rock in defence all day. Tadgh Crowley got his chance outfield and was first to every ball that came his way and sent it to the forwards with interest every time. A superb drive by Tadgh ended with a well struck ball from the hard working JJ Mooney to rattle the back of the net. Zach Evans took a hard knock while playing in the forwards but in the true spirit of this great team just got up and on with it helping Luke Hanrahan to another goal before he finished out his day. Cormac Wall was again emence at midfield and Luke Quigley left the field of play to a deserved ovation from the crowd attending as he was arguably the player of the day. The final match of the day ended with another great win for these lads with a healthy score of 5 - 1
Well done to all the boys representing O'Loughlin Gaels well. They showed great heart and determination throughout and their efforts were rewarded with some very good results. Big thanks to Roanmore GAA for a great day. The energy the boys expelled on the field of play was carried onto the bus for the short trip back to O'Loughlins..seems like there is no slowing these guys down! Well done boys.