Four Masters GAA

Under 10’s In Monaghan

Well done to our two U10 boys football teams who took part in the John Treanor Memorial tournament in Truagh Gaels (Monaghan) today. Both teams showed great pride in the jersey and did themsleves proud with their efforts.

We entered two teams on the day, with 32 teams been split into 8 groups of 4 teams for the tournament. With the majority of clubs in the tournament only entering one team our two teams played all A teams from around Ulster. Our younger U10 team played A teams from Cootehill (Cavan), Donnaghmone (Monaghan) and Scotstown (Monaghan) in their group games. The boys lost out in all games narrowly with the ruling of goals equaling three points making a huge difference in this tournament. The younger U10 team outscored one team and scored the same amount of times as another team in their group games (as per Donegal U10 rules were points and goals are equal) but lost out due to goals counting as three points. They outscored Donnaghmone A team who topped the group by 4 to 8 but lost out with goals making the difference, the boys put in a superb second half in this game. The boys then played Truagh Gaels in the Plate quarter final,  losing out by a few points with Ethan McCrea, Odhran McMullin, Oisin Ebbs,  and Colin Downey all having brilliant games.

Our older U10 team made a great start to the tournament beating Cookstown B team and Ramor A team comprehensively. The boys then lost out to Clontibret on a scoreline of 3-3 to 1-6, with the boys having a goal dissalowed controversially and missing a number of good chances. Clontribet topped the group and went on to win the overall Cup competition in a great final agaisnt Cookstown A team. Our older U10 boys then played in the shield quarter final beating Donnaghmone A team well in a good display. In the shield semi final the boys lost out to Corduff (Monaghan) after a bad start of conceading two goals.  Despite dominating possesion for large spells and creating lots of chances the boys left themselves with too much to do as the game slipped away. The boys fought back to narrow it to a couple of points but it wasn’t to be in a rough game were frees were very hard to come by. The boys were very dissapointed afterwards as they didn’t perform to their normal level but they quickly got over this with a bus stop to the shop on the way home. Corduff went onto win the shield competition against St Pauls from Belfast.

Overall the boys had a great day against some of the best teams around Ulster and it will stand to them for the rest of the U10 season. Thanks goes to all the parents that came along today and helped out with the teams.

Report by Pauric Harvey (U10 coach)