Four Masters GAA

Under 8 Boy’s Cup success in Ardara

Under 8 Boy’s enjoy Cup success in Ardara

The U8 boys travelled to Ardara with three teams  last Saturday to take part in the annual Tomas Maguire Memorial tournament.  After twelve games of football , the boys  did our club proud with some fantastic displays and managed to take home two cups in the process.  The third team, captained by Shay O’ Sullivan got off to a flying start with a hard fought win against a skilful Glenswilly.  Goalkeeper Jamie Curristan launched numerous attacks with his pin point kick outs whilst Daire Dunlevy was rock solid at the back. Matthew Taylor made some terrific blocks and Rian Mc Callig was a constant thorn in the Glenswilly  defence. In game two, the Masters faced a dangerous Buncrana side and only for a fast start from the boys in blue this game could have gone either way. Daniel Monaghan had a stormer in this game covering every blade of grass and he was ably assisted by Eoin Mc Groarty who repelled  dangerous Buncrana attacks. Cathal Quinn showed his potential winning a lot of ball in the forward line and laying it off to his fellow team mates. With a 3-0 victory the boys progressed to the Cup final where they met a determined Dungloe team. From the off the boys rose to the occasion led by captain fantastic Shay. Ronan Meehan and Caolan McMullin were also outstanding, with Ronan controlling midfield and Caolan scoring some brilliant points to claim the Cup on a scoreline of 9-2 despite the best efforts of a gallant Dungloe team.

The second team captained by Conall Parsons produced some great performances in their group, defeating Buncrana (7-5), Naomh Mhuire(9-3) and Letterkenny Gaels (8-2)to top the group and reach the Cup semi-final. Justin Anderson was outstanding  in goals and was well protected by the tight marking Aaron Perry and Dylan Mc Hugh. Senan Gallagher and Dylan Dullea were dominant at midfield feeding the ball to Tom Erskine, Max Irwin and Noel Lorinyenko who kept the scoreboard ticking over.  In the semi final Four Masters met a strong Glenswilly side who , despite the best efforts of Conall  and Senan, managed to pull away in the second half to win 6-2. This was a great showing by the boys and the experience will only help them  improve.

The first team had a similar path as the second team to the semi final defeating Buncrana 7-4, Naomh Mhuire 8-2 and Letterkenny Gaels 9-4. The team had a very even spread of strong performances in the group stage with clever kickouts from Noah Kennedy launching attacks which often ended in scores. At the semi final stage, the boys had a titanic battle with a talented Glenswilly side, just edging them out in the last minute to win on a scoreline of 7-6. The Cup final pitted the lads against local neighbours  Aodh Ruadh, Ballyshannon.  Both teams gave their all in a fast and entertaining match and in Dylan Byrne and Cameron Crawford, the Masters had two excellent defenders blocking numerous shots on goal from their opponents. Iarla Cassidy and captain Jay Cullen were outstanding with the captain bravely playing on after receiving a bad injury at the start of the second half. Daire O’ Donnell wore his shooting boots in the final , firing over four points in total whilst Brandon Armstrong was equally potent , finding his range on numerous occasions. Senan Gallagher made a fantastic block in injury time to ensure that the Cup would end up in the boy’s hands. Well done to all the teams on a great day of football and great credit goes to the Ardara GAA club for a very well organised tournament. Jay Cullen was delighted to accept the Tomas Maguire Memorial  Cup from the Maguire family on behalf of his team and we hope this will inspire the group to more success in the future. Thanks also to all the coaches and parents who attended the tournament .