Michael Glavey's under 12 victory


The Roscommon U-12 Division 2 League Final replay provided some outstanding fare in Castlerea on Saturday afternoon - Nov 6th - before Michael Glaveys edged home over Western Gaels on a scoreline of 2-13 to 2-10 in a match that again went to extra-time.When the teams met in Hyde Park two weeks earlier, they finished level at 2-7 to 1-10. The scene was thus set for a rousing replay and neither team disappointed as they gave a wonderful display of inventive football in a highly sporting encounter.Western Gaels were two points up at halftime but fell three point as Glaveys surged into the game on the restart. In the end, however, it took a point by Andrew Glennon to bring the match into extra time.Glaveys regained the initiative to go three ahead at the interval in extra time but Western Gaels showed true spirit in battling back to secure the equalizer with two minutes to play. Then came the winning goal from Killian Fitzmaurice as Glaveys celebrated a famous win and Western Gaels hearts were broken in the drama of the closing moments.

This was a game that both teams can be very proud of and one which provided splendid entertainment for the followers of both teams. The goal scorers for Glaveys were Killian Fitzmaurice and Thomas Gallagher. The return of Stephen Comer, who was out of the first game through injury, proved a huge bonus for Glaveys and he had an excellent game, notching five points in the process.The Glaveys backs were exceptionally strong and needed to be to cope with a lot of pressure by the Western Gaels attack. The player of the match award went to Finbar Cregg from Western Gaels who gave an outstanding performance on the day.

The victorious Glaveys team was managed by Padraig Beirne, Liam Browne, Michael Kelly and James Hussey.

Players: Ryan Cummins; Cathal Kelly, Damien Burke, Dara Burke; Conor Hussey, Shane O’Malley, Michael McDonnell; John Finan, Gerard Fagan; Andrew Glennon, Thomas Gallagher, Gary Patterson; Killian Fitzmaurice, Michelle Neenan, Stephen Comer. Subs used: Brian Neary, Amy Brady, Seamus Burke

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