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Mayo Gaels Under 12's are Mayo Mini League Group B Champions for 2014

posted 15 Jul 2014, 07:36 by Mayo Gaels   [ updated 17 Jul 2014, 00:51 ]
In a group that included Balla, Kiltimagh, Aghamore, Eastern Gaels and all South Mayo rivals with the exception of Claremorris the Gaels came out on top. From the first game away to Davitts, where Ronya Benson lead by example, the Gaels set out their template for the year. Slow starters and behind after the first quarter in nearly all matches, the players showed great belief in each other to achieve a positive outcome in every game.
 
Jarlath Judge was outstanding between the posts with many a crucial save. Nathan McGurrin and Ruairi Henry were the backbone for all the good performances. The versatile wingbacks Cathal Prendergast, Adam Tolan, Lauren McGurrin and James Finn were surefooted in defence and started many a purposeful attack. Ruairi Keane at centre back with Jack Fallon and Ronya Benson in midfield and Ethan Henry at centre forward, formed a formidable interchangeable quartet and dominated the middle third. Up front the ever present David Quinn and Alan Brennan supported by Adam Oates, Aaron Moran, Scott Cunnane, Colum Morley, Mikey Keane and Jennifer Ruane got many of the crucial scores in the tight games.
 
The most memorable team performances were away to Ballinrobe in the third game where the Gaels were missing some important players (due to One Direction concert) and were behind for the first three quarters only to find the resolve to come back in the last quarter to win by 5 points, lead by an inspirational Ruairi Keane.
 
Kiltimagh were another team challenging at the top of the table before their visit to Abbey Park. With a powerful display at midfield they lead at the start. Ethan Henrys move to the middle to counter this challenge changed the game. His display on the day showed him to be one of the best players in the division.
 
The eagerly anticipated top of the table clash with neighbours Balla with only a couple of games remaining would ultimately decide the winners of the league. Balla with the best defence in the league and Mayo Gaels the top scorers, something would have to give. Behind for long periods, goals would prove the difference on the day with the Gaels putting more past the Balla stopper than any other team and registering 5 goals to Ballas 3. Final score Mayo Gaels 5-5 v 3-8 Balla. Nathan McGurrins display in the fullback line was key to the win.
 
This unbeaten side with 9 wins out of 9, have shown skill, determination, hard work and a never say die attitude throughout the campaign.
 
Your support would be welcomed at the final game against Shrule/Glencorrib in Abbey Park on Monday 21st July at 6.30pm.

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