Final Woe for the Lads
U16 boys came up short in the championship final against strong favourites Loughinisland at the weekend. A large crowd from both clubs enjoyed an end to end encounter with the victors’ composure in front of the posts proving to be the difference. A good start from Saul put them two up before the Island got started, but a point and a goal after a defensive slip certainly settled any nerves they may have had. A fine goal from Devlin gave Saul the lead again, but it was the last time in the game this was to be the case. A point and a goal in reply regained the lead and in spite of further points from O’Hare and Fitzsimons, it was not enough due to another three goals in the half, giving Loughinisland a lead of seven at the break.
McComiskey opened the scoring in the second half with a lovely long range score, but the quality of the opposition meant that each score was matched and the game was becoming much more cagey now, with both sides working hard to stop the attacks reaching the goals. Great defensive work from Burns, Harney and Maguire kept the score down. Up front it was as tough an hour as O’Hare, McGrath, Doran, Devlin and Fitzsimons have had all year. Eventually time ran out and the final score of Loughinisland 4-11, Saul 1-14 was somewhat harsh on the lads, but as the old saying goes, goals win games! Congratulations to Loughinisland on their win.
Squad: Dylan Connolly, Rhys Cunningham, Niall Maguire, Matthew Murray, Shane O’Hare, Aodhán Harney, Philip Doran, Declan McComiskey, Ruari O’Hare, Oistin Devlin, Ben McGrath, Ronan Connor, Jack Fitzsimons, Lorcan Burns, Patrick Tumelty, Odhran Murray, Naoise O’Hagan, Justin Magilton, Sean Fitzsimons, Luke Boyd, Cathal Kinsella, Odhran Magee.
Thanks to all the lads for their work this year. They are a great bunch and with a little bit more commitment from some, they have the potential for better days ahead. Management have enjoyed a year that shouldn’t be just judged on one game, but on the progression the whole squad have made. We are very proud of you all and look forward to seeing you develop even further next year.
Thanks to all of our sponsors who ensured that the boys were well kitted in their new training jackets for the final and to the great support in Drumaness. Go raibh mile maith agat.
Next final is U14 girls this Saturday. We are still waiting on venue and time, so keep an eye on club website and Facebook during the week.
Lets get out and support the girls!
U13 Boys had a great physical competitive game on Sunday away to Downpatrick. With a depleted and young team they all battled hard but unfortunately the stronger players from the opposition were more accurate with the chances they created.
With other teams in the group taking points from each other the young Saul lads still have a great chance to improve their league position over the next few weeks. Next up is an away match to Carryduff. Details of match will be texted out later in the week.
Time to update your diaries
- Annual Dinner Dance is on Saturday 4th November in The Milbrook Lodge Hotel. Tickets can be purchased via Klubfunder, or any committee member. This event is usually one of the highlights of the year and is a perfect way to bring the season to a close with a night of good food, good craic, and good company.
- Boxing Night also sees the return of the main event in the Saul Centre – watch this space!
- Club gear will be available for sale in time for Christmas later this week. Sizes can be checked in the clubhouse this Saturday morning from 10am to midday.
Watch out for details on the website and social media.