Watergrasshill 2-12 Glen Rovers 3-8
A crowd gathered in Delanys Pitch last Friday night week for the premier 2A U16H county final, both teams togging out with the hopes of returning home with some silverware. Both teams gave an outstanding display of skill, heart and courage throughout the game.
The ‘Hill started the first half playing with the wind and managing to tally up a couple of points from frees and play before The Glen obtained their first point of the half after 15mins . On the reply of this Sean Desmond scored the ’Hill’s opening goal. Padraig O’Leary scored a point to push the Hill further into the lead along with a goal and two more converted frees from Shane O’Regan. It looked like the ’Hill were in a comfortable position going into the second half. However The Glen were determined to keep the Hills defence line working hard and just before the half-time whistle the Glen scored a goal. Half-time score Wgh 2-2 to Glen Rovers 1-1.
The second half saw The Glen using the wind to their advantage and upped their ante by increasing their scores. With seven points between the teams the ’Hill continued to try and maintain the gap, however the Glen were not giving up the fight. With a number of excellent saves from goalie Cathal Fitzgerald , the Glen managed to knock in another goal.
The momentum of the game increased, the ’Hill’s back line excelled defending with determination to keep the game alive , with both teams level with ten minutes to go. Shane O Regan having an exceptional game popped another point over, to give the ’Hill a lead but the Glen replied and all level again until the 63rd minute when Shane O’Regan had the pressure of taking the last free of the game and true to his form he put the sliotar over the bar to crown the Hill county winners of the Carrigaline Court Hotel Premier 2A final. Huge congratulations to all players who played exceptionally well and also to the mentors, Mossie Cronin, Joe O’Riordan, Mossie Barry and Willie O’Leary who believed in this team from the beginning providing them with encouragement and advise when they needed it.
(Report, Watergrasshill GAA Club – see The Avondhu edition August 18th for extensive photo coverage)