Granard/Ballymore U-14 footballers do Longford proud in winning National Feile title

National Football Feile Division 9 Final

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National Feile Football Finals

Padraig Boyle and Jamie Brady, the joint captains of the Granard/Ballymore U-14 football team, receiving the Division 9 Cup following their great win over Curry (Sligo) in the National Feile Final.

History was made on Sunday last when Granard/Ballymore U-14s won a Feile na nGael title for the first time ever. The Granard side defeated Sligo opponents Curry in the final to claim the Division 9 Cup.

Back in 1994 St. Mary’s won Feile but this was the first time the amalgamation got to the finals. They were based with the Ardglass club in Co. Down and as well as the large number of supporters that travelled from Granard to support the team, their hosts Ardglass came along to support them on Sunday in their semi-final and then final.

In their first group game Granard/Ballymore took on Down side St. John’s. They started off well and were 2-3 to 0-2 up at the break. They built on their fine first half performance to win the game 4-7 to 2-2.

Curry were up next in their second group game. In a tight first half the Sligo side led a by two at the break and ran out comfortable winners in the end.

On Saturday Granard/Ballymore were ruthless when they defeated their host club Ardglass 8-6 to 1-3 to set up a quarter-final clash with Leitrim side Fenagh.

Granard/Ballymore were in command right from the start as they booked their place in Sunday’s semi-final with a 1-10 to 1-2 win.

The toughest test for Granard/Ballymore came on Sunday when they faced Waterford side De La Salle. They were ahead by two at the break but the game then changed very much in De La Salle’s favour. Trailing by five points with six minutes to go the Granard side showed true grit and determination with Jamie Brady’s goal bringing the game to extra-time. They booked their place in the final with a 3-6 to 4-2 win.

In a tight final against Curry there was very little between the sides with just one between them in the end; 0-4 to 0-3.

Granard/Ballymore U-14 squad: Cathal Blake, Oisin O’Hara, Jamie Brady, Ethan Penrose, Jacob Pawlowski, Padraig Boyle, Oisin Flynn, Keith Kelly, John Boyle, Donagh Callaghan, Sean Corcoran, Ian Maguire, Jack Drake, Harry Kiernan, Tom Kearney, Noah McNally, Sam Durkin, Tristan Brady, Killian McGivney, Patrick Hynes, Cathal O’Hara, Sean O’Brien, Conor McNamara.

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