Eadestown U10’s took on Ardclough in the second round of Spring League fixtures at home this afternoon.
On a blustery day the home side played into the strong wind in the first half.
Both of these sets of players had met previously in the week at school level and old rivalries were renewed very quickly with some very strong, competitive play from the outset.
With some resolute defending from Daniel Sargent, ably flanked by Ruairi Flynn and Alfie Gough, Eadestown were able to settle the quicker.
Brilliant midfield play from Max Sargent and Evan Cahill opened up the game for the boys in blue and Conor Morrin was on hand to finish off three fine scores.
Ardclough responded with some well worked scores themselves before a blistering salvo from Max Sargent stretched the home lead. The final action of the first half saw an incredible point blank save from Ronan Walsh, which drew such cheers from the vocal home crowd that they drowned out the half time whistle.
Ardclough started the second half in determined fashion and got a couple of fine scores. But some amazingly strong midfield play from debutant Anna Hynes steadied the home ship again. Doing her bit for gender equality, Anna proved that whatever the boys can do, the girls can do just as well.
Oscar Gough came off the bench to score a beautiful solo point. Another scoring blitz from Max, coupled with two fine scores from Ruairi Flynn stretched the home lead.
Any hopes Ardclough had of regaining a footing in the game were sniffed out by some outstanding defending by the colossus that is Daniel Sargent.
A brilliantly won and taken free from Alfie Gough finished off another wonderful display of football from our boys.
As the ref’s whistle blew to end the contest, the crowd applauded both sides for a brilliant display of football.
A special mention must go the number of U9 boys who stepped up today to play with the big lads. Will Cullen, a tall rangy player, the little ball of speed that is Charlie Ross and of course, the ace score sniffer himself, Oscar Gough. Well done boys.
Adam Sargent, Seanie White, Sean Tracey, Oisin Touhy, Jack Madden and Liam Foley all put in a huge effort as well today to do the parish proud.
Hon The Town.
Believe in Blue.