The Erin Go Bragh under 14 feile team made the short trip to Westmanstown on Saturday. The which is made up of players from the under 13 and 15 football teams had a derby game against the hosts to start their day off:
Westmanstown Gaels 2-5 Erin Go Bragh 1-9
This proved to be a cracker of a game and a fitting start to the days action. It was the hosts who got off to the best start with a goal and a point placing them into an early four point lead. It took Erin Go Bragh 5 minutes to settle into the game but they responded with three unanswered points reducing the deficit to a single point. Westmanstown Gaels looked threatening on every attack and goalkeeper Jamie Flood was forced into action. A Ross Maher goal put Erin Go Bragh into the lead before Westmanstown Gaels responded with a goal and a point just before half time. The host went in half time with a two point lead and there was little to separate either team.
Erin Go Bragh started the second half brightly with points from Cormac Madigan and Ruben Kavanagh drawing them level. Despites Westmanstowns best efforts the Go Bragh defence held out with Sean O’Flaherty and Cathal O’Grady impressing. The visitors went into a two point lead, but Westmanstown responded strongly pulling level. Erin Go Bragh responded with another two points. But the Gaels responded reducing the deifict by a point and despite putting the Go Bragh defence under pressure it was the visitors who held out to take the derby bragging rights and put two points on the board. Photos of the game are here.
Erin Go Bragh 2-4 Whitehall Colmcille B 1-11
This proved to be another tremendous game of football. Colmcilles went into an early three point lead before Erin Go Bragh opened their account with a well worked point. Whitehall scored again to retake their three point advantage but it was to be their final score of the half. Erin Go Bragh scored a goal which looked like it stunned Whitehall and handed Erin Go Bragh the momentum. They dominated the remainder of the half to score another goal and a point and went in at half time with a four point lead the score reading Erin Go Bragh 2-2 Whitehall 0-4.
The second half proved to be real end to end stuff for the first fifteen minutes. Whitehall were made work hard for their points by the Go Bragh defence but their own defence proved to be equally resilent limiting the boys in green to just two points in the half. Going into the final five minutes it was all to play but it was Colmcilles who finished stronger with the Erin Go Bragh players beginning to look tired. With just 16 players for the day, Erin Go Bragh had the smallest match day squad and the lack of fresh legs certainly played a big part in the final result of this game. Photos of the game are here
Erin Go Bragh 7-5 Good Counsel 2-3
With both teams having won one and lost one it was a case of whoever won this game was more than likely to take the last semi final spot with Whitehall qualified. Compared to the first two games this match was played at a slower pace with both sides showing signs of tiredness. The first half proved to be a tight affair but Erin Go Bragh dug deep to lead at half time.
Good Counsel enjoyed good spell in the first five minutes of the second half but Erin Go Bragh limited them to just two points and were dominant for the remainder of the game. A good team performance and good discipline saw the lads book thr semi final pace as Counsel ended the game with 14 men. Photos of the match are here.
St. Annes 10-3 Erin Go Bragh 1-2
The days action really took their toll in this game with the 16 lads beaten by a very good St. Annes side in Bohernabreena. Two injuries early in the game meant the small panel were reduced to 14 men for most of the game. Despite this handicap they continued to give their best but it was St. Annes who would be travelling to Parnell Park on Sunday morning where they will face Whitehall Colmcille. Both of Whitehalls teams have reached their respective feile finals and at the end of the day it took two great teams with far bigger panels to beat the 16 boys from Littlepace and Ongar who wore the green and white with great pride.
Erin Go Bragh Panel: J Flood, A Dalton, D Hand, S O’Flaherty, C O’Grady, B O’Sullivan, L Crowe, P Ennis, C Madigan, F Johnson, R Kavanagh, C Hoey, G Foy, C O’Brien, R Maher, C Kenny