Tir Conaill Harps’ first game since last October ends in Victory in perfect conditions on a sunny evening in Coatbridge against a competitive Sands MacSwineys.
The Scottish GAA have introduced 3 different levels of competition to get as many players as they can game time.
Tonight’s game at junior level was a competitive game and a great opportunity for development for players on both sides. It was wonderful to see so many young players on show.
One young man on his 17th birthday really stood out at left half with a solid performance playing with pace to take the man of the match. Young Seamus Magennis is definitely a role model for all our underage players and hopefully will continue to develop under new manager David Kellett.
The game started on a even keel with the first 10 minutes passing with a point a piece. A Dan Gallagher point gave TCH the lead followed two minutes later with the first goal of the game from TCH's Derry O'Connor. After the water break was TCH's strongest point of that game with great link up play that led to two points each from Daniel Melford, Daniel Gallagher and Derry O'Connor without reply.
TCH's started strongly in the second half with centre half back Taggy driving up to get a goal followed by another Dan Gallagher point. What followed this was Sands MacSwineys strongest section off the match when the young forwards were full of running to score 3 goals in 10 minutes without reply.
The water break gave TCH's a chance to reorganise and two points from Anton Maclean and another from Derry O'Connor seen them out to the final whistle.
There were far too many good performances to mention, however apart from the man of match performance from Seamus, it was great to see Young Joe McCann as captain leading by example with a solid display.
Full time: - Sands MacSwineys's 3-01 Tir Conails Harps 2-13