Congratulations to our Junior A footballers who beat St Ronans by 0-11 to 1-6.
Last year was the first time they reached the final of the competition since 2000, unfortunately, they were beaten on the day. The character shown by the players to recover and come back from the heartbreak last year is a testament to the coaches, players, and their families.
The management team always had the belief that the team could win this year. When starting out their aim was to have a good league campaign to put the team in the best position possible to get back to the final and go one better this time around. Winning promotion to Division Two in the campaign as well.
When asked about any matches that stuck out the management team of Eoin Curran, Aidan Colleran and Paul Kelly responded “The first championship game v St. Joseph's in Kilteevan, as we had played them last year in the group and in the semi-final, it was a tough physical battle, the game v Strokestown in the semi-final, we didn't start well but never panicked. We also referenced St. Michael's game in the quarter final, we struggled against them last year in the same game, but this year beat them 3-09 to 0-10.”
This result wasn’t an overnight success. The team had been getting to quarter finals and semi finals in recent years but were unable to make the next step. They had also been playing in division three for a number of years previous. The squad had made incremental improvements every year.
As a result of winning Padraig Pearses are unable to play in this competition next year, so they won’t be retaining the trophy. They will however have the chance to play in the Intermediate Championship, so they will be looking to have a good year in that competition.
The management team concluded by thanking “our families for allowing us the time to put into the work with the team, the players for their commitment for the year, the Adult Football Board, Club Executive and the supporters who came out in massive numbers for the finals.”
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