This local derby drew a large crowd to Millbrook and both teams provided a good competitive game of football in this U-16 Division 3 football final.
St. Oliver’s.................2-6 Oldcastle...................1-6
Oldcastle had the first clear scoring chance of the game when full forward Conor Delaney broke through but sent his shot just wide of the goals. St. Oliver’s reply was almost instant when great work by Kevin Gilsenan set Joseph Blake up but Blake’s shot narrowly missed the target.
Six minutes into the game and the first score arrived through an Andrew Geraghty point. St. Oliver’s seemed to take more of a grip on the game and Joseph Blake added a further point on eight minutes.
At the other end Oldcastle had a close range free in front of goal but again Conor Delaney’s effort tailed wide. St Oliver’s had a good spell of possession and created scoring opportunities but failed to convert. St. Oliver’s wing half forward Dylan Tighe then added another point on 15 minutes.
Conor Delaney had threatened the Oliver’s defence and his persistence finally paid off with two points on 16 and 17 minutes. The first goal of the match came on the 20 minute mark when Ronnie Kiernan finished off a St Oliver’s move. At the other end Conan Smith pulled off a fine save. Joseph Blake then added another Oliver’s point followed with a great point by Jonathan Mongomery to stretch the men in black’s lead. Oldcastle’s Conor Delaney brought his first half tally to 4 points by scoring on the 24th and 26th minutes to leave his side trailing at the break on a score line of 1-6 to 0-4.
Oldcastle started the second half with a renewed spirit and reduced the deficit with a converted free kick soon after the start. Oldcastle put the minimum between the sides on 40 minutes when centre half forward Robert Smith netted. In a pattern that was there throughout the game, St Oliver’s then replied in kind when Joseph Blake broke the shackles of 2 or 3 Oldcastle defenders to clinically goal at the other end. The next score went to Oldcastle when Conor Delaney scored his 5th point of the evening to leave just 3 points between the sides with 15 minutes still left to play.
However it was the Inny Gaels / Ballinlough combination that took control of the game in the last quarter. However St Oliver’s failed to convert this possession and scoring chances which left a very tense final 5 minutes. With time almost up, Oldcastle put one of their best moves together and worked the ball very well towards goal only to have the final shot on goal go left and wide.
This proved to be the last scoring opportunity of the match and St. Oliver’s took the honours on a final score line of 2-6 to 1-6.
St Oliver’s full back line of Dylan Mongomery, Ben O’Reilly and Alan Clarke all worked hard throughout and along with goal keeper Conan Smith curtailed the Oldcastle forwards quite well. The half back line of Ciaran Gibney, Sean Reilly and Darren Gibney all played well with Reilly excelling at centre back.
Andrew Geraghty had a fine performance at centre field covering almost every blade of grass in Millbrook and was well supported by the lively Jonathan Montgomery. Both midfielders also scored. Half forward line consisted of Owen McCabe, Kevin Gilsenan and Dylan Tighe with Gilsenan showing particularly well. The full forward line of Joseph Blake, Shane Barkey and Ronnie Kiernan contributed a total of 2-3 and all played very well with Blake finishing with a personal tally on 1-3. Shane Gibney did well when introduced.
Oldcastle had good performances from Conor Delaney, Stephen Lawless, Mathew Taggart, Dylan Garagan, Oran O’Reilly and Mossy Travers.
St Oliver's scorers: J Blake 1-3, R Kiernan 1-0, A Geraghty 0-1, J Montgomery 0-1 D Tighe 0-1.
Ultan Fitzpatrick presented the cup to winning captain Andrew Geraghty.