Our joint U14 with Kildangan ( Cuchulan Gaels ) team put in a very credible performance against Nurney on Friday 7th last at Kildangan.
With a panel of 23 players the match was always going to be an experiment in positions and so it proved to be. Against a team with a big physical presence we were a better footballing team and despite conceding a goal in the first minute we began to dominate the first half.
We had many scoring chances but having left our shooting boots at home that night with 6/7 easy chances missed, there was always a fear that failure to take our chances could come back to haunt us.
At half time we were leading by 3 points.
However Nurney began to get on top in the second half and came back to level the scores and indeed take the lead by two points.
The Gaels refused to give up and fought back to even the scores again with 5 minutes remaining. However two late long range points from Nurney secured them a hard earned win.
The feeling at the end of the match was that we had performed very well for our first outing and with some more match practice and training, that we would be confident of beating Nurney next time.
Best of the Athgarvan players were Thomas Tracey, Thomas Berney, John Cleary and Shane Smyth with all others giving good solid performances.
Final Score: Cuchulan Gaels 2-5 Nurney 2-8