U21 vs Shandonagh
Our Under 21 side travelled to Shandonagh last Tuesday evening to meet the host side in the opening round of the Under 21 championship. Given the impressive recent history of successive Shandonagh Under 16 and Minor teams in the past half dozen years or so, we anticipated a stiff battle in this tie. Lining out without a couple of players, Moate were impressive from the off and were in control of this game from beginning to end. Shandonagh failed to reproduce the form we have expected from them in recent years, but not taking from our own side, who were clinical in achieving an easy victory. Alex Ryan's kickouts were few enough on the day. Our full back line of David Mullins, Andy Gorman and Conor Claffey were seldom troubled, Conor Sheridan hit a point from wing-back, Dylan Ennis controlled the centre bith throughout, and Gavin Murray constantly threatened with runs deep into the Shandonagh defence. Ciaran Ennis was a tower of strength in the middle of the park, and is becoming a more commanding figure with every performance. Ruairi Cunningham had some fine fielding and combination play that bagged him two points. Danny Ledwith showed he can fetch with the best of them on his day, whilst a youthful debutant James Bracken did more than enough to suggest he was well fit for this level. Billy Berry was masterful and covered so much ground, and scored two points. Ciaran Corcoran had the measure of his marker al through, while Eoghan Kelly netted yet another one of his thundering goals. Robert Forde was on fire from play and frees, and could not be hindered or held by the Shandonagh rearguard, amassing a fine personal tally of 2-8. Paul Sheridan was introduced in the second half in lieu of Ciaran Corcoran, and Danny ledwith also made way for Damien Byrne's inclusion in the second half. An impressive performance all round by Moate without a doubt, but Shandonagh will have to feel let down by their own shortcomings, given the quality of players we have become familiar with watching through their underage ranks in recent seasons.
Moate team and scorers:- Alex Ryan, David Mullins, Andrew Gorman, Conor Claffey, Conor Sheridan 0-1, Dylan Ennis, Gavin Murray, Ruairi Cunningham 0-2, Ciaran Ennis, Daniel Ledwith, Billy Berry 0-2, James Bracken, Ciaran Corcoran, Eoghan Kelly 1-0, Robert Forde 2-8.
Substitutes:- Paul Sherida for C. Corcoran; Damien Byrne for D. Ledwith
U16 Moate All Whites vs Multyfarnham
On Monday evening last we travelled to Multyfarnham to take on the home team. Both teams started the game well with each team scoring a goal in the first 5 minutes. As the half wore on the home side began to dominate the game and went in leading by 6 points at the break. The second half started as the first finished with Multy continuing to dominate the game and they ran out convincing winners in the end. Team. Jack Moran, Jordan Simpson, Troy Bradley, Garbhan Cunningham, David Grenham, Oisin Johnston, Philip King, Conor Bracken, Paul Heffernan, Fiachra Cunningham, Luke Gavin, Rhys Rowlands, Oisin Murray, Dylan Nulty, Reece Jones, Owen Higgins.
Moate u14 team travelled to Killucan last Saturday morning for the Feile quarter final. Trailing by a single point at halftime a strong finish helped Moate to a 6 point win to clinch a semi final match away to Kinnegad.
S Furey M Murray L Thomas B O Connell M Henry E Bracken E Raleigh T Conteh L Whitney D Lowry H Niall E Kelly S Fannin E Curran D O Neill M Okpeaye J Costello J Delaney J O Brien.
ACL Div 5
Garrycastle 0-11 MAW 1-16
Our 2nd team took on Garrycastles 3rds on Sat eve and a dominant first half performance saw them go in to the break 1-11 to 0-2 up having played with a strong breeze and with Eoghan Kelly hitting the back of the net after a good move.The hard running of minors James Bracken,Paul Gorman and duracell bunny Conor Sheridan made sure the distance on the scoreboard was maintained in the second half but the outstanding performer on the day was Conor Claffey who did untold damage when dragged out the field to follow his man.Overall a good performance with the team remaining unbeaten.Panel;A Ryan,S Claffey,C Claffey,G Hurley,C Sheridan,S Kelly,D Claffey,E Kelly,D Ledwith,P Gorman,n Adamson,J Bracken,N Mackey,S Gillivan,C Corcoran,D Byrne.
ACL Div 3
Killucan 2-14 MAW 1-12
Our unbeaten run came to an end when coming up against a more clinical and experienced outfit who ply their trade in the Senior championship.Despite scoring the first 2 points we chased the game after this despite Rob Fordes clinical finish after a great run by Conor Sheridan through the heart of the Killucan defence.Every time we got back close Killucan had the ability to go back up the field and tap over another couple of scores to keep their noses in front.That said we were also guilty of some poor finishing with the goal at our mercy.Games like this will only bring the lads on and they still remain in a strong position in the league after 4 series of games.Panel;A Ryan,S Kelly,A Gorman,C Claffey,D Bracken,B Arigho,Gavin Murray,E Dalton,J Madden,B Berry,R Cunningham,C Sheridan,R Forde,R Gorman,J Corbally,D Ennis,S Gillivan
Big thank you to all our sponsors and supporters that came out to join the crack on Saturday night. A great night was had by all.
The Tully family Tubber Road Moate
Westmeath Minor Champion
Best of luck to Westmeath Minors and Moate All Whites players David Mullins, James Bracken and Paul Gorman who take on our neighbours Offaly on Saturday in O'Connor.