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U-16 Gaelic 2009-10




St Olivers recent history in North Leinster hasn't been good so it was important to secure a victory today on our home patch. Our lads started the better with two early frees from Ciaran Cunningham and a well taken goal from Peter Moloney. Trim however began to settle in to the game and levelled things up before further frees from Ciaran Cunningham and Jamie Brannigan edged the Ollies in front. The game remained tight up until half-time with our lads going in two points up at the interval. In the second half our lads took control in the middle and the impressive half forward line of Dylan Kirwan, Ciaran Cunningham and Patrick Winters swallowed up the breaking ball. The middle sector were rewarded for their hard work, with points from Ciaran, Paddy and Keith Smith. With the Ollies now enjoying a commanding lead the entire full forward line were replaced with Gareth Rothwell, Val Leddy, and Shane Whelan. Gareth, in particular made his presence felt from the bench setting up Dylan Kirwan for a goal before netting himself a couple of minutes later. Altough the team have a lot to improve on, it was an impressive performance on the day. Best for St Olivers were the midfield pairing of Keith and Luke, aswell as an impressive debut for Dylan Kirwan, Ciaran Cunningham whose free-taking was excellent, and man of the match Patrick Winters who got better as the game went on and secured vital ball with is work rate and tancity in the second half.

St Olivers team: Damien Grimes, Morgan Sloggett, Dean Foran, Conor Byrne, Aaron Kirwan, James Nolan, James Guinn, Luke O Sullivan, Keith Smith (0-1), Dylan Kirwan (1-0), Ciaran Cunningham (0-9, 7 frees), Paddy Winters (0-1), Conor Cusack , Jamie Brannigan (0-2), Peter Moloney (1-0). Subs: Gareth Rothwell (1-0) for Peter Moloney, Val Leddy for Conor Cusack, Shane Whelan for Jamie Brannigan, Mark Cunningham, Jamie Cassidy, Paddy Daly, Alvaro Aravena


U-16 Gaelic team 2009-10



St Olivers will meet the winners of Granard (Longford) and Ballymahon (Longford) in the Semi-Final as Colaiste Ris have withdrawn from the competition.


Despite a spirited performance from our lads in Dunganny, we were well beaten by a superior Ballymahon outfit.


The granard fixture in the north leinster competition doubled up with the vocational school fixture.



Group B
St. Olivers Community College, Drogheda
Colaiste Ris, Dundalk
De La Salle College, Dundalk
St. Josephs CBS, Drogheda
St. Marys Diocesan School, Drogheda




ROUND 2 10-03-10: ST OLIVERS 2-2 DE LA SALLE 2-12

Sometimes the scoreline doesn't always tell the full story. This fixture was about more than the result. A good performance and attitude was needed after the disappointing results in the previous round. Our lads did not fail to deliver today and stepped up to the plate when an improved was required. James Guinn was our most oustanding performer, fielding some great ball in the middle. Others who impressed were; Rory Hickey at full-forward, Dylan Kirwan at wing-forward who took his goal very well in the first half and also the ever impressive Aaron Kirwan at centre-back.

St Olivers team: Damien Grimes, Eoghan Lynch, Val Leddy, Paddy Daly, Aaron Kirwan, James Nolan, Mark Cunningham, James Guinn, Ciaran Cunningham, Dylan Kirwan, Paddy Winters, Gareth Rothwell, Jamie Brannigan, Ruairi Hickey, Peter Moloney Subs: Luke Haggins for Peter Moloney, Conor Byrne for James Nolan, Shane Whelan for Jamie Brannigan, Jamie Cassidy for Eoghan Lynch, Conor Cusack, Daniel Stevenson, Dean Foran

ROUND 3 19-03-10: ST OLIVERS 2-6 ST JOSEPHS 2-6

A straight-forward gameplan and honest endeavour saw our lads come away with a draw in the final group game of the O Moore cup . Playing with the aid of a slight breeze in the first half our lads put in an impressive first half performance, despite being under pressure in the opening minutes with Luke Haggins having to produce a top drawer save from the St Josephs corner forward. Two frees from Ciaran Cunningham, and further points from Dylan Kirwan and Jamie Brannigan helped our lads settle into the game. The source of most of what was good for the Ollies in the first half was down to full forward Ruairi Hickey who had the job of securing posession in the forward line and he did this admirably, fighting for, and winning vital ball for his companions in the forward line.

Our lads went in two points up at the break, but were again under pressure early in the second half and with our backs to the wall St Josephs got in for an early goal. However our lads were unwilling to lie down and Ruairi Hickey responded with a well taken goal. Playing against the breeze in the second half; the long ball into the full forward line was not as straight forward but Peter Moloney took up the mantle at centre forward and worked tirelessly to secure possession for the Ollies. Midfielder Ciaran Cunningham tacked on another couple of points to edge the Ollies further ahead, but St Josephs finished strongly to secure a deserved draw. Nevertheless, this was an impressive outing in the last U-16 fixture of the year.

Best for the Ollies were: Ruairi Hickey, Peter Moloney, Aaron Kirwan, Mark Cunningham and Val Leddy.

St Olivers team: Luke Haggins, Paddy Daly, Val Leddy, Eoghan Lynch, James Nolan, Aaron Kirwan, Mark Cunningham, Ciaran Cunningham, James Guinn, Dylan Kirwan, Paddy Winters, Gareth Rothwell, Peter Moloney, Ruairi Hickey, Jamie Brannigan. Subs: Conor Cusack for Gareth Rothwell, Jamie Cassidy, Dean Foran, Conor Byrne, Shane Whelan, Damien Grimes