Our U12s played their first Summer League group matches away to Athenry on Tuesday May 29th.

The players were divided into two teams for two separate eleven a side games. The result of the tie to be decided by the combined score from both games. This format will be followed for all group games provided both sided have sufficient numbers on each occasion.

The starting team for the first game was; Goalkeeper- Liam O'Reilly, Full backs - Caomhin Conway and Oisin Flaherty, Half backs - Dylan Carroll and Adam Walsh, Midfielders- Sean Neary and Mark Gill, Half forwards- Cian Hynes and James Smith, Full forwards- Aaron Connolly and Fergus Ruane. There was little to choose between the teams in the first period, both teams spurned goal chances, and most of the scoring came from frees. Aaron Connolly converted five frees leaving the halftime score at Castlegar 0:05 and Athenry 0:03. In the second half Athenry upped the pace considerably and carved out a number of goal chances scoring three, they also tacked on two points for good measure. Castlegar could not respond resulting in a final score of Athenry 3:05 to Castlegar 0:05. There were some good individual displays, Dylan Carroll and Mark Gill were hard working and effective, while Fergus Ruane created a number of goal chances which on another occasion might have been converted. Athenry on the other hand combined much better as a team and as a result were able to carve out the goal chances which led to their victory.

The starting team for the second game was; Goalkeeper- Gearoid Pollard, Full backs - Rory Tummon and Tomas O'Connell, Half backs - Andrew King and Hugh Kilgannon, Midfielders- Mark Hanley and Ethan Connolly, Half forwards - Mark Pollard and Darren Costello, Full forwards- Mark Coyne and Shane Murphy. Castlegar found themselves under pressure from the very start in this game. A lot of the team worked very hard but they had no answer to the cohesive team play of Athenry and offered very little going forward other than an Ethan Connolly point. The first half finished Athenry 3:01 to 0:01 for Castlegar. For the second half Shane Murphy moved to goalkeeper, Andrew King moved to midfield, Liam O'Reilly and Ciaran Connor came on in the full forward line. To their credit the lads played better in this half and managed to both stem the tide a bit and create more chances. They out scored their oppenents 2:00 to 1:02 in the second half but it wasn't nearly enough to overcome the first half defecit. Ethan Connolly goaled from a close range free and Liam O'Reilly raised the green flag following an assist from Ciaran Connor. Mikey Higgins came on for his first appearence in a Castlegar jersey. The game finished Athenry 4:03 to Castlegar 2:01. Best for this team were Andrew King who played well throughout and Rory Tummon who struggled in the warm conditions but cleared a lot of ball none the less.

Overall the combined score was Athenry 7:08 to Castlegar 2:06. Cashel were a little unfortunate not to net a couple more goals particularly in the first game, but they can have no complaints about he victory going to Athenry. Their superior pace and team play the cause of most of our difficulties.