The Mizen Rovers U16 team travelled to Ballydehob on Friday last for their Championship semi-final clash with Uibh Laoire. With two Mizen players unable to play due to injury the boys were in for a tough battle with the favourites to win the championship but were well prepared thanks to some excellent trainings from Gene O’Donovan. Playing with a strong wind in the first half Mizen were on the score board straight away as Michael Sheehan won the throw in and played a sublime pass into Matthew Sheehan who notched the ball over the bar to give Mizen the early lead. This excellent attacking play continued throughout the half as shortly after Michael Sheehan added the first of Mizen’s goals before Matthew added a further two goals. At the other end of the pitch the backs were holding their own against an exciting Uibh Laoire attack with the full back line of Tadhg Reidy and Patrick Sheehan marshalling their markers well. With Uibh Laoire scoring a few goals out of the blue, the sore at half time was Mizen 3-11 to Uibh Laoire 3-4. With Mizen now playing into a strong wind in the second half Uibh Laoire were beginning to take control after kicking a few early points. But Uibh Laoire were being kept at bay due to a few excellent saves from the young goalkeeper Adam Sheehan and as the half continued the backs were taking control as the half back line of Jack O’Driscoll and Paul Collins were dominating their men. The energetic Jack Ryan Purcell and Aaron O’Driscoll linked up well to set Michael Sheehan up for Mizen’s fourth goal of the game. Then came the introduction of fan favourite Jimmy O’Regan whose fresh legs bought another threat to the Uibh Laoire’s defence. With Jake Coughlan, Michael Sheehan and Michael O’Reilly all getting vital scores Mizen were well on their way to winning the match and eventually ran out the victors on a score line of 5-15 to 4-10. Mizen panel vs Uibh laoire: Adam Sheehan, Tadhg Reidy, Patrick Sheehan, Jack O’Driscoll, Paul Collins, Jake Coughlan (0-03), Michael Sheehan (2-2), Michael O’Reilly (1-5), Jack Ryan Purcell, Matthew Sheehan (2-5), Jimmy O’Regan. The U16’s remain unbeaten this year and are now into both the league and championship finals and they will be playing the winners of Ballingeary vs Glengarrif in the championship final so get out those flags and come and support this great bunch of lads. P.R.
PLEASE DRIVE SLOWLY ‘we have more games to play’
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