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U21A Football Newcestown v Bantry Blues 11/3/2012

posted 13 Mar 2012, 03:07 by Jerry O'Mahony   [ updated 13 Mar 2012, 03:08 ]

In the west cork quarter final of the U21 A football championship at lunchtime last Sunday, a young Newcestown outfit took on a fancied Bantry Blues.  Commencing the game with 11 players eligible for Minor grade this year and only 2 players up to the U21 age grade, the St. Johns men had the odds stacked against them before the ball was thrown in.  In addition, Newcestown were forced to field without Mark Courtney, Cian Twomey and Liam O’Mahony due to a combination of injury and sickness.  Nevertheless, this young team didn’t head to Sam Maguire Park to make up the numbers.  This was a very entertaining game of football with Newcestown racing into an early lead and lead 4 points to 1 after 13 minutes.  Three quick points followed by a goal by Bantry turned this game around and one would have forgiven the largely teenage Newcestown team to thrown in the towel at this point but they responded with tremendous courage and by half time were trailing by only two points (1-5 to 0-6).  In the opening quarter of the second half Newcestown continued to press the ‘blues and drew level with 15 minutes remaining.  Bantry replied with a goal and scored three unanswered points to put some daylight between the sides.  A further late goal by Bantry did not but a fair reflection of the contest.  Final Score 3-11 to 0-9