The O’Raghallaighs GFC, under 11 team who were winners of the Gerry Morgan Memorial Cup 2019. Back (from left): Conor Moore, Brandon Smith, Alex Everet, Ross Irwin, Liam Keenan, Rhys McCormack, Tadhg Dullaghan, Eabha MacGabhann, Roisín Black. Front row:Sennan McGinty, Eobhean Mullen, Brandon Boland, Tarik Bozkaya, Capt. Tom Smith, Darragh Smyth, Joshua Moore.
Last Saturday was a big day for some of the smaller footballers in county Louth as the O’Raghallaighs GFC hosted the annual Gerry Morgan Memorial Cup and Shield for under 11’s.
The event attracted ten teams from around the County - Newtown Blues GFC, St. Fechins GAA, St. Nicholas GFC, Wolfe Tones GAA, Glen Emmets GAA, Naomh Mairtin GFC, Glyde Rangers GAA, Dreadnots GAA, O’Raghallaigh’s GFC and Stabannon Parnells GAA.
The clubs were divided into two groups and the winners and runners up in each group progressed to the Trophy and Shield finals.
With the briefings and greetings out of the way the sport commenced at 11.30 with each of the group games consisting of two halves of seven minutes each.
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The energy, skills and speed demonstrated by the teams as they slugged it out with their opponents to decide who would be going forward for the Cup and Shield was a testament to their clubs, they really did themselves proud.
O’Raghallaigh’s GFC finished top of group A while St Fechins emerged from their group B to meet for a nail biting finish in the Cup final.
The final turned out to be a gripping affair with no quarter being given from either team. At the final whistle both teams were level pegging so it went to extra time of two three minute halves and, at the end of the day, it was the O’Raghallaighs team who emerged victorious.
Glen Emmets GAA and Niamh Martins GFC, the runners up in both groups A and B, played it out for the Shield. An excellent performance of great skill was demonstrated with Glen Emmets GAA winning the game at the final blow of the whistle.
The organising committee comprising of Dave Floyd, Stephen Dullaghan U11s Coach, Assistant Club Secretary Danny O’Brien expressed their thanks to the members and volunteers and especially all the young girls and boys who made this a very special day.
Go Raibh Maith Agat.