U13 is the first age level for 15 a side competitive fixtures and where there is a County Championship. In 2013, only the second year of this format , Máigh Cuilinn won the Shield competition at A1 level. In 2014 they progressed to the A1 Cup semi-final but exited at that stage. In 2015, they were seeded in the top 8 teams in the 13A competition and recovered from a difficult start to win the U13A Shield competition.
The Championship format is an 8 team group, with the teams playing one another on a league basis. The top 4 teams in the league phase playoff in semi-finals and final in the Championship and the remaining 4 playoff in the same way for the Shield.
Well done to the Moycullen U13s who played in terrible wet conditions (just ask Kevin above) on the Saturday of All Ireland weekend and still reached the semi-final of the Kilmacud Crokes competition in Deerpark, Stillorgan. It was an early start departing from An Fuaran at 7am but the boys played their hearts out and came away with wins against Sarsfields (Cork), Faythe Harriets (Wexford) and finally beating the host team Kilmacud Crokes (Dublin) which meant they topped their group & deservedly reached the semi-final stage against none other than Craughwell who beat us in the Shield Final only four days earlier.
Bodies were tired after three tough games but these boys were determined not to give up. After motivating speeches & words of encouragement from their Management team & supporters, the boys took to the field at 2.15pm & were ready for battle!
Unfortunately Craughwell led by three points at half time & although we fought hard & got great scores from frees & play in the second half, the east Galway team held on to win by 3 points in the end & our lads were once again devastated when the final whistle blew. On a positive note, the boys performed extremely well in persistent rain & they showed great displays of skill, agility & sheer determination. Well done lads. As Dave Kearns said as he huddled ye together after the game "Ye did yourselves proud and your club proud".
And in case we forgot to mention it earlier or it may have escaped your attention the conditions were wet, very wet but they kept smiling, even if it is not so easy for the exposed players
"School is over! Come on now, John
Time you were getting your kit boots on,
Time you were wielding a helm and a hurl,
Time ye were on your ways
Time you were learning a hurler's job
and earning a hirler's praise"
(with apologies to Ewan McCall)
Great day had by everyone by all accounts. Well done!
Back Row (L-R) : J. Fahy, R. Joyce, P. Kearns, L. Seoighe, E. Enright, J. Molloy, D. Kyne, C. O’Toole, L. Corr, S. Gibson, C. Clancy
Front Row (L_R): D. Donohue, M. Kearns, C. Forde, E. Darcy, A. Groarke, R. Hester, A. McDonagh, D. Davoren, F. McDonagh
Missing from photo : J. Bradley, C. Thomas, M. Darcy, E. McDonagh, M. Bradley
The 2016 Ocean Hygiene Supplies & Packaging U13A Hurling Championship commenced in 14th June. After disappointing defeats to Clarenbridge, Athenry, Turloughmore, Carnmore, Sarsfields and Craughwell, this determined Moycullen team opened a window of opportunity in the championship when they showed true determination & character in their away game to top of the table Loughrea with only a single point separating the teams at the final whistle.
This narrow defeat gave the lads great confidence as they headed into the shield semi-final against Athenry in their home pitch on Thursday 18th August and an excellent overall team performance resulted in a victory for our Moycullen lads with a finishing scoreline of 0-11 to 1-6.
The win was undoubtedly well deserved as these hard working players never give up no matter what and they justifiably reached a place in the Shield final which is scheduled to take place at 7.15pm tomorrow (Tuesday) in Kenny Park, Athenry against Craughwell. All support greatly welcome.
At the time of writing this article, this underage team are also preparing to compete in the “Tostal na nGrasai” AIB U13 Hurling “Elevens” Competition which is organised and hosted by Kilmacud Crokes on 3rd September (the eve of the 2016 All-Ireland Final).
We would like to wish these young players, their management team and mentors the very best of luck in all upcoming competitions.
On Friday the 28th August Moycullen won a thrilling but low scoring u13A hurling final versus Castlegar. The result of this game was in doubt right up the final whistle as Moycullen held on for a famous victory. Castlegar has reached the final following a semi-final victory over Athenry, while Moycullen overcame Carnmore following a replay of their semi-finalin Kenny Park on the previous Sunday.
A strong wind blowing from the Salthill end aided Moycullen during the opening half but it was Castlegar who took the initiative and the lead after Cillian Callaghan converted a penalty midway through the first half.It could have been more but for some brilliant interventions and clearances by Moycullen’s Jason and Aaron McDonagh during frantic early exchanges. Scores were at a premium as both teams tackled, hooked and blocked in a game dominated by the defences. Gradually Moycullen came to terms with the conditions and the pace of the game. A group of forwards including Sean Forde and midfielder Eanna Davoren won a vital free for Moycullen midway through the first half. Aaron Barrett launched the free into the Castlegar defence. After an initial goalmouth scramble the ball came back out to Eamon Enright and the 11 year old first timed his ground effort high into the Castlegar net. Colin Forde, Conor Corcoran, Aaron Barrett and Kevin Walsh came roaring into the game as the half progressed and Daniel Cox was a constant threat with some clever deliveries into Rhys Plower and Liam Seoighe.
Louis Corr, James Bradley and Paul Kearns were introduced during the 2nd half and brought a new threat to the Castlegar rear guard. Colm Cunningham and Louis Corr picked off two tremendous points from play into the breeze during the 2nd half. James McLoughlin breached the Castlegar full backline after a great run and was fouled for a penalty. With the maturity of a player twice his years Colm Cunningham rifled the penalty to the net and Moycullen began to dream of victory.
Castlegar never gave in. Goalkeeper Darragh Neary, Centre back Cillian Callaghan, Midfielder Daniel McNulty and Centre Forward Lee Fahy were superb for Castlegar and but for the brilliance of 10 year old Diarmuid Davoren in the Moycullen goal they might have achieved parity during a rip roaring conclusion. When the final whistle was sounded Moycullen were surrounded by panel members, parents and supporters. This was great win for a panel that have been training since early in 2015. Throughout the season there were vital contributions from David Donoghue, Jack Molloy, Alan Richardson, Ben O Sullivan, Jake Fahy and Fiachra McDonagh. At the final whistle Aaron Barret accepted the trophy on behalf of the Moycullen panel and Conor Corcoran was a deserving winner of the man of the match award.
Well done to all who contributed to the emergence of this team including the parents, club executive, and coaches Martin Barrett, Tony Walsh, Derek Corcoran, David Kearns, Vinnie O Sullivan and manager Frank Enright.
Mágh Cuilinn: Diarmad Davoren, Aaron McDonagh, Aaron Barrett, Jason McDonagh, Kevin Walsh, Conor Corcoran, Colin Forde, James McLoughlin, Eanna Davoren, Sean Forde, Colm Cunningham, Daniel Cox, Eamonn Enright, Rhys Plower, Liam Seoighe.
Jack Molloy, James Bradley, David Donohoe, Ben O’Sullivan, Fiachra McDonagh,Alan Richardson, Louis Corr, Jake Fahy.
Our U13s had a difficult start to their 2015 campaign, losing their first five games although at this level their tends not to be much of a gap in class in many of the games, with only a couple of scores in the difference in most of those games. To their credit, they kept it going and in game six beat table toppers and previously unbeaten Kilconieron by 0-06 to 1-02. They completed their campaign with a 2-04 to 1-03 at Castlegar, the only other team to take a point off Kilconieron. They can therefore look forward with some confidence to a Shield semi-final in August.
The progress at underage is a reward for all the hard work put in over several years, both last year's team in the top[16 and this year's team in the top 8 have looked comfortable in the surroundings.
2014 saw Moycullen's u13 team cement their place in the upper divisions of galway hurling.
Our year started on 26 may with a hard fought win against liam mellows 3-10 to 1-10 followed three days later by a great battling win against kilconieron 3-5 to 2-3.We had our first defeat to meelick eyrecourt on june 5 on one of those nights when everything seems to go wrong.
Next up was ardrahan on june 12 when for different reasons we had a total on 9 players missing from our squad but on the night we gave it everything eventually going down by 2-2 to 2-9.
We got back to winning ways on june 23 with a comprehensive win over loughrea 6-5 to 0-4
Next we welcomed Sarsfields to Moycullen on july 7 and again we gave it everything , despite being level at half time we came out the wrong side of a 3-2 to 4-8 scoreline.
Our last game in the group saw us eventually playing killimordaly on june 15 , our lads hurled like men with a point to prove and boy did they prove it ,winning 3-3 to 1-8
These results left us in a cup semi-final against ardrahan on august 23 in kenny park.The 5 selectors , with over 150 yrs gaa experience between them had some selection headaches that morning eventually settling on a starting 15.To say we hurled well that day would be a big understatement ,going in front for long spells and with the dreaded two point lead in the dying minutes ardrahan eventually breeched our defences with a heartbreaking goal to end our dreams.
The management were very proud of how our lads conducted themselves all year and are hopeful of a great 2015.
We have been a little remiss in reporting the exploits of the U13 team, especially considering they will be one of the few teams from CIMC operating in the top 16 in the county
The campaign started with a home game against Liam Mellowes only two days after the U13 success. Not distracted by the celebrations around the big win, they came out victors in a ding dong high scoring affair 3-10 to 2-10. Three days later they travelled to Kilconieron and carved out a impressive 3-05 to 2-03 away victory.
Perhaps the delay of a whole week to the next game was the problem as Meelick Eyrecourt team came to Baile Doite and provided a reality check winning 6-05 to 2-04 against an out of sorts Maigh Cuilinn side. As is the case always at this age having everybody available can be a problem as school and family holidays come into the equation along with usual competition from others sports, injury and illness. And so it was a selection shorn of seven players made the trip to Ardrahan and might still have prevailed but for a lack finishing power. In the end Ardrahan won 2-09 to 2-02.
The most recent game against Killimordaly was postponed as that club make the trip north to Antrim for Féile. It was a trip Magh Cuilinn were so so close to qualifying for too. Next game is in Loughrea on Monday at 6.30pm.
The following is the draw and fixture schedule(first 5 games) for the U13 Championship in 2014