The U14 coaches for 2016 are Frank Enright and Seamus Deane. The main competition at County level is the U14 Championship and this year's team will compete again in the A1 division, where they were the Shield winners last year. Later in the year all the teams in A/A1 compete in a weekend blitz competition with the winners representing their county at a regional Feile na nGael.
The Under 14 panel that attended the opening 2015 game in Craughwell
Mágh Cuilinn 1-08
The u14s got their campaign in A1 off to a winning start on Saturday last with an away win at Cappataggle. With 3 minutes remaining on the clock they trailed by 2 points but they outscored their opponents by 1-2 to 0-1 in those final minutes to win by 2 points. It was a great team performance but anyone who witnessed Colm Cunningham's goal understands why it deserves a special mention. Top class.
Our team for the game was Captain Eanna Davoren, Emmet Darcy, Rory Joyce, Diarmuid Davoren, Eamon Enright, Rhys Plower, James Bradley, Colm Cunningham, Sean Forde, Fiachra McDonagh, James McLaughlin, Aaron Barrett, Conor Corcoran, Kevin Walsh, Ben O Sullivan, David Donoghue and Jason McDonagh.
Thanks to the coaches and parents for all your help on Saturday.
Next championship game will be in Moycullen on Monday evening the 28th March versus Michael Cusacks (Beagh-Kilbeacanty amalgamation).
The Mágh Cuilinn U14 team completed their 2015 campaign with a 4-06 win over Tynagh-Abbey-Duniry in the U14 A1 Shield final. They had previously beaten Craughwell in the semi-final on a scoreline of 4-04 to 2-05.
The team poses in front of the Ocean Hygiene sign following the presentation of the Shield
Final Score At Kenny Park
by Tony Donovan,
Runaí, Coiste Iomána na nÓg
"Our U14s have a nervous wait on Sunday's game between Turloughmore and Meelick Eyrecourt in Clonfert. A win for Turloughmore will mean a play-off with Meelick Eyrecourt in Baile Doite for the last semi-final spot." A Turloughmore team having already ensured qualification with a win over Tynagh-Abbey-Duniry were second best to a Meelick Eyrecount side needing a result at home to qualify. A home win saw Meelick-Eyrecourt leapfrog Turlough' into third place. However both sides lost their semifinals, with Kinvara reversing the group result against Killimordaly in the final to win the Championship.
Moycullen went to the shield competition as top seeds and overcame Craughwell; Tynagh-Abbey-Duniry who had drawn with Loughrea in the group game, won their semifinal tie this time.
Moycullen's away win in Craughwell sees them top of the table below (taken from the Galway GAA website). The win by 3-03 to 0-06 was against a fancied Craughwell side but the Moycullen lads have no fear having played them regularly from under 10 up over the last few years.
After capturing the U13 County ‘B’ Shield in 2013 the players had developed that winning appetite and wanted more in 2014.
Although the 2013 competition finished in September training continued until the end of November by player request. After a short break players regrouped in early January in preparation for the U14 Championship.With a strong panel of 27 players Moycullen set their marker from the outset by beating Loughrea (‘A’ Team) in a friendly in Moycullen on 9th February by a convincing 7 point margin. The U14B Championship commenced on 9th March with a home tie against Sarsfields, Moycullen continued their good form with a score line of 6:08 – 0:03. Game 2 was an away game to neighbours Rahoon Newcastle on 16 March and Moycullen gave another solid performance and won the derby by 4:05 – 0:03. Game 3 was home tie vs Killimor. Moycullen made light work of the opposition by beating the South Galway team by 4:04 – 0:02. Game 4 was an away fixture vs Tommy Larkins. The home side were hit badly with a flu virus and were forced to surrender the points. With maximum points Moycullen hosted Gort who were the fancied team of the Championship. In that contest Moycullen lost their half time 4point lead and suffered a crushing 2 point defeat in the dying minutes. Onto Game 6 and Moycullen needed to get back on winning ways and travelled to Ahascragh Fohenagh on 21 April but on this occasion Moycullen suffered their second narrow defeat of the year by a score line of 3:04 – 2:05.
The Championship was then put on ice as the Feile na nGael was played over the last weekend in April. Moycullen hosted Mullagh on the Friday evening and set themselves up nicely for the weekend by beating the East Galway side by 2:09 – 0:02. The following day Moycullen travelled to Ballinasloe where they played Killimor and the hosts. The weather was tough on all teams but that didn’t dampen spirts or dis dignity on a score line of 3:04 – 2:07. Back to the Championship and the final game of the Group stages was an away match to Carnmore on 5th May.
Although Moycullen only needed a draw to secure a semi final spot they couldn’t be complacent. This was a near perfect performance and Moycullen won strongly on a score line of 4:05 – 0:01. Moycullen were drawn against Tommy Larkins in the County Semi final on 15 May in what was a rematch of the Feile semi final tie. This was assumed to be a tight encounter however Moycullen were ready for battle and found no place for second best on this occasion. Moycullen dictated the game from the very start and finished convincingly with a score of 2:07 – 0:05. With only 9 days to the County Final preparations commenced and players were getting ready to make Club history. On the last Saturday in May Mother Nature threw winter weather at Pearse Stadium but this didn’t take from the occasion. The U14C Championship and U14B Shield games preceded the main event. With a bes t score difference, the best defence record and a clean bill of health Moycullen were optimistic about their chances. The Connemara lads got off to a blistering start and regrouped at half time with a score of 2:01 – 0:00. Moycullen were well aware of the Gorts dangers and were determined to protect their lead and snuff out the Gort attacks. In the second half Gort piled on the pressure but Moycullen defences were equal to the challenge and instead pushed on to take the U14B County Title for the first time with a score line of 3:02 – 0:02.
U14 West 7-a-side Tournament
This inaugural 7-a-side tournament was developed by Emmet Heffernan of Rahoon Newcastle to continue competitive U14 hurling during the summer weeks. Moycullen, Rahoon/Newcastle, Salthill/Knocknacara, Liam Mellows, Carnmore & Oranmore/Maree enjoyed 3 evenings of hurling with 2 matches per night where all players got the opportunity to play a fast and open game. Moycullen lost both matches on the opening day but won all 4 remaining matches over the following 2 meetings against Liam Mellows, Salthill/Knocknacara and Carnmoe (twice)
Clooney Quin (Co, Clare) Tournament
On 26th July Moycullen U14 set off to Clooney Quin to partake in their annual event. Moycullen beat O’Callaghan Mills in the opening match by 4:04 – 1:03. In the second match Moycullen were beaten by the hosts by 1:07 – 2:01. In the third match Moycullen played Tulla and managed to scrape a 1 point victory. Moycullen advanced to the final to play the host Club. Limbs were sore and energies were low but the players set out to take on the challenge. In the end Clooney Quin ran out winners but the Moycullen lads can be very proud of their gallant efforts.
Both Cillian Clancy and Evan Kenny proudly represented Moycullen in the Maroon and White of Galway after being selected fromThe team management of Marcus Carr, Adrian Clancy, Morgan Darcy, Sean Hester, Enda O’Connor & Ger Power would like to sincerely like to express their thanks to all the players for their unquestionable commitment all season. A big thanks to families and friends for their great support throughout the year. To our Club officers who are the back bone of the growing success of our Club and Aodh Davoren, Annemarie Walsh, Maureen Bohan, Colm Gavin, Martin Barrett must be applauded for their continued great work. We look forward to more success in the future as our U14 squad are already in preparation for the 2015 U15 competition
To close out the years activities the Juvenile Club combined the annual Pagett Cup and Shield (U12), The George Walsh Cup (U14) and the Morgan Darcy Cup (U16) in a Hurling Day extravaganza on 9th November 2014. A strong attendance of players, coaches and supporters enjoyed a wonderful day of high standard hurling in glorious winter sunshine.
Games commenced at 11am with 4 teams competing in the Pagett Cup semi finals which were played simultaneously in adjacent pitches. The County U14 Champions then took to the field to compete in the George Walsh Cup where Oran McLaughlin’s team finished the stronger in a highly competitive game. Next on the agenda was the Pagett Shield which was battled out to the end with Eanna Davoren collecting the Shield on behalf of his team. This was followed by the Pagett Cup, another intense game with both teams very evenly matched. This game went down to the wire with Kevin Walsh’s team taking the victory in the dying minutes. Finally it was the U16 County Champions that closed out the days events with a high energy tussle for the Morgan Darcy Cup. With that never say never attitude Tim McDonaghs team didn’t surrender and were duly awarded by securing the win in the final minute of the game.
Throughout the day everyone enjoyed the great skills performed by every player while Sandwiches, cakes and Tea poured out of the Clubhouse to fuel our energy.
In the Clubhouse Juvenile Chairman Aodh Davoren gave thanks to players, parents, coaches, supporters, sponsors and everyone who made the day and year a great success. The Pagett Shield winners were presented with medals while winners of the Pagett Cup, George Walsh Cup and Morgan Darcy Cup were all presented with new sliotars.
U14B Championship 2014
COUNTY FINAL – 24/05/2014
Moycullen 3:02 – Gort 0:02
It was cold and wet May morning in Pearse Stadium but that didn’t bother the Moycullen players and supporters as Moycullen were about to capture the U14B Hurling title for the first time in the Clubs history.
Prior to the main event, Skehana defeated Micheal Breathnach in the U14C final followed by the U14B shield final where Sarsfields beat Rahoon Newcastle.
There was great excitement leading up to the U14B final with little between the South Galway side and the Connemara lads. In the earlier four rounds of the Group stages Moycullen have coasted to impressive victories over Sarsfields, Rahoon-Newcastle & Killimor (received walkover from Tommy Larkin’s). However it was round 5 where Moycullen met their match against a lively Gort side. In that contest Moycullen surrendered a 4point lead at half time to suffering a crushing 2 point defeat in the dying minutes. The players did not need any reminding of that game and were determined to set the record straight.
As Moycullen took to the pitch and heavens opened over Salthill and Captain Evan Kenny selected to play with the slight wind towards the Radisson end. After just 1 minute Moycullen pushed forward and forced the Gort defence to foul on the 20m line under the stand. Alan Carr made no mistake with the tricky angle and struck the sliotar neatly between the posts. Most of the play was in the middle sector over the next period with even exchanges between the sides. On 8min Cian Folan inside the large square reached into the skies to catch a long delivery, he turned and head for goal only to be taken down by the Gort defenders.
was in full flight from 50m. Carr on a solo bearing down on goal intended only one thing, side step, side step, strike from 20m, bang..…….. GOAL!
At this stage Gort were throwing everything they had at Moycullen with their No.6 no operating in attack being the main threat. Moycullen weren’t standing back and under the stand a flying full body and hurl tackle by O’Connor blocking a Gort clearance epitomised the Moycullen hunger. On 35min Cillian Clancy was called on to make a good safe from the Gort No.6 and 3min later Clancy spectacularly dived to his left to keep a clean sheet. Before the end of the game Gort scored a consolation point from a placed ball.
Afterward the grub a convoy of cars travelled back to Pairc Maigh Cuilinn where they were greeted by victorious bonfires at the Barna road and Ballydotia. Since the Feile na nGael competition held over the last weekend in April Moycullen have put in 3 brilliant performances against Carnmore (Round 7), Tommy Larkin’s (Semi Final) & Gort (Final) scoring 9 goals and 14points and only conceding 8points and no goals.
Big thanks to all the players for their commitment and dedication all year. Their ambition and desire for success knows no end and they now look forward to automatic promotion to U15A1 in 2015. A special thanks to the family, friends and supporters which grew and grew throughout the year – this has a great positive influence on all the players and we hope this continues throughout their career.
The Management of Morgan Darcy, Adrian Clancy, Ger Power, Sean Hester & Marcus Carr were faced with the constant challenge of selecting teams all year with great balance throughout the squad and competition for places always a factor.
1.Cillian Clancy 2.Glen Pagett 3.Keith Carter 4.Aaron Barrett 5.Jamie Cox 6.Evan Kenny 7.Robert Previte 8.Alan Carr (1:01 – 1 point from free) 9.Tom O’Connor 10.Cillian Davoren 11.Oran McLaughlin 12.Fionn McDonagh 13.Niall Fitzgerald 14. Cian Folan (2:0 – 2 penalties) 15.Sean O’Seoige 16. Dean Greally 17.Andrew Power (for Glen Pagett) 18.Shane Kyne 19. Cathal Boyce 20.Jack Osborne 21.Owen Hester (for Niall Fitzgerald) 22.Colm Cunningham (for Cillan Davoren) 23.Jack Brennan 24.Sofian Elhemer 25. Shain Sutton (injured)
U14B Championship – 2014
County Championship Semi Final – 15/05/2014
Moycullen 2:07 – Tommy Larkin’s 0:05
After recent inclement weather the sun came out to shine on Craughwell on semi final day where Moycullen faced Tommy Larkin’s in the County ‘B’ Semi final which was preceded by the ‘A1’ semi final contested by Tynagh Abbey Duniry vs. Ardrahan.
Moycullen and Tommy Larkin’s were no strangers to each other, only 3 weeks earlier the two sides met in the Feile Na nGael semi final at the same venue where Larkin’s pipped Moycullen by 1 point in extra time of a trilling contest. A late withdrawal of Robert Previte through illness and Shain Sutton still on the mend from injury had reduced the Moycullen panel but the bench was strong and all players were anxious to make a claim on the starting line out.
In almost perfect conditions Moycullen played with their backs to the Town end. Within 1min of the throw in Niall Fitzgerald delivered a pin point cross field pass to Cillian Davoren to score the games first point of the day. A minute later Tommy Larkin’s centre forward collected on the 50m turned, carried and slotted over the bar. A minute later Larkin’s scored their second point and Moycullen reshuffled their defence. On 4min a long delivery fell to the feet of Cian Folan who was under a lot of pressure form the Larkin’s full back, Folan controlled well, pivoted swiftly and carried the sliotar to within 10m from the Larkin’s goal and struck to the roof of the net. On 5min Fitzgerald added a wonderful point from the right to put the Connemara lads up by 3 points. On 10min Fionn McDonagh found his range with a fine point from 35m. 3min later Sean O’Seoige again threatened to penetrate the Larkin’s defence but was taken down illegally and won a free and Alan Carr popped over the bar to add to the Moycullen tally. In fact Moycullen could have been awarded numerous other frees with Larkin’s defence dishing out a lot of high challenges but the referee was not interested. At this stage Moycullen had settled into their rhythm with Evan Kenny dominating and anchoring at No.6 and Carr and Tom O’Connor hurling well in the centre. Larkin’s were still pressing hard on the Moycullen defence and on 15min they found possession inside the large parallelogram were the Moycullen last line fouled and the opposition were awarded a penalty. The Larkin’s full forward riffled the resulting penalty but Clancy was up to the task and saved brilliantly. Larkin’s kept pressing and scored the final 2 points of the half on 19min and 20min to leave the half time score at Moycullen 1:04 vs. Tommy Larkin’s 0:04.
Moycullen deservedly on top at the half realised the Larkin’s dominance on the last 5min of the first period and needed to start well in the second to maintain the lead, and so they did. On 21min some smart hurling down the right wing ended with an outward pass from Davoren to O’Connor who struck firm to find his shot loop under the crossbar to raise the green flag. On 23min Larkin’s were on the prowl for a goal and watched a close range shot rebound off the Moycullen goal post. Aaron Barrett was on hand to tidy up and find Fitzgerald with a smart pass. 4min later Fitzgerald found himself within scoring distance and calmly nailed the sliotar between the posts for a point. At this stage the Moycullen defence were enjoying complete dominance with the ferocity of Keith Carter at No.3, the ever sharp Jamie Cox on the wing, Glen Pagett solid in the corner while Shane Kyne settling in well on the other wing. In attack Moycullen did not hold back either, every opportunity and every avenue was exhausted to keep the scoreboard ticking. Oran McLaughlin used his strength and power to upset the Larkin’s No.6 through the contest. On 29min Larkin’s now desperate for a goal were awarded a free 30m from the Moycullen but took the point as it was their first score of the second period. On 30min Carr pointed well from a free to put Moycullen 7points clear. Moycullen introduced Colm Cunningham who immediately created havoc in the Larkin’s half. Owen Hester was later brought into wing forward as Moycullen pressed on. With just 2min remaining, Carr again stepped up to a free and struck sweetly between the posts. The highlight of the match was the performance of Niall Fitzgerald who covered almost every blade of grass and created most of the attacks. Niall can be very grateful to Dean Greally for the loan of his boots!!
With the final whistle the Moycullen
sideline invaded the pitch with hysteria as the Club qualified for the U14
County Final. The final score of 2:07 to 0:05 was a fair reflection of
Moycullen's performance. It wouldn’t be considered as their best performance but
it was certainly very solid and the Players, Management and Supporters now look
forward to playing Gort in the County
Final (Time, Date &
Mágh Cuilinn: Cillian
Clancy, Glen Pagett, Keith Carter, Aaron Barrett, Jamie Cox, Tom O’Connor, Andrew Power, Alan Carr, Evan Kenny,
Cillian Davoren, Oran McLaughlin, Fionn McDonagh, Niall Fitzgerald, Cian Folan, Sean
Shane Kyne for Andrew Power, Colm Cunningham for Cillian Davoren, Owen Hester for Sean Seoige Jack Osborne, Jack Brennan, Shain Sutton, Dean Greally, Cathal Boyce, Sofian Elhemer, Ethan O'Brien, Jack O'Toole & Danny McDonagh.
Robert Previte missed out through illness but will be back looking for a place in the final