On Saturday  the Pearse Og U12’s faced a strong Clan na Gael team at Pearse Og Pairc, Ballycrummy.

Despite a final scoreline in favour of the visitors, this was an extremely positive performance by the home side. The scoreline does not do justice to the hard work and quality of the football produced by the home side. In terms of possession both teams were fairly even, however Clan’s were more clinical in taking their scoring opportunities.

Goalkeeper, Adam Murtagh was as solid as he has been all season. Confidently dealing with the high ball, stopping many goal bound shots, while distributing the ball intelligently out of hand.

The defence worked tirelessly throughout. Pressurising the Clan’s forwards into many mistakes and wides.  Aoife Boyle, Charles Leonard and Fiachra Moore were tigerish in their tackling, while Aidan Harney found time to push forward in support of his midfield.

The addition of Conor Toner to midfield, in his first game of the season, is a major boost to the team. With his ability to win possession, while driving forward into the forward line, Conor has given the whole team great confidence.

Up front, Casey Mullan and Ronan Davidson at full forward caused untold problems for the Clan’s defence while contributing to most of the Og’s scoring.

Special mention must go to super-sub Owen Kelly. Entering the game five minutes into the second half, Owen immediately made an impact with a personal tally of 1-1, showing a real killers instinct and composure in front of goal.

In a very difficult season for the U12 team, this has been a great game for the team. It shows that the hardwork on the training field is beginning to pay off, and will continue to do so.