Comeback to the year for Kinvara U16s!

posted 12 Aug 2013, 15:32 by Unknown user
U16 A1 Shield Semi-Final
Mon 12th August 2013 in Gort


What a cracking game and what a comeback from the Kinvara lads. We were 11 points with 18 mins left and outscored our Gort opponents by 3-5 to 0-1 in the remainder of the match to clinch a superb win. This was a comeback full of character and spirit with no shortage of pride in the jersey.

Kinvara were missing several regulars, but those lads available contributed to the win, from the starting fifteen to the subs. Indeed our two starting subs, Ollie Nilan and Owen Whelan played key roles when introduced, while our two goal hero was Thomas Fordham, who came back onto the field to hit two great goals after being substituted earlier. 

A county final is nothing short of what these lads deserved, and hopefully they can produce their second half fighting spirit again (for the whole 60 mins this time!

Here is our facebook feed as the game progressed.............

Half hour to throw-in up in Gort, as Kinvara U16s take on the home side in the U16 A1 Shield semi-final. 
This promises to be a cracking game, as there is generally little between these two sides in recent years in these grades. Kinvara team news update unfortunately tells a familiar story as we have yet to field a full strength side, as we have been missing at least 3 starters in all games. Tonight is similar, as we're missing Eoin Whelan (sick) and Neil Huban, Odhran Keane and Colm Keady Taabal (all three on holidays). But, there is still a fully committed squad for this eve who are good enough to do the job.
Winner faces Killimor in the Shield Final.
Throw-in 6:30pm.

15 mins gone: Gort 1-3 to Kinvara 0-2.

25 mins gone: Gort 2-6, Kinvara 0-5.
We could do with a few scores before the interval.

Half time in U16 A1 Shield semi:
Gort 2-7 lead Kinvara 0-5.

5 mins into second half.
Gort 2-7 to Kinvara 0-7.
Kinvara hit the first two scores on the resumption, and now need to carry on with the improved performance.

20 mins left in U16A1 Shield semi.
Gort pulling away with couple of scores.
Gort 3-9 lead Kinvara 0-7. 11 points in it.

14 mins to go.
GOAL!!! Kinvara coming back. Now only 5 points in it.
Gort 3-9 lead Kinvara 1-10.

12 mins left.
Only 2 points in it now.
Gort 3-9 lead Kinvara 2-10.
A humdinger of a contest now.

3 mins to go. One point game.
Gort 3-9 still lead Kinvara 2-11.
We were 11 points down, have it reduced now to 1. Can we take the lead and win. COME ON!!!!!!

Kinvara now lead by one point!
Hold on now lads!

WE WON!!!!!!
We got another late goal to clinch the win by two points.
Kinvara 3-12 beat Gort 3-10.
What a game! We overturned a 11 point deficit to come back and win by two. What a bunch of lads. Delighted for them all.
Hard luck to Gort who played their part in a cracking game.


Kinvara team:
Liam Byrne, Patrick O'Gallachoir, Gary Kilkelly, Cathal O'Dwyer, Keelan O'Rourke, James Cronin, Alan Keane, Sean Linnane, Brendan Linnane, Gerard Linnane, Conor O'Shea, Patrick Whelan, Joe Tully, John O'Donoghue, Thomas Fordham.
Subs: Ollie Nilan for Thomas Fordham, Owen Whelan for Gerard Linnane, and Thomas Fordham for Patrick Whelan.