UNDER 16 WIN ON THE DOUBLE:

It was a good week for our Under 16 teams, with trophies secured by both our Girls & Boys teams.

Our Under 16 Girls beat neighbours Strokestown to secure the Division 3B Championship on Thursday. St. Barry’s held the upper hand throughout, and won out in spite of a threatened late rally from Strokestown.

St Barry’s were at full strength for the first time all year, welcoming back captain Ann-Marie Murphy and Zoe Morris who missed the recent semi final. A goal from Edel Beirne early on settled our girls, and with Ailigh Ni Muiri and Sarah McVeigh on top at midfield, further scores from McVeigh, Lana Fallon, Shannon McGuinness, and Chloe Rogers secured a six point lead at half time. 
Scores were more difficult to come by in the second half in an awkward crosswind. A second goal from Beirne opened up a good lead, but Strokestown responded and narrowed the gap to 4 before another point from the hardworking McGuinness. Strokestown pushed hard at this point, but the Barry’s defence held firm, well marshalled by Murphy and the outstanding Rachel Frayne at centre back. After a scrappy last five minutes, the St Barry’s girls won out on a final score of St Barry’s 2-8 Strokestown 2-4

The girls and supporters went on the traditional ‘tour of the parish’ after the game, before going for food and refreshments, kindly sponsored by Stephen & Andrea McGuinness – many thanks folks!

TEAM:Eimear Diffley, Rosie Trautt, Ann-Marie Murphy, Zoe Morris, Lauren Hannifan, Rachel Frayne, Elizabeth O’Boyle, Ailigh Ni Muiri, Sarah McVeigh(0-2), Katie Rogers, Edel Beirne(2-0), Shannon McGuinness(0-4), Annie McGarry, Lana Fallon(0-1), Chloe Rogers(0-1). Roisin Burke, Karen O’Boyle.

Boys U16:
St Barry’s/Kilglass 2-11 Kilmore/Shannon Geals 0-14

Anything the girls can do, it seems the boys can do too, our Under 16 Lads, won the Division 3 League title, and along with it promotion to Division 2!

After a slow start St Barry’s/Kilglass led by a point at half time, 1-7 to 0-8, and were well in control during a tough second half. Kilmore/Shannon Geals fought back in the last 20 minutes, but the men in Black & Red held firm for a hard earned win.

St Barry’s/Kilglass squad:
Harry Deveney, Ciaran McCormack, Darragh Humpston, John McLoughlin, Thomas Mahedy, Brian Rogers, Issac Thompson, Ciaran McManus, Mark Gaynor, Adam Coggeran, Emmett Burke, Eoin Diffley, Cian Locke, Callum Kidd, Allen Cox, Jack Doorley, Adam Cox, Conor Murphy, Conor Gallogly, Aaron Murphy, Darragh Conroy.

INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSHIP:
St Barry’s 2-8 Creggs 1-17

A well balanced Creggs outfit ran out convincing winners in this evening’s Intermediate Championship Group B encounter in a windy Kilbride this evening. After a bright opening 20 minutes, St Barry’s struggled to hold the slicker Creggs forward line, while finding it difficult to get scores themselves.
The first half was very even, with both attacks moving well. Creggs opened the scoring when they lashed a broken ball into the net. St Barry’s responded well, with scores from Ray Rogers, Trevor & John Murtagh. A sweeping move ended with Alan Callaghan setting up John who finished well into the bottom corner on 14 minutes, and five minutes later Callaghan himself hit the top corner to leave St Barry’s 2-4 to 1-2 in the lead. It was as good as it got though for St Barry’s, as Creggs started to assert superiority around the middle sector, and a run of three points without reply approaching half time left the teams leveled, 2-5 to 1-8.

This pattern continued after half time, and try as they might, the Barry’s lads struggled as Creggs tightened their grip on the game. They were finding scores easier to come by, as our attack, playing into a strong breeze, was finding it difficult to break through. Our scores in this period were all from frees, and Creggs made full use of the wind advantage to secure a deserved six point win.
The team play St Michael’s in Kilglass on Sunday next in Round 2.

St Barry’s:Tadgh Devlin, Barry Brennan, Pauric Halpin, James Bennett Snr, Trevor Murtagh (0-1), Ronan McGowan, Raymond Rogers (0-1), Ciaran Garraghan, Joey Keenan, James Bennett Jnr, Finbar McGowan(0-1 free) , Diurmuid Walsh, Anthony McGowan, John Murtagh(1-5,5 frees) , Alan Callaghan(1-0)
Subs used: Peter Keenan, Sean Gannon, Jonathan Harte, Shane Carrington, Emmett Conroy, Martin Guildford