A large Rossa contingent made the trip to Galway on Friday to support our U14 panel in the All-Ireland Feile. The team played their first group match against Barna in Pearse Stadium. At half time the Rossa’s had a one point lead and a solid second half performance significantly widened the gap with the team comfortably securing a 4-10 to 1-1 victory.
This was followed by a tenacious performance against Austin Stacks also at Pearse Stadium. The team fought hard but despite leading by a point at half time, the Kerry side secured a 5 point win with a final score of 2-4 to 3-6.
On Saturday the decider and third group game was against our host club Salthill Knocknacarra at Prairie in a closely contested performance. The boys secured a win with a final score of 1-4 to 1-9 and obtained a thoroughly deserving place in the quarter finals.
Later that evening the team went head to head against the reigning All-Ireland champions Claregalway in what was a nail-biting performance and an extremely tight game, with the final whistle resulting in a 1-5 to 2-2 draw. An additional ten minutes of extra time was played but neither side could manage a score. The final decider was dependent on the best of 5 free kicks and our Rossa’s sealed the win with 4 free kicks taken by goalkeeper Patrick McLarnon, centre half back Cormac Murphy, midfielder Caolan Coyle and full forward Ben McErlain.
On Sunday, the team made the trip to Connacht Centre of Excellence in Ballyhaunis for the semi-final against Kildare champions Naas. Ben McErlain scored the first point from play and this was shortly followed by a point from Ciaran Shields. Thomas Shea Maynes took an impressive score to put the side into a two point lead at half time. The Naas side pulled back into the game and led by a point shortly into the second half. Cormac Murphy secured a point but Naas followed this by a goal to put them further in the lead. A final score from the Kildare side resulted in a 3 point defeat for the Rossa’s and the Naas side went on to beat Nemo Rangers in the final, which shows how close the Rossa’s came to claiming the All-Ireland title.
Meanwhile, our U14 development squad played Barna and bagged a narrow one point victory over Barna on Friday afternoon. On Saturday morning the side played two games against Salthill Knocknacarra.
The feile weekend was certainly one to remember. The club is bursting with pride and we’re honoured to have such a fantastic group of talented young players who represented us with distinction throughout the weekend. Congratulations to each and everyone involved and a particular word of acknowledgement to the Feile management Damian McErlain, John McErlain and Anthony Campbell along with the development squad mentors Ciaran Moore and Michael Kerr. A special word of thanks to our Feile Officer Stephen McSorley for the weeks of preparation in co-ordinating the trip and also to Emmett McCluskey who provided invaluable help to the team throughout the weekend. Thanks also to Salthill Knocknacarra for their fantastic hospitality throughout the weekend and for the great reception the boys and supporters received. A particular thanks to the following sponsors; Genesis Crafty, SDC Trailers, 3Y Group, ISL Waste Management.
Lastly, a huge thank you to the parents of the boys who worked extremely hard in their fundraising efforts and to all our gaels who made the trip to Salthill and all our members and friends who assisted in anyway.
The future is bright for this young, talented and dedicated team and we’re looking forward to more exciting times ahead. Feile 2014 has certainly lived up to its expectations and we’ve got fantastic memories which we’ll treasure forever.
Photos to follow soon…