Hurling: Forrestal Under 14 Weekend Report
- Sep 02,2008
The Mayo U14 Hurling Development Panel travelled to Waterford last weekend as they attended the Tony Forrestal Intercounty Hurling festival for the first time. Mayo were based in Walsh Park in Waterford City on Saturday and began their campaign with a 5-6 to 0-5 win over Armagh. Goals from Fergal Boland, David Kenny, Sean Regan and Adam Gallagher saw Mayo record their opening win of the competition.
In their second round-robin outing, Mayo faced holders Wicklow and battled hard throughout against the physically stronger Leinster outfit. Mayo only recorded three points in this game from Sean Regan, Fergal Boland and Kevin Keena, losing out by 2-5 to 0-3.
The final game of the day saw Mayo face Tyrone to see which side would qualify for the Division three final on the following day. Mayo struggled in the opening half of this tie, going in at the break in arrears by 0-2 to 0-3. However, the second half showed vast improvement in front of the posts for the Green and Red and goals from Art O
Suilleabhain and Pat Mellett gave Mayo a 2-7 to 1-4 win.
Mayo now qualified for the Division three final on Sunday against Wicklow. Wicklow again used their physical strength to the maximum and ran into a 1-5 to 0-2 half-time lead. However, Mayo never threw in the towel, and second half goals from Ryan Gallagher and another from a 21 metre free from Sean Regan gave their side hope. Alas, Wicklows power held out for a 3-7 to 2-2 win to retain their Waterford Chrystal Shield for another year. Stirling Mayo defencive performances were recorded by Daniel Cunnane and Jarlath Carney, while captain Patrick Kiely played his heart out throughout the weekend at centre-back for Mayo.
In the Division 1 final also played at Walsh Park, Cork overcame Galway by two points, while the Division 2 title was taken by Laois on a 2-15 to 0-8 win over Antrim. The experience gained by the Mayo lads in the tournament will stand to them in their development, while a great welcome from the Waterford County Board was evident throughout the whole weekend for all players, mentors and supporters alike who travelled from Mayo.