Shamrocks U8 football team competed last Saturday morning in the blitz that was organised by our near neighbors Passage Gaa Club. Conditions were ideal. A large crowd was present as there were teams from all over the county present. We fielded one of our youngest ever teams to compete at this level. First up was Eire Óg and soon after the throw in we found ourselves dominating the game and proved too strong for the opposition. We then played a strong Douglas outfit but again we found scores easier to come by than our opponents and proved worthy winners here again.
The last game was against the hosts Passage. This was a close encounter but our ability to get scores when it mattered proved to be the difference between the two sides. All off our eight players played the full matches and this be of great benefit to them going forward. Some off our more experienced players were absent on the day but the team managed very well without them.
Calum Fitzgerald played in goal for us and his younger brother Bradley made his debut when he played up front for us along side another debut star in Patrick Keane. Patrick’s older brother, James along with Calum O’Neill held our defence together and outstanding in the three games that we played. Billy Hanna and Donal Herlihy played together in midfield and dominated throughout the three games. Ryan Doolan was in great scoring form and his goals in attack proved vital on the day. Overall it was a great experience for this young team. Great credit must go to Passage GAA Club for the excellent facilities and organisational skills.
Thanks also to the parents for their presence and support. Special thanks also to Adrian Doolan who exchanged his soccer coaching duties for our National games. His help on the sideline was much appreciated. Hopefully he’ll get the bug now and we will see him more often as a coach on the line with this team.