Minor Championship Defeat for the James’ Minors

September 6th, 2017 | by stjamesgaa
Minor Championship Defeat for the James’ Minors
Club News

The Jimmies were defeated by Killannin in the West Board semi-final on Tuesday night. The game was played in Moycullen and was an exciting affair. It was Killannin who opened the match with a tally of points. Ryan O’Toole responded for James’ in the tenth minute with a cracker of a goal. Unfortunately for the St. James’player he could not play any further part shortly after his excellent goal due to injury. In addition, Killannin raised the umpires green flag late in the first half and this extended their lead before the interval. The jimmies started the second half the better side and Cian Gilroy was influential for James’. Gilroy added a tally of 1-4 in total. With the game in the balance in the second half, Referee Kieran Quinn awarded Killannin a penalty in the final quarter of the match. James’ Goalkeeper Cian Walsh made a super save to deny the men from out west. Not only did Walsh deny Killannin the penalty, he was excellent between the posts all evening. In the final 5 minutes, the game was in the melting pot. James’ managed to score another goal which narrowed the deficit to 3 points. The Jimmies ran out of time in the end and as a result their championship goal of reaching this years final ended. Moreover, James’ had some great players that performed well for the team. All players contributed to the team and the substitutes had a good impact on the game. The James’ players who stood out the most were Cian Walsh, Rory Melody, Dion Walshe, Paul O’Rourke, Stephen Flaherty Kelly, Bryan McSweeney, Josh Pyne, Cian Gilroy, Jack Keville, Darren Mcpeake and Liam O’Donovan. The club would like to thanks manager John Egan and his backroom team of David Henry, Stephen Diviney, Tom Frain and Jimmy Gillespie for all their effort all year. Thanks are also extended to all the minor squad for the commitment all season. A speedy recovery to injured players Ryan O’Toole, Darren Mcpeake and Daniel Corbett. The majority of this team will join the U-21 panel in this years U-21 championship campaign.

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