Four Roads (Roscommon) 6-8 Castlebar Mitchels (Mayo) 5-4
Roscommon side Four Roads are on course to retain their Tain Og National U13 Division 1 title which they won last year, after they overcame a plucky Castlebar Mitchel’s challenge recently at the Connacht GAA Centre of Excellence in Bekan. Four Roads seemed to be coasting when they led by thirteen points at half time, but a valiant Castlebar comeback in the second half brought the deficit to just seven points on the final whistle.
Playing against the strong breeze in the opening half, it was Castlebar who got off to the better start with a goal in the fourth minute by Christian McNamara. However, the remainder of the half was all Four Roads as the champions got to grips with the game. Roscommon scores from Luke Tully (1-3), Conor Morris (0-4) and Daniel Bolger (2-0) gave Four Roads a strong half time platform, as they made advantage of the space afforded in the 13-a-side formation. To their credit Castlebar battled hard but went in at the break on a 3-7 to 1-0 deficit.
The Mitchels started the second half the brightest as Kevin Rowland pointed a free from long range. Castlebar goalkeeper John Heneghan made some blinding saves, but could do very little when Four Roads Conor Morris goaled from close range. Two further Four Roads goals from Rory Coyle and sub Adam Kenny stretched their lead further, but with ten minutes remaining Castlebar began their comeback. In a dramatic closing ten minutes of play, the Mayo side reeled off 4-1 without reply, as goals from Eoin Enright, Daniel Swift, Lucas Kenny and Gavin Forry caused some panic in the Four Roads camp.
However time ran out on the Castlebar comeback, and in the end Four Roads were deserved of their place in the final, which will be held on Saturday 6th July in Breffni Park in Cavan against Keady of Armagh.
Four Roads: Oisin Hynes; Sean Mannion, Gavin Meares; Jamie Kelly, Jack Tully, Roan Trundle; Conor Morris (1-4), Daniel Bolger (2-1); Rory Coyle (1-0), Oisin Finneran, Luke Tully (1-3); Ethan Kelly, Billy Glennon. Subs: Adam Kenny (1-0), Cathal Kennedy, Enda Killian, Eoghan Mulry, Hugh Coyle, Luke Finneran, David Kelly, Sean Scott.
Castlebar: John Heneghan; Kevin Rowland (0-1), Oisin Mulroy; Eoin Enright (1-0), Conal Durcan, Colm Heneghan; Lucas Kenny (1-2), Sean O’Reilly; Aaron Quigley, Mark Fahy, Fionan O’Reilly; Dylan Quinn, Christian McNamara (1-0). Subs: Diarmuid Swift (1-0), Niall Monaghan (0-1) & Gavin Forry (1-0).
Ref: James Judge (Tooreen)