NSW League Match Report

Sports Lab Senior Men’s MVP:

Adrian Murphy

Young Ireland 4-20
Bondi Gaels 1-05

Young Ireland Senior Men’s team continued their recent good form with a huge victory over Bondi Gaels on Sunday last. Bondi took the game to Young Ireland in the early stages, getting the first goal of the match to move three points in front. Young Ireland were taking some time to adjust to a few positional and personnel changes but eventually hit their stride.

Full forward Adrian Murphy began to thrive on some quality service from his team mates and Young Ireland had hauled back the early deficit through some fine scores before Murphy got their first goal of the game. Young Ireland quickly moved through the gears, and with Matt Griffin adding another goal, they had built up a substantial lead at half time.

The second half began as the first had finished with Young Ireland dominating and attacking at every opportunity. It became difficult to keep track of the different scorers as a tired Bondi Gaels team struggled against the incessant attack. Two further Adrian Murphy goals were amongst the flurry of points added before Bondi broke their drought and got back on the scoresheet. Bondi put together some strong passages of play late on but at this stage there was only pride at stake.

Once again, the Young Ireland substitutes bench contributed handsomely when called upon and with more players returning in the coming weeks, the competition for places should be very interesting as the semi-finals of the league approach. Adrian Murphy was the star with another Man of The Match display but there were other notable efforts from Alan Costello, Ruairi Campbell, Willie Ahern and Packie Spiers in a very strong team performance.

Sports Lab ladies MVP

Fiona Connaughton

Young Ireland 2-05
Clan na Gael 5-21

Meanwhile, the Young Ireland Ladies team had a tough day on the field against a resurgent Clan Na Gael outfit. Despite the Young Ireland forwards creating chances against the Clan na Gael defence, the pressure placed on the Young Ireland kickouts meant that the forwards did not get enough opportunities to apply sustained scoreboard pressure on Clan na Gael. There were encouraging performances with Roisin Murphy and Edel O’Carrol our consistent weekly goal scorers continuing to hit the back of the net once again but without doubt our Co Captain Fiona Connaughton was a standout, with leadership and covering ever inch of the pitch two times over. Fiona started in the half forward line creating space and showing for every ball and dominated in all play until an unfortunate tackle put her on the Physio table which would have sidelined the toughest of players. But no, not Fiona, after being taped back together Fiona took on the roll of sweeper providing huge support to our back line after losing full back Michelle McInerney from an awkward collision. Despite the score line the Young Ireland ladies showed great attitude and work ethic and are surely not too far away from their next victory.

Well done guys, enjoy your sports massage vouchers!!!

Match report courtesy of Brian Ó Déaghain

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