Tullylish U10s bring home the McAlernon Shield

The U10s brought silverware home to Tullylish at the John Tennyson Cup and Sheila McAlernon Shield.

After qualifying out of their group the U10s had proven themselves a very strong favourite. The squad all played a part in reaching the knockout stage with scores from Ronan Campbell, Tiernan Lyness and Caolon Doyle and Shea Fitzpatrick.

Reaching the final was no walk in the park but they managed to dispose of St Paul’s in the quarter-final and then Sarsfield in the semis. This set up a tantalising final with Eir Og. The players were all feeling tired after five hard games and the 30 minute delay until the final was welcomed.

A brisk start saw Ronan Campbell pump the ball to a waiting Tiernan Lyness who put the ball centre of the posts. A poor kickout then allowed Campbell to drive forward and fist the ball over the bar for a 2-0 score line after only three minutes played but Eir og found their shooting boots to put three scores on the board.

The second half started off with Tullylish very much on the backfoot. With two minutes to go Eir Og scored and it looked like the locals were going home without any silverware. A score from Caolan Doyle left it with Eir Og winning by one with only one minute remaining. Subs Eoin McManus, Shay Molloy, Ryan O’Neill and Thomas Brownlee helped bring order to the team.

A freekick right on the whistle left captain Ronan Campbell with a 20 yard strike to level the sides, forcing extra time.

It was a day for the girls as Rachel Carberry who had been threatening to score all day managed to slot the ball over the bar to edge Tullylish ever closer to victory. Campbell showed them how it’s done with a clean strike over the bar and the nod of approval from the ref saw the team and the crowd go into a frenzy.