Mayobridge U16s are South Down champions

ON Saturday afternoon in Hilltown the Mayobridge U16 team won the South Down Championship by defeating Warrenpoint with a four point margin, 3-5 to 0-10.

The match was played in perfect conditions and it turned out to be an exciting contest.

The Bridge got off to a great start when Adam Crimmins hit the net. Despite this good opening, the rest of the half was a low scoring affair and at the interval the scoreboard read 1-2 to 0-2.

Warrenpoint came out all guns blazing on the resumption and scored a number of fine points, before Eoin Sherry boosted his team’s hopes when he found the net in the 45th minute.

Points from Jamie Cahill and Anton White and a third goal from Thomas Hardy gave the Sky Blues a comfortable lead.

Warrenpoint tried hard to pull the game out of the fire in the closing stages but the Bridge held out for victory.

The backline of Oisin Magone, Darragh White, Matthew Morgan, Micheal McKay, Dan Griffin and Anton White was in excellent form and ‘keeper Conor O’Keeffe’s accurate kick-outs and outfield runs were a real asset.

Adam Crimmins and Thomas Hardy at midfield covered acres of ground and Shane Keenan, Jamie Cahill and Patrick Donnan formed an impressive half-forward line. Jack Gribben, Eoin Sherry and James McManus in the full forward line played very well with James McManus very effective in a sweeper role.

Team and scorers: Conor O’Keeffe, Darragh White, Oisin Magone, Micheal McKay, Matthew Morgan, Daniel Griffin, Jamie Cahill 0-4, Shane Keenan, Thomas Hardy 1-0, Patrick Donnan, Adam Crimmins 1-0, Anton White 0-1, James McManus, Jack Gribben, Eoin Sherry 1-0, Joseph Rice, Mark McAteer, Ryan McPolin. Management: Jimmy McManus, Joe Hardy, Mark Crimmins and David Clyde.

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