U16 Football Shield Final

Despite two quickfire attacks at the start, where Pearses were unlucky not to have had at least one goal, it was plain sailing all the way for Williamstown, yesterday evening in Loughgeorge. The early Pearses pressure served only to stir the North Galway boys to life and they set about their mission in ruthless fashion.
By the 14th minute they had opened a 2-5 to 0-1 lead.andamp;nbsp;Pearses’ only score, a Brian Sweeney point from play. Seandamp;aacute;n Smyth at midfield was Williamstown’s main man, flying through the heart of the Pearses defence to net the first goal. A Lee Murphy free would be Pearses only other score of the first half, as Williamstown tagged on three more to leave the half-time score, 2-8 to 0-2.
Pearses contested better in the third quarter, but by the end of that quarter Pearses had added just two further points, from Lee Murphy frees. Williamstown had added four, without reaching the heights of the first half. Williamstown then struck for two goals in quick succession, on the twenty minute mark, to effectively finish the game. The remaining ten minutes were played at a pedestrian pace, before Referee Charlie Ward brought an end to a tough evening for the boys in black and white. Final Score:andamp;nbsp;Williamstown 4-13 Pearses 0-5.andamp;nbsp;
It was a disappointing result for the lads, along with their management team of Bobby Masterson and Joe Murray. Results in previous games have proven that they are much better than this scoreline suggested. Best for Pearses were the midfield pairing of Keith Connell and Lee Murphy.
Pearses U16: Ronan Flannery, Matthew Walsh, Ronan Carr, Dermot Byrnes, Paul Lally, Matthew Ruane, Keith Connell, Lee Murphy (0-4f), Eoghan Burke, Brian Sweeney (0-1), Anton O’Reilly, Daniel Masterson, Sean Murray. Subs: Mossy Carr, Oisin Flannery, Keith Lally, Aidan Roche.

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