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Buncrana enjoys "memorable" day at Croke Park 23.04.14

THE National Go Games Blitz took place at GAA headquarters on a glorious sunny Monday last. The excitement displayed by both players and parents was easily visible as the young Buncrana lads took the field to represent their county against formidable opposition in the form of Clonakilty Cork, Derry and a tough opening match against a strongly fancied Tyrone side managed by their very own Stephen O’Neill. Quarter was neither asked nor given as the two teams truly got stuck in from the start and the nervous support was soon in raptures as the Buncrana pressure resulted in an early goal, a thunderous shot driven low by Adam Curran rebounded of the cross bar and was dispatched to the back of the net by fellow forward, Tristan Friel. This was quickly followed with a point from a classy Kevin Jordan and as the supporters dared to dream, Stephen O’Neill got busy reorganizing his players. The Buncrana rearguard now stood up to the plate and weathered the onslaught, supported by the strong tackling of midfielder Liam Doherty, the defenders Sean Doherty, Caolan O’Neill, James O’Hagan and Ruairi Doherty and goalkeeper David Carey. Buncrana held on for a draw in a tremendously entertaining opening game that delighted family, friends and spectators alike on the day.
Next up Cork and determined to improve on their first result they took the game to Clonakilty, Once again they had a commanding lead of 2-5 to 0-2 with Michael Bernard McLaughlin starting to dominate in midfield helped by forwards Caolan Mulholland, Pauric Doherty, and John Jackson. They played some wonderfull football but once again our strong defence with some great tackling from Joseph McGrenera and Oisin Kelly had to dig out the result and hold on for a well-deserved first won.
After a few quietly chosen words about playing to the final whistle and all that the boys finished off a day to remember by putting our neighbours Derry to the sword! The boys’ total dominance in this game gave management a chance to reward the defensive stalwarts by switching them with the forwards in order to make sure every player got an opportunity to score in Croke Park. Every single player to a man played their part in a memorable occasion for all family, friends and supporters that travelled on the day. Team on the day: Tristan Friel, Adam Curran, Caolan O‘Neill, Caolan Mulholland, David Carey, James O’Hagan, John Jackson, Pauric Doherty, Joseph McGrenera, Kevin Jordan, Liam Doherty, Oisin Kelly, Ruairi Doherty, Sean Doherty, Micheal Bernard McLaughlin.
Management would like to take this opportunity to thank all players and family who travelled on the day and represented both club and county in the best light possible both on and off the pitch.
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