The Moycullen minor footballers had a terrific win last weekend in Tuam Stadium, claiming the minor A football title for the first time in more than 40 years when they defeated Claregalway by 2-7 to 1-6.
The Moycullen management team of Padraig Fahy, Tom Claffey, John Coyne and Peter Carpenter had their charges in fine fettle, and after the impressive Kevin Donovan goaled in the second half, Moycullen took control.
Moycullen had strong performances in defence from Eamon Buckley, Gaelen O’Toole, Robbie Kenny, centre-back Conor Coyne, and team captain Conal Morgan, who did a fine man-marking job on Claregalway danger man Mark Rowan.
Conor Lowndes impressed at midfield and up front Kevin Donovan, Seán Kelly, Aiden Claffey, and the hard-working and tenacious Conor Noone caught the eye.
Subs can turn a game, and both Ben Brennan, who is u-16, and goal-scorer Cillian Mullarkey made a big impact.
Claregalway will be bitterly disappointed with this defeat following their intermediate final defeat to Menlough. They had strong displays from centre-back Cathal Evans, while Kevin Brennan worked hard. Ryan Mannering scored their goal from a penalty in the first half.
Moycullen team manager Padraig Fahy was delighted with the victory.
“It was great to get a win. They are a tremendous group of lads and they have worked really hard all season. They were there or thereabouts at u-14 and u-16 level, so it was great to see them get a reward for their efforts this year. Hopefully it will be something to build on and we will be trying to do the double when we play Salthill in the league final on Saturday week. We played good football and we are all delighted with the success.”