Published on May 12th, 2015 | by Edelle Henry


U10 hurlers win the Pat Sheehan Memorial Cup

Lavey Under 10 hurlers were crowned Champions on Sunday after emerging victorious in the excellent St. Gall’s run tournament.

After being drawn in a difficult group with tournament organisers St. Gall’s, Ballycastle and Ardoyne Kickhams; Lavey, the only team from Co. Derry, showed some terrific skill and heart to win the tournament.

With an athletic and skilful team they were the only team to remain unbeaten and also emerged highest aggregate scorers.

The first game was against Ballycastle. The first half was very tight as both teams were stretching their legs after long bus journeys. The hooking and blocking was tremendous and scoring chances were hard to come by. Lavey opened the scoring with a long range point from Shegdae Melaugh but Ballycastle responded with a great goal. Lavey pushed hard for a score and it eventually came after great work from Eoin Scullion. Ballycastle came back and if it wasn’t for the superb work from Carla Collins, Aimon Duffin and keeper Padraig Kelly the game could easily have been lost. Lavey 1-2 Ballycastle 1-0.
Next up was Ardoyne Kickhams and Lavey’s strength and athleticism showed. With Conlan O’Kane dominant around midfield, Conall Bradley, Dara McGurk and Ger Rafferty were wreaking havoc in the forward line. Again the defence were excellent with Daniel Dallat, Ronan McCloy and Ryan McGarvey giving Ardoyne few opportunities to test Kelly. Great work from Jack Convery set up a goal forScullion. Lavey 5-5 Ardoyne 0-1.

The final group game was against St. Galls and it would decide which team would enter the Cup or Shield competition. St. Galls started very strongly and Kelly was quickly called into action to clear off the line. Conor Downey now at corner back was moved to mark their danger man and Charlie Curley was tasked with marking their captain at midfield. With Scullion, Melaugh and O’kane constantly moving Lavey started to dominate. McGurk struck a great goal after a clearance from O’Kane and this was followed with a couple of frees from Meelaugh. Eoin Scullion caught a great clearance, worked an opening for himself and scored a great goal. With St. Gall’s going for goal, Collins, Kelly and Downey were again superb. Lavey 4-3 St Galls 0-2

Lavey met two other Belfast teams ; Lámh Dearg and Bríd Óg in the quarter and semi-final. Both were tight encounters but Lavey’s ability to get goals helped them get past Lámh Dearg and their tight defence and keeper managed to keep Bríd Óg scoreless. Lavey were strong and powerful all over the field and their strength of their bench meant they were able constantly make changes without weakening the team. Niall McMullan and Ryan McGarvey, were outstanding against Lámh Dearg, with both of them making great interceptions and clearances. Conlan O’kane worked really hard against Bríd Óg and his strength and bravery helped Lavey through.

Qtr final: Lavey 3-3 Lámh Dearg 0-1
Semi-final: Lavey 0-3 Bríd Óg 0-0

In the final the two best teams of the day matched up, Lavey and Ballycastle.

With Ballycastle now aware of the threat posed by Lavey, they made a number of positional changes. Clean possession was hard to win, with both sets of players hooking and blocking like their lives depended on it. Lavey edged in front with a couple of Melaugh frees but Ballycastle responded with a great goal. Ballycastle lost their captain to injury and Eoin Scullion somehow scrambled the ball into the net. The Ballycastle captain returned for the second half at full forward, but Duffin kept close tabs on him. Curley, Melaugh and O’Kane started to dominate the midfield. A couple of frees brought it back to a draw. A great ball from O’kane to McGurk was into the centre for Scullion to net the winner. There were wild cheers at the final whistle. Lavey Abú!

Lavey Team: P.Kelly, C.Collins, A.Duffin, C.Downey, S.Melaugh(Cpt), C.Curley, E.Scullion, C.O’Kane, D.McGurk, R.McCloy, D. Dallat, C.Bradley,G.Rafferty, N.McMullan, J.Convery, R.McGarvey,

Congratulations to the team and management of Eamon Melaugh, Martin Convery and Ronan O’Donnell.


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