The U10’s made the long journey to Downpatrick on Saturday 3rd September 2011. On what was a fine day the tournament was superbly organised and attracted clubs from all over Ulster to compete for the Pat Morgan Cup.
The boys got off to a slow start and were soundly beaten by a strong Clonduff side. The boys re-grouped for the next match and beat Darragh Cross on a scoreline of 0-14 to 0-1. To finish the group we met the host club and the boys got into their stride and ran out winners on a 0-13 to 0-0 scoreline.
Progressing to the Quarter finals a strong Burren outfit awaited and the match was tight from start to finish and ended at 0-8 to 0-8. The rules of the tournament dictated that the ‘golden point’ rule would apply. The boys wasted no time and through some stern defending from Redmond French, Sean Mulholland, Aaron Sheehan and Ronan Leathem the ball was quickly worked down into the forward line. With Martin Magee and Michael McCaughley applying the pressure, a Burren infringement allowed Ruari McDonald to slot over the pressure kick and send the boys through to the semi-final.
Clann Eireann 0-9 Burren 0-8
In the semi final we met a strong Carryduff team and matches between these two sides are always keenly contested. Jack Conlon, Tomas McNeice and Michael O Shea got a grip around the middle and curtailed the Carryduff attacks. Points from Ruari McDonald, Andrew Cooper and Odhran McGibbon edged us in front but Carryduff came back strongly to go in front and it was in the final moments that Clann Eireann equalised through Kelsey Crossey to set up another Golden goal scenario. As Carryduff attacked and threatened to score, Ethan McSherry made a magnificent tackle to steal the ball. It was quickly worked up the field and Ruari McDonald applied the finish to send the boys through to the final.
Clann Eireann 0-5 Carryduff 0-4
In the final Mayobridge awaited and they had come through some tough matches to earn their place in the showpiece of the day. The match started well for the boys and Cormac Brophy made some great saves and his distribution of the ball kept the attacking play flowing for Clann Eireann.
Some fantastic points from Ruari McDonald and one from Odhran McGibbon set the boys on their way but Mayobridge refused to lie down and the match finished 0-5 a piece to send the game into extra time. Further points from Ruari McDonald and Ethan McSherry meant there was no way back for Mayobridge and the boys closed the game out to claim the cup and bring it back to the Shore Road.
A fabulous win for the boys and they showed their mental strength in some nervy situations. Well Done Boys!!!!!!!