Underage News for Feb 2019 - 2019-02-28 11:50:00

Annual Mick O’Brien Football Tournament Sat Feb 2nd

The season kicked off early last month with the annual Mick O’Brien Fe 14 football tournament. The visiting teams were St Vincent’s, Mungret/St Pauls, Austin Stacks, Naas and Kerins O’Rahillys. There was some great talent on display and some excellent games. Feile format and rules were used. The Nemo Fe 14 team acquitted themselves very well. They won their two preliminary games against Kerins O’Rahillys and St Vincents. It meant that they qualified for the A final against Kerry rival Austin Stacks. In true Cork vs Kerry style, the game was keenly contested. But Nemo had the greater fire power up front and eventually prevailed to win the tournament for the first time in several years. The B final was contested between Naas and St Vincents with the Kildare club winning out. The C final saw newcomers Mungret/St Pauls from Limerick take on Kerins O’Rahillys. In an excellent game the Limerick side prevailed. All in all, it was a great day and a true feast of football. The weather was kind, and everyone had a great day out. Well done to all the teams who participated – we thank them for their support of the Tournament. And a special well done to Nemo this year for winning the competition.

Minor Football Activity in Feb  

The minor boys have started the year in earnest. Their first league game was a home tie on Feb 22nd with Valley Rovers. Before that they played 3 challenge games. They prevailed against Carrigaline and Douglas and narrowly lost out to Balljncollig. The challenge games were a great way for the panel to dust of the cobwebs and prepare for the season ahead. We thank the opposition for providing the challenge. Onto the league game. The first half was very close with both teams trading scores regularly. Nemo went in at half time ahead by a few points. In the second half the Nemo boys played some excellent football and their forwards began to find the range. In the end they had a comfortable 2-14 to 1-06 win. A great start to what we all hope will be a great season for the boys.

Girls Fe 16 Football Activity in Feb 

The Fe 16 girls have been busy preparing for the season ahead in Feb. They have played 3 challenge games.  They started with a good workout against a game Fermoy side. They won by 5 or 6 points. Next up was Ballincollig who they prevailed against in a thrilling 4-10 to 7-03 game. The goals from both sides were the highlight of the game. Finally, last Sunday they played Aghada. This was a close affair. Unlike the Ballincollig game defenses were on top. Played in Nemo it was dominated by a very strong breeze, Agahda led 1-06 to 0-00 at half time having played with the wind. The second half was a replica of the first except this time Nemo did all the scoring. In the end a fair 1-06 to 1-06 draw was called. The challenge games were great for the girls and will stand them in good stead as their league games commence in March.

Other Football Challenge’s in Feb  

Lots of other age groups have been busy in Fen organizing challenge matches in preparation for the leagues. The Fe 16 boys played Douglas last weekend. Douglas prevailed on a score line of 4-11 to 0-09. It was a very good workout for the Nemo boys and a great opportunity to experiment. The Fe 14 boys plated Eire Og earlier in the month and continuing from their excellent form in the Mick O’Brien Tournament they recorded a good 4-14 to 2-06 win. The Fe 12 boys entertained Bandon last week. The clubs had enough players for two games to take place in parallel. Both clubs recorded a win so honors even on the day. Last but by no means least the Fe 7 boys headed to Togher for a football blitz with the Barrs last Saturday. The boys had a great time with close to 30 Nemo boys travelling. Many thanks to St Finbarrs for hosting. The first of many games between the two sets of boys I’m sure.

Fe 15 P1 Football League vs Na Piarsaigh Sat Feb 23rd 

The Fe 15 boys travelled to Na Piarsaigh for their league opener last Saturday. They had a shaky start and conceded two early goals. This meant they were chasing the game throughout the first half and they went in at half time well behind after conceding a third goal before the whistle. But they rallied well in the second half and playing some good football they kept in touch with their hosts. But this was a game a strong and purposeful Na Piarsaigh side were never going to relinquish. Final score was 4-09 to 1-08 to the home side.

Fe 13 P1 Football League vs St Finbarrs Sat Feb 23rd 

The Fe 13 boys entertained St Finbarrs in their league opener last Saturday. This was the first time both sets of players would have played on a full pitch. And it took both teams a long time to adjust to the space. St Finbarrs adjusted first and soon rattled off a few fine points. Nemo struck back with a fine point just before half time to leave the score 0-04 to 0-01 to the visitors at half time. The second half had a similar pattern to the first with the Barrs forwards finding the range easier than Nemo. Nemo did strike for a late goal but by then the damage had been done by the excellent St Finbarrs forwards. Final score was 0-10 to 1-01 to the visitors.

Street Leagues 2019 

The 48th annual Nemo Rangers Street leagues is fast approaching. First games are scheduled for Friday April 5th. Street leagues are for boys and girls ranging in age from 6 to 10. They are a great way to introduce children to our national games. Football (girls and boys), Hurling and Camogie are all catered for. Every child comes away a winner. Registrations are currently underway – please contact the club at 4894041 for details. All are welcome.

Issued by

Paul Kearney (Nemo Rangers Underage PRO)