john egan 2014

The Downs U14 boys returned from their 3 day trip to Kerry last weekend as division 2 runners up in the Comortas Peile John Egan. An action packed few days included a tour of the Sports Arena at University Limerick, meeting Kerry Captain Fionn Fitzgerald and the Munster Cup, team parade through the streets of Killarney and playing the div 2 final vs Laune Rangers in Fitzgerald Stadium.
Organised by Kerry GAA to remember one of their deceased greats, this tournament involves 16 clubs invited from all over Ireland and further afield with London's Dulwich Harps involved this year.
The Downs were paired with Tralee club Na Gaeil who proved to be marvellous hosts. On the pitch, The Downs had 2 good wins over local sides Milltown Castlemaine and Na Gaeil. In the third round, our old friends Dulwich Harps proved to be too string but the earlier victories secured a division 2 semi-final spot versus another Tralee side John Mitchell's. This was a cracking game with thrills and spills from start to finish. The lads found themselves 7 points adrift mid way through the first half but fought back to go in level at the break. Cheered on by a vocal visiting support, the lads put in a brilliant second half performance to secure a place in the following day's division 2 final for the second year in a row - final score 3-9,3-5.Up against a Laune Rangers side in the final with a big reputation, the sides were all square at half time. Despite the greasy Fitzgerald Stadium surface, both sides produced spells of good football throughout. The Killorglin side edged the second half with several county players to the fore and ran out winners on a final score of 2-13, 3-5.
Overall, The Downs can look back on their few days with great pride, recording good wins over 3 Kerry sides and pushing the mighty Laune Rangers all the way in the final. Thanks to our marvellous hosts Na Gaeil of Tralee and of course our travelling supporters who were brilliant throughout. A big thank you to our main sponsors for the trip Lagan Cement and our jersey sponsor McNamee Tyres. See website and Facebook page for more photos.
Panel: Eanna Burke, Jack Carroll, Mark Conneely, Matthew Cunningham, Oisin Dowdall, Liam Faulkner, Adam Gilbride, Richard Kelly, Jonathan Lynam, Ryan Mannering, Trevor Martin, Luke Maguire, Cian McCourt, Nathan Lynott, Liam Moran, Oisin Murphy, Shane Murtagh, Kevin O'Sullivan, Oisin Raleigh, Adam Smith, Luke Smith, David Smyth, Stephen Wynne.

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