A total panel of nineteen players from the Under 12 squad travelled to Athlone on Saturday last.
In hostile conditions a total of four matches were played with Sligo and Athlone coming out with honours even. Amidst the gale-force winds and lashing rain try scoring was not an easy task. As usual Sligo were slow to awake, this being their first competitive meeting of 2007. Having let in a quick try from Athlone, the under 12 resolve showed forth and despite repeated pressure from Athlone the inevitable breakaway try to even the match was scored. The second Match ended without a try and the third ended two apiece. The rain now lashed like stones in the faces of both teams and discipline on both sides began to fail. Each match had run from one end of the pitch to the other, ending with a resolute wall of defence, either holding up the ball on the line or stealing a break against the play. In the end the final match was one each, but Sligo could have felt hard done by, having had a try disallowed.
No single player in the squad can be singled out. Each of the panel present showed resolute courage in the face of adversity. The ForwardsÂ Jamie McGovern, James Oâ€™Hehir, Matthew Davey, Aaron Donnellan, Ben Ryan, Rory Molloy, Andrew Nairn, Stephen Martyn and DavidÂ all played magnificently often despite temporary injury, all with stony determination. The backs Jason McGoldrick, Cian Mulligan, Daragh Kielly, Hannah Davey, Cian Allen-Kielly, Eddie Weaver, Peter Murray, Sean Finnegean and Daragh Burke all played with total commitment and distinction.
The Under 12 squad, of which the nineteen who travelled today are a good representation, can be seen as a force to be reckoned with, with strength in depth, skill and determination in plentiful supply, and capable of playing any team in Ireland with distinction.