The boys have been training three days a week for the past two months on the new school field. We played our first game on the pitch when we beat St. Oliver’s National School in a friendly game two weeks ago. Over 30 pupils played in that game.
We have played only two games since then. We were defeated by a very hot Kentstown NS team in our first match in the Navan Spring League and also lost narrowly to Boyerstown NS in a friendly match this week. The standard of the League is very high as all of the teams that we are playing have been county champions in their school divisions in the past. We are not too worried about losing the games because we are better than we were last year so we know that if we keep tryingour best, we will improve with every match.
We would like to thank the Board of Management and the Parent Association for paying for the pitch, Mr O’Connor and Mr. O’Donnell for the training, Davy for setting up the pitch for and Michael English in 3rd class who does a great job bring the gear out for training every day.
We will let you know when our next home match is on and you are welcome to come out to the pitch and cheer us on.
St. Patrick’s N.S. 0-07 Boyerstown N.S. 2-07
Slane NS were privileged to be the first team to play a match on the Boyerstown NS’ new school field this week in a friendly match. It was certainly a match of two halves due to a strong breeze. It took Slane ten minutes to get full use of the wind, but when they did, there were some fine scores from Tadhg Martyn, Ben McDonagh and Matthew Kealy to leave Slane 0-07 to 0-01 ahead at halftime. The team had twelve wides during this period which proved costly at the finish. Boyerstown’s defending was also a big factor in keeping the score down.
In the second half, it was Boyerstown’s turn to impress with a number of good scores. Slane defended resolutely however, preventing a number of other opportunities, with Daniel O’Neill, Oisín Mooney and Josh Smyth particularly effective. Matthew Kealy became a utility player, as a forward in the first half and as an extra defender in the second. Up in the forward line, Senan Duffy and Ethan Harding impressed, but, try as they might, Slane could not get the scores to keep them in front while Boyerstown aimed for goal successfully on two occasions.
Both teams competed ferociously to the finish in an excellent exhibition of football. Many thanks to Boyerstown for the game.
Team : 1. Daragh Russell Kerins 2. Josh Smyth 3. Evan Murray 4. Daniel O’Neill 5. Alex Devin 6. Matthew Kealy 7. Oisín Mooney. 8. Ben McDonagh 9. Tadhg Martyn 10. Kevin Hevey 11. Lorcan Smyth 12. Adam O’Sullivan 13 Altay Guneyer 14. Ethan Harding 15. Senan Duffy. Subs(both played) Hugh o’Donnell, Paschal Ayers.