Ferns U-16 footballers are one step away from a county title, with St Joseph's the final remaining hurdle. Captain James Lawlor will lead our juveniles out in St Patrick's Park tomorrow (Monday) evening with every confidence, with Ferns unbeaten all year. That said, St Joseph's, from Wexford town, are also unbeaten, so it promises to be a close affair.
The road to the final began way back in April, with two narrow wins over Cloughbawn and Realt na Mara. The team then hit their straps in earnest with emphatic wins over Ballyhogue and Adamstown - two clubs with strong football tradition. The trend continued with a good performance against Davidstown in the last group game.
The semi-final saw Ferns up against Kilross Gaels- an amalgamation of Kilmore and Rosslare. An excellent start saw Ferns in control of the scoreboard, and performance levels only dropped in the last few minutes, when the win was secured. That will serve a s a strong lesson, however, as a few late goals were conceded. Modern football is for sixty minutes, and for 21, not just 15 players.
In that regard, Ferns have a strong panel, with 29 players having played over the six matches, only six of which are U-14's. They have earned their chance to secure a county title.
Please come along to Patrick's Park on Monday 29 August to support the lads. Throw in is at 7.15
The Ferns Juvenile panel 2016: Liam Murphy, Steve Warren, William Bolger, Alex Rothwell, Rory Scallan, Patrick O'Hagan, Adrian Breen, Niall Murphy, Robert Murphy, Tomás Breen, James Lawlor (capt.), Patrick O'Toole, Tom Brown, Kieran Murphy, Shane Breen, Evan Murphy, Kevin Stafford, Michael O'Brien, Eoghan Murphy, Glen Williams, Barry O'Toole, Barry Murphy, Charlie Carney, Seb Rynhart, Pádraig Kinsella, Corey Dunbar, Bob Byrne, Kyle McHale.
Selectors: Pat O'Toole, Pat O'Hagan, Pat Murphy (Bunclody Road), Pat Murphy (Ballyhaddock)