Garda Westmanstown Gaels

Founded 1922/2004

Co. Dublin

Feile boys do the Double!

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Dear GWG members, 

As the dust (or grass) settles, lets look back on the massive achievement that our Feile boys had in winning both their Hurling and Football Feiles over the last few weeks. A season of hard work has brought them this wonderful accomplishment and all at the club are so proud of their efforts. Below is the thrilling match report from last weeks Hurling Feile victory!

After many false dawns, waterlogged pitches, cancelled matches and limited training opportunities, our Feile adventures for 2024 ended in glorious sunshine last Sunday morning, back on home turf in Westmanstown.
After securing our Cup victory in Football 2 weeks prior, we were seeking to complete the “domestic double” as one observer noted. The northsiders of Na Fianna were the opposition, but in truth, nothing or no one was going to stop our boys.
A frantic opening 8-9 minutes commenced, where neither side had had a decent spell of clean possession, and resulted in a only a single point apiece. But once our Young Gaels secured 2 quick fire goals the game as a competition faded away. Whilst Na Fianna fought valiantly to the end, the skill, precision and work rate of our boys was too much form them to cope with.
By the final whistle, the score stood at 6-14 to 0-4, and the Double was secured. The sun-drenched spectators cheered & applauded the boys, their sons, their clubmates, and brought a fitting end to the Feile for 2024. 
Every boy played, and every boy played their part, with style & enthusiasm. So many worthy of praise, but would note the tireless work of Sean Solan, picked at corner forward, but given free rein to roam, and roam he did, covering every blade of grass. 2 goal chances in the first half for Na Fianna were stuffed out expertly by the ever-dependable Colm Murphy at full back. The energetic Henry Todd, and craft of Aaron Farrell, and the guile of Eoin Gleeson, Conor Teehan,  provided a solid defence. Tireless work from Sean Lynch & Harry Walsh in midfield, aided by Cillian Doherty, & Daniel Mulryan, provided the opportunities for Aidan Doyle to lead the way on the scoring front and as well as captain. But he was not alone and with Darragh Burns, Ollie McCormack, Harry Walsh, Daniel Wallace, Aaron Farrell, & Elliot Cox all contributing to an impressive final tally. Our strength off the bench ensured a seamless transition, with Jamie’s Lang & Colgan, Teddy Spillane, Liam Foran, Shane Flanagan, and Patrick Nicol all contributing to a great day.
Massive credit to Na Fianna for their gracious dignity & sportsmanship in defeat. They epitomized the spirit of the GAA and no doubt their day will come, and watching them all shake hands with the referee after the presentation is testament to their families & club.
A wee party on the benches followed, for the boys to bask in the glory, with food & drinks laid on, and the presentation of 2 sets of golden winner’s medals. Once the food was devoured, the boys retreated to the pitch again, and an old school, soccer match commenced… with the obligatory jumpers for goal posts, whilst the parents & friends sipped coffee and chatted. Days like these are not that frequent, and the gelling & bonding of this squad was a sight to behold, and memories to be treasured for a lifetime.
Team: 1 Cian Lynch, 2 Conor Teehan, 3 Colm Murphy, 4 Eoin Gleeson, 5 Henry Todd, 6, Jack Sheridan, 7 Aaron Farrell, 8 Sean Lynch, 9 Harry Walsh, 10 Ollie McCormack, 11 Darragh Burns, 12 Cillian Doherty, 13, Daniel Mulryan, 14 Aidan Doyle (C), Sean Solan, 16 Liam Foran, 17 Jamie Colgan, 18 Jamie Lang, 19 Patrick Nicol, 20 Teddy Spillane, 21 Daniel Wallace, 22 Shane Flanagan, 23 Elliot Cox.

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