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posted 4 Oct 2012, 14:59 by James Lawless

Below are a couple of reports for the last two U8 Football matches:
Sallins U8 vs Ardclough at Ardclough 08/09/12
A large panel travelled to Ardclough for the second Autumn fixture.  On a lovely afternoon Sallins played some of their best football of the year to convincingly win the game.  Three points in the first quarter and four points in the second saw Sallins in control of the game by 7 points to 0 at half time.  Another strong third quarter saw 3 more points added with Ardclough finally able to register a single score, so the score was 10 points to 1 going into the last quarter.  With a number of changes and perhaps some tiredness setting in the last quarter was more competitive with Ardclough edging it by 3 points to 2, but a great effort by the team overall with the final score Sallins 12 Ardclough 4.  That’s two wins from two games in the Autumn.
Sallins U8 vs Confey at Confey 15/09/12
With a number of players unavailable a smaller panel travelled to Confey for what was expected to be a tough game.  A strong start by Sallins with two early points in the first quarter but then the team fell asleep a little at the end of the quarter with the scores at 2 points each.  The second quarter was very hard fought with both teams missing a number of chances and Sallins having the only score to lead by 3 points to 2 at half time.  A strong third quarter was where the game was won for Sallins scoring 4 points to 2 to lead 7 – 4 going into the last quarter.  Two quick points for Confey brought them back into the game but two late points and some excellent goalkeeping saw Sallins win their third game of the Autumn by 9 point to 6.  So with just one more match to go this year the U8 footballers have won 7 games of the 9 they have played.
Sallins 6-7 Leixlip 5-11
This game was played last Sunday morning and once again the u13 footballers served up a treat losing out by the narrowest of margins to the lads from Leixlip. The game had it all with goals galore, tough tackling and both sets of supporters were kept on the edge of their nerves right up until the very end. People often say sport can be cruel sometimes and it was certainly cruel last Sunday morning for either team to have to lose out. It does show also just how far the Sallins squad has come in a few short years to see that we are now disappointed to not beat one of the biggest clubs in the county. Well done again to all involved, ye did the club proud.

Thanks to Graham Lowen for match reports.