U12 Football

22 April, 2014

Over the last three weeks the under 12 footballers have had three teams playing in Wicklow. The first night the one team group had a good win over Barndarrig. Against much bigger opponents Bray settled quickly and in a very even first half a few late goals just before half time had Bray ahead. The second half was tight for long periods with Bray's ability to score points resulted in a good win first night out.

The two team group played near neighbours Eire Og and despite some good performances played second fiddle to a well drilled Eire Og team. It must be remembered that a lot of these players are new to under 12 and the length of the pitches and longer games took its toll in the second half of the game.

The second night saw the two team group play St Pats of Wicklow town. Both teams were ahead at half time by playing some excellent flowing football. However in both matches some tactical changes made by the wily Pats management resulted in Bray losing one game, winning the other but losing overall on the night on scoring difference. While this was an improvement on the first night it was disappointing to lose half time leads particularly after playing some good football.

The One Group played Kilcoole in Kilcoole where the hosts ran out winners in a very even and sporting game. The whole idea of having three teams playing is to ensure all kids get plenty of game time which will improve their skills and game awareness.

The most recent game was against Donard the Glen. In both games everyone contributed in the game in a team effort. By having players playing in front of their men/women resulted in more ball being won. Good goalkeeping and strong midfield performances led to good ball going into the forward line which resulted in a number of scores in the first half but a strong finish to the half by Donard the Glen ensured there was very little between the teams at half time. With both teams putting in huge efforts in the first half the pace of the game dropped but both teams fought to the end with Bray eventually running out winners.

As you can appreciate it is great to be in a position to enter two separate teams equating to up to 40 boys playing football at under 12 in Wicklow and can only happen with the continued goodwill of the players and parents in going to games, long may it continue