Minor Football 2011.
The Minor football 2011 season finished successfully yesterday on a high note with an inspiring victory by our Minor B's in their D championship final in Saggart against a fancied St Mary's . In unseasonably good conditions, the squad played with focus and determination and took advantage of the venue to lead 0-9 to 0-5 at half time. In was in the second half they showed the depth of their character. Playing uphill against a determined St Mary's who were encouraged by their loyal home supporters, Na Fianna blocked and tackled repeatedly and skillfully in defenceand midfield and moved with purpose, pace and penetration in attack to seal the victory. The travelling Na Fianna support were glowing with pride for their players, their display and their achievement.
The Minor football mentors would like to thank all players on all panels for their dedication. To those moving on, we have seen you develop and improve your skills and athleticism, we wish you every success in the future.
We would also like to thank the parents of our players for their support in the many tasks it takes to run the three teams. We would like to acknowledge the enthusiastic support and cooperation from our fellow club coaches particularly the U/16 s .
Finally we woudl like to acknowledge the generousity of those who discretely donate to and sponsor the minor squads and allow us to provide the players with the care and support they deserve.
Minor Football 2010.
The Minor football 2010 season finished today with a complete and well earned victory by the Minor B squad in their league final. This young side who were also finalists in their championship, have given an encouraging kick start to the new year.
The A squad who progressed purposefully through the championship were just narrowly defeated in their final. The response in the following days when many of them competed in various other club competitions was inspirational.
This year Na Fianna Minor Football competed with enthusiasm, perseverence, discipline and maturing talent in three leagues and championships.
We would like to thank the many parents for generously providing transport, patient line/umpire and detailed stats, endless jersey care and generous catering . We would also like to thank our sponsors who quietly helped us provide the players with the care they deserve.
Minor Football Dublin and Leinster Tournament Champions 2009.
Na Fianna Minor footballers added a hard earned but well deserved Leinster tournament club championionship, to the Dublin title.
In perfect conditions, thanks to hosts, Eire Og of Carlow, against a skilled, swift, highly motivated and organised opposition, Athy, we had to battle long and hard for over seventy minutes of intense football to earn the title. We started strongly with three well taken points from short and long distance. But Athy have earned their reputation and struck back with a goal and a point. At half time Na fianna trailed by two points. 1 - 4 to 0- 5. The second half began with further Athy raids and they raised their lead to three points. The character and strength of Na Fianna began to assert itself and we goaled and pointed to pull ahead. For over ten minutes in the second half the two teams battled for any advantage, gradually Na Fianna's tireless workrate and penetrating runs paid off and we pulled three points up. Again Athy came back and pointed to leave just two in it.. The pace in this second half never relented, and when the whistle went after over 35 minutes one could see the exhaustion, relief dissapointment and elation on players who had given it all.
Na Fianna minor footballers brought the Dublin Minor Football Championship trophy home to Mobhi Road once again.
In a game played in near ideal conditions , relentless workrate, dogged defence and clinical finishing overcame opponents St Vincents..Level after eight minutes, we upped the tempo and drove on to lead eight points to two at half time.
In the early second half our opponents threw everything at us and pulled our advantage back to four. But with characteristic determination and pace Na Fianna pushed on to complete the task .
Across the Liffey, in O'Toole park our B squad fought tirelessly and skillfully against a strong Skerries team , and despite hauling them back to three , we were just pipped at the post.
The mentors would like to acklowledge the perseverance, determination and courage of our players who have made this year so memorable.We especially thank the minor pannellists who generously gave their time in support of team preparation.
The patient work done over many years in the nursery and juvenile sections has come to fruition. The team management wish to acknowledge the selfless work of the juvenile coaches whose dedication is seen so clearly in your players.
We would also like to thank the parents who repeatedly and generously give their time to support and encourage as well as drive many hundreds of miles , feed hundreds of mouths, and clean a thousand jerseys along the way.
We especially acknowledge our sponsors who enabled us to enhance the care and development of our footballers.
Go raibh maith agat!