Unfortunately our season came to a shuddering halt today at the hands of a very strong Celtic outfit. It just wasn’t our day across the pitch on an absolute scorcher of a day out in Mount Roskill, although leading by a point at half time we failed to get going in the second half and Cetic deservedly came out on top by a scoreline of 3-8 to 2-5. Although missing numerous players thru injury and having having to field some walking wounded we started brightly with the highlight being the accuracy of Brian Briody and a corker of a score from young Ian Brown which saw us lead 1-5 to 1-4 at the short whistle.
Second half was pretty much a non-event from a Marist point of view with Celtic coming back into it very strongly and surpassing us in most departments around the pitch, and for this they must be complimented while we can have no arguments with the final outcome. We wish Celtic all the best for their coming semi-final and indeed the rest of the Championship.
Heart can be taken from our point of view in that, we will only be stronger next season for suffering this heartache, numerous young players have broken through, Shane Farrelly has been a rock far beyond his years at the back, Tom Byrne led all season like a general leading his troops into battle, Brian Briody showed he truly is the Phil Taylor of Gaelic football with his unerring accuracy off his peg.
That’s a wrap for the 2012/2013 season for the lads, we aren’t finishing it empty handed, having won the league earlier in the season and it’s up to everyone now not to let the heads drop. There is still plenty of football in this team, we are far from finished, we will return and we will get back on top – right where we belong. All that’s left to say is a huge thank you to everyone who gave up their time for this team through-out the season, especially Frank, Buttsy & Derek as well as others too many to mention.
It’s in the lap of the girls now and their semi-final next Sunday at 3.45pm, we hope we can see as much of a turn-out for that as they have, not only this Sunday but every Sunday, turned out in force to support the lads.
HON THE MARIST