The 2021 All-Ireland Underage Cups and Shields Finals began on Tuesday in stunning weather at Clontarf Golf Club with the Boys’ Fred Daly Trophy and Junior Foursomes quarter-finals setting off the 2-day series of events.
Roganstown, who had teams competing in both competitions, got off to a winning start against Malone in the Fred Daly Trophy. Four of five of the players at Clontarf contributed to the club’s AIG Men’s Senior Cup team win over Tramore at the weekend, bringing great confidence to the club that another All-Ireland pennant may be in reach.
“We are confident, but the players are tired after the weekend they’ve had,” said Anthony Mongey, Roganstown Fred Daly Trophy Team Captain. “You can see that they didn’t play to their best this morning but it was tough on them after all the adrenaline of the weekend but we’ll see them fresher tomorrow I’m sure.”
While Bray and Faithlegg have also progressed alongside Roganstown to the Fred Daly Trophy semi-finals, a strong Naas team triumphed over Killarney in the fourth quarter-final match. Wins from Darragh Behan, Conor Culhane and James O’Rourke meant that the final two matches could be called in, resulting in a 4-1 win for the Kildare team.
Paul Traynor, Naas Team Captain said: “We’ve put a lot of hard work over the last few years into our underage section in Naas and the guys turned up well today. We’d a great match with Killarney, we won convincingly but it was a very sporting match.
“Golf is a selfish game but this team aspect to it brings a different mentality, some of our team are also playing in the AIG Junior Cup, it’s been really great for them. It does bring that team element into it which we all know is great.”
Roganstown will play Bray in Wednesday’s Fred Daly Trophy semi-finals while Naas meet Faithlegg.
The Roganstown Boys’ Junior Foursomes team also progressed to the semi-final on Wednesday having won out over Royal Portrush, so this week could result in unprecedented success for the club.
“Some of the players have passed on playing the Ulster Boys’ this week to represent the club,” commented Gary Honer, Junior Foursomes Captain. “You can see throughout all the matches we’ve played this year that they’ve always put the club first. It shows the dedication they have. We’ve two 11-year-olds, a 13-year-old and an 18-year-old playing in the Junior Foursomes, it’s amazing to see.”
In the Boys’ Junior Foursomes semi-final, Roganstown will meet Rockmount while Tipperary will play Castletroy for a spot in tomorrow afternoon’s final.
Also the Boys’ and Girls’ Inter-Club events will be hosted at Clontarf on Wednesday with 12 more teams beginning their bid for All-Ireland glory.
Boys’ Fred Daly Trophy Quarter Finals
Malone (0) Roganstown (5) (Malone names first) F Dobbin lost to P Keeling 2&1, G Craigan lost to S Keeling 1 hole, R Craigan lost to Charlie Kelly 5&4, J O’Sullivan lost to P O’Dochartaigh 3&2, A Rose lost to A Murray 4&3
Holywood (2) Bray (3) (Holywood names first) J McMaster beat G Rochford 3&2, T Gedge lost to G Healy 6&5, J Nevin lost to D O’Brien 5&4, R McClelland lost to B Lupton-Smith 2&1, P Harrison beat C Davis 5&4
Co. Sligo (2) Faithlegg (3) (Co. Sligo names first) A Brady lost to A King 6&4, S McLoughlin beat R Fives 2&1, J Flanagan lost to B O’Neill 3&1, D Cronin beat C Cadogan 5&3, L Harrison lost to K Caulfield 4&2
Naas (4) Killarney (1) (Naas names first) D Behan beat P Walsh 6&4, S Gamell halved with C Courtney, C Culhane beat T Knoblauch 7&6, J O’Rourke beat B O’Connor Jnr 6&5, C Harris halved with A O’Callaghan
Boys’ Junior Foursomes Quarter Finals
Royal Portrush lost to Roganstown by 2holes (Royal Portrush names first) A Darrah & L Fox lost to L Flaherty & M Meers by 4 holes, J Boyce & S Nesbitt beat D Lynch & J Lynch by 2 holes
Rockmount beat Edmondstown on 19th (Rockmount names first) T Crawford & J McIlhatton beat T Abom & A Foley by 6 holes, C Collins & J Collins beat P Curran & B Edwards 19th
Enniscrone lost to Tipperary by 7 holes (Enniscrone names first) C Feeney & N Miller lost to D Cleary & P Kennedy Jnr by 5 holes, L Feeney & O Cloonan lost to N O’Shea & R O’Connor by 2 holes
Castlecomer lost to Castletroy by 3 holes (Castlecomer names first) C Brophy & D Allen beat P Hussey & E O’Leary by 1 hole, R Ring & L Todd lost to D Humphreys & P Lawlor by 4 holes