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U21 A Championship 1st Round
Claregalway 0–13 Annaghdown 1–8
at Cregg Saturday February 2nd 2013

The U21 championship kicked off with an away game against local rivals Annaghdown. The weather was kind and the pitch was in good condition particularly given the weather over the last few weeks.

The Claregalway players and mentors had put in a great effort over the last few weeks. Good numbers were attending training and the attitude in the group was very positive. A tight game was expected but the Claregalway team were hopeful of a positive result.

Mark Rohan opened the scoring for Claregalway with a point after two minutes. Annaghdown responded with a point after 5 minutes. It was nip and tuck all the way to half time with neither team gaining a significant advantage. Annaghdown led at half-time 0–5 to 0–4.

Again, Claregalway opened strongly in the second half taking the first two scores. But again Annaghdown responded to the challenge. With fifteen minutes remaining the sides were level and the game was in the balance. With ten minutes remaining, Annaghdown got in for a goal which looked like the decisive score. However the Claregalway lads responded magnificently. They took control of the middle of the field and piled the pressure on the Annaghdown defence. They scored 5 points without reply to take the victory by two points.

Team panel: Eoin Clarke, Ryan Harrington, Eoghan Commins, Brendan Joyce, Ciaran Harte, Colm O’Hagan, Conor King, Emmett Feeney, Kenneth Hansberry, Eamon Loughlin, John Evans, Mark Goldrick, Paul Fahy, Sean Moran, Thomas Duggan, Brian O’Connell, Dara Moylan, Edwin Carey, Mark Shaughnessy, Michael Coyle, Richard Commins, Shane McHugh, Harry Connelly, Ben Creaven, Damien Culkin, Kevin Hanley, Craig Hansberry, Cathal Evans, Mark Coyle, Jason Donnellan, Paul Fahey, Andrew Dolan, Mark Rohan, Paddy Griffin.