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Donal Whooley, secretary Rebel Óg, presenting the trophy to Nemo Rangers' captain Bryan Hayes.Picture: Mike English
Donal Whooley, secretary Rebel Óg, presenting the trophy to Nemo Rangers' captain Bryan Hayes.Picture: Mike English
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Nemo were crowned Féile football champions after a thrilling weekend of U14 matches

A WEEKEND of Féile football saw Nemo Rangers emerge as winners in the Premier 1 competition.

Group stages across all divisions were held on Saturday with other finals due to be played on the Monday after Easter.

The premier semi-finals and finals were played at St Finbarr’s on Sunday and all three games were top quality.

At the conclusion of the group stages it was Nemo, Glanmire, Douglas, and Bantry who emerged as winners.

Bantry's Eli Reynolds and Nemo's Joe Lyons in action. Picture: Mike English
Bantry's Eli Reynolds and Nemo's Joe Lyons in action. Picture: Mike English

The semi-finals saw Bantry, who were superb all through, face Nemo, while Douglas took on Glanmire.

Two superb games saw neighbours Nemo and Douglas emerge as winners for a place in the final.

Douglas were going for three-in-a-row and Nemo were going for their first win in a number of years.

The final was another great game and Nemo were deserving winners having played the better football.

They have some quality players and have no doubt, a number of them will line out for their senior side in the years ahead. Their display was one that their seniors would have been proud of as they ran out winners by 2-7 to 1-4.

By half time they were well ahead, 2-6 to 0-2, and it was going to take a massive effort from their opponents to get back in contention. They tried, but they were no match for Nemo.

For the winners, the likes of Daniel Quinn, Tim O’Brien, and Brian Hayes were simply unstoppable.

Nemo's Tim O'Brien on his way to scoring an early goal. Picture: Mike English
Nemo's Tim O'Brien on his way to scoring an early goal. Picture: Mike English

Liam Jordan opened the scoring for Nemo, with Hayes and O’Brien adding points, before Robert Hanley and Aadarsh Sinnathambi pulled points back for Douglas.

But goals from Hayes and O’Brien, in the space of two minutes, put Nemo on their way to victory.

Joe Hartnett pulled a goal back for Douglas in the second half, but it was no more than a consolation as the Trabeg side ran out deserving winners and will go on to represent Cork in the national finals at the end of June.

Picture: Mike English
Picture: Mike English

Special mention must also be made of Glanmire who used their group games on Saturday as a fundraiser for the Kieran O’Connor Fund and raised €450. A great gesture by the club and one they must be applauded for.