What a game this was. First the home side raced into a 3,nil lead, but Liam OConnell, Cathal Daffy with a great header and Jamie McMahon saw us level by the short whistle. Liam OConnell put us in front before Granville leveled and then scored a late winner. Again a number of players played their part from start to finish, Sam Gibson and Eion Sarsfield are battling for the first choice as keeper. In defence Liam OConnell, Thomas Hickey and Cian Costelloe are playing very well in an effort to play as starters. Midfield sees Jamie McMahon, Eoin McGurran, Niall McGuane, Cathal Daffy, Matthew ODonovan Quane and Stephen McMahon all fighting for their place. Stephen Kelly and Callum ODwyer share the attacking duties.
This was a good effort from the Juniors, despite playing premier opposition. Mike Worthy gave us an early lead but we were 4,1 down at the short whistle. A number of great displays were not enough for us on the day. Will Birrane, Shane Treacy and Bob Collins tried to stem the one way flow for us.
An enjoyable game at Knockalsiheen, saw our U11s host Bridge Celtic. There were some great displays around the field. Tom Hickey (1) and Liam OConnell (1),were in control in defence, with Sam Gibson between the sticks. Jamie McMahon was our star in midfield with Eoin McGurran, while Stephen Kelly (2) and Cathal Daffy led the attack. John McKeogh (1) Cian Costelloe, Eion Sarsfield in goal and Niall McGuane all played their part in this game.
The U11s next game is away to Granville Rangers
The U10s played Corbally United in a very entertaining game in Athlunkard. Sean ONeiil in goal for us was ably helped by Rian Quirke, Eoin Kirkland and Scott Kennedy. Niall McGuane scored two for us and Cian Costlloe led from mid-field, while Greg Nash and Alex Dunphy, Alex Gibson, Hollie ONeill, Ben Kennedy all played their part.
Athlunkard Villa were our opponents in the FAI cup and we just managed to field a team, with Derek Moloney's short lived retirement giving us 12 men on the day. Despite the final scoreline we had a number of players who stepped up and gave their all on the day. While our consolation goal from a Will Birrane free kick was our highlight on the day. Those to try hardest were Conor Costelloe, Donal Walker, Derek Moloney and Will Birrane.
2 of our 3 teams were in action this week, with the other game called off.
On Wednesday the U12s played Ballynanty Rovers and lost 3,1 with our goal coming from Thomas Hickey. Others to play well were Luke Phayer, Aidan Kearney and Killian Ahern.
Friday's U11 game was off.
On Saturday the U10s were first into action. This was a game where half the panel were playing in their first game and all played their part.. Best were Sean Campbell in goal, Rian Quirke, Scott Kennedy and Jaden Sanchez.
Next in action were the U12s and despite losing 5,2 with goals from Luke McSweeney and Liam OConnell, we have hopes of this side improving. Best were Callum Fitzgerald, Aidan Kearney and Stephen Walsh.
Please check the fixtures on the fixtures and results page
A number of changes due to injuries saw us host the league leaders in Knockalsiheen. The opening 35 minutes was a close enough encounter but within 7 minutes Athlunkard raced in to a 3,nil lead. before the short whistle. 10 minutes into the second half Athlunkard added to their lead. Pa ONeill pulled a consolation back with 10 minutes to go. Steve McDermott scored late on. Best were Will Birrane, Tom Kennedy and Colin Bennis.
The U11s kicked off their Season in the non competitive football and despite taking a 2 goal lead through Liam OConnell, left with a draw for their efforts.
These players will be trying hard for the Season and those to shine today were Mathew ODonovan Quane, Cathal Daffy and Jamie McMahon.
A good effort from the U12 , but they were just not able to deal with a Shelbourne side that were 3 up, before Luke McSweeney scored for us. Thomas Hickey score our second but Shelbourne ran out easy winners. Those to shine were Jack Flannagan, Jamie McMahon and Aidan Kearney.
The U12s kick off our schoolboy Season this evening Friday 04th September when they entertain Shelbourne in Knockalsiheen. 6.30 kick off.
On Saturday the U11s play Ballynanty Rovers in Shelbourne Park at 10.30.
We are hoping that players and parents will post comments on the games as we go along.