Congratulations to Waterford U15 Girls who advanced to the Gaynor Shield Final after high drama in WIT arena in Carriganore. It took a sudden death winning penalty from our own Ciara O’Keeffe to send the girls through against Wexford.
Dungarvan were Saturdays visitors to Ashgrove. A strong wind made conditions difficult but both teams tried to play football and we were edging the contest until we conceded against the run of play just before ht. 1.0 down at the break. We bossed the second half and equalised when Finbarr Purcell assisted Jamie Croke . 1.1 with 15 minutes to go and we pressed and were the better team. It was a sucker punch when a dubious goal 3 mins from time had us 2.1 down totally against the run of play. We threw caution to the wind an conceded on stroke of full time. A defeat but a fantastic performance from everyone. MoM: Sean Kearns & Billy Delahunty, with special mention for Jack Walsh who was immense in the middle of the park.
First league game of the season for our older Purple girls team against an in-form and very good Tramore side in stormy, wet & chilly conditions which kicked off right after our Pinks game. Tramore got on the score board early in the game and kept much of the play in the Mooncoin end of the field. There were a few chances for the purples to register scores but they didn’t have the finishing touch. Overall, a score line that doesn’t really reflect the tenacity and effort of the Purple girls but plenty to work on for the next game and again a lot of positives going forward.
There is a saying that in certain weather that you wouldn’t put a dog out in it, but this morning our u12 pink girls squad of 14 girls kicked off their league campaign in horrendous conditions against a very organised Dungarvan outfit. Playing against the breeze Dungarvan quickly showed their class and pinned the girls back and led 2-0 at half time but our bundle of girls who are all u11 dig deep and showed tremendous resilience in tough conditions and saw the game out at 2-0. A lot to take from this one with a team that are all underage again next year.
Today saw our u16 Girls make their debut in Cappoquinn.
The bad weather made for difficult playing conditions but both teams made the best they could of the situation.
We started the game very well and took the lead when Ellie Corcoran opened her scoring account for the season . We seen chances come and go but not managing to convert any on to the score board . 0-1 Half Time.
Cappoquin came out in the second half rejuvenated and took the game by the horns , quickly equalising and adding two more to it before the full whistle. Not the start we had been hoping for but what’s done is done. For now, the girls will regroup and learn from today.
An solid first half performance from the lads yielded no goals with the majority of chances falling our way. The second half was dominated by ourselves from start to finish and we got our noses in front through an excellent finish by Jp Purcell on the hour mark. Several more chances went a begging and our worst fears were confirmed when Rathgormack nicked a late equaliser on the break to leave us with a point for our efforts.
A local derby, and a mighty tussle as Piltown came out the right side of a 7 goal thriller.
It was perfect conditions for a match in Kildalton Park and Piltown got off to a flyer with an early goal via a penalty.
Mooncoin got a foothold in midfield and with a through ball Shane Purcell was on hand to slot in from a tight angle.
From a Mooncoin corner, Conor Walsh slotted home from close range and not 2 minutes later Conor Walsh was on hand again to grab a second and the teams third.
Piltown now piled on the pressure, there were some fine saves from Eoin Tobin in goal. Then just before half time Piltown made it 3-2.
The 2nd half was much tighter with some fine passing from both sides. Then close to the end from a corner Piltown scored and a few minutes later they scored from an unstoppable long range shot.
There was a final chance for Mooncoin in the last minute but there was a fine save and the match finished 4-3 to Piltown.
The lads have improved mightly from the first match and it can only be upwards from here.
A disappointing result but much improved performance from this squad this morning in breezy ashgrove. The u11 lads on show put in excellent shifts and it was young Sam Ponce De Leon who slotted home like an old pro before Crystal nicked a 3rd goal.
Our under 10 girls had a great time at their friendly match in Ballyduff this evening #Can’tSeeCan’tBe #showyourstripes
After a great opening day the team went to the Moon for a much tougher challenge in St. Paul’s. Again a score line that doesn’t do justice to the effort of St. Paul’s. However we are on fire as they say and another great performance from everyone. Starting in the Goal by Jonah O’Toole who has really worked hard on his performance and it shows. Clean sheet is deserved of his performance. Liam Hogan came back today after 12 months out and it looked like he never left. Sided by Conor Dermody who’s timing was impeccable throughout. Denis Kinsella at left back gave great supply up the left hand side.. Ciara O’Keeffe was outstanding at right back… Lee Freyne is loving the number 10 role and produced a brilliant hatrick today that won a little wager with mam!!! (Silly move on mams part) left winger Sean Lennon has an unbelievable engine and resilience and he scored two of the goals today. Dylan Conway in midfield was superb again and headed every single ball back up the pitch no matter how far out of the sky they came. Sam Hartwells burst of pace is nearly unplayable and he notched one. A training ground special was buried to the net by Adam Conway with an excellent header after a great delivery from Lee. Adam was a menace down the right hand side and got two today. Man of the Match today after a brilliant display by Stephen Foran who was involved in every goal he made so many passes that cut through St. Paul’s and capped off his day with a stunning overhead kick into the corner of the net. We made three subs and each were involved in goals and upped the game when they came on and that was Cian O’Sullibheann, Matthew Morahan and Daniel Roberts. Serious team performance well done everyone.