The first fine day in months brought out the best in both Mooncoin and Kilmacow teams, as they played out a thriller of a derby, with Mooncoin taking the win 1 nil.
The first half was tight, with Kilmacow starting the better, but Mooncoin grew into the game and had a couple of shots just head wide. Eoin T was super in this 1st half.
0-0 at half time but 30 secs into the 2nd half and Conor W. had a fine shot that was well saved by the keeper. Soon after Conor had another shot that just whisked wide.
At the back Mooncoin were very solid with birthday boy Will W cleaning up everything behind a brilliant defence.
Mooncoin were on top and a sharp tackle then pass by Sam, saw Charlie M. pick up the ball just outside the D, and a quick swivel and hard high shot saw the ball hit the back of the net. A great goal to get Mooncoin ahead, and from here the team dug in.
To be expected Kilmacow came on strong, but this left room for breaks and Sean, Will Mc and Robbie exploited it, with Robbie going very close to grabbing a second.
The last few minutes saw everyone in defence and as the final whistle went there was great joy in celebrating a first win of the year.
Our first game in over 6 weeks and our first home game of the season had Ferrybank come to Suir Cresent.
A perfect day for football the game started with both teams trying to get into the swing of things after both having such a long break. We shaded the early exchanges and when Anil broke down the left after 15 mins his cross found Aidan who bundled home to put us in front.
The rest of the 1st half was nip and tuck with both defences on top. Ferrybank came at us in the 2nd half and we had to dig in. The mid field of Billy,Sean,Oisin,Liam and Luke broke up attack after attack as Ferrybank pushed for a leveller.
Anything that got past was ably dealt with by Alex,Jack, Finbar,Mattie , Cathal and Tadgh in defence. Upfront Jamie and Jimmy worked hard to provide an out ball.
The lads efforts saw us keep a clean sheet and with it a 1.0 win. A great result and nice to get 2023 off on a win.
The work rate of all 15 today was second to none.
Goals : Aidan Carroll
Mom : Jamie Grace, outstanding with and without the ball.
Our U14B’s travelled to Bohs this afternoon and after a slow start Mooncoin soon found their stride. Both teams played a brilliant attacking game, with Mooncoin having plenty of opportunities.
Bradley Nolan was unlucky to concede a goal just before half time. After making a few positional changes at half time, Mooncoin came back at them in the second half.
Finn Foskin opened Mooncoin’s scoring when he converted a penalty. Minutes later Finn made it 2-1 to Mooncoin with his second goal and Cathal Morahan made it 3-1 with another great goal. We had two goal line clearances from Bradley Nolan and Larry O’Brien when we took our eye off the ball just before the final whistle!!
Everyone played great and the players that really stood out today were Conor Phelan and Larry O’Brien.
The best performance of the season to date as the boys took the game to Villa on their magnificent astro turf pitch. An early lead through Jason Grace was well deserved and it was a long ball over the top caught the lads out for Villa’s equaliser. Much improved all round.
A game of missed chances for our u14 white team. A first half where we completely dominated, but with no goals to show for it at half time. An early goal in the second half for Tramore, albeit against the run of play gave them confidence.
But the girls composed themselves and equalised with a great passing move finished off by Anna Reddy. We had to settle for the one point on this occasion.
Today we welcomed Tramore to Suir Crescent, with the league format becoming clearer we knew this game would be a right battle.
It took us about 10 minutes to settle and try get the passing game going with Sam Hartwell giving us the lead, then within a few minutes adding his second after being put through by a beautiful flick by Alex Bailey and finishing to the bottom corner superbly.
We now found ourselves in the always dangerous position of two up early in the game, we had the chances to kill the game. Tramore got their goal before half time from a corner that we should have dealt with, which brought them right back into the game. In the second half we started well causing problems on both wings, but to their credit Tramore really went for the game hitting the crossbar.
Our lads showed great resilience and held out for a well earned win. Man of the Match in this one for his workrate and some superb crosses was Stephen Brennan, both wingers today caused lots of problems and bar the soft goal the defence were very solid.
The lads were away to villa today putting in a great performance against a well organised side.
Shay Moore opened the scoring with a great strike early on to put us 1-0 up. Villa scored 2 quick goals shortly after leaving us down 2-1. Oscar o keefe made a crucial save on to the bar shortly after that was thought to be a certain goal for Villa.
Teddy Dunphy got it back to 2-2 before the break. In the second half it was very evenly contested with nothing between the sides. Final score 2-2.
Cody was captain for the day as Park Rangers arrived at Suir Crescent to avenge a 4-2 defeat at their own ground in September.
They started strongly and scored 3 goals quick succession in the first 15 minutes throwing lots of players forward. The game settled after 20 minutes with Mooncoin the better team for the remainder of the match. Numerous chances and corners were to no avail however until Eoin scored late on.
It was too little to late unfortunately and the game finished 3-1. The lads will be hoping to bounce back from their first defeat when they play St. Joseph’s away on Bank Holiday Monday.