Stalemate in Ashgrove this morning between 2 evenly matched teams.
It took a few minutes to settle in today and it was Ferrybank who had a good chance after 10 minutes but Barry Hearne stopped with his legs. We eventually got the ball down and eventually got a hold on the game. Some of the passing and final ball in to attack was delightful to watch. Neville Synott was a constant thorn in their side all day. We were possibly denied a penalty when Brendan Bradleys shot was stopped by a defenders arms in the 6 yard box. Daragh Beagan was inches away from scoring from a header but just missed out. Both teams hit the cross bar in the second half but overall a fair result.
Best on show Scoby, Neville and Mickey Comerford.
Two well organised teams.
Since this fixture was announced this squad have been putting in a massive effort in training and it truly payed off. We came into this game missing a couple of key players but it showed the strength this squad has with a few changes at the back the defence was strong and kept Ferrybank to very few chances in the first half.
A great save from Jake Moore seen the ball rebound out to a Ferrybank player and seen us go behind. But not the first time this season we went into the break 1-0 down but the pure determination and desire of this team seen us come running out of the blocks in the second half and we’re well on top with a goal on the horizon. Emily Blackmore came on at half time and put the Ferrybank defence under great pressure with her pace down the wing and it eventually payed off as the ball was deflected into the air and seen Aidan Carroll get his head to the ball and knock it into an empty net to make it 1-1.
We kept pressing Ferrybank while playing some lovely football the second was always on the way. The pure determination and excellent work rate from Aidan who covered every corner of the pitch seen him grab a second to put us in the lead. With Michael Cronin, Patrick Dermody and David O’Shea holding strong at the back there was still very few chances for the home side and we eventually found ourselves in the promising position of being 3-1 up. The ever present and captain for the day Eoin O’Callaghan added to his goal tally for the season and seen him make it 3 goals in 3 games in what was a superb performance from him on the wing.
Ferrybank made it 3-2 late on and put us under a lot of pressure but a few changes to our formation to strengthen up the back seen us hold out and take all 3 points. Great credit to all kids involved yesterday what a superb bunch of kids coach. Team ; Moore, Cronin, O’Shea, Dermody, O’Callaghan (C), Carroll, Croke, Dunphy, Wall. (Subs) Cuddihy, Blackmore, O’Keefe, Byrne, Herron. Scorer : Carroll (2), O’Callaghan.
It was a bitterly cold night in Wadding park tonight but that did not refrain the Mooncoin march to finish out the first half of the season unbeaten. Bohs played large parts of the first half in possession, constantly looking for a defense splitting pass that unfortunately for them, were knocking on the wrong door.
It was Mooncoin who took the lead, a penalty was awarded and penalty supremo Kipper O’Brien arrowed it into the top left corner of the net. Shortly after it was 2-0, Kelly whipped in a free kick from the right and Kavanagh headed into the far corner of the net and that’s how it stayed until half time. The opening quarter of an hour seen us slow out of the blocks and Bohs got one back with a shot from distance. Defiantly, our togetherness was not shattered, we push and pressed and eventually Synnott gave a ball to Kevin Walsh, he turn onto his preferred right foot, his shot was deflected and looped into the Bohs net. To seal the deal there was a mix up at the back for the home side, the ball fell for Synnott and he slotted it home for a comfortably victory.
Man of the match Johnny Kavanagh work tirelessly from start to finish and was a stand out performance on the night. It has been a very rewarding first half to the season for the squad who have yet to fall behind in a game all season and have picked up 25 out of a possible 27 points .
Well done to all the squad .
TEAM: O’Keeffe, Dalton, Kelly, C.O’Hanlon, McGrath, O’Brien, R.Walsh, Synnott, Sweeney, K.Walsh, Kavanagh. SUBS: Tebay, Tobin, L.Walsh, E.Walsh, J.O’Hanlon, Savauge, Dowley. The Christmas night out is Saturday DECEMBER 9TH. Bus leaves Comerfords @ 3:30pm.
Some our U8 hotshots who performed excellently in the Villa today.
A disappointing result after leading the game up until the last quarter. The lads led going into half time after Sean Drennan bundled the ball home. Unfortunately the lads ran out of steam and got hit on the break 3 times before the full time whistle.
Fixtures for the weekend:
Saturday: U11 Blue squad home to Tramore, kick off 10.30
This squad continue to grow in confidence with every game and were very impressive in their last outing in Ferrybank. U11 Orange squad away to DLS, kick off 12.15. Only the second game for this group who have been plugging away at training and helping out the other squad and a number of them have been playing u12, so rustiness shouldn’t be a problem.
U13 home to DLS B, kick off 12noon: One of these sides will break their duck this weekend as both sit pointless to date. The lads have shown glimpses of what they are capable of so hopefully tomorrow is the day they get off the mark.
Sunday: 2B home to DLS, kick off 11am. The boys will be looking to keep the run going with 3 points here after lasts weeks terrific win in Carrick. A couple of midweek additions to the squad will strengthen them aswell as they aim to stretch their lead at the top.
Youths away to Kilmacow, kick off 2pm A derby match for the boys who put in their best performance of the season last weekend. Little motivation will be required for this one in what should be a cracker. Best of luck to all teams this weekend.
The academy continues this evening in Carrigeen Astro turf from 6-7pm for the 2011-2013 group and 7-8pm for the 2009-2010 group. Anyone interested in helping out please pop down.
Finally the club are still on the lookout for coaches for u11 Orange squad. If you can spare 2 hours a week for training and a couple hours every 2 weeks for matches, then please get in touch.
A trip down memory lane today as its 20 years today November 15th that one of the most bizarre and entertaining games took place in the 3rd round of the FAI junior cup between ourselves and Rosegreen Rangers from Tipperary in McGrath’s field, Dournane. As stated in the report, an extraordinary game which was held up for nearly an hour due to a bad injury suffered by a Rosegreen player, will be remembered for a long long time.
The line up on the day was: Andrew Norris, Terence Coffey, Kevin Dobbyn, John Sauvage, Mark Dobbyn, Paul Brady, Stephen Walsh, Lee Kelly, Robbie Kelly, Ian Murray, Trevor Dunphy. Subs Eoin Hennigan, John Ryan, Liam Sutton. Can anyone name the finishing 7 is the golden question? Or it might be easier to name the unlucky 4 that were red carded. The team headed into the open draw in the 4th round and had an away trip to Harps FC of Carlow in early December but that’s where the fairytale ended unfortunately with a 3-1 defeat. Good day was had by all in Carlow town afterwards though.
With the season kicking off the last week for our senior side, our schoolboy teams have been busy the last number of weeks preparing for kick off for the new season.
Our u11 squad are back with a number of weeks under the watch of Kevin Kennedy, John Hearne and Pat Walsh. They will play a number of friendlies over the next couple of weeks before they start in mid September.
The u12 and u13 squads under Derek Tebay and Mick Conway respectively are preparing nicely with 2 strong squads assembled. U12s under Derek will play Ballyduff next Wednesday in preparation for next Saturday when they kick off their league campaign away to Kilmacow.
The u13s will kick off Monday evening against Piltown in Ashgrove but travel for a friendly tomorrow to play Peaumount in Dublin with a 1pm kick off. Manager Mick Conway has been busy securing new signings during the summer and is very hopeful that his squad will do well.
Our u14 squad coached by Richard Long and Karl Conway have worked very well in pre season with a number of good performances. Confidence is high as they get ready to kick off next Saturday away to St Paul’s. A big season coming for our underage set up and with our academy returning mid September, we are in for a busy year.
Notice for Youths, registration forms to be returned Tuesday evening between 7 & 8 to Ashgrove. Anyone who doesn’t have a form, drop down with a parent/guardian as their signature will be required on a registration form. All U16s from last season are welcome along with any new players Tuesday evening. Training next Saturday evening at 7pm. First game against The Villa next Sunday at 2pm in Ashgrove.