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.
A cracking game between 2 evenly matched teams. Eoin O’Callaghan continued his good form with another cracking strike to give Mooncoin the lead midway through the first half and they held firm with the defence led by David O’Shea and Ciara O’Keeffe leading by example. Jake Moore was a busy man in the second half with one world class save keeping Southend out but unfortunately the rebound was scrambled home. Eoin O’Callaghan went close with a couple of free kicks and Anthony Dunphy put in a superb shift up front with a non stop work rate.
A draw being a fair result but the improvement shown by this squad is testament to the hard work put in over the last couple of months by Derek Tebay and the kids themselves with slick passing and a never say die attitude standing to them in every game.
This squad face an away trip to Ferrybank in their next game in 2 weeks. Well done all.
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.
Big thanks to St.Dominic’ Credit Union for kindly sponsoring a new set of jerseys for our U-12 team for the 2017/18 season.