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Weekend Report 13th and 14th Oct

                

Weekend Report

Some great games at home last weekend (13th & 14th Oct).  Saturday morning in Sportslink saw the 11 Premier get their first competitive win of the season against a very good Rivervalley side in the Haughey Cup and the 11D side had a great win over a spirited Shamrock Celtic. This was the 11D’s first League game and there were some great performances from Josh O Rourke  in goal, Sean Purdue at the back, Jake Miller and Dylan O Brien in midfield and the electric duo of Calum Simpson and Adam O Connor up front.

Sunday morning brought more of the same, 13 Premier kept up their good recent run with a hard fought win over a very good East Meath United, 1 nil down at half time but 2 second half goals from Adam McNally and Lee McKevitt got them out of jail. 13A were very unlucky against a very good Marino side, losing 1 nil. They had lots of chances, but couldn’t manage to put the ball in the back of the net.                                   

Sometimes as they say, the best wine was kept ‘til last. The 14A and 18A games were a joy to watch. Football can be a funny game, the 14A hadn’t won a League game all season and their confidence was at an all time low. But the previous week they took Premier team Dunboyne to penalties in the Cup and that seemed to give them a bit of a lift. The impending return of their talisman (Dan Behan) “Beano” to his teammates (he had been out for over a year with knee problems) was also a big factor. Brian, decided not to rush Beano back into action and kept him on the bench for the first half. Two early goals from Mick Fox and Jamie McQuaid gave them a 2 nil lead but they allowed Malahide back into the game. Despite some great saves from stand in goalkeeper Robert Manzanilla “Bob” Malahide were back level by half time. There was a feeling of Deja Vu, they had led in a few games already this season only to fold when the pressure was applied. Time for Beano to come off the bench, the whole team was lifted by his presence.  Constantly looking for the ball in midfield and bringing his teammates into the game with great passes. The back 4 of Gavin Walsh, Daniel Gorman, Jamie (Rashers) Boland and Conor Maye were superb in dealing with Malahide’s constant threat’s and with Beano conducting the orchestra in midfield they started to get a grip on the game. 2 all with 10 minutes to go, everybody on the line willing them on, up stepped  Beano, 25 yards out, shifting the ball from his left foot to his right he hit a screamer into the top corner. 5 mins later after a corner was only partially cleared, the ball again dropped to Beano, a deft shimmy to set himself up, he stroked a sublime curling shot into the top corner,  4 – 2. Game over.                                                                                                             

After, all that excitement, next up were 18A against a Swords Celtic side who, like themselves had only lost 1 game all season. With Ken Redmond away in Puerto Rico sunning himself, it was left to Mick Murray to go solo in picking the team. He made a contentious call to put Adzy Redmond up front and after 20 mins of the game Adzy had scored 4 superb goals to put them 4 nil up.        Swords Celtic then regrouped and started to get a grip in midfield. They reduced the arrears to 4-1 after 30 minutes and only for a couple of superb saves from stand in goalie Adam Daly they could have had a couple more. 4-1 then at half time, Mick then made a big call to put regular net minder Dylan Walsh in goal in the 2nd half (he had been rested after a not too convincing performance the previous week). The 1st 10 minutes was all Swords, but due to some brilliant saves from Dylan they failed to make any inroads on the score sheet. They then seemed to lose heart and we turned on the afterburners and scored a further 5 goals to leave the final score at 9-1. Great performance all round but a special mention to Adzy, Jonathon Byrne  and Jake Rundle who were superb on the day.                                                                                                                                                       

Kevin Boylan,