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Match Report 4th Nov Under 12 Premier in the SFAI Cup

Match Report

Woke up on Sunday morning, rain lashing against the window, no way there wouldbe any football today I thought. Got a text from Donal, great match off  I hoped “What time will I pick you up at” read the text, so off we went out to Corduff for a second round match in the Under 12 SFAI Cup. When we arrived, the pitch was in great nick, bit of water in the goalmouth’s but that was easily brushed away.

The Under 12’s play 9 a Side in the NDSL, but in the SFAI, it’s 11 A Side, so we had to bring a couple of 2nd team players and 1 x Under 11 player to fill in the numbers. We were not looking forward to the game, we hadn’t beaten Corduff since Under 8’s and had only recently been 6-1 out there in the League. 11 a side is a different game though, and we tried to get the kids up for the game by reminding them how well they played against them in the Corduff pre season tournament. In the game itself, we started quite well and had the better of the first 15 mins, creating a couple of clear chances for Oisin Gannon. The first just went by the post and the 2nd being brilliantly saved by the Corduff keeper. We were keeping it very tight at the back, with Goalkeeper Dean McDermott,Luke Kelly, Lee Troy, Robert Kiely and especially Corey Power putting in a great shift. We were also on top in the midfield with Ben Moloney, Nathan Fallon, Alex Ceitner and Donovan Troy all doing there bit to get Liam McGrath and Oisin Gannon in on goal.

Half  time, nil all, everything to play for. Bradley Rogers on for Ben on the right side of midfield. Some great tackles  from  both teams, but 10 mins into the half great work by Donovan Troy and Liam McGrath put Oisin in on goal, showing great composure for someone of his tender years (only 10) he rounded the keeper and was about to slot it into the net, when he was taken down by the keeper. “Peno” we all shouted and the Ref pointed to the spot. Oisin placed the ball on the spot and buried it into the net. 1 Nil Woodlawn and 10 mins later Donovan Troy broke down the left wing, cut inside and scored a glorious goal from the edge of the box. 2 nil, 10 mins left, game over  ?, not by a long chalk, only starting to tell the truth. 5 mins to go, Corduff scored, 2-1, time to bring on Gavin O Brien (only 9, but what a player) moved Oisin to right side and played Gavin up top with Liam. Last minute, corner to Corduff, just hold out for one more minute. Ball into the box, mad scramble, someone sticks a foot out, ball in the net. 2-2. Extra Time.

Heads down, everyone disappointed, Donal did a great job in getting them focused for the extra time. Still a great game, long ball down the left from Corduff, ball into the box, “Goal” 3-2 to Corduff, game over ? not a chance. 2ND Half of Extra time, 2 mins to go, Corner to us, everybody up, get the ball into the box, hope to get a nick on it, or so we thought. Liam, played a short corner to Alex (what are they up to we thought)   Alex dummied to play it back to him, beat two players and pulled it back to Robert Kiely on the six yard box, bang, ball in the back of the net, great goal (worked on it in Training, NOT) 3-3, down to the dreaded Peno’s. Up stepped Alex, great save by the Corduff keeper. Up stepped Dean, to make a great save . Then Luke,Oisin, Liam and Donovan all scored, but so did Corduff 4-4, Sudden death, up Stepped “Man of the Match” Corey Power, bang, 5-4, all up to Dean now, what a save, diving full length to the right, he got a strong hand on it. Game over. What a match. Couldn’t go through that every week, glad Niall is back this week. Well done to all the lads

Woodlawn Sportslink team.

Dean McDermott, Luke Kelly, Robert Kiely, Lee Troy, Corey Power, Donovan Troy, Nathan Fallon, Alex Ceitner, Ben Moloney, Liam McGrath, Oisin Gannon, Bradley Rogers and Gavin O Brien Kevin Boylan

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,                                                             

 

                    

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5 a side Astro Tournament

Woodlawn Sprotslink Annual 5 a side tournament

Date: Saturaday 28th July 2012

Time: 2pm

Venue : Astro   

Teams will be comprised of a mix of Under 16's, 17's, 18's, Seniors and the Over 35's. Entry fee is €5 for schoolboys and €10 for others.

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