Eire Og Corracoill v Celbridge : U-12 Spring League

Written by Ciaran O'Donovan. Posted in f-Archive

Result: Eire Og CC 3-9 : Celbridge 4-7

Date 16th May 2014

It was a match that Sky Sports would have been delighted to televise. It had everything - great hurling, commitment, lots of scores, suspense and a last minute winning goal!

We were missing Ryan and Jack Malone, Tom, Oisin and Harry from the squad tonight. They would have been proud of the effort the the rest of the lads put into the game. We asked the boys to give it everything from the throw in, to play direct hurling, chase down their opponents, and take their scoring opportunities. Celbridge played against the slight wind and slope in the first half. Both teams traded points at the start of the match before Niall netted a nice goal. A very short pitch meant that the EOCC puck outs were landing behind our half back line. A lapse in concentration meant that a puck out went over our half backs and left the EOCC forwards a clear run on goal. Aidan advanced but could do little to prevent the goal. EOCC led by a point at half time - 1-4 to 1-3.

We conceded a goal at the start of the second half. Aidan then launched a missile of a puck out into our full forward line which eluded everyone except of course Niall who cooly blasted to the net. A number of points were exchanged. Shane scored a point from a 65 which nearly landed in the next parish it was struck so well. Johnny chipped in with a point on the run, having been unlucky with some previous efforts. Every single player put in a huge effort. Our defence chased, hassled and harried. Aidan was again excellent in goals catching some lovely ball, clearing his lines and his booming puck outs were a great advantage. Tadhg, Ryan, Ciaran, Colman and Shane all stood up to the task. Ryan in particular was involved in everything and made great clearances. Ross and Conor worked very hard in midfield helping their defence and feeding the forwards. Johnny, Fiachra, Aaron, Liam, Sean and Niall were very effective up front. While we could have had a few more scores we did just enough to get over the winning line.

There was a nervous finsh to the match with EOCC scoring a goal with just 1 minute left on the clock leaving us 2 points behind with time almost up. We went down the other end and earned a 65. Shane delivered in a short ball which found Niall who made space to lob the ball across the square for Aaron to bat into the net at the far post. The EOCC goalie pucked the ball out and the referee blew the final whistle leaving us winners by a solitary point. It was our first victory over EOCC for a number of years so there was plenty of happy players and supporters in Donore tonight.

Our next match is away to Sallins on next Friday 23rd May when a similar high energy and committed performance will be required. There is no training this Sunday morning; next training session is on Wednesday 7-8pm. Congratulations to everyone for a great performance this evening.

Daragh & Ciaran 

Leixlip v Celbridge : U-12 Spring League

Written by Ciaran O'Donovan. Posted in f-Archive

Result: Leixlip 5-4 : Celbridge 8-8

Date 9th May 2014

Before this match we asked for just two things from the team - hard work and honesty. The lads delivered both in spades tonight and consequently we came away with a deserved win from our visit to neighbours Leixlip. We were delighted to have Shane back playing - having been injured and unavailable for the previoous couple of games. A few positional changes worked well tonight. In particular - Shane was centre back, Johnny centre-forward and Ryan Kenna started corner back, all of which worked very well.

We attacked straight from the throw in, having a couple of wides and shots dropping short, before winning a 45 which Shane easily dropped over the bar to open the scoring. This was followed up be a beautiful goal scored by Aaron which he got from a ground stroke from all of 30 yards from goals! It was reminiscent of the famous John Fenton goal for Cork against Limerick in the Munster semi-final of 1987 - check it out on YouTube and you will see what I mean !! Leixlip responded with a couple of points from their excellent No 10 but our boys opened up their shoulders and started pounding in the goals and points thereafter.

We had a full squad availbale to us bar Harry and Tom (who recently broke his arm - get well soon Tom). Every single player put in a good shift and did themselves, their parents and coaches proud, not letting up the intensity for the full 50 minutes. Aidan was his usual solid self in goals, doing all the simple things well and generating huge puck outs and clearances. A lovely high catch under the crossbar in the first half was notable. Tahdg was excellent again, with a clean high catch over two Leixlip players in the first half bringing gasps of approval from Celbridge and Leixlip supporters alike ! Ryan K had an excellent match in the unaccustomed position of corner back - he was solid and consistent in his play. Ciaran has really grown into the left half back position, winning lots of possession, breaking out of defence and effecting good clearances. Colman had a great game as right half back, making fine clearances, off-loading lovely hand-passes and topping off his night with a point from half way - we will be hearing about that one for quite a while I think :). Ryan Malone had a good partnership with Tadhg in the full back line; he made some great interceptions and used his strength to burst out and clear his defensive lines. Shane had a very solid performance as our centre back. He was involved in everything, winning his fair share of possession and supplying quality ball into our forward lines. He also contributed a nice point from a 45.

Ross and Conor had very workman-like performances at midfield. They were invaluable, relentlessly fighting for the ball, hooking, blocking, kicking the sliotar away, chasing down opponents, and providing good ball into our forwards. Johnny made the centre forward position his own, picking the ball, turning and making a bee-line for goal just as he was asked to do. He scored a beautiful goal, blasting the sliotar in off the inside of the post. Numerous scores were due to his lay-offs and hard work. Fiachra played well in the half forward spot. He won an amount of possession and distribiuted it very well, feeding the full forward line. Aaron scored a total of 1-2 and could easily have bagged another 3 or 4 points if his radar was working properly! His 'new' 30" hurley seems to have done the trick. He got stuck into everything and played very well. Sean started at right corner forward and gave his all for the team. Although he didn't get his name on the scoreboard his contribution can not be faulted. He chased down everything, making it really difficult for the defence to clear ball and he made space for our other forwards to do damage. Niall was in prolific form, having a final scoring tally of, believe it or not, 4-6 - and I'm sure he is probably thinking about the few chances that he missed ! He simply terrorised the Leixlip defence. Eventhough they double marked him they could not stop him scoring - well done Nialler.

Jack made himself very busy, buzzing around the full forward line, getting out in front to win the ball, and making it hard for Leixlip to clear. Oisin really contrinbiuted to the performance tonight; one particular instance was where he prevented a ball from going out over the endline and set up a score for Niall. That type of unselfish working for each other is exactly the reason why we were successful this evening. Liam played in the half forward line and got stuck in immediately. He was very unlucky to see a few shot for scores just drop short for the Leixlip goalie to clear. Like all the other lads, he gave maximum effort and was an integral part of the performance.

A very encouraging performance overall, but lots to continue working on of course.

Next Match is Fri 16th May away to Eire Og Corrachoill. Training is on Sun 11-12.30 and Wed 7-8pm - full attendance requested please to keep our winning momentum going.

Daragh & Ciaran

Celbridge v Maynooth : U-12 Spring League

Written by Ciaran O'Donovan. Posted in f-Archive

Result: Celbridge 1-3 : Maynooth 3-10

Date 18th May 2014

We encountered a very strong Maynooth team who were a step up from our previous opponents in the league. As a result our lads were not up to the pace of the match in the first half and consequently were under a lot of preseeure, unable to effectively clear our lines, and so we went in trailing 2-5 to 0-0 at half time. After some honest discussion during the break the lads came out fighting in the second half and put in a much better performance, scoring a credible 1-3 to Maynooth's tally of 1-5 in the same period. The pick of our scores was Sean's lovely flick to the net of a high ball landing in the Maynooth square. Niall notched up a couple of scores and Aaron had a few long range shots that went narrowly wide.

Switching Johnny into the backs for the second half had a stabilising effect and with Tadhg, Colman, Ciaran and the rest of the backs getting more into the game, it provided a much better platform for our midfield and forwards to get more possession. If we played with the same intensity for the whole match as we demonstrated in the second half there is no doubt that the scoreline would have been much closer. On the night Maynooth were the better team and showed us that eventhough we had won our previous couple of games we have a lot of work to do in order to compete with teams such as Maynooth.

Daragh & Ciaran 

Celbridge v Clane : U-12 Spring League

Written by Ciaran O'Donovan. Posted in f-Archive

Result: Celbridge 2-7 : Clane 1-5

Date 11th April 2014

A great game of hurling ended in a very exciting win for the lads in Clane. Johnny was the only absentee from the squad on the evening although Shane had an injured back so didn't play but instead added his vocal support to the team along with our great travelling supporters. The match was 13-a-side which meant we had 4 substitutes; everybody got plenty of game time.

We started slowly, with Clane scoring two nice points before we opened our account from a pointed free by Niall. Our defence took some time to get to grips with their opponents but kept them scoreless for the rest of the half. Midfielders Ross and Conor had strong games working very hard in tackling, tracking back, and supplying ball into the forwards. Niall and Ross tagged on a few more scores to leave it 0-4 : 0-2 in our favour at half time.

Points were traded at the start of the second half before Clane started to get on top scoring a couple of points and then, after some sustained pressure, we conceded a goal leaving us a point behind on the scoreboard. Aidan in goals did exactly as he was asked and stole every inch when taking his puck outs! The length of his clearances were important as they gave us an attacking platform every time. Our defence and midfield really dug deep in the second half with every person contributing. Our forwards also got more into the game with Aaron in particular catching some lovely high balls. The game turned when we scored our first goal with about 10 minutes remaining. The Clane goalie spilled a shot and Aaron swept it to the net, following it soon after with a point. Ross got a point from a 45m free before a long range free from Niall went straight into the net. Clane kept us under pressure for the rest of the game but our defence was fantastic with everyone really stepping up to the mark, to leave us winners by 5 points. It was a fully deserved win and shows what the team can do when every player works hard for each other on the pitch. All our supporters were delighted with the performance as well.

Our next match is at home to Maynooth on the 2nd May but we hope to have a challenge match the weekend before.

Next training is on Sun 13th and Wed 16th April. There will be no training on Easter Sunday.

Daragh & Ciaran