Leixlip v Celbridge : U-11 Autumn League

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

Result: Leixlip 3-13 Celbridge 3-5

Date: 15th Sep 2013

We played Leixlip in the second round of the Autumn league in attrocious conditions this morning. We were missing Ross, Johnny, Oisin and Ciaran who togged out but was unwell. 

We played up the hill and against the elements in the first half and, similar to the Edenderry match, we started slowly. Leixlip built a strong lead but our lads tapped over a couple of points to leave the scope 3-6 to 0-2 at half time.

The lads played better in the second half but our man marking left a lot to be desired and we gave too much room to Leixlip players. We were also wasteful in possession, dropping too many balls short for their goalie to clear; the strong wind also contributed to us driving wide a number of scoreable chances. We scored 3-3 in the second half to leave the final score Leixlip 3-13, Celbridge 3-5. Niall score a couple of points, Aaron got 1-1, Fiachra scored 1-0, while Conor and Shane both scored a nice point each from frees. Our full forward line was not as productive today it had been against Edenderry.The team worked harder in the second half. Our defenders were under a lot of pressure throughout the match but kept to their task. 

We have a friendly match versus Ratoath on Wed evening at 6:30pm. Our next Autumn league match is away to Sallins; the date is likely to be Wed 25th Sep.

Daragh & Ciaran

Celbridge v Edenderry : U-11 Autumn League

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

Result: Celbridge 9-11 : Endenderry 6-7

Date: 1st Sep 2013

We entertained Edenderry in our first game of the Autumn U-11 Div Hurling League on Sun morning. It was a lovely morning for hurling and our lads rose to the challenge magnificently opening our league account with a great win against our Offaly opposition.

Colman was our captain for the day and having won the toss shrewly decided to play against the wind in the first half. Edenderry started the stronger registering 1-1 very quickly. After a sluggish start our lads came back into the match and started to come to terms with the pace of the game and the quality of their opponents who were well able to field the ball cleanly and distribute it well. Edenderry led 4-6 to 2-4 at half time.

After some words of wisdom in the half time chat Celbridge exploded into the game in the second period. Our backs led by Tadhg ('Tiger'), Johnny and Tom dominated in defence while Ross ('Rossie'), Niall ('Nialler') and Conor ('Sully') ran the show from midfield. Rossie was like a young Michael Fennelly up and down the pitch making and taking scores. Colman bagged a few goals; Ryan also raised a green flag as did Nialler. Ryan has the look of DJ Carey when he gets the sliotar into his hand and takes on his man!. We scored a number of lovely points including an exhibition of free taking from Ross and Niall. A long range effort from a free by Tiger is worthy of special mention.

Our passing (both by hand and hurley) and interplay was excellent and everyone supported each other throughout the field, cheered on by our vocal supporters on the sideline. Many other lads shared the scoring plaudits including Fiachra (who played when not 100% fit) and Aaron (who dusted off the cobwebs and had a great game). Harry played around the half forward line and did great in breaking up the game and letting the ball through for the full forward line to do the damage.

Shane ('Shano') was, as usual, fantastic in goals. His puck outs (and free taking) were excellent and he was able to pick out his target men with ease. He also dealt easily with any high balls that landed in the square, made some great saves, and always took the correct options. The three Hancock lads - Sean, Ciaran and Aidan - got a round of applause from their teammates after the game to recognise how well they did in their first game for the team. They all worked very hard and enjoyed the experience. They are a huge addition to the squad and puts the pressure on the other lads to up their workrate and training as there is real competition for places throughout the team.

Training is on Wed at 7-8pm and Sun morning @ 11am. Next match is away to Leixlip on Sun 15th Sep.

Daragh & Ciaran