Feile Shield Final

Written by PRO. Posted in H-Archive

The Celbridge Feile A Hurling team and mentors who will play in the Div 1 Feile Shield Final on Saturday (April 26th) at 12.15 pm

Maynooth (2) v Celbridge (2) : U-13 Autumn League

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

Result: Maynooth 2-5 : Celbridge 5-6

Date: 5th Sep 2014

Johnny scored the first point of the game about 5 minutes in. This was followed later in the half by Conor T scoring a point. Maynooth scored 2 points in the first half and before the break they scored an unexpected goal from a dropping ball from a long range free. This left the score 0-02 to 1-02 at half time in favour of Maynooth. Their lead was definitely against the run of play as we dominated a lot of the first half but didn't make the most of the chances we had. We did not convert the possession we had into scores. In particular, while there was a lot of action around the Maynooth goalmouth our forwards were not clinical enough in taking their opportunities.
The first score of the 2nd half was a bizarre own goal by one of the Maynooth players in the opening minute; this brought us level. Our lads seemed to get more accustomed to the bigger size pitch in the second half - it was the first game they have played on a full size pitch. Liam in midfield and our half forwards Ryan K, Johnny & Fiachra ran at their defence and picked out their targets better in the second half. Sean H, Oisin W, Conor T, Jack & Dean played in the full forward line. Tadhg. Ciaran and Harry cleared up most of the ball from our back line. They were aided by Tom (first game back after injury), Ryan M. Oisin L and Sean W. Oisin L switched to midfield in the second half and covered a lot of ground, with Conor O'S going to wing back. Shane was in goal and did well.
Maynooth got a further 1-3 in the second half, however we had a better success rate with Johnny scoring 2-02, Conor T and Jack getting a goal each, while Fiachra and Ryan K both scored a point. This left the final score at 5-6 to 2-5. Although we were missing a number of our squad on the night - Ross and Aaron (both injured), Aidan, Colman and Niall (all helping out the other U-13 team), we were ably assisted by Conor Treacy, Oisin Lawlor and Sean Wall who all showed they are well capable of playing at this level. Overall it was a deserved win.

Our next match is at 4:30pm on Sat 20th Sep away to Rathangan. This is a team we have never played before; we need to put in a strong performance if we hope to win. Full turnout is required on the day as numbers will be tight since we have to give a couple of our lads to the U-13 Div 1 team.

Training is on Wed evening and Sun morning as normal.

Daragh & Ciaran

Celbridge v Coill Dubh : U-13 Autumn League

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

Result: Celbridge 14-6 : Coill Dubh 0-01

Date: 29th Aug 2014

Our U-13 Autumn leauge campaign opened with a home fixture against Coill Dubh. Thankfully the rain stayed away allowing the match to be played in decentconditions. Unfortunately Coill Dubh could only field 11 players so the game which should have been played on a full sized pitch with 15-a-side had to amened to a shorted pitch. This did not impact on our performance however.

We were missing Ross - who has a broken arm (not hurling related!), get well soon Ross - Aaron (watch out for those wasps !) , and Tom from the squad. From the throw-in the lads dominated their opponents and played well, doing the right things most of the time. We played with the aid of the breeze in the first half and went in 6-8 to 0-0 up at the break. A good score but we still had a number of wides. In the second half we continued to dominate, never giving Coill Dubh any chance to get back into the game, and ran out comfortable winners on a scoreline of 14-6 to 0-01.

This was our first game at U-13 level and therefore our first game playing full rules. The win was built on playing quick, direct, hurling while tacking hard and supporting each other while in possession. There were lots of great performances on the night but perhaps the score of the evening was an individual effort from Ryan Kenna who soloed up from defence and unleashed a great shot to the net. Niall was top scorer with 5-2, Oisin bagged 3-1, Shane got 2-0, Colman, Ryan K, Sean and Ciaran all got 1-0 each, Conor got 0-2 (and could have score more if the radar was working :)), and finally Liam scored 0-01. Every player contributed well and worked hard - Johnny was unlucky to see a few efforts go wide, Jack and Fiachra worked hard in the forwards, while Dean did very in his first competitive game for us - he won a ball and laid off a beautiful hand pass for Sean to score. All the backs played well although at times they did not see too much of the ball - Harry, Ryan M and Tadhg all were solid in defence, breaking out with the ball when necessary and providing a good supply into the forwards. Aidan made a couple of good saves and as usual his clearances and puck outs were excellent. 

There will be much tougher games to be played, starting with next Friday 5th Sep away to Maynooth who we know are a very strong team. Its important that everyone comes to training on Wed evenings and Sunday mornings to improve their skills and our team performances. We will be making up part of the Feile squad in 2015 so we all need to constantly work hard in training to ensure that our matchday performances improve to a higher standard.

Daragh & Ciaran

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