Match Report Junior 1st Team
Aisling Annacotty 0
Charleville AFC 3
Last Thursday evening the 1st team returned from their midweek trip to Annacotty with all 3 points after 3 2nd half goals broke the stubborn resistance of the youthful hosts. In a game where Charleville dominated possession but struggled to create too many clear goal scoring opportunities, they were relived to opening the scoring on 65 minutes through Shane Dillon this lead to a more comfortable spell of play where Charleville went onto register 2 further goals through substitute Pa O’Callaghan and Midfielder Gary Ward.Goalkeeper Jesse Smith made his competitive debut for the 1st team keeping a clean sheet to mark the occasion, Jesse has been with the club since he was 6 years old.
Team: Jesse Smith, Brendan Murphy, Jason O’Hara, Shane Butler, Jeremy Bridgeman, Gavin Mullins, Aaron O’Conner, Gary Ward, Shane Dillon, Ken O’Donoghue ©, Sean McCormack. Subs Used: Darren Butler, Pa O’Callaghan, Mark O’Halloran. Not Used: Ciarain Carey, Kieran O’Donoghue
Our under 16 team who won a thrilling cup final 9-8 on penalties, following a 3-3 draw after extra time against Kilmallock in Kilmallock .We were 1-0 down, 1-1, 2-1 up, 2-2, 3-2 down, 3-3 and then the lottery of penalties. Cameron O’Flynn was the hat trick hero, Harry Duignan made the crucial save in the shootout and our captain Tom Griffin scored the winning spot kick. We had 16 players that showed character, heart and determination, these are just some of the words to describe what was needed and what was on show during the game. Martin O’Flynn and I (Chris) have worked with these boys over the past two years, and it means the world to us to see them reap the rewards for all their effort. To see these boys finish not just this season but schoolboy soccer with a deserved cup win is an unbelievable feeling, and to be a part of it is something that will stay with me forever. Thank you for everything that you have done over the past few years boys, I (Chris) am so proud of everyone of you.
U-12 League Division 2
Charleville U-12 B boys continued their good start to the season with an entertaining 2-2 draw with Kilteely at Moatville last Saturday afternoon. Most of the drama in the game came in the first half as both teams created numerous chances. Charleville almost opened the scoring in the 6th minute when Cillian Quinn played an excellent through ball to Adam O Connor who was unlucky to see his first time shot past the goalkeeper go just wide of the post. A minute later it was Kilteely who got the early breakthrough as they opened the scoring with a good finish. Charleville were soon level when in the 10th minute Rory Troy made an excellent burst down the right wing beating a defender before whipping in an excellent cross which an unfortunate Kilteely defender was unlucky to turn into his own net. Kilteely restored their advantage 9 minutes before half time to make it 2-1. Once again Charleville responded well and drew level again 2 minutes before the break. Cillian Quinn produced a brilliant bit of play to round the goalkeeper but was brought down just outside the penalty area when destined to score. Cillian picked himself up and from the resulting free kick he drilled a superb shot low into the bottom corner of the net.
The second half saw fewer chances in the game as the defences started to get on top. Shay Moloney, Evan McEnery, Palash Sonawane and when introduced Hugh Cronin all did very well in defence for Charleville keeping Kilteely at bay throughout the second half. Charleville looked the more dangerous and more likely to win it and Rory Troy almost did just that with 12 minutes remaining. Cillian Quinn was involved again playing a good ball to Rory whose shot was brilliantly saved by the Kilteely goalkeeper and Rory’s rebound effort sailed just over the post. In the end it was a point for both teams and continues the boys solid start to the season. The boys are continuing to improve and grow as a team and are no doubt eagerly looking forward to their next match.
Team: Paddy Twohill, Shay Moloney, Evan McEnery, Palash Sonawane, Jamie Ryan, Charlie Hayes, Cillian Quinn, Adam O Connor, Rory Troy, Ciaran O Brien, Shane McNamara and Hugh Cronin.
U-12 National Cup 3rd Round
Fairview Rangers 1
A tremendous second half display saw Charleville’s U-12 boys overturn a 0-1 half time deficit to clinch a a 2-1 victory over Limerick city side Fairview Rangers at Moatville last Saturday and with it book a place in the last 64 in the country. This was a tremendous game and very much a game of two halves. Fairview started the game very well and were the dominant team in the opening 15 minutes. Charleville goalkeeper Kian Smith pulled off an outstanding point blank save in the 9th minute to deny the visitors the opening goal. Fairview’s early pressure soon paid off though as they opened the scoring 4 minutes later despite another good save from Kian, a Fairview player was first to the rebound to finish home. Charleville started to come more into the game soon after that with Colin Quaid having a shot saved by the Fairview goalkeeper in the 16th minute. Kian Smith was alert again in the Charleville goals to make another good save before half time as the scored remained 1-0 to the visitors at the break.
The second half was a completely different game as the Charleville boys started to press Fairview back and build up sustained periods of pressure. The breakthrough arrived for Charleville in the 14th minute of the half when Shane O Riordan produced a tremendous bit of skill to turn and skip past a Fairview defender before running through on goal where he was brought down and the referee pointed to the penalty spot. Colin Quaid stepped up to slot home the resulting spot kick to make it 1-1. The belief in the Charleville boys was now there for all to see and within a minute of the restart the boys scored again to take the lead. Matthew McCormack played a good ball to Shane O Riordan, who was causing Fairview major problems with an excellent second half display, and Shane let fly from the edge of the penalty area with the power of the shot beating the goalkeeper for 2-1. Charleville were now the dominant team and Colin Quaid came within a whisker of making it 3-1 just a couple of minutes later when following a tremendous burst through on goal his shot past the goalkeeper hit the inside of the post and somehow stayed out, rolling across the line into the goalkeepers arms. Colin came close again with 6 minutes remaining with a shot wide of the post. Fairview tried hard to get back into the game and force extra time but found the Charleville boys defending brilliantly as a team with the back three of Eoin O Connor, Shane Liddy and Dwy Neligan tremendous throughout while Ewan Dillion and Ryan Murphy worked tirelessly for the team in midfield. As the final whistle went soon after, the boys were delighted with what was a well deserved victory. Well done to all the boys on an excellent performance. It was an excellent game between two good teams. We now look forward to a trip to Newcastlewest in the 4th round.
Team: Kian Smith, Eoin O Connor, Shane Liddy, Dwy Neligan, Ryan Murphy, Shane O Riordan, Ewan Dillion, Matthew McCormack, Colin Quaid, Evan Copps, Charlie Duignan, David O Riordan and Aaron Moffatt.
Charleville Ladies 3
Broadford Ladies 0
On a morning were the score line suggests it was an easy game for the ladies, Broadford made the Charleville girls work very hard to get all three points to remain at the top of the league and undefeated after four games. All three goals were spectacularly scored by Karen Burke who has got her second hat-trick of the season so far. The game began with both sides exchanging the ball for the opening period, but soon the Charleville Ladies gained momentum and came out on top. Even with all the possession, the home side were finding it hard to create goal scoring opportunities. After a few positional changes on the Charleville side we eventually broke the deadlock through a well guided free kick from Karen Burke, but Charleville never pushed on and the half time whistle came. Not long into the second half we won another free kick in the middle of the field about 30 yards from goal after some strong tackling and defending from our back three who gained possession and clear their lines. Karen once more beat the defending wall and keeper to double her and Charleville’s tally for the day. The bench was then used in the next five minutes and Charleville picked up the tempo of the game for the last twenty minutes and pushed to cause further misery to the Broadford team. After a Charleville corner was cleared, the ball was played back into the box once more only for it to be handled by a Broadford player and the referee had no choice but to award a penalty and give Karen Burke the chance to get her hat-trick which she cooling done. Broadford created their first and only effort on goal with two minutes to play, causing Caitlin Reynolds to make a diving save. Girls remain undefeated and are on a winning roll at the moment. Team: Caitlin Reynolds, Alex O’ Keffee, Catriona O Keffee, Kayleigh Hehir, Sarah Hegarty, Beibhinn O’ Neill, Karen Burke, Chloe Dundon, Maryclaire Carroll, Chloe O’ Brien, Laura Dundon, Chloe Keogh, Ivana Lee, Siobhan Heffernan, Marian Treacy, Kathleen O’ Brien, Joanna Corrigan, Caoimhe Farrell
We would like to wish Chloe Keogh a speedy recovery from her hand injury she picked up on Sunday morning during the warm-up. Keep the gloves dusted off Chloe and we see you in a few weeks.
A well deserved win for our boys on Saturday last at Moatville.
It was an exciting game with very good defending, some very well taken corners & a couple of shots at goal hitting the post by both sides. Our first goal came from Darragh O’Sullivan in the 15th second of the game. Then with play dangerously in our half of the pitch our back four of Ryan O’Sullivan, Stephen McKenzie, Daniel O’Keeffe, & Joe Simcox played their socks off to keep danger at bay. In the 15th min of the game Michael Mackessys fabulous attempt at goal just shaved the Ballylanders post. Jamie Reidy & Gary Herbert combining well up front made for some exciting play. Then we saw an exhibition of fine passing from the middle of the pitch between Alex Goodison, Darragh O’Sullivan, Michael Mackessy, & Chris Trifinov which resulted in a great attempt at goal from Jamie Reidy up front, but was saved by the Ballylanders goalie. The ball went straight back up the pitch and in the 25th min Ballylanders scored their first goal. Just before the break, Jamie answered with our second goal from a superb pass from Chris.
The second half was equally exciting with the Charleville crowd very vocally supportive. John Toner, Kian Broderick, Jack Fitzpatrick & James O’Driscoll all came on in the second half and made a fine contribution all over the pitch with great passing and great defending. Joe Kennedy in goal made some fine saves. In the 50th min a goal deflected off one of our boys and Ballylanders had their second goal. Our boys lifted their heads and just before the final whistle, which seemed to be a long time coming!! A fine corner resulted in James O’Driscoll securing the win for us.
Well done boys and looking forward to more of the same for the rest of the season.