Our Minor footballers got off to a winning start in 2009 but this win over Bishopstown, has been followed up by defeats to both Delaneys and St. Finbarrs. Even in defeats there were many positives however and Paul Noonan, Jonathan Kenneally and John Colman will be particularly encouraged by their charges continued efforts in training. In the Bishopstown game Sean Keane helped himself to three goals, while at the opposite end of the field Jake O Leary pulled off two fine saves to help us win out 4-3 to 1-7 on a blustery Sunday morning. Outside him Barry Colman and Sean Carroll marshalled the defence well. However in the next outing, and despite the best efforts of Ruairi Murnane, Ian Murphy and Barry Harnedy the White’s Cross defensive unit was prised open time and again by Delaneys who scored 5-6 to our 1-10. In the third encounter against the Barrs, it looked as though our defence would again suffer as they goaled early on. However a re-jigging of matters 20 minutes in, with Barry Coleman moving to full-back, flanked by John Ramsay and Murane tightened up matters immeasurably. Outside them the switches also helped Eoghan Murphy and Shane O Sullivan as both thundered into this encounter, and they linked up well with Keane, Murphy and others. In the end the early work done by the Barrs numbers 8, 10 and 11 created too great an obstacle, as we lost out by 1-10 to 2-5.
We noted in the last update how the fortunes of our Junior footballers had mirrored each other with both sides winning in Round One and drawing in Round Two. Strange as it may seem this pattern continued into Rounds Three, where both suffered their first defeats and on again into Round Four where both responded in the best fashion to the earlier defeats.
The Junior A footballers having defeated Rathpeacon and drawn with St. Michaels lost out to Douglas on the minimum 1-7 to 1-6 margin. Short a number of regulars the management side would still have been encouraged by the performances of Denis O Regan, filling a midfield spot devoid of the injured Murt Kelleher, and Paddy O Brien who filled the centre-back spot, in the absence of regular Eoin Murnane. The side recovered from this set-back with a merited win over Brian Dillons in atrocious weather conditions at the Tank Field one week later. Here James Cooney continued his impressive displays at full-back, while Donnacha Murnane began to show a return to form after injury ruled him out of the squad in 2008. Kevin Buckley scored the all important goal in a 1-8 to 1-3 victory, with John O Connell, John Drummy and the aforementioned O Brien all impressing.
Again like their A counterparts the second string lost out on the minimum margin to Ballinora, despite fine displays from Darragh Keane, Derek O Connor and Michael Osborne. Round four saw them succeed with a spirited win over a Na Piarsaigh side, that will actually be competing in the Junior A championship. This win was won against all the odds, with key leaders Padraig Murnane, Martin Kelleher, Paul Finnegan, Jonathan Kenneally and Dave Buckley all ruled out with injuries. Kevin Fennessy, Con Kelleher, Colin Lawless, Chris Long, Joe Leahy and Richie Sherlock all contributed handsomely in a 4-7 to 2-8 victory.
With a touch of Spring in the air, under-age training moves from indoors back into the great outdoors! The White’s Cross Under 11 Go-Game Leagues kicked off on Sunday March 22nd at the White’s Cross Grounds. With both boys and girls eligible, four teams were created to battle it out – the Lions, the Bears, the Tigers and the Sharks. Each team plays each other twice before the final league standing is calculated over the following weeks. Then the first team will play the fourth in one semi-final and second and third will do battle in the other semi-final. The winners will qualify for the A final while the semi-final runners up will compete in the B final. Each team will get 3 points for a win and if they can score 5 scores (goal/point = 1 score) they get a bonus point. One point is given to each side, in the event of a draw.
After the first week the Bears top the table thanks in no small part to Cormac O’ Flynns fine scores. He was ably assisted by Aaron Kent, Ciaran Quain and Emily Hall. However the Bears did not have things all their own way in Round One and fought out an exciting draw with the Tigers, for who Jack Kiely, Padraig Cloran, Corey Cambridge, Shane McElhinney and Colin McCarthy all impressed. Elsewhere the Sharks and the Lions fought it out in a keen battle with the former winning out in the end, thanks to fine displays from Cillian Hall, Ronan Quain, Ruairi Casey and Ryan McCarthy. For the Lions, Cian O Dononvan, Adam Kent, Fiachra O Connell and Tony O Keeffe all fought gamely.
For the latest on the above leagues, save the Club Web-Site address listed at the top of this page to your favourites and log onto regular up-dates by following the U11 Street Leagues 2009 link.
Elsewhere the Under 6 and Under 8 boys and girls are also preparing to step into the great outdoors. Having trained each Friday night for the past two and a half months in the confines of four walls at a local sports hall, they will be keen to test their skills in the open field once more! During these indoor football sessions they have worked diligently to develop their kicking, fist-passing, blocking, catching and picking skills, while simultaneously getting some valued exercise in. While this might all sound like hard work, the likes of Peter Twomey, Stephen Whooley, Jack O Callaghan, Orla Coffey, Aaron and Mark Wallace, Cathal O Flynn, Martha Quain and Tom Casey went home smiling each week, even if the result in Across the River, the Big Match or Cluiche Richie might have temporarily disappointed them! The enthusiasm of these boys and girls is a joy to behold, and to see their improvement week on week is a great boost to the coaches involved. The coaching drills assigned as ‘homework’ each Friday have certainly been practiced by Olan Dill, Jordan Bransfield, Elaine Murphy, Luke Murphy, Robbie O Driscoll, Ryan O Connell and Brendan Quain and all have improved greatly in the past while.
Depending on the weather, and thus still subject to confirmation at the time of print, they return to the pitch in White’s Cross each Friday evening at 7pm for the Spring/Summer schedule. New members, both boys and girls, are always welcome to come join in the sessions. Perhaps your child is friendly with one of the above, and you are anxious for them to get some regular exercise going – if so this is a great place to start! For further details on any of the above teams, you can contact the appropriate coaching coordinator, or just chat it out with any of the parents / guardians of the above! ForUnder 14 queries contact Ciaran Allen at 0863662914; for Under 11’s talk to Ger Hayes at 0868354767; Richie Sherlock will deal with Under 8 questions at 0879515364 and Conor Kelleher (0876293430) will answer questions regarding Under 6s.