All the latest soccer notes from the Limerick clubs in the LDMC. The notes first appear in the print edition of the Limerick Leader every Wednesday.
MUNSTER CHAMPIONS CUP FINAL: Pike 4 St Brendan’s Park 0. We picked up our 1st piece of silverware of the season on Saturday night and became the 1st Limerick club to win the coveted Munster Champs Cup. We dictated play in this game from the off with John Tierney and Keith Harnett involved in some great moves. We took the lead on 15 minutes when good play down the left from Hanrahan saw O’Donovan deliver a pin point cross for Dave Ryan to turn home with his head with a super finish. We kept St Brendan’s on the back foot and scored a 2nd goal on 30 minutes. A quick break from Harnett and Tierney saw O’Shea cross from the right and Harnett arrived just on cue to coolly slot home and give us a two goal lead at the break. We began the 2nd half the same pinning Brendan’s back in their own half and after good work down the right from Hanrahan saw Tierney slip in Ryan again who finished from a tight angle for his second of the night. We didn’t take our foot off the gas and after another move with Tierney heavily involved again Alan Barry stroked home from the edge of the box for a goal of real quality. We saw the game out after this and afterwards captain Pa Mullins accepted the trophy and thanked all our supporter who travelled to Askeaton for the game on what was a very cold night.
U-13 NATIONAL CUP: Pike 6 Charleville 0. Our 13s under the guidance of Adrian Lipper advanced to the last 32 stages of the National Cup on Saturday courtesy of this comfortable win. We were two goals to the good at half time with Tony Mambuana getting a brace. We kept the tempo at a high pace in the second half and tacked on four more through Eddy McCarthy, Cian Power, Ben Kennedy and Mambuana again giving him a hat trick to send us through to the next round.
NEXT UP: This Saturday sees our U-12s take on Geraldines in the National Cup and all support would be welcome. Schoolboy/girl training continues every Thursday from 5.45 to 6.45 in Delta for 6s to 10s and at the same time in our lady of Lourdes Astro turf for 11s to 14s. Anyone interested in coaching our kids can contact Declan Considine as all help would be greatly appreciated.
LOTTO: Club lotto continues every week and tickets can be had from committee or the bar.
CAHERDAVIN CELTIC AFC
LADIES: The curtain finally came down on our Ladies Season with the playing of the FAI Women’s Munster Senior Challenge Cup semi-final. Our opponents were top Cork side Wilton Utd. With the Greenhills ruled out, the game went ahead at the sand based LIT pitch at Moylish. In what was to prove a close, hard fought affair, our girls went under by two goals to one. Two goals down at the interval, the girls came storming back in the second half, pulled on back through Laura Hughes and came within a whisker of taking the game to extra time.
When referee, Donal Power, got proceedings under way at 11.30am, it was a chilly 2°C and it was to get even colder but that didn’t seem to bother the players who went at it tooth and nail from the off. Stephen Dunworth’s side showed a couple of changes from the XI who saw off the challenge of Abbeyfeale in the quarter final. Deirdre Cremin filled the goalkeeping position in the absence of the unavailable Chloe Pearse and made a highly impressive debut. Emma O’Halloran, in her first game back since sustaining a serious wrist injury during the Summer began at right back while in the opposite corner Karen Keehan started in the absence of Alice Heath, who broke her collar bone a couple of weeks back.
Hayleigh Power and Sarah Crotty formed a solid central defensive partnership. Clodagh Dunworth, Sarah Considine and Shone Ryan were our midfield trio while Laura Hughes and Alma Conroy operating on the flanks leaving Sarah Stack as a lone striker. Our lone substitute, Jessica O’Donnell was introduced about thirty minutes in.
The Cork outfit posed a major threat in attached and Hayleigh Power was called into action on a number of occasions in the early stages effecting some excellent clearances. Laura Hughes was buzzing on the left and was always prepared to run at the Wilton defence. We conceded the first of two penalties after ten minutes but keeper Deirdre Cremin effected a wonderful save. We were creating chances throughout, one of our best arriving in the seventeenth minute when Alma Conroy’s astute through ball put Sarah Stack in the clear but the Wilton defence snuffed out the danger.
The visitors took the lead on twenty five minutes. We lost possession way out on the left wing close to the half way line and the Wilton girls exploited the situation to the maximum, finding the net after what must be said was an excellent passing movement. A couple of minutes later we had a let off as a Wilton forward got in but with the goal at her mercy shot into the side netting. A minute before the interval we conceded a second penalty and Wilton’s captain, the imposing Barbara O’Connell, slammed the ball home giving Deirdre Cremin no chance.
We were much brighter in the second half and certainly had more of the possession. We pulled one back in the 20th minute following a Sarah Crotty ball into the penalty area. The Wilton keeper and her central defenders rather un-charactistically got their wires crossed and Laura Hughes was well positioned to take advantage and coerce the ball home. There was great effort all round but one couldn’t deny the ability of our opponents who were very direct in attack. We forced a number of corners but the Cork girls were resolute. Hayleigh Power came close from one of those corners. Deirdre Cremin came to our rescue on a couple of occasions but as the half progressed there was only a kick of a ball in it. Clodagh Dunworth and Co. gave their all in an effort to get us back on level terms and deep into injury time (in the fourth minute in fact) we conjured a chance as Sarah Considine’s volley from a Sarah Crotty centre flew tantalisingly wide of the far post. It was the last act of a highly entertaining and extremely competitive encounter.
We wish Wilton well in the Final. It was our girls’ final engagement of what has been a wonderful season.
U-11: Premier League - Mungret Regional 0 Caherdavin Celtic 2. Our U-11s recorded a terrific 2-0 win against high flying Mungret Regional n Mungret on Saturday morning. Conditions were excellent for this eagerly anticipated game. The home side huffed and puffed, dominating the possession stakes, but failed to break down a solid defence win which central defender, Ronan O’Dwyer, was outstanding. Two first class strikes in the final eight minutes of the first half were to prove the difference in the end, the victory being tall the more meritorious as we were without Ben Irwin, Russell Hoban and Dylan Lynch, all first choice players.
The home side saw plenty of the ball in the first half, but a combination of resolute defending and wayward shooting kept the scoreline blank until eight minutes before the interval when Ben Frost’s through ball sent the industrious Conor O’Shaughnessy, away and he took the ball around the keeper before firing into an unguarded net. It was to get even better for the Ray Mitchell/Leslie Barrett managed side as in the 24th minute, Ben Frost latched onto a long clearance by Ronan O’Dwyer, volleying home in spectacular fashion.
In the second half the Mungret Regional boys did their utmost to turn the game around. They shot narrowly wide of the upright at one stage and increased the pressure as the half progressed. Keeper, Oran Fleming, was called upon on a number of occasions, but he was equal to the best the home side could offer producing some excellent saves.
With each player giving his all, we stifled the home attach and held on for our second win of the season. It was a tremendous sporting contest all round.
Our team was: Oran Fleming; Steven Mitchell; Eoin Lynch; Ronan O’Dwyer; Mark Moylan; Ben Frost; Niall Barrett; Conor O’Shaughnessy; Morgan Bateman; Riain O’Connell; Patrick Faulkner, Reserves: Joachim Clohessy; Matthew Gardiner
OTHER GAMES: Our Junior game v Moyross Utd was off as well as our Under 13 clash away to Shannon Hibs.
NEXT UP: Saturday, December 8 - U-12A v Corbally Utd, 10.30am Athlunkard; U-12B v Aisling Annacotty, 10.30am Killonan; U-16 v Shannon Town, 12.00pm Corrib Drive; Sunday, December 9 - Minors v Aisling Annacotty, 10.30am Annacotty
NOTES: Our Christmas Draw on Friday, December 14, in the Country club. Cards are currently in circulation. Lines cost €2. Great Prizes! New material/photographs old and new are being added to our Club website on a regular basis by the hardworking Michael O’Halloran. Web address is www.caherdavinceltic.com and you can also find us on Facebook. A wealth of material – team photos, action photos, Club events, etc. stretching way back over thirty years exists and will eventually be added.
A TEAM: It was the Muster Junior Cup this past weekend as Prospect Priory FC and Caherconlish clashed to get to the out of town stages. The game was switched from Cals Park to Caherconlish due to the surface being unplayable. In the last two rounds we got past Caherdavin of Division 1A and Geraldines (Premier) in that 7-6 thriller a few weeks back. Unfortunately for us this past Sunday it wasn’t to be and Caherconlish advanced to the next round of the Munster Junior Cup. We wish them the best of luck in the next round.
NEXT UP: All three teams are down to play this Sunday with our A Team travelling to Bruff in Division 1B at 10.30am. At the same time of 10.30 am our B Team travel to Abbey to take on top of the table Abbey Rovers. Then at 2pm our C Team take on Lisnagry at Cals Park.
TRAINING: Training for all teams Thursday 7-8pm Weston Astro our lady of Lourdes.
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