Here are the match reports for the underage games played on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th October 2012
U10 Rock Celtic 3 – 1 Redeemer
The U10’s claimed maximum points earlier today in their home game against Redeemer. While the scoreline was only 3-1 the Rock lads totally dominated from start to finish and really should have converted a multitude of scoring chances. Mark Gallagher was in flying form down the left wing for the Rock and gave the Redeemer defence a torrid time particularly in the first half. Sennan Carroll swapped his ususal striker role for goal keeping duties (with regular GK Jack Donohoe away) and did a fine job when called upon. He had great support from a strong defence in Jamie Callan, Adam Hoban, Gavin Lynch and the excellant Eoin Byrne who switched from left to right side of defence for the second half and never lost a tackle on either side. Josh Hanna had another superb game for Rock in the centre of midfield, covering every blade of grass and running the length of the field at one point to prevent an almost certain goal on the one occassion when Redeemer got past the Rock defence. The opener for Rock finally came after Steve Kamtchou fed the ball to Fiachra O’Hanlon who slotted in a fine strike from inside the penalty box. The Redeemer goal keeper pulled off a string of saves throughout the game. Early in the second half Rock’s efforts paid off with a beautifully taken goal by Layo Adebanjo dribbling towards goal and then dinking the ball past the keeper with the outside of his right foot. Against all the odds Redeemer pulled one back when a deflected free kick fell to one of their forwards in the box. The Rock lads stepped up a gear and immediately replied with a fantastic strike from Josh Hanna 25 yards out after a deflected shot from Cillian Duffey fell nicely for him. The lads played some great football at times, the best of the game when a great sequence of passes involving Josh, Conor Monaghan, Layo and Mark Leavy ended up Mark’s shot going just wide of the post. A great performance by all of the team.
U10 Bellurgan Celtic 0 – 2 Rockville
It was a great performance today by Rockville who took on Bellurgan in a very exciting match, both teams cancelling each other for long periods with great defending by Frank McGrory in his new role in defence having a great game alongside the superb James Riley and Conor Smith on his debut for the team. Some good half chances by Sean Connor and Evan Durnin made for a great first half although the game remained scoreless at half time. The second half started much the same but with 10 minutes gone a fine through ball by Sebastian McGeogh set up Evan Durnin who finished neatly into the right hand corner to make it a well deserved 1-0. Straight away Rock started attacking but great goal keeping by the Bellurgan keeper kept them at bay until Evan Durnin returned the favour for an easy tap in for his team mate Sebastian scoring his first goal for the team to go 2-0 up. Endless running by Alex Gough who worked tirelessly for Rock alongside Dara O’Hare and another impressive player on his debut was Conor Secerton. A strong performance by Jack Mulville and Ruairi Doyle as striker made for a great win. Man of the match was Alex Gough.
U11 Bellurgan 0 – 2 Rock Celtic
The under 11’s continued on their winning ways with a great result away to Bellurgan on Saturday Oct 6th. Rock applied pressure straight from the start and created a number of chances in the opening minutes. The midfield pair of Donal Leavy and Josh Hanna challenged for every ball and made full use of Declan Curtain and Adam Gartlan who did some great work on both wings. Up front, Mark Durkin and Patrick Mullen chased everything and kept the Bellurgan defence under pressure. Resulting from this constant pressure, the Bellurgan keeper was forced to make a clearance which fell to Mark Durkin. Mark controlled the ball and displayed some good footwork to send the keeper the wrong way and slot the ball to the back of the net.
In the second half, Rock created more chances but found it difficult to convert these chances to goals. Josh Hanna, Declan Curtain and Neil McQuillian all went close with long range efforts. Back after injury, Charlie Murdock was introduced for the second half. Charlie worked hard upfront, adding pace to the Rock’s attack and was unlucky not to score with an effort from inside the box. Ten minutes after the restart, Connor Casey played a high ball forward to Donal Leavy who found Adam Gartlan unmarked. Adams powerful shot was saved by the Bellurgan keeper but the keeper was not able to hold onto it and deflected the ball in the direction of the incoming Patrick Mullen. Patrick made no mistake and fired the ball to the back of the net to put Rock ahead by 2. Some great football by the under 11’s who are really beginning to gel as a team – another well-deserved victory and its home to Muirhevnamor next at 10:00 A.M. next Saturday morning. Best for Rock Celtic were Donal Leavy, Declan Curtain and Connor Casey.
Under 12 Ardee Celtic 1 -4 Rock Celtic
Another rewarding away day for the Rock under 12’s. Such was their 1st half dominance it was surprising that the lads only led by 2 goals at the break. Two well taken goals by Jack Barron & Aaron McQuillan when they both reacted quickest to the loose ball in the Ardee penalty area ensured the seasiders kept the scoreboard ticking over. Early in the second half a Rock corner perfectly swung in by Jack, led to the 3rd goal when the tall frame of Conal caused all sorts of chaos in the box ultimately leading to an Ardee defender heading the ball to his own net. Normal service resumed. It was inevitable that Ardee were going to throw caution to the wind & there efforts led to a superbly taken goal that Tayo had no chance with. Shortly after another great chance was created by the Ardee boys but a fantastic full length diving save by Tayo kept it out. Further pressure followed but some terrific defending by Luke, James, Kevin, Conal, Donal & Paul ensured that there were no further breaches. The lack of penetration led to the Seasiders midfield led by Conor Soraghan assisted by Jack, Edward, Richie, Ciaran & Oran taking a grip on the game once more. Thereafter further chances were created by the Rock boys and but for the heroics of the home keeper it could have been a cricket score. Just one more goal followed but what a goal. Started in defence 4 quick passes ended with the ball at Josh Connolly’s feet. He then coolly proceeded to take the ball round 2 defenders and from an almost impossible angle curled it round the keeper to the far corner. A truly amazing finish. It was also interesting to see the switch between Conor & Kevin in the second half, with Conor adding some much needed pace in defence & Kevin back picking out the passes in the centre of the field. A truly satisfactory day’s work on the road. Well done lads.
U13 Rock Celtic 3-2 New Generation
Rock U13’s recorded their fourth victory on the bounce at Sandy Lane on Saturday with a hard fought but deserving win against a very slick and physical New Generation side. The Rock started the better and took the lead after a well worked corner between Aidan Curtin and Liam O’ Callaghan ended up with Aiden smashing the ball into the top corner of the net. Rock looked to be in control but conceded moments later when a long punt up the field caught the defence off guard with the pacey New Generation centre forward running through to equalise. Rock responded immediately and pressed forward with the brilliant Alex McCarthy playing a staring role. Chances fell to Oisin Geogaghan, AlexMcCarthy and Oisin Murtagh before Daniel Corcoran reacted quickest to a goal keeper error to slot home Rock’s second of the game. The second half began with Rock in control again however their opponents were always dangerous on the break and profited from another long ball for the equaliser. Rock were knocked back on their heels for a while but continued to press for the winner which eventually came in the shape of Jack Barron who towered above everyone to bullet a header into the top corner. Rock were never in danger after that and held firm for the 3 points. Best for Rock were Aiden Curtin, Liam O’Callaghan, Jack Barron, Daniel Corcoran, Conor Soraghon and man of the match Alex McCarthy.
The match was kindly sponsored by Denise and Terry Barron.
U14s Rock Celtic 1- 2 Quay Celtic
The Rock lost their 100% record to a very strong Quay Celtic when they were defeated 2-1 in their last match. The Rock knew this was always going to be a very tough match having been on the receiving end of heavy defeats in previous years by this team. However they are making steady progress and will soon get the better of this team. In the first few minutes the of the match Quay were on top and started to create some good chances only for Goalie Matty Fee to denied them with some fine saves. The Rock then started to get into the game and move forward on a few occasions but just could not get that clear cut chance. The football on the display was not great by both teams with may wayward passing and both teams punting the ball up to one another. But it was halfway through the 2nd half that Rock did not deal with some basic defending to let Quay in to score 2 goals. The only chance that fell Rocks way in the 1st half was through a free kick dispatch by Alex Hanneffey which resulted in the Quay Goalie making a good save.
HT Score: Rock Celtic 0-2 Quay Celtic.In the 2nd half the Rock got more into the game but were finding it very hard to break down the Quay defence. However the Rock got a lifeline when Jack Reid broke out of defence and work his way up into the Quay box and with a clever back kick into Quay goals. Even though Quay were by far the better side the Rock still could have snatched a draw right at the death only Ben Mooney could not get on the end of a corner kick when he was unmarked. While this was a relatively poor performance by Rock they still hold top spot in the league and will look to getting the passing game going again in their next match.
Team: 1. Matty Fee, 2. Ross Kelly. 3.Aidan Curtin. 4. Alex Hanneffey. 5.Jack Reid. 6.Ben Mooney. 7. Ciaran Fee. 8. James Cushnahan. 9. Christopher Stapleton. 10.Feidhelm Joyce. 11. Dylan Sharkey. 12.Gerard Rice. 13. Conall Murdock. 14. Daniel Corcoran. 15. Liam O’Callaghan. 16. Shane Barron. 17.Thomas Murdock.