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CHAMPIONS: the victorious 2021/22 season U12 Division 1 League winners – New Oak Boys.

Under 12 League Division 1 2021/22

Hanover Harps AFC   0,  New Oak Boys AFC  2
Tuesday 19 April 2022  The Plots (Hanover Harps)

On a sunny evening at The Plots Hanover welcomed New Oak with the visitors needing just a point to secure the league but it was the home side that had the better of the opening exchanges with lots of pressure but without that finishing touch which has served them so well this season.

With plenty of tough tackles going in from both teams but there was nothing between them at half time with the score 0-0 at the break.

The second half was still a cagey affair but New Oak eventually got their goal and followed up with a second minutes later. The game finished 0-2 to see New Oak secure the league title.

Best for Hanover were Connor Wall, Senan Sheehan, and Anthony Brennan.

New Oak had a strong all round squad performance.

Bob Howson presents the cup to New Oak Boys captain.

Under 12 League Division 1 2021/22

Vale Wanderers AFC   0,  Ballymurphy Celtic  5
Tuesday 19 April 2022  Superbowl Leighlinbridge (Vale Wanderers)

A determined Ballymurphy Celtic arrived at the Superbowl tonight with one thing in mind – beating Vale and stayjng in the hunt for the title. What was happening at The Plots, where anything other than a Hanover win would see New Oak crowned U12 Champions, was out of Bally’s control.

But they were very much in control versus Vale. The opening 10 minutes was even enough with both sides playing some good football, but the desire in Bally started to show and Vale seemed a bit ‘leggy’. Bally struck their first on 13 mins from Shane Jordan. Then 5 mins later and Joe Walsh had doubled their lead. And so it remained till half-time with Vale looking a bit flat and not getting into their passing rhythm.

The second half looked a bit brighter for the home side and they pushed forward, winning a couple of corners. But 12 mins into the second half James Flood and Charlie Foley had doubled the Bally lead to 0-4 and Cian Moylan wrapped things up on 56 mins to make it 0-5. A disappointing finale to the league season for Vale who now look forward to a Cup Quarter Final on Thursday night vs Hanover.

Best on the night for Vale were Joshua Walsh, Brendan Byrne & Ódhran Noctor who all kept their heads up and gave all they had.

Impressive for Bally were Jack Ivers, Dylan King & James Dalton.

Under 15 Girls Cup 2022

Nurney Villa AFC   1,  Vale Wanderers AFC  3
Tuesday 19 April 2022  Newtown Rd Nurney

On a fine sunny evening in Nurney, Vale Wanderers put in a fine performance to beat the spirited home team to win through to the final. Vale started on the front foot, putting the home team under some pressure and winning some corners, with Lana Keogh prominent.

But Nurney fought back and put Vale under some pressure as the half progressed. A good move up the left wing resulted in a corner won by Natalia Deka. The resulting dangerous corner put in by Sarah Murphy caused problems for Vale, with Rebekah Bermingham going very close. Kate Burke was very prominent for Vale and went on a great run, beating several Nurney players.

A good move resulted in Roisin Collins being put through. Zara Farrell in Nurney’s goal got a great hand on the strong shot, but the ball dropped over the line to put Vale a goal up. Holly Ryan and Nikola Deka were putting in great work in midfield, with both teams battling to gain dominance and the half finished with Vale leading by the single goal 0-1.

The second half started brightly, with Nurney going very close from another dangerous corner by Sarah Murphy. Amy Farrell in goal for Vale was causing Nurney problems with her long kick outs. Shortly into the 2nd half a shot from the edge of the area resulted in a goal for Kate Burke.
Nurney pushed up hard in reply, with Roisin Murphy and Ellen Barrett pushing up the pitch from defence causing Vale problems. This left them open to counter-attack, with Vale threatening regularly. From a Vale corner, the ball ricocheted in the penalty area, eventually resulting in a goal for Abbey Meaney.

Nurney struck back, and after a brilliant pass from Sarah Murphy, Alice Carroll scored an excellent goal, striking the ball into the corner of the goal from inside the edge of the area.

Nurney continued putting Vale under pressure, but they handled it very well, and they held Nurney’s attack at bay. The game was played in a very good atmosphere, with both sets of players giving their all, and Vale won out 1-3 in the end to go through to the final.

Best for Vale Wanderers: Lana Keogh, Kate Burke, Abbey Meaney and Roisin Collins.

Best for Nurney Villa: Holly Ryan, Eve Kearney, Roisin Murphy and Hannah Carroll.

Under 12 Cup 2022

Ballymurphy Celtic White   5,  St Joseph’s AFC  0
Thursday 21 April 2022  Ballymurphy

This was a great win for Ballymurphy despite a fighting display from St Josephs who fought to the death. In perfect conditions, St Josephs started the better and forced an early corner which was dealt with well by the Bally defence. On 15 mins Ballymurphy took the lead following a scramble in the box with the alert Shane Jordan on hand to slot home.

Bally made it 2-0 on 23 mins with a brilliant Charlie Foley goal to the top corner after a great solo run. The game was effectively over on 28 mins when James Flood scored direct from a corner. HT 3-0

After the break, it was more of the same with Shane Jordan grabbing his second on 40 mins and then wrapped up his hat trick from the penalty spot on 56 mins. Josephs tried to pull a goal back and were very unlucky with a rasper of a shot hitting the crossbar on 57 mins. Final score 3-0 to Ballymurphy

Best for Bally were Dylan King, Shane Jordan and Dian Foley

Under 12 Cup 2022

Vale Wanderers AFC   2,  Hanover Harps AFC  2
Thursday 21 April 2022  Superbowl Leighlinbridge (Vale Wanderers)

A Cup Cracker was predicted and while the game was a little flat in the first half as the teams sized each other up, it grew into a thrilling game that went from end to end. Hanover settled the quicker of the two sides and deserved their 0-1 lead at the break thanks to a well taken goal by Shay O’Grady.

It was a different Vale from kick off in second half. The passing was crisper, the tackling snappier and the running off the ball was excellent. But a resilient Hanover defence, and their keeper in fine form, was not going to give up the lead easily. But Vale were every bit as determined to get to a semi-final and with 7 mins left, Brendan Byrne rose to equalise with a stunning header. 1-1 was how it finished and the game went into extra time.

It was still nip and tuck but Vale seemed to be the more up for it in the opening additional 10 minutes. Halfway through the opening half of extra time, Kieran Holbrook slotted home superbly to make it 2-1 and the home side looked like they were going to grab a third. But 2-1 was the score as the second half of extra time kicked off.

Vale continued to push looking to wrap the game up but Hanover continued to burst forward with real intent and looked dangerous. This was proven to be the case early in the second half when the offside rule presented Hanover with a chance to equalise.

The ball played forward to an offside Hanover player was almost brilliantly cut out by a Vale defender’s header, but the ball skimmed off his head to the player – now deemed to be onside – and Andrian Robu produced an excellent finish, befitting one of the top scorers in the league. With a couple of chances and half-chances falling to both sides, the final whistle went and penalties would decide the outcome.

Both Keepers made saves in a nervy shootout and it was Hanover who kept their nerve and march on to a semi-final vs Ballymurphy on Monday night. This game was a fantastic advertisement for juvenile soccer in Carlow. Played in the right spirit, it lacked nothing in physicality or skill and the respect shown by both sets of players at the end – including a group photo – was exemplary. Hanover go forward tonight but there are bright days ahead for Vale with this age group.

Best for Vale were: The whole team. Every player on the pitch gave their all in an excellent team performance that brings down the curtain on their first competitive season.

Best for Hanover were Daire Brady, who was phenomenal in goal, Senan Sheehan, Conor Wall and Masfie Islam.

Under 15 Cup 2022

St Anne’s AFC   3,  St Patrick’s Boys AFC-2 Green  0
Friday 22 April 2022  Ballylinan (St Annes)

St Annes met on a dry evening. Both teams had met before in league matches. Annes were trying to get a foothold in the game but it was Pats who scored first. Annes shot into action and scored a few minutess later with a corner crossed by Oisin Kelly to see a brillant header to the waiting Calum Mc Elroy and were back in the game. Annes then went on to score again from Seamus Lynch. To leave the score 2 1 at half time to the home team.

Annes went on to score again with a scramble in the box for Eoin Mulhall to hit the back of the net. Final score 3-1 to St Annes.

Under 14 Cup 2022

Bagenalstown AFC   0,  Burrin Celtic AFC  1
Friday 22 April 2022  McGrath Park Bagenalstown

Bagenalstown AFC welcomed Burrin Celtic AFC to the McGrath Park this evening. Both teams defended well and attacked hard and the game was evenly contested up until to just ten mins remaining in the first half when Burrin Celtics Edward O’Byrne scored putting his team 1-0 up going into half time.

The second half was much the same with both sides battling and having their chances but a goal didn’t materialise for either team. It was a nail-biting game and both teams should be very proud of how they played as it was an exceptional game to watch. Score at the final whistle Bagenalstown AFC 0 Burrin Celtic AFC 1.

Under 13 Cup 2022

Hanover Harps AFC   3,  New Oak Boys AFC  2
Friday 22 April 2022  The Plots (Hanover Harps)

Hanover met New Oak in The Plots for their cup semi-final. In this fascinating local derby both teams were nervous at the start. Hanover opened the scoring with a 3rd minute header from Alex Mazur. New Oak never let their heads down and put Hanover under severe pressure and got their reward with a goal from Cormac Murphy. Exactly one minute later Hanover rallied and with an unbelievable header into the back of the net from Alex Mazur, Hanover went 2-1 up.

In the second half both teams came out all guns blazing, two great attacking teams. Hanover opened the scoring in the second half with yet another fantastic header from Alex Mazur for his hat trick which came from another perfectly kicked corner from Charlie McHugh.

Again New Oak rallied and got their reward straight away with a fantastic goal from Tobias Stebra. 3-2 to Hanover. The rest of the game was end-to-end with no real clear chances for either team. It was a very exciting game of soccer, an absolute credit to both teams. The final whistle blew and Hanover are through to a cup final. Final scoreline 3-1 to Hanover Harps.

Goal scorers for Hanover Harps Alex Mazur 3.

Goal scorers for New Oak Cormac Murphy & Tobias Stebra.

Best for Hanover Harps Alex Mazur, Ronan Dooley & Timmy Adeleye.

Best for New Oak were Darragh Casey, Cormac Murphy & Cian Hyland.

U16 Cup Final 2022

Burrin Celtic AFC      2,   Hanover Harps AFC      4.

Wednesday 20th April 2022      Quakers Field Killeshin

Hanover got off to a dream start when a low shot was rebounded off the Burrin defence and Senan Ryan was quick to fire home on 3 minutes in. Burrin fought hard to deal with the early shock with Frankie Fitzgerald making some  huge runs at the Hanover defence but it wasn’t too long to wait for Hanover’s second when Ryan Fitzgerald headed home from a Jamie Walker cross. Jamie Coakley added a third with a stunning free kick that hit the top corner. Jamie Walker added a fourth just on the whistle at half time.

Burrin were digging deep to get back into the match and came out fighting with huge determination to get back into the match. David McHugh and Johnny Maher got on top in the Burrin defence with Eamonn Murphy winning his individual battle at left back. 

Burrin were awarded a penalty when Aaron Dowling was put through from a Dylan O’Reilly pass and fouled. David McHugh stepped up and put Burrin on the score board from that moment on Burrin had the better of the exchanges and at the hour mark Daniel Bolger scored the goal of the evening with a huge 30 yard effort that dipped over the Hanover keeper to finish the game at 4-2.

Best for Burrin were Aaron Dowling, Eamonn Murphy, Daniel Bolger and Martin Carroll. 

U13 Girls Cup Final 2022

Burrin Celtic AFC      0,   New Oak AFC      3.

Wednesday 20th April 2022      Quakers Field Killeshin

On a sunny evening in Killeshin both teams took to the pitch for the kick-off. The match started slow as both teams settled into the final and overcoming a few nerves on the pitch. 

Burrin settled the quicker and had a few chances before a handball in the box gave them a penalty, Eimear Bolger stepped up and drilled the ball home giving Burrin the lead, it stayed 1-0 to half time. 

The second half kicked off and Burrin Celtic started strong applying pressure to New Oaks goal but Anna Gurhy, Cara Shields and Bronagh Myers defended bravely to keep their team in the game. A great run and finish by Anna Cullen for Burrin Celtic gave them a deserved 2-0 lead.

 A great midfield battle between Siobhan Sinnott (New Oak) and Una McFarland (Burrin Celtic) played out in front of the great support from the sidelines for both teams. A piece of magical footwork from Lucy Kinsella saw her shoot low into the net for the 3rd goal of the game. New Oak fought back in the remaining minutes with sustained pressure but unfortunately for them the goal never came! 

At the final whistle great celebrations in the Burrin Celtic camp when their captain Ella Doyle lifted the cup. 

New Oak have applied themselves superbly in their first season together and will be back stronger next season but all credit to Burrin who are a superb outfit.

Best for New Oak were Niamh Lyons, Emily Carpenter and Kiyah Dunne.

The girls involved in this final and the other girls from the semi-final teams showed girls soccer is in a great place in the county and congratulations to all involved this season!

Tuesday 19 April 2022 Under 12 League Division 1 2021/22

Hanover Harps AFC 0 2 New Oak Boys AFC

Vale Wanderers AFC 0 5 Ballymurphy Celtic

Under 15 Girls Cup 2022

Nurney Villa AFC 1 3 Vale Wanderers AFC

Wednesday 20 April 2022

Under 16 Cup 2021/22

Burrin Celtic AFC 2 4 Hanover Harps AFC

Under 13 Girls Cup 2022

Burrin Celtic AFC 3 0 New Oak Boys AFC

Thursday 21 April 2022

Under 12 Cup 2022

Parkville United AFC 1 5 Burrin Celtic AFC

Ballymurphy Celtic White 5 0 St Joseph’s AFC

Vale Wanderers AFC 2 2 Hanover Harps AFC*

Hanover Harps AFC win 1-2 after pens

Friday 22 April 2022

Under 15 Cup 2022

St Anne’s AFC 3 0 St Patrick’s Boys AFC-2 Green

Under 14 Cup 2022

Parkville United AFC 2 1 Ballymurphy Celtic

Bagenalstown AFC 0 1 Burrin Celtic AFC

Under 13 Cup 2022

Hanover Harps AFC 3 2 New Oak Boys AFC


Fixture Schedule w/e 30/04/2022

Monday 25 April 2022

Under 15 Cup 2022:
Hanover Harps AFC v New Oak Boys AFC, 6.45pm, Referee: David Donegan

Under 13 Cup 2022:
St Anne’s AFC v St Patrick’s Boys AFC, 6.45pm, Referee: Pat Moran

Under 12 Cup 2022:
Burrin Celtic AFC v Slaney Rovers AFC, 7pm, Referee: Joe Byrne
Ballymurphy Celtic White v Hanover Harps AFC, 7pm, Referee: Artur Bienko.

Wednesday 27 April 2022

Under 12 League Division 2 2021/22:
St Anne’s AFC v Killeshin AFC, 7pm, Referee: Pat Moran.

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