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Late, late strike from Burrin deprives Ballymurphy a share of the spoils

Match Reports by John Collins and Bob Howson

Under 16 League 2020/21

Ballymurphy Celtic FC   1,  Burrin Celtic AFC  2
Saturday 3 October 2020  Ballymurphy

BALLYMURPHY’S first Under 16 team were very unlucky not to take all three points this morning having led for most of the game.

Bally started the better and had a few half chances before Tim Brennan opened the scoring on 20 minutes with a well taken goal. Bally had further chances to go into the break further ahead but didn’t take them.
Bally again dominated the second half up until the last 15 minutes when Burrin stormed into the game to shock the home side.

Burrin scored their first from a free kick on 80 minutes to level the scores at 1-1 with just 10 minutes left and then sealed all three points with five minutes to go when they scored a second to win the game1-2 and dash the hopes of Ballymurphy.

Best for Bally were Gavin Murphy, Lake Joyce and Tim Brennan.
Burrin had a great all round team performance


Under 16 League 2020/21

Vale Wanderers AFC   3,  Crettyard United AFC  3
Saturday 3 October 2020  Superbowl Leighlinbridge (Vale Wanderers)

CRETTYARD had the majority of chances in the opening quarter and Vale were kept in the game by two superb pieces of goalkeeping by Simon McDonald.

However hesitant defending twice saw Vale gift the visitors two goals as first Tadhg Dineen and then Sean O’Sullivan converted from overturned possession. Vale were struggling to cope with Crettyard’s fast style and had limited chances going forward.

The second half saw a much-improved Vale create openings but were caught on the break to concede a penalty. Again Simon in the goal came to the rescue to tip the spot kick onto the post. However Vale were hit on the break again and Crettyard went 3-0 up with a fine finish from just outside the box.

The comeback began in the final quarter as Vale pressed forward looking for a foothold in the game. Adam Farrell delivered with a superb 30-yard volley over the keeper into the right of the goal.

Vale’s tails were up and two minutes later Charlie Nolan was hauled down in the box. He dusted himself off to convert the spot kick and it was game on for the final five minutes. Charlie Nolan went close as a free on the home sideline from 25 yards out went narrowly over.

Crettyard were dangerous on the break but Luke Barron was composed at the back. Vale’s chance came late on as a repeat of Nolan’s earlier free fell to Sam Murphy to take.

His effort bypassed Crettyard’s defense to dip and deceive their keeper and fly in just inside the far post to level the game. Both sides had late efforts but the ref blew up to share the spoils with Vale much the happier after a super comeback to finish with a 3-3 final score.

Best for Crettyard:  Tadhg Dineen, Sean O’Sullivan & Jack Gorman.

Vales best were Luke Barron, Joey Byrne & Dean Reddy with a man of the match performance by Bobby Daly

Under 16 League 2020/21

Nurney Villa AFC   6,  St Joseph’s AFC  5
Saturday 3 October 2020  Newtown Rd Nurney

It was nice to see soccer games back at last and being played again. Nurney got their season off to a great start with a home win. Shane Kelly got Nurney’s first goal just five minutes into the game Nathen O’Hara got Nurney’s second goal a short time later

St Joseph’s never gave up and got two goals back one after another .Nurney regrouped and Shane Kelly got two more goals one from the penalty spot making it Nurney 4 St Joseph’s 2 at halftime.

 Nurney got off to a good start in the second half with Oisin Maloney getting his first of the game. Joseph’s got their third with a well-taken goal by James Cranny, followed by Oisin Maloney getting his second goal from the penalty spot. Shane Kelly scored two more before Joseph’s came back with some good play and got two more goals. Oisin Maloney got Nurney’s last goal of the game to deservedly take the spoils.

Goal scores for Nurney were Shane Kelly, Nathen O’Hara and Oisin Maloney.

Best players for Nurney were Tristan Searson, Evin Kearney and Luke Brennan.

Goal scores for St Joseph’s were James Cranny, Adam Seger and Adam Farrell, with a good  all-round team performance from them.

Under 15 League 2020/21

St Fiacc’s AFC   6,  St Joseph’s AFC  1
Saturday 3 October 2020  Knockbeg School

It was a tale of two hat-tricks early this morning as St. Fiaccs hosted St. Josephs at Knockbeg College, with Dylan Murphy and Ryan Donnelly-Finn both scoring a treble each for St. Fiaccs. St.Fiaccs started brightly with the opening score coming from a Dylan Murphy penalty and that set the tone for the first half.

St. Josephs battled throughout and pulled one back with a good strike from Ross Moran. But with further goals from Dylan Murphy, centre half Aidan Bradley and Ryan Donnelly-Finn St. Fiaccs went in at the half with a decisive lead.

St. Josephs were much improved with a spirited second half performance and played some good football but St Fiaccs with further goals from Adam Norton and Dylan Murphy the day well and truly belonged to St Fiaccs.

Best for St. Josephs were Robbie Fitzgerald, Charlie Deasy, Sean Murphy and Paddy Walshe. For St. Fiaccs, it was an excellent team performance with some beautiful football being played and every one of their players on the field contributing to a convincing win.

Under 15 League 2020/21

Killeshin AFC   0,  St Patrick’s Boys AFC  2
Saturday 3 October 2020  Quakers Field, Killeshin

Pats had a strong wind advantage in the first half and had Killeshin on the back foot in the early exchanges. Ben Brady in the Killeshin goal was called into action in the 8th minute to make a fine save.

Pats early pressure was repelled by a tight Killeshin rearguard of Evan Askins, Callum Hayden, Tristan Owens and Jack Brennan. Killeshin’s best opportunities came on the counter-attack but the final ball from them was always just a slight bit off today. Pats took the lead on the half hour mark when a tame Sean Murphy shot squeezed under the home sides keeper.

Killeshin kicked off the second half but were caught in possession and punished within 20 seconds of the restart, with Murphy on target for his and Pats second. A body blow for Killeshin who were well in the game but as they searched for a goal they left some spaces in behind.

Possession was shared for the remainder of the second period with Ben Brady making a great save on fiftyseven minutes. But try as they might Killeshin just could not breach the Pats defense who ran out 0-2 winners.

A good all-round squad performance from Pats and similarly Killeshin who did themselves proud with all their lads excelling against a tough opposition.

Under 15 League 2020/21

Ballymurphy Celtic FC   3,  Nurney Villa AFC  2
Saturday 3 October 2020  Ballymurphy

A late Lachlann Smith goal gave Bally all three points in this entertaining fixture in Ballymurphy this morning. Bally started the stronger and took the lead on 5 minutes through Darragh Coleman with a great finish. Nurney pulled their way back into the game with their front two causing all sorts of problems for the Bally back four. HT 1-0

The second half produced 4 goals and was a really enjoyable game to watch as both teams went at it hammer and thongs. Nurney equalised on 40 minutes with a low driven free kick. Bally responded 5 minutes later when a Jack Foley free kick caused all sorts of problems for the Nurney defense who inadvertently turned the ball into their own net for an OG to restore Bally’s one-goal lead 2-1.

Nurney however dug in again and deservedly got their equaliser with 7 minutes left with a great strike 2-2. However, with only 3 minutes left on the clock Lachlann Smith burst through the Nurney defense and coolly slotted home for 3-2 to give all three points to the men in white and green. Bally closed out the game and a last ditch tackle from Joey Dalton saved them in the dying seconds.

Best for Bally were Lachlann Smith, Joey Dalton and Tommy Malone.
Nurney’s front two and their goal keeper had outstanding games.


Nurney’s front two and their goalkeeper had outstanding games.

Under 15 League 2020/21

Vale Wanderers AFC   4,  Burrin Celtic AFC  2
Saturday 3 October 2020  Superbowl Leighlinbridge (Vale Wanderers

A good game today saw Vale get their first win of the season. Vale led 2-0 at half time thanks to Micheal Dooley scoring two goals. The second half saw Burrin get into the game with Eamon Murphy scoring to make it 2-1 but five minutes later Vale’s Keelin Byrne struck to make it 3-1 to the home side. Burrin were not done yet though and Martin Carroll scored from a penalty for 3-2. With ten minutes left Keelin Byrne scored his second of the day to finish the game for a 4-2 win for Vake Wanderers.

Best for Vale were Fionn Power, Matt Burke and Ian Robb.
Best for Burrin were Lorcan Kinsella, David McHugh and Johnny Maher

Under 14 League Division One 2020/21

Hanover Harps AFC   4,  Ballymurphy Celtic FC  0
Saturday 3 October 2020  The Plots (Hanover Harps)

Hanover took all three points after a good performance against a strong Ballymurphy team in The Plots on Saturday morning. The home team were in front inside ten minutes when Dermot Lawlor struck high across the keeper into the top corner after cutting in from the wing.

Ballymurphy were looking for the ball inside the defense and Ewan Breen in the home goal had to be alert on several occasions. The home team doubled their advantage when a Lawlor cross was met by Sean Hayden and his header left the keeper helpless.

Ballymurphy were unlucky when a Hanover defender cleared off the line and on the break the home team won a free kick just inside the opposition half. Bailee Cooney delivered an inch perfect ball onto the boot of Sam McHugh who finished on the volley from six yards. Half time 3-0 to the home team.

The second half saw Hanover dominant for most of the time but Ballymurphy still forced Ewan Breen into a couple of smart saves. Aaron Cunningham Burke hit the post before forcing one over the line to kill off the game midway through the half. Jason Dillon, Darragh Redmond and Daire Byrne were unlucky not to get on the score sheet as the game finished in a 4-0 winfor the home team.

Cody Molloy, Jack Woods, Ewan Breen and the excellent Dara Nolan were best for the home side.

A good team performance from Ballymurphy.

Under 14 League Division One 2020/21

Killeshin AFC   1,  Bagenalstown AFC  4
Saturday 3 October 2020  Quakers Field, Killeshin

Fairly even match until Bagenalstown got a goal after 10 minutes scored by Adam Walsh. Killeshin responded 5 minutes later with a goal by Adam Farrell. Then Bagenalstown got a penalty for hand ball before half time which was scored by Adam Walsh . Bagenalstown got a further 2 goals, one by Alan Wall and one by Ian Cradock to finish off a good game.

Best for Bagenalstown were John Lillis and Paddy O Neill.
Best for Killeshin were Adam Farrell and Eoin White .


Under 14 League Division Two 2020/21

St Joseph’s AFC   3,  St Patrick’s Boys AFC Pink  2
Saturday 3 October 2020  McArdle Cross Tinryland (St Josephs)

What a great entertaining game between two competitive teams in St Joseph’s pitch. In a tense game, with both teams creating chances, it was Joeys who took the lead opening the scoring in this game with Seamus Bible scoring the first goal in the 25th minute. Both teams were nip and tuck throughout the rest of the first half but neither side could add to the scoreline and at the break it was 1-0 to Joeys.

After the interval St Pats came out strong, scoring two goals within 15 minutes of the re-start with goals from Kate Culleton and Mollie Cowman, to put St Pat’s 1-2 up. Their lead however lasted only ten minutes as Joeys stormed back getting the equaliser through Mickey Byrne to bring both teams level in the 25th minute.

Both teams were now fighting hard to try and get the decisive score, and they both created great opportunities for themselves. However on the 30th min, it was Joey’s Mickey Byrne that got the last goal of the game. It was hectic stuff by both teams for the last few minutes of the match, but it was Joeys day to come out on top winning a cracking game 3-2..

Today’s game was an exciting and entertaining game to watch, with two very competitive teams who both wanted the win and never gave up trying.

Goalscorers for St Josephs: Seamus Bible, Mickey Byrne (2).

Goalscorers for St Patrick’s Boys: Kate Culleton, Mollie Cowman.

St Josephs best players: Jack Keating, Luke Campion, Seamus Bible and James Carpenter.
St Patrick’s best players: Rose Fasakin, Kaithlin Timmons & Grainne Thompson.

Under 14 League Division Two 2020/21

Burrin Celtic AFC   5,  New Oak Boys AFC  2
Saturday 3 October 2020  The Valley Ballon (Burrin Celtic)

Lovely day for a match in Ballon today and it turned out to be a cracker, Burrin were out of the blocks from the first whistle and within five minutes Dylan Ruane had the ball in the net to put Burrin 1-0 up. Ruslan Medvedevs made it 2-0 to Burrin three minutes later but Burrin didn’t have time to settle on their lead when New Oak’s Kasper Zarzycki broke the offside trap to slide the ball past the advancing Burrin keeper for 2-1.

Five minutes later it was all square when this time Bobby Jordan broke through to finish smartly and leave things level at 2-2 at half time.

At the start of the second half there were chances for both teams but none were converted until Burrin were awarded a penalty for a hand ball. With New Oak a man down Aaron Dowling neatly slotted home the penalty for 3-2.

With the next goal vital and both sides squandering chances, a cross from the left missed everyone until Jack Kelly came in at the back post to volley an unstoppable shot to the roof of the net to make it 4-2. New Oak defended resolutely but with five minutes to go Billy Flynn found himself in the box unmarked and drilled home from close range and so it finished 5-2 to Burrin. Great credit to both sides for a very entertaining game.

Best for New Oak were Kasper Zarzycki, Bobby Jordan and Adam O Neill.

Best for Burrin were Aaron Dowling, Ruslan Medvedevs and Edward O Byrne.

Under 14 League Division Two.

Parkville United AFC 6 – 1 Vale Wanderers AFC Black

On a cold and wet afternoon at Hawkins Lane, in Tullow, Parkville started off the stronger and they went 1-0 ahead, after only 6 minutes, when Adam Cleary was the first to get on the end of a fine cross from Marcus Ragelis, which he finished off into the bottom left corner, of the net.

Cian Kinsella then made it 2-0 with a powerful solo run from mid-field, before slotting past the keeper on fifteen minutes and Marcus Ragelis then made it 3-0 on twenty minutes, with a good run down the right, before cutting in and placing the ball in the bottom left corner.

For the remainder of the half, Vale kicked into gear with Ruarc O’Neill and Rueben Gladert causing plenty of problems for Stevie Curry in the Parkville goal, but there were no further scores and it was 3-0 to Parkville at the interval.

Vale kept up the pressure on Parkville, in the second – half, with Stevie Curry in Parkville’s goal having to pull off a number of great saves, from a Vale side who had their ‘tails up’and Vale were rewarded for this good spell of play, when Vale’s – Alan Fitzgerald finished his ‘one on one’ chance with Stevie Curry to score to make it 3-1 with 20 minutes to go and Parkville were having to ‘dig deep’ with a Vale team that was increasingly growing in confidence.

Marcus Ragelis got his second of the game for his brace, for Parkville, when he was put through by Adam Cleary after a long kick out by Stevie Curry to make the score 4 – 1 and then he completed his hat-trick, when he converted an indirect free-kick to make it 5-1, after sixty minutes.

Finally, Cian Kinsella made it 6-1 for Parkville, when he was put through the Vale defence to finish into the bottom left-hand corner. This was a very entertaining game with both sides creating plenty of chances, but Parkville were far more clinical than Vale and it finished 6-1 to Parkville. Best for Vale were Ruarc O’Neill and Rueben Gladert, whilst standing out for Parkville were Niall Delaney, Marcus Ragelis and Stevie Curry.

Under 14 League Division Two.

Nurney Villa AFC 4 -1 St Patrick’s Boys AFC Red

Nurney came out on top in this first game of the season, to open their account in the U14 Division 2 League.

The game was played in a strong wind and in the first-half, Nurney and St. Pats were evenly matched, with both sides having plenty of chances, but it was Nurney who scored the only goal of the opening period through a fine strike by Corey Searson to lead 1-0 at the interval. The second-half saw Nurney increase their advantage through goals from Jack Murphy, Zack O’Hara and a wonderful free- kick from ‘Man of the Match’ – Callum Kavanagh, to make the score 4-0.

Despite falling behind St Pats never gave up and they managed to pull a goal back, with a great finish by Dylan Kearns. The Nurney keeper was kept very busy, in the last twenty minutes, but St Pat’s were unable to get a goal their efforts deserved, despite creating a host of chances.

Apart from the goalscorers, the,other players who stood out were – Josh Timmons and Scott Lawlor for St Pats and Tony Nolan and AJ Dooley for Nurney.

Under 14 League Division Two.

Vale Wanderers AFC Green 1-1 Slaney Rovers AFC.

This was a very competitive game in the Superbowl which finished, one apiece.

Vale took the lead in the first-half, after a good move which was well finished off by Ryan O’Shea to make it 1-0.

Both teams kept attacking throughout the game, but Slaney equalised with ten minutes to go and both teams tried hard to grab the winner, but the game finished 1-1, which on reflection was a fair result. Standing out for Vale were, Jack Connolly, Ciaran Nolan and Aidan Nolan, whilst it was an all-round team performance by Slaney, in what was a close and exciting game.

Under 13 League Division 1

Burrin Celtic AFC 6 – 2 Slaney Rovers AFC

Burrin Celtic started very strongly, in this U13 Division 1 match against Slaney Rovers, who after creating a number of chances and being denied by the Slaney keeper and also the woodwork,

Noah Cullen opened the scoring for Burrin, with a fantastic long range effort, from all of thirty yards and they continued to control the mid-field and they then added, two more goals -through Freddie Gibson and Matthew Drought, to make the score 3-0.

Slaney then started coming into the game more and more and created some openings but thaycould not convert any of them and the interval came with Burrin leading 3-0. In the second – half – Burrin started quickly they and were awarded a penalty, after Charlie

Clarke was brought down in the area and Matthew Drought coolly slotted home from the spot to make the score 4 -0, Edward O’Byrne then made the score 5-0 to Burrin with a calm finish before an excellent strike from a free-kick by Craig Burgess got Slane on the score sheet and make it 5-1 to Burrin.

The goals weren’t finished with both Edward O’Byrne and Freddie Gibson getting their braces and Matthew Drought scored again, thus completing his hat-trick and finally – Dylan Hopkins pulling another goal back for Slaney, leaving Burrin with a comprehensive victory.

Standing out for Burrin were Matthew Drought, Kieran Donald and Charlie Clarke whilst best for Slaney were Jack Corcoran, Dylan Hopkins and Craig Burgess.

Under 13 League Division 1.

St Joseph’s AFC 2 – 6 Hanover Harps AFC.

It was a ‘tough day at the office’ for St Josephs, despite heroic efforts from Liam Ryan, James McDonnell and Thomas Gorman who could do little to stem the overwhelming Hanover tide of attacking football, but a brace, from Mikey Byrne put some respectability on the score -line.

Hanover’s goals came from braces from TJ Brennan, Arda Destire, Axel O’Rock and Gael O’Rock and one apiece, for Jake Burke and Callum Dolan ensured this comprehensive victory.

Under 13 League Division 1.

St Patrick’s Boys AFC 5 – 4 Crettyard United AFC

This was a fantastic effort by both sides in very breezy conditions, in what was a pulsating game, in tricky weather conditions. St Pat’s took the lead early on when Evan Kelliher took a shot from outside the box and the goalkeeper spilt the ball into the back of his net for 1-0.

From then on Pat’s dominated the game and were unlucky to find themselves level at 1-1, after a ‘lightning’ quick Crettyard break.

Pat’s then took the lead through the clinical Mark Buggy, who scored with a well taken goal from a fantastic counter-attack and soon afterwards, they then scored a second goal, with a Van Persiesic diving header from a fine Evan Kelliher cross, however, Crettyard pulled back another goal to make the score at the interval 3-2 to St Pat’s.

The second half started with a bang, as Crettyard counter-attacked Pat’s and drew level again to make it 3-3, however, soon after Mark Buggy scored his 3rd with another well taken goal. It was end to end after that and Cretty levelled things again with a few minutes to go.

Then Mark Buggy scored his 4th and the final goal of the game from another fantastic Pat’s counter attack and a mix-up in the Crettyyard defence and he was deadly from just two yards out. Best players for St Pat’s was 4 goal man Mark Buggy, Evan Kelliher and debutant Jayden Murphy, whilst it was a great all-round team effort from the Crettyard lads, who contributed hugely, in making this game so exciting.

Under 13 League Division 2.

Parkville United AFC 3 – 6 Vale Wanderers AFC.

On a breezy morning in Tullow, Vale came from behind to comprehensively beat Parkville.

Parkville took a 1-0 lead through Fiach Byrne after hitting Vale on a counter- attack.

Vale struck back quickly with an equaliser scored by Ciaran Bambrick and then Fiach Byrne made it 2 -1 for his brace and then shortly afterwards, Fiach claimed his hat- trick to put Parkville 3-1 up and they seemed to be coasting.

Dylan Walker was very unlucky not to add a forth goal for Parkville when his headed effort went inches wide and then Fiach Byrne hit the bar with a well swung in corner and Vale were ‘riding their luck’ but then Vale hit Parkville with a’double whammy’ with goals from Conor Twomey and Alan Fitzgerald to make it 3-3 and that finished off a very entertaining first- half.

With the strong breeze behind them in the second –half, Vale continue to put the pressure on Parkville and it resulted in two more, early second-half goals from Ciaran Bambrick who thus claimed his hat-trick.

Parkville tried their hardest but found it tough to break down the Vale defence, and Vale took their chances to add two further goals from Bartek Gniedjko and Redek Brezenski and further goals from Conor Twomey and Owen Murphy completed the scoring, in this scintillating match.

Best for Parkville on the day were Fiach Byrne, Luke Evans, Niall O’Byrne and Dylan Walker, whilst standing out for Vale were Ciaran Bambrick, Conor Twomey, Adam Dowling and Liam Boyle.

Under 13 League Division 2.

Ballymurphy Celtic AFC 2 – 0 Baltinglass Town AFC.

Ballymurphy took all three points in an entertaining game against Baltinglass, with Ballymurphy dominating for long periods of time and they controlled mid-field primarily through Tom Kehoe and Conor Walsh essentially ‘running the whole show’.

Baltinglass stuck to their task and grew into the game but Ballymurphy’s pressure finally told and Toby Joyce gave them the lead just before half-time with a well taken strike for 1-0 and that was the score at the interval.

Ballymurphy continued to dominate in the second-half and they spurned a good few chances, with some wayward shooting, whilst Baltinglass had chances of their own, but Michael Murphy – Ballymurphy’s keeper was in fine form and capably dealt with everything that ‘was thrown at him’,

With only ten minutes to go – Ballymurphy’s – Darragh Coleman played in Conor Walsh who sped past two defenders before slotting the ball home for 2-0 and ensuring they took all three points on offer.

Standing out for Ballymurphy were Tom Kehoe, Conor Walsh and Adam Joyce, whilst it was a ‘battling’ performance from the Baltinglass lads, in what was a very close match.

THE CARLOW Juvenile League Match of the Week” – U14 Girls League St Fiaccs v Vale Wanderers will appear in eSTRIKER which will be published on Monday, October 5.

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