U10s CSL Small Sided Games
Sunday 20th May 2012
Douglas Hall v Ballincollig
The Under 10s were away to Douglas last Sunday, May 20th. Ballincollig won the toss and elected to play with the slight breeze and slope. Douglas started quickly, being more used to the all weather surface, and they had an early shot wide. Ballincollig soon followed this with a couple of attacks of their own with Darragh Moriarty on the left wing, Jordan Murphy on right wing, Scott Kelly in centre of midfield supporting Sean Callanan and Jack Desmond up front. Douglas then had a spell of pressure with Adam Summers having to make a couple of great saves and Alex Hill, captain Jamie Slavin and David Hume were rock solid in defence clearing all before them to help keep it all square.
In the second period Ballincollig had to spend most of their time defending and Douglas had a number of early corners. Jamie now had Sean O’Donoghue and Mark Oldham with him in defence and they were all very busy. Relief came on occasions when Robbie Walsh, now on the right wing or Darragh on the left had a chance to dribble forward using their wings. Bryan Smith had a rare chance with a ball over the top from Jordan in midfield, but it was Douglas who scored the first of the game. It was an unlucky goal for the Ballincollig defence to concede as it was a blocked clearance that fell kindly to the Douglas attacker. Ballincollig had a couple of chances when Jordan played a ball into Bryan and his shot went out for a corner off a defender. Then from the corner Darragh played it into Robbie who passed it onto Jordan and he slipped it through to Bryan for a shot, but it was saved by the keeper, very nice play.
Ballincollig had the slope and wind again in the last period and Scott was back in midfield with Bryan playing just off the lone striker Sean Callanan. Alex was now on the opposite wing to Robbie, who was still on the right. David, Sean O’Donoghue and Mark were outstanding in defence so much so that Adam was barely troubled in goal. Ballincollig attacked with Bryan being foiled on a couple of occasions by the Douglas keeper. It was all Ballincollig now as they pushed for the equaliser as Alex, Robbie, Scott and Bryan attacked. Ballincollig were so eager to keep up the pressure at one stage striker Sean Callanan tracked all the way back to the left back position to make a great tackle. Then Ballincollig made a final push and despite blocked shot after blocked shot the ball fell to Scott on the edge of the box, the crowd called for him to shoot, and he did just that burying it with a sweet strike. Good job his dad tied those boot laces properly before the game. The ref then blew up as it was literally the last kick of the game. It was outstanding entertainment and what a finish. Better than the Premier League or Champions League any day.
U10s CSL Small Sided Games
Sunday 22nd April 2012
Ballincollig v Douglas Hall
The under 10s were in action again at home last Sunday down at the Regional Park. This turned out to be a thrilling encounter with Ballincollig showing that the efforts on the training ground are starting to pay off. The lads started much better with Sean O’Donoghue anchoring the midfield and Scott Kelly and Justin Eguaibor raiding down the wings in support of Josh Ambrose and Darragh Moriarty up front. Scott scored the first for Ballincollig, showing his leadership as captain, when he intercepted a Douglas kick out and placed it into the bottom right hand corner. This was followed up by some great defending by Alex Hill, Jamie Slavin in the centre and Jordan Murphy, with keeper Cillian Kierse in goals for the second game in a row making some important saves. Ballincollig scored a second from an Alex Hill corner with Scott coming short to pick it up and he played it to Josh on the edge of the box, where he flicked the ball up and volleyed it into the back of the net. It was a nice finish indeed. Ballincollig defended well to see out the end of the first period.
The second period saw Jack Desmond and Bryan Smith come on up front, Robbie Walsh on in defence and Mark Oldham on the left wing. It was Douglas though that scored with a counter attack soon after the start. Ballincollig came back strong with Robbie outstanding in the right back position and at one stage he even had a long range shot saved by the Douglas keeper. Jamie and Alex were likewise amazing in defence. Ballincollig were now pinning Douglas back with Bryan and Jack both having shots saved before a goal came from a corner swung in by Bryan and finished again by Josh. Then it was Mark’s turn to have a shot saved after being played through by Scott. Robbie and Jamie again were clearing everything that came near them.
The final period saw Jordan and Justin come on in defence, with Sean and Darragh on in midfield. Cillian made an outstanding early save before Ballincollig peppered the Douglas goal, with shots being saved from Bryan and Justin. Cillian again came to the rescue before Ballincollig counterattacked and it was Jack’s turn to have a shot saved. Douglas then got a lucky break when a push in the back on Mark went unnoticed and they managed to score. Bryan and Mark then worked a nice free kick as Mark rolled the ball to Bryan, but his shot went over the wall and wide. Then while Douglas were attacking a couple of misplaced defensive kicks allowed Douglas to poke it home. Despite the setback Ballincollig pressed again with Darragh, Sean, Justin and Mark pushing up to support Bryan and Jack. Cillian, Jordan and Robbie finished rock solid in defence and Justin had the final shot on goal. In the end Ballincollig were unlucky not to win but this was a much improved performance. Well done lads.
U8s CSL Non Competitive League
Douglas Hall v Ballincollig
It was a blustery and showery evening when the U8’s travelled over to Douglas Hall to fulfil their Cork Schoolboys fixture last Saturday, May 1st.
Ryan Crowley, who was goalie for the match, was put under a barrage of shots for the first few minutes whilst Ballincollig came up to match speed with some shots going in. Stephen Wills and Oisin McCormac steadied up the defence with Matt Bourke providing the striking force up front.
In the second section of the match Jonathon McLean, playing on the left wing, provided the breakthrough for Ballincollig scoring a nice goal ably helped out by Eoin O’Callaghan and Aaron Meade-O’Hanlon also playing in the midfield. Oisin McCormac provided the firepower up front. Ryan Crowley made some very important saves during this period. These were made a bit easier by the determined defence put up by Ronan Hennessy and Sean O’Hanlon-Lane.
The rain jackets were then discarded and Ballincollig showed they meant business. In the third section of the match Stephen Wills, Paul Cooney and Eoin O’Callaghan reigned supreme in midfield with first Stephen scoring in the bottom left hand corner, then Eoin’s shot ricocheting off Paul when he was caught unaware in front of goal and finally Paul scoring in the bottom right hand corner a few minutes later to bring the match level. Jonathon McLean and Sean O’Hanlon-Lane played superbly keeping at bay any efforts by Douglas Hall to counter attack. The final few minutes were tense as Ballincollig peppered the Douglas Hall goal with a number of shots just going wide.
The final score was a draw which was probably fair to both sides.
U12 Premier Schoolboys
Umbro U12 Leagues CSL Premier Division
Moneygourney, Sunday 20th December 2009, 10.30 a.m.
Douglas Hall 0 – 3 Ballincollig
After six weeks without a game due to the weather, Ballincollig’s Under 12 Premier Team travelled to Douglas Hall. Conditions were near freezing but due to the all weather pitch at their disposal, the match went ahead. Ballincollig wanted to get their passing game going early and despite the lay off, they started very well. Plenty of good football got them into positions in their opponents half and they had Douglas under pressure from the start. The Douglas Hall goalkeeper had his hands warmed early with a shot from Japhet Mata and Ballincollig forced a succession of corners. Nothing came from these early attacks and the home side made it more difficult by playing five at the back and only one striker in an effort to frustrate Ballincollig.
The away team kept plugging away and from a Douglas hall breakaway they took the lead. Evan O Mahony won a great tackle at the edge of his own penalty area and passed the ball down the right hand side where a quick move involving Ruairi Cotter and Brian O Callaghan set Japhet free. Japhet’s pace took him around the goalkeeper and he finished with ease. Douglas Hall to their credit played well on the break but only had two chances, one of which came back off the crossbar and was cleared to safety by the covering Ruairi Cotter. The score at the break saw Ballincollig one up on the Hall.
Playing up the slight hill in the second half and also from the efforts of the first period, Ballincollig took a while to get into their stride. Sean Lucey and Kevin Browne again got a grip in midfield and from then on the game looked safe. A great ball down the left from Jamie Manahan found Brian free and as the ‘keeper advanced Brian lobbed it over him, only to see it come back off the crossbar. However, Japhet was following, up as a good striker should, and his header finished it to the net. The defence then came under pressure for a short time but with great direction from goalkeeper Aidan O Donovan, they held firm. Deservedly, for his non-stop work during the game, Brian O Callaghan got the third goal with 5 minutes left and again it was at the end of a great move. He finished it brilliantly and the goalkeeper had no chance. A good end to the year for this team who remain unbeaten in the league, with seven wins and a draw, scoring 28 goals on the way and a game in hand over the team in second. Keep up the good work lads. They don’t hand out the medals at Christmas.
Evening Echo CWSSL U18 Division
Moneygourney, Sunday 1st November 2009, 2.00 p.m.
Douglas Hall 0 – 2 Ballincollig
Ballincollig got off the mark in the league with a good win and a strong team performance on one of the few games to survive the weekend. The goals came either side of half-time and the team can be proud of the manner in which they played and the clean sheet they secured.
The first goal came about twenty minutes in and it was Siobhan Hogan who stuck it in after a tussle in the box from a corner. Such was the melee and the angle at which the ball hit the net that no-one was sure that she had actually scored. Siobhan will have to score more goals in future to make up for the very poor celebration after her goal. The thing is to score more goals and then your team-mates can practice celebrating with you each time. Ballincollig’s second goal was scored by Melissa Rodias. She collected the ball in midfield from an Amy Wilson pass and upon reaching the eighteen yard box let fly. The net bulged and Siobhan probably felt a little hard done by given the celebration that followed.
The Hall were in this game for periods and had their chances but Ellen Jackson pulled off fine saves when asked to do so. Ballincollig adapted to the all-weather pitch admirably and fully deserved the three points on the day. Best for Ballincollig were Lisa O’Shea, Rebecca O’Riordan and Trish Murphy.