Well it’s that time of year again and the Academy is once again participating in the Cork Schoolboys League’s Non Competitive Small Sided Games (SSG).
The Groups and Fixtures can be found on the Small Sided Games section of the CSL website, but please note that these can be subject to change should both clubs agree to reschedule a particular fixture.
As players are selected for each match they will be notified by their coaches. For a list of relevant coaches please see the Academy’s Contacts page.
A complete set of the SGG rules can be found on the Small Sided Games section of the CSL website, but here are some of the main points:
Cork Schoolboys League
Small Sided Games Rules for Season 2011/12
U7, U8 & U9 will be 7-a-side non competitive leagues.
U10 will be 9-a-side non competitive leagues.
7-a-side – 10 players (max)
9-a-side – 13 players (max)
Managers must not have more than the above numbers per panel for any one game.
Games will commence on the weekend of Mar 31/Apr 1 and will continue until the end of May. (This will mean some midweek evening games).
U9s CSL Small Sided Games
Saturday 14th May 2011
Buttevant v Ballincollig
Our under 9s made the long journey to Buttevant AFC. It was a fine afternoon, but the wind was howling and every one of the spectators thoroughly enjoyed the superb display that these two sides put on. Both teams were very evenly matched, but only for the brilliance of Kara Lacey in goals, who pulled off some great saves, Buttevant found it very difficult to get the ball past us.
Paul Cooney was our box-to-box player on the day and ran his heart out for his team. He won every header, challenged everything and completely ran the show in the middle of the park. Jonathon McLean, Oisin McCormack and James Kelly were excellent at the back.
The deadlock was broken when Paul Cooney hammered a ball to the back post from a corner, and found Eoin O Callaghan unmarked, who lobbed the oncoming keeper to score Collig’s first. Fionnan O Sullivan and Aaron Meade O Hanlon dominated the midfield area, and Aaron was very unlucky, when he drove a shot onto the crossbar.
Buttevant then had a long period where they were on top, and banged in a couple of goals of their own.
One of the moves of the game came when Jake Thomas broke up a Buttevant attack, played a lovely pass to Paul Cooney who set Ryan Forde off down the wing on one of his trademark runs, crossed a beauty in for Eoin O Callaghan to prod home, and this put the game level with 10 mins to go.
Tommy Smith and James Sweeney were solid out at the back getting stuck in to loads of challenges. Daragh Dorgan, who normally keeps goals, played outfield, and proved how brave he is, when he threw his body in front of what was a certain goal, to stop Buttevant once again.
In the dying minutes, Ryan Forde smashed the ball at the keeper, who made a super save, but spilled the ball, and like all good strikers, Ryan followed it up, and buried the ball under the keeper, for the winner.
It was not hard to pick the man of the match this week, if fact it was ‘the girl of the match’ Kara Lacey. She was superb, in the second period alone, she must have saved 5 or six times from point blank range. Well done Kara.
Blarney v Ballincollig
Last weekend, just before the heavy rain, our under 9s went away to our good friends and neighbours to O’Shea park in Blarney, for 2 cracking football matches. We are now well on our way into winter as everybody was huddled around with heavy coats and wooly hats, but this didn’t dampen our spirits, and every one of the spectators thoroughly enjoyed the superb display. Both teams were very evenly matched, but because of the brilliance of Christopher Twomey Fahy and Dylan O’Flynn in defense who made some crunching tackles, Blarney found it very difficult to get the ball past us. Isaac Lee James was superb in goals, but he was rarely troubled due to the strength and performance of the lads in front of him.
Our midfield combination of Eoin O’Callaghan, Sean O’Hanlon Lane and Evan Cooke, were all excellent, everyone of them throwing themselves into every tackle.
Our strikers on the day worked their socks off, but they also found that Blarney were no pushovers. Sean Manley, Ronan Hennessy, Padraig Batt and Aaron Meade O’Hanlon threw everything at Blarney but couldn’t break them down.
Such was our dominance, that on the few occasions that Blarney attacked, they scored a great goal. But, the man of the moment Evan Cooke, quickly responded with a super strike that clipped the underneath of the crossbar, and into the roof of the net. Evan followed this up, when he pounced on a goalkeeping error to get Collig’s 2nd on the night. In injury time Blarney equalized, and the final whistle rang out. It was a fair result, and everyone went home happy, yes, even the managers.
Look out next week for the other match report.