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Ballyboden St Enda’s v O’Dwyers U15's - Match Report PDF Print E-mail
Written by Seán Garvan   
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 18:08
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Ballyboden St Enda’s v O’Dwyers U15's - Match Report 7th May 2013

 

Following last week’s success against Castleknock it seemed to make sense not to change a winning formula. That initially seemed like a great idea until I received calls back as to who was unavailable to travel. Early indications showed that we’d be struggling to field a team let alone put out the same one as last week. We were down Matthew, Eoin, Luke and Conor, all key players in our previous game. A last minute call to the under 14 team ensured that we’d be able to field a team albeit 14 players. The game commenced shortly after 19:30.

 

O’Dwyers gained procession from throw in and Tom Downes didn’t delay on making his presence felt and delivered a well taken opening score from just inside the 45. Eoin (Richie) Richardson was next to score from the right hand side. Tom’s second attempt of a point from distance dropped short and under the cross bar for a goal. Cian O’Maonigh was next to add his name to the scoreboard with a nicely placed point from play some 20 metres out on the left hand side. Ballyboden struggled to gain possession and suffered an onslaught of shots from O’Dwyers, although none of which accumulated as scores. Twenty minutes into the first half Ballyboden began to take some control of the game scoring their first point. Twice the ball was scuffled of the goal line but O’Dwyers narrowly escaped conceding. Micky Corcoran pulled off a wonderful save to deny Ballyboden. Darragh delivered some nicely placed kick outs, one of which was easily secured Tom and delivered to Fiach Keenan who took his first score. Richie adds another two goals to his tally. O’Dwyers never looked threatened by Ballyboden St Enda’s except for the last 10 minutes of the first half. Tight marking and support play between the full backs of Seanin, Darragh, and Dairmuid ensured that each wave of attack was dealt with. Seldom was the ball just aimlessly kicked out of defence, the guys worked it out nicely to begin waves of counterattacks. This helped Peter Lawless and Tom Downes to secure a point apiece before half time. Half Time Score: Ballyboden St Enda’s 0-02 O’Dwyers 3-06.

 

Plenty of praise followed by a word of caution was relayed to the team at half time. No less than a year ago we suffered a defeat to Ballyboden having gone in at half time well ahead. O’Dwyers gained possession from the initial throw in, Daniel Hughes knocking the ball down to Tom Downes who delivered a quick low lay off into Peter Lawless who turn against the defender to score a lovely point of his left foot. Eoghan Richardson was on fire and converted a point immediately after the ball was kicked out. David Creamer got a taste for scoring when he charged for goal, but narrowly missing and securing a point for his effort. Davy took command of the half and secured the majority of play. Ballyboden swapped some players which resulted in 3 more scores. David Creamer replied with two more points for O'Dwyers. Richie worked the ball across the face of goal and delivered a well taken goal on his left foot low to the goalkeeper’s left hand side. All of the team worked well in support of each other and Daniel was instrumental to creating the majority of scores, finally got his name on the score sheet. Seanin Keenan performed brilliantly under attack on the right side. Darragh and himself worked a series of hand passes between them resulting in Darragh putting the ball in the back of the net from 40 yards out. The most impressive part of this game was the way the team played as a unit. You could feel the confidence building as players took their scoring opportunities. Those that didn’t score like Oisin McDonald helped enormously to support play and create scores for others.

 

It was a tough decision to select a man of the match with each and every guy listed below giving 100% commitment. Stephen and I decided to leave it up to the players and Darragh Mathews was voted man of the match. Tom Downes (captain) once again did a terrific job of leading out his team. Well done guys….

 

Final Score: Ballyboden St Edna’s 0-05 O’Dwyers 5-13

 

Micky Corcoran, Seanin Keenan, Darragh Mathews (1-00), Dairmuid Tuckey, Cormac O’Byrne, Daniel Hughes (0-01), Paul McNally, Tom Downes (1-02), Eoghan Richardson (3-02), David Creamer (0-03), Fiach Keenan (0-01), Oisin McDonald, Peter Lawless (0-03), Cian O’Maoinaigh (0-01)

 

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U15 boys April Match Reports PDF Print E-mail
Written by Seán Garvan   
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 17:51
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The last week in April seems a strange time of the year to kick start your league campaign but weather conditions in the preceding months meant just that for the O’Dwyers U15 Boys football team. The first game of the season was away to Lucan Sarsfields on Thursday 25th April and showed early signs of potential league success. O’Dwyers started strong and always appeared to be dominating procession but two quick goals from Lucan before the half left O’Dwyers trailing by 1 point. O’Dwyers play lacked team involvement and while there were moments of individual brilliance it wasn’t enough to stage a convincing comeback. The second half saw some strange decisions resulting in successive quick scores against the run of play to Lucan. Verbal abuse from the opposition side-line clearly upset one of O’Dwyers key players and as a result discipline broke down as did the result. Lack of team play, match practice and team discipline paid its toll in the end. Final Score: Lucan Sarsfields 6-05 O’Dwyers 4-02.

 

Sunday morning 28th April, with a renewed sense of focus on team performance and a hunger to get a result, the team travelled away to Castleknock who to date had played two and won two. Armed with a new insight from some solid performances on Thursday night, the team was restructured and refocused on securing the half back and full back line to prevent conceding scores. Seanin Keenan was brought into right full to support Darragh Mathews and Paul McNally. Davy Creamer slotted into half right back to help strengthen this line. The midfield duo of Daniel Hughes and Matthew Leonard provided considerable strength and height to win and gain possession and as a result Daniel took a very quick goal from the initial throw in. This was quickly followed up with a beautifully taken point from Tom Downes playing in a centre half forward role. Tom secured a further 2 points in the first half along with a goal from David Creamer and a nicely taken point by Conor O’Sullivan. Unfortunately we have not yet found a goalkeeper to replace Chris and as a result we conceded some soft goals despite Darragh Mathews fantastic performance in full back. Darragh commanded the area, winning and securing at least 90% of the play and delivering the ball accurately to the half backs and midfield. Half Time Score: Castleknock 3-02 O’Dwyers 2-05.

 

O’Dwyers never looked under threat from Castleknock and for the first we sensed that the lads were enjoying the game. This was very much a team performance rather than individual. The full forward line were brought into play and some great scores were taken early in the second half. Two quick goals, one from Cian O’Maonaigh and one from Matthew Leonard certainly helped build confidence. New club member Luke Rae found a home at Right Half back and helped secure and deliver some excellent ball to the midfield and forwards. Eoghan (Richy) Richardson got his name on the score board and was credited with a super goal delivered to the bottom left hand corner. This was followed up later with a point. Daniel Hughes added 2 more goals to his tally. Final Score: Castleknock 5-06 O’Dwyers 6-07.

 

Team: Dairmuid Tuckey,Seanin Keanan, Darragh Mathews , Paul McNally, David Creamer, Cormac O’Byrne, Fiach Keenan, Daniel Hughes, Matthew Leonard, Eoghan Richardson, Tom Downes, Cian O’Maoinaigh, Eoin Richardson, Conor O’Sullivan, Oisin McDonald.

 

Subs: Luke Rae for Eoin Richardson and swapped position with Fiach Keenan.

Peter Lawless replaced Diarmuid Tuckey in goal who later slotted in full forward for Oisin McDonald.

 

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