Our A team were back in action on Sunday and recorded a 1 nil victory against Nenangh AFC. Jason Lipper on the score sheet for Aisling Annacotty.
The C team also recorded a victory against Star. David Power the scorer from a free kick.
Murroe 1 Aisling Annacotty 2
Aisling Annacotty U18 Girls continued their winning run of form with an excellent 2-1 away win against reigning champions Murroe. This was a tight affair with Murroe threatening with some early chances, but Shalini Kujur and Bronagh Kelly were solid in defence again this week and kept them out. Midway through the second half Claire Kelly scored with a fine free kick from outside the box. This seemed to settle the girls as Aisling then dominated for long periods. Continued pressure in the second half resulted in a penalty converted again by Claire Kelly. With a 2 goal advantage the game looked secure before Murroe scored to get back in the game. This encouraged Murroe to press on and look for an equaliser – Aisling Kennedy in goals was busy and made some excellent saves to hold out for the win.
The U12A team have made an impressive start to the season. After this latest victory against Limerick they sit top of the Under 12 Premier Division with 5 wins and a draw from their opening 6 games. They have also recorded convincing wins in their first 2 games in the National Cup scoring 15 goals in the process.
The game with Limerick was played in difficult conditions in Hogan Park last Saturday. The boys settled into their stride quickly and with Matthew Carroll and Colm Lenihan controlling matters in midfield there were plenty of opportunities for the attacking players to threaten the Limerick goal. The Limerick goalkeeper was in fine form throughout but Aisling were rewarded for their early pressure when Donnacha O’ Leary was fouled in the penalty area and Darren Nwankwo calmly slotted home. Limerick created some chances too but the defensive duo of Darren Nwankwo and Seanie O’ hAodha combined with goalkeeper Muiris O’Dalaigh to thwart any attempts by Limerick to score. Conditions worsened in the 2nd half and Aisling needed a second goal to secure the win. It duly arrived courtesy of a fine finish by Donnacha O’ Leary. Daniel Walker was introduced in the second half and his pace caused Limerick problems. Daniel was unlucky not to score being denied by the post and crossbar following two great strikes on goal. The boys can be well pleased with this victory as it maintains their unbeaten start to the season.
U12A Squad v Limerick: Muiris O’ Dalaigh, Seanie O’ hAodha, Darren Nwankwo, Matthew Carroll, Colm Lenihan, Aaron Hough, Ben Moylan, Donnacha O’ Leary, Davy Brennan, Daniel Walker, Daniel Shahab, Jack Dolan, Paul Canny, Daragh Ferland
Under U14A. In a tough league fixture, AAAFC maintained their good start to the season with a 4 nil win away to Regional on Saturday. Aisling were 2 up at half time with goals from Darragh Murray and Leon Kirrane before Adam Cummins scored his 15th goal of the season. Aisling continued to dominate before a Robert O'Sullivan breakaway was halted by a handball and Leon Kirrane added his second with a blistering free kick.
Evan O'Leary, Darragh Murray and Scott McEvoy did well for Aisling
Regional 1 Aisling 1
A very competitive game with two equally matched sides ended in a draw. Either team could have won if fortune nodded their way, but with plenty of goal chances and goalmouth incidents, only two were converted, one for each side.
Regional created quite a number of first half chances where they got through one-on-one with the goalkeeper, but Donnacha O’Dalagh was quickly off his line to mop up some, while for others the chances were spurned with wayward shooting. Aisling were getting the most joy up their left side with left back Eoin Twomey combining neatly with left wing Barry Sutton to work the ball out of danger and launch attacks. Aisling thought they had taken the lead when David McMahon played a lovely diagonal ball from the right through for Niall McGrath to run on to in acres of space and he finished the chance. However, it was ruled out for offside. Ten minutes before the break, Regional took the lead after finally taking advantage of a one on one situation and this time the attacker made no mistake.
In the second half, centre back pairing of Ciaran Vaughan and Peter Ryan gave very assured performances and kept the Regional attacks to a minimum, while Adam Hourigan had an excellent game in the midfield engine room throughout.
Early in the half Aisling’s deserved equalizer came after excellent work from Stewart Bradshaw who played the perfect ball in to Robbie Donegan’s feet. He didn’t have to be asked twice and duly slotted the ball past the goalkeeper in to the net. After this, Aisling cut the Regional defence open with David McMahon down the left crossing for Barry Sutton who took possession in open country, but the gilt-edged goal chance was not to be allowed develop as the whistle blew for offside. Then Robbie Donegan smashed the ball off the underside of the crossbar and straight down to the goal line. Although the players appealed for a goal, the referee judged otherwise.
Soon the full time whistle sounded and the game ended as 1-1 draw which was a probably a fair outcome for the endeavour put in by each side.
Results from Junior, under 17s/18s and schoolboys matches and league tables can be checked on: www.limerickjuniorsoccer.com
U18s play in LWSSL
U12/14/16 play LCDUL
Highly recommended Goalkeeping Coaching with Eamonn Doyle continues every Monday on the Astro at the following time slots:
For all ages up to the age of 14 – from 5 – 6pm
For ages 15 to Senior Level – from 6 – 7pm.
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Anyone looking for club gear please email firstname.lastname@example.org your order. Available to order at the moment are some limited edition training top and skinny pants. Order straightaway if wanted for December 25th!!