Our youth team made the long trip to play Milford in Donegal at the weekend in the FAI youth Cup. The trip was worthwhile as they came away 5-0 winners and are though to the last 16. Scorers were Adam Foley (2), Killian Maloney, Shane Donegan and Jacob Jastrzebski. Best of luck to the lads with the rest of the campaign.
Aisling Annacotty U16 girls played out a tense and hard-fought 1-1 draw away to Charleville on Sunday, close rivals near the top of the table. Both sides started brightly, but Charleville got the breakthrough after 20 minutes via a fortuitous deflection in the six-yard box. Rocked by this the team lost its shape for a few minutes, and were lucky to escape when a strong shot crashed off the crossbar. However, spurred on by the vocal travelling support, the girls picked themselves up, and clawed their way back into the game, with Aisling Doran leading the way, winning every 50-50 challenge on the left wing. With Emma Donoghue and Rachel O’Driscoll getting a grip in midfield, chances started to accumulate and Emma was unlucky to see a shot come off the keeper’s body. Laoise Ni Aodha, was tormenting the back line with her skill and pace, and eventually, the pressure told, with Ni Aodha becoming the meat in a sandwich in the box, and leaving the referee in no doubt as to where to point. Sarah Cleary stepped up for her second penalty in as many matches and rifled her shot into the roof of the net. In the second half, it was all Annacotty as the girls created several excellent chances, but luck was not on their side. After 75 minutes, Charlie Hanrahan, back from a long-term injury, and marshalling the defence like she had never been away, had to leave the fray. Sensing an opportunity Charleville pressed forward themselves, and on 88 minutes Abby McCarthy showed great reflexes to block a shot from 8 yards. In the end a draw was a fair result, and keeps both teams in the hunt, as the league breaks for Christmas.
The 15s-age group is unique in that for this season and last both the A and B teams play in the Premier Division. Great friends off the field and great rivals on it, the two sides met for the second time this season in Annacotty. Once again, the As dominated possession and took an early lead when Tom Marsden reacted quickest in the box to score after just two minutes. But the Bs defended resolutely and the As did not score again until just before half time. Rian McBrierty who had moved from the Bs to the As at the start of the season scored against him old teammates after a Rory Murphy effort came back of the bar. The same pattern continued in the second half, the As dominating the ball and the Bs defending well. Late in the second half, Jake Dillon won the ball in the opposition box before setting up Mark Donnellan who scored a third leading to a final score of 3-0 to the As.
The club has planned a number of fundraising activities to cover club costs for this season. To support us in this SuperValu Castletroy has kindly offered us two days, next Friday 9th and Saturday 10th to collect for the club. They have told us we can bag pack between 11am and 11pm both days. Participating children have to be 10 or older.
To volunteer your time please contact Niall Brady on NiallGBrady@live.comThank you for helping out with this vital fundraiser for the club.
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:
Up to the age of 14 – from 5 – 6pm
For ages 15 to Senior Level – from 6 – 7pm.
Aisling Annacotty Shop
Anyone looking for club gear please email email@example.com your order. Available to order at the moment are some limited-edition training top and skinny pants.