U14 Cup Semi Final Glin Rovers V NewcastleWest AFC 1-2 ( Sheagh O Connor).
Commiserations to our young U14 Team who lost out narrowly to Newcastle West AFC 1-2 tonight (30/4/13) in the Cup Semi Final. It was a fine display of graft and heart from our boys who faced a physically much bigger outfit on the night. They can hold their heads up high tonight for this performance.
Team: Alan Scanlon, Patrick Cregan, Jamie Fitzgerald, Tomas Woulfe, Jack Scannell, Joe Robb, Karl O Sullivan, Brendan Flanagan, Sheagh O Connor, Davey Daley, Jack Sheahan. John Daniel Hickie, Fionn Henderson, Jack Fitzgerald,Shane O Sullivan, Eoin Woulfe.
NCW started the better tonight, Alan Scanlon had to save smartly on 3 minutes to keep the sides level, while Brendan Flanagan made a good block from a NCW shot on 5 minutes.Jack Sheahan and Karl O Sullivan combined well on 12 minutes resulting in a Glin free kick just outside the box but NCW cleared the incoming ball from the free. Brendan Flanagan was playing well inside the forst 20 minutes as NCW were on the attack. Our defence of Jamie Fitzgerald, Patrick Cregan, Tomas Woulfe and Jack Scannell well up for this game and ended many NCW attacks before the could get in to the box. Karl O Sullivan and Joe Robb were proving an effective partnership in midfield and many Glin attack commenced on their wing. Jack Sheahan and Sheagh O Connor were very lively for us tonight and yound Davey Daley showed some true grit tonight going up against two big NCW centre halves, he didnt pull back on any tackle. Karl and Jack combined well on 25 minutes ending in a fine shot by Jack Shehan which the Keeper saved. We got a rub of the green on 28 minutes when Sheagh O Connor pounced on some indecision between a NCW defender and the Keeper. He fired home from just inside the box to put Glin up 1-0. Alan Scanlon pulled off an incredible save on 32 minutes when he went full stretch to parry the ball to safety from a fierce shot from a NCW forward. NCW equalised on 34 minutes when a NCW striker showed well for the ball and sent the ball to the top left hand corner. 1-1 at half time and a tough second half ahead for the two teams. Jamie Fitzgerald was marshaling his defense well this evening and showed some good composure on the ball tonight, his free kicks were a real thorn in the side of NCW. Joe Robb came more in to the game in the second half both in defense and attack for us and Karl O Sullivan was battling well in Midfield breaking up any forays into our half aided by the Brendan Flanagan and Sheagh O Connor. Jack Scannell was very busy on his wing with NCW very busy on that side, he had Patrick Cregan and Tomas Woulfe ready and able to defend the glin line at all costs. Jack Sheahan was showing some neat touches to set up many a glin attack with Davey Daly in close proximity ready to pounce should the chance of a shot on goal arise. Shane O Sullivan came on for Davey with 15 mins left and went in to goal allowing Alan Scanlon to play up front for the final minutes. NCW scored on 55 minutes to make it 2-1 with a neat finish form a striker. It was to prove the winning goal on the night but we have to applaud our lads for the strength of character they showed tonight against a big Newcastle side. This U-14 team did not back down tonight and they gave it their all, it was good to see such a strong panel on the sideline ready to give their all should they be called upon also. A couple of referring decisions went against them also on the night and they were unlucky not to have been awarded a penalty early in the opening exchanges. They were well supported on the sideline tonight and were a credit to the club.
Carrig Celtic 3 – 3 Glin Rovers
(Scorers: Gary Culhane 2, Ambrose Lanigan)
With three games remaining in the Premier Division Glin traveled to Carrigkerry in search of a vital win in order to boost their survival chances and remain in the Premier Division next season. With a strong cross wind blowing across the park it took a considerable period of time for both sides to settle in order to get a foot hold in the game. With Carrig settling the better they created the early chances and worked Stack in goals but Michael was up to the task and saved the early Carrig shots. Glin came into the game after 10mins with some good work from Kevin Sweeney down the left wing, Kevin fed the ball through to Tommy Culhane who skipped past the right back and set up an early opportunity for Ambrose Lanigan but his shot was sent over the bar. 2mins later Ambrose was fouled close to the Carrig box, Gary stepped up to the set piece but his effort just went wide of the near post. 3mins later Carrig won a corner and scored from their set-piece. The heads didnt drop and the lads got stuck into action from the tip-off and enjoyed some vital possession, then on the 25th minute, Tommy went on a great run down the left and set up Gary for chance on goal, Gary turned quickly and shot low and hard to the bottom corner to level up the game. Glin defence were beginning to play well especially the full backs clearing every ball that came their way. With 5mins to go in the half, a Carrig corner wasn’t dealt with and the home side brought the best out of Stack saving a powerful shot. On the stoke of half time, Brian O’Donovan was fouled close to goal, Gary sent in a dangerous cross to the Carrig box which was met by Ambrose Laingan who headed past the keep with Glin taken the lead. In the second half Carrig kept it tight in the back given little away to the Glin strikers. Gary and Ambrose worked hard up front in order to create chances but they couldn’t find an opportunity to strike on goal. Johna and Tommy had shots but both were sent over the bar. Then disaster struck with 20mins to go with Carrig scoring two goals in 2mins. Glin didn’t give up and with 8mins to go Ambrose worked tirelessly to keep the ball alive and set up Gary on goal and Gary made the most of the opportunity and shot low and hard to the far corner to tie up the game once again. Glin couldn’t find the all important goal to take the three points and took home a point from the game. With a two week break Glin will need two big performances in their final two games to survive in the Premier Division next season.
Team: Michael Stack; Christy MacSweeney, Tadhg Culhane, Brian O’Donovan, Kevin Sweeney; Joe Martin, Johna Culhane, Edmond Horan, Tommy Culhane; Gary Culhane, Ambrose Lanigan.
Subs: Paddy Fitzgerald, Jack Fitzgerald, Olly Wallace, Olly Mulvihill, Jack Costello, Barclay Costello & Paddy Killeen.
On Sale now. Glin Rovers gear.
XL tracksuit top – 30 euro, XL Regatta Softshell Jacket – 25 euro
XL Navy Rain Jacket – 25 Euro, XXL Red 1/4 Zip Rain Windcheater 20 euro.
S ONeills Replica rovers jersey, L ONeills Replica Jersey – 20 Euro
L Black Windcheater – 15 euro, M Navy Rain Jacket 20 euro
XL Red Windcheater – 15 euro, XXXL O Neills Red Windcheater 20 euro.
2xl Adidas Training Jacket – 30 euro, XL ONeills Hoody 30 Euro.