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Squad - David Williams, Ronan Kennedy, Oisin Lynch, Brian Hartnett, Chris Cotter, Shane Harrington, Ian Kennefick, Donough O'Flynn, Andy Howick, Tariq Tynan, Grace Matiki, Dylan O'Riordan, Glorie Matiki, Kelvin Kruschel, Emmett Cotter, Keelan Kennedy, Chris Smith, Andrew Crotty, Kirean Mullins.

2010-2011
Team
P
W
D
L
F
A
Pts
Leeds*
18
16
1
1
50
14
49
Midleton
18
13
2
3
46
18
41
Douglas Hall
18
10
0
8
35
31
30
Mayfield United
18
6
2
10
45
60
20
Fermoy
18
5
3
10
18
38
18
Rockmount
18
5
2
11
26
34
17
Wilton United
18
3
0
15
26
38
9

 

Date 
Competitiopn 
Venue
Opponent
Result 
Scorers
21st Aug
League Cup
Home
Ballincollig
Won 7-0
B Hartnett 3, T Tynan 2,
Grace Matiki, K Kennedy.
25th Aug
League Cup
Away
Innishvilla  
Won 1-3
E Cotter 2, T Tynan
28th Aug
League Cup
Away
Kilreen Celtic
Lost 5-0
-
1st Sept
League Cup
Home
Lakewood Ath
Won 2-1
Tariq Tynan, Andy Howick
4th Sept
League Cup
Away
Ringmahon
Won 0-3
T Tynan, A Howick, D O'Riordan
8th Sept
League
Away
Leeds
Lost 2-1
Andy Howick
11th Sept
League
Home
Mayfield
Won 3-1
Tariq Tynan 2, Chris Cotter
18th Sept
League
Home
Wilton
Won 3-0
Gloire Matiki, Oisin Lynch, Grace Matiki
26th Sept
League
Away
Rockmount
Won 1-3
D O'Riordan, C Cotter, T Tynan
2nd Oct
FAI Cup
Away
Lakewood
Won 1-2
Gloire Matiki 2
10th Oct
League
Home
Douglas Hall
Won 5-0
T Tynan 3, A Howick, R Kennedy
16th Oct
Munster Cup
Home
Carrigaline A
Lost 0-2
-
23rd Oct
League
Away
Fermoy
Won 1-2
Grace Matiki 2
28th Oct
FAI Cup
Home
Ringmahon
Won 2-1
Tariq Tynan, Oisin Lynch
6th Nov
League
Home
Innisvilla 
W/O
-
13th Nov
League
Home
Leeds
Won 6-0
B Hartnett 4, O Lynch, R Kennedy
20th Nov
League
Away
Mayfield
Won 1-2
Brian Hartnett, Shane Harrington
27th Nov
League
Away
Wilton United
Won 0-6
A Howick 2, D O'Riordan,
Gloire Matiki, T Tynan, C Smith
11th Dec
League
Away
Douglas Hall
Lost 3-2
Gloire Matiki, Dylan O'Riordan
29th Dec
FAI Cup
Home
Carrigaline
Lost 2-3
Oisin Lynch, Dave Williams
8th Jan
League
Home
Fermoy
Drew 1-1
Shane Harrington
15th Jan
League
Away
Douglas Hall
Won 1-2
Andy Howick, Tariq Tynan
29th Jan
League
Home
Rockmount
Won 3-1
Donough O’Flynn, Gloire Matiki, OG
5th Feb
League
Away
Fermoy
Won 0-2
Dylan O'Riordan 2
5th March
Murphy Cup
Home
Everton
Won 2-0
Andy Howick 2
19th March
League
Home
Mayfield United
Won 3-1
Dylan O'Riordan 2, Gloire Matiki
26th March
League
Away
Rockmount
Drew 2-2
Tariq Tynan, Shane Harrington
           
           
 
Goal Scorers
Tariq Tynan
15
Andy Howick
9
Brian Hartnett
8
Dylan O'Riordan
8
Gloire Matiki
7
Grace Matiki
4
Oisin Lynch
4
Shane Harrington
3
Ronan Kennedy
2
Chris Cotter
2
Emmet Cotter
2
Keelan Kennedy
1
Chris Smith
1
Dave Williams
1
Donough O’Flynn
1
OG
1

 

 Youth's 2010/11 Match Reports

League away to Rockmount on 26th March
Rockmount 2 Midleton 2

Under normal circumstance a draw here would have been a good result, especially having been behind twice, but with Leeds beating Douglas Hall 2-1 this was a disappointing result.  Midleton controlled most of the first half but were punished for not taking their chances when they conceded a soft goal leaving them trailing 1-0 at half time.  Midletons determination to get back into the game paid off when Shane Harrington headed in a free kick at the back post on 35 mins. 
It now looked like there would be only one winner but with 10 minutes left on the clock Midleton went behind again.  A left wing corner was headed towards goal and David Conaughton blocked the ball on the line.  The ball clearly didn’t cross the line and the Rockmount players appealed for a penalty claiming Conaughton blocked the ball with his hand.  The referee surprised everyone when he awarded a goal and he must have been the only person on the pitch who thought the ball had crossed the line.  Before the restart there was some pushing and shoving on the half way line which resulted in a yellow card for a Rockmount player.  He then continued at the referee and was given a second yellow card. 
Midleton pressed hard for the last 10 minutes and forced and equalizer in the last minute.  A goalmouth scramble was bundled over the line by Tariq Tynan.  With 4 minutes of injury time to be played Midleton threw everything forward.  Another Rockmount player was sent off at the end of the 4 minutes for what appeared to be a head butt.  The resulting free kick caused another scramble but Rockmount cleared the ball and held on to the draw.

League home to Mayfield United on 19th March
Midleton 3 Mayfield United 1

The Youth team started slowly against Mayfield.  Despite much of the possession they struggled to create any decent chances and certainly nothing that tested the keeper.  The back four dealt with anything that Mayfield threw at them and new keeper David Geary was always quick to deal with any long balls over the top.  With the exception of Dave Connaughton and Gloire Matiki who combined excellently down the left wing and Liam O’Driscoll and Grace Matiki who battled well in the middle of the park, Midleton were disappointing and lacked any urgency.
The 2nd half was a different story and Midleton were 2-0 up within 5 minutes of the restart.  A right wing corner was dropped to Gloire Matiki who poked the ball home from 5 yards out.  Then Dylan O’Riordan finished well after a fine ball from Oisin Lynch.  Ten minutes later Mayfield were back in the game.  A Midleton attack broke down and Mayfield broke quickly down the right.  The cross was not dealt with by the back four giving the Mayfield striker the opportunity to finish from 6 yards out.  However, Midleton pushed on and created a number of good chances and got some good crosses in from the right.  The game was put beyond doubt with 15 minutes remaining when Dylan O’Riordan got his 2nd goal of the game taking a square ball from Andy Howick on the right wing and finishing in the bottom corner.  Man of the match was the excellent Grace Matiki.

 

Murphy Cup home to Everton on 5th March
Midleton 2 Everton 0
Midleton Youths progressed to the 2nd round of the Murphy Cup with a comfortable win at home to Everton.  Both goals came from Andy Howick during the first half.  The first was a good turn and finish from a great cross by Chris Cotte.  Howicks second came after Grace Matiki made a strong run from inside his own half to the edge of the Everton box.  Dylan O’riordans run opened up space for Matiki to set up Howick who slid the ball past the keeper into the bottom left corner.  The back four dealt with any attacks leaving keeper Chris Smith with relatively little to do in goal.  The second half was a more open game. Midleton were a little sloppy at times allowing Everton a few half chances but nothing that Smith couldn’t deal with.  Midleton had chances to finish the game off.  Oisin Lynch hit the post when he got on the end of a left wing free kick.  Howick hit the post, trying to get his hat trick when he could have set up Tariq Tynan who was in a better position to score.  Tynan forced a good save from the Everton keeper with a shot from the edge of the box.  Liam O’Driscoll did really well beating 2 players on the edge of the box but sliced his shot wide and Donough O’Flynn headed over from a corner late on.  Howicks 2 goals secured the win and his man of the match.

 

League away to Fermoy on 5th Feb
Fermoy 0 Midleton 2

Midleton Youths put in an excellent performance away to Fermoy. They dominated the first half and should really have been out of sight by half time. The first clear chance fell to Grace Matiki whose shot clipped the top of the crossbar. Liam O’Driscoll rattled the crossbar from 25 yards and Gloire Matiki was twice denied by the keeper. Dylan O’Riordan was also denied by the keeper before he put Midleton ahead. A deep cross from Andy Howick from the right went over the head of the Fermoy centre half and O’Riordan slid in at the back post to out Midleton one up. Liam O’Driscoll was infuential in the middle of the park and five minutes from half time he hit another ferocious shot from 25 yards that again came back off the crossbar but this time O’Riordan followed up to score his second goal. Howick and Dave Williams were causing problems for Fermoy down the right hand side throughout the first half, between them putting in a number of dangerous crosses. 

The second half Fermoy stopped Williams from getting forward but Midelton found space down the left wing with Gloire Matiki and Chris Cotter linking well on a number of occasions to get crosses into the box. The only surprise was that Midleton didn’t add to their 2 goals in the second half. Donough O’Flynn and Shane Harrington were once again excellent at the back and Grace Matiki worked hard in midfield. Howick and Williams on the right and Matiki and Cotter on the left were a constant danger and Dylan O’Riordan was excellent playing up front taking both his goals well. Oisin Lynch did well to get through the game when he wasn’t fully fit but man of the match, particulary for his first half performance was Liam O’Driscoll.

League home to Rockmount on 29th Jan
Midleton 3 Rockmount 1

Despite Midleton never finding top gear they came out with a comfortable 3-1 win which could have been more if it wasn’t for the Rockmount keeper. The opening goal was an own goal with the Rockmount defender getting a touch to an in-swinging left wing corner. Grace Matiki, Oisin Lynch, Dylan O’Riordan and Tariq Tynan all went close to scoring but the keeper kept Rockmount in the game. Midleton Keeper Ciaran Mullins made 2 good saves before Midleton went 2-0 up. A short corner taken on the right was then crossed low into the box. A miss hit clearance from the Rockmount defender fell to Donough O’Flynn who made no mistake and even though the keeper got his hands to the ball there was too much power on the shot to keep it out.
The second half looked to be going comfortably for Midleton until they gave away a penalty. A break from Rockmount left the back four exposed and although it appeared to be a soft penalty there was enough contact for the ref to give it. Midleton made a substitution for the restart with Gloire Matiki coming on. Within a minute he had restored Midleton 2 goal advantage. Played through by Lynch, Matiki beat 2 players and held off another challenge before finishing in the bottom corner. Midleton had more chances, Harrington forcing another fine save from the keeper and O’Riordan hit the cross bar with a lovely volley. 
There were some good performances from Midleton, Liam O’Driscoll, playing his first game after returning to the club, had a great game in the middle of the park. Man of the match for his best game of the season and scoring his first goal for the club was Donough O’Flynn.

League away to Douglas Hall on 15th Jan
Douglas Hall 1 Midleton 2

Midleton Youths got back to winning ways with an excellent win at Douglas Hall.  The game was played in torrential rain and a gale force wind but despite the conditions it was an excellent game of football. Andy Howick put Midleton one up after 30 minutes beating the full back on the edge of the box and sliding the ball past the keeper. Midleton should have seen the half out but conceded an equaliser just before half time. A left wing corner for Hall was held up in the wind deceiving everyone and went straight in without anyone touching it.  A disappointing way to end the half but Midleton had been the better side. 
The second half started with the back four nearly being caught out by a couple of long balls over the top but Chris Smith in goal rescued them. Midleton then began to put the pressure on Douglas and created some good chances. The Hall keeper made 2 great saves, first from Dylan O’Riordan and then David Connaughton ran threw 3 tackles and fired towards the top corner only to see the keeper turn the ball over.  Under 16 captain Conaughton was playing his first match for the Youths and put in a man of the match performance at left back with some solid defending and dangerous attacking. Tariq Tynan thought he’d put Midleton ahead but the referee ruled that he was offside. With 10 minutes remaining Tynan timed his run perfectly and this time was on side finishing superbly putting Midleton 2-1 up. They then saw out the game well to hold on to a deserved win.

League home to Fermoy on 8th Jan
Midleton 1 Fermoy 1

Midleton were held to a draw at home to Fermoy in a game that they never really got going in. Fermoy took an early lead when a long ball split the 2 centre backs and the Fermoy striker was first to the ball and lobbed keeper Chris smith from 25 yards. The remainder of the half was all Midleton but they rarely tested the Fermoy keeper. Fermoy were happy to sit back and defend preventing Midleton from creating any clear cut chances bar a few long range efforts. This frustrated Midleton but they forced an equalizer on 30 minutes courtesy of a header from centre back Shane Harrington. 
Midleton started the second half poorly and then 5 minutes in lost Ronan Kennedy to a serious ankle injury.  Ronan was taken to hospital but thankfully nothing broken. Midleton will be disappointed with the second half performance despite having the majority of possession they lacked the passion and desire to grind out a win.  They did force a few chance in the last 10 mins, Dylan O’Riordan shot from the edge of the box was somehow kept out by the Fermoy keeper and Shane Harrington had a shot blocked on the line.  Both centre backs missed headers from corners, Harrington heading over and Donough O’Flynn heading straight at the keeper.  Midleton will need to bounce back strongly from this disappointing result in the next match against Douglas Hall.

 

FAI Cup home to Carrigaline United on 29th Dec
Midleton 2 Carrigaline 3

Midleton were knocked out of the FAI Cup by Carrigaline in a hard fought game at Knockgriffin. Whilst Midleton will be disappointed, they can be pleased with a good performance despite missing 4 key players, against a side who reached the final of this competition last year. Chris Cotter and Ronan Kennedy missed the game with flu and top goal scorers Tariq Tynan and Brian Hartnett were also missing. 
It was Midleton who started the stronger and got the breakthrough mid way through the first half when Oisin Lynch won 2 strong tackles in midfield before feeding Keelan Kennedy on the right hand side of the box.  Kennedy pulled the ball back to Lynch who finished with composure from 10 yards out. The lead didn’t last long when a mix up in the Midleton box gave Carrigaline an equaliser only 5 minutes later. Midleton looked to have regained the lead when Keelan Kennedy headed home a right wing corner only for the referee to disallow for a push that only he saw. To rub salt into the wound Carrigaline took the lead before half time with a header from a corner which the referee allowed despite plenty of pushing in the box. 
Midleton didn’t give up and at times played some excellent football in the second half but unfortunately didn’t do enough to test the Carrigaline keeper. The game looked to be over when Midleton conceded a penalty when caught on the break. The Carrigaline striker latched on to a long ball and beat the out rushing keeper, Ciaran Mullins to the ball and even though Mullins didn’t appear to make contact with the player it was enough for the ref to point to the spot.  Again to Midletons credit they kept going and 5 minutes from time won a penalty of their own following a trip on Dylan O’Riordan just inside the box. David Williams stepped up to fire home his first goal of the season but it was not enough for Midleton. 
Man of the match was Dave Williams who put in great performance playing out of position at left back.

 

League away to Douglas Hall on 11th Dec
Douglas Hall 3 Midleton 2

Midleton went in to this game full of confidence on the back of 5 straight wins and having beaten Douglas Hall 5-0 at home earlier in the season. 
Maybe that confidence lead to complacency and whilst they played some decent football at times, this performance was a long way from the high standards they have set throughout the season so far. Things were not helped when top scorer Tariq Tynan was forced off with an injury after 20 minutes. Midletons goals came from Gloire Matiki and Dylan O’Riordan but lapses in concentration at the back gave Douglas Hall the victory.

 

League away to Wilton United on 27th Nov
Wilton
0 Midleton 6
Midleton began the game with a reorganized team due to an injury to Ronan Kennedy and Brian Hartnett’s absence.  With manager Phil Day also missing, the team was lead by the leadership of Leonard O’Driscoll and Jerome Sheehan.  The game started of with 10 minutes of domination from Midleton until the 1st goal was struck left footed by Dylan O’Riordan on the half volley.  The game continued with Midleton dominating and creating more chances.  Then Midleton blitzed Wilton with 3 more goals from Tariq Tynan, Gloire Matiki and Andy Howick, all well taken.  There were 2 forced changes at half time- on came Andy Crotty for Chris Cotter and Chris smith (goalkeeper) came on up front to replace Tariq Tynan.  The second half resumed with Midleton continuing to create chances and got two quick goals.  Andy Howicks got his second of the day and then came the greatest moment of the season, when Chris Smith found the back of the net and the team went bonkers.  There were many good performances throughout the team, Donough O’Flynn and Shane Harrington solid at centre back, Lynch creative in Midfield but man of the match for 2 goals and assists for the other 4 goals was Andy Howick

League away to Mayfield on 20th Nov
Mayfield 1 Midleton 2

Midleton scraped through this game on Mayfields all weather pitch.  It took Midleton some time to adjust to the surface and Mayfield gave them no time on the ball closing them down and being very physical.  At times Midleton produced some good football but only in short spells.  During one of these spells Midleton took the lead through Brian Hartnett’s 5th goal in 2 games.  Bud then went close again only for the keeper to pull off a great save.  Mayfields physical approach was at times a little over the top with Ronan Kennedy in particular taking a few kicks for the team.  It was from a foul on Kennedy that led to Midletons second goal.  A free kick on the right hand side of the box was delivered by Hartnett right on to the head of Shane Harrington who buried his header into the bottom corner for his first goal of the season.  The Midleton players sat back in the second half believing the game was already won.  Mayfield took advantage of this and did everything they could to get back into the game.  They hit the cross bar twice within a minute and then pulled a goal back after Midleton failed to clear the ball.  Chris Smith was called into action and pulled of a couple of great saves which effectively won the game for Midleton and earned him the man of the match.

League home to Leeds on 13th Nov
Midleton 6 Leeds 0
With Leeds sitting in second place, 6 points behind Midleton and with 3 games in hand, this was a must win game. Midletons only defeat in the league to date was against Leeds so Midleton knew they had to be at their best to win this game. They started the game strongly playing quick passing football and on the half hour mark they took the lead.  Ronan Kennedy broke from midfield, beating 3 players before setting up Brian Hartnett to score from just inside the box. Midleton were a danger down both flanks with Dave Williams linking well with Andy Howick down the right and Chris Cotter with Brian Hartnett on the left. Hartnett put Midleton 2 up with the last kick of the first half. He played a one 2 with Tariq Tynan and then used his pace to get away from his defender before drilling his shot into the bottom right hand corner from 20 yards. 
Hartnett completed his hat trick on 60 minutes slotting the ball home from 6 yards after good work from Andy Howick. Leeds played the last 25 minutes with ten men, they still managed to create a few chances of their own but could not find the net. Midleton finished the game off with 3 more goals in the last 20 minutes. Hartnett scored his fourth before Ronan Kennedy finished well following a great save from the Leeds keeper. 2 minutes from time centre back Oisin Lynch scored for the second successive match with a back post header from a yard out. This was a fantastic performance against a very good side with excellent individual performances right through the side.  Keeper Chris Smith kept a clean sheet with a couple of good saves. 
Shane Harrington and Lynch were solid at the back. Full backs Dave Williams and Chris Cotter defended well and were a danger when attacking. The midfield 3 of Dylan O’riordan, Ronan Kennedy and Grace Matiki controlled the game and the front 3 of Andy Howick, Tariq Tynan and man of the match Brian Hartnett were too much for the Leeds defence to deal with.

FAI Cup home to Ringmahon on 28th Oct
Midleton 2 Ringmahon 1

Despite the wet and windy weather both teams played some excellent football in this entertaining match under lights at Knockgriffin. It was Ringmahon who started the brighter, twice getting shots in on the Midleton goal in the first minute, neither of which tested keeper Chris Smith.  Smith was called into action soon after racing from his line and bravely smothering the ball at the feet of the Ringmahon striker and again making a good save with his feet.  Ringmahon had a long range effort that clipped the cross bar before Midleton had a couple of chance of their own.  Andy Howicks low right wing cross evaded everyone when all it needed was a touch to put the ball in the net.  Midleton took the lead when Grace Matiki picked up a loose ball and threaded it through to Tariq Tynan who finished neatly into the bottom corner for his 12th goal in 12 games.  Midleton's midfield 3 of Dylan O’Riordan, Grace Matiki and man of the match Ronan Kennedy, who had an outstanding game, started to control the game for the remainder of the first half.
The second half was an even affair with chances at both ends.  Midleton were dominant in spells but too often allowed Ringmahon goal scoring opportunities.  Midleton substitute Keelan Kennedy had 2 great chances to extend the lead and was unlucky not to score.  Oisin Lynch looked to have finished the game off when he somehow turned the ball in from the narrowest of angles but a minute after the restart Ringmahon reduced the lead scoring a very good goal of their own.  Midleton held on to see the game out and win 2-1. 

League away to Fermoy on 23rd Oct
Fermoy 1 Midleton 2

They say the sign of a good team is when you play badly and win. This is exactly what Midleton youths did in their match at Fermoy.  The first half an hour was scrappy with neither team able to take control of the game. Midleton came closest with a deflected shot from Andy Howick that came back off the woodwork. Chris Cotter also came close when from 6 yards out he seemed to have done enough, beating the defender to the loose ball but his shot was somehow deflected away by the keeper for a corner. The last 15 minutes of the half was the best spell of the match and Midleton at last began to play some football.  Grace Matiki scored twice during this period, the first a strike from
18 yards that gave the keeper no chance. His second was a header into the bottom corner from a great right wing cross from Dave Williams.  The second half saw very little in the way of good football with Fermoy playing to their strengths as a big strong physical side and Midleton unable to get their passing game going.  Fermoy pressed hard in the last 10 minutes and got a consolation goal in the last minute of the game. David Williams had a very good game at right back and Gloire Matiki worked very hard upfront but man of the match for two important goals was Grace Matiki.

League home to Douglas Hall on 10th Oct
Midleton 5 Douglas Hall 0

Midleton Youths continued their fine run of results with an impressive 5-0 win against a Douglas Hall side that had only lost one league game prior to this. 
The game got off to a great start with Midleton storming to a 2 nil lead within the first 10 minutes. Tariq Tynan was the scorer of both goals with two clinical finishes. Goalkeeper Chris Smith did well at the other end coming off his line to beat the Hall striker to the ball on 2 occasions. Shane Harrington then headed a free kick over the bar when he thought he had scored. Brian Hartnett’s pace was a constant danger and he made series of chances with crosses that Gloire Matki won with fine headers but the score remained at 2-0. 

Midleton started the second half slowly and Douglas Hall enjoyed at good spell of possession. 15 minutes into the half a great effort from Hall came back off the post. This seemed to spark Midleton back into life and they began to control the game. Three goals in the space of 10 minutes mid way through the second half finished things off. The first of them came when Andy Howick finished into the bottom right corner to complete a great passing move. The goal of the match came only 3 minutes later. A cleared corner fell to Ronan Kennedy who took one touch to set himself up and then bent a 20 yard effort into the top corner. Tariq Tynan then completed his hat trick heading in an inch perfect left wing cross from Andy Howick. Tynans hat trick made him man of the match but attacking left back Chris Cotter again had a great game and was not far behind.

FAI Cup Away to Lakewood on 2nd Oct
Lakewood 1 Midleton 2
Midleton progressed to the second Round of the FAI cup with a 2-1 win over Lakewood. 
In a game where there were very few chances at either end, two fine finishes from Gloire Matiki was the difference between the 2 sides.  The first of his goals game in only the 3rd minute.  Grace Matiki broke from midfield and his cross from the right set up his brother Gloire, who finished in fine style with a diving header.  A strong wind made it difficult for both sides to play good football and the half ended without any other major incidents. 

The game looked to be over in the second half when Andy Howicks through ball found Gloire Matiki arriving into the box on the left hand side and he slotted the ball past the keeper.  Midleton looked to be in complete control until a break from Lakewood and a fine finish brought the game back to 2-1.  That was the scoreline at the final whistle and Midleton progress in to the 2nd round.  Gloire Matiki for 2 fine finishes and a good all round performance was man of the match.

League away to Rockmount on 26th Sept
Rockmount 1 Midleton 3

A third successive win moved Midleton to the top of the table. Midleton got off to the worst possible start with only a minute on the clock Rockmount sent a ball over the top of the sleeping back four and was finished well to put Midleton 1 nil down. Midleton responded well and threw everything at Rockmount. Bryan Hartnett put the ball in the back of the net but was adjudged to be offside. The Keeper kept Rockmount in the game with saves from Hartnett’s header and a one on one from Oisin Lynch that Lynch should really have buried.
A short free kick set up Dylan O’Riordan on the edge of the box and his strike seemed to be heading for the top corner but the keepers fingertips were enough to turn it on to the cross bar. The keeper once again pulled off a good save turning a Chris Cotter free kick away for a corner. The resulting corner dropped to Grace Matiki 12 yards out and his shot came back off the crossbar. The clearance fell to Dylan O’Riordan 25 yards out and he hit a ferocious volley that flew into the top corner for a goal of the season contender. 
Midleton were denied another goal by the woodwork when Andy Howicks shot beat the keeper but for came back off the post. The second goal finally came when Bryan Hartnett was hauled down for a penalty. Chris Cotter stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way. Donough O’Flynn made his return from injury coming on for the final few minutes and Tariq Tynan scored Midletons third with the last kick of the game. Man of the match for his wonder goal and great all round performance was Dylan O’Riordan

League home to Wilton on 18th Sep
Midleton 3 Wilton 0

The Youths maintained their 100% home record with their fourth home win of the season. With 5 minutes on the clock Gloire Matiki broke free on the left hand side of the box and finished right footed in to the bottom corner.  Some great play down the right from Andy Howick and Brian Hartnett set up Tariq Tynan who was disappointed not to score.  More chances went begging as the half went on before Midleton finally made it 2-0.  A quick throw out from Keelan Kennedy started a break, Andy Howick took the ball to the edge of the Wilton penalty area but his shot was saved well by the keeper. Brian Hartnet picked up the loose ball and crossed for Oisin Lynch to head in his first goal of the season from 6 yards out.  Lynch’s celebration, alone by the corner flag, will take some beating for the best (or worst) celebration of the season! 
Midleton played some lovely football in the second half with substitute Ronan Kennedy a threat down the right hand side.  Stand in centre back Dylan O’Riordan played very well alongside Shane Harrington.  Midleton got their 3rd goal through Grace Matiki who capped a man of the match performance by finishing off a well worked move with a great strike from the edge of the penalty area.

League home to Mayfield on 11th Sep
Midleton 3 Mayfield 1

The Youth team got their first win of the league season with a comfortable win at home to Mayfield.  Midleton dominated large periods of the first half but couldn’t find the back of the net.  Tariq Tynan won a penalty after 35 mins when he was needlessly brought down in the box.  Mayfield were not happy with the decision and the continued abuse to the referee resulted in a sending off for their centre back.  The spot kick from Grace Matiki, however was brilliantly saved by the Mayfield keeper. 
The second half saw Midleton again dominate and Tariq Tynan took his goal tally to 7 in 7 with 2 well taken goals.  Mayfield won a corner midway through the half, on a rare attack.  The resulting corner was headed in at the front post unchallenged to give Mayfield some renewed hope. Man of the match Chris Cotter, solid at left back and a constant threat on the overlap, sealed the win when he burst into the box to finish off a lovely move and score Midletons 3rd

League away to Leeds on 8th Sept
Leeds
2 Midleton 1
A disappointing start to the league season saw the Youths go down 2-1 to a strong Leeds side.  Midleton were slow to get out of the blocks and conceded an early goal.  Leeds physical presence ensured they dominated the opening exchanges but as the half went on Midleton began to get back into it.  A few chances were missed as the half drew to a close with Midleton still a goal behind. 
The second half began in the same way as the first with Midleton struggling to deal with the physical strength and aerial ability of Leeds in the middle of the park.  As with the first half Midleton got more in to the game and began to play their football and create chances.  With 20 mins of the second half gone Andy Howick was put through by Brian Hartnett and Howick finished well for his third goal in as many games.  Ten minutes later, with Midleton looking more and more likely to push for the equaliser, Howick got himself sent off for a reckless challenge and his second yellow card of the night.  Midleton reverted to 3 at the back for the last 15 minutes in an attempt to find the equalizer but with 10 men found it difficult to break Leeds down.  Shane Harrington was man of the match with a strong performance at the back.

 

 Youth's 2010/11 League Cup

League Cup Review
This seasons Youth team started the season with the group stage of the League Cup.  This newly assembled Youth squad comprises of 6 Under 18 players, 8 Under 17 players and a few Under 16’s. 

Midleton 7 Ballincollig 0 - After improving through the pre season matches this young squad came into the first match at home to Ballincollig, full of confidence.  This confidence showed as they outclassed Ballincollig winning 7-0.  A hat trick from Brian ‘Bud’ Hartnett on his debut was almost matched by Tariq Tynan who scored twice.  Keelan Kennedy and Grace Matiki scored the other goals.  (Man of the match, Brian Hartnett)

Innishvilla 1 Midleton 3 - The second group game saw Midleton travel to Innishannon.  After going a goal behind the Youth team slowly came back into the game and in the second half began to play at the level they had against Ballincollig.  An equalizer from Tariq Tynan got Midleton back into the game and had some of the finishing been better Midleton would have been out of sight.  With 15 minutes remaining Under 16 player Emmet Cotter swung in a free kick from the left which everyone including the keeper missed and dropped in at the back post.  Emmet repeated this in the dying minutes but this time directly from a corner giving Midleton a deserved 3-1 win. (Man of the match, Shane Harrington)

Kilreen 5 Midleton 0 - Next up was a difficult trip to Premier side Kilreen.  This was always going to be Midletons toughest game in the group and that didn’t get any easier after conceding an early goal in the opening minutes.  After 10 minutes it was 2-0 when keeper Kieran Mullins brought down a Kilreen player to concede a penalty.  To make things even worse the ref showed Mullins a red card.  Midleton now had to play 80 mins with 10 men against one of the best Youth teams in Cork.  To the players credit the score remained at 2-0 until the last 5 minutes and the 10 men had created chances to get back into the game and also missed a penalty.  With the players legs gone, they conceded 3 goals in the last 5 minutes.  They may not have got any points from the game but they left with a great deal of credit.  (Man of the match, Oisin Lynch)

Midleton 2 Lakewood 1 - Lakewood provided the opposition in the next game at Knockgriffin.  A bright start saw Tariq Tynan hit a wonderful volley from 20 yards that hit both posts but somehow stayed out.  2 minutes later Tynan hit a lovely left foot shot from the edge of the box and this time his effort hit the top left hand corner of the net to put Midleton one up.  Complacency from Midleton let Lakewood back into the game and they equalized mid way through the first half.  In the last minute of the half Andy Howick finished off a nice move tucking away a Gloire Matiki cross from 6 yards to put Midleton 2-1 up at half time.  Midletons passing and movement improved in the second half and despite missing a few chances they finished comfortably as the score remained 2-1.  (Man of the match, Tariq Tynan)

Ringmahon 0 Midleton 3 - The last league Cup match was a trip to Ringmahon.  Midleton dominated the majority of the game and went into the half time break 1 nil up thanks to Dylan O’Riordans first goal of the season.  The second half was more of the same and goals from Andy Howick and Tariq Tynans 5th goal in 5 games sealed a comfortable 3-0 win.  Ringmahon came close late on with a couple of long range efforts that stand in goalkeeper Ian Kennefick tipped over the cross bar.  (Man of the match, Grace Matiki)

With only one team progressing from the group to the semi final, Midletons defeat to Kilreen meant that a second place finish wasn’t enough and Kilreen were the team that earned a place in the semi final.  It was however a positive start to the season winning 4 out of 5 games.  Despite missing payers for each of the 5 games due to holidays, injuries and other commitments, the squad has gelled well and the quality of football has improved throughout the 5 games.  The team will now be confident of a successful league campaign beginning on Wednesday 9th September away to Leeds.

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