Midleton Park Hotel

Under 16A Divison 2 2011/12
Greg Davidson 086-1066064

 
2011-2012
Team
P
W
D
L
F
A
GD
Pts
Mallow United
14
12
0
2
40
14
26
36
Midleton A
14
9
1
4
40
17
23
28
Fermoy
14
7
3
4
30
30
0
24
Ringmahon Rangers
14
7
1
6
40
29
11
22
St. Mary's
14
6
3
5
29
28
1
21
Riverstown
14
5
2
7
28
32
-4
17
Passage United
14
3
1
10
25
55
-30
10
Corinthian Boys A
14
1
1
12
16
43
-27
4

 

Date
Competition
Venue
Opponent
Result
Scorers
           
20th May League Away St. Mary's Drew 2-2 Cian Haines, Kevin O'Riordan
13th May League Home St Mary's Won 6-0 Cian Haines 4, Maciek Beczek 2
7th May League Home Fermoy Won 2-0 Jamiu Aminu, Cian Haines
28th April League Away Ringmahon Rangers Won 1-2 Kacper Slawinski, Killian Deady
21st April Challenge Away Wilton United Lost 3-4 S McCarthy, C Haines,
D Williams
14th April League Away Passage United Won 3-6 M Beczek 3, C Haines,
K Deady, M Walsh
17th Mar League Home Corinthian Boys A Won 3-0 see report
4th Mar League Away Mallow United Won 1-2 Cian Haines, Stephen McCarthy
19th Feb Local Cup Away Douglas Hall Lost 5-1 Cian Haines
22nd Jan Local Cup Home
Kanturk
Won 8-1
C Haines 4, K Deady, J Aminu, M Beczek, S McCarthy.
8th Jan League Away Riverstown Won 2-5 C Haines, K Slawinski, J Aminu, S McCarthy, K Deady
29th Dec Friendly Away Watergrasshil United Won 1-4 Ethan O'Connor, Cian Haines, Maciek Beczek, David Williams
11th Dec League Home Ringmahon Rangers Lost 1-3 OG
27th Nov League Home Passage United Lost 1-2 Stephen McCarthy.
29th Oct League Away Corinthian Boys A Won 0-6 Darragh Behan 3,
Killian Deady 2, Darren Hodnett
16th Oct National Cup Home Avondale Utd  Lost 0-3  
1st Oct League Home Mallow United Lost 0-1 -
18th Sept League Away Fermoy Lost 2-0 -
3rd Sept League Home Riverstwon
Won 4-0
Cian Hains, Darren Hodnett, Stephen Mc Carthy 2   
           
           
           
           
Goal Scorers
   
Cian Haines
17
Stephen McCarthy
7
Killian Deady
7
Maciek Beczek
7
Darragh Behan
3
Jamiu Aminu
3
Darren Hodnett
2
David Williams
2
Kacper Slawinski
2
Ethan O'Connor
1
Martin Walsh
1
Kevin O'Riordan
1
   

 

Under 16A Match Reports

League away to St Mary's on 20th May 2012
St Mary's 2 Midleton A 2

Last game of the season and a return to St Mary's to play the match that was aBandoned back in November where Darren Hodnett unfortunately suffered a broken leg. Midleton had nothing to play for except to play football, and sometimes that showed, in saying that the lads put in a huge amount of effort on a very warm morning. Our keeper was missing so Martin Walsh stood in and gave a fine account of himself. St Mary's were the first to score ten minutes in, just squeezing it in under the bar. Cian equalised in the twentieth minute from the spot after being brought down in the box. Kevin scored five minutes later with a tremendous strike from a tight angle. Midleton were the more dominant and had a couple more chances, but didn't make them count.

Second half was a hard slogged out forty minutes of football, both teams finding it tough in the heat and humidity. The Magpies should really have won this one, but it was just one of those games. St Mary's got their second with about fifteen to go and put a lot of pressure on us from then on, the ref contributing to this on the odd occasion. An entertaining game, and I think the draw was a fair result.
Thanks lads for all the effort you have put in throughout the season. Well Done!

Team: M Walsh, A Davidson, K O'Riordan, S Dorney, E MacSweeney, M Beczek, K Slawinski, S McCarthy
K Deady, C Haines, I Pospiech, E O'Conner, C Fitzgerald, D Sallami, F Keeling.
Goal scorers Cian Haines, Kevin O'Riordan.

 

League at home to St Marys on Sunday 13th May 2012
Midleton A 6 St Marys 0

This was our second from last match of the season and the next game is to be played against St Mary's as well, only needing to beat them once to secure the position we are in, second in the table and runners up in division two. The same spot was in the sights of the opposition and if we were going to do it this would be the time, especially after winning our last six league games confidence was at a high. So a big game for both teams. Midleton looked a bit shaky for the first five minutes or so but managed to focus before St Mary's could take advantage. A great ball through from Kacper ten minutes in and Cian was on for the opener running towards left of goal the keeper being drawn to the near post, then Cian shot across him, although the strike lacked power the goalie was caught wrong footed and had no chance of making the save. With Conor Fitgerald and Cian Haines up front, Steve McCarthy and Kacper Slawinski in the middle of the park, Killian Deady and Maciek Beczek out on the wings St Mary's were going to be in for a tough time of it. Being bombarded with attack after attack they were struggling to cope and push forward, when they did the back four of Aidan Davidson, Kevin O'Riordan, Eoghan MacSweeney and Martin Walsh done what was needed. Our keeper Brian Ahearne who's had a fantastic season was quickly out from his goal on a couple of occasions to gather the long ball, but in general he didn't have much to do in this match and St Mary's weren't making the most of the strong breeze at
their backs. From a corner Killian put the ball across perfectly to the edge of the six yard box for Cian to head in just inside the far post before the break. So two nil up at half time and playing some lovely football, but still a long way to go.

Second half and before we knew it Midleton had got their third, Cian's free kick right of goal just outside the penalty area was met by Maciek at the far post with a cracking volley. Conor and Steve were unlucky not to have scored and caused St Mary's nothing but problems with their eagerness and determination. Kevin's strong and well timed tackles combined with Aidan and Eoghan's clearances and the whole team putting in a fine defensive display is what kept a clean sheet. St Marys kept trying but with the Magpies brimming with confidence it was the latter who scored again. Martin's lob to Cian who's strength and determination saw him in on goal in the fifty second minute, shrugging off a couple of defenders for a cool finish and a well deserved hat trick.
Six minutes later he bagged his fourth. Mary's had a couple of attempts at goal, but over the bar and wide of the post is all that became of them. With twenty minutes to go Ryan Denny (back with his old team-mates) and Jamiu Aminu entered the fray as did Ethan O'Conner and Igor Pospiech a little later, all stepping up to the mark. Although the match had been wrapped up awhile back it was topped off in the seventy fifth minute when Killian crossed the ball into Ethan who's shot was stopped but then fell to Kacper, he turned and laid it off for Maciek to finish and score his second.
An impressive performance!

 

League at home to Fermoy on Monday 7th May 2012
Midleton A 2 Fermoy 0

Midleton needed to win against Fermoy to knock them off second spot in the table so as to take up that position, which the lads did in a convincing manor. Just like the match against Ringmahon we were missing players, but unlike that game we deserved the win especially with all the lads giving it one hundred percent from start to finish. The only goal of the first half came twenty minutes in when Jamiu finished coolly in front of the keeper. Fermoy had a couple of chances but were closed down very quickly when ever they tried to create something, Midleton putting in an excellent defensive display throughout the pitch.

Second half and handball just inside the penalty area in the fiftieth minute saw Cian net our second, on another day he might have bagged a couple more. The Magpies kept the pressure on, not letting Fermoy get any hold on the game was very frustrating for the lads in blue, and when the heavens opened for about five minutes with ten to go it was Midleton who minded the least. A fantastic performance from the whole team.

Team- B Ahearne, A Davidson, K O'Riordan (c), E MacSweeney, M Walsh, M Beczek, F Keeling,
S McCarthy, E O'Connor, C Haines, J Aminu, I Pospiech, D Sallami, D Leahy.
Goal Scorers: Jamiu Aminu, Cian Haines.

 

League away to Ringmahon Rangers on Saturday 28th April 2012
Ringmahon Rangers 1 Midleton A 2

A windy morning in Mahon saw the Magpies somehow snatch a win from Ringmahon Rangers, who it must be said played the better football. Midleton were missing three key players, Kevin and Lochlann at the back and Connor from up front. We played against the wind in the first half by choice and never really threatened the opposition who themselves should've been two up by half-time, anyway we rode our luck and were happy not to have conceded a goal in the first forty minutes.

Second half, and with the wind at our backs the lads went out more confident but it was Ringmahon who scored first, a terrific strike from just inside the penalty area. Some good defending was keeping us in the game, Shane in his usual roll as centre half, Eoghan shifted across from the right as Kev was unable to play, Martin taking up that position, and Aidan at left back in place of the injured Lochlann. Brian kept us in the game producing a couple of fantastic saves to the frustration of the Mahon lads. In the fifty seventh minute Killians superbly struck free-kick from twenty five yards out spun off the crossbar then landed in front of goal, Kacper
being the only player to follow up the shot, made it one-all. Killian found the net eight minutes later from just outside the six yard box, our only two real chances in the match and goals from the both of them, Ringmahon must of felt very hard done by. Midleton done well to hang onto the lead, and after the final whistle came off the pitch quietly pleased.

Team : B Ahearne, A Davidson, S Dorney, E MacSweeney, M Walsh, M Beczek, S McCarthy,
K Slawinski (c), K Deady, C Haines, E O'Connor, F Keeling, J Aminu.
Goal Scorers - Kacper Slawinski, Killian Deady.

 

Challenge v Wilton United on Saturday 21st April 2012
Wilton United 4 Midleton 3

We travelled to the Lee Road for the first time ever, and with some of our starting lads missing it made way for a few of our fringe players to show their stuff. Being a friendly the result wasn't important but a run-out before next weeks league game was. Wilton are comfortable at the top of division three so we knew it might be a tough match. Wilton played the better football in the first half and although the Magpies had plenty of chances it was the host who were the only ones to put the ball between the posts on two occasions in the first forty minutes.

The goals came our way in the second, Steve just beating the offside trap finished well, Cian scored from the penalty spot after the keeper got to friendly, and Badges cracking strike from twenty five yards out made it three. Wilton scored two more making it four-three, a fair result in the end. Considering our two center halves were missing we didn't do too bad. Etan O'Connor, Farrell Keeling and David Leahy gave a good account of themselves.

A good effort by all.

Team - B Ahearne, E MacSweeney, D Leahy, F Keeling, A Davidson, M Beczek, K Slawinski, S McCarthy,
E O'Connor, C Haines, J Aminu, L McCarthy, D Sallami, D Williams, I Pospiech.

 

League away to Passage United on Saturday 14th April 2012
Passage 3 Midleton 6

There wasn't any shortage of goals in this away game against Passage on their second pitch, eight of the goals were scored in the first half. Midleton could've been three up within five minutes but it took until the eighth minute for our first to arrive. Shane picked out Killian with a terrific ball who then spotted Maciek's run into the box, a great ball in and Maciek finished off well. A minute later and Connor crossed in a lovely ball, again Maciek was the target and we were two-nil up. In the twelfth minute Killian threaded one through to Cian, and with only the keeper to beat he made it three nil. Passage got one back two minutes later. Midleton reacted quickly from a free kick thirty yards out, Killian's goal bound strike forced the Passage keeper into stretching up to make the save, but instead of tipping the ball over the bar he let it drop in front of him and with Martin and Maciek the only two following up, the keeper was in trouble, first Maciek's attempt hit the keeper but the ball fell kind for Martin who buried it. Four-one up and less than fiftheen minutes gone.
Our fifth came in the next minute, Killian's cross come shot found the top corner of the net, putting him deservedly on the score sheet. A quick break and the opposition were in front of our goal, and switching off for a moment gifted Passage their second. Just before half time Passage were awarded a penalty, and their taker made sure of it. So came the whistle and a much needed break after such an intense first half.

The second half was also played at a fast pace and defensively Midleton were more solid and made it hard for Passage to create much. Brian, who was captain as Kevin was missing didn't have too much to do, but up at the other goal it was a different story. Cian met the ball sweetly some twenty yards out on the half volley only to see his effort tipped round the post and out for a corner. Midleton were awarded a penalty in the seventieth minute when Cian was brought down in the box, Connor stepped up, but with the keeper guessing the right way he was denied a debut goal. Passage had a lad who was already on a yellow sent off in the seventy second minute when he pushed Brian who had gathered the ball a couple of seconds earlier. With three minutes left Macieck's run down the left wing brought him in towards goal, and from a tight angle five yards out slotted
in for a well deserved hat trick. Our goal tally should of gone into double figures, but a very convincing win nonetheless. A fantastic game of football with great effort from both teams.

Team: B Ahearne, L McCarthy, S Dorney, E MacSweeney, A Davidson, M Beczek, S McCarthy, M Walsh,
K Deady, C Haines, C Fitzgerald, E O'Connor, D Sallami, I Pospiech, F Keeling.

 

League at home to Corinthian Boys A on Saturday 17th March
Midleton 1 Corinthian Boys A 1

This match was brought to an abrupt end with twenty minutes still remaining when Eoghan was fouled in the box and the referee Nichols Cunneen awarded Midleton their second penalty of the morning. This seemed to upset somebody from the Corinthians who went onto the pitch. A few seconds later the ref blew his whistle then said he'd been forced to abandon the game. It was only a matter of time until something like that was going to happen. The ref had to speak to the visiting adults and players on several occasions, it was a strange carry on, especially from the adults. Corinthians came with ten players and from the off were trying to provoke a reaction from the lads, they succeeded in doing just that in the thirtieth minute when Kevin was sent-off, raising his arm there was minimal contact, but you just can't do it, so we were down to ten men as well. Corinthians scored first. A couple of changes were made after the sending off and Midleton became more settled. Midleton were awarded a penalty just before half time. Killian stepped up to the spot, and while Corinthians tried to put him off by making lots of noise, he put it away giving the keeper no chance, one all.Midleton carried on as they had done in the last ten minutes of the first half, dominating the game and pressing for a second goal which never came due to the premature end.

Midleton U16A were awarded 3 points and a 3 nil scoreline for the match that was abandoned.

Team: B AHearne, L McCarthy, K O'Riordan (c), S Dorney, E MacSweeney, F Keeling, K Slawinski, I Pospiech,
A Davidson, K Deady, E O'Connor, J Aminu, M Walsh, M Beczek, J Dunne, D Sallami.

 

League away to Mallow United on Sunday 4th March
Mallow United 1 Midleton 2

We knew that going to Mallow was going to be a tough game. After all the rain we'd had earlier during the weekend the pitch was left soft and heavy, and I'd say even in good conditions it wouldn't be the best of surfaces to play on, but a playable pitch it just about was. We were nearly a goal up within ten seconds, winning the ball quickly after Mallow had kicked-off but the opportunity was squandered. A few chances went begging for both teams but neither could find the net, and when Cian was brought down in the box and the ref waved play-on, we definitely knew it was gonna be a tough one. Brian denied Mallow a goal in the first half when he pulled off a fantastic save, reacting quickly diving to his right to put the ball out for a corner. Nil-all at the break.

Second half and Midleton started brightly from the kick-off coming close again within a matter of seconds, but it was Mallow who scored the first goal in the fiftieth minute. The lads responded to this by pushing forward quickly from the back and moving the ball with pace, putting plenty of pressure on their opponents in the final third. In the fifty eighth minute Maciek's cross come shot actually crossed the goal line but no goal was given, as the ball bounced back out Cian made sure it counted the second time around to make it one-all. Mallow, who
seemed quite comfortable before the goal were now on the back foot as Midleton looked for the winner. The weather decided to make things tougher when a freezing wind blew across the pitch bringing rain then hailstones for about ten minutes... Nice!! The Magpies kept the pressure on, and with a few minutes remaining from great attacking play, Steve, not for the first time found himself one on one with the keeper, only this time keeping a cool head he put it away between the posts. So in dire conditions a well deserved win in a hard slogged out game of football.
A Tremendous Performance!

Team: B Ahearne, L McCarthy, K O'Riordan (c), S Dorney, E MacSweeney, M Beczek, K Slawinski, S McCarthy, K Deady, C Haines, J Aminu, A Davidson, I Pospiech, F Keeling, J Dunne.

 

Local Cup away to Douglas Hall on Sunday 19th February.
Douglas Hall 5 Midleton 1

Our first ever visit to Douglas Hall was always going to be a tough one. Playing a premier team who play most weekends on an astro-turf pitch, there was only ever gonna be an obvious outcome. In saying that, if it had been played on a grass pitch, the scoreline might have been different. Douglas were gifted a penalty by the ref two minutes into the game, and it was an uphill battle from then on. The pace of Douglas Hall and the speed of the the ball on the turf, caught us out in quick succession, and we were three nil down after twenty four minutes. The Magpies should've been awarded a penalty when Cian's arm was clearly held and pulled in the box, the whistle was in the ref's mouth but there wasn't any sound coming out? strange one that??. Midleton played the better football in the last ten minutes of the first half, and in the thirty fourth minute Steve passed from the edge of the penalty area to Lochlann, who then curled it deep into the box for Cian to finish.

The second half, and right up to the final whistle Midleton kept trying to get more out of the game. The passing had much improved, and chances were being created, but with putting so much in, trying to score another goal, it left us vulnerable, and Douglas made the most of it, by scoring two more.
A great effort lads, in a tough match.

Team - B Ahearne, L McCarthy, K O'Riordan(c), S Dorney, E MacSweeney, A Davidson, S McCarthy, K Deady, M Beczek, C Haines, M Walsh, J Aminu, I Pospiech, F Keeling.

 

Local Cup at home to Kanturk on Sunday 22nd January.
Midleton 8 Kanturk 1

Midleton welcomed Kanturk to Knockgriffin for this first round cup tie, they are a division below us but we were not going to take anything for granted.
Nine minutes in Cian seeing Jamiu looking to make a run, chipped over a lovely ball in behind the back line, and with great control Jamiu finished off the move nicely with a cracking shot. Ten minutes later Cian's cross from left of goal just inside the box was met with a perfect touch from Killian, and we were two nil up. Kanturk nearly pulled one back in the thirtieth minute with a powerful strike from twenty yards out, with the ball heading for the top corner Brian pulled off a superb save to tip it over the crossbar. Up the other end Aidan, Cian and Steve had chances to score, then after a nice build up starting with Kevin at the back, Jamiu returned the earlier favour and threaded one through to Cian, who finished well to make it three nil a few minutes before half time.

The Second half, and with less than five minutes gone, Maciek who'd replaced Aidan on the left wing at the restart, let rip from fifteen yards out to give him his first competitive goal of the season. In the fifty second minute, Kacper who was in a new position again this week and playing well in the middle of the park, put Cian through to score his second. Maciek struck another rocket of a shot, what a goal it would've been, but rattling the crossbar he was denied his second. A great cross in to the far post from Steve and Cian nearly headed in for his hat-trick, but that was to come two minutes later when hetapped in from close range after a little pushing and shoving? ah Cian. About twelve yards into Kanturk's half Killian passes quickly to Steve who's first touch is a cheeky little back flick to Cian, who runs into the box, out pacing a defender he slots it past the keeper for his fourth. Steve got a reward for all his hard work in the sixty eighth minute, when from a tight angle his cross come shot found the back of the net. The visitors got a consolation when a bit of scramble occurred in our six yard box, a poor clearance and the ball hit off the legs of a Kanturk player who was running in towards goal, jersey over his head in celebration, gave us all a laugh. Our back four, Lochlann, Kevin, Shane, and Eoghan had a fantastic game, closing down quickly any chance Kanturk had of getting into the match. The Magpies never took their foot off the pedal throughout this game and their quickness and determination was all too much for Kanturk to cope with. Well done lads, we look forward to the next round.

Team - B Ahearne, L McCarthy, K O'Riordan, S Dorney, E MacSweeney, A Davidson, K Slawinski,
S McCarthy, K Deady, J Aminu, C Haines (c), M Beczek, J Dunne, E O'Conner, D Sallami.

 

League away to Riverstown on Sunday 8th January
Riverstown 2 Midleton A 5

The start of the second half of the season saw Midleton travel to Glanmire for their second encounter with Riverstown. The pitch at Eastcliffe was not in the best condition, it suffers from being easily waterlogged, and being so sheltered doesn't help matters either.

Midleton went into this game in the right frame of mind, having carried on training during the Christmas break,
and playing a friendly recently was only going to benefit them against a team who can play some nice football.
Riverstown were the first to score early on, a fine pass to one of their quick forwards and with lightening speed he was gone in behind our defenders, with just the keeper to beat the ball was in the back of the net. This set the pace for the game, and meant our back four were going to have a busy time of it. Catching out the Riverstown keeper some twenty five yards out, Cian's low driven strike made it one-all shortly afterwards. Kacper who was out of his usual center half position for a place up front, used his strength and determination to score Midleton's second, and his first goal of the season in the twenty eighth minute. Jamiu followed that ten minutes later when his pace got him through on goal, then with a cool finish he also bagged his first of the season. The back four had tightened things up and were in control for the last thirty minutes of the first half.

A couple of minutes into the second half came our fourth, Steve let rip from a tight angle just on the edge of the penalty area, with such a powerful shot, it would've taken a brave lad to get in the way of it. Brian didn't have much to do for long periods, but never the less when he was called upon with a high goal bound shot he reacted quickly to tip it over the bar. The Magpies were enjoying the game, playing some fantastic football, and piling on constant pressure, then against the run of play Riverstown won a corner, and with the ball going to ground and being hard to clear with so many bodies in way, a control of the hand and it was in the back of the net. With plenty of time remaining this lifted the Glanmire lads and meant Midleton were on the defensive for a while until in the sixty seventh minute, Killian who'd been working hard on the right wing all match, picked his spot with a stunning shot a few yards out from the corner of the penalty box. After that, attacking wise,
Riverstown seemed to throw in the towel. For the last ten minutes on such heavy ground, and with tired legs, both teams found it hard to string much together. At last the final whistle came, worn out but smiling faces in black and white. As always, a tremendous effort, and a well deserved three points.

Team:
B Ahearne, L McCarthy, K O'Riordan (c), S Dorney, E MacSweeney, A Davidson, S McCarthy, C Haines,
K Deady, K Slawinski, J Aminu, M Beczek, M Walsh, F Keeling, I Pospiech, E O'Connor.

 

Friendly away to Watergrsshill United on Thursday 29th December
Watergrasshill 1 Midleton A 4

Midleton travelled to Watergrasshill for a friendly on a blustery cold day during the holidays, but at least the rain held off, and managing to play a match before the second half of the season kicks in was a bonus.
Both teams put in a great effort considering the conditions, although the pitch was playable, it was fairly slippery. Midleton were the more physical at times, which seemed to give them the advantage, and what with training on the previous day probably made them that little bit sharper.
In saying that the Hill started brightly, a cracking strike then a fantastic save by Brian Ahearne saw the ball drop just outside the six yard box, the opposition being the quicker to react, and we were one nil down with just five minutes gone. Midleton also reacted quickly by equalising a few minutes later, Ethan O'Connor with a cool finish slotting it nicely pass the keeper. The Magpies then dug in, and with determination and some nice flowing football took the game to Watergrasshill. With goals from Maciek, Cian and some fella who jumped on the bus as we were leaving Knockgriffin, (think I heard someone call him Badge) Midleton in the end ran out comfortable winners.
An excellent performance and turnout for a friendly in wild conditions, also fair play to Watergrasshill for hosting the match.

Team:
B Ahearne, L McCarthy, K O'Riordan, E MacSweeney, F Keeling, A Davidson, S McCarthy,
C Haines, K Deady, E O'Connor, J Aminu, M Beczek, I Pospiech, D Williams.

 

League at home to Ringmahon Rangers on Sunday 11th December
Midleton A 1 Ringmahon Rangers 3

Another frustrating match where Midleton dominated for most of it, but didn't take their chances. Ringmahon defended well, as did the Magpies, but switching off at key moments was the difference. With Darren Hodnett out injured and our keeper Brian Ahearne missing, the midfield was somewhat weakened with Cian Haines taking up the position between the posts.
As usual a great effort put in by the lads, and hopefully the second half of the season will bring an upturn in fortunes.

Team
: C Haines, L McCarthy, S Dorney, K Slawinski, E MacSweeney, S McCarthy, F Keeling, K O'Riordan, J Dunne, M Beczek, K Deady, J Aminu, A Davidson, D Sallami, E O'Connor, I Pospiech.

 

League at home to Passage United on Sunday 27th November
Midleton 1 Passage United 2

A game where Midleton gave everthing but gained nothing, due to a terrible decision by the referee. What's new there! I hear you say. The first half was a scrappy affair with both sides looking half asleep
for most of it, nil all at the break.

Second half saw an improvement from both teams, the match started to come to life, then a lapse in concentration and Midleton gifted Passage their first goal, with poor defending from a corner, but after that we started to pile on the pressure. Stephen McCarthy heading from close range found the back of the net in the sixty second minute. Chance after chance went by the wayside. On another day Cian Haines might of been celerbrating a hat trick, but it wasn't happening in this match.With the ball striking the crossbar, the post and at least a dozen more shots on target but no sign of a goal, frustration was starting to set in. Then with about two minutes left, a Passage forward who was at least four yards offside, latched onto along ball (one of about twenty Passage had been putting in all through the match) and scored the winner.

Not the first time a ref has affected the outcome of a game, and it won't be the last!
A great effort from the team, just unlucky on this occasion.

Team: B Ahearne, L McCarthy, K O'Riordan (c), K Slawinski, E MacSweeney, A Davidson, C Haines,
S McCarthy, M Walsh, K Deady, J Dunne, J Aminu, M Beczek, F Keeling, I Pospiech, D Behan.

More importantly we all wish a speedy recovery to Darren Hodnett, who received a broken leg after a poor tackle made on him a fortnight ago at St Marys.

 

League away to Corinthians on 29th October
Corinthians A 0 Midleton A 6
Scorers - Darragh Behan 3,  Killian Deady 2, Darren Hodnett.

In dire conditions Midleton put an end to their goal drought by knocking six past Corinthians.
Darragh (Beanz) started the proceedings five minutes in with a lovely shot from around twelve yards out. His second came ten minutes later from nearly the same spot only this time he took it on his weaker right foot, placing it nicely beyond the keeper.  In the twenty second minute Killian latched on to a great ball from Kacper, then with pace and control got himself in behind the Corinthian defenders, with a perfectly angled shot we were three goals up. With the end of the first half insight, Darren was brought down in the box, Penalty! Darragh stepped up looking for his hat trick which he deservedly got with a confident well taken strike, leaving the keeper no chance. Midleton were delighted to walk off at half time four nil up.

The second half, and with nothing to lose Corinthians looked eager to create something, but the Magpies were still brimming with confidence and with just eight minutes gone Darrens brilliant lob on the keeper
made it five nil.  Kacper who was having a great game, as were all the backs, had to come off early on in the second after a strong challenge resulted in him picking up a knee injury. Eoghan came on taking up the right back position which meant Shane moving into the now vacant central slot, and the back four remained solid.
The game started to change some what as substitutions were being made at regular intervals, the players getting tired and the rain coming down in buckets. But there was still something left in the bag. On the seventy fifth minute Darrens pass across the face of goal resulted in Killian tapping in for his second.
An absolutely outstanding team performance and a well deserved win.

Team :  B Ahearne, L McCarthy, K O'Riordan (c), K Slawinski, S Dorney, D Behan, M Beczek, M Walsh,
            J Dunne, K Deady, D Hodnett, A Davidson, E MacSweeney, J Aminu, I Pospiech,  F Keeling.

 

League at home to Mallow on Saturday 1st October.
Midleton A 0 Mallow 1

There wasn't much separating the two teams throughout this match, apart from Midleton enjoying 
slightly longer periods of possession and Mallow being gifted a goal.
Midleton looked lively from the off, taking the game to Mallow with some good attacking football, but not 
being able to make the most of all their hard work meant a frustrating first half for the Magpies, Jamie Dunne
came closest, when Darren Hodnett, seeing Jamies run, delivered the perfected ball, and with
only the keeper to beat, we were all surprised to see the his effort sail over the bar. Some good solid
defending and the safe hands from our keeper Brian Ahearne saw the teams go out nil all at the break. 

Five minutes into the second half and coming from sloppy play Midleton conceded a corner, which was 
directed straight onto the head of an unmarked opponent just outside the six yard box, with the ball deflecting 
off a defenders leg Brian had no chance to react, and could only watch as the ball travelled into his goal. 
Try as they may Midleton just couldn't seem to find the net.
With very little time left Darragh Behan came agonisingly close with a cracking strike from twenty five yards out. A goal drought in our last two matches will hopefully come to an end shortly.

Team: B Ahearne, D Behan, K O'Riordan (c), K Slawinski, E MacSweeney, A Davidson, S Dorney, C Haines, 
K Deady, D Hodnett, J Dunne, S McCarthy, M Beczek, J Aminu, F Keeling, I Pospiech.

 

League away to Fermoy on Sunday 18th September
Fermoy 2 Midleton 0

An early kick-off in Fermoy, the first half was a scrappy affair with both teams struggling to get any kind of hold on the game, nil all at the break.
Midleton looked more organised in the second half, and the introduction of Killian Deady on the right wing gave the team more options in attack. With the magpies starting to pass the ball around alot better and putting more  pressure on the Fermoy backs, it looked like only a matter of time until they would score, but against the run of play it was the opposition who got the goal, this turned things around for Fermoy who became more confident on the ball.
Midleton had their chances though, normally Darren Hodnett would have scored from the superb cross that Killian put into the box,  but he misdirected his header straight at the keeper. Bill O'Neill was unlucky to have scuffed his shot just wide of the post and Killian's lob on the keeper just missed the target.  With about fifteen minutes to go Fermoy got their second. Midleton kept trying to get something out of the game but it wasn't to be their day.
Team:  Brian Ahearne, Martin Walsh, Farrell Keeling, Kacper Slawinski (c), Eoghan McSweeney,
Lochlann McCarthy, Cian Haines, Maciek Beczek, Stephen McCarthy, Darren Hodnett, Jamiu Aminu,  
Killian Deady, Jamie Dunne, Shane Dorney Darragh Behan, Bill O'Nell.

 

League at home on Saturday 3rd September.
Midleton 4 Riverstown 0 
                                                                                                                        Midleton took control of the game from the start and had Riverstown on the back foot for long periods of play. First half injuries to Lochlann McCarthy  and Aidan Davidson meant a strong bench being used earlier than expected. Shane Dorney replacing Lochlann twenty minutes in, then ten minutes later Farrell Keeling replaced Aidan. First half goals from Stephen McCarthy and Cian Haines saw Midleton two nil up at the break. 

With the second half came much of the same style of football from the Magpies only better, Shane Dorney came close to scoring on a couple of occasions and captain Kevin O'Riordan saw his effort going just wide of the post. The introduction of Maciek Beczek strengthened the squad and the fresh legs of Bill O'Neill left Riverstown with very little hope of scoring. After some great attacking play Darren Hodnett tucked away the third and Stephen McCarthy's pace and determination resulted in him netting his second towards the end of the game. A fantastic performance from all the team and a well deserved win.

Team: Brian Ahearne, Aidan Davidson, Kevin O'Riordan (c), Kacper Slawinski, Eoghan MacSweeney, Lochlann McCarthy, Cian Haines, Stephen McCarthy, Martin Walsh, Darren Hodnett,  Jamie Dunne.    
Subs: Farrell Keeling, Shane Dorney,  Maciek Beczek,  Bill O'Neill,  Jamiu Aminu.

 

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