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Under 12A 2013/14 Division 5

Manager - Christine Murphy (087) 9873617

 

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2013-2014
Team
P
W
D
L
F
A
GD
Pts
Blarney United A
18
14
2
2
63
15
48
44
Midleton A
18
12
1
5
63
32
31
37
Rockmount A
18
11
3
4
36
16
20
36
Springfield Ramblers B
18
9
2
7
46
30
16
29
Carrigaline United A
18
9
1
8
25
23
2
28
St. Mary's B
18
7
5
6
33
19
14
26
Corinthian Boys B
18
6
5
7
40
39
1
23
Douglas Hall A
18
7
1
10
30
44
-14
22
Riverstown A
18
3
1
14
26
88
-62
10
Lakewood Athletic A
18
1
1
16
21
77
-56
4


Date
Competition
Venue
Opponent
Result
Scorers
           
3rd June League Away Riverstown A Won 0-8

D O'Donovan 2, DOjuolape 2,
A Pranger, R Cahill 2, D Pidoyma

26th May League Away Lakewood Athletic A Won 1-9 Alex Pranger 5, Jake Hull 2,
Daniel Ojuolape 2
23rd May League Away Douglas Hall Won 2-3 Alex Pranger 3
18th May League Away Rockmount A Won 0-2 Ryan Cahill, William O'Sullivan
3rd May League Home Carrigaline United A Won 4-0 Jake Hull 2, Alex Pranger, Rory Lang
29th Apr League Home Lakewood Athletic A Won 8-3 Hameed Olajunti, Sam Murphy,
Alex Pranger 4, Daniel Ojuolape,
Niklas Tyrell
20th Apr League Away Springfield Ramblers B Lost 4-1 Ryan Cahill
15th Apr League Home Blarney United A Won 4-1 Alex Pranger 4
8th Apr League Away St. Mary's B Lost 3-1 Hameed Olajunti
1st Apr League Home St. Mary's B Drew 1-1 Niklas Tyrell
17th Mar League Away Carrigaline United A Lost 1-0 -
15th Dec League Home Springfield Ramblers B Won 6-3 R Lang 2, S Murphy,
A Pranger, J Mudy, H Olajunti
1st Dec League Away Blarney United A Lost 1-4 William O'Sullivan
17th Nov League Home Riverstown A Won 3-1 Sam Murphy, Niklas Tyrell 2, 
Jack Fitzgerald, Gavin Reddy
6th Oct League Home Douglas Hall A Won 5-2 Jack Fitzgerald, Alex Pranger 2,
Jake Hull, Sidas Pilipvicius
29th Sept Conboye Cup Away Richmond Lost 6-0 -
15th Sept League Away Corinthian Boys B Won 3-4

Alex Pranger, Jake Hull 2,
Hameed Olatunji

           
 
Goal Scorers
   
Alex Pranger
22
Jake Hull
7
Daniel Ojuolape
5
Niklas Tyrell
4
Rory Lang
3
Sam Murphy
3
Ryan Cahill
3
Jack Fitzgerald
2
William O'Sullivan
2
Hameed Olatunji
2
Daniel O'Donovan
2
David Pidoyma
1
Sidas Pilipvicius
1
Gavin Reddy
1
Jakub Mudy
1
   

 

Under 12A 2013/14 Division 5 Match Reports

League away to Riverstown A on Tuesday 3rd June 2014
Riverstown A 0 Midleton A 8

Last game of the season and a fitting end to a successful season. After a tentative start when we let Riverstown bring the game to us, we worked our way into the game. Ryan Cahill was in solid form, breaking through on goal a few tiomes but just failing to convert. First goal of the game eventually fell to Daniel O'Donovan, finally getting his first goal for Midleton after several near misses in recent games. Next up was Alex Pranger who did all the hard work with a run down the wing and a super cross, which Ryan helped over the line. Ryan added another soon after half-time and Alex completed the job himself for number 4. With everyoine keen to play a role in the final game, the subs were released and Daniel Ojoulape duly added another 2 to cement his record as super-sub. Daniel O'Donovan got a second also and was unlucky not to get his hat-trick. Final score and another first goal of the season fell to David Pidoyma.  Man of the match today was Daniel O'Donovan.

 

League away to Lakewood Athletic A on Monday 26th May 2014
Lakewood Athletic A 1 Midleton A 9

Got off to a slow start here with Lakewood catching us in the first couple of minutes for an early goal. We settled into the game after a few minutes however and drew level with a goal from Alex after a lovely move involving Rory and Jake.  We were winning everything in mid-field, with Sidas in particular having another great performance and chasing down any loose ball. He chased down a ball at the corner flag, got the pass away to Alex who set Jake up for a second goal. Third goal was a terrific through ball from Jack for Alex to run onto and finish with a fine strike. Not to be outdone, Jake got the fourth with a fantastic strike from wide on the left. Half-time and comfortable but remembering that we had let things slide a little when these teams last met the focus was on not conceding in the second half.

Shortly after the restart  Alex bagged another off a super pass from Jake and struck again soon after for his fourth of the game. Daniel Ojuolape came on for Rory and wasted no time getting his name on the scoreboard, adding a further two goals. Final goal of the game though was arguably the best move of the day. Gavin initially lost the ball but battled to win it back on the right wing, passed back to Jack in the centre who picked out Alex on the edge of the box.With three defenders around him and back to goal, he took a half turn before burying it in top right hand corner. A fitting finale to fine team display. With such a goal haul, Alex and  Jake were obvious contenders for man of the match, with Sidas also a strong contender for his impressive support play and work rate. However most of the moves start from the back and Shane Connaughton had an outstanding game today, getting the measure of his opposite number early on and not missing a tackle all day which was the start point for a lot of the subsequent attacks so he won the award today.

 

League away to Douglas Hall on Sunday 23rd May 2014
Douglas Hall 2 Midleton A 3

Another good result. Alex Pranger once again played a key role as in the home fixture scoring a hat-trick, including one spectacular shot squeezed in from the tightest of angles from the RHS. We were in full control and leading three nil  but then took our foot off the pedal and allowed Douglas Hall back into the game. They got one back from a free kick and followed up with a second so we found ourselves having to fight to hold on the win in the last 10 minutes. We held on for the result and hopefully have learned a valuable lesson. Man of the match  had to be Alex Pranger again.

 

League away to Rockmount A on Sunday 18th May 2014
Rockmount A 0 Midleton A 2

This was a crucial game with Rockmount currently ahead of us in second place in the table. Anticipation was high, with the expectation of a tough game but this squad no longer doubts their ability to beat any team in the league and that confidence proved well founded.Opening quarter was evenly matched but Ryan Cahill broke the deadlock with a great goal. It remained tight thereafter with Rockmount having their share of chances but Adam keeping us in it with a few great saves. William wrapped things up in the dying minutes with a fantastic curling shot. Man of the match this week was Sidas filling a midfield role and showing his versatility to adapt to practically every position on the pitch.

 

League at home to Carrigaline United A on Saturday 3rd May 2014
Midleton A 4 Carrigaline United A 0

Having lost the away fixture on St Patrick's day, there was a determination to acquit ourselves better this time. It started tentatively with two well matched teams getting the measure of each other. William delivered a free-kick which Rory picked up and passed to Jake to finish well and put us in front. With the buffer of a lead, we grew in confidence and began to take control. Daniel was unlucky not to convert after a lovely passage of play through mid-field. Alex added a second with a mighty strike that left the keeper with no chance and then Jake struck again with an opportunistic goal after a poor goal-kick clearance by Carrigaline.

Half-time and a good start but under no illusions the game was won as we knew Carrigaline would come out battling and so they did, having the better of the first 10 minutes after the restart. We managed to hold our lines however and gradually got back on top again. Alex made a storming run up the right wing, beating 2 players but unfortunately shooting over the bar. Several more attacks just failing to convert but the final goal eventually came with Hameed putting Rory through to finish it 4 nil. Another fine squad performance with some fantastic flowing movements. For being a key instigator in most of these as well as delivering some excellent set-piece balls and scoring 2 goals, man of the match this week was Jake Hull.

 

League at home to Lakewood Athletic A on Sunday 29th April 2014
Midleton A 8 Lakewood Athletic A 3

Lots of goals in this game but was really a game of two halves. We were on top from early on and it didn't take long for the first goal from Hameed, followed soon after by a great strike from Sam. Alex then joined in and scored 4 more before halftime. Changed things up a little at half-time and tried a few positional changes, not all of which worked. We got a little over-confident and allowed Lakewood back into it. They won a penalty to get one back and followed up with another couple. Sam moved back to centre back and steadied things again and we closed out the game with 2 further goals from Rory and Daniel. Our biggest scoreline to date but far from our best performance- good to see the goals coming from a wide spread of players though. Despite the prolific scores, man of the match today went to WilLiam who enjoyed the additional freedom to push forward more than usual and was involved in many of the goals. 

 

League away to Springfield Ramblers B on Sunday 20th April 2014
Springfield Ramblers B 4 Midleton A 1

This was an important game as we are neck and neck with Springfield in third position. Having won the home tie before Christmas and following on from the success v Blarney midweek, we were in confident form. We started slowly however and within three or four minutes, Springfield scored first. After that, we attacked strongly for the rest of the half, but failed to convert several chances.

Soon after second half started though, Springfield scored again with a daunting ball over Adam Carry's head. Spirits were lifted for a while when Ryan Cahill burst through to score but soon Springfield scored two more goals with a couple of fine long range shots high over Adam Carry's head again. Midleton went on to have some penetrating attacks on the left wing and two chances from Niklas Tyrell, but could not find the net. William O'Sullivan was the man of the match, making several brilliant tackles in the defence and covering enormous amounts of ground in a tireless display. It was a disappointing result for Midleton, but with plenty games left, the battle for promotion is still on.

 

League at home to Blarney United A on Tuesday 15th April 2014
Midleton A 4 Blarney United A 1

Sunny evening in Knockgriffin and we had an outing on the main pitch due to problems with the markings on Mart field - a fitting platform for our biggest game of the year so far against a Blarney team undefeated this season in the league. As we expected, Blarney started with intent and had the bulk of the early possession. We defended confidently however and did not allow them much space so they had no real chances on goal.Having settled in we started to press forward and it was an evenly matched affair. Alex Pranger played in a corner kick which looked harmless enough but confusion between the Blarney defence meant it crossed the line near post - a lucky one nil lead a little against the run of play.

Half-time and Blarney came out all guns blazing but we were more than holding our own now. Daniel O'Donovan was leading the charge in mid-field and clearing up anything that came his way and the defence was rock-solid with William leading his back-line and organising superbly in the face of several free kicks just outside the area. Blarney won a penalty but blasted it just wide and it began to look like it might be our day as frustration set in.They were pushing everything forward now to try and get back into the game so we hit them on the counter three times in succession with Alex storming up the wing and burying the ball. A fantastic result and an outstanding performance from every squad member showing how far this team has developed this season. With everyone performing to the max of their ability today, there were 15 men of the match but stand-out displays from Alex and William they took joint honours today.  

 

League away to St Mary's B on Tuesday 8th April 2014
St Mary's B 3 Midleton A 1

Return visit to St Mary's after last weeks closely contested draw. Not an ideal start as transport issues and then a debate over whether game could proceed due to similarity of strips interrupted the pre-match preparations. Eventually got underway half an hour behind schedule. We were slow to tune in and St Mary's started much stronger and had us under pressure early on. A handball in the area led to a penalty. Adam made a valiant effort, guessing the direction correctly and getting a touch to it but unfortunately not enough to prevent the goal. We reacted well to the setback however and began to gain possession. Ryan had come on as an early change for Shane due to injury and began to control the right hand side, winning ball and making telling breaks up the wing. We started to take the game to the St Mary's half, with Jake taking a succession of well placed corners that we were unlucky not to convert. Eventually the persistence paid off and a well worked attack featuring practically all the forward players finished with a super strike from Hameed to level the game. It was finely balanced for the rest of the half.

St Mary's broke our defense with numbers and Adam made a fantastic save to defect off the post, with Alex working back well to finish the job and complete the clearance and we had a couple more chances at the other end but we got to half time even. Unfortunately we lost the momentum in the second half and allowed St Mary's to gain the upper hand. They got a second goal about 5 minutes in and we never really recovered. Now we were chasing the game but didn't seem to have the legs or heart to fight our way back. St Mary's kept pressing and looked most likely to score again which they did with a soft enough third goal which we'd have dealt with any other day. A very disappointing second half from a Midleton perspective and a long way off our best. There were a few notable exceptions. David gave a battling performance when he came on at left back and injected a bit of badly-needed spirit. Jack, Alex and Hameed were solid throughout. Stand-out performance on the night though and clear man of the match was Ryan - he was solid in defence and at the heart of most of the attacks up the right wing. Well done Ryan.

 

League at home to St Mary's B on Tuesday 1st April 2014
Midleton A 1 St Mary's B 1

First mid-week game and our first outing in the blue jerseys. We started well with most of the early possession. Jake Hull was controlling all the attacks with several great forward balls that we just couldn't quite get onto the end of.St Marys keeper was very mobile and quick off his line and even out of his area - definitely a first for this league and unsettled us a little. Definitely on top though and maybe a bit complacent. About 15 minutes in and against the run of play St Mary's got in for a goal - we were arguably a little unfortunate not to get an offside call but it was tight and call didn't go our way. Knocked our confidence a little and let the game slide away from us a little. St Mary's pressed on and had a couple of good chances and we just seemed to be off the pace a little for rest of the first half. Second half and we started with intent. Began to string passes together again and work-rate improved across the board. Back four were solid and didn't look like letting anything past them. Daragh was making great breaks up the left wing and moved into a midfield role to press on this advantage. Shane C was picking up every ball down the right and we started to regain control of the game. Eventually got our just reward with Niklas converting to level the game. Substitutions injected some fresh legs and Daniel and David made their presence felt on the left and right wings. Some great link-up play on the right between Shane C, Alex, Hameed and David as we launched a string of attacks but unfortunately didn't manage to find the winner. Had a few hairy moments from frees around our penalty area and a very close run thing when Alex just managed to head clear of our back post. Finished 1 all which was probably fair reflection of the full 60 minutes. Entertaining game between two well matched teams.

Strong performances from several players today. Jake had his best display of the season so far in the first half and in the final quarter Shane C was unbeatable and showed great fighting spirit to chase down a couple of potentially dangerous attacks. On balance with the most consistent performance across both halves and particularly for demonstrating a never-say-die attitude when others were faltering a little, man of the match this week goes to Daragh Ryan. Well done Daragh. 

 

League away to Carrigaline United A on Monday 17th March 2014
Carrigaline United A 1 Midleton A 0

First real disappointment of the season for this squad as we struggled to get into this game and never really got into our stride. Carrigaline were in control from the start and got an early goal. They could have had a few more but Ryan Cahill in his first stint between the posts this season kept us in it with a series of fine saves. The performance improved in the second half and we started to get some possession and be more involved. In the final quarter we finally found top gear and had waves of attacks but unfortunately unable to convert. Performance of the day was from Ryan in goal - well done Ryan.

 

League at home to Springfield Ramblers B on Sunday 15th December 2013
Midleton A 6 Springfield Ramblers B 3

Last game before Christmas was a home fixture against local rivals Springfield. After a tentative start, William sent in a corner kick and Rory finished confidently to put us 1 nil up a little against the run of early play.  Springfield continued to press on however and were unlucky not to equalise soon after when Adam pulled off a fantastic save when it looked like the ball was heading straight for the top left hand corner. They got another chance soon after however when they were awarded a penalty and this time there was little Adam could do as they took their chance to level things up. By now we had found our rhythm however and began to take control of the game. After a great move up the left with Daragh, Gavin, Hameed and Alex all involved the cross was met by Rory once more for his second goal of the day. We were growing in confidence now and really moving the ball well all over the pitch so it was only a matter of time before the next score. This time it came from a lovely chip from Alex on to Niklas who passed on to Sam to finish for our third goal.  Just before half time, we worked the ball up the right wing with some terrific combination play between Hameed and Alex culminating in a great shot from Alex for goal number 4. 

Second half and Springfield came out battling  and were rewarded with a well-taken goal from the left hand side played across the keeper. They began to win ball in midfield and capitalised on a rare defensive mistake on the day when we played across our own goal and failed to clear to bring it back to 4-3. It was now a much tighter affair but we really pulled together as a team and showed how much this squad has developed this season. The back four of Jack, William, Sidas and Daragh  regrouped and took control again and we regained the upper hand  to start moving the ball forward with intent. Jakub  had  been making an impression on the right wing since coming on at half time and got his first goal of the season by finishing a great cross from Sam to give us a two goal buffer again.  We were comfortable at this stage and added a sixth after Josh Carroll crossed for Hameed to seal the victory. All in all a terrific result but more importantly a great team display from this squad which is going from strength to strength. Definitely the performance of the season so far. Man of the match goes to Jack for consistent solid defending, tireless effort and leadership in turning the game back around when we were under pressure.

 

League away to Blarney United A on Sunday 1st December 2013
Blarney United A 4 Midleton A 1

Headed to Blarney for our first encounter with the league leaders in optimistic mood based on great results so far. Opening quarter was very even with both sides taking the measure of the opposition. Blarney took the lead after 20 minutes, with a shot rebounding off the post and into the net. Midleton were quick to respond however and got their chance when Daragh was fouled going forward just outside the box. William stepped up to take the free and fired home to equalise. It was all square at half time and a fair reflection of the run of play.

Second half and Blarney started strongly. They took the lead after a couple of minutes with a headed goal from a corner on the right hand side. They started to get the upper hand then but Adam kept us in the game with a couple of great saves, including a spectacular effort on another corner. We worked hard to get back into the game and had a few good chances but failed to convert. With 10 mins left, Blarney won a free kick just outside the box and scored again with a rocket of a free kick. Game started to slip away from us at that stage and Blarney got a fourth goal after some sloppy defending on our part. Finished 4-1 and our first defeat in the league this year. Tough opposition who deserved their win on the day but some comfort in knowing that we held our own for the first half so with some small improvements and a bit of luck we will be hopeful of a much better result in the return fixture at Knockgriffin. Strong performances on the day from William, Shane and in the second half Sam and Jack who both worked hard to get something back. Man of the match on the day for consistency throughout and some spectacular saves was Adam.

 

League at home to Riverstown A on Sunday 17th October 2013
Midleton A 5 Riverstown A 1

After a couple of weeks with cancelled games, the entire squad was looking forward to our second home game of the season. Got off to a nervous start, however and within 5 minutes we were a goal down as a lapse in concentration at the back let the visitors in for a soft goal. It remained tight for another 15 minutes as we were slow to settle but we then started to find our rhythm and move the ball around more confidently. Hameed, Alex and Gavin began to take control in midfield and released Sam Murphy up the left wing. After a great burst to beat his marker he squeezed the ball in from the tightest of angles to level things up - a terrific score.  We were beginning to get on top but Riverstown were still putting us under pressure and the half finished at 1 all. 

10 minutes into the second half, Niklas and Sidas joined the action and the changes gave us some added impetus. Niklas was only on the pitch a few minutes when he got on the end of a loose ball in the area and we went a goal up. Tide now started to turn our way. Jack Fitzgerald had now moved from centre back to centre forward and buried a terrific shot from the edge of the area after a great move up the left  by Daragh and Gavin. Not long after and Niklas was on target again. We were dominating the game at this stage and Gavin was unfortunate not to connect at the far post after a terrific cross from Alex. Niklas almost got a third off a corner but the final goal of the game eventually fell to Gavin who got his just rewards for a terrific battling performance throughout the game. A great team performance all round with strong performances all over the pitch. Sam had a terrific first half and the goal of the game, Gavin was solid and consistent throughout, Daragh came into his own in the second half with some great bursts up the left and Jack was reliable as ever at the back before showing his shooting abilities at centre forward. Hard one to call this week but having been involved in all but one of the goals and providing some terrific support play throughout the game Man of the match this week was Alex.

 

League at home to Douglas Hall A on Sunday 6th October 2013
Midleton A 5 Douglas Hall A 2

First home game of the season and we got off to a nervous start. Douglas Hall put us under pressure in the early exchanges and we conceded a penalty in the first 5 mins. Adam Carry made a great effort, guessing the direction correctly and Douglas Hall drove it just wide. After that early let-off we settled into the game and Jack Fitzgerald found the target about 15 mins in with a cracking shot from just outside the area. It remained a very competitive encounter, with Midleton having the most of possession but Douglas Hall playing the offside trap very effectively to prevent further scores. They then struck on the counter attack twice to take the lead. Midleton kept their nerve however and Alex Pranger got just rewards with an equaliser before half-time.

Second half and Midleton started with intent. 5 mins in, Jake Hull seized his chance with a cracker of a shot and Midleton were in front again. From then on the result never looked in doubt. Midleton came into their own and started playing confidently with some tremendous displays right through the team. Across the back  Shane, Jack and Daragh were all rock solid. William took on the challenge of a midfield role as if he did it every week and the link-up play to the forward line began to work smoothly as the offside problems were sorted. We added two more goals with a second goal from the tireless Alex and a fifth coming from Sidas after being unleashed from centre back to a mid-field role. A terrific all-round performance and definitely the best display from this squad to date. A difficult man of the match decision but due to two great goals and  a great work ethic it goes to Alex. Well done to all - a great start to the season.

 

Albert Conboye Cup away to Richmond on Sunday 29th September 2013
Richmond 6 Midleton A 0

First cup outing of the season saw us away to Richmond on a misty wet morning. We started brightly enough and held our own for the first quarter, with plenty of possession and the best of the early chances. Richmond took the lead against the run of play with a penalty after 15 minutes.  We reacted well enough and continued to press forward but couldn't convert to goals. Richmond punished us by clinically finishing a breakaway move to go into half time 2 nil up. All told it was a  decent first half display against a team from the division above us.

Unfortunately the tide turned against us in the second half as Richmond asserted their hold on the game, and we struggled to keep our shape and stay in touch. A disappointing result, with few performing at anything like the level we'd displayed in the first league game.  Exception and man of the match on the day was William O'Sullivan with a solid performance at the back, determined tackling and a positive attitude throughout.

 

League at home to Corinthian Boys B on Sunday 15th September 2013
Corinthian Boys B 3 Midleton A 4

First game of the season was away against Corinthians and Midleton got the season off to a great start with a 4 - 3 win. Midleton took an early lead through a great ball out of defence from Shane Connaughton up the right wing to Alex Pranger who took it half the length of the pitch before finishing with a great strike. Midleton had the best of the early exchanges but Corinthians levelled things up with a goal from a corner. Midleton held their nerve however, and soon got back on top again. The back four defended solidly, with Daragh Ryan and Sidas Pilipavicius leading by example in the centre despite stepping into that role at short notice due to injuries to our regular pairing. Jake Hull put us back in front with a great strike and followed up a few minutes later with a second. Midleton were really flying at this point with Hameed Olatunji and Kevin Ebarmamiegiest both unlucky to be denied by the woodwork in quick succession. Hameed got his just rewards for a sterling first half performance by making it 4-1 before half-time.

The second half did not live up to the first with both teams struggling to maintain the momentum in the blustery conditions and Corinthians came into the game as the half progressed. It remained scoreless until the last 15 minutes when they clawed a goal back and followed it up with a second 5 minutes later. However Midleton dug in and held on to ensure the win was in the bag. Lots of great performances on the day but Man of the Match was Hameed with a tireless display in mid-field right to the final whistle.

 

 

 

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