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Under 16A 2014/15 Division 4

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3rd May League Away Mallow A Won 1-2 Harry Wall, Damian Pekala
28th Apr League Home Glounthane Won 6-1 Matt Mojenski, Alan Horgan, Alex Marij, Harry Wall
26th Apr League Home Kinsale Won 2-0 Alan Horgan, Damian Pekala
12th Apr League Home Evergreen Won 10-2 Matt Mojenski x 3, Daire Daly x 3, Damina Pekala, Harry Wall x 2, Alan Horgan
29th Mar League Home Richmond Lost 1-2 Damian Pekala
1st Feb League Home Carriagline Won 6-0 Mateusz Mosinski, Harry Wall (P), Alan Horgan (P), Micahel Curtin (P), Damian Pekala, Chigozie Iganabousi
17th Jan Local Cup Away College Corinthians Won 0-1 Alan Horgan
6th Dec League Away Kinsale Won 1-9 Damian Pekala x 5, Alex Marij, Mateusz Mosinski x 2, Ryan Higgins
22nd Nov League Away Evergreen Won 3-5 Damian Pekala, Alex Marij x 3, Alan Horgan
2nd Nov League Away Richmond Won 1-3  
25th Oct League Away Riverstown Won 0-1 Cal Badwin
19th Oct Cooke Cup Home Greenwood A Won Alan Horgan (pen)
12th Oct League Away Glouthane Won 10-0 Chigozie Iganabousi x 3, Alan Horgan x 3, Damina Pekals x 2, Osman Momba, Mateusz Mosinski
5th Oct Challenge Home   Lost 2-3 Michael Curtin (pen), Mateusz Mosinski
22nd Sep League Home Douglas Hall A Won 8-2 Alan Horgan x3, Damian Pekala x 2, Mateusz Mosinski, Alex Marij, David O'Sullivan
6th Sep League Away Carrigaline A Won 4-2 Damina Pekala, Mateusz Mosinski, Harry Wall x 2
Midleton A 14 11 0 3 33
Carrigaline United A 14 10 2 2 32
Richmond 14 8 1 5 25
Douglas Hall A 14 6 2 6 20
Kinsale 14 5 2 7 17
Glounthaune United 14 5 1 8 16
Mallow United A 14 4 1 9 13
Evergreen 14 2 1 11 7

Goal Scorers
Damina Pekals
Alan Horgan
Mateusz Mosinski
Alex Marij
Chigozie Iganabousi
Harry Wall
Daire Daly
Harry Wall
Michael Curtin
Alan Horgan
David O'Sullivan
Osman Momba
Cal Badwin
Ryan Higgins


Under 16A 2014/15 Division 4 Match Reports

League at Mallow V Mallow Sunday 3rd May 2015
Mallow 1 Midleton 2

The victory that earned the championship was a tough affair. Mallow, 2nd bottom of the league fielded a suspiciously able team including a couple of what appeared to be over-age players. Playing up-slope and into the wind the 1st half was an even affair and the home team shaded it with a goal that owed more to poor defending rather than a good attach. A big boot upfield caught the wind and a retreating defence and Nat Hoppe could not clear allowing the striker to tap in. Midelton were denied an obvious penalty and had a few chances to score but went in 1-0 down. The second half saw Midleton equalize early. A fine move saw Alan Horgan swing in a fine cross for Harry wall to coolly head in. Midleton searched for an equalizer, Mat Mojenski almost finished a brilliant passing move and a couple of chances spurned before Alan again wriggled free and handed the easiest tap in for Damian Pekala. The strength of the home team and an over zealous referee conspired to give the champions a couple of scares before the final whistle. Everybody played their part in what was a hard game but stand out was Alan Horgan who worked his socks off and found the two pieces of quality to break the home teams defence.

U16A at Knockgriffin V Carrigaline A Sunday 1st Febuary 2015
Midleton 6
Carrigaline A 0
Carrigaline came with a simple plan, kick Midelton’s technical players off the park and snatch a goal. To some extent they were aided by a poor referee whose decision making was based on the first and loudest shout. Despite several dangerous tackles (Mateusz Mosinski was targeted for a second time by this team), he refused to show any cards and more or less the away team get away with their plan. Indeed, on the balance of play, Carrigaline had the best of the exchanges. However, Midelton began to dominate and the game was largely played in the Carrigaline half. An appalling error by the keeper gifted Midleton with the first where between the keeper’s foot and the post, the ball fel to Mateusz Mosinski who had an undefended goal from 2m out. Midelton should probably sneaked a couple more with Harry Wall and Mateusz Mosinski having scoring chances. The Carrigaline defence continued to foul and eventually a horrendous, late and high tackle on Harry as he went past the last man was penalised by a penalty which the fouled played struck confidently away.
The Midleton defence were superbly marshalled by Oman Momba ably assisted by captain reliable Michael Curtin and David O’Sullivan. Just in front of them Tommy O’Connell swept up everything but gave away a careless penalty just before the break. If the difference between Midleton and other teams in the league is their attack, an equally vital component is Nat Hoppe who is a superb keeper. His antics on the line led to a miss but throughout the game he was simply efficient, making saves and sweeping up any danger. The ‘they shall not pass at all cost’ attitude of the away team eventually ceded the game to their opponents. Alan Horgan earned and took his usual penalty and Michael Curtin drilled in another from the spot. A couple of goals from Chigozie (looking to regain his place) and form Damian Pekala gave Midleton a comfortable victory. Alan Horgan was once again in great form and his blend of excellent ball striking and clever play coupled to his delight in being an irritant, makes him a stand out contributor when he is at his best. Mateusz Mosinski’s talent and pace causes danger through any game. Across the midfield the team worked hard and Harry full deserved his goal. Midelton will see harder days than this and must continue to work and develop se, a good days work.

U16A at College Corinthians V College Corinthians Saturday 17th January 2015
College Corinthians 0 Midleton 1

This team has largely grown up together and have slowly matured into a good team. The addition of the odd new face has added gloss but there is little difference in personal over the last 4 years. Even against higher division opposition, they have confidence in getting a result and are not afraid to get the ball down and play football. However, they are now mature enough to stay solid and do the necessary defensive duties to prevent leaking avoidable goals. This is topped off by having a keeper of real talent.
Here, the Corinthians game plan was simple. Defensively, step up and play offside and that failing bring the player to ground by fair or foul means (normally the latter). Offensively it was simple boot of the ball over the top and into the box and make something happen. This crude approach worked for 20 minutes putting a bit of pressure on the away team before Midleton’s passing and running style began to put the home team under continual pressure. Numerous times, sheer bad luck prevented scoring; the ball a metre to far, bad bounce of the ground, the slightest tip by a desperate defender. Good chances were created notably for Harry Wall and Alex Marij but could not be taken. Alan Horgan flashed a free kick just over and deliveries from free-kicks and corners caused a whole pile of problems and surely would have been converted except for some extremely dubious offside decisions.
The second half was much the same. An occasional Corinthian attack but the defence, superbly marshalled by Osman, Momba were rock solid and the extra protection of the always excellent Michael Curtin provided an iron curtain in front of them. The goal just would not come. All of the midfield created chances but the ball would just not roll for the away team. Finally with about 15 minutes to go, Alan Horgan latched onto a through ball, rounded the keeper and fired in from an acute angle. Corinthians upped their efforts and flashed a couple of attempts wide but the only real danger was a scrambled clearance that Nat Hoppe eventually pushed out. As time ran out, Midleton could have sealed the game with a couple of breakaway goals but the bad luck continued including a turned down appeal for a penalty on Alex Marij. He took the ball past the keeper before being quite clearly pushed in the back. All through the game, the referee was very home biased and looked for every opportunity to give Corinthians the edge. Picking out a man of the match would be hard but praise is especially due to Alan Horgan. He was the lone striker but worked tirelessly linking with the midfield and running into space. His most complete performance this year. Alex was again outstanding and Daire and Harry were workhorses down the flanks. However, all of the team deserve praise and were at the top of their game. Onward and upward.

U16A at Kinsale V Kinsale Saturday 6th December 2014
Kinsale 1 Midleton 9

If Midelton struggled to a win in their last game against bottom of the table Evergreen, mainly due to a weakened team and being short of a full complement, this away game saw them at their best. Damian Pekala is a fine player in a fine run of form and scored a hat trick here in the first 12 minutes to essentially close out the game. Ably supported by Mateusz Mosinski and fine crosses for Daire Daly and Cal Bawdwin he was unplayable. Alex Marij and Harry Wall bossed the midfield and the defence were rock solid. Matt added a further two goal the first of which was just superb. Fine interplay down the left and an infield pass that allowed a superb ball form Osman allowed Matt to speed through and nonchantly beat the keeper. Every free kick was causing problems and Alex scored from a corner. Damian added another two and Ryan Higgins (on for Alex whose heroics to win the match against Evergreen left him slightly injured) skilfully placed a shot across the keeper. Kinsale, a team doing well in the league dispatched with ease. The only thing threatening this team is over-confidence.

U16 John Cooke Cup at Knockgriffin V Greenwood A Sunday 19th October 2014
Greenwood A 1 Midleton 1

Midleton A 1 – 1 Greenwood A (aet)
Midleton win 5 – 4 on penalties
Midleton edged a game which they had looked like losing in the first half. Playing a team at the top of the league above them was always going to be hard and Greenwood had a strong physical team playing a game that lacked finesse but could potentially overwhelm less robust teams. In the first half, Midleton were made to fight for every ball kicking into a strong wind that helped their opponents considerably. They were quickly undone from a corner that was thumped into the net by the centre-half’s head and looked like conceding more. However, with a mixture of luck and courage, the back four of Killian Leahy, Michael Curtin, Osman Momba and David O’Sullivan hung on. David had one of his fine back-to-the-wall games where he excels and Nat Hoppe in goal made a series of saves one of which defied logic. Despite this, the speed of Chiggie Iganabousi and the strength of Damian Pekala managed to craft some half chances. In the second half, Midleton had the wind and the game began to turn. Alex Marij, in a fine vein of form, started to dominate midfield and Dara Daly who had been largely an auxiliary defender began to probe the defence more consistently. Mat Mojenski and Damian began to launch attacks before exhaustion and an injury to Michael led to a change of formation with Damian moving into the back four and Dara into the centre. Ryan Higgins and Craig Ryan came onto man the flanks as momentum built. Ryan was busy on the left and Craig was beginning to put some good balls into the box. Greenwood were left to the odd breakaway but after having a fine effort cleared of the line for a corner and also hitting a post it looked like time would run out. However, with 5 minutes to go, Alan Horgan (having his best game for the team operating between attack and midfield) was upended for a clear penalty. He got up to stroke the ball into the net. Midleton almost won it when in an almost similar position another penalty was ‘conceded’ but under fierce side line pressure, the ref declined to blow his whistle even as he pointed to the spot. It was a robust game and tackles were flying. In extra time, Craig was lucky to stay on the field after a dangerous lunge and any number of Greenwood players could have been carded. Midelton had the best of the extra 20 mins but tiredness meant that both teams were happy to settle for penalties. After the 5 first attempts it was 4 -4 with Alan, Alex, Damian and Dara striking the ball coolly into the net and Nat making a good save to his left. Up stepped Ossie to thump the ball into the net followed by a blazed over Greenwood effort. A fine win which should really lift confidence and promise much for the future. The team from 1 – 13 were magnificent and should be proud of their efforts.

League at Glounthane V Sunday 12th October 2014
Glounthane 0 Midleton 10

Little can be said of this performance as it represented a completely one-sided match from start to finish. Chigozie Iganabousi and Mateusz Mosinski were too fast up front and the midfield of Harry Wall, Daire Daly, Michael Curtin and Alex Marij too clever and too busy for their opposition. The back four were barely troubled but Osman Momba, David O’Sullivan, Damian Pekala and Craig Ryan all marked tight and ensured there was no chance of an upset at any point. In the second half, Michael dropped into the back three with Damian and Ossie moving further forward. Substitutes Alan Horgan (with three clinical finishes and showing his superb predatory instincts), Killian Leahy, Ryan Higgins and Conor Daly all made strong contributions to keeping the game flowing towards the Glounthane goal. Conor Daly threatened a goal but couldn’t quite deliver and Ryan was busy even getting his head to a few high balls! Cal Badwin replaced David O’Sullivan and put in a fine performance at left back. All-in-all a job well done but there will be more testing challenges ahead.

Challenge Match at Knockgriffin V Sunday 5th October 2014
3 Midleton 2

Midleton came very close to beating their league 2 opposition and only a wasteful performance in front of goal prevented victory. This was capped by a Chigozie Iganabousi that he confused with a back pass to the goalie. Alex Marij, the stand out performer, missed with only the keeper to beat and Chigozie whose performance blended brilliance and wastefulness missed two more chances.
The whole team were superb and worked incredibly hard to cover space. Killian Leahy continued his good run of form and Cal Badwin had a super game. Damian Pekala and Micheal Curtin were superb through the middle and Alan Horgan worked hard in attack and midfield.

League at Knockgriffin V Douglas Hall A Sunday 22nd September 2014
Douglas Hall A 2 Midleton 8

Midleton approached this game against Douglas Hall with a good bit of confidence following an opening day away win at Carrigaline. This was evidenced by the fact that they dominated the early exchanges and Cal Badwen was unlucky with a long range effort hitting the bar. When Damien Pikala forced home a powerful header from a corner it looked like the game was theirs for the taking.
However the goal seemed to wake Douglas Hall from their slumber and they took control. Even so Midleton\'s defence held firm until a raid into the right hand side of the box resulted in a penalty. However the penalty kick was high and wide so the lead was retained for the time being. Unfortunately Midleton failed to heed the warning and another break resulted in a good goal to leave the score all square. Douglas dominated the game from then on but the Midleton defence, ably led by Michael Curtin and Osman in the centre, held firm for the remainder of the half.

From the off the second half was completely different. Midleton midfield dominated and with Daire Daly cutting out any threat on the right side and Alex Marij and Harry Wall dominating the middle only one winner was likely. Alan Horgan ran on to a through ball, coolly rounded the keeper to score and from here the floodgates opened. Alan notched 2 further goals, one a tremendous free kick from the edge of the box to bring up his hat-trick, and with Damien scoring again the win was assured. Further goals from Matt, Alex and David O\'Sullivan resulted in an 8 goal haul for the team.
Douglas Hall did get a late consolation but the final score of 8-2 was an accurate reflection of the game, particularly the second half.

League at Carraigaline V Carraigaline A on Saturday 6th September 2014
Carraigaline A 2 Midleton 4

A gritty victory for Midleton. The first game of the season is always important for setting the tone for the rest of the year and this was a good victory for Midleton in the face of an over-zealous and very physical home team. Carrigaline should have had at least two players sent-off and could have had most of the team booked for a series of poor and at best, badly timed tackles. Midleton largely played on the break but always had the creativity and pace to trouble the home team and could have scored on a number of occasions. The first goal came after being pressed back but a slick midfield interchange led to Matt Majinski racing through on the right but the centre-half thought better by sliding from behind with both feet high in what can only be described as an assault. Matt needed lengthy treatment but in the meantime Darragh Daly hit a wonderful ball that was finished off in style by Damian Pekala, a stunning volley.

Carrigaline pressed and equalized with a fine drive but a neat through ball saw Alex Marij skip past the keeper before he was pulled back for a penalty which Harry Wall clinically dispatched. Before half-time Mateusz Mosinski got the best form of revenge when he hit a stunning goal. Teasing the full back he powered in a shot from the tightest of angles, the keeper (who shouldn’t have been on the pitch) beaten in the time it took to blink. Carrigaline came back well and fired in a second from a well-taken free kick. The next few minutes were tense but Midleton defended stoutly before Harry was raced through to coolly beat the keeper. After that Midleton should have scored a number as the fight went out of the home team.

Everyone played well here. A number of people were forced to carry injuries and scars from the persistent fouling and ran themselves to a standstill. The defence were the heroes, Michael Curtin, David O’Sullivan (three-penny bit head, a young man trying to reinvent the art of heading) Shane Veillard and Craig Ryan put their bodies on the line. However, Killian Leahy gave a man of the match performance at left full. Nat Hoppe is a real find at Goalkeeper and will win many a game for the team. Damian, Alex and Harry worked like Trojans and Matt has the pace and skill to trouble anyone.



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