Midleton FC Cork
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Under-15A Division 3 2011/12
Erick Desmond 086-8508190

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Watergrasshill United
Midleton A
Carrigaline Hibernians
Ballincollig A

19th May League Home Carrigaline Hibs Won 2-2 Shane Murphy 2
10th May League Home Ballincollig A Won 2-1 Declan Kelly, Shane Murphy
5th May League Away Macroom Lost 3-2 OG, Tadgh Gilroy
25th Apr League Away Ballinhassig Lost 1-3 Cian McNerney
23rd Apr League Cup Away Springfield Ramblers Lost 1-4 Aldas Venckus
8th Apr League Home Macroom Lost 2-3 Ansou Konde, Tadgh Gilroy
30th Mar Challenge Home Youghal United Won 5-0 B McCarthy, C McNerney,
D Kelly, J Farmer, S Murphy
25th Mar Local Cup Home Avondale United Won 4-3 J Farmer, A Tshimanga,
A Konde, B McCarthy
19th Mar League Home Fermoy Drew 0-0 -
10th Mar Local Cup Away Churchvilla Won 1-9 J Farmer 3, C McNerney 3, A Konde, S Murphy, A Thsimanga
26th Feb Local Cup Home Passage United Won 4-0 A Konde, A Tshimanga 2,
F Murphy
16th Jan League Away Watergrasshill United Lost 3-2 Ansou Konde, Shane Murphy
18th Dec League Home Crosshaven Won 6-0 A Konde 3, A Thsimanga,
S Murphy, J Farmer
3rd Dec League Away Ballincollig A Won 1-4 Ansoumane Konde 3, Shane Murphy
6th Nov League Home Carrigaline Hibs Won 5-2 Cian McNearey 3,
Brendan McCarthy, Jack Farmer
24th Sept National Cup Away Springfield Ramblers Lost 0-1 -
11th Sept League Home Watergrasshill United Won 7-2 A Konde 3, Farmer 2,
A Hennessy, M Azygczyk
28th Aug League Away Crosshaven Lost 2-1 Jack Farmer
Goal Scorers
Ansoumane Konde
Jack Farmer
Cian McNearey
Shane Murphy
Audrey Thsimanga
Brendan McCarthy
Tadgh Gilroy
Finnian Murphy
Declan Kelly
Aldas Venckus
Aaron Hennessy
Martin Azygczyk


Under-15A 2011/12Match Reports

League away to Carrigaline Hibernians on Saturday 19th May 2012.
Midleton 2 Carrigaline 2

Midleton tipped off into the wind. The game started slow with both teams playing cautiously. In the 12th minute Fergal Roche sent a fine strike to the top center of the Carrigaline goal, the Carrigaline Keeper just managed to punch it over the bar. Fergal's strike was the first of five consecutive Midleton attacks, all coming close, but none managing to find the net. In the 16th minute Carrigaline were awarded a free kick outside the penalty box for a push in the back. It was a sweetly stuck free, between the posts, Midletons's keeper Colin Dempsey O'Reilly punched the ball away, it went height into the air and landed at the feet of a Carrigaline striker who put the ball in the back of the net. This was completely against the run of play at this early stage as Midleton had the majority of possession and attacking chances. It was eight minutes later before any other serious attempt at goal from either team, Carrigaline had a free from the right of the field that floated across the goal mouth without either team getting a touch on it. Midleton leveled in the 31st minute, a lovely cross from Jack Farmer on the right of the box went to the feet of Shane Murphy, from Shane's feet it went through a defender legs, taking a slight deflection off the defender. This deflection was enough to throw the keeper off. In the last minute of the first half Thomas Desmond played a lovely through ball from inside his own half. The ball threaded it's way past two defenders and ran on at a lovely pace putting Shane Murphy one on one with the keeper. Unfortunately the keeper managed to save the ball so the first half ended Midleton 1, Carigaline 1.

In the first half Midleton were the stronger team and should have put more goals on the board, the same however, could not be said for the second half where Carigaline dominated. Their first chance of the second half was in the 46th minute, again from a free, the ball was delivered beautifully and this time an attacker managed to get a head to it, putting it just over the bar. In the 50th minute a lovely strike from play was only stopped by the upright. Their second goal which was well deserved was in the 57th minute. Midleton showed some signs of energy in response to this goal and a quick attack led to a great shot by Shane Murphy that went just left of the post. However this new found energy didn't last long and the game settled into a slower pace. It wasn't until the 77th minute that Audrey Tshimanga unleashed a powerful shot on the keeper. The keeper managed to stop the ball but couldn't hold on to it and dropped it, Shane Murphy who was chasing every ball for the entire game, pounced on this oppertunity and slotted it home to equalize. It seemed like this was be the end of the action but Carrigaline attacked quickly from the tip off. A scramble in the pently box led to the Referee pointing at the penalty spot. Heads were hanging in the Midleton squad, the penalty was quickly taken and went low and left, Colin went the right way and at full stretch managed to keep the ball out, much to the joy of the entire Midleton squad.

Jack Framer gave his all to be where-ever on the pitch he was required, boistering both defense and attack admirably. Tadgh Gilroy's running in defense stopped several Carrigaline attacks in their tracks. Eoghan Colins was probably left nursing a headache after all the balls he headed clear through out the game. Get well soon Eoghan.

Man of the match went to Shane Murphy for resolutely chasing down every ball, no matter how far ahead of him it was, it paid off with two goals.

Team: Colin Dempsey O'Reilly, Aldas Venckus, Eoghan Collins, Aaron Hennessy, Thomas Desmond,
Shane Murphy, Cian McNerney, Chris Scanlon, Luke Finnerty, Jack Farmer, Fergal Roche.
Subs: Cian Savage, Audrey Tshimanga, Finnian Murphy, Tadgh Gilroy


League at home to Ballincollig A on Thursday 10th May 2012
Midleton 2 Ballincollig A 1

We set out the team with the players that were available to us on the evening with the intention of halting the recent run of defeats. We started well and on eight minutes into the game an attack on goal put Ansou konde through who then unselfishly passed the ball across the face of the goal for Declan Kelly to net the opener. Our midfield pair of Aaron Hennessy and Shay O Gorman played very well but unfortunately on fifteen minutes we were to concede an equalizer when Ballincollig had a free kick from thirty yards out that was initially saved but the rebound was scored from close range. Even though we continued playing and competing well goals were hard to come by with both sides getting opportunities but failing to test either keeper. Half time score one each.

With the wind at our backs for the second half we hoped that it would only be a matter of minutes when we would be rewarded for our efforts. Ansou had worked a clear chance to score with the goal at his mercy but was blatantly fouled in the box by a Ballincollig defender who received a free out for an apparent dive leaving the crowd completely bewildered by the refs decision. Shane Murphy was introduced ten minutes into the second half replacing the injured Ansou and again the chances came our way but it seemed as though this was not going to be our day. As time was running out and the final whistle was about to blow ,Shane secured all three points for Midleton with a well placed shot on goal leaving Ballincollig empty handed. A win is a win no matter how and when.
Final score Midleton 2 Ballincollig 1. A definite improvement on recent performances, well done team.

Team: Tadgh Gilroy, Aldas Venckus, Cian Savage, Eoghan Collins, Cormac Lynch, Aaron Hennessy, Shay O Gorman, Ansou Konde, Declan Kelly, Audrey Tshimanga & Finnian Murphy.
Subs: Thomas Desmond & Shane Murphy


League away to Macroom on Staurday 5th May 2012
Macroom 3 Midleton 2

With the top three positions of the league already confirmed the sense of urgency and importance was absent from this contest. Though preferred as being an outfield player Cian Savage stepped in goal today for the absent Colin Dempsey O'Reilly and his all round contribution has made him integral to the team. The defensive line consisted of Aldas Venckus, Luke Finnerty, Eoghan Collins and Cormac Lynch and each one of them contributing positively throughout the game. The midfielders consisted of Shay O'Gorman & Aaron Hennessy working hard in a demanding area of the pitch with Cian McNerney and Audrey Tshimanga running constantly along the wings. Up front Tadgh Gilroy and Finnian Murphy started but Finnian was injured and was replaced by Shane Murphy. Macroom Started the sharper as heavy traffic delayed our arrival and didn't allow time for a pre-match warm up. Within five minutes Macroom slotted in a soft goal when we failed to clear a simple cross. This kick started the boys to life and began competing well threatening a number of times on goal. This pressure payed dividens as an attack brought about an error by the Macroom defense with an own goal.Half time one each.

Second half Macroom start strong again and on ten minutes edge ahead with another attack. Thomas Desmond replaced the injured Cian McNerney and was kept busy with Macroom attacking constantly along the wing. Tadgh Gilroy scored an equalizer mid way through the second half and though the contest was even throughout the game Macroom were to score a winner with ten minutes remaining . We tried our best to equalize but it was not our day. Aldas Venckus impressed from start to finish with his never say die attitude and was worthy of the man of the match performance. Well done lads.


League away to Ballinhassig on Wednesday 25th 2012
Ballinhassig 1 Midleton 3

This was on reflection a big ask of our team having played two days earlier against Springfield and then to endure the bitter wintry conditions the evening presented. From the kickoff the strong wind blowing across the park meant that throw ins were plentiful but conditions were challenging for both sides.Tadgh Gilroy played a magnificent role in goal for the first half of the game with good work from the back four keeping Ballinhassigs efforts to a minimum. The few chances that came our way were difficult to control with Audrey Tshimanga coming close on a number of occasions. The half time whistle came with both sides scoreless.

The arrival of Colin Dempsey O'Reilly at the interval lifted the team allowing Tadgh come out of goal to take up his more usual position of central defender. Unfortunately 15 mins into the second half we failed to head the ball clear allowing Ballinhassig to score their first. Midleton stepped up a gear and five minutes later Cian McNerney volleyed a terrific equalizer that had been coming for some time. The elements were affecting the spark and sharpness of some individuals in our team and Ballinhassig desperate for a victory net two soft goals as simple mistakes were punished. Full time score Ballinhassig 3 Midleton 1.

Team: Tadgh Gilroy, Finnian Murphy, Cian Savage, Eoghan Collins, Cormac Lynch, Aaron Hennessy, Shane Murphy, Jack Farmer, Ansou Konde, Audrey Tshimanga & Cian McNerney.
Subs: Declan Kelly, Chris Scanlon, Thomas Desmond, Aldas Venckus & Colin Dempsey O Reilly


League Cup away to Springfield Ramblers on Monday 23rd 2012
Springfield Ramblers 4 Midleton 1

The match started at 18:33 with a Midleton tip off. Midleton were playing into the wind in the first half and as a result kickouts and clearances didn't go as far and were not as accurate as usual. This made it very difficult to get the ball up to the forwards. Springfield's first goal came in the 9th minute from a free just outside the box. There was nothing spectacular about the free, and a scramble in front of the goal, between defenders and attacker somehow let to the ball trickling across the goal line in the lower left corner. It took around 15minutes for Midleton to finally settle into the game. Up to this point Springfield had looked the better side, but Midleton once settled looked every bit as good. On the 23rd minute a sweet strike from Ansou Konde had the keeper beat but not the cross bar. Staunch defending and good use of the off side trap meant that Springfield were unable to score from play. Unfortunately in the 36th minute the ref was to point to the penalty spot for what he deemed to be a hand ball off Luke Finnerty. Springfield converted, slotting the ball past the keeper. Jack Farmer was sent off in the 39th minute for a second yellow. At the end of the first half, Midleton trailed 2-0 and were down to 10 men.

In the second half Midleton started out strong, with the wind at their back, even down to 10 men they were proving a match for Springfield but couldn't seem to convert that into goals. Midleton had more attacks in the second half, unfortunately Springfield scored again on the 53rd and 61st minute. But they had also had a man sent off, with a straight red, for a dangerous tackle on Aaron Hennessy in the 55th minute. On the 68th minute Cian Savage stepped up for free kick. From within his own half he sent the ball soaring, just like Ansou's in the first half, he beat every player on the Springfield pitch but not the cross bar. In the 71st minute after receiving a lovely bouncing ball from Eoghan Collins; Aldas Venckus took on the keeper one on one and got Midleton's only goal. I don't think the score line accurately reflected the quality and determination of the Midleton players, but that was how it was to finish up. Final score Springfield 4 Midleton 1.


League at home to Macroom on Sunday 8th April
Midleton 2 Macroom 3

We knew this was going to be challenging for the team today knowing that Macroom were a strong organized side and also that we were missing key players at this vital stage in the league. In goal for only the second time this season was Cian Savage and his performance throughout the game was excellent. From the kickoff one could see that these two teams were evenly matched, but by the twelfth minute a hopeful shot from distance by Macroom found its way into the back of the Midleton net,advantage Macroom. This didn't deflate the team and we were getting the upper hand but yet failing to be decisive when opportunities came our way. On 38mins Cian Savage made a fantastic save but the resulting corner allowed the visitors to shoot from close range to make it two - zero just before half time.

In the second half Macroom started strong with the wind at their backs but on fifteen minutes Ansou Konde, running through on goal, chipped the keeper beautifully netting our first attempt after the restart. Working hard in defense Luke Finnerty unfortunately got injured and was replaced by the solid Eoghan Collins taking up where Luke left off. Thirty minutes into the second half Macroom sent in a free kick from midfield that beat the defenders at the back post and was netted home from close by a Macroom striker. With a minute to go an attack brought about a corner for Midleton and this was headed home by Tadgh Gilroy bringing the contest to a tense finish. Full time whistle blows as Macroom end up victorious on Easter Sunday. Today was a mixed bag as some individuals competed really well from start to finish while others found it difficult to make an impression. Disappointing result today but more opportunities ahead. Well played team !

Team: Cian Savage, Finnian Murphy, Luke Finnerty, Tadgh Gilroy, Cormac Lynch, Declan Kelly,
Aaron Hennessy, Ansou Konde, Jack Farmer, Audrey Tshimanga & Cian McNerney.
Subs: Eoghan Collins, Thomas Desmond & Aldas Venckus


Challenge match at home to Youghal United on Friday 30th March
Midleton 5 Youghal United 0

This game was arranged as a friendly match allowing the squad to demonstrate their potential against a competitive Youghal under 15 side. From the kickoff it became apparent that Midleton were completely dominant in every area of the park. In goal for Midleton was Cian Savage and he commanded complete control throughout the game. Across the defense Thomas Desmond, Eoghan Collins Aldas Venckus & Cormac Lynch gave a solid performance clearing their lines consistently whenever Youghal got the chance to attack. Christopher Scanlon and Declan Kelly played with great maturity and while Chris was unlucky not to score, Declan Kelly netted a superb goal when he raced onto a perfectly weighted pass from the tireless Shay O'Gorman in midfield beating the Youghal keeper to the ball and finishing like a pro.

Jack Farmer did equally well scoring emphatically despite being surrounded by three Youghal defenders. Shane Murphy in attack was not disappointed either as he also scored a fine goal as the team overpowered a spirited Youghal side. The results being achieved to date by this Midleton under 15a team demonstrate the improvements the squad of these hard working committed players have made this season. There are bigger challenges ahead...lets make headlines.

Team: Cian Savage, Thomas Desmond, Eoghan Collins, Aldas Venckus, Cormac Lynch, Declan Kelly, Shay O'Gorman, Finnian Murphy, Brendan McCarthy, Christopher Scanlon, Shane Murphy.
Subs: Cian McNerney, Audrey Tshimanga, Jack Farmer, Aaron Hennessy, Tadgh Gilroy, Ansou Konde.


Local Cup at home to Avondale United on Sunday 25th March
Midleton 4 Avondale United 3

From the kickoff Midleton we were in charge with the presence of Brendan McCarthy outstanding in the middle of the park throughout the whole of this game with hard working possession and intelligent passing of the ball. Cian Savage partnered Tadgh Gilroy in the centre of defense clearing well and solid play was soon rewarded when Jack Farmer went chaseing an attacking opportunity , chipping the visitors keeper and netting the first goal of the day on 15mins. Avondale were competing well and began threatening as we were struggling to get into gear with occasional miss kicking clearances leaving the defensive line under pressure. Colin Dempsey O Reilly in goal made a fingertip save at this crucial time of the game just before Audrey Tshimanga was put through on goal netting from close range on 35mins 2-0 Midleton. Approaching the half time whistle Avondale crossed in from almost the end line just when our defense were caught out of position leaving two strikers unmarked in the box to slot home easily. Half time score 2-1.

Five minutes after the restart Cian McNerney worked a great opportunity for himself but was denied glory with a fine save by the Avondale keeper. Pressure was building again from Midleton as Brendan McCarthy then tested the keeper with a shot from distance and within minutes he then made a fantastic pass through to gift credit to Ansoumane Konde as he slotted in the third goal for Midleton. On 22 mins a free kick by Brendan McCarthy from thirty yards completely caught the Avondale keeper distracted and surprised everyone as it found the back of the net. 4 - 1 Midleton. Shay O Gorman and Aldas Venckus were then introduced but ten minutes from time brought the most bizarre decision of the day. While running back and just about to clear a loose ball Tadgh Gilroy was tripped from behind and instead of receiving a free kick out for the trip the decision of the referee was to award a free in on the edge of the box. This was difficult to defend as the visitors scored with ten minutes remaining. With a little confidence the visitors pounced on a poor clearance netting their third goal of the day but the better team was victorious as the clock closed the contest with Midleton A team going through to the quarter finals of the Cork Cup.

Brendan McCarthy was outstanding and was certainly worthy of the Man of the Match award. We will learn from our mistakes today and we will be ready for our next opponents. Well done one and all, lets keep it going.

Team: Colin Dempsey O Reilly, Finnian Murphy, Cian Savage, Tadgh Gilroy, Cormac Lynch, Brendan McCarthy, Aaron Hennessy, Jack Farmer, Ansoumane Konde, Audrey Tshimanga & Cian McNerney.
Subs: Shay O Gorman, Thomas Desmond, Eoghan Collins, Aldas Venckus, & Shane Murphy.


League at home to Fermoy on Monday 19th March
Midleton 0 Fermoy 0

midleton fcThe indications for this game proved to be accurate for both teams. The two best defenses in the league stood firm and credit to both sides as it produced a thrilling match from start to finish. Fermoy the league leaders were matched in every department by a committed hard working Midleton team. Colin Dempsey O Reilly was commanding in goal throughout the game and was the busier of the two keepers especially in the second half when Fermoy were striking from distance as the back four of Cormac Lynch, Tadgh Gilroy (A welcome sight back into the squad after being out due to illness) Luke Finnerty and Finnian Murphy closed down every attack that Fermoy attempted.

Across the midfield the visitors had a stronger physical presence especially their central players and we were struggling to compete in the air from time to time. Leading the attack was Ansoumane Konde threatening and competing physically against an equally strong central defense but we failed to strike from distance leaving the game scoreless. Cian Savage was introduced mid-way through the second half and in the final five minutes the arrival of Brendan McCarthy instantly made an impression but the clock was against us at this stage of the game.

There are areas and patterns in our play that will need to be improved as the race to be promoted is at a pivotal stage in the season. Games are becoming more competitive and this is part and parcel of this sport. We would have loved to have won this one but both teams will feel this was a fair result on the balance of play. Well Done Team, with Man of the Match going to Colin Dempsey O Reilly .

Team: Colin Dempsey O Reilly, Cormac Lynch, Tadgh Gilroy, Luke Finnerty, Finnian Murphy, Shay O Gorman, Aaron Hennessy, Ansoumane Konde, Jack Farmer, Cian McNerney, & Audrey Tshimanga. Subs: Cian Savage, Shane Murphy, Thomas Desmond, Eoghan Collins & Brendan McCarthy.


Local Cup away to Churchvilla on Saturday 10th March
ChurchVilla 1 Midleton 9

The match kicked off at 10:29, Within the first minute the ball was feed to Jack Farmer who put the ball in the back of the net. Jack scored his second 14 minutes later. From the tip on Midleton quickly got the ball back, a great pass from Audrey to Jack allowed Jack try for his hat-trick, the ball slid across just to the left of the goal. Cian MacNerny scored his first at 29th minute and Ansou scored shortly after in the 31st giving Midleton a commanding lead of 4-0. In the 33rd a push in the back on Jack Farmer let to a free just inside the half-way. Brendan who was in control of the center took the free, the ball came in high and was headed back and forth between defenders and attackers before it came to the ground, another scramble for control of the ball, Ansu Konde emerged from the chaos with the ball and selflessly delivered the ball to Jack who unleashed the ball towards the goal but was stopped on the line by a great save from the Churchvilla keeper. It was Brendan McCarthy who firmly controlled the center of the pitch, he never allowed any Church Villa players get enough time to comfortably play the ball and was able to easily take the ball up before passing it off to the forwards. Also in the center of the pitch was Shay O'Gorman who was always moving, harassing and fighting for the ball.

This constant pressure in the center of the field, meant that Churchvilla had more sucess playing it out in the wings to advance. They seemed to prefer playing it up the left of the field, where they were met and pushed back repeatedly by the combined efforts of Finnian Murphy and Eoghan Collins. When Churchvilla chose to go up the right of the field, Cormac Lynch cleared with some lovely long balls, several of which landed at the feet of Cian Mac, but more on that later. Aaron Hennessy also had a great game in center defense, using his speed to great advantage at several of the long balls. He also assisted in the mid field, giving both Brendan and Shay great ball and great passing options. Churchvilla had few attacks in the first half, but only one came close to finding the net. Attacking from the right of the field, they somehow managed to draw all of the defense over to the right. The Churchvilla #8 suddenly found himself alone on the left hand tip of the box, with the ball at his feet. The shot which was targeted at the center left was good, but Colin Dempsey between the posts was better and managed to save the shot.

Audrey Thsimanga had several effort in the first half, either saved or wide, his persistence paid off in the final minute of injury time. A lovely cross by Cian McNerney from the left wing, should have been put in the back of the net by the Midleton forwards, but they were a fraction slow, Ansu Konde collected the ball at the goal line to the right of the goal, but the angle was too tight, with the church villa keeper rapidly closing the angle, for the shot, he passed the ball back to Audrey, who was unmarked and an a great position at the center of the box, practically on the penalty spot. Audrey had the time, took a second to line up the shot, and slotted it home in the top left corner for what was to be the last action of the first half. Midleton retired to the side line for some well earned Jaffa Cakes, on a very comfortable score line of 5-0.

The Second half kicked off at 11:17. In the 9th minute of the second half ChurchVilla's forwards caught the Midleton defense with the foot off the gas, playing the ball in from the left wing, ChurchVilla's #11 found himself unmarked and managed to put the ball in low and left where it managed to slip under Colin Dempsey to find the back of the net. From the tip off the ball came to the feet of Cian McNerney insensed by the ease with which ChurchVilla had scored he launched a blistering run down the left wing, getting around one defender and jumping over the sliding tackle of another. A similar run earlier in the half, was only stopped by the keeper, but this one was stopped only by the back of the net. Cian's 2nd and Midleton's 6th.

Jack's Hat-trick came in the 17th minute, Audrey Tshimanga passed the ball to Ansou Konde, Ansou could have taken a shot, but seeing the Jack Farmer was in a better position and unmarked, un-selfishly played it back, Jack stepped around an advancing defend and easily beat the keeper.Shane Murphy one of Midleton\'s substitutions scored in the 22nd minute and as the clock ticked down it looked like that would be the final score. Cian McNerney left it late in the game to complete his own hat-trick, in the 2nd and last minute of extra time he slotted his third goal home. This was a game that Midleton dominated from start to finish, but credit is due to the ChurchVilla players who despite the serious goal difference never stopped fighting.

Team was Colin Dempsey keeper, Fenian Murphy right full back, Aaron Hennessy centre back, Eoghan Colling centre back, Cormac Lynch left full back, left winger was Cian McNerney, centre of the park was Brendan McCarthy and Shay O'Gorman and right winger was Audrey Thsimanga, the two strikers were Ansou Konde and Jack Farmer. Subs that came on were Aldas Venckus, Cian Savage, Robbert O'Callaghan and Thomas Desmond.

Special mention to Eoghan who was a rock of discipline in the first half, despite serious provocation and repeated hacking by his man, he didn't retaliate and kept his cool and stayed focused on the game. Due to an off the ball incident Eoghan had to come off in the second half injured. Man of the match was awarded jointly to Cian McNerney and Jack Farmer or as Finbarr called them, "The hat-trick hero's"!!


Local Cup at home to Passage United on Sunday 26th Febraury
Midleton 4 Passage United 0

From the kickoff Midleton played with intent and hunger and within minutes their efforts were rewarded when good support play by Jack Farmer put Ansou Konde through to net the opening goal of the day. This sparked Passage United into attack as we became a little casual allowing the visitors to threaten on goal and they were unlucky not to score when we failed to decisively clear from a corner.This threat was not sustained though as the hard working midfielders dominated possession while the resolute defense consistently cleared their lines. This continued for the remainder of the first half with Luke Finnerty a pillar in defense leaving Colin Dempsey O'Reilly in goal to collect easily.

In the second half Man of the match Brendan McCarthy was outstanding and the individual efforts by the winger Audrey Tshimanga closed off the tie by netting two superb goals in quick succession. At this point of the game Shay O'Gorman was introduced along with Shane & Finnian Murphy. Thomas Desmond and Eoghan Collins joined the defense and the fourth goal of the day was scored when an attack from deep was supported by Finnian Murphy who slotted the ball past the helpless Keeper sealing the contest emphatically with a comfortable victory. A fantastic boost for the team and just rewards for their performance. Well done everyone. Keep it up.

Team: Colin Dempsey O'Reilly, Cian Savage, Luke Finnerty, Tadgy Gilroy, Cormac Lynch, Audrey Tshimanga, Aaron Hennessy, Brendan McCarthy, Cian McNerney, Jack Farmer,& Ansoumane Konde. Subs: Shay O'Gorman, Shane Murphy, Finnian Murphy, Thomas Desmond & Eoghan Collins.


League away to Watergrasshill United on Saturday 16th January
W atergrasshill United 3 Midleton A 2

This was one of our crunch games this season the result did not go our way and harsh lessons were learned. Watergrasshill were first to open the scoring totally against the play a goal not deserved because in the first half Midleton fought very hard and had the upper hand and were winning the battle. After there first goal Midleton kept cool heads and through Ansou Konde brought the score board back to 1 each. During this first half Midleton did not make the most of having most of the play.

Second half Midleton took the foot off the gas and this let Watergrasshill gain minute by minute in confidence and they did again. Another goal went into the Midleton net it again was a scrappy goal that Midleton defence failed to clear again ten minutes this happened again another goal by watergrasshill again same type of goal Midleton defence failed to clear a cross and it ended up in the net at this stage game was over Midleton had droped there heads.Ten minutes to go midleton got a little revival and started to play again and scored a goal this time by sub Shane Murphy but time ran out to quickly for us and the score remained 3 to 2 to the home side. Conditions at Watergrasshill were terrible pitch was literly like a ploughed field and a very strong wind troughtout the game helped neither side but conditions were the same for both sides. Midleton players should be greatful for the great pitches that exist in Midleton and all facilities especially when they see what other clubs have to deal with so thanks to Midleton grounds commitee.

Summary we believe the best team lost but the lesson learned is we have to keep up a high level of intent for the full game not just one half. League is still there to play for a lot of games left to play but this team has a lot of hard games ahead. Man of the match for Midleton was Cian Savage but all players played well at different stages Shane Murphy replaced Brendan McCarthy and Eoghan Collins replaced Tadgh Collins.
So lets look forward to better days well done lads.


League home to Crosshaven on Sunday 18th December
Midleton A 6 Crosshaven 0

Midleton U15A team went into this game with several players injured they had the right frame of mind going in to the game, and that was to come away with a win, another one in the bag and closer to the ultimate goal of a league win. Midleton took control of the game from the word go and by half time they had 5 goals in the bag the game was over as a competition. Ansou again scored another hat trick, 3 well taken goals, he was given 3 great passes to achieve this. Also Jack Farmer and Shane Murphy scored a goal each in this half. Midleton had all the play and well deserved there lead.

The second half again saw Midleton take control but not with the same determination as can be expected but this half saw Audrey Thsimanga take a great pass from Aaron Hennessy he took it down the right wing beating two players and finishing well in the corner or the net a well taken goal well done Audrey but at this stage the contest was over Midleton had several other chances but failed to put them away all in all it was a very good day out pushing us closer to a league win. The man of the match was the team not one player stood out over the rest it was a team effort this time round.

Team was Colin Dempsey O'Reilly keeper, Fenian Murphy right full back, Tadgh Gilroy centre back, Eoghan Colling centre back, Cormac Lynch left full back, right winger was Cian McNerney, centre of the park was Jack Farmer and Aaron Hennessy and left winger was Audrey Thsimanga, the two strikers were Ansou Konde and Shane Farmer. Subs that came on were Aldas Venckus who played very well and Fergal Roche who also played very wel. Special thanks to Cian Savage who turned up on the day but was very sick thanks again Cian also others who were injured were Luke Finerty and Brendan McCarthy who also turned up to cheer there team mates on well done lads. Great display over all this team has a strong squad and great team spirit keep it up guys .


League away to Ballincollig A on Saturday 3rd December
Ballincollig A 1 Midleton A 4

Midleton had a mixed day out against bottom of league Ballincollig A. First half saw Midleton with alot of the play with little effect, conditions were bad as pitch was very badly cut up, Ballincollig operated the off side trap very well catching midleton several times half time score was Midleton 1 goal Ballincollig.

Second half saw Midleton gain more control of the game especially in midfield ten minutes in saw Ansou Konde strike again for the second time his efforts deserved his reward of 3 goals in total five minutes later he again found the target. At this stage Midleton found a second gear and dominated the game we put five subs on during the next ten minutes which did not weaken our control of the game coming on was Cian Savage who played very well Eoghan Collins who also performed very well Shay O'Gorman who also played well Thomas Desmond performed very well and Shane Murphy who scored a goal after coming on. This game was well won in the end but Ballincollig gave us a couple of scares in both halves.

Man of the Match was Ansou Konde with his hat trick. Well done lads over all.

Team was 1.Colin Dempsey O'Reilly 2.Cormac Lynch 3.Luke Finerty 4.Tadgh Gilroy 5.Fenian Murphy
6.Aaron Hennessy. 7.Brendan McCarthy 8. Ansou Konde 9.Jack Farmer 10.Cian McNerney 11.Audrey Tshimanga


League at home to Carrigaline Hibs on Sunday 6th November
Midleton A 5 Carrigaline Hibs 2

From the word go Midleton looked the better team having most of the play but having trouble finishing until Brendan McCarthy sent in a high ball catching the Hibs keeper off guard, great goal that we needed. Then we had Cian McNearney getting his first of his hat trick great goal from a cross from Aaron Hennessy. Carrigaline came back with a scrambled goal Midleton failed to clear. Half time Midleton 2 goals to 1.

Midleton started the second half under pressure fron the Carrigaline team but the defence for Midleton stood firm defending well then Cian McNearney struck again this time from a corner great header into the back of the net, well taken goal. After a few minutes Midleton gained control and after a near miss by Jack Farmer he soon found the target for a great goal. Ball passed behind the defence by Brendan McCarthy and Jack finished well. Then again we relaxed a little and let Carrigaline back into the game for a period of ten minutes and they again scored a goal from a corner again scrambled to the net. After this period Midleton took control again and Cian McNearney again struck the back of the net from a cross by Jack Farmer great strike great goal, goal of the match.

This week we have to give Man of the Match to Cian McNearney for 3 great goals and a great all round display well done Cian. Special thanks to captain Tadgh Gilroy who led the defence in the first half with his usual strong performance. Second half Tadgh went into goal to let other members of the squad come on from the bench sub Declan Kelly came on and played very well making his mark on this team Aldas Venckus came on in defence and played his usual sturdy defensive game and Eoghan Collins came on and again played his usual fearless game at centre of defence good game for all keeping us on track to do well in this division.


National Cup away to Springfield Ramblers on 24th September
Springfield Ramblers 1 Midleton 0

Brave Midleton U15A team played against premier league leaders in National Cup. Midleton a 3rd division team and midleton's u15 second team took Ramblers to extra time and only lost out in last minute of extra time.

The story of this game was summed up by the Rramblers manager when he entered our dressing room after the game to say a few words when he said he has never seen a team with such determination and heart and that we had something very special and this was so very true. Ramblers deserved there win as they were the better football team on the day with most chances but the heroes of the day were Midleton. The under dogs from the word go, these lads displayed a never say die attitude that would inspire anyone. These boys played there hearts out, never stopped running even when beaten. Cobh could not penetrate the Midleton defence in 98 minutes of football.

In goals for Midleton was Colin Dempsey O'Reilly who saved Midleton on several ocasions during the game. This lad played a brilliant game and gave a great display of goal keeping which all at game apreciated and showed it too our defenders were Finian Murphy, Luke Finerty, Tadgh Gilroy (captain) and Cormac Lynch. These lads played like heroes all through the game never giving up despite the pressure they were under. Tadgh Gilroy playing a true captain's part leading by example our midfield of Cian McEnerney, Aaron Hennessy , Shay O'Gorman and Audrey Tshimanga also played there hearts out. Up front were Ansou Konde and Jack Farmer who gave Ramblers a couple frights. Shay O'Gorman came off injured and replaced by Cian Savage and Fergal Roche replaced Aaron Hennessy. Both subs played great and this team should hold there heads up high and look forward to the rest of the league season one, which they will play a big part in the closing stages. So well done lads a display of courage never say die attitude showing bravery and heart keep it up.


League v Crosshaven on Sunday 28th
Crosshaven 2 Midleton 1
Goal scorer Jack Farmer

Midleton playing their first match of the season fought very well and the game was end to end in the first half with Midleton going into half time 1 goal down.
The second half  Midleton found themselves down another goal after 10 min. From this point on Midleton started to take control of the game and played most of the second half in the Crosshaven half putting them under pressure all the way Jack Farmer was unlucky more than once and Ciam McInerney was also unlucky several times as was Audrey Tshimanga, Aaron Hennessy and Shane Murphy who all had several chances eventuially Jack Farmer headed one past a very good Crosshaven keeper.
Crosshaven defense was solid but Midleton deserver at worst a draw if not the win.
Players who played well for Midleton, Jack Farmer man of the match, Shay O'Gorman, Aaron Hennessy, Tadgh Gilroy, Cian McInerney, Luke Finerty, Audrey Tshimanga, overall good football played by Midleton unlucky with final result.
The team is much improved since last year and it shows in there first game out but they are in very tough division and looks like very interesting season ahead.


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