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Under 12 2010/11 Division 1
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Ringmahon Rangers
Blarney United
Wilton United


29th Aug
Won 2-7
C Daly 3, C Igboanusi 2,  
M Lamb,    B O'Callaghan.
12th Sept
Blarney Utd
Won 1-8
C Daly 2, S Roe 2,
B O’Callaghan, R O’Regan,
G Manley, Own Goal
26th Sept
Won 1-3
G Manley, R O'Regan, C Igboanusi
3rd Oct League Home Wilton Won 5-0 C Daly 2, G Manley 2,
B O’Callaghan 1
10th Oct League Home Riverstown Won 8-0 Christian Daly 3, Rian 3,
Stephen Roe, OG.
17th Oct National Cup Away Fermoy Won 2-4 Garan Manley 3, Christian Daly
25th Oct League Home Ringmahon Rgrs Won 9-1 R O’Regan 4, Christian 2,
China, Barry, R Hogan
13th Nov National Cup Away Coll Corinthians A Won 1-6 R O’Regan, C Daly 3 ,
B O’Callaghan, G Manley
28th Nov National Cup Home Rockmount Drew 1-1 Won 5-4 on pens,
Christian Daly
9th Jan League Home Innishvilla Won 1-0 Christian Daly
5th Feb National Cup Away De la Salle
Won 2-3
Christian Daly 2, Ryan O'Regan
19th Feb Cup Away Katurk Won 1-3 Stephen Roe, Garan Manley 2
27th Feb National Cup Away Cherry-Orchard Lost 6-1 Christian Daly
13th March League Home Fermoy Won 2-0 Garan Manley 2
20th March Cup Home Macroom Won 4-0 Garan Manley, Christian Daly,
Sean O’Meara, Ross O’Connor
3rd April Friendly Away Mossley Hill Drew 1-1 Ryan O’Regan
6th April Cup Away Blarney A Won 0-5 B O’Callaghan, C Daly, R O’Regan, S Roe, T Abdullah
10th April
Won 0-10
R O’Regan, C Daly 3, C Igboanusi 3, G Manley 2, B O’Callaghan
15th April
Won 3-6
G Manley, A McMahon,
C Igboanusi 3, B O’Callaghan
17th April Cup Away Avondale United
Won 1-7
G Manley 3, C Daly 2,
M Lamb, A McMahon
24th April League Home Blarney Won 5-0 G Manley 2, C Daly 2, M Lamb
5th May League Away Ringmahon R'grs Won 1-4 C Daly 2 , Paudraig, B O’Callaghan
19th May Cup Semi-Final Away Springfield Rbr's Drew 2-2
Won on pens
Garan Manley, Barry O’Callaghan
30th May Cup Final Turner's Cross Mallow United Lost 2-4 aet Garan Manley, Barry O'Callaghan


Goal Scorers
Christian Daly
Garan Manley
Ryan O’Regan
China Igboanusi
Barry O’Callaghan
Rian Hogan
Stephen Roe
Matthew Lamb
Andy McMahon
Sean O’Meara
Ross O’Connor
Timmy Abdullah
Own Goals


Under 12 2010/11 Division 1 Match Reports

Cup Final v Mallow United in Turners Cross on 30th May
Midleton 2 Mallow United 4 (aet)

Midleton U12s lost out in a dramatic and exciting U12 cup final in Turners Cross to an excellent Mallow team. Midleton went 1-0 up through an excellent Garan Manley goal, in a first half that they dominated. However, Mallow scored 2 minutes into injury time from a corner - a goal that meant that they were now back in the game, and were set to play with a strong wind in the second half. Mallow then dominated this half, and semmed to have wrapped up the win with a good goal by their striker Joe Lane. However, with only a minute left to play, the excellent Barry O'Callaghan scored a super equaliser into the bottom corner of the net to take the game to extra time.
Extra time however, saw Mallow take control, with their striker scoring two more to complete his hat-trick.
Well done to Midleton, and their management team of Geoff Lamb, Rob O'Connor and John Lamb. They were a credit to the large Midleton following that supported them in the final and throughout the season.


Semi Final of the Cup away to Springfield Ramblers 19th May 2011
Springfield 2 Midleton 2. AET Midleton wins 3 to 2 on penalties
On a fine evening for a match Midleton took to the field to face the might of the Premier League Champions Springfield Ramblers. Midleton had a change of formation from the usual 442 to a 451 as a mark of respect due to a very strong Springer’s midfield.
At the ko Midleton pressed forward winning all the challenges and getting off to a very quick start. With instructions to attack down the flanks that’s what they did, China Igboanusi with his powerful running was terrorizing the Springer’s left back. After four minutes we won a foul on the edge of the area for a push on Christian. With Garan standing over the ball he was given instructions to go for goal, his shot heading goal wards was deflected off the defenders head and into the back of the net, just the start we wanted. From the ko the Mags pressed on and they had the opponents panicking at the back with the constant pressure down the flanks. The move of the game came from a ball played across the midfield and down the left wing onto Barry O’Callaghan who cut inside the defender to finish off with an accurate strike into the net, all this after only ten minutes play. Impressive in the first half were Rian Hogan and Ross O’Connor in defense who between them they started off a lot of the attacks, Stephen Roe playing as the extra midfielder was excellent as were Garan Manley and Matthew Lamb in the middle of the park, this was no easy game as the Springer’s players were very physical but fair. On one of their few attacks they broke into the Midleton area only for Corey Mackessy in the Midleton goal to bring down the player, the referee had no choice but to give a penalty. Corey gave away the pen but in a moment of magic he pulled off a cracking save from the kick. For the rest of the half Midleton battled on with Christian working tirelessly up front with another fine performance. H/T 0-2

In the second half Springfield had to come forward and they did, the defenders Paudraig O’Brien and Cathal Martin played brilliantly as a central defensive partnership keeping the strikers at bay and the midfielders having to battle all the way. All the time Springfield was getting closer but the lads kept them at bay with some timely challengers. With only six minutes left Springfield were awarded a corner that they were lucky to win which they finished with a fine headed goal. In truth their play deserved one goal. They kept on pressing and in the dying moments they sneaked a headed goal under the unfortunate keeper Corey Mackessy. A tale of two halves. In extra time there only looked to be one winner “Midleton”. After what happened to them in the closing stages of regular time any other team would have folded and lost the game but this team is made of something else. The one bit of controversy came when a double red card was delivered with Christian Daly being very unfortunate to see red alongside the Springfield midfielder who was already on a yellow. Although the better team in extra time and with Andy McMahon coming on for the injured China Igbonusi and Ryan O’Regan replacing the battered Rian Hogan we could not find the net F/T 2-2

Penalties. With great celebration we came out on top 3 to 2. Paudraig Ross and Garan scoring, Ross had to retake his and with great bottle he buried both kicks Andy had his saved and Stephen hit a post. No one likes losing on penalties but Springfield players and coaches were gracious in defeat. Roll on Turners Cross.


League away to Ringmahon Rangers on 5th May 2011
Ringmahon 1 Midleton 4

Tough conditions for the last league game of the season with the wind blowing a gale at Ringmahon Park. To be fair it seemed that Ringmahon were the hungrier of the two teams in this encounter. Midleton with the League trophy already on the trophy cabinet and Ringmahon pushing, as were Blarney in the last game for promotion to the Premership Division. The home team was asking all the questions at the outset firing in some long range efforts with the wind at their backs. After nine minutes it took a great save from Corey in the Midleton goal to keep the sides level. Only two minutes later Ringmahon took a deserved lead with an unstoppable shot that Corey had no chance with. As we have found all season when Midleton have a job to do they go to work. Even fighting the strong wind the lads dug deep. In the closing stages of the half Ringmahon had a throw in, Matthew Lamb pressed and won the ball feigned to cross with his right and won space to cross with the left boot to put in a lovely ball that Christian Daly rose to and put into the net . 1-1. With the restart Midleton pressed on again and was awarded a free kick twenty five meters out. Garan took the kick which was not easily cleared by the Ringmahon defense and Paudraig pounced on the ball and buried it into the Ringmahon goal. H/T 1-2

In the second half Midleton smelling blood pressed on, Christian one on one with the keeper was unlucky after a cracking cross from China only for his effort to be saved by the Ringmahon keeper. After fifteen minutes again Christian who was a thorn in the side of the home team all day attacked the defense only for the ball to break for Barry O’Callaghan to slot home our third. It was pretty much game over then when Christian found his second goal and Midleton’s fourth of the day. That was Midleton’s Sixty-eight goal of the league season, twenty league goals in twelve games alone for Christian, a marvelous contribution. F/T 1-4

The man of the match was as is usual a hard choice with Eoin Mitchel performing very well after starting at the left midfield position and Stephen and Cathal playing very well in defense. The midfield all putting in a lot of work and Christian doing what comes naturally in attack. But today the choice has to be Christian with a team performance that he should be proud of. To say he worked his socks off is not enough, overall he was outstanding, a performance to be proud of. Excellent work Christian.


League home to Blarney 24th April 2011
Midleton 5 Blarney 1

The last league match against Blarney was in September when we put eight past them in one of our better displays of the season. This match was not an easy affair with Blarney having added some new faces to their panel. Physically Blarney were well up for the challenge giving our lads hard but fair challenges, they would not make it easy for Midleton not forgetting that they are looking for promotion to the Premiership also. It took until the fifteenth minute for the Magpies to get the breakthrough and it came from the boot of our Captain Garan. Just outside the area he picked up the ball when he cut inside on to his right foot to unleash a shot that just beat the Blarney keeper. Midleton and Garans second came from his trusty left foot when he managed to beat the keeper with a lobbed effort from twenty yards. Just approaching the half time Blarney got one back after Kieran in goal was just beaten from a strong shot taken by the Blarney left midfielder. H/T 2-1

The second half was still a tough affair with Blarney pushing for the equalizer. The Midleton backline which included the very impressive Stephen Roe had to be tough with some very physical challengers coming in. Some changes had to be made at the half with Corey replacing Kieran in goal and the injured Ross O’Connor being replaced by Jamie Clohessy. Blarney pressed, Midleton held, a game of cat and mouse. Another change with Garan being replaced by Ryan O’Regan in the middle and Eoin Mitchel coming on for Andrew McMahon in attack. Kevin Mulcahey also replaced Rian Hogan in defense. With Midletons Captain missing Blarney maybe thought they could get back into the game only this seemed to gel Midleton into playing their best football of the game. Twenty minutes into the second half our tough nut in midfield Matt Lamb won the ball twenty yards out and set his sights on goal when he drove the ball into the top corner of the net. Only his second league goal of the season but it was worth waiting for. Blarney heads went down and Midleton pressed on when two minutes later Christian with another tireless performance received the ball from a Lamb pass to calmly score number four. The final goal also went to Christian Daly after Barry O’Callaghan sent in a cross that the keeper struggled with and like only the best strikers around Christian pounced to finish with a real poachers goal. F/T 5-1

The man of the match performance today came from three areas with another cracking display from Christian up front, and in midfield Matthew Lamb having one of his best games in what was a very tough fought match and in defense Stephen Roe who made his first start at centre back giving a mature display in no nonsense defending, you had the impression that nothing would get by him today. It is with his great performance at the back that Stephen gets the nod. A player with a cultured left foot, who has not started in as many games that his talent deserves. Well done Stephen. Goalscoers Garan 2, Christian 2 and Matthew 1


Quarter Final of The Cup home to Avondale 17th April 2011
Midleton 7 Avondale 1

The first division champions took on the might of Premier League Avondale in the quarter final of the cup at Knockgriffin on Sunday afternoon. Playing a team up a division is always difficult but now we are also Premier Division and should show no fear from anyone. It was with that attitude that the Magpies took to the field and from the first whistle to the final they tore Avondale to pieces. Only four minutes in and Garan went on a surging run beating three on the way and unleashed an unstoppable shot past the goalies diving right hand. On fifteen minutes Christian Daly popped up with number two after the midfield fought for the ball and put him through. Just three minutes later Avondale had a corner which Midleton cleared and in classic counter attacking fashion Garan finished putting the ball into the net. At this time Midleton were on fire giving exhibition football. Another three minutes and Garan had his hat trick, twenty minutes gone and that made it four nil. On twenty five possibly the goal of the game came from a free that was awarded after Matthew Lamb was kicked in the face. The play was halted while he got attention then with the ball in the centre circle with Garan standing over it, quickly he played in an inch perfect ball down the right to China who then pushed it past the oncoming defender when he got to the byline he put in a sweet cross to where Matthew had ghosted in and he then volleyed it into the corner of the net. Dreamland. The best thirty minutes we played this season. H/T 5 0

In the second Midleton still pressed with China coming more into the game. Andrew looking very dangerous showing some great movement up front and Barry having his usual top class performance. With the defense totally on top Ross, Cogs, Paudraig and the lively Rian all in total control a true team performance. It was not long when number six came from the head of Andy after another quality cross from China. Avondale did get one back after they squeezed one past the impressive Corey in the Midleton goal. There was still time for scorer supreme Christian to nab our seventh and his second. F/T 7 1

How do you pick a man of the match from eleven men of the matches? Today one player played exactly as his coaches asked of him. His runs opened up for others to score and he even got one himself. That man is Andrew McMahon. Really well played Andy, I know of no other who has a bigger heart on the soccer pitch. Congrats Andy.


League away to Wilton 16th April 2011
Wilton 3 Midleton 6

Ten games in and ten victories:   CHAMPIONS
Firstly congratulations to all who have taken part in another great season. We have twenty boys on the panel and all have contributed to make it a season to remember.

Wilton away, did not look like it would be too much trouble. Wrong. They came at us like it was their cup final and we nearly paid the price. Our first half performance could have been better as Wilton seemed to win the all the 50 50’s and asked all the questions. The opening goal came from a ball over the top of the defense which Corey cleared, only for it to drop to a Wilton player who then lobbed a lovely ball over our keeper. Two minutes later a free kick 30 yards out saw Garan with a pin point strike to the top corner of the net, what a cracker. Midleton did come back into the game but again after twenty it was Wilton who made it two one. The lads did up it and just before the half China leveled the game with another great strike. H/T 2-2

Harsh words were said at the break and the team came out for the second definitely more focused. Two changes at the break saw Ross O’Connor take over at the back and Andy McMahon pushed up front to partner Christian. It was Andy who made an instant impact, China powered down the line and put in beauty of a cross for Andy to head home. There were some good performances out there now, Matthew Lamb winning the ball in midfield and working very well with Garan. Rian Hogan linking up with Barry O’Callaghan on the left and China terrorizing the Wilton left back. The goal that was too much for Wilton, came from the boot of China. It was started when the man with a point to prove “Ross O’Connor” won his challenge and put in a neat pass for China to blast pass the Wilton keeper. For the first time Midleton were in control and here they pressed on. Next up was Barry O’Callaghan to cleverly take on the defenders and slot home the fifth. The sixth gave China his second hat trick in a week. Wilton did put one more past Corey but the game for them was lost. F/T 3-6

The man of the match today came from one of our defenders. A team player, who did not put a foot wrong all through the match. It was not a spectacular performance but what he did was all for the team. The simple things are sometimes the hardest and Rian Hogan showed today that if the ball just had to be won he was the man for the job and when the ball was won he would lay on a nice simple pass to a team mate. A solid performance from a solid player. Nice game Rian, keep it up.


League away to Riverstown 10th April 2011
Riverstown 0 Midleton 10

Riverstown were unfortunate to face rampant Midleton for their last game of the season. Ten goals, four in the first and six in the second was tough medicine to take for our East Cork rivals. But in truth it could have been an even heavier defeat if all our chances had been taken. The first goal was on three minutes when Ryan O’Regan had a tap in after China powered his way past the Town defender. The defender had no answer to China the whole game. Our second from the Captain was a powerful free kick that the keeper had little chance. Further goals from Christian and China in the last few minutes of the half in reality had the game in the bag. H/T 0 4

No changes at the half were made so Riverstown still had to deal with the same hungry Magpies. The goals began to flow with Christian adding a second and with a third coming from the penalty spot which he slotted home with great skill. Garan with one of his usual power drives and Barry chipped in with a poacher’s goal also. China put two more past the unfortunate Town keeper. Five different goal scorers on the day is a coach’s dream and put that with two hat tricks made this a day to remember. Due to the very warm weather the three subs all got a run with them all making great contributions in the victory. Although it has to be said that our two keepers did have a quiet afternoon but that was due to the excellent defenders in front of them. F/T 0 10

The man of the match today really belonged to the goal scorers, with Garan getting two but it was not only his goals but his all round midfield display, power running and ball distribution of the highest order. The two hat trick heroes and I mean heroes, Christian and China were superb. On another day Christian may have had five but through no fault he was kept to the three. His overall play with his work rate going past 100% on the day leading the line like a Lion. China on the right side of midfield was excellent; their poor left back will have nightmares about him. His pace and determination was a joy to watch. And the winner of today’s man of the match has to go to China. His display amongst the other brilliant displays was outstanding, if there is a faster more powerful right midfielder I have yet to see him. Superb China, well done.


Local Cup Home to Blarney A 6th April 2011
Midleton 5 Blarney A 0

A last sixteen encounter with a weekend Blarney A team was what the Doctor ordered for some very tired Midleton lads. After three minutes Barry O’Callaghan slotted home the first after some neat footwork from the midfielder. It was not too long after that Matthew Lamb put in an excellent corner that Christian buried into the net. At this stage Midleton were cruising. Blarney could not cope with the Midleton pressure and it took Ryan O’Regan to make it three nil with a nice finish. H/T 3-0

Five changes were made at the half and it was two of the subs that added the next two goals, Stephen Roe who finished a lovely volley which came from a glanced header from center forward Ross O’Connor which nestled into the top corner. This was followed by Timmy Abdullahs first goal of the season when through effort and determination he forced the ball into the Blarney net.

Some really good performances on the night came from Matthew Lamb who bossed the midfield and China who powered his way down the right wing to great effect. But the M of Match has to go to Matthew for the work and top quality passing. A lesson in uncomplicated hard working midfield play.  Well done Matt keep up the hard work.
Scorers: Barry O’Callaghan, Christian Daly, Ryan O’Regan, Stephen Roe and Timmy Abdullah


Friendly away to Mossley Hill 3rd April 2011
Mossley Hill 1 Midleton 1

After a twelve hour journey the lads had to face a tough game against a very strong team, which included Liverpool Academy players. But as usual the lads were up to the challenge and played a game that Mosley Hill at first could not deal with.  Midleton as is usual were first to the ball and won many of the 50/50’s. An incredible performance from some very tired boys. It was the Mags who took an early lead with Ryan O’Regan pulling one out of the top draw. He pulled out a long downfield ball, one touch control, swiveled and shot with pace passed the keeper. H/T 0-1
The second half meant we had to face playing uphill, so with the boat lag and tired legs it was thought that a fresh Mosley Hill team would take advantage. Again never underestimate Midleton, they took control of the game and had a couple of very good chances that nearly wrapped up the game. Mossley Hill with their Liverpool players would not lie down and they pressed hard and it looked likely that we would hold out only for a cross/shot to drift over Corey into the net 1-1. At this point now with five minutes left and some very tired Cork boys we were happy to hear the whistle and with the game ending in a fair draw. F/T 1-1
Team: Corey McEssey, Barry O’Callaghan, Ross O’Connor, Rian Hogan, Cathal Martin, Matthew Lamb, Christian Daly, Ciaran Newlands, Andrew McMahon, Sean O’Meara, China Igboanusi, Timmy Abdullah, Stephen Roe, Kevin Mulcahey, Paudie O’Brien, Eoin Mitchell, Ryan O’Regan and Jamie Clohessey.


Local Cup home to Macroom 20th March 2011
Midleton 4 Macroom 0

The round of the last Thirty Two saw an inform Macroom team at Knockgriffin looking to topple the First Division League leaders. However it was a round too far for the Division Five challengers.  Today Midleton carried on with the same determination that they showed in the second half against Fermoy. Macroom could not handle the pressure that Midleton placed on them from the off, and it took only till the third minute for Garan to make one of his usual surging runs to confidently drive the ball past the outstretched arms of the Macroom keeper. The lads kept up with the pressure and were rewarded with a second goal soon after. The move began on the right with a combination of sweet play ending with Sean O’Meara putting in a devastating cross to Christian Daly who finished with some quality. A cracking goal and for the swift movement from Sean it for me was one of the goals of the season. Although our forward play was impressive the defenders did a great job not giving Macroom a chance. Notably at the back Cathal Martin and Rian Hogan were the pick of the bunch. Our attacking play began with some fierce defending, and the Strikers should thank their defence for their contribution. A third goal came from the dominating Sean O’Meara, if ever a player deserved a goal it was Sean. His all round play culminating with crosses, shots and hard tackling was a joy to watch. H/T 3-0

The second half was one of domination again with Midleton playing some nice football. There were a number of top performances on the day with Christian working hard the whole game along with Ross O’Connor and Ryan Hogan supporting ably. And it was Ross who popped up with his first goal of the season with a speculative shot that squeezed past the hapless Macroom keeper. As I always say you won’t win the lottery if you don’t buy a ticket and by Ross taking a shot he was rewarded.
F/T 4-0

The Man of the Match was a close one again between Sean, Cathal and Rian. Rian grabbed his chance with his starting role with a great performance at the back along with Cathal who won and played the ball with intelligence. But to a man all who were watching were in no doubt about the MoM. Sean, with a display that any player would be proud of he was outstanding. He was given a starting role as strike partner to Christian and from the off he punished the Macroom back line putting in crosses, shots and tackling of the highest order. Sean we look forward to more of the same. Well done Sean.
Scorers Garan Manley, Christian Daly, Sean O’Meara and Ross O’Connor

League home to Fermoy 13th March 2011
Midleton 2 Fermoy 0 Scorer Garan Manley 2
The first run out since the loss to Cherry Orchid was a tricky game against a powerful Fermoy team who always give us a tough match.
Today was no different with the away team making it difficult for our lads to get the break through. Midleton took control of the first ten minutes without getting the goal that their possession deserved. However the run of play changed with Fermoy pushing strongly for the opening goal and only some great defending from Kevin Mulcahy and top class keeping from Corey kept Midleton in the game. With five minutes left in the first half it looked likely that Fermoy would take the lead from a breakaway only for Corey to race off his line and clear the ball, desperate defending was required and Paudraig and Cathal needed to be on tip top form to keep the visitors at bay. H/T 0-0

The second half started with the introduction of two subs in the form of Stephen Roe and Rian Hogan. The Midleton team needed to up their level of performance, as at half time they were not at their best and looked likely to drop their first league point of the season.  It seemed that the half time talk and changes helped, the lads defiantly upping their game a notch or two. Garan was much hungrier in the second half along with his midfield trio of Matthew, Stephen and Barry pushing Fermoy like they did not in the first. There was one move of great teamwork, started from Stephen on the left who knocked it on to Garan who picked out Matthew who thread a lovely through ball to Christian Daly who usually finishes these chances only to see his shot rebound off the post into safety for Fermoy. Things had turned, and Midleton pressed forward and it seemed like it was only a matter of time for the breakthrough. As it happened it came from a cracking corner from Matthew which found its way to the hungry man in the six yard box, Garan. A striker’s goal of the top draw, off his knee… Only the hungry get these types of goals. To the credit of the team they did not sit back on the one goal and they pushed for a second. Fermoy were still not finished and with a one goal lead Midleton still had work to do in defense, again the defense had to stand strong and firm to keep Fermoy quiet. With Middleton’s seventh corner of the game Matthew put it into the six yard box, on to it leapt Garan whose shot was saved by the keeper who when he spilled it, it was Garan again who was first to the ball to bury it into the net. A lesson to all strikers who want to score goals was served up by Garan today, neither spectacular but both taken with determination.  F/T 2-0

The man of the match today could easily have been Garan, for his excellent second half display, or Matthew, who worked tirelessly and put in some class corners or even Barry who kept pushing and pushing. But today for a full sixty minutes of concentration and dominating at the back Kevin Mull deserves the MoM accolade. He kept up his outstanding display against De La Salle and followed up with another fine defensive display. Kev your hard work in training is paying dividends keep it up.

National Cup Last 32 Away to Cherry-Orchard on 27th February
Cherry-Orchard 6 Midleton 1

Midleton U-12 and their loyal supporters travelled to Dublin early Saturday morning to play probably 1 of the best sides in the Country.
The game started as expected with Cherry-Orchard pressing from the off with some very neat play and a couple of fine shots stopped by the very impressive stand-in keeper Kieran form the U-11s,Midleton created a couple of early chances but finding it hard to cope with the strenght all over the pitch,Cherry-Orchard also created some neat attacking play but again to be denied by some further great saves,on 20 mins Cherry-Orchard took the lead with a neat through ball finished off by their very impressive striker,Midleton defended well putting their bodies on the line with Ross O Connor very impessive at left back challenging for every-ball not giving their centre forward any space,China was his usual powerhouse,Paudraig strong in the air and Cathal doing all he could to cope with the power they had,Garran Mathew Barry and Stephen were working their socks off...finding it very hard dealing with the size and strenght of Cherry-Orchard midfield ,as Christian and Ryan up front had but a handful of chances ,1 of which was very close to draw the game level on 25 mins but Ryan O Regan to be denied by a great save,Cherry-Orchard extended their lead on 27 mins again with some very neat play finished off with a great volley on the edge of the box.
HT,Cherry-Orchard 2 Midleton 0
Second half began as the first with Midleton absorbing all the pressure and backs to the wall as Cherry-Orchard came looking to close the game out.. in which they did on 40 mins and extend their lead to 3. Credit to Midleton from 1-11 they kept battling and never gave up.(Great Spirit).. and after Garran hitting the Crossbar with a superb free kick it gave them hope of a goal..and were rewarded on 47 mins when Christian pounced to finish off neatly ..and picked... the ball out of the back of the net and ran back to the halfway line..was there a shock in sight.? Not to be...... again Cherry-Orchard pushed hard and got their reward on 52 mins and were out of sight.4-1...Kevin Mulcahy.Rian Hogan Sean O Meara and Timmy came off the bench and tried to contribute to the scoreline but Midleton were outclassed...Cathal..Ross..China. and Kevin..defended with all their strenght,Garran made his usual bursts and efforts on goal but only to be denied by the wood-work.and some great defence. ..Mathew who worked hard to supply some neat passes to the forward line..,Stephen and Barry worked hard on the wings,but on the day came up against a very good and organised Cherry-Orchard side and with a couple of minutes to go got a couple of soft goals to finish off the tie,but no complaints ..by far the better team on the day Won ,even though it was a heavy defeat it could of been a lot heavier but for some great Goalkeeping and some Brave defending.from all..to Pick Man of the match it must be from the line of defence with Ross O Connor with his strong tackling and commitment just edging out the very impressive Kieran in Goal,Congrats Ross..but over all Midleton gave a good  team performance but just were simply outclassed on the day,Keep up the good work lads the League and Local Cup are still there for the taking...and thanks to all who travelled  to lend their support..... and to mention the Hospitality/Food we received from Cherry-Orchard.before and after the game....ohhh.. hope all enjoyed  the mystery tour on the way home :-)

Local Cup away to Kanturk on 19th February
Kanturk 1 Midleton 3

Midleton took to the field for what looked like a tricky cup game away to an in form Kanturk team. All started brightly for our lads who pressed the home team from the beginning, there was some half chances but we did not convert them. As always when you have all the play you must take your opportunities. This we did not, and half way through the first half the home team took the lead. It came from a free kick two meters outside the box, Corey had it covered but the wet ball spilled from his grasp only to be seized upon from a grateful Kanturk striker. It was against the run of play, however the spirited Midleton team never give up easily. Barry O’Callaghan was dominating down the right flank, he beat his man and put in a cracking looping shot over the beaten keeper only for the crossbar to come to his rescue. Was it to be one of those days of chances not taken? It took another fine run from Barry followed by a cross that every centre forward dreams of. Stephen Roe today’s Number 9 took his chance superbly, slotting home past the grasping arms of the Kanturk keeper. Midleton kept up the pressure and were awarded a free for a push on Eoin Mitchell. Matthew put in a delightful cross and his midfield partner Garan who rose the highest connected with it into the back of the net. H/T 2-1

The second half began as with the first with Midleton dominating play. Garan was back to his best form who alongside the always tidy Matthew Lamb they never gave Kanturk the chance to settle on the ball. There were a number of good performances today, China powerful as centre back, Kevin not giving their left winger a sniff, Eoin Mitchell gave a mighty display on the left side of midfield, Padraig snapping at any Kanturk forward and Sean O’Meara performing well also. After five minutes second half play the management thought it time for a tactical change with Rian Hogan replacing Sean, Christian Daly coming on for his hardworking cousin Ryan O’Regan and most unlucky to be subbed after a fine display was Eoin Mitchell, replaced by Timmy Abdullah. Although we pressed on for a third Kanturk held firm until the very last kick of the match when Garan got our third and his second to sew up the match. F/T 3-1
As always with the performance of the lads it is difficult to pick the man of the match. The choice this week was between Eoin Mitchell, China Igboanusi and Barry O’Callaghan. Either one would be deserving but on the day China just shaded it for the solid work in defence. Hard work put in on the training pitch has paid off again. Congrats China. Scorers Stephen Roe 1, Garan Manley 2

National Cup away to De La Salle on 5th Feb
De La Salle 2 Midleton 3
The first Competitive game since early Dec, and what an important one it was National Cup away to De La Salle in very wet and windy conditions. Playing against a very strong wind the lads statrted quickly piling the pressure on the big De La Salle defence and were rewarded on 10 mins when super stiker Christian pounced on a spill form their keeper and planted in the back of the net. Captain Garan led midfield with Mathew, Barry  and Andrew all working hard to supply China and Christian with some great service. But De La Salle defence was holding out and after 20 min of pressure and against the run of play, De La Salle got their equaliser with a very neat finish form their very fast and impressive No.11, who again within 5 min put De La Salle into the lead from a long range shot that was spilled. No.11 came out of nowhere to catch Cory off guard and finish neatly. Heads were down as after dominating the game the lads were 2-1 down, Ross, Padraig, Cathal and Kevin defended well to keep the score at 2-1 at half time.
With a strong wind to our favour the second half started as the first and after some great link up play between Ross, Mathew and Barry who put a neat ball into Christian who had his fine effort saved, and kicked out to Garan who controlled well, passed to Mathew who had a pop but had his shot saved but once again super striker Christian again pops up to smash home from close range to level the game at 2-all on 40 mins. Midleton back line with Ross making some great clearances along with Paudraig standing strong. Cathals pace closing out the danger along with Kevin with his first full game was very impressive and solid at the back. Ryan O'Regan replaced Andrew on 45 mins. Ryan switched with China to link up with his super striker cousin Christian up front, and after being on the pitch less than 5 mins collected a neat through ball from Mathew with still a lot of work to do rounded the defender to slot home a cracker and put Midleton into a 3-2 lead. De La Salle pushed hard but now with China doing a brilliant job man marking their danger man No.11 not giving him an inch, it was all Midleton who pushed on hard for a 4th goal with some great runs from Barry, Garan, Mathew, Ryan and Christian but De La Salle keeper was standing tall to keep us at bay. Corry collected neatly to snuff out any danger late on while Ross, Cathal, Padraig and Kevin could see the victory in sight finished very strong to close out any chance of an equaliser. Garan and Mathew took complete control of midfield in the second half while a stunning performances in the second half from Garan, Mathew, Christian, Ross, Kevin and China.
Man of the Match goes to Mathew Lamb who stood tall to man mark a player twice his size and dominate. Well done to the whole team on a brilliant team performance once again. Keep it going, roll on Cherry-Orchard.
Just to Mention the hospitality we got after the match in De Le Salle was absolutely fabulous, spread of food for all.

League home to Innishvilla 9th January 2011
Midleton 1  Innishvilla 0

The first game of the New Year was in doubt from the start. The icy conditions were back and the Referee
was doubtful that the game would be on, however eventually he gave us the go-ahead. The previous game against Innishvilla was our toughest in the league to date only scraping a 3-1 victory, so we knew we would have a game on our hands. So it was, with Midleton under a lot of pressure from the off the defense from Captain for the day Cathal Martin, Paudraig O’Brien, Jamie Clohessy and Kevin Mulcahy all had to be on top of their game soaking up intense pressure. We still were able to push them with the midfield quartet of Andy McMahon, Barry O’Callaghan, Matthew Lamb and Stephen Roe all putting in a lot of effort.
After Twenty minutes we broke through with a class finish from our” Master Striker” Christian Daly, breaking into the area and rounding the keeper to slot home with a left foot shot into the bottom corner of the net. It has to be said that his effort was made the easier because of the work rate of Ryan O’Regan who ran his socks off for the entire game. H/T 1-0

The second half was as tough as the first with Innishvilla pressing for the equalizer, Corey Mackessy pulled of a
couple of remarkable saves to keep us in the game, Paudraig was outstanding in putting his body in the way of
any shot that Villa put in. The three subs came on to help shore up the game, China, Timmy and Rian all helped to keep the visitors scoreless without the goal that they probably deserved.  It is with this in mind that the Man of the Match will go to a defender, with his brave display this goes to Paudraig. Time and again his bravery kept us in the game. Excellent job Paudraig.

National Cup home to Rockmount 28 November 2010
Midleton 1 Rockmount 1 Won 5-4 on penaltys

Without doubt the hardest draw we could have had, Rockmount top of the Premiere League. The game began as expected, the league leaders asking Midleton some questions. The reply that the Magpies had was that they were well up for the challenge. The first half was full of cut and thrust from both teams, the early part of the game narrowly favoring the visitors. But it was not all one way traffic at all. Rockmount, with some pressure took the lead on 20 minutes from a corner that should have been cleared by the Magpie defense but it was cleverly finished. From the kick off Midleton pressed but came up against a defense that seemed to have no weakness. Midleton took over the game from here and with the midfield being bossed by Matthew Lamb and the wings dominated by Barry O’Callaghan and Andy Mc Mahon. The home team pressed but up against 9 squad players from the Cork Team it was never going to be easy. H/T 0-1

The second half was one of domination from Midleton. The pressure was unrelenting with chances nearly taken by Ryan O’Regan and Rian Hogan. On the day the defense was outstanding with Paudrig, Cathal, Ross and a very impressive China ALL performing very well.  The central partnership of Cathal and Paudrig kept Rockmount at bay but it has to be said that Ross with his second half performance was his best in the black and white stripes to date. But still 1-0 down and time running out it took Christian Daly finishing off a fine team move to take the game into extra time.

Extra time again was dominated by the Magpies but with no rub of the green the game went to penalties. As with all penalties it was a lottery. It was punch for punch and the difference was three outstanding saves from Corey to seal the victory. A victory that was well deserved and congratulated by all from Rockmount.

The man of the match was….. Impossible, ALL the team played as a TEAM. It would be seriously unfair to nominate just one player.  Lads the Soccer World is your Oyster.  A performance to be proud of.  Keep your standards high and we will achieve who knows!!!


2nd round of National Cup away to Corinthians A
Corinthians A 1 Midleton 6
In appalling weather conditions with freezing wind and rain Midleton started strong piling on the pressure and pinned Corinthians defence back. After 2 corners Midleton were rewarded with their first goal after 5 mins when the inform Ryan O'Regan pounced after Corinthians Keeper spilled a shot. On 10 mins Barry O Callaghan finished off a sweet move from the Midfield where Garran, Mathew, Andrew and Barry were stamping their authority and controlling the game.
On 18 min Christian Daly then hit the net with a great goal followed by a forth by Andrew Mc Mahon who had another solid performance on the wing. Keeping Corinthians at bay were the inform back line Jamie, Cathal, Padraig, Ross and Rian Hogan who had a great game after replacing Ross after 15 mins when he picked up an injury. Corry did make a couple of very good saves when Corinthians did get the ball moving and were rewarded with a goal just before half time. But their hope was soon dashed when Capt Garran Manley hit the net to lead half time 5-1.

The second half saw the introduction of the bench with China putting in another good performance along with Sean, Eoin, Timmy working tireless in the unforgiving wind and rain. The second half Midleton piled on the pressure and after some great work on the wings from Barry and Andrew, Christian got his second goal and finished off his Hat-Trick with a great break right through the defence from the half way and finished off neatly another great performance from Christian on celebrating his selection onto Cork School Boys with Capt Garran Manley.
Well deserved lads keep up the good work and to the rest of the team. Another great team performance. This was difficult in selecting man of the Match as there were 3/4 in the running Christian, Garran and Cathal who led by example at the back. But Barry O Callaghan with his great runs up and down the wing causing Corinthians defence fierce trouble gets the nod. Well done Barry and the whole squad who as a unit have won Sports Star Of The Month for their overall performance so far, this year 100% in all Competition's. Keep up the hard work lads its paying off, roll on round 3 of the National Cup.

League home to Ringmahon Rangers 25 October 2010
Midleton 9 Ringmahon Rangers 1

Kevin Mulcahey, Ross O'Connor and Padrag O'Brien in action against Ringmahon RangersThe halfway point in the league saw Ringmahon Rangers at Knockgriffin.  In a game that was vital for promotion for both sides it started out with both teams challenging for every ball. With Midleton piling on all the pressure but the defense of the visitors could not be broken. And it took until the 14th minute for the home side to get the breakthrough that they deserved.  It was Ryan O’Regan who took the first and second goals with some neat finishing; he was playing as if he had a point to prove to the coaches after he was dropped for the last game.  He worked tirelessly up front with Christian forming a formidable partnership. Goal number three came from back in form Barry O’Callaghan. The fourth goal in an eight minute dominating spell saw a hat trick for Ryan. Goals five and six came from Christian Daly who once again put on a great show. H/T 6-0

The second half saw five changes with Stephen, Kevin, China, Eoin and Rian coming on. They all played a big part, even getting in amongst the goals. With Midleton running rampant the scoring continued with China who although under a lot of pressure scored a well deserved goal. Rian CHIPPED in an interesting shot/cross from an awkward angle, was it a shot or a cross only he knows. The ninth and final goal came from Ryan O’Regan again, his fourth of the day. The nine goals were scored by five different players who could not have done it without tremendous team play. The midfielders Garan, Barry, Andy and Matthew all worked extremely hard in creating chances for the forwards. And the backline of Padraig, Ross, Cathal, Jamie and our keeper Corey only let in one goal. A lot of what we created started from the backs winning challengers and setting up the moves. Well done to all the defenders. It has to be mentioned that although not called upon much, Corey pulled off a remarkable and brave save toward the end of the game.

The man of the match today went to the one with something to prove, Ryan O’Regan. He responded from some criticism from his coaches by improvement in training and doing it on the pitch. Keep up with the hard work in training and you will see the benefit on the pitch. Nice work Ryan.
Scorers Ryan O’Regan 4, Christian 2, China 1, Barry 1, Rian Hogan 1

National Cup away to Fermoy 17th October 2010
Fermoy 2 Midleton 4

Last season we had a great run in this competition and we were hoping for another good run this term. Fermoy, who we beat 7-2 only a few weeks ago were the opposition but we knew they would be tougher today. The prize today was an away round two match against the Corinthians A team. In a bruising but fair game it took a lot of effort from the Magpies to get past Fermoy. With some early pressure Midleton took an early lead after a pinpoint corner from Big Jamie Clohessy, he placed it squarely on to Garan’s head who powerfully took his chance. The dream start only lasted three minutes when a speculative effort from Fermoy brought the equaliser.  Midleton carried on with us having the best of the play forcing many corners that Jamie would zing in. It was from a corner that we scored number two, Christian who worked tirelessly all day cleverly ran over to take the defence by surprise and took it short, he then neatly turned and buried it into the net. H/T 1-2

The second half was a different proposition with Fermoy scoring early on and then putting us under a lot of pressure for long periods of time. The midfield pair of Garan and Matthew put in a lot of work and with Barry and Andy kept busy with defensive duties it was backs against the wall time. The defence all had a big part to play with Paudie alongside the ever cool Cathal, Ross and Jamie all working very hard. The game looked to be heading to extra time when we won a corner when Paudie rose above all only to see his header crash off bar, the ball bounced around only for Garan with his back to goal  to spectacularly bicycle kick it into the net. With only five minutes we thought that was it but we had one more goal with Garan getting his hat-trick, a top corner rocket from a full 30 yards. F/T 2-4

The man of the match was again difficult with three players to choose from, Christian who led the line with bravery and strength. Matthew who shone in midfield with his usual neat play and energetic form who had one of his best games for us and Garan with a hat-trick anyone would be proud of. Garan just edges out them with his performance and goal winning display. Keep up the good work Garan.
Scorers:  Garan 3, Christian 1

League home to Riverstown  10 October 2010
Midleton 8 Riverstown 0

Three times last season, we had good, hard, and very close games against Riverstown so the boys were ready to battle. Although Riverstown were bottom of the league we gave them every respect. Midleton knew any slip up would be costly.

The game began brightly enough with Midleton asking all the questions, Riverstown were dogged in defence and did not shy away from the tackling, Christian and Garan were the victims of some crude challengers, but bravely they carried on. In fact it was not till the twentieth minute that one of the tackles brought a penalty.  Old reliable Christian, duly slotted home his first of the day. Shortly afterwards he netted his second and tastiest of the day. He cleverly spun his marker and beat the keeper with great skill. Today, Ryan O’Regan was his strike partner and although a goal was not his he still worked tirelessly up top. The midfield four of Barry, Matthew, Garan and Andrew totally dominated.H/T 2-0

The second half was much the same as the first, in getting off slowly. But when Midleton got going there was no stopping them. Christian got his third, and then we introduced three subs. Kevin, Rian and Paudie. All three played extremely well. Rian especially, whose instructions were to get a goal, only he could not do that.  He got three! That boy never listens. Stephen who also came on as sub banged in one. Sean O’Meara came on for Barry and also impressed, and for good measure Riverstown put one in the net for us after an excellent cross from Garan.

The man of the match this week was very difficult, two hat tricks, an amazing display by Andrew who terrorised them all day, and defensive performances from Corey, Cathal, Ross, China and Jamie. So after scoring eight, it has to go to a defender! The pick of the bunch went to Cathal and China. However Cathal has to get it on a near perfect display at center back. He not only won every tackle but played his passes with great intelligence. Keep up the good work Coggs.

League Home to Wilton 3rd October 2010
Midleton 5 Wilton 0

Midleton's first home game of the season ended up with a convincing and very well deserved victory for the Magpies. The visitors were Wilton who was in the Premership last season, so they could not be taken for granted.  The game itself took a little time to get going but in the 4th minute we saw Christian Daly bearing down on the Wilton goal only to chopped down with a two footed challenge by the keeper, a penalty surely, but the referee did not see it that way.  The medical bag was out and Christian bravely fought on.  Justice was done 15 minutes later when Christian cleverly finished off by sliding the ball past the Wilton keeper.  This was the breakthrough that Midleton needed, and the second followed four minutes later. A free kick was awarded 25 yards out which Garan hammered home. The next came from Barry O’Callaghan, Matthew Lamb put in a sweet chipped pass which fell nicely for Barry to control and then cleverly chip it past the keeper. H/T 3-0

The second started like the first with Midleton totally dominating the proceedings with the defence holding firm, special mention has to go to Kevin Mulcahy who played out of his skin, he linked up really well with Andy McMahon who worked tirelessly down the right flank. It was a cracking performance from all the team and this was displayed by Sean O’Meara who when he came on he fought tiger like to win any loose ball, and it was he who won the ball on the edge of his own box and laid on a pass for Christian to run on to, Christian skinned the first defender, he skinned the second and pressed on looking to score only to be cruelly upended in the box, this time a pen was the result. Christian took the kick and calmly placed it past the keeper.  The final goal came from another thunderous free kick again from Garan. 25 yards out this time Wilton had no wall but packed the box, the result was the same. F/T 5-0.

The man of the  match could of come from any where. A clean sheet is a coaches dream and between them our defence might have had the man of the match, Ross, Paudie, Rian, Cathal, Sean and Kevin all in the running but it came down to two. Garan and Garan. His performance today at times looked like there was more than one of him on the pitch. A big game from our big man. Nice game Captain.
Scorers Christian Daly 2, Garan Manley 2, Barry O’Callaghan 1


League away to Innishvilla 26th September 2010
Innishvilla 1 Midleton 3

Away to Innishvilla the lads got off to a quiet start with both defenses on top, notably Ross and Rian, who were on top of their game. There was a lot of pressure from China and Christian but they never looked to trouble their keeper until the 20th minute when there was a bit of controversy. China raced forward and smashed a 18 yard pile driver into the roof of the net, however the net did not stop the ball and the referee did not seem to want to give the goal, only to blow the whistle and award it after some reflection. The first half finished with Midleton pushing on with some mighty work from Jamie Clohessey. H/T 0-1

The second half started with the introduction of Stephen Roe and Kevin Mulcahey to firm up the midfield and defense, with both players recently showing good form. As with the first half Midleton pushed on looking to score the next goal, and it came after 10 minutes when Jamie crossed in a peach of a corner for Garan to rise high and power a downward header that the keeper had no chance of saving. Things got better again two minutes later with a fine individual goal from Ryan O’Regan, after the ball was taken away from him on the edge of the box he persevered and won it back and finished with style. To shore up the game on came Sean and Paudie, Sean kept the pressure on them in attack and Paudie stepped in to keep order at the back. Innishvilla did get one back from a breakaway but it was too little too late for them. F/T 1-3

As for the man of the match two players stood out from the rest and they were Garan and Jamie. Garan really ripped the opposition to shreds; his forward play was a joy to watch. On the day though Jamie came away with the honors, carrying an injury he played through the pain barrier and his all round play was his best for Midleton by far to date. Congrats Jamie.


League away to Blarney 12th September 2010
Blarney 1 Midleton 8
Up for the challenge of Blarney United, who were in the Premiership last year, Midleton were ready to battle.  The game started in bright sunshine on a perfect pitch both teams looking to maintain a 100% record. The game began with Midleton racing into a one minute lead with Christian Daly powerfully heading in from an excellent cross from Matthew Lamb.  A great start from the lads but better was to come with the boys netting another a minute later from the tricky and skilful Barry O’Callaghan. 2-0 after two minutes. After this their tails were up and they continued to dominate possession.  But it has to be said that at 2-0 the game was still up for grabs and our Goalkeeper Corey Mackessey kept us in the game.  He pulled off a couple of saves that any keeper would be proud of. The best performance he has in a Midleton shirt by far.  The first half was not over yet when Ryan O’Regan struck for his first goal of the season, so far his performances have been very impressive. H/T  3-0

Second half started in the same vein as the first with Midleton pressing from the off. Midleton  scored again when Garan Manley crashed in a scorcher from 25 yards, just when we thought we had seen the goal of the game the next goal caught   our breath, a fabulous volley from the edge of the box by Christian brought applause from all. 

Substitutions made by the management can go un-noticed, however Rob and Jon put their heads together and changed things about a bit, they made a few changes bringing on Stephen Roe who bagged a brace, his first goals of the season.

All  in all the man of the match has to go to our Goalie who kept us in the game at the most of important times.  Well done Corey.

Goal scorers Christian Daly 2, Stephen Roe 2, Barry O’Callaghan, Ryan O’Regan, Garan Manley, Own Goal. 


League away to Fermoy 29th August 2010
Midleton U12’s got off to a flyer on the opening day of the season, the team had a convincing score line of 7 – 2 away to promoted Fermoy.
The game started off very well for the away side with some very neat attacking play from the new strike partnership of Christian Daly and China Igboanusi, as it was the first time they played together, they look to be a formidable partnership for the up-coming season.  However, the home team took a shock lead after ten minutes with a quality goal that Corey Mackessy could do little about. Midleton were not fazed, and they pressed for an equalizer which came about from a 25 yard screamer from Matthew Lamb, the little midfielder had an excellent game all round.  From there on Midleton pressed on and took the game by the scruff of the neck, with goals from China (2) and Christian (3), and also a contender for goal of the season from the ever impressive Barry O’Callaghan.  
There were some excellent performances all over the pitch, with Ryan O’Regan coming close with a shot just over the bar and Captain Garan Manly having his usual top class game.
It has to be said that the defence did us proud with Cathal Martin, Ross O’Connor, Paudie O’Brien and Jamie Clohessy all holding Fermoy at bay. It is not just about the starting 11 at Midleton, as we have strength in depth. On the day our very strong bench who all contributed consisted of Eoin Mitchell, Stephen Roe, Andy McMahon, Sean O'Meara and Rian Hogan.
It was a great start to the new campaign and we hope to give many more good displays through the season.
We would like to welcome a new addition to the coaching panel, Jon Lamb, on the day he helped enormously with some very wise words that the lads definitely found very helpful. He has a deep knowledge of the game, having formerly been a star performer for Squibb in the Liverpool and Cheshire League.


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