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Squad: Peter fleming, Christian  Murphy, David Scanlon, Gary Carroll, Matthew O'Connor, Eabhan De Barra,
Eoghan Martin, Conor Ronayne, Adam Meade, Jack Lamb, Max Aherne, Ronan Hayes, Paul Connaughton,
Craig Healy, Brendan Jallil, Samuel Querke, Jack Horgan, Sam O'Reilly.


27th May League Home College Corinthians Won 5-3 E de Barra, C Ronayne,
E Martin, C Healy, M Ahern
20th May League Home Douglas Hall Won 3-2 Eabhan de Barra 2, Gary Carroll
12th May League Away Riverstown Won 2-3 E de Barra, E Martin,
P Connaughton
9th May League Home Springfield Drew 2-2 Jack Horgan, OG
28th Apr League Away Everton Drew 2-2 Richard Philips 2
21st Apr League Home Greenwood Lost 1-2 Eoghan Martin
14th Apr League Away Mayfield United Won 2-3 Sam O’Reilly, Niall Morgan 2
7th Apr League Away Corinthians Drew 1-1 Richard Philips
30th Mar League Away Douglas Hall Lost 2-0 -
25th Mar League Home Riverstown Won 5-1 Jack Horgan 2, Max Aherne, Conor Ronayne, Craig Healy
18th Mar League Away Springfield Won 0-2 Eabhan de Barra, Craig Healy
11th Mar League Home Everton Won 5-3 R Philips 4, E de Barra
4th Mar League Away Greenwood Lost 4-3 Sam O’Reilly 2, E de Barra
26th Feb League Home Mayfield United Won 11-3 J Horgan 3, E de Barra,
M Aherne, C Healy, J Lamb,
C Ronayne 2,
S Querke, E Martin.
15th Oct National Cup Home Corrinthians Lost 0-4 -
9th Oct League Home Kilreen Celtic Lost 1-2 Conor Ronayne
24th Sept National Cup Home St Mary's Won 6-0 R Hayes 2, C Healy, C Ronayne,
P Connaughton, M Aherne.
Goal Scorers
Eabhan De Barra
Richard Philips
Jack Horgan
Conor Ronayne
Craig Healy
Eoghan Martin
Sam O’Reilly
Max Aherne
Ronan Hayes
Niall Morgan
Paul Connaughton
Conor Ronayne
Jack Lamb
Samuel Querke
Gary Carroll


Under 11 2011/12 Match Reports

League at home to College Corinthians Sunday 27th May 2012
Midleton 5  College Corinthians 3
Our final match of the season, and what a match it was. One of the few matches we have had where the weather has been on our side.
The pressure was on throughout the game and our keeper Peter Fleming showed us he is truly indispensible saving strike after strike the first one coming in the first few minutes of the game. Brendan Jallil, in his position centre back also proved his worth with some fantastic clearances keeping the ball in the right side of the pitch.  Max Ahern and Craig Healy were excellent in midfield and really proved their fitness with runs up and down the field.  Both boys also displaying excellent skill in scoring goals with both scoring the first two goals for Midleton, Craig from a penalty.

Conor Ronayne, Eabhan de Barra and Eoghan Martin all scored to give us a final score of five goals.  When they weren't scoring themselves they were setting it up for the others with some great display of team playing.
Adam Meade was excellent today clearing the ball many times and helping to ease the pressure for Peter.  Christian Murphy also back on form making Peters job easier and showing some excellent defending.
Shortly into the second half Midleton took the eye off the ball for a minute allowing the opposition to score their second goal.  This was the kick we needed and spurred on Jack Horgan and Ronan Hayes into action.  Both boys showed us great determination and along with Mathew O Connor and Gary Carroll played their part to keep the Midleton team on top. Samuel Quirke as always gave it his all with plenty of action midfield.  Samuel never tires and can always be relied upon.

Paul Connaughton also showed us some great football today, always knowing when to pass on target.
Good strong running from Richard Philips kept the Corinthians defense on their toes and he was unlucky not to score on a few occasions.  Sam O Reilly kept things moving in midfield with some great passes. Man of the Match today goes to David Scanlon. Great play, and some excellent tackling from David today. He displayed fantastic skill throughout the game. Well done David. Congratulations to the entire team. They have had a great season and due to their co-operation and ability to play as a strong team they are a team to be reckoned with next season. Well done boys.
Goal scorers, Eabhan de Barra, Conor Ronayne, Eoghan Martin, Craig Healy, Max Ahern


League at home to Douglas Hall on Sunday 20th May 2012
Midleton 3 Douglas Hall 2

A tricky Sunday morning game against a fine Douglas Hall team who made it hard for the Magpies to find it their usual rhythm.  The first half was hard work with the midfield pair of Samuel Quirke and Craig Healy doing most of the running in the middle of the park. Brendan Jallil was his usual calm self in defense along with Gary Carroll, Adam Meade and David Scanlon all stopping any threat from the visitors. Out wide we had Eoghan Martin who pressed Douglas Hall all through the match on one side and Sam O’Reilly making some fine runs down the right. The forwards Paul Connaughton and Eabhan de Barra were giving their all to the cause only for Douglas Hall to keep them scoreless in the first half.

After a fairly uneventful first half the second half was a different proposition with both goalies having to work very hard to keep the attackers at bay. The opening goal came from a corner from Eabhan who sent in a great cross that Douglas Hall could not deal with and somehow the ball crossed the line to make it 1-0. Midleton were really putting on the pressure now and were awarded a penalty which Eabhan smashed past the outstretched hands of the keeper. 2-0 The away team never looked like giving up and they earned a goal back to make it 2-1. The goal of the day was scored from a very tight angle from Gary Carroll who seized the chance and slid the ball confidently past the keeper. 3-1.With time running out the away team made it interesting and made it 3-2 but it was too little too late and the Magpies won the day. F/T 3-1

The man of the match today came from the heart of the midfield with Craig Healy just piping Samuel Quirke to the title. The boy played the whole match and came off the pitch after giving it all for the team. Other players today who impressed were Conor Ronayne, Jack Lamb and Niall Morgan. But for sheer guts and effort the award has to go to Craig. Brilliant work Craig, keep up the hard work.

Scorers Eabhan de Barra 2, Gary Carroll 1

Team- Gary Carroll, Brendan Jallil, Jack Lamb, Eabhan de Barra, Max Aherne, Craig Healy, Eoghan Martin, Sam O’Reilly, Paul Connaughton,  Peter Fleming, Conor Ronayne, Niall Morgan, Samuel Quirke, David Scanlon, Adam Meade, Matthew O’Connor.


League Away to Riverstown on the 12th May 2012
Riverstown 2 Midleton 3
An East Cork derby match that did not disappoint.

Both sets of supporters enjoyed a game that could have in the end had any result. The supporters enjoyed U11 soccer at its best, this game had two teams who were not afraid to play nice attacking and flowing soccer. But it started out with our lads giving away a soft goal after a good cross ball from the Riverstown Right midfielder. The spirit from Midleton always amazes me and straight away the lads pressurised this big Riverstown team. Eabhan de Barra had his shooting boots well laced today with some excellent attempts from distance that tested the Riverstown keeper. After 10 minutes Midleton scored a fine equaliser from an Eabhan cross for Eoghan Martin to clinically smash into the roof of the net. Further pressure resulted in another fine goal from Paul Connaughton. Paul is adding goals to his fine displays. In what was turning into an onslaught Midleton made it 1-3 after nice work in midfield from Max Ahern and Ronan Hayes who put in Connaughton who cleverly laid it into the path of Eabhan to score a magnificent goal. H/T  1-3

In the first half players of the quality of Craig Healy, Conor Ronayne, Eoghan Martin and Sam O’Reilly who went very close after hitting the post, all put in a magnificent effort to keep Riverstown quiet. The second half it was time for the defenders to step up as Riverstown hit us with all they had. At the back Brendan Jallil, Jack Lamb and Gary Carroll all had to be at their best to keep out Riverstown. The home team did get one back with ten minutes to go which made for a nervy finish. It wasn’t all one way traffic with Conor Ronayne and Eabhan both coming very close at the end. With only seconds to go Riverstown had one last effort which goalie Peter Fleming brilliantly tipped around the post to secure the deserved points for the away team F/T 2-3

Today the man of the match could only go to one player, Ronan Hayes. He was asked to do a job in midfield and he more than did what was asked from him. He tackled hard but fairly, played some lovely forward passes and got back to help his defenders when needed. An all round excellent midfield display that we knew he was capable of. Ronan you have set your own standard so now keep it going.

Scorers Eabhan de Barra, Eoghan Martin and Paul Connaughton.
Team- Gary Carroll, Brendan Jallil, Jack Lamb, Eabhan de Barra, Max Aherne(CAPTAIN),, Craig Healy, Eoghan Martin, Sam O’Reilly, Paul Connaughton,  Peter Fleming, Conor Ronayne, Ronan Hayes .


League home to Springfield 9th May 2012
Midleton 2 - Springfield 2

The Midleton Magpies showed their true colours today with some excellent displays of skill and determination. This was probably their hardest test to date because of the lashing rain and howling wind more appropriate to a November afternoon than to a May evening. Nevertheless the Magpies showed us the true fighters they really are despite the adverse conditions. Not long into the first half we saw some excellent play from Jack Horgan, Max Ahern and Craig Healy resulting in a one goal lead for Midleton with Jack Horgan nicely landing the ball in the back of the net. We saw some great skill today from Jack Lamb as well as some fantastic midfield play from , Paul Connaughton, Ronan Hayes and Eoghan Martin with some pacey runs from our Captain Samuel Quirke. In fact it was evident of the progress this team has made when we saw some excellent tackling from Sam O Reilly and Craig Healy.

Peter Fleming and the defense team did us proud today as always and between Peter, Christian Murphy, Gary Carroll, Adam Meade and Brendan Jallil the boys made some excellent saves. Mathew O Connor showed us today how valuable he is in defense as it was rare for the ball to pass him. After leveling at 1 all we were again given a lead when one of the Springfield players scored an own goal. Although Springfield caught up it was with great determination that Conor Ronayne, Richard Philips and Eabhan de Barra repeatedly tried to bring us ahead again, however on this occasion it was not meant to be. There is no doubt that Midleton were the better team on the day definitely dominating the game and although Springfield put up a great defense with a very lucky goal keeper who saw off many attempts at goal from Midleton it was evident that the Midleton boys were the ones with the best football

Man of the Match today goes to Max Ahern, who showed us that with his football skills, quick reactions and his head for the game he is a great addition to any team. Well done Max. F/T 2-2

Team- Gary Carroll, Brendan Jallil, Jack Lamb, Eabhan de Barra, Max Aherne, Craig Healy, Adam Meade, Eoghan Martin, Matthew O’Connor, Sam O’Reilly, Samuel Quirke(CAPTAIN), Richard Phillips, Paul Connaughton, Christian Murphy, Jack Horgan, Peter Fleming, Conor Ronayne


League away to Everton 28th April 2012
Everton 2 Midleton 2

A cracker of a match with the two sides playing the game the way the game should be played. A tight first half with not a lot to choose from between the sides saw the visitors go into the break 1-0 up after a gem of an effort from Richard Phillips. He curled the ball into the net from a very tight angle from 15 meters out. The East Cork team probably had the better chances on goal in the first half especially when Eabhan de Barra sent in a lovely corner which fell to midfielder Eoghan Martin, who poked at the ball only to see some great defending from Everton to clear it off the line. It can’t be said Midleton had all of the play because the Magpie defenders were called on more than one occasion, with Adam Meade and Brendon Jallil solid at the back and Captain, Gary Carroll breaking up the Everton forwards as only he can do. Also Jack Lamb, who is improving in every game, and is starting to read the game well. The midfielders worked tirelessly with Sam O’Reilly and Max Aherne both playing out of their skins. H/T 0-1

The second half was more of the same with both teams playing nice attacking football, Paul Connaughton came on and added a bit of pace and showed a lot of determination. Matthew O’Connor had to be tough standing up to some fierce challenges. The Magpies were still pressing when Everton caught them on the break and equalised to make it 1-1. Christian Murphy still chasing full match fitness is well on his way back with some crunching tackles, but even he could not keep Everton at bay the whole game and with just ten minutes to go the home team sneaked in the go ahead goal. 2-1. After that it was wave after wave of Midleton pressure with Gary, Sam and Eabhan all coming close. One effort from Richard beat the keeper but also the crossbar. It looked to be one of those days with the game  slipping away; a game they never deserved to loose and should of in fact won but this team never lies down. In the last minute Everton finally buckled under the Midleton pressure when Richard put the ball past the desperate lunging goalkeeper for a well deserved equaliser. F/T 2-2

A man of the match can not just be based on performance but on what a player brings to the team. Today’s match was one for the creative players with Max Aherne again coming close and Craig Healy who put the team first when going in goal to help out his team mates. He played midfield in the second half and made a great contribution. Special thanks also for Eoghan who also played in goal and starred in midfield. We had one other keeper today and it was his overall performance and helping out the team by playing very well in goal, that man was Samuel Quirke. You never get a bad game from Samuel. There have been other games that he nearly got the award but today his overall performance deserved the Man of the Match. For one of the smallest players on the pitch he must have one of the biggest hearts. Nice job Samuel.

Goal scorer: Richard Phillips 2
Team: Gary Carroll (CAPTAIN), Brendan Jallil, Jack Lamb, Eabhan de Barra, Max Aherne, Craig Healy,
Adam Meade, Eoghan Martin, Matthew O’Connor, Sam O’Reilly, Samuel Quirke, Richard Phillips,
Paul Connaughton, Christian Murphy.


League home to Greenwood Saturday 21st April 2012
Midleton 1 Greenwood 2

We are finding now that there are no easy games in this league as we were up against a big physical team from Greenwood. It was a fair but hard game that Greenwood narrowly shaded on the day. The game started out well for Midleton with some nice passing and movement from the lads with Jack Lamb linking up very well with Ronan Hayes down the right and Gary Carroll with the “Captain”, Paul Connaughton equally doing well down the left. For periods of the first half without creating a lot of chances for our striker Eabhan de Barra, Midleton were the better team, only for Greenwood to take the lead with a smashing shot into the roof of the net that Peter Fleming in goal could do little about. H/T 0-1

In the second half it was just as tough as the first with the Midleton defence having to be on top of their game. At the heart of the back line Brendan Jallil was having a cracker helped along by Christian Murphy who is still finding his feet after a long lay off due to an injury. The centre midfield partnership of Sam Quirke and Craig Healy were giving everything for the cause. Substitutions were made during the game and one of them pulled The Magpies back into the match with a sweet left footed strike from Eoghan Martin. The midfielder caused the visitors trouble all through the game with some clever runs. Adam Meade was on at the back doing a mighty job in holding out Greenwood. Sam O’Reilly came on at right mid and caused the Greenwood left back a lot of trouble. Conor Ronayne was put on at centre forward and added pace to the forward line. Max Aherne was busy in midfield playing plenty of intelligent balls; his clever play will cause trouble to any team. Matthew O’Connor on the left was looking very lively getting up and down the pitch helping out the defence.
Midleton were unfortunate to go a goal down after the Coach Aidan Connaughton put on fresh legs at the back only for the defence to still be sorting themselves out. Greenwood caught them cold, and squeezed in a well drilled shot into the Midleton net for what was the eventual winning goal.

All in all a pleasing passing performance from the lads with the only criticism might be that there were not enough shots on target.

The man of the match was as always tough out there with outstanding performances from Ronan Hayes, Brendan Jallil and Sam Quirke. But one player out there stood tall and played with determination, passion and skill. That man was Gary Carroll. He always puts in excellent displays and today finally earned him the Midleton, “Man of the Match”. Well done Gary.

Goal Scorer: Eoghan Martin
Team: Peter Fleming, Ronan Hayes, Brendan Jallil, Jack Lamb, Eabhan de Barra, Conor Ronayne, Max Aherne, Craig Healy, Adam Meade, Eoghan Martin, Matthew O’Connor, Sam O’Reilly. Paul Connaughton (CAPTAIN), Sam Quirke, Christian Murphy, Gary Carroll.    


League away to Mayfield United on Saturday 14th April 2012
Mayfield 2 Midleton 3

Back to winning ways for the in form Magpies from Midleton. For the first time in a league game they played 11 aside on a full pitch and didn’t they do well. Against a much improved Mayfield team they had to battle for the entire match. The game started fairly even with both teams looking for any weakness in the opposition. Mayfield were the first to find a weakness and punished Midleton by taking a one goal lead. This spurred on the lads and Midleton were forced to up their game. Paul Connaughton down the left was in particular having a good game along with the reliable Gary Carroll and Brendon Jallil who were dominant in defence. On the other side of the defence our Captain Jack Lamb and David Scanlon were very solid with David making some excellent forward runs. In the midfield Sam O’Reilly was back to his best making some neat runs and was full of trouble for the Mayfield defenders. In the middle Samuel Quirke and Craig Healy were dominating the play. The forward line of Eoghan Martin and Conor Ronayne were very lively and pressing the Mayfield back line. Although Midleton were having the best of it we came to the half 1 down H/T 1-0

The second half substitution with Niall Morgan coming on seemed to turn the game. The pacey forward was causing all sorts of problems to Mayfield. After four minutes of the second half The Magpies were awarded a free kick from just outside the box, Sam O’Reilly stepped up and riffled the ball past the unfortunate keeper with a cracking shot. Even more joy for the travelling team came on 16 minutes when Niall did not give up and raced onto the ball to beat the keeper to make it 1-2. The defence did have one lapse when from a corner Mayfield scored with the defenders not taking responsibility to challenge for the ball. Still, other than that the lads defended very well. The winning goal in an excellent game came after Matthew O’Connor had a good shot that was saved by the keeper but he spilled the ball only for Niall to be the first to react and win the game for the Magpies. F/T 2-3

The man of the match today came from a midfielder. Although he did not score a goal he was a provider of goals. There was some excellent runs down the wings and followed by pin point crosses. Today Paul Connaughton was top man. He showed that determination and skilful play were in his locker. He has been close to the Man of the Match for a few games this season and finally showed what he is all about. Paul keep the focus and show us more of this. Nice game.

Team: Brendan Jallil, Jack Lamb (CAPTAIN), Conor Ronayne, Craig Healy, Eoghan Martin, David Scanlon, Matthew O’Connor, Sam O’Reilly, Paul Connaughton, Gary Carroll, Niall Morgan , Darragh Cashman, Samuel Quirke  


League away to Corinthians Saturday 7th April 2012
Corinthians 1 Midleton 1

In truth a really good away point for the East Cork team considering that the Easter weekend meant that only eight players were available. The lads knew from the off that only 100% effort would give them any reward and did they give effort. Corinthians started with nine players and had four subs to call on. Midleton had eight but they played like they had twelve on the park. After five minutes The Magpies were rewarded when the 'Captain' Eoghan Martin pressured the Corrs defence and played in Richard Philips to coolly slot home. Corinthians did rally but with a backline of David Scanlon, Gary Carroll just back from injury and with Brendan Jallil masterful at centre back all preventing the Corinthian forwards. Ten minutes before the half from a Midleton corner Corinthians scored a breakaway goal that stand-in keeper Conor Ronayne could not prevent. Special thanks to Conor for putting the team first and going in between the sticks. Conor kept the team in the game with a stretching dive that usual keeper Peter Fleming would have been proud. Eoghan Martin on the left was having a cracker so to was Craig Healy on the right side of midfield, he was non stop and full of energy. Jack Lamb was neat and tidy in the middle and showed us a little extra steel. HT/ 1-1

A couple of changes were made in formation in the second half with Brendan and Jack changing roles. With the wind at their backs Corrs pushed on and put us under a lot of pressure. That's not to say we were out of the game because Richard had the best chance of the half when he went racing onto a fine Eoghan Martin through ball, he went past the defender and struck a shot just past the post. Ronayne in the goal had to be on his toes pulling off a string of saves. With Corinthians having the extra man and four available subs it would always be tough for Midleton to get something from the game, but today they showed great character. Well done team. FT/1-1

The Man of the Match today could have gone to the whole team who showed tremendous spirit but there were some great performances. Conor in goal keeping the team in the game, Gary tremendous at the back and David pressing for the award but today there was one outstanding performer. Jack Lamb, he upped his game, a foot here a block there and headed clearances, he did it all. His second half performance was an example of top class defending. 'Bualadh Bos' to Jack.

Goal scorer: Richard Philips.
Team: Brendan Jallil, Jack Lamb, Conor Ronayne, Craig Healy, Eoghan Martin (CAPTAIN), David Scanlon, Richard Philips, Gary Carroll.


League away to Douglas Hall on Friday 30th March 2012
Douglas Hall 2 Midleton 0

Midleton lost only their second league match of the new season in a very hard fought game away to Douglas Hall. To be fair to Midleton they were the team that played the better football only to loose the game to two long range efforts that goalie Peter Fleming could do little about. Unusually for Midleton the first half was not the best they played this year, even though they still tried to play good passing football. The highlight of the first half came from a free kick taken by Eabhan de Barra, a rocket that the home keeper did very well to save. The two defences were on top with Big Adam Meade controlling the back for Midleton along with David Scanlon and Matthew O’Connor keeping The Hall at bay. In midfield Jack Lamb and Sam O’Reilly both worked hard on the right of midfield with Max Aherne and Eoghan Martin tirelessly working the left. In the middle of the park Craig Healy and Ronan Hayes fought hard and won many a battle. Up top, Conor Ronayne having one of his better games without getting on the score sheet and Jack Horgan was his usual busy self, finding himself all over the pitch. In the second half although we were playing the better football we never really created enough chances for the forwards today as The Hall worked hard to stifle any creativity from The Magpies.

The man of the match today was a hard one to call with some excellent performances. Conor Ronayne led the line with some clever link up play, especially with Max Aherne; they seem to be forming a good partnership. At the back Adam Meade never let down the side, clever defending and good link up play with his midfielders made him the star of the back line. The winner of the Man of the Match today was Eoghan Martin who just shaded Adam to the award. Eoghan played outstanding today especially in the middle where he played in the second half.

Overall not a bad performance, but not our best. On another day we might have picked up all the points but you still have to learn how to deal with the physical teams as well as play the nice football. Well done lads.

Team: Peter Fleming (CAPTAIN), Ronan Hayes, Brendan Jallil, Jack Horgan, Jack Lamb, Eabhan de Barra, Conor Ronayne, Max Aherne, Craig Healy, Adam Meade, Eoghan Martin, David Scanlon, Matthew O’Connor, Sam O’Reilly.      

League home to Riverstown 25th March 2012
Midleton 5 Riverstown 1

The sunshine today brought a fine game of soccer to The Mart Field. A big physical Riverstown team put Midleton to the test; from the first whistle Riverstown attacked the Magpies with wave after wave of fast attacking play. It was hard for the home team to mount any forward play but their defending was first class. Even with top defending from the Captain, Brendan Jallil, and his defensive duo Matthew O’Connor and “Big” Adam Meade, Riverstown still managed to put in plenty of shots on the goal that Peter Fleming was defending. It was against the run of play when Peter passed out to the left to Matthew O’Connor who linked up with Eoghan Martin whose pin point pass put in Eabhan de Barra, the clever Midleton forward was on to it with pace and with the keeper to beat he narrowly slid the ball past the post. There was some nice play in the midfield from Sam O’Reilly and Craig Healy who both fought well. Up front Paul Connaughton was making some clever runs and putting in some neat crosses, his forward partner Richard Phillips gave his all for the team. The half time whistle came as a relief to the Midleton team who were level thanks to a fine display from Peter in the goal. H/T 0-0

Soccer so often delivers a game of two half’s and this was one of them. Fresh legs were on for Midleton in the form of Max Aherne, Jack Horgan, David Scanlon, Jack Lamb and Sam Quirke. With Sam taking a grip in centre mid and Jack working the right flank the home team went up a gear with some magnificent soccer. Conor Ronayne worked his socks off and created a chance that Jack Horgan coolly finished to make it 1-0. Five minutes later the visitors pulled one back. After a tight first half there was a goal fest in the second. Max Aherne at his best made it 2-1 after being the first to react to a Conor Ronayne “rocket”. The little midfielder is delivering his best football to date. Conor then scored a cracker, holding off the defender and burying it into the net. Jack Horgan netted a goal poachers goal to make it 4-1. On the stroke of full time Craig Healy made it five after coming back on after injury. Today in the beautiful sunshine the Mart Field witnessed Samba Soccer from the Magpies. The second half display was Midleton’s best to date.

There were some great displays out there today. Jack Lamb played at centre back for the first time and impressed. Gary Carroll was immense, Paul Connaughton caught the eye and Max Aherne shone out but the man of the match award goes to Peter Fleming. The goalkeeper was first class today with saves that took the breath away, his handling was exceptional and with his clever distribution he managed to start up some Midleton attacks. Only for him Riverstown might have had a 3-0 half time lead. Peter has taken on some extra training and it stands to him. Well done Peter.

Goal scorers Jack Horgan 2, Max Aherne , Conor Ronayne and Craig Healy

Team: Peter Fleming, Gary Carroll, Christian Murphy, Brendan Jallil (CAPTAIN) , Jack Lamb,
Paul Connaughton, Eabhan de Barra, Conor Ronayne, Richard Phillips, Max Aherne, Craig Healy, Adam Meade, Eoghan Martin, David Scanlon. Matthew O’Connor, Samuel Quirke,


League away to Springfield 18th March 2012
Springfield 0 Midleton 2
Midleton continued their good run with an away victory at Springfield. Once again the lads were fast out of the blocks when after only one minute midfield dynamo, Craig Healy, clinically finishing off a half volley that was set up by tricky winger Jack Lamb. Springfield were shaken, but they continued to ask questions of the Magpie back line. David Scanlon in great form, and Adam Meade who was a giant out there today, with nothing getting past them at all. Matthew O’Connor linking up well with Max Aherne, Max the little “terrier,” was in top form playing some excellent passes into the forward line. Captain Richard Phillips, constantly pressing the Springers backs without getting the break he deserved. Eoghan Martin his strike partner worked his socks off for the team today with a selfless display. The performance of the first half had to be from midfielder Craig Healey with a display to be proud of. H/T 0-1

The second half with Midleton making a number of changes started out brightly with Ronan Hayes making his presence felt charging down the right wing earning his side a penalty. Eabhan de Barra took the penalty despatching the ball high into the net to make it two- nil. Midleton kept up the pressure with Conor Ronayne coming close on a couple of occasions. In defence Gary Carroll was immense heading the ball clear and with Christian Murphy putting on his usual top class display Springfield never looking like getting back in the match. Magnificent displays from Paul Connaughton, bravely playing on with an injured arm and Sam Quirke running the midfield. A clean sheet once again is the managers dream and with Peter Fleming at his best in the goals helping his team to a victory.

The man of the match display comes from a defender, Brendon Jallil, putting on his best display in the black and white stripes to date. His defending was outstanding and his crossing caused Springfield trouble all day. Special mention goes to Craig Healy who ran Brendan very close. Both boys were outstanding.  F/T 0-2

Goal scorers:, Eabhan de Barra.(pen), Craig Healy

Team: Peter Fleming, Gary Carroll, Christian Murphy, Brendan Jallil, Jack Lamb, , Paul Connaughton, Eabhan de Barra Conor Ronayne, Richard Phillips (CAPTAIN),, Max Aherne, Craig Healy, Adam Meade, Eoghan Martin, Ronan Hayes, David Scanlon. Matthew O’Connor, Samuel Quirke


League home to Everton 11th March 2012
Midleton 5 Everton 3

Everton were the visitors to in form Midleton at the “Fortress” Mart Field.  And it remains a fortress after the Magpies put on a stunning first half display when they put four goals past a decent Everton team.  Richard Philips starting his first match of the year was playing like a man with a point to prove.  In the first minute he pounced on some sloppy play from the Everton defence to start a goal rout. In a ten minute spell he bagged four goals. Every goal scorer needs a partner and today Captain Sam O’Reilly played his part. Everton tried all they could but in the Midleton defence Brendan Jallil was having a great game, he and Christian Murphy along with dependable Gary Carroll stopping all that Everton had to offer. The Midleton midfield of Ronan Hayes on the right and Eoghan Martin charging down the left with Sam Querke bossing the midfield all had excellent games. H/T 4-0

If Midleton started the first half on fire the same could be said of Everton in the second. In a ten minute spell they scored three goals.  The Magpies looked in trouble but they settled themselves and with second half subs Jack Lamb and Matthew O’Connor taking charge that was the end of the Everton challenge. Adam Meade at the back was solid with Craig Healy in the middle and Paul Connaughton and Max Aherne all putting in a good shift. Jack Horgan giving another fine display up front along with Eabhan de Barra who scored a cracker nearly breaking the goal posts. Once again another fine display from the man in between the sticks Peter Fleming, he gets better with each game.

Today’s man of the match display has to be Richard Philips. Four goals scored using his blistering pace killed a good Everton team. Richard keep working hard and the goals will come. Goal scorers Richard Philips 4, Eabhan de Barra 1

Team: Peter Flemming, Gary Carroll, Christian Murphy, Brendan Jallil, Jack Lamb, , Paul Connaughton, Eabhan de Barra , Jack Horgan, Max Aherne, Craig Healy, Adam Meade, Eoghan Martin, Ronan Hayes, (CAPTAIN) Sam O’Reilly, Richard Phillips, Ronan Hayes, Samuel Querke


League away to Greenwood 4th March 2012
Greenwood 4 Midleton 3
Away to Greenwood on a very cold day and on a pitch not suited to a passing football team like Midleton, it was always going to be tough. But with a good following of supporters who braved the hail stones and wind the lads rolled up their sleeves and got on with the job. In fact it was a dream start for Midleton when after only three minutes Sam O’Reilly pounced on the ball in the six yard box and with a clinical finish made it 1-0. It got even better only five minutes later when the ever impressive Eabhan de Barra had a goal bound shot take a slight deflection past a confused looking Greenwood keeper. With Midleton having most of the play it was a surprise when Greenwood sneaked a goal back. With that goal giving them a lift they produced a nice move to finish with a headed goal to make it 2-2. Not much Peter Flemming could do about that one. With Gary Carroll in at centre back playing well and either side of him Brendan Jalllil and Paul Connaughton not giving the Greenwood strikers a chance it was no surprise when Midleton went ahead again. The move started down the left where Max Aherne was terrorizing their right back, in came a looping cross and Sam O’Reilly on the volley beat the Greenwood keeper with a class finish. On the stroke of half time Greenwood made it 3-3. H/T 3-3

The second half started out brightly for the Magpies so it was a shock when Greenwood took the lead. That was basically their last attack with Midleton pressing on with wave after wave of good attacking play. On the day we had very good midfield performances from Craig Healy and Ronan Hayes in the middle and Jack Lamb and Eoghan Martin both putting on good displays. Jack Horgan had many attempts on goal along with hard working Conor Ronayne who had a couple of injuries but bravely kept going. With Adam Meade and David Scanlon at the back there was no way Greenwood would get a look in. Christian Murphy came on for the last ten minutes but even he could not break a solid Greenwood defence. After this performance even a draw would have been hard on Midleton. Good game lads.

Today’s man of the match came from two goal hero Sam O’Reilly. He battled tirelessly down the right flank and scored two excellent goals. Nice effort Sam.

Goal scorers: Sam O’Reilly 2, Eabhan de Barra.
Team: Peter Flemming, Gary Carroll, Christian Murphy, Brendan Jallil, Jack Lamb, , Paul Connaughton, Eabhan de Barra (CAPTAIN), Conor Ronayne, Jack Horgan, Max Aherne, Craig Healy, Adam Meade, Eoghan Martin, Ronan Hayes, David Scanlon.


League home to Mayfield 26th February 2012
Midleton 11 Mayfield 3

With the winter break out of the way it was back to business for the under 11’s.
Mayfield were the visitors to our new pitch, “The Mart Field”.

From the start the Magpies pressed Mayfield challenging for every ball with Eabhan de Barra leading the forward line along with Conor Ronayne. It was Conor who put the Magpies up 1-0 on ten minutes with a well deserved opener. This was followed by the goal of the day when midfield sensation, Samuel Querke, put in a cracking through ball for Eabhan to coolly control and then bury it into the back of the net. Midleton were pegged back by a goal that was cruelly deflected off Brendan Jallil, the defender had one of his best games to date for the team and did not deserve that slice of bad luck. H/T 2-1

The second half saw a goal fest from Midleton with Jack Horgan coming on as super sub and netting a hard worked hat trick. With further goals from midfielder Jack Lamb after a sizzling run down the right wing and Craig Healy netting for the home team. Adam Meade came on for Brendan and gave a solid display giving a mature defensive display. In fact the whole backline of Christian Murphy, Gary Carroll and Matthew O’Connor gave Mayfield little or no chance to get back into the game. Not to forget Peter Flemming in the goal with another great display. Max Aherne also on the score sheet had Mayfield running dizzy with some magical ball work. Our two left sided midfield players Paul Connaughton and Eoghan Martin ran their right back senseless.

Our man of the match display today came from Eabhan de Barra. His work rate and top class forward play was a joy to watch. Special mention goes to Samuel who ran him close for the award. Eabhan keep up the good work.

Goal Scorers - Jack Horgan 3, Eabhan de Barra, Max Aherne, Craig Healy, Jack Lamb, Conor Ronayne 2,
Samuel Querke, Eoghan Martin.

Team: Peter Flemming, Gary Carroll, Christian Murphy, Brendan Jallil, Jack Lamb, Samuel Querke, Paul Connaughton, Eabhan de Barra, Conor Ronayne, Matthew O’Connor, Jack Horgan, Max Aherne, Craig Healy, Adam Meade, Eoghan Martin


National Cup home to Corrinthians 15th October 2011
Midleton 0 Corrinthians 4

The 4-0 scoreline did not do justice to a battling Midleton team as in the first half there was nothing to choose between the two teams, in fact neither goalie had any save to make in the first twenty minutes but it was Corrinthians who took the lead after they swung in a cross from the right which took a couple of bobbles and it was a Corrinthians boot that hit the ball past Peter Fleming in the Midleton net. The Magpies never let their heads drop and for the rest of the half they took the game to Corrinthians. In the first half there were a number of excellent performances notably from Christian Murphy in defense and Paul Connaughton as the lone striker who ran his socks off for the cause. H/T 0-1

The second half started similar to the first but  after ten minutes it was Corinthianrs who took a two goal lead with a fine strike from their midfielder. From here on it was an uphill battle with the Magpies having to defend deep. It has to be said that Gary Carroll had a tremendous game today thwarting Corrinthians all day. On the other flank David Scanlon put in a solid days work and he linked up very well with midfielder Jack Lamb, who had one of his better games for Midleton. Midleton still pressed on with Brendon Jallil making some smart runs down the right and in the middle Samuel Querke and Craig Healy had their hands full but never gave up. On the left Eoghan Martin was very busy making  runs and working very hard. Adam Meade came into the midfield to provide some steel and did well as did Matthew O'Connor on the right. Max Aherne was the striker in the second half who had the Corrinthian defense in trouble a couple of times. Two late strikes gave Corrinthians a deserved win but a four goal difference was a little harsh on the Midleton lads. 
Good luck to Corrinthians in the rest of the competition.

Team: Peter Fleming, Gary Carroll, Christian Murphy(Captain), David Scanlon, Jack Lamb, Eoghan Martin, Samuel Querke, Craig Healy, Paul Connaughton, Adam Meade, Brendon Jallil, Max Aherne, Matthew O'Connor


League home to Kilreen Celtic 9th October 2011
Midleton 1 Kilreen Celtic 2

Another tough opponent in Kilreen Celtic who just edged the game by the odd goal.
To be fair, based on a really good second half Midleton deserved to come away with a draw in a very close encounter. The game was a tough but fair match which saw both defenses on top. From the whistle it was" we attack then they attack", in a very entertaining opening 30 minutes. Kilreen got the breakthrough when a lucky bounce just beat "Big" Peter Fleming in the Midleton goal, in fairness to Kilreen they were slightly on top at the time. Further attacks were thwarted by Captain Christian Murphy with great support from Gary O'Carrol and Adam Meade. The midfield partnership of Eoghan Martin, Samuel Querke, Eabhan DeBarra and Brendan Jalil were all up for the challenge, with Craig Healy as the lone striker. A second goal 5 minutes before the half which on another day would of been cleared saw the city team take a 2 goal lead.H/T 0-2

In the second half another team with less fight would not of even come close but with the Midleton spirit and some clever substitutions from the management saw a great fight back. On came Ronan Hayes, Conor Ronayne, Jack Horgan, Matthew O'Connor and Sam O'Reilly for Midleton and it put a scare into the heart of Kilreen. Midleton pressed and it wasn't till 10 minutes from the end that a deserved goal came after a cracker of a cross from Brendan Jalil put Conor Ronayne in with a near post volley. Further pressure from the home team just was not enough and Kilreen Celtic took the points. Another defeat, but what fightin spirit from the lads and we are progressing in the right way. F/T 1-2

National Cup vat home to St Mary's on 24th September
Midleton 6 St Mary's 0
Hayes Double Clinches It For Midleton

The first round of the National Cup saw a performance from Midleton to enjoy. Three previous matches, a 7-1 defeat at Springfield. A 3-0 home defeat to Wilton and a narrow 4-3 loss to Watergrasshill showed the improvement in this new team.
Todays opponents St Marys came to Knockgriffin full of confidence on the back of two wins and were hoping to make it three in a row. The match began with the lads knocking the ball about and being in total control, but unless you get the goals it means very little. The breakthrough came when Eabhan de Barra was fouled and awarded a pen. He bravely stepped up to take it but it was well saved by the keeper only for Ronan Hayes to be the most alert in the area and finish it coolly. A second goal from the classy Craig Healy made the half time score a more realistic, 2-0

With their tails up Midleton piled on the pressure in the second half with Sam O'Reilly coming on and terrorizing the St Mary's left back and with further goals from the nifty Paul Connaughton a second from Hayes and a penalty from Conor Ronayne and the goal of the day came from the sweet boot of Max Aherne. The midfield of Jack Lamb on the right who played in some clever passes and the impressive Sam Quirke who bossed the middle and Eoghan Martin who only played a short time due to ilness were a joy to watch. The back line of Christian Murphy, David Scanlon and Gary Carrol never gave the St Mary's lads a chance and when they did the the big man in goals Peter Fleming would put out the fire of St Mary's. F/T 6-0

Team: Peter Fleming, David Scanlon, Christian Murphy, Gary Carrol, Jack Lamb, Eoghan Martin, Conor Ronayne, Samuel Quirke, Craig Healy, Eabhan de Barra, Sam O'Reilly, Paul Connaughton, Ronan Hayes,
Max Aherne.
Report by Schoolboys Correspondent.



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