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Under 12 Premier Division 2011/12
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2011-2012
Team
P
W
D
L
F
A
GD
Pts
Carrigaline United
18
13
5
0
52
11
41
44
Corinthian Boys
16
11
1
4
39
18
21
34
Douglas Hall
18
7
8
3
33
21
12
29
Midleton
18
7
5
6
34
32
2
26
Mallow United
18
7
4
7
32
35
-3
25
Lakewood Athletic
18
5
5
8
34
38
-4
20
Everton
17
4
4
9
21
44
-23
16
Ringmahon Rangers
16
4
3
9
28
43
-15
15
Ballincollig
17
2
6
9
18
37
-19
12
Temple United
14
2
5
7
25
37
-12
11

 

 

Date
Competition
Venue
Opponent
Result
Scorers
           
2nd May Local Cup Away Carrigaline United

Drew 0-0

Lost on penalties
29th Apr League Away Carrigaline United Lost 2-0 -
26th Apr League Away Ballincollig Drew 2-2 Conor O'Leary, Cian Murray
22nd Apr Local Cup Away Douglas Hall Won 2-3 Dale Holland 3
19th Apr Local Cup Away Innishvilla Won 1-2 Charlie Whalley 2
15th Apr National Cup Home Crumlin Lost 0-2 -
18th Mar National Cup Home Naas Won 0-2 Joe Stack, Conor O'Leary
11th Mar League Away Douglas Hall Drew 2-2 Charlie Whalley 2
4th Mar League Home Everton Won 1-0 Tommy O'Connell
26th Feb National Cup Home Lakewood Won 1-0 Daniel McGauran
19th Feb Local Cup Home Coachford Won 4-0 Joe Stack, Shane O'Riordan,
Dale Holland, Charlie Whalley
5th Feb National Cup Home Tuam Celtic Won 3-0 D McGauran, J Stack, D Holland
22nd Jan League Away Mallow United Drew 1-1 Charley Whalley
15th Jan League Away Temple United Won 0-5 Tommy O'Connell 3, Conor O'Leary, Shane O'Riordan
8th Jan League Home Corinthian Boys Lost 2-3 Dale Holland, Charlie Whalley
18th Dec League Home Lakewood Athletic Won 2-1 Dale Holland, Conor O'Leary
4th Dec League Home Ringmahon Rgrs Won 3-0 C O'Leary, A Horgan, S O'Riordan
27th Nov National Cup Home Everton Won 1-0 Daniel McGauran
13th Nov League Away Everton Lost 0-2 -
30th Oct League Away Carrigaline United Lost 3-0 -
23rd Oct League Home Ballincollig Drew 2-2 Dale Holland, Cian Murray
16th Oct National Cup Home Macroom Won 4-1 R O'Regan, D Holland,
C O'Leary, D McGauran
9th Oct League Home Temple United Won 3-2 J Stack, D Holland, C Whalley
2nd Oct League Away Corinthian Boys Drew 0-0 -
25th Sept National Cup Home Greenwood Won 3-2 Dale Holland, Daniel McGauran,
Conor O'Leary
18th Sept League Home Lakewood Athletic Lost 5-2 Shane O'Riordan, Conor O'Leary
11th Sept League Home Douglas Hall Won 3-1 Alan Horgan, Shane O’ Riordan, Dale Holland
4th Sept League Home Ringmahon
Won 3-6
Conor O'Leary 3, Alan Hogan,
Dale Holland, Shane O'Riordan.
28th Aug League Away Mallow Lost 3-0  
           
           

 

Goal Scorers
   
Dale Holland
13
Conor O'Leary
11
Charlie Whalley
8
Shane O'Riordan
6
Daniel McGauran
5
Joe Stack
4
Tommy O'Connell
4
Alan Hogan
3
Cian Murray
2
Ross O'Regan
1
   
   

 

 

Under 12 2011/12

Local Cup away to Carrigaline United on Wednesday 2nd May 2012
Carrigaline United 0 Midleton 0

Local cup semi final against Carraigline and what a game, completely different game to the previous league match played a few days earlier - this game had everything from both sides. Carrig started the stronger and had good position in the opening half with Midleton sitting back a little and taking the pressure. Carrig had some nice chances in the game hitting the post from a header from a corner and Ciaran Evans in goals for Midleton pulling off some great one on one saves, Midleton defence of Cian, Alan, Sean and David stood strong throughout the game and tonight nothing was going to get through them, in midfield joe stack got his head on the ball many times, Charlie was very industrious on the right wing and got the tackles in, Shane O'Riordan covered unbelievable ground up and down the field, as the game wore on Tommy and Daniel began to have more influence in the game and we had some half chances towards the end of normal time, hitting the crossbar and another shot drifting wide. Upfront Conor O'Leary ran his legs off as the lone striker kept position and harriied the Carrig defence. Mark Daly came on in defence and kept the status quo and Dale Holland' s fresh legs gave us options going into extra time.

During extra time it look like it was only when would Midleton score as they were now putting a lot of pressure on Carrig, the twenty minutes went quickly and we know faced a penalty shoot out - this was going to be a lottery in deciding a result where both sides gave a great exhibition of football - great respect is given to the 10 players from both sides who fronted up to take the penalties as we all know it is a difficult thing to do - alas it was not to be Midleton's night and Carrig moved forward to the final.

Tonight was the team' s best performance all year and they can be confident looking forward to next year and competing again in all the competitions. Best of luck to Carrig going into the final.

 

League away to Carrigaline United on Sunday 29th April 2012
Carrigaline United 2 Midleton 0

Last league game of the season against league winners Carraigline, not a lot to play for as the local cup semi final was going to be played a few days later. Both sides were lethargic and goal scoring chances were scarce. Midleton's best chance came in the first few minutes through a Shane O'Riordan break down the wing and the shot on goal just trickled past the post. Carraigline got a breakthrough goal before half time and the second half became a game of chess with either side not committing much in attack. Carraig got a second goal in injury time.

Final whistle went and that was the end of Midleton's U12 first season in competitive league football - a very successful debut season with lots of positives and great cup runs - all looking forward to starting again next year .

 

League away to Ballincollig on Thursday 26th April 2012
Ballincollig 2 Midleton 2

Midleton travelled to Ballincollig on a wet and windy evening to fulfil their second last league fixture of the season. Midleton went into this game with one eye on next week's semi final of the Local Cup and with our Premier League status secured some months ago, this allowed Midleton to ring the changes. The first half started with both side's having a lot of the ball but with very little clear cut chances been created until the 24 min when a ball that should have been kicked out of play, was picked up by the Ballincollig winger, who cut inside and despatched a low shot to the bottom corner of the Midleton net. Midleton 0 Ballincollig 1.

Midleton brought on Cian Murray & Tommy O Connell at the start of the second half and Midleton went straight on the attack with all of the play in Ballincolligs half. On 38 mins Daniel McGuaran & Sean Morrissey were introduced and on 40 mins Conor O Leary equalised for Midleton with a well taken shot to the bottom left hand corner of the Ballincollig net. Midleton 1 â•„ Ballincollig 1. Midleton introduced Joe Stack on
45 mins and on 48 mins Midleton were awarded a free just inside the left hand side of the Ballincollig half. Cian Murray stepped up and let fly from over 45 yards out. The ball flies into the top left hand corner of the Ballincollig net. An amazing goal from long distance gives Midleton the lead. Midleton 2 Ballincollig 1. Ballincollig were then rewarded with a goal on 58 mins from a good corner kick that was met at the front post.
Full Time Midleton 2 - Ballincollig 2

Midleton move on from a game they know they could have and should have picked up all 3pts and now look forward to the Semi Final of the Local Cup next Wednesday May 2nd.

Team - Ciaran Evans, Owen O'Neill (Capt), Alan Horgan, David Ryan, Mark Daly, Dale Holland, Griffin Hurley, Shane O Riordan, Charlie Whalley, David Scanlon , Conor O Leary.
Subs Cian Murray (Capt), Joe Stack, Tommy O Connell, Daniel McGuaran, Sean Morrissey.

 

Local Cup away to Douglas Hall on Sunday 22nd April 2012
Douglas Hall 2 Midleton 3

Midleton traveled to take on a strong Douglas Hall side in the quarter final of the Local Cup. In the 1st half Midleton played against a strong breeze but kept it very tight in the first 10 minutes with no clear cut chances for either side. The game sprung into life a few minutes later when Dale Holland cut in from the left and hit an unstoppable shot from 20 yards to give Midleton an early lead. Shortly after Conor O\'Leary won a free kick on the edge of the box and Dale stepped up with another great strike to make it 2-0.

As the game moved into the 2nd half the Midleton midfield began to dominate with Tommy O\'Connell and Daniel McGauran taking control with great support from Shane O\'Riordan and Charlie Whalley. With the clock ticking on Douglas starting to take risks and push men forward. With less than 15 minutes remaining the won a corner and scored with a powerful header which was nearly saved with a great leap from Ciaran Evans. Douglas then went for broke and through everyone forward but the back line of Mark Daly, Joe Stack, Cian Murray & Sean Morrissey defended brilliantly. With not long to go Midleton won another ball in Midfied and from just 10 yards inside the Douglas half Dale hit an amazing volley which flew over the keeper to complete his hatrick.

Griffin Hurley, David Scanlan & Owen O'Neill came on to provide fresh legs and help Midleton close out the game. Douglas scored a consolation goal in the last minute but Midleton were worthy winners and in truth could have won by more. After this excellent performance they can know look forward to semi final against Carrigaline.

 

Local Cup away to Innishvilla on Thursday 19th April 2012
Innishvilla 1 Midleton 2

After defeat in the semi-final of the National Cup last Sunday, Midleton were now concentrating on the Local Cup, last 16 tie away to Inishvilla AFC. Midleton came out of the blocks well and in the first few minutes saw Charlie Whalley break through and round the keeper for a tap in. It started to go downhill from there as Midleton appeared to switch off. To their credit, Inishvilla gained heart and momentum and in truth deserved more from the first half which was a truly scrappy affair. HT 0-1.

Midleton tried to pile on the pressure as the second half got under way but Inishvilla seemed to soak it up and pin Midleton back in their own half. Their efforts were rewarded too as the striker broke through and slotted the ball well to level the scores. However, Midleton did pick themselves up and with a gallant run down the right wing minutes later, Shane O Riordan stormed his way through several players to put a sublime pass across to Charlie Whalley who took his chance well and netted the ball on the second touch to give the visitors the advantage again. Midleton had woken up now and pressed well for the final 5 minutes or so. Late on Midleton were awarded a penalty but unfortunately it was put wide. However, Midleton were happy to hear the final whistle as it finished 1-2.

Even if things did not go well for many on the Midleton side, they stuck to their task and provided the goods in the end. Well done to the entire squad for coming through on a tougher than expected tie.

Team - Kieran Evans, Sean Morrissey,(Griffen Hurley), Cian Murray (capt.), Joe Stack, (Owen O Niell),
Alan Horgan, Shane O'Riordan, Daniel Mc Gauran, Tommy O'Connell, Mark Mc Carthy, (Dale Holland),
Conor O'Leary, (David Scanlon), Charlie Whalley.

 

All Ireland U12 Norton Cup Semi final v Crumlin on Sunday 15th April 2012
All Ireland Dream over as Midleton come “Crumlin” down
Midleton 0 Crumlin 2

Midleton’s great home run to the U12 Norton Cup semi final, came to an end on Sunday afternoon in Knockgriffin Park, when crack Dublin outfit Crumlin came out on top by two goals to nil to end the dreams of a gallant home side.

Indeed Midleton more than matched their opponents in a scoreless first half. Crumlin who boast 17 wins and one draw form their 18 games played in the DDSL were a fine passing side and it was easy to see why they sit on top of their domestic league. Midleton for their part employed the off side trap to good effect, and with team captain Cian Murray and Sean Morrissey in tremendous form at the back Crumlin, rarely got a sight at goal. The best attempt was a corner kick from Charlie Barry, after a strong run by Darragh Louth, but that dropped on top of the crossbar and went over for a goal kick.

Tommy O’Connell and Dale Holland were lively for Midleton but chances were scarce against a physically bigger Crumlin side with Midleton going in at the break on level terms. The second half started well for Crumlin but once more the home defence stood firm in front of Ciaran Evans who dealt capably with all that came his way.
Midleton almost went ahead when a tremendous free kick from almost the half way line dropped onto the goal netting, a few inches lower and it was a goal. It was a let off for the visitors who by now had upped the pace. Glen McCauley might have scored on 40 minutes but his shot was deflected out for a corner kick. Midleton switched off for a second and the ball from the corner dropped kindly for Joseph Redmond who was up from the back, and he shot home to give Crumlin the lead.
Midleton now had to come out and look for an equaliser and this allowed more space in behind the back four. Shane O’Riordan, Joe Stack and Tommy O’Connell continued to battle well but the home side were undone by a sweet ball played over the top for Glen McAuley and he coolly lobbed the advancing Ciaran Evans with an exquisite finish to put Crumlin 2-0 ahead with just ten minutes remaining.

To their credit Midleton threw everything into attack but a heretofore unextended Crumlin defence, showed that they could absorb the pressure, and in the finish time ran out for a gallant Midleton side. Their great home run had ended but along the way they have provided plenty of entertainment for their dedicated band of followers. Next year is another year and they can feel well pleased with their effort this season. Crumlin will now meet St Kevin’s Boys in the final after they too defeated cork opposition, overcoming Temple United 4-0 in Dublin.


Midleton - Ciaran Evans, Alan Horgan, David Ryan, Cian Murray Capt, Sean Morrissey, Daniel McGowan, Joe Stack, Shane O’Riordan,  Tommy O’Connell, Conor O’Leary and Dale Holland. Subs Mark McCarthy, Mark Daly, Griffin Hurley, David Scanlon, Eoin O’Neill and Charlie Whalley.

Crumlin - Calvin Geraghty, Jack Connor, Ryan Burke, Joseph Redmond, Evan Smithers, Charlie Barry Capt, Glen McAuley, Mark Kelly, Jake Whalley, Darragh Louth and Brendan Kavanagh. Subs Luke Nolan, William Rodgers, Killian Byrne and Harry O’Donnell.

Referee - Brendan O’Regan with Assistants Craig Morrison and Rodger Bond.

 

National Cup at home to Naas on Sunday 18th March
“Home Run continues as Naas beaten by second half strikes”
Midleton 2 Naas 0
A huge Naas crowd made the journey to Knockgriffin Park for this U12 National cup quarter final on last Sunday afternoon, but their dreams were left in tatters as the home side scored twice in the second half to book a semi final spot against Crumlin United, and again Midleton will have home advantage in this one as well.

Indeed Midleton have played all their games at home in this cup run with wins over Greenwood, Macroom, Everton, Tuam Celtic and Lakewood before facing Naas in the last 16. The visitors in contrast have had four wins on the road so travelling away proved to be no problem to them.
There was little to choose between the sides in the opening half with Adam Murphy in the Naas goal handling well to save from Shane O’Riordan. At the other end it took a brilliant tip over by Ciaran Evans to prevent Jack Collins from putting the visitors in front. Naas were playing good controlled football but Midleton were giving little away at the back with David Ryan, Adam Horgan and Cian Murray very solid, so much so that there was just one more real chance for the visitors with the ball going wide following a glancing header from a corner that was cleared but returned quickly.

On the resumption Naas made two changes but it was the home side that started more confidently as the Midleton midfield began to win more possession. Naas forced two early corner kicks but Midleton cleared well and gradually they pushed forward and forced Naas back into defence. Indeed increased Midleton pressure led to the opening goal from Joe Stack as a Naas clearance fell in front of the Magpie midfielder and he struck a powerful left foot shot to the back of the net to put the home side in front with 43 minutes on the clock.
Naas were now forced to push forward in search of an equaliser and to their credit they kept playing neat football but it was Midleton that again caught them on the counter attack as a long clearance was picked up by sub Conor O’Leary who had just been introduced and he outpaced the Naas defence from the half way line to go wide and place his shot across Murphy and into the far corner to give Midleton a two goal advantage heading into the final ten minutes. It was tough luck on Naas to concede a second so quickly but for Midleton it was a real shot in the arm.

Naas to their credit battled hard but it was Midleton growing in confidence that almost grabbed a third with a header being saved by Adam Murphy. In the end the home side had done enough to book their semi final spot in spite of the best efforts of James Noble, Jack Collins and Eoin O’Neill who never stopped trying for the losers, who showed real class by lining up to shake hands with their opponents at the final whistle. For Midleton it is another step closer to the final and now they will face their biggest test to date in the semi final when Crumlin will be the visitors in a few weeks time. For now however their great home run continues with Naas the latest side to fall at Knockgriffin Park.


Midleton: Ciaran Evans, Adam Horgan, Sean Morrissey, David Ryan, Cian Murray, Joe Stack, Dale Holland, Tommy O’Connell, Charlie Whalley, Daniel McGauran and Shane O’Riordan.
Subs used Conor O’Leary and Mark Daly.
Naas: Adam Murphy, Calum Hazley, James Noble, Michael O’Keane, Eoin Prizeman, Jack Collins, Andrew Lyons, Liam Cummins, Adam Byrne, Eoin O’Neill and Billy Byrne.
Subs used Sam Harney, Bobby McMahon and Jamie Doyle.
Referee: Eoin Harte

 

League away to Douglas Hall on Sunday 11th March
Douglas Hall 2 Midleton 2

Midleton travelled to Moneygourney to take on Douglas Hall in the league. Midleton went into this game with one eye on next week's game against Naas in the National Cup but also wanting to pick up 3pts to close up on today's opponents in the table. Midleton had to play without their first choice goalie due to illness, so Joe Stack was called upon to man the goals. This forced Midleton to reshuffle their midfield line-up.

Midleton kicked off the game and were soon into their stride with midfield controlling the game. Charlie Whalley was causing Douglas a lot of problems with his movement up front and was soon to get his reward on 15mins. Daniel McGauran played a great ball through the Douglas defence that Charlie ran onto. Charlie took one touch and dispatched it to the back of the net. Midleton 1 Douglas Hall 0. Douglas restarted the game but this time it was Griffin Hurley that split the Douglas defence with a sublime pass on 20mins to Charlie who again took a touch and dispatched it to the bottom left hand corner. Midleton 2- Douglas 0. Midleton were well worth their lead as the whistle was sounded for half time.

Midleton made two changes at half time with Eoin O'Neill replacing Shane O'Riordan and Sean Morrissey replacing Mark Daly. Douglas kicked off the second half and were soon on the attack looking to get back into the game. 10mins in and Midleton introduced Conor O'Leary for Charlie Whalley, David Ryan for Griffin Hurley. Douglas were getting a lot of ball and were soon rewarded from a corner. The ball seemed to hit a Midleton defender on the back and flew into to the net. Midleton 2 Douglas 1. Midleton tried to break down the wing but a misplaced pass gave Douglas a chance to break and they took full advantage of it on 50mins. They ran at the Midleton defence which at this stage were back tracking. The Douglas forward and Midleton defender were both trying to play the ball when they collided in the box. The referees awarded a penalty to Douglas. The penalty was taken well and it was now Midleton 2 Douglas 2.

That's how it finished. Midleton can now move on to next weeks National Cup Quarter Final in Knockgriffin on March 18th at 2pm.

Team- Joe Stack, Alan Horgan, Mark McCarthy, Cian Murray (capt), Mark Daly, Dale Holland, Daniel McGauran, Tommy O Connell, Griffin Hurley, Shane O Riordan, Charlie Whalley.
Subs - Sean Morrissey, Conor O Leary, David Ryan, Eoin O Neill.

 

League at home to Everton on Sunday 4th March
Midleton 1 Everton 0

Midleton continued their recent good run with a hard fought win over Everton. The match took a while to settle down but mid way through the first half Midleton started to get their passing game together and created a couple of excellent chances. Firstly Dale Holland cut in from the right and forced a good save from the Everton keeper. Shortly after Conor O'Leary broke the offside trap but his shot was too close to the keeper and Everton escaped.

As the game moved into the second half the Midleton midfield began to dominate and more chances came with Shane O'Riordan and Charlie Whalley going close. Everton were still dangerous on the break and forced two great saves from Ciaran Evans. Mid way through the half Midleton won another corner which was only cleared to Tommy O'Connell on the edge of the box. Tommy hit it first time and the ball flew into the top corner for the only goal of the game. In the final few minutes Daniel McGauran and Joe Stack forced another two excellent saves from the Everton keeper. Although Midleton should have won by more the solid defence of Owen, David R., Cian, Sean and Mark Daly ensured Midleton ended the game with another clean sheet.

Ciaran Evans, Owen O'Neill, Sean Morrissey (Mark Daly), David Ryan, Cian Murray (c), Dale Holland,
Joe Stack, Tommy O'Connell, Daniel McGauran, Shane O'Riordan (Griffin Hurley),
Conor O'Leary (Charlie Whalley). Subs not used: Mark McCarthy, David Scanlon

 

National Cup at home to Lakewood on Sunday 26th February
Midleton 1 Lakewood 0

The dream goes on, Midleton U12 advanced further in the National Cup with a well deserved victory over local Cork opposition Lakewood and created history for the Club in becoming the first Midleton U12 team to get to the last eight.

The lads started well from kick off and had a few chances through Dale Holland and Charlie Whalley early in the game, defence was strong too in the first half with little getting past midfield and our centre halves, Cian and David keeping the Lakewood forwards at bay. Our full backs, Alan Horgan and Sean Morrissey got their tackles in and closed off the flanks. First half ended scoreless and everyone was on edge as it had been a very tense first half.

Second half was all about Midleton with our midfield coming out on top with strong running by Joe Stack and Tommy O'Connell, our wingers Shane and Dale were also coming more into the game. Chances came again to our attackers but the breakthrough finally came with a pile driver of a shot by Daniel McGauran into the bottom right hand corner- one nil to Midleton and Daniel kept his record of scoring in every National Cup round. The lads then went on to close off the game with some great passing movements in holding onto the ball. Conor O'Leary and Owen O'Neill both came on late in the game. Lakewood got a corner in the last minute and the Midleton crowd were nervous when the whole Lakewood team were our half but our keeper, Ciaran Evans got the ball from the corner and cleared down field. Final whistle came and euphoria for Midleton on our victory.

Very hard to give a man of the match as all played a big part today , players , subs, coaches and the home support. Roll on the next round and we look forward to the visit of Naas.

Team - C Evans, A Horgan, C Murray, D Ryan, S Morrissey (O O'Neill), S O'Riordan, T O'Connell, Joe Stack,
D McGauran, Dale Holland, C Whalley (Conor O'Leary).
Other subs G Hurley, D Scanlon, M Daly, M McCarthy

 

Local Cup at home to Coachford on Sunday 19th February
Midleton 3 Coachford 0

Coachford FC were the visitors to Knockgriffin for a local cup game with conditions perfect for a game of football. Coachford had a brief good spell from the off, however Midleton proved too strong in all areas of the field. Joe Stack was the first to score when a high ball into the box bounced over a number of players and into the net. Midleton were peppering the Coachford box and it was only a matter of time before a second goal came from Shane O'Riordan, with a third from Dale Holland taking Midleton's tally to three at the break.

The second half began with Coachford battling hard. It became a scrappy affair for most of the second half but Midleton stood firm. The game was taking its toll on the visitors and it was no surprise to see Midleton score on the break as Charlie Whalley placed the ball around the keeper. 4-0 FT
To sum up, it was a fine performance across the whole team in the first half particularly. Credit must be given to the full squad for a clean sheet including great contributions from all substitutes, performing very well on the day. Well done MFC U12.

Team - Ciaran Evans, Mark Daly (Owen O'Neill), Mark Mc Carthy (David Ryan), Cian Murray, Alan Horgan, Shane O'Riordan (David Scanlon), Daniel Mc Gauran, Joe Stack, Dale Holland, Charlie Whalley, Conor O'Leary (Tommy O'Connell).

 

National Cup at home to Tuam Celtic on Sunday 5th February
Midleton 3 Tuam Celtic 0

Midleton U 12 welcomed Tuam Celtic (Galway) to Knockgriffin today to see who would advance to the last 16 of the National Cup. Tuam Celtic fans had travelled in their numbers for what was going to be a tough encounter for both teams.

Tuam Celtic kicked off and were soon to be on the back foot as Midleton were fighting for every ball. Midleton after 5 mins were well in control of midfield and were creating chance after chance and a goal was not far away. Midleton for the first 10 mins were camped in Tuams half and were awarded a corner kick. Joe Stack floated in the corner to the front post where Cian Murray added to it with his head. The ball fell to Daniel McGauran in the box and he made no mistake in finishing it to the back of the net. Midleton 1 - Tuam 0. Midleton continued to have control of the game and were looking for their second. Midleton were awarded a free kick on 19mins. It was about 30 meters out from the Tuam goal.Cian Murray floated the free kick into the Tuams Celtics box where Joe Stack met it on the bounce and finished it to the back of the net. Midleton 2 Tuam Celtic 0. Midleton's midfield was in total control with Joe Stack, Tommy O'Connell & Daniel McGauran fighting for every ball. Dale Holland & Shane O'Riordan were raiding down the wings and it was Dale that was to get Midleton's third goal. Dale broke down the right, cut inside and fired in a low powerful shot that was well saved but the ball spilled out off the keepers legs where Dale was waiting to finish it to the back of the net.
H/T Midleton 3 Tuam Celtic 0

Midleton made two changes at half time with Owen O'Neill replacing Sean Morrissey, Charlie Whalley replacing Conor O'Leary. Midleton started the second half strong with a lot of possession in Tuams Celtics half of the pitch but Tuam stood firm and were not going to be rolled over easily. Midleton continued to introduce players and on 15 mins Griffin Hurley replaced Shane O Riordan who had ran his socks off. Tuam had their best spell in the game on 20 mins when they got a couple of free kicks but were never to threaten the Midleton keeper. Midleton introduced Mark McCarthy for David Ryan and Mark Daly for Alan Horgan with 10 mins to go. Midleton could have scored another goal with 5 mins remaining on the clock with Joe Stack, Charlie Whalley, and Tommy O Connell all going close.
F/T Midleton 3 Tuam Celtic 0

Man of the Match: Midleton squad performance was top class from 1 to 18 but Man of the Match has to go to Joe Stack. Congratulations Joe on a brilliant performance.
Midleton will now meet Lakewood Athletic in the last 16 of the National Cup.

Team - Ciaran Evans, Sean Morrissey, David Ryan, Cian Murray (Captain,) Alan Horgan, Shane O'Riordan, Tommy O'Connell, Joe Stack, Daniel McGauran, Dale Holland, Conor O'Leary.
Subs - Mark Daly, Mark Mc Carthy, Charlie Whalley, Griffin Hurley, Owen O Neill.
Subs not used; Ross O'Regan, David Scanlon.

League away to Mallow on Sunday 22nd January
Mallow 1 Midleton 1
Today was our longest away trip in the league to Mallow, and the boys wanted to make up for the earlier defeat which we played in Midleton. We took the game early to them and had many chances in the first half, Mallow keeper was exceptional and he kept us at bay till five minutes before halftime when Charley Whalley hit the top corner with a well struck shot.

We started well in the second half and controlled midfield with Joe Stack and Shane O'Riordan seeing a lot of the ball, ten minutes before the end, Mallow got back in the game with a penalty. We pushed on in the last few minutes and created a few chances to win the game through Daniel McGauran, Dale Holland and Tommy O'Connell, but alas today was not going to be our day.
We take a lot from the match as our performance was in complete contrast to the earlier game with Mallow and the lads can now feel that they are improving all the time.

Team - C Evans, O O'Neill ( S Morrissey), C Murray, D Ryan ( M McCarthy), A Horgan, G Hurley ( D Holland), J Stack , T O'Connell, C Whalley ( M Daly), C O'Leary ( D McGauran).

 

League away to Temple United on Sunday 15th January
Temple United 0 Midleton 5
In this U12 Premier clash Midleton were away to Temple on a very cold and blustery day. In the first half Midleton played against a strong wind but got into their stride very quickly with the midfield taking early control. Joe Stack and Daniel McGauran had a couple of powerful shots well saved by the Temple keeper. Against the run of play Temple broke through the middle but were denied by a brilliant save from Ciaran Evans. Midleton eventually made the break through when Conor O'Leary latched on to a fine pass and rounded the keeper to open the scoring.

With the wind at their backs Midleton started to dominate the midfield area early in the second half and it was no surprise when Tommy O'Connell mad it two with a fine finish. Within a couple of minutes Shane O'Riordan made it three with a low drive into the corner. Temple did have a couple of chances mid way through the half but Ciaran Evans was on top form and made a couple of further outstanding saves. Midleton finished very strongly with Tommy O'Connell scoring his second and Charlie Whalley also going very close. With only a couple of minutes remaining Tommy completed his hat-trick with a powerful shot into the top corner. Midleton can be very proud of an excellent team performance which sets them up nicely for the remainder of the season.

Team - Ciaran Evans, Mark Daly (Owen O'Neill), Sean Morrissey (Mark McCarthy), David Ryan, Alan Horgan, Shane O'Riordan, Joe Stack (Griffin Hurley), Daniel McGauran, Tommy O'Connell, Dale Holland (Charlie Whalley), Conor O'Leary (Ross O'Regan).

 

League at home to Corinthians Boys on Sunday 8th January
Midleton 2 Corinthians Boys 3
Corinthians ended Midleton's 8 game unbeaten run at home today. Corinthians won this game without scoring from open play which is very unusual. Corinthian's were awarded a soft penalty within the first 10 minutes of the game, which they scored from to put them 1-0 up. Midleton fought back well and equalised on 21 mins through a well taken goal from Dale Holland. Score at half time Midleton 1 Corinthians 1.

The second half started with both teams trying to get a hold of midfield with some great passages of play from both sides. It was Corinthian's who was to get the break on 40 mins when yet again they were awarded a second penalty. This time there could be no complaints. Corinthians player coolly slotted the ball away to take a 2-1 lead in game. It was now all going Corinthians way when they were awarded a free kick just over by the corner flag. What seemed to be a cross was caught by the wind and carried in over the Midletonâ•˙s goalkeepers head. It was a fluke goal to concede. Midleton again fought back and got their reward on 54 mins with a well taken goal by Charlie Whalley. Midleton pressed for an equaliser but time ran out.

Midleton can be very proud that they stopped Corinthians from scoring from open play again. Midleton fought back well in scoring twice from open play against a strong Corinthians team and showed great team spirit to the very end.

Team - Ciaran Evans, Sean Morrissey, Cian Murray (Capt), David Ryan, Owen O'Neill, Alan Horgan,
Tommy O'Connell, Joe Stack, Shane O'Riordan, Daniel McGauran, Dale Holland.
Subs used - Charlie Whalley for Dale Holland
Conor O Leary for Daniel McGauran. Subs not used - Griffin Hurley, Ross O Regan, Mark Daly, David Scanlon.

 

League at home to Lakewood Athletic on Sunday 18th December
Midleton 2 Lakewood Athletic 1

Midleton U12 managed to play their game this weekend versus Lakewood in Knockgriffin dispite frosty conditions which cancelled many games this weekend. Important game for the lads as a win would push them into third in the table and would bring us closer to the points needed to ensure premiership football next year.
Against the run of play we went one behind midway through the first half, we had many chances through good attacking play from Dale Holland, Shane O'Riordan and strong running from Tommy O'Connell and Joe Stack. Just before half time the deserved equaliser came from a shot saved from Conor O'Leary and a tap in from Dale.

Second half started well for Midleton with more attack play from Dale Holland who went close on a few more occasions. The winner came from a lovely through ball from Daniel Mcgauran to Conor O'Leary, and took a shot that soared over the Lakewood keeper's head. Our defence was strong again today with good performances from Sean, Eoin, Cian and David. Today was another strong solid display from Ciaran in goals whose confidence is growing in every game. Griffin, Ross and Mark McCarthy all came on and played their part in the game.
All finished now till the New Year, and lads are quite happy on their performance for the the first half of the season and look forward to the National Cup in Feb when they will be playing Tuam Celtic.

Team- C Evans, O O'Neill, C Murray, D Ryan, S Morrissey, S O'Riordan, T O'Connell, J Stack (M McCarthy), D McGauran (G Hurley), D Holland, C O'Leary ( R O'Regan).
Other Subs- M Daly, C Whalley, D Scanlon.

 

League at home to Ringmahon Rangers on Sunday 4th December
Midleton 3 Ringmahon Rangers 0

Midleton took on an in form Ringmahon team at Knockgriffin this morning. Midleton went into this game with the team confidence very high after some great results recently.

Midleton started the game very strong with all the play in the first 10 mins in the Ringmahon half of the field. Midleton's first goal came on 12 mins when a great ball from Joe Stack split the Ringmahon defence. Conor O'Leary ran on to the through ball and despatched a low shot to the bottom right corner of the net. Midleton had their lead and were soon to double the score when Charlie Whalley made a great run towards the Ringmahon goal on 18 mins, only to be hacked down by the advancing keeper just outside the box. A free kick was awarded and Alan Horgan stepped up to take it. Alan fired the ball in over the goalkeeper's head to make 2-0 and Midleton were in total control. Ringmahon had their best spell with 5 mins to go in the first half, winning a couple of corners but Midleton always looked solid at the back with Ciaran Evans really commanding his area. HT Midleton 2 Ringmahon 0.

Midleton made a couple of changes at half time with Dale Holland replacing Charlie Whalley, Daniel Mc Gauran for Conor O'Leary and Mark McCarthy replaced David Ryan. Midleton went looking for their third goal straight from the kick off and went close on 40 mins when Dale Holland and Griffin Hurley linked up well on the right with Dale shooting just wide. Midleton continued to press with Mark Daly replacing Owen O Neill in the Midleton defence. Just on 45 mins Midleton were awarded a free kick on the edge of the Ringmahon box. Daniel Mc Gauran stepped up to take it. Daniel fired in a great free kick which ended up in the Ringmahon net only for the referee to call back play as he had judged the Ringmahon wall was not back far enough. Midleton were now camped in the Ringmahon half and they were soon to be rewarded. On 55 mins Shane O'Riordan made a great run down the right and cut inside to fire a low shot to the bottom right hand corner of the net. Midleton 3 Ringmahon 0. Midleton made one last sub with David Scanlon replacing Griffin Hurley with 3 mins remaining.

Midleton deserved the 3pts with Tommy O Connell, Joe Stack & Shane O Riordan controlling midfield. Alan Horgan & Cian Murray were solid in defence all day. This was another great performance from the Midleton squad.

Midleton Team: Ciaran Evans, Owen O Neill (Mark Daly) Cian Murray (Cpt) David Ryan (Mark Mc Carthy) Alan Horgan,Shane O Riordan,Tommy O Connell,Joe Stack,Griffin Hurley (David Scanlon), Conor O Leary (Daniel Mc Gauran), Charlie Whalley (Dale Holland).
Subs not used: Sean Morrissey, Ross O Regan.

 

National Cup at home to Everton on Sunday 27th November
Midleton 1 Everton 0

A surprisingly sunny day saw Everton visit Midleton FC for a national cup tie with pitch conditions ideal for the occasion. From the start, both teams tried to impose their physicality on the game but Midleton's desire to win was beginning to show as they challenged well and created some nice passing exchanges. Midleton should have secured their first goal in over a month when Tommy O Connell broke through the Everton defence with a brilliant run and was unfortunate not to be able to convert his effort. Dale Holland, replaced by Conor O Leary with 5 minutes to go, was equally unlucky moments later with a very similar attempt. However, the pressure paid off when a deserved free kick was awarded 10m or so outside the Everton box. Daniel Mc Gauran stood up to boot a dangerous swinging left footed effort into the goal mouth. Cian Murray's attempt to reach the ball was enough to put the keeper off and it found the back of the net. 1-0 half time

The second half started even brighter for Midleton who piled on the pressure and were unlucky not to increase their lead on a number of occasions. Shane O Riordan created havoc down the the right flank with Alan Horgan, replaced by Charlie Whalley for the remaining 15 minutes, and Joe Stack putting in truly fine performances alongside Tommy O Connell in centre field. Everton did have two opportunities later in the second half, one of which was met with a fabulous save by Ciaran Evans. But the stubborn defensive displays by Owen O Neil, Sean Morrissey along with Cian Murray and David Ryan, kept Everton at bay with no real chances. In truth, you could not name one player as MOTM, as this was among the best team performances to date. Credit has to be poured on all members of the squad whose voice could be heard from the sidelines and to the fantastic turnout and attitude towards training in recent weeks. The lads looked like they really enjoyed their game today and let's hope that they can continue and build on today's performance. Well done to the entire squad.

Other Subs - Mark Daly, Mark McCarthy, Griffen Hurley, David Scanlon, Ross O'Regan.

 

League away to Everton on Sunday 13th November
Everton 2 Midleton 0

U12 travelled up to Togher today to play Everton in the league. Game started well for Midleton with a fabulous shot from Dale Holland that smashed off the crossbar. Soon after Daniel McGauran was in on goal and was brought down in the penalty box, looked like a penalty but not today as the referee was having none of it.  Shortly before half time Everton broke down the left after some missed tackles by Midleton and were in on goal and got the opener.

Second half  was a mixed bag with Midleton slipping a second goal but we had many chances, with shots on goal from  Shane O'Riordan, Tommy O'Connell and Daniel McGauran.

National Cup in two weeks against Everton at home and with a place in the latest 32 up for grabs a big improvement will be needed to progress further in the cup.

Team - C Evans ( R O'Regan), S Morrissey ( M Daly), C Murray, A Horgan, C O'Leary, C Whalley, T O'Connell, O O'Neill, S O'Riordan, D Holland, D McGauran.
Subs - M McCarthy, D Scanlon.

 

League away to Carrigaline United on 30th October
Carrigaline United 3 Midleton 0

Midleton were away to top of the table Carrigaline and a victory would have put them joint top. Midleton started very bightly and almost scored within 5 minutes when Dale Holland beat the off side trap but the keeper saved well. As the half progressed Carrigaline began to apply some pressure and almost scored with a powerful shot only for Joe Stack to make a great save. Although Carrigaline had more pocession in the first half Midleton had the better chances with Tommy O'Connell and Shane O'Riordan also going close.

Carrigaline made the break through early in the 2nd half when they were awarded a soft penalty which was cooly put away. Within 3 minutes they were 2 up when a quick break through the middle was finished well. Midleton didn't give up and continued to push forward for the remainder of the match but were caught on the break when they conceded the 3rd goal. On the balance of play Carrigaline deserved the win but the score line was not a true reflection of the game. Midleton can be very proud of a great team effort.

Joe Stack (Ross O'Regan), Mark Daly (David Scanlon), Sean Morrissey (Conor O'Leary), Cian Murray,
David Ryan, Shane O'Riordan (Charlie Whalley), Tommy O'Connell, Owen O'Neill, Daniel McGauran,
Alan Horgan, Dale Holland

 

League at home to Ballincollig on 23rd October
Midleton 2 Ballincollig 2

Midleton took on Ballincollig today in Knockgriffin in horrendous conditions.Midleton start the game very strong with Dale Holland, Tommy O Connell and Owen O Neill link up well down the right.
Midleton always looked the more likely to open the scoring and on 21 mins Dale Holland made a great run down the right, cut inside along the end line and shot a low powerful ball across the goal line.Ballincollig\'s defender tried to clear but turned it in.Midleton 1 Ballincollig 0.
From the restart Midleton again were on top and went in search of a second. On 26 mins Midleton were awarded a free kick 25 yards out from the Ballincollig goal. Cian Murray unleashed a powerful ball towards goal, which skidded off the Ballincollig defenders head and into the back of the net. Midleton 2 Ballincollig 0 at half time.

Ballincollig started the second half far the stronger team and were determined to get themselves back into the game. Midleton defended well and with Ballincollig finding no way through the Midleton defence, they changed tactics. Ballincollig started to shoot from distance and on 15 mins, from a long range effort Ballincollig got their goal. It came from a high ball in from the left that the Midleton keeper could do nothing about.Midleton 2 Ballincollig 1.
As the rain poured down Ballincollig got their second on 24 mins .Ballincollig winger broke down the right cut inside and slotted the balled into the corner of the in.Midleton 2 Ballincollig 2. Midleton responded well and could have won it with Dale Holland and Charlie Whalley both going close.

Midleton - Ciaran Evans, Owen O'Neill, David Ryan, Cian Murray (Captain), Sean Morrissey, Conor O'Leary,
Tommy O'Connell, Griffin Hurley (Charlie Whalley), Alan Horgan, Dale Holland, Daniel McGauran (Ross O'Regan).
Subs not used - Mark Daly, Mark Mc Carthy, David Scanlon.

 

National Cup at home to Macroom on 16th October
Midleton 4 Macroom 1

Midleton started brightly in this 3rd round National Cup match and were one up inside 5 minutes when Ross O'Regan pounced on a rebound from the Macroom goalkeeper and finished well. Midleton continued to apply the pressure and it was no surprise when Dale Holland scored with a long range shot which found the top corner. Just before half time Midelton broke down the right and when the ball arrived in the box Conor O'Leary finished from close range.

In the 2nd half Midleton switched off for long periods and were made to pay when Macroom scored a deserved goal with a powerful shot. This seemed to wake Midleton up and they started to put some nice passing movements together. They were rewarded with 5 minutes left when Daniel McGauran finished well following a lovely one/two between Sean Morrissey and Tommy O'Connell. Star performers for Midleton were David Scanlon and Mark Daly in defence with Griffin Hurley and Ross O\'Regan also playing very well. Both teams should be commended for a very sporting and enjoyable match.

C.Evans, D.Scanlon, M.Daly, C.Murray (D.Ryan), A.Horgan (O.O'Neill), D.Holland, G.Hurley, J.Stack (T.O'Connell), S.Morrissey, R.O'Regan (D.McGauran), C.O'™Leary (C.Whalley)

League at home to Temple  United on 9th October
Midleton 3 Temple  United 0

Sunday morning at 10.30 and Midleton entertained Temple United to a Cork Schoolboys Premier league game, important game for our lads as a win would bring them up the table. We started well and Daniel McGauran had two through ball chances that both bobbled past the post. First goal came to Joe Stack who put the Temple   keeper the wrong way from 30 yards. Temple equalised quickly and went into a shock lead early in the second half. This Midleton team knows how to fight back and dig deep for inspiration and yet again they delivered, a quick move involving Tommy O Connell, Daniel McGauran and Dale Holland produced the equaliser. With only minutes remaining Dale Holland broke on the left wing ,got to the byline and sent a low cross into the  box, where Charlie Whalley was arriving from a deep run, 3-2 Midleton. Temple pushed on for the last few minutes and we had to defend a few corners , but time ran out for Temple.
Another great team performance from the whole squad  who know have a few results behind them and look forward to the next round of the National Cup next weekend.

Team - C Evans, O O'Neill (S Morrissey), D Ryan, C Murray ( R O'Regan), A Horgan, S O'Riordan (M Daly),
T O'Connell, J Stack (G Hurley), C Whalley, D McGauran, C O Leary (D Holland).
Sub - D Scanlon.

 

League away to College Corinthians on 2nd October
College Corinthians 0 Midleton 0

Midleton were away to College Corinthians AFC on a calm and damp day in Donnybrook, Douglas. The pitch conditions were ideal as Midleton began well and came close early on with a great effort from Shane O Riordan hitting the cross bar. Midleton had another chance minutes later when Alan Horgan delivered a corner which curled into the box and went between the keepers legs. The ball appeared to cross the line but was cleared very quickly and play continued. A physical Corinthians side started to press after 15 minutes or so and had a great chance when one of the forwards managed to break through a quite solid Midleton defense. However, David Ryan has to be commended for what can only be described as an excellent tackle from behind to reclaim possession and maintained composure to pass the ball safely out of the Midleton box. Corinthians came again later and were almost rewarded for a great strike from outside the box but hit the cross bar and went out. The Midleton defense stood firm though and took the game to the break scoreless. 

The second half started with a bit more vigor but again it was a scrappy affair for 10 minutes or so as both sides battled for control. Midleton did pick it up however with some nice passing play and their fitness began to show as some chances were created. Corinthians only real chance of the second half came from a good cross in to the near post but it was taken well by Kieran Evans in goals. Charlie Whalley was replaced by Dale Holland and there was a switch of roles for Daniel Mc Gauran up front and Joe Stack in centre mid-field. Griffen Hurley came on for Owen O Neill who defended well at right back. Ross O Regan replaced Conor O Leary up front as Midleton emptied the bench for fresh legs. Midleton put together two great breaks and were unlucky not to score especially when Daniel put Joe through, unfortunately his effort from outside the box went right and wide.

It seemed to be \'one of those days\', probably for both teams to be fair but Midleton will look back and be reasonably happy to take a point from this tough tie. As they had done the week before, Midleton gave their all with great heart. Good performances throughout. Final score 0-0  

 

National Cup at home to Greenwood on 25th September
Midleton 3 Greenwood 2

Greenwood , leaders of Cork Schoolboys Division 1 and unbeaten so far this season came to Knockgriffin to play Midleton in the National Cup. Weather conditions for the game were far from perfect, with wind and torrential rain prevalent.  
Game started well for home side and Dale Holland found the net early in the first half with a nice inswinging shot. Greenwood equalised soon after from the penalty spot and Midleton were lucky not to go behind in the first half only for a great reflex save from our goal keeper, Ciaran Evans.

Greenwood went into a shock lead early in the second half. A few changes were made and soon, with Joe Stack's growing influence in centre field we began to pile on the pressure. Daniel McGauran came close on a few occasions and with five minutes left in normal time Daniel got our well deserved equaliser. A strange goal as we all watched the ball dribble towards an empty net and it could very easy have been either side of the post. Extra time beckoned and during the first half it was all Midleton, Conor  O'Leary broke through the centre after a through ball and only had the keeper to beat, 3 -2 to the Magpies.

With the extra 20 minutes Greenwood started to tire and Midleton came away with a well deserved cup victory, the team's comeback and never say die attitude must be commended.  Good performances today from Joe Stack and Alan Horgan.
Team  - C Evans, O'Neill (D Scanlon), M McCarthy, J Stack, A Horgan, T O'Connell (M Daly),
G Hurley (S Morrissey), S O'Riordan, D Holland (C Whalley), C O'Leary, D McGauran.

 

League away to Lakewood Athletic on Sunday 18th September 2011
Lakewood Athletic 5 Midleton 2

Midleton travelled to Ovens to play Lakewood Athletic on a blustery Sunday morning. Although Lakewood fielded only nine players initially, they piled on early pressure and surprised Midleton with an early goal from a corner on six minutes. Midleton regrouped as Shane O'Riordan raced down the right wing and cut in to take a great strike to level the scores. A good spell of pressure from Midleton saw two good efforts put inches wide and over the cross bar. Midleton struggled to keep any real possession though as Lakewood defended from midfield and stifled any attacks from here. Now at full strength, Lakewood scored two more goals, capitalising on a goalkeeping error and scoring from a penalty. Lakewood had a 3-1 advantage but in the 25th minute Midleton responded with a great attacking ball crossed to Conor O'Leary who finished with a cracking overhead half volley into the back of the net. Having run his heart out, a tired Alan Horgan was replaced up front by Joe Stack who made decent efforts to improve Midleton's cause before the half time whistle. Half time score 3-2.

The second half saw Charlie Whalley replace Griffen Hurley who put in a gritty performance at left mid-field. Lakewood continued to frustrate Midleton with their staunch defence and broke away down the right wing again this time cutting in and delivering a fabulous cross to give the striker a simple tap in. Daniel Mc Gauran, just back from a four week injury, gave his all and was replaced by Dale Holland in mid-field as Midleton tried introducing fresh legs and did create some chances but failed to convert them into goals. Ross O'Regan also came on for an exhausted Conor O'Leary and on a couple of occasions linked well with both Joe Stack, now moved back to mid-field, and Dale Holland pushing up. But the aerial superiority of the Lakewood defence stood firm, dashing any real hope of a Midleton comeback. Five minutes from time, appeals for a Midleton penalty were dismissed and from the clearance Lakewood stormed down the right side yet again with a great cross somehow fumbled into the Midleton net sinking the hearts of a truly stunned Midleton side.

While the score line was perhaps a little flattering, Lakewood played a solid and tactically simple game and won the 50/50 battle to overcome a Midleton side full of heart.

Team : Ciaran Evans, Mark Daly, Sean Morrissey, Owen O'Neill, Cian Murray (Captain), Shane O'Riordan, Griffen Hurley, (Charlie Whalley), Daniel Mc Gauran, (Dale Holland),Tommy O'Connell, Conor O'Leary, (Ross O Regan), Alan Horgan, (Joe Stack).
Other Subs: Mark Mccarthy, David Ryan and David Scanlon.
Goal Scorers: Shane O'Riordan, Conor O'Leary.

 

League at home to Douglas Hall on Sunday 11th September 2011
Midleton 3  Douglas Hall 1

Midleton took on Douglas Hall in Knockgriffin today in what can only be described as far from ideal conditions. Midleton won the toss and decided to play against  a very strong wind in the first half. Midleton started very strong in the first 10 mins and they soon had their first real chance when the referee awarded them a free kick just outside the Douglas Hall area. Alan Horgan took the free and rifled the ball to the back of the Douglas Hall net with a sweet strike. Midleton had a well deserved lead.

Douglas Hall hit back straight away with a good break down the right, resulting in a corner. Douglas, aided by the wind, swept a ball in at the near post where their forward turned quickly to strike the ball into the back of the Midleton net. Midleton continued to be the stronger team in the first half with great runs down the right wing by Shane O’ Riordan, while our backline and midfield were now in total control as the rain started to fall. Referee called time on the first half with the score at 1-1.

Midleton made two changes before the second half started, replacing Charlie Whalley  for Dale Holland & Sean Morrissey for Owen O’ Neill. Midleton again started the second half strongly  with great efforts from Alan Horgan, Tommy O’ Connell & Shane O’ Riordan. The wind  that had been a big factor in the first half had died down. The Douglas keeper was kept busy but was also in great form pulling off some great saves. Midleton were to get their second goal when Shane O’ Riordan again broke down the right wing, cutting into the box and firing a rocket into the bottom left hand corner. Midleton had learned from the first half and were not going to give up the lead again. Douglas Hall came back strongly  but the Midleton defence stood strong with Cian Murray, David Ryan & Mark Daly keeping the Douglas forwards quiet. Ciaran Evans made a great save from Douglas Hall, who were now reduced to shooting from long range.

Midleton were soon raiding down the left wing again with Dale Holland that resulted in a corner. Alan Horgan crossed the ball into the box where Dale Holland headed in at the far post. Midleton were now in total control with Alan Horgan going close with a chip over the advancing Douglas keeper that just bounced wide. The referee blew the final whistle on what can be described as a complete team performance. It was a day for the players to stand up and be counted and Midleton were not found short. Congratulations to the lads on a well deserved win.

Team : Ciaran Evans, Mark Daly, Sean Morrissey (Owen O'Neill), David Ryan, Cian Murray (Captain),
Shane O'Riordan, Charlie Whalley (Dale Holland), Griffen Hurley, Tommy O'Connell,
Conor O'Leary (Joe Stack), Alan Horgan.
Goal Scorers: Alan Horgan, Shane O’ Riordan, Dale Holland.

 

League away to Ringmahon on Sunady 4th September
Ringmahon 3  Midleton 6

Midleton came away from Ringmahon with a well deserved victory following a great display of attacking football. Midletion got into their stride quickly and were ahead early on with a long range effort from Alan Horgan. Midleton continued to dominate the early exchanges with Tommy O'Connell pulling the strings in midfield. The pressure was rewarded when Dale Holland scored with a powerful header from a corner. A few minutes later Conor O'Leary made in 3-0 following a well worked move. Ringmahon came back strongly in the last ten minutes of the half and pulled one back from the penalty spot.

Midleton started the second half as they did the first and were controlling the game with some fine passing moves and it was no surprise when Shane O'Riordan burst down the right and scored with an unstoppable shot. Midleton kept the pressure on and Conor O'Leary made it 5 with a close range effort. Ringmahon never gave up and came back into the game with two excellent strikes which gave the Midleton keeper no chance. As the game moved into the last five minutes Ringmahon continued to push forward but the Midleton defence stood firm and Ciaran Evans made a couple of good saves. But it was Midelton who had the last say with a quick break and Conor O'Leary capped a fine display by completing his hatrick.

Team - Ciaran Evans, Owen O'Neill, Sean Morrissey, David Ryan (Mark Daly), Cian Murray, Shane O'Riordan, Tommy O'Connell, Dale Holland, Alan Horgan (Griffin Hurley), Charlie Whalley (Ross O'Regan), Conor O'Leary.
Scorers - Conor O'Leary 3, Alan Hogan, Dale Holland, Shane O'Riordan.

 

League away to Mallow on Sunday 28th August.
Mallow 3 Midleton 0

On a beautiful sunny Sunday morning , Midleton U-12 kicked off their new season in the Cork Schoolboys Premier League versus Mallow.
Game started well for Midleton with Ross O'Regan hammering a shot against the underside of the crossbar. Mallow pushed on in the first half and scored the opener from a free kick outside the box. Midleton fought back during the first half with many attacks down the right wing by Shane O'Riordan and were unlucky not to equalise.        

In the second period Midleton continued to attack but Mallow 's strong defence and goalkeeper stood firm, Mallow hit twice early in the second half on counter attacks and score two more goals. Midleton piled on pressure in the last few minutes and deserve a goal from their efforts with Alan Horgan, Conor O'Leary and Tommy O'Connell all going close.

Final score was 3 nil to Mallow but Midleton take heart from showing a fighting determination that we will see many times during the rest of the season as we play the other teams in the premier league.
Man of the match for Midleton must go to Shane O'Riordan whose gave an great display of how an attacking winger should play. Roll on our next game . 

Team : C Evans, S Morrissey, C Murray (Captain), M Daly,  O O Neill, R O Regan (D Ryan), T O Connell, M McCarthy ( G Hurley), S O Riordan, A Horgan, C O Leary

 

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