St. Pats D Conceded
Firstly the minor management / Squad wish both Sean O’Flaherty and Andy Hyland a speedy recovery from 2 serious injuries today. Sport can be very cruel and unfortunately Sean has had more than his fair share this year after just coming back from a long injury for his first match this year today. We all wish them the best in their recovery process.
Div 1 Clontarf 0-12 Kilmacud Crokes 0-10
This was a top of the table clash with both teams on the same points with one defeat each at the start of play., It was a great game to watch but really there was only one team playing the football in the 1st half and that was Crokes . This was not the typical Clontarf performance that we used to seeing this year . We were 2nd to the ball ,loose in our marking and Crokes showed us who wanted the play more with all the running and support play to lead at half-time 0-7 to 0-4..
In the 2nd half the Crokes continued where they left off taking the first scores of the half to go 0-9 to 0-4 up. In the last quarter Clontarf outscored the opposition 0-8 to 0-1 to secure a victory that never looked like it was there in the lads to achieve. The believe and support that they showed in this last quarter was super to see, What this group have is a determination and desire to work for and with each other to try and overcome all adversity . Everyone but is huge shift in this period as we went back to the simple things and the principles that we try to play to. We upped our intensity to start causing them problems and cause a few turnovers that we pounced on it. There are certain area’s we need to work on for the rest of the campaign.
A victory is a victory but on another day this one could easily have gotten away from us. The lads showed great resilience and determination to keep going to get this one over the line.
Div1 St. Brigids 1-8 Clontarf 1-9
As always these matches are very close and this game was no different. With some late cry offs the Clontarf team had to re-adjust our starting line. Clontarf played with the wind in the 1st half. We started off slowly and practically gave away the first 10 mins to the opposition who took an immediate advantage on the score board scoring a goal with the 1st score of the game. Clontarf struggled to contain the Brigids team in this early engagements. We eventually settled down and clawed our way back into the game with 3 unanswered point to draw back level. For the remainder of the 1st half it was nip and tuck with Brigids leading by 1 point at half time.
The lads knew they didn’t perform in that half and said as much at half time. In the 2nd half against the wind we controlled the game better and if we had our shooting boots on we could have won by a more comfortable margin.
We have to give the lads a lot of praise for sticking to the game plan and never giving up to eventually win the game by a point 1-9 to 1-8. It showed the character of the lads to dig this one out and look forward to the next game. We have a lot of practice to do in some area’s but focus and commitment is not one of them.
Everyone played their part out there today in this victory. Well done. Great Win
Clontarf 1-15 N. Olafs 0-12
This was a cracker of a match and both teams deserve a lot of praise for the football on show this morning. Clontarf started off well going 0-4 to 0-1 up after 10 mins. Olafs came back hard in the 2nd 15mins towards halftime to finish level at halftime 0-8 each. With the opposition upping their game at the start of the 2nd half they failed to show this supremacy on the score board with numerous wides. Clontarf stretched to lead to go 2 up 0-10 to-08. Olafs never gave up and came back again and again to level the match the match.
We then hit our purple patch ….as the ref said at halftime to me a goal is going to settle this game and how right he was. With a super movement straight out from defence with Liam Ennis finishing off such a super play putting the ball in the back of the net gave us a bit of breathing room. We got the next score to go 4 up and with both team trading the next 2 scores we were 1-13 to 0-12 up going into the last 5 mins. The lads now got their 2nd wind and kept pressing to finish off the game strongly 1-15 to 0-12
This was a great game and with the lads putting into practice what we are doing in training we are starting to see the group develop well as a squad. With the players to come back from injury we certainly have a very strong panel ready to compete at all levels.
A super team display. Well done all and let’s keep this going.
Div 1. Clontarf 2-10 Ballymun 1-3
Clontarf started off well but we did not reflect this on the scoreboard . An early goal by Kevin Lillis settled us down. It took us another 15 mins before we scored again a point by Jack Polion. Ballymun game back strong and reduced the deficit to 1 point with a goal of their own. The lads stretched the lead with another unanswered goal and a point from Jack Polion. We led 2-2 to 1-0 at half time.
The early exchanges in the 2nd half went to Ballymun with 2 quick points in the first 10 mins of the 2nd half. The lads got to grips with the wind and started to dominate the possession. This was reflected on the scoreboard with 5 point from play. In the end we ran out winners by 10 points.
Best for Clontarf . The defense as a whole were excellent . to concede 4 scores in 60 minutes is a great confidence boost for us. Jack Higgins / Joe McDonagh / Shane Walsh were ably supported by Liam Howley / Ciaran Kyne and Martin Byrne. Up in the forwards Eoin Macnamee showed consistently well all day , Jack Polion and Kevin lillis. The support play at times was super.
Div 5. Clontarf 4-8 Finfallians 4-8
A match played with 13 a side on a big pitch with strong winds and hazy rain didn't dampen the spirits of the 2nd minor team they played well together assisted by two u 16 scored 4 goals and 8 points and missed quite a few more. they were two points down at half time with a slight wind advantage but attacked straight away putting two goals past the Fingallian's keeper quickly after the restart. Fingallans fought hard and the final score of 4'8 apiece reflected the match both teams deserving to win and neither deserving to loose. all players put in a good performance.
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