It was a terrific weekend for Adult Football with all 4 teams winning. Never before have 3 Junior teams all won their opening league games, well done to all involved.
Senior Football Cup:
Clontarf notched up the first win of the season in fine style on Friday night Feb. 27th with an impressive and well deserved win against O'Toole's. This AIB cup fixture took place under lights at O'Toole's grounds and marked the debut of minor star Ian O'Dwyer, who honoured the occasion with a man of the match performance at corner forward.His tally amounted to 1.4, with the goal coming from a brilliantly executed penalty early in the second half.
A strong panel lined out, leaving management with some selection headaches.It was a good team performance and Clontarf ended with 3-7 to the opposition's 0-9. Ian Smith gave a fine display of fielding at centre field.
Junior A League:
Clontarf 3-7, Good Counsel 2-7. This was a solid performance from the lads with great free taking from Ian O'Dwyer and excellent leadership from Ro Kenny.
Junior B League:
Junior B's had a good win in the league away to St Colmcilles, best for Clontarf were Colm Kilfeather, Patrick Breen and Fergus Clifford.
Junior C League:
A big turn out of 22 players and a great start to the league for Willie O'Connor and Matt Whelan's charges in Div 12. Ciaran Johnson tormented the Barrog defence early on and Ray Hanley finished brilliantly to the net to leave Clontarf ahead 1-6, 0-3 at half time. Clontarf powered ahead in the 2nd half as all 5 subs were rolled out. Final score Clontarf 2-17, Naomg Barrog 0-4. Best for Clontarf were Ronan Dodd, Feo Dodd and Paddy Mohan.
Cup competition commences next Sunday as the A team travels to Kilmacud. B team is not involved in cup competition this season.
A hard fought minor hurling encounter saw Clontarf draw with Cuala. Clontarf led by 6 pts midway through secomd half but two goals in a minute brought the tie level. Clontarf took the lead again ony for Cuala to level with the last play of the game. Best for Clontarf Aidan O'Donohoe and Daragh Golden.
Footballers lost to ballinteer in league.
Footballers lost to a very strong Peregrines side. Best for Clontarf - Robert Reynolds, Eoin O'Dwyer & Pearse Adams
Footballers had a great win over Castleknock. Towering defence by James Doyle and Kevin Mullins llimited the opponents attack. Evan Finnigan was Clontarfs ace up front with 3 goals to his credit. Final score 6 6 to 3 11
Under 13 Football:
Match Reports: Clontarf A 5-5 V St Maurs 2-7
This was a vital ‘top of the table’ game in the u13 all city gradings section. The winners would have a great chance of securing Division 1 status. Things would be difficult for the losers
Clontarf played with a strong wind in the first half but were quickly pinned back by a very determined and talented St Maurs team who fully understood the importance of the game. The early pressure yielded a very good goal and Clontarf trailed by 1-1 to 0-1. However, we knuckled down and replied with an immediate goal of our own and that was the launching pad for a magnificent performance from all the players. Cian O’Flaherty struck a fabulous goal and was also reliable on free kicks. Conor McGinn settled down after a nervous start and also scored a great goal. Stephen Smyth (who later came off with a broken wrist) blasted another goal home with his weaker left foot and also acted as great target man. Jordan Mulvaney too was a threat whenever the ball came his way and Sean Giles showed great bravery in winning ball after ball and finding his team mates with good passes.
As usual, Andrew Foley was powerful in midfield, gaining great possession, using it simply, and working tirelessly in support. Around him in midfield Fiachra Maher popped up everywhere there was a loose ball to be contested, as did Oisin Hoy.
At half time we led comfortably (4-5 to 1-2). But we knew there was a storm on the way and we were right. St Maurs threw everything at us in the second half and worked their way steadily into the game. But they were met by an outstanding display by the Clontarf defenders where goalie Daniel Patton was brilliant in every way. He was safe under the high ball and made a few important saves to the low ball also. But critically he never wasted a clearance and in this way he has shown tremendous improvement in recent weeks. But these clearances require his defenders to be vigilant for the quick pass and Aaron Casey, Conor McCaffrey and Niall Gahan always made themselves available in this way and then worked the ball out towards midfield with great team work and discipline, using wing backs Daniel Skully and Conor Murphy to great effect. At the heart of it all was Stephen Russell at centre back who had yet another brilliant game. When Stephen Smyth retired injured, Jack Clarke came in and won some really important ball at vital times late in the game.
At the end we had a 7 point win. A bit flattering but a great feeling.
Clontarf B 1-2 Ballinteer 1-3
Clontarf lost this match by one point in a windy Marley Park .It was a tightly contested affair and on balance Ballinteer were slightly the better side.
Best for Clontarf were Dermot O'Houlachain,Tiernan O'Connor,Lee McKeon Luke Operman and Andy McLean (apart from his one goalkeeping showboating error).Luke Operman scored an excellent goal .With his back to goal he kicked accross/over his left shoulder from 30 yards out.
Hurlers made a fine debut in Div 1 going down 3-4 to 1-4 to Ballyboden A's in a great game with Johnny Mullins and Barry Davis outstanding.
Well done to two home teams who won v Sylvesters. Away team lost to very strong Round Towers outfit. Patrick Smyth, Tom O'Flaherty, Kev Lillis,Cathal Ryan, Rory Clarke and Declan Adamson outstanding.
Clontarf hosted Naomh Barrog on Saturday. One team had a comfortable and deserved win (6-4) - well done to all in that game. Our other team, despite leading by 1 point at half time, had no answer to a very strong comeback by Barrog in the last 10 minutes. That game fininshed at 3-11 and gave Barrog the overall win on the day. Well done to all the lads for holding out for so long and showing how much they are improving their game.
Ladies Inters and Juniors:
Training ongoing on Monday evenings on the astro starting at 8:20pm, and on Wednesday evenings starting at 8:15pm. New players are welcome, and there's still plenty time for former players to put their boots back on.
Thanks to the under 13 girls for their support for the dublin ladies on their great win over Cork.
Reminder for all ladies mentors - all new players need to registered ASAP.
Thanks to Patricia Reynolds for organising a very successful dinner dance at Clontarf Castle where over 250 attended. Clubperson of the year award was shared by Donal Nolan and Declan O'Grady. The award was in recognition of their outstanding contributions over the past 6 years to the development of our facilities at St. Annes Pk.