U-13 B Football Match Report Sat Feb 21: Round Towers Lusk 3-4 Clontarf B 4-3,
This was a great game for Clontarf. Lusk are a good team and have beaten us before. We welcomed back Lee Mills who played his first game in 2 years. It was as if he had never left us. He played left corner back and was outstanding, rushing onto the ball quickly and bravely and consistently making good use of the ball. In front of him Tieghernan O'Connor completely dominated the half back line, using his speed and tenacity to great effect. Another player continuing his comeback with us was Eric Roche, playing right half back. He too was excellent.
Mid field was hard work and there we had a real hero in Eamonn Gillen who worked himself to a standstill, running up and down the field. His was a really important contribution, alongside his very able assistant Diarmuid O'hUallacháin.
Up front Joshua O'Leary was a very effective ball winner in the corner. Jack Loftus and Conor Smith also did great work up there and Lusk found Luke Opperman far too hot to handle with his jinky runs. Jack Clarke was out main target man and he didn't disappoint. He nearly broke the cross bar with a thundering shot and worked really hard when moved to midfield at half time.
Cormac Devilly was great both in goals and outfield and Hugh Foley did great work in the forwards. Rory O'Connell was brilliant at corner back and Brian Barry frevelled in his midfiedld role in the second half.
The score was 2-2 to 0-2 at half time. It was nervous stuff in the second half and in the end the gap had closed to 4-3 to 3-4.
A great win for a great bunch of players. Report by Noel McCaffrey
U-13 A Football Match Report Sat Feb 21: Ballinteer St Johns 1.4 Clontarf 4.10
Team of the Week : Having beaten Cuala 7.8 to 5.8 the previous Saturday and drawn with Dunboyne on Wednesday (Meath County Champions with Sean Boylan on the line), the under 13 A put in a magnificent performance to beat Ballinteer.
In the past few weeks ,this team has mastered the art of the Give / Go short hand passing skills with a gritty steely determined belief in their ability as a Team.Our goalkeeper(Andy Mclean) saved us in the first 10 minutes with 2 reflex saves which was the platform for the runaway victory.Everyone was exceptional and they were all " Men of the Match".
If we win next Saturday against St Maurs ,we qualify for Division 1football commencing on 14th March. It was an honor and a privilege to have witnessed these 3 matches over the past week.
Report by Brendan Smyth.