Longford and District Schoolboy/girl League would like to thank the following for their support: LONGFORD CREDIT UNION; MCCARRICK BROS CASH AND CARRY LONGFORD; John J Brennan, Painting Contractor; John J Quinn & Co. Solicitors; Brian Fallon Hardware Ltd; Red Door Property Management Ltd; ROSDERRA LTD
All Leagues are now on a break until after Christmas. The 11-a-side Leagues will resume the weekend of Saturday 5/Sunday 6 January; the 7-a-side Leagues and Girls Leagues will resume on Saturday 12 January.
The Under 12 Emerging Talent Programme will resume in Kenagh on Monday 7 January; the Under 13 and under 14 Emerging Talent Programme will resume on Wednesday 9 January in the Mall Astroturf.
There will be some Inter League friendly games during the Christmas period; players will be notified.
The League wishes you all a Happy Christmas and good luck in the New Year.
A number of Inter League friendlies are to be played over the Christmas holiday period. The U-12 squad will entertain Athlone on Sunday 30th December and travel to Cavan on 6th January. The U-13 Squad will play the midlands away on 6th January.
The U-14 Kennedy Cup squad will play Roscommon on Saturday 29th December at home and on Thursday 3rd January will play the same opposition at a Roscommon venue. On 6th January the U-14s will be away to the Midlands. The SFAI Inter League competitions will start on week-end 12/13th January.
U-14 Inter League Friendly
In what was their first outing of the season Longford lost 3-0 at home to the Cavan League. Longford were the better team in the first half and had several chances to take the lead. However it was the visitors who were in front at the break having scored following a corner. Both sides made chances for the second half and Cavan added two further goals.
U-14 SFAI CUP
Melview are safely through to the last 32 of the SFAI CUP after a convincing win over Sligo side Strand Celtic on Saturday. Playing at home Strand had Melview pegged back in the opening stages, but the visitors showed their character to come out on top. Skipper Gerard Corcoran led by example at the heart of the Melview defence, Conor Lee and Robbie O’Connell also helped weather the Strand onslaught. Once they got to grips with the pace of the game Melview played some lovely football with Adam Phillips, Aaron McTiernan, Kyle Kenny and Aodh Dervin all very much on song. Phillips delivered the pass for Dervin to open the scoring. Frank McKiernan worked the Strand keeper before the break. Melview continued to dominate in the second half and some clever exchange of passes saw a Phillips effort well saved. McTiernan got the second goal after Kenny and Dervin worked an opening. Melview are at home to Cork Schoolboy side Carrigaline in the next round.
U-12 Connacht Shield
Stonepark continue to impress in local, national and provincial competitions. On Saturday they beat Sligo League side Calry Bohs 4-1. Working of a small squad it is turning out to be some season for Stonepark. With Tadhg Mc Nevin and Cian O’Nuallain to the fore the Longford team stamped their authority on the contest. Conor Farrell scored twice, Rory Nelson and Dara O’Connell one apiece. Rory Howlin and Dylan Farrell were other to catch the eye. Stonepark can enjoy the Christmas break and look forward to some big games in the New Year.
CSA beat Salthill Devon 5-1. The Mohill based outfit have been turning in some good performance all season without getting the results. However on Sunday they got their reward with a sparkling display against one of the top schoolboy clubs in the country. Not many teams put five past Salthill Devon. Sean Christy scored a hat-trick. Senan Harte and Michael Murray one apiece. Gavin Prior, Joey Kearney and Harry Bouchier were superb as CSA bossed the contest from the start and were two up at the break.
Melview ended the year on a winning note when they beat Gaels United 4-2 in Drumlish. James Abankwah scored twice for the visitors with Andy Devine and Ronan Kelly involved in the build-up to both goals. Ross Shields and Daniel Erabor got the other goals. Cian McNulty netted both goals for Gaels.
Gaels United were too strong for understrength UCL Pumas. Jake Devlin, Niall Coppinger and Jim Rogers were impressive for the winners.
Evan Chalmers scored a hat-trick as Ballyboro beat Camlin United 3-0 in Lanesboro. Leading 1-0 at half-time the home side confirmed their superiority in the second half with two further goals. Chalmers was on hand to take advantage of a Cian Glennon pass to open the scoring. Seadhna Ryan supplied the pass for the second goal.
UCL Harps easily beat Newtown at Abbeycartron. Regular custodian Oisin Hourican started up front for Harps and helped himself to a couple of goals. Liam Gorman, Ciaran McKeon and Rory Hawkins also got among the goals.
Melview beat Killoe Celtic by the odd goal in five in ideal conditions at Abbeycartron on Saturday. Reece Small got two for Melview, Eoin McGuinness from the penalty spot was the other scorer. Niall Finneran scored both Killoe goals. The second goal in the last minute of the game was a superb header from a free-kick. Diarmuid Sheahan, Michael Nevin and Keelan McDonagh worked hard for Melview. Jake Donnelly and Reece Leonard played well for Killoe.
Eoin Hawkins was outstanding as UCL Harps beat Abbey Rovers. With Joseph Hagan and Sean McKeon creating the chances Hawkins had a good day at the office. Jason Murtagh was another UCL player to impress. Oisin McLoughlin was on target for Abbey Rovers.
Ballyboro caused a shock when they beat Camlin United 4-2 on Sunday. The Shannonsiders have been struggling of late, but it all came together as they fully deserved their win over the league leaders. John Hand pounced on a James Moran through ball to open the scoring. Ballyboro doubled their advantage early in the second half when Eugene Maguire scored. Excellent play between Oisin Sullivan and Sean Casey created the chance for Kevin Sorohan to make it three nil. Conor Kelly got one back for Camlin. Shane Kenny wrapped it up for Ballyboro with a fourth goal and just on full-time Shane McCormack scored a penalty to make 4-2.
Gaels United FC
U-9 Boys: The U-9 boys finished their group matches last Saturday at Drumlish Astro Pitch when they played Melview. This was a thrilling game with both teams playing excellent football. Cian Mc Nulty and Ciaran Reynolds got on the scoresheet for Gaels United but couldn’t prevent a 5-3 defeat. Gaels probably deserved something out of this and missed a few great chances. All in all though this was an entertaining match and the lads can look forward to the rest of the season with a lot of optimism.
U-10 Boys: Gaels United U-10 boys had a comfortable win over UCL at Drumlish Astro Turf on Saturday. Adam Maher, Jake Devlin, Jim Rogers all played well for Gaels.
Club Calendar: Gaels United FC Committee would like to wish all players, parents and supporters a Very Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year. A fantastic 2013 Club Calendar containing team pictures is now available in Local Shops or from Committee or Team managers. The cost is 10 euro and would make a great Christmas present.
Our U-13s finally got back in action on Saturday last in a closely fought contest against Killoe in Abbeycartron. There was never much between these two teams, both teams being very well organised defensively. After a nervous start in which keeper Peadar Kenny was called into action on a couple of occasions, Melview opened the scoring when Reece Small chased down an excellent through ball from Ryan McGoey, and slotted home from close range. Killoe got on level terms before the break following more pressure on the home goal area. In the second half however Melview came out energised after the team talk at half time. Following a good move down the left, Michael Nevin was brought down in the area and Eoin McGuinness calmly slotted home from the spot. Shortly after Reece was again on target following a neat through ball from Diarmuid Sheehan. Killoe scored an excellent goal near the end to keep this game alive right up to the end, but the boys held out for a hard earned victory. The goalkeeper and back four were busy throughout and all played very well, with the Kelly brothers, Dwight and Jordan in excellent form yet again. Kielan McDonagh gave an excellent performance in an unusual defensive role for him. Darragh O’Brien gave another storming display in midfield, with indeed all contributing to a great team effort yet again. We’d like to wish the boys, parents and supporters of the team a very happy Christmas, and best wishes for a peaceful new year.
Our U-12’s finished off 2012 on a winning note with a fine 4-1 win over Calry Bohs from Sligo in the Connacht Shield on Saturday. Our goals coming from Conor Farrell who scored two and one each from Rory Nicholson and Daragh O’Connell. Brian Farrell, Jake Taylor, Ronan Sheahan, Dylan Reilly and team captain, Tadgh McNevin all had fine games. Credit to team coaches Michael and Stephen who have done a marvellous job with this team. Our U-8’s also finished the year on a high by notching another two fine performances over UCL Dingos and Killoe with Harry Mulvihill nearly catching Leo Messi with the most goals scored in a calendar year! Great credit is due to coach Tommy all our U-8’s players for the effort they are putting in and what a nice way to end the year unbeaten in their games. Well done to Kevin and his U-9’s who also U9’s finished second in their league campaign which is a great achievement. Our U-10’s played a friendly against Abbey Rovers in Drumlish on Saturday and it proved to be a much needed match practice for the lads. We would like to thank all the parents and players for their commitment this season and wish you all a very Happy Christmas and look forward to more in 2013.
Andy’s Bhoys Longford CSC
The Club’s Annual Christmas Draw takes place this Saturday December 22nd in Murph’s Bar, This year the draw is in aid of The Leisure Buddies Project of St. Christopher’s. Tickets are currently on sale from behind the bar in Murph’s or any committee member. Tickets are priced at 2 euro each or book of 12 for 20 euro. First prize is a trip for two to Celtic Park, Second prize is a drinks hamper, 3rd Prizes is 100 euro Fuel Voucher, 4th Prize is Local Restaurant Voucher and 5th prize is Turkey & Ham. There will be music and lots of spot prizes on the night of the draw in Murph’s. All members are asked to sell as many tickets as possible for this worthy cause. Could all persons with tickets sold and unsold please return them to Murph’s Bar on Saturday December 22nd between 2pm – 4pm. The next live game in Murph’s: Dundee v Celtic (Scottish Premier League). Kick-off 7.30pm Wednesday December 26th. The Club would like to wish its members and supporters alike a very Merry Christmas and Peaceful New Year,