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U9 End Of Season Presentation

Our under 9’s had their season end presentation in Red Lane on Saturday morning last.  The lads all had great fun playing a small game before taking on the crossbar challenge and penalty shootout competitions.  Then as our hour was drawing to a close we got down to the business of presenting all the players with their achievement awards for completing a very successful season of soccer.

We were delighted to have a very special guest on hand to give out the awards to the lads, Philly Gorman, who is one of the top strikers in the Airtricity League.  Philly won the Airtricity first division title last season with Athlone Town, was the divisions top scorer, was voted on the divisions team of the year and was voted overall first division player of the year by his fellow players.  So Philly, who is someone well used to receiving awards, turned the tables for the day and gave out the awards to our lads.

All the players who took part last season received their medals from Philly.  Then for each team we had a special award for the top goal scorer, the coaches player of the year and the players player of the year.

Ross Ward and Jack Arnold took the golden boot awards for being top scorers on their teams.

Cian O’Reilly and Adam Fleming both received the coaches player of the year award.

While Noah Byrne and Aaron Conway received the players player of the year awards.

We had a very enjoyable morning of games and prize giving.  Overall it was a great finish to our season.

 

U9 Majors Hit 8 Against Naas

Caragh Celtic 8
Naas AFC 4

This side, captained by Aaron Conway, were out to prove that they could pick themselves up after their near defeat to a 6 man Bush Celtic last week.

The match got off to a flying start with both teams doing their best to make the first impression but it was Caragh who got the first break through with a goal from Jack Arnold from a tremendous amount of great team play. Adam Fleming played a blinder in defence and even managed to create chances from the half way line with Josh Finan blocking the way of the Naas strikers and Niall Cramer setting up chance after chance that finally paid off with that Jack Arnold producing the first goal.

Captain Aaron Conway was making chances after chance in front of the Naas goal – Naas were being very generous with their goal kicks that handed Caragh with lots of opportunities and Caragh pounced on those chances every step of the way! Next it was the turn of Niall Cramer to pound home Caragh’s second goal from a well worked team move. The third goal for Caragh then from the boot of Jack Arnold, a long range shot from outside the box that sailed over the hands and head of the keeper, 3-0 to Caragh with Jack celebrating Sturridge style.

The fourth goal came from Niall following a magnificent through ball from the boot of the ever reliable, Luke Martin. Naas then responded two minutes later with a goal to make it 4-1. Ben Morrell showed great skill in defence playing out from the back to create some great scoring chances.

Aaron Conway then got the next goal from outside the box to make it 5-1 to the home side. Naas were next to score now make it 5-2. Adam Carbery in defence showed his usual reliable skills to keep the Naas lads at bay. He also created some amazing goal chances especially one from the Caragh goal line up to the Naas goal line to give Caragh another scoring chance.

The next goal from Caragh was almost from the boot of Ben Morrell as he turned and shot, but it wasn deflected out to the awaiting, Jack Arnold for an easy tap in, 6-2 now to Caragh. Adam Fleming showed great guts and determination in creating chance after chance in this battle. The efforts of the Fleming fireball paid off as he launched a shot at goal that was deflected and landed nicely for the awaiting Ben Morrell to make the score 7-2 to Caragh. Then another well taken corner for Caragh produced a fourth goal for Jack Arnold to take the score to 8-2 now.

However, all was not finished yet as Naas found renewed strength and depth in their play and showed this Caragh side that they were not finished yet! They produced another goal to make it 8-3 and then literally one minute later it was another goal to make it 8-4 to Caragh. Just as it looked as though it would now be an all Naas affair, Josh Finan, Ben Morrell and Adam Fleming took turns to have their shots at goal. There it ended, 8-4 the score to Caragh.

U9 Premier Share The Spoils With Naas

Naas AFC        1
Caragh Celtic 1

Caragh made the short trip to Naas today to face a strong Naas side that we had lost convincingly to in both previous games this season.

With the pitch in immaculate condition and weather perfect – the scene was set for both teams to produce a smashing game of soccer that everyone involved with could be proud of.

The first quarter produced lots of competitive football in the midfield area as both teams were measuring up their opponents but no real chances were being created. Both defences were really in top form. The Caragh lads were really up for this challenge today and ran themselves into the ground for the team. Caolan sweeping at the back kept everything nice and simple and with Daire and Cian on either side of him – Caragh looked like a real solid proposition today. The first quarter ended goalless.

Noah came in to give Evan a rest for the second quarter. The game continued though in a similar fashion to the first quarter with chances few and far between. The quality of football though and energy from both teams was excellent with both sides trying to keep the ball on the ground and play a passing game – however any time that it looked like a chance was about to present itself a last ditch tackle or interception kept the game scoreless. Conor McCall in particular made a fantastic interception on the edge of his area when the Naas striker looked favourite to open the scoring. Half time and still scoreless.

Ross and Conor Cassidy joined the game for the second half and provided some much needed fresh legs to the Caragh team. The game began to open up a bit more now with both goalkeepers starting to see some action. Cian in the Caragh goals was the busier of the two but seemed well capable of handling everything that came his way however Naas eventually managed to breakthrough and open the scoring when they worked an opening down the left that was intitally blocked out by us but when the rebound fell to Ryan he smashed a shot to the back of the Caragh net leaving Cian with no chance.

The Caragh boys reacted brilliantly though to this setback and pressed straight back looking for an equaliser and when it came it was a cracker. Ross chased back to win a ball on the right of midfield, he turned and placed a superb pass to Daniel who in turn controlled, turned and fed the ball on to Mikey who took one touch and fired a shot to the bottom corner of the Naas net to leave the score at 1-1 as the 3rd quarter ended.

The final quarter was a real ding-dong affair with both teams looking for the elusive winner. Naas had a spell where they had about five corners in a row that the Caragh boys defended really well. Caragh at the other end had their chance with Noah going really close with a free kick from distance that just missed the top corner. Travis in the Naas goal made a couple good saves and on a couple of occassions the Naas defenders went close to putting through their own goal as they cleared Caragh crosses from in front of their goals. But the moment of the match must go to Daniel Hamill in goals for Caragh in this final quarter when he produced a top class save, flying high to his right and tipping a rasping goal bound Naas shot over the bar.

The final whistle sounded with the score at 1-1 and it was probably a fair result on the day – it would have been a shame for either team to lose this thoroughly entertaining game.

Caragh: Conor McCall, Daire Gilmartin, Caolan O’Toole, Evan Gilmartin, Daniel Hamill(Capt), Noah Byrne, Ross Ward, Cian O’Reilly, Conor Cassidy, Michael Coffey

U9 Majors Return To Winning Ways Against Bush Celtic

October 19th, 2013 – HOME
The first quarter saw a really strong performance from the Caragh side, who were keen to show who was the home side here! Aaron Conway put in some tough tackles and dug out the ball for Adam Fleming to give him a lovely run down the left hand side of the pitch. He put in the first effort on the Bush Celtic goal only to find that their keeper was up to the task!

Ben Morell showed some great guts in this first quarter by putting in lots of tough ball winning tackles and showing the Bush team who was boss. While Josh Finan was also getting in on the act with some impressive fancy footwork and a key last ditch goal mouth interception that prevented Bush from taking the lead.
Jack Arnold proved to be a safe pair of hands in goal and his distribution from the back kept finding his team-mates. Luke Martin created a half-chance for himself but it was snuffed out quickly by the dogged defence of the Bush Celtic side. Niall Cramer was a rock at the back for Caragh and wasn’t afraid to put his body in the firing line to keep the Bush boys at bay. The opening goal came Caragh’s way when Aaron Conway was fouled on the edge of the Bush penalty box and Aaron smashed the resulting free kick past the Bush defensive wall to the back of the Bush net! One nil Caragh! Caragh scored their second just as the quarter was drawing to a close and again it came from the boot of Aaron, following excellent build up play from his team mates.

The second quarter started with a bang with Aaron linking up with Adam Fleming, who found himself one on one with the Bush Celtic keeper, but the defenders just go back in time to prevent Adam from making it 3-0 to Caragh. Then following another Niall Cramer interception at the back, Caragh worked the ball up the pitch through Aaron, who with a deft flick of the ball, carved open the Bush defence to create a chance for Conor Cassidy, but the Bush Celtic keeper dealt with the shot comfortably. Caragh were creating chance after chance at this stage, but the Bush keeper was up to all the challenges that came his way, making saves from Adam, Ben and Aaron. As the first half drew to a close it was Caragh in full control.

Bush Celtic really came back at Caragh though in the third quarter, and really made a game of it. They brought the score back to 2-1, when following a goal mouth scramble one of the Bush players managed to bundle the ball over the line despite the desperate attempts, by Aaron in the Caragh goal, to keep the ball out. Adam and Josh were manning the defence in this quarter for Caragh and both defended fearlessly keeping Caragh’s slim lead intact. All in all, Caragh were happy to end the third quarter still in front as Bush were creating plenty of chances, and really gave the Caragh lads lots to worry about.

The fourth quarter saw the introduction of Jack O’Neill in defence for Caragh and he did his job for the team ensuring Bush didn’t get any further chances. While Jack Arnold in midfield was really finding top gear with some strong tackling and runs helping to get Caragh back on top in this game. Then came the third and decisive goal for Caragh, from the boot of Niall Cramer. Niall found himself in space just outside the Bush area and he unleashed a fantastic shot that gave the keeper no chance. Shortly afterwards Niall doubled his tally for the day with a similar shot that caught out the Bush keeper at his near post to make it 4-1 to Caragh. Caragh created a further couple of chances in the closing stages of the game, firstly through Ben Morrell and then Jack Arnold who both went close but just missed the target.

Overall, a satisfactory day for Caragh Celtic and the team must really be feeling good to bounce back after last week’s defeat to Kilcullen, with such a good win.

Final score, Caragh Celtic 4 Bush Celtic 1

Caragh Celtic: Adam Fleming (Capt), Jack Arnold, Josh Finan, Ben Morrell, Aaron Conway, Luke Martin, Jack O’Neill, Niall Cramer, Conor Cassidy

U9 Premier Too Strong For Newbridge Town

Caragh Celtic             8

Newbridge Town        1

Caragh welcomed Newbridge to the parish field this morning, and considering all the rain we had during the week the pitch was in immaculate condition.

The first quarter started evenly enough with both teams testing out there opponent’s keepers.  Newbridge Town keeper was first into action when he made a good save to deny Cian O’Reilly the opening goal, while at the other end Conor McCall was demonstrating why he’s the best keeper around at this age group with a string of fine saves.

Caragh eventually did open the scoring though when Cian O’Reilly broke through the Newbridge defence and finished with a strong shot to the back of the Newbridge net.  Caragh shortly afterwards extended their lead when Noah Byrne was taken down just  outside the Newbridge area – Noah got to his feet and dusted himself down, before dispatching the free kick to the back of the Newbridge net with the help of a deflection.

It certainly wasn’t all one way traffic at this stage and Conor in goals was certainly earning his corn today.  Newbridge were finding the Caragh stopper in unbeatable form, and it was only an unfortunate intervention from Noah, to turn the ball into his own net.  That was the only ball that made its way past Conor today – 2-1 to Caragh.

Caragh bounced straight back though and Noah delivered a great cross into the Newbridge box that Daniel Hamill read brilliantly to slide in and finish in one touch to leave the score 3-1 to Caragh at the half time break.

Second half saw Ross Ward come in for Conor Cassidy in midfield, with Cian & Conor McCall swapping goalkeeper and striking duties.

Caragh really took control of the game now and dominated their opponents.  Daniel Hamill popped up in the box again to get his second, after good work by Mikey down the left created the opening.  This was quickly followed by a goal each for Daire & Evan Gilmartin who both found the Newbridge net with strong left footed strikes. 

The final quarter started with all the Caragh boys looking to the get on the scoresheet.  Ross got in on the scoring act early on in this quarter when he ran through at pace and finished well with a powerful shot giving the Newbridge keeper no chance.  Daniel was trying really hard to get his hat trick but it just wasn’t to be.  To be fair to Newbridge they kept plugging away though and Evan Gilmartin in goals for the final quarter had to be at his best to make a number of fine saves and interceptions.  The last goal of the game came from Cian O’Reilly to leave the score at the final whistle 8-1 to Caragh.

Caragh:Conor McCall, Daire Gilmartin, Evan Gilmartin, Noah Byrne(Capt), Michael Coffey, Daniel Hamill, Caolan O’Toole, Conor Cassidy, Cian O’Reilly, Ross Ward

Caragh Underage Players Support Ireland at the Aviva

Some of our underage players had a great night at the Aviva Stadium for the Ireland Vs Kazakhstan game.

Good win for U10 Premier Team vs Newbridge Town Yellow

Caragh Celtic faced a well organised and strong Newbridge town team in the Parish Field. The first quarter saw the Caragh team under pressure from Newbridge and only some fine defending and goalkeeping from David MacPartlin kept it scoreless until a fine passage of play saw Gavin Thompson score a great individual goal.
By the end of quarter 2 Caragh were 3 nil ahead following superb goals from Niall Dolan and Nicholas Hore. The Newbridge goalkeeper pulled off some fine saves in the quarter, particularly from a long range shot delivered by Luke O’Donovan. Fionn McCarthy, Andrew Dunne and Adam Earley deserve special mention for their heroic defending which kept Newbridge scoreless at half time.
Newbridge pulled a goal back in the next quarter after some careless passing by Caragh however, when the final whistle went at the end of quarter 4 Caragh had extended their lead again to 3 goals. Darragh Cunningham’s long range effort dipped in over the head of the Newbridge keeper to bring the score to 4-1. This lead would have been reduced had it not been for some outstanding saves by Niall Dolan in goal for Caragh and some last ditch tackles by Dara Crowley.

Caragh team: David MacPartlin, Andrew Dunne, Adam Earley,Fionn McCarthy, Nicholas Hore, Darragh Cunningham , Dara Crowley, Gavin Thompson , Luke O’Donovan, Niall Dolan .

Photos

Some club photos shown here. Don’t forget to take photos at games. Send the best ones to caraghceltic@gmail.com and we’ll put them up on the website.