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U16 Major League Champions

Our u16 major team finished up their league winning campaign on Thursday evening last with a very entertaining 3-3 draw against Kilcock.

This was a well deserved league win for Hugh Delmer and his team who have finished as runners up for the previous two seasons – demonstrating that patience and persistence pay off.

The lads certainly enjoyed their moment lifting the league winning trophy in front of their coaches, parents, friends and supporters.

A wet but happy coach……Hugh Delmer.

U13P New Team Kit Sponsor

We were delighted to have Derek McGreal of DMG TRANSPORT in attendance at our SFAI cup game with Edenderry last Saturday.

Derek has very kindly invested in a full new kit for our U13 Premier team.

Our lads put in a fine performance to impress our sponsor and see off Edenderry with a comfortable 4-1 win.

The goals on the day came from Jamie and a hat-trick from Cian.

This win sees us progress to the semi-final of South Leinster section and also move into the last 32 open draw of the national competition. All new territory for our boys but an adventure the lads are all looking forward to!

U13P Five Goal Birthday Bonanza From Jamie

Caragh Celtic 8 Birr Town 0

Team Kit Kindly Sponsored By:-

DMG TRANSPORT

Our U13P team progressed to the next round of the SFAI cup with a much easier than expected win over Birr Town in the 3rd Round of the South Leinster section of the SFAI Cup.

Our lads were really on their game and gave their best team performance so far this season. There were many excellent performances from front to back but the stand out performer on the day was Jamie who treated himself to a five goal haul of a birthday present.

Our other scorers on the day were Cian, Ruadhan and Connor.

Our defence and in particular Conor in goals whose distribution was excellent throughout also deserve a special mention. Could see the defence grow in confidence as the game went on and they were great value for their clean sheet.

A big welcome back also to Evan who played his first game of the season following a lengthy spell out injured and never put a foot wrong.

Roll on the next round……..the quarter finals of South Leinster

Jamie’s 5th from the spot……

Cian finds the corner of net….

Away victory for Caragh Girls vs Sallins

Sallins Celtic 2
Caragh Celtic 3

Sallins Celtic were the opposition today on a bright cold day, conditions were good for a match and this was again going to be another difficult away test for the girls, Sallins are always a strong, experienced and well organised oppostion and the last time we played each other both teams produced a great game of football with Caragh just losing out in the dying minutes.

However, this time was to be different. Our girls were quickly on the attack from the kick off and had the ball in the net practically from the blow of the referees whistle. Aoife Kane capitalising when running onto a deflected shot from Leah Fleming she expertly slotted the ball into the back of the net with barely a minute played. 0 – 1.

Our forward combination today of Leah Fleming and Leah McGovern were to have a handful of decent chances n the first half. Leah Fleming came close five minutes in when she had a  shot fizz past the left hand upright. She was getting closer to the mark each time and scored a geat goal a few minutes later with just ten minutes played   A play from a corner had the opposition under pressure and when the ball came to Leah in the box she let it run across her path then turned and hit a lovely shot low and to the right past the oppostion keeper to make the score 0 – 2.

The midfield of Sarah McGovern Lauren Nolan and Aoife Kane helped pile on the pressure with some lovely dribbling and passing today supplying plenty of excellent passes to Leah Fleming who pounced again for another goal when she saw her well struck shot from the very edge of the box hit the back of the net to make it 0 – 3. Nothing the Sallins keeper could to do keep it out,

Our girls didn’t exactly have it all their own way in the first half but Sallins attacks were kept to a mininum by Honor O’Donovan and Eimear Ward who were steadfast today in defence. There was nothing that they or Anna Dunlea in goal could do when Sallins broke the line with a lovely through pass and a great run from their forward finished in a goal with just minutes to half time. This finished the half at 1 – 3 in favour of Caragh.

Our girls began brightly again in the second half and Aoife Kane and Leah Fleming traded shots early on. The best chance of the half was to fall to Leah Fleming when a lovely through pass from Aoife saw her clean through on goal. Unfortunatley her shot was just past the outside of the right hand post. She then went on to rattle the same post a few minutes later with another well struck shot.

Sallins came more into the game as it progressed. Fresh legs at half time and a failure for Caragh to capitaise on possession saw them edge even closer when a contested throw in caught the girls napping and when it as taken quickly the Sallins forward was clean though on goal and had the ball in the back of the net before our defence could catch up. 2 – 3.

There was to be an exciting finish to the game as with only five minutes to play the girls were to be under pressure for most of them and the nerves had most definitely started to set in. Anna Dunlea had a great reflex save late on with her leg to put the ball out for an opposition corner in the dying minutes and Honor and Eimear were to battle hard in defence linking up with Lauren and Aoife whenever they could to help ease the pressure. Everybody played their hearts out in the last minute or two to keep the oppostion from scoring and the game ended 2 – 3.

A great performance and a great victory from an understrength squad today with everybody playing their part in what was a well deserved win.

Eimear Ward, Honor O’Donovan, Leah Fleming, Lauren Nolan, Aoife Kane, Anna Dunlea, Sarah McGovern, Leah McGovern.

Caragh Celtic Under10 Majors v Kill Celtic February 28th 201511

Newly promoted Caragh Celtic got back to winning ways against a real formidable side from Kill. It took a while for the first goal to come Caragh’s way and this it did from the boot of Adam Fleming. This set up the rhythm as Jack O’Neill, Aaron Conway and Adam Carbery all scored spectacularly for their club.  Astonishing performances from both Jacob and Ben to show how this team has progressed with Josh making run and tackle one after the other. Aaron Conway showed his keeping skills for the first two quarters and made a good few chances at goal in the third and fourth quarters. Jack O’Neill pressed and pressed for his side with Adam Fleming producing magic after magic. When in both defense and mid field, Adam Carbery ran the pitch like a panther and got back many a time to save CC from certain goals.  Brian Merrigan kept Kill Celtic out for the first two quarters and later proved to be a safe proved to a very safe pair of hands in goals and made save after save as Kill Celtic really upped the anti in the fourth quarter but only conceding one goal, the final score ended up, CC 4 Kill Celtic 1.

CC line up: Adam Carbery, Adam Fleming, Aaron Conway, Josh Finan, Ben Morrell, Jack O’Neill, Jacob Tuohy, Brian Merrigan

Final Score: Caragh Celtic 4 Kill Celtic 1

Late brace secures Sallins victory over Caragh Girls

Caragh Celtic 0
Sallins Celtic 2

Sallins Celtic were the visitors to the parish field on what was a bright, cold and frosty day. Our girls were chomping at the bit to get back to footballing ways after the long Christmas break and began brightly in what was to be a well contested match.

In the first half goal chances were hard to come by and neither side were able to benefit from the slim pickings on offer. The experienced Sallins team were well able to apply pressure and at times the defence of Sally Kielty, Ellie Murphy, Aoife Kane, Maeve Magner and Honor O’Donovan were really put to the test. They were able to soak up this pressure however and linking up well with the midfield of Grace Kielty, Leah Fleming, Eimear Ward, Lauren Nolan, Anna O’Donovan and Aoife Ryan went on to gain the upper hand for the last ten minutes of the first half.

This period brought about decent shots from both Leah Fleming and Orlagh Fitzpatrick who saw her looping shot hit the crossbar. The half finished 0 – 0 in what was turning out to be a thrilling encounter.

The second half continued much in the same vein as the first with two teams who were very evenly matched battling hard for the ball and we saw some lovely play from our girls. Orlagh Fitzpatrick, Sarah and Leah McGovern worked tirelessly up front chasing down balls and put excellent pressure on the opposition from the outset but a well marshalled defence kept them at bay for the most part.

At times even bodies were put on the line as Grace, Lauren and Maeve had to retire to the sideline for running repairs. A corner 3 minutes from time caused heartbreak for the girls when a wicked deflection saw the ball end up over the line. There was unfortunately nothing that in-form Anna Dunlea, who had a great game between the sticks, could do to keep it out. With our girls pushing for an equaliser and just as the final whistle was about to be blown Sallins struck again to finish the game 0 – 2.

An unfortunate end to a great game but the girls can take some solace and have pride in the fact that this was probably their best team performance to date.

Honor O’Donovan, Leah Fleming, Ellie Murphy, Orlagh Fitzpatrick, Lauren Nolan, Aoife Kane, Maeve Magner, Anna O’Donovan. Sarah McGovern, Leah McGovern, Anna Dunlea. Eimear Ward, Orlagh Fitzpatrick, Sally Kielty, Grace Kielty.

Caragh Celtic Under10 Majors V Moone November 29th 2014

The team travelled without manager Bill Carbery today and without the help of Adam Carbery and Niall Cramer so there was a team of nine ready for this encounter.

 The game started off with a disappointing goal conceded but then a well taken corner from Adam Fleming surprised the opposition to make the score 1-1. Then it was the turn of midfielder Josh Finan to produce a shocker of a goal for CC to make it now 2-1! CC were well in control at this stage and then went further ahead with another goal from the boot of Adam Fleming to make the score now 3-1. The game looked to have been all over now but Moone were not to be written off here as they came back quite suddenly to make the score now 3-2 and then it was 3-3 and later on disappointingly 4-3 against CC. However, CC were quite unlucky not to have produced a gaol of their own at the end of the match but it was Moone’s day and they well deserved the win. It was difficult for some players that were picked to play in defence to stay in defence and CC were left open on more than one occasion to make the goals for Moone an easy affair but when the defensive line stayed strong, CC remained safe!

Adam Fleming and Luke worked tirelessly on the wings with Aaron, Brian and Jacob showing safe pairs of hands in goals producing some great kick outs and some nerve ending saves. Josh worked tirelessly on the ball as Jack put in tackle after tackle and laid off the ball well on more than one occasion. Shane gave this Moone side a difficult time of it with Brian really showing leadership in defence. Jacob put up an immensely brave display in defence and pressed this Moone side hard with some breath taking tackles with Aaron trying to find a creak in the Moone defense.

Overall a frustrating day for CC to lose a 3-1 lead but this can always be rectified for the future.

CC line up: Adam Fleming, Aaron Conway, Josh Finan, Ben Morrell, Jack O’Neill, Luke Martin, Shane Malone, Jacob Tuohy, Brian Merrigan

 Final Score: Moone 4 Caragh Celtic 3

Caragh girls not over the Moone!

Caragh Celtic 2
Moone Celtic 5

Moone Celtic were the visitors to the parish field today on what was a grey dull overcast day.

Our girls began brightly and had the majority of the possession throughout the first half. On five minutes Anna O’Donovan was the first to let fly and fired a venomous shot just left and wide of the mark. Aoife Kane was to follow suit shortly after but her well struck shot found the side netting, this time just to the right of the opposition goal. Moone had packed their defence and had at least four/five girls marshalling the area in front of their keeper for most of the match making it hard for our forward pairing of Anna O’Donovan and Orlagh Fitzpatrick to find space. Fifteen minutes into the half saw Leah Fleming break through from midfield and seizing on an opportunity struck the ball well but unfortunatley the shot was straight at the Moone keeper who gathered well. The girls were piling on the pressure at this stage and the team had moved up the pitch in support. This was to make room behind the defence which Moone then exploited twice and went on to score on the break against the run of play first on 20 minutes and then again on 22 minutes. They were to score again with 26 minutes on the clock. The three away goals came in quick succession two of which were totally against the run of play. Orlagh Fitzpatrick was to give us a glimmer of hope in the dying minutes of the first half. Firstly combining with Anna O’Donovan and finishing well to put the ball in the back of the opposition net to make the score 1 – 3, then placing an expertly taken well deserved penalty to the top right corner past the Moone keeper to make it 2 – 3 to finish the half.

The second half was to continue much in the same vein and even though Moone had edged themselves more into the game as the match progressed our girls still had the majority of possession. The midfield of Leah Fleming, Sarah and Leah McGovern, Aoife Kane and Maeve Magner played very well today and were great going forward, helping to heap the pressure on the Moone defence. Our defensive line up of Lauren Nolan, Ellie Murphy, Honor O’Donovan, Eva Niskonen and Eimear Ward played their hearts out in support of their team and were unlucky at times to have been caught out when they were. The best chances of the second half were to fall to Aoife Kane. Firstly combining well with Eva Niskonen with some nice football played down the left side of the pitch, the result of which almost forced an own goal. She then went on to hit the post from a corner over on the right and then was unlucky to see her beautifully floated shot from outside the box headed over just as it sailed towards the top left corner. Once again against the run of play, one of the Moone forwards found herself in the clear from a Caragh kickout and scored a well taken goal past Anna Dunlea who played well in goal today.

Moone scored again in the dying minutes to make it 2 – 5 in a game where the girls had plenty of possesion and time on the ball but unfortunately little end product against a well organised strong defence.

Eimear Ward, Honor O’Donovan, Leah Fleming,  Ellie Murphy, Orlagh Fitzpatrick, Lauren Nolan, Aoife Kane, Eva Niskonen, Maeve Magner, Anna O’Donovan. Sarah McGovern, Leah McGovern, Anna Dunlea.

U10s Heartbreak As Naas Grab Last Gasp Equaliser

Naas AFC 2
Caragh Celtic 2

We made the short journey into Naas today to face a strong Naas team that had earlier in the season given us our heaviest defeat to date. The Caragh road pitches in Naas were in fantastic condition considering all the rain we’ve had over the past week and everyone was delighted to get a game in. We could sense that our lads were a little nervous in advance of the kick off but the minute the whistle went the lads all put in terrific performances.

The first quarter was a really tight affair with both defences on top and very few chances being created. We did have a lucky escape though towards the end of the first quarter when we threw everyone forward for a corner. Naas were quick to clear their lines and looked like they had a clear run through on our goals but Cian made a great recovering run to chase back and snuff out the danger.

The second quarter continued in the same tight vein with clear chances few and far between. The deadlock was broken by us though midway through this quarter when Daire burst into the Naas box and was upended to earn a penalty. Daire took the spot kick, but the Naas keeper made a fine save diving to his right. Mikey was quickest to follow up and squared the ball for Cian to finish from close range to give us a 1-0 half time lead.

Naas drew level early in the third quarter when we missed a couple of our tackles on the edge of our area allowing a Naas player a clear chance in our area that he finished clinically to the corner of Mikey’s goal. We responded really positively to this set back though and shortly afterwards went back in front when Cian broke through on the right and finished in style to the bottom left corner of the Naas goal. Naas started throwing more players forward now looking for the equaliser but we defended really well and were very unlucky not to extend our lead as we got a number of clear chances on the break that we failed to take.

The final quarter saw both sets of players give every ounce of energy for their teams. It looked like we had just done enough to secure a fine victory but it just wasn’t to be when with the last play of the game Naas were awarded a corner that was cleared outside our area but the ball landed at the feet of a Naas player and he lobbed it back over everyone into the back of our net to break the hearts of our lads.

The final whistle was blown and the Naas players celebrated a hard fought draw while our lads were devastated.

All of our lads can be really proud of their performance today when they realise how much of a turn around they’ve produced since the last time they met this Naas team. Cian was fantastic with his two goal contribution. Conor Cassidy in goals in the first half kept a comfortable clean sheet. Daire, Evan, Noah and Ross ran themselves into the ground for their team and caused their opposite numbers lots of problems. Caolan was rock solid at the back. While Daniel was outstanding with his teamwork and ball retention. Daniel gave a great demonstration of taking what we practise in training into the match.

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

U10 Majors Sunk By Villa

Caragh Celtic Under10 Majors V Castlevilla
November 8th 2014

This was a wet, cold and blustery day to hold this home fixture for CC against Castlevilla. The first quarter of the match saw three goals netted for the travelling side and the start of the next quarter saw another being scored for the away side so that meant that CC got an extra player onto the pitch. It was with this extra player that CC began to rise in stature.

Adam Fleming produced some amazing, (and have now become the standard mark for him), corner kicks that almost found the mark each time with the keeper having to be at full stretch to keep the ball at bay. He also had a shot at goal that was denied and another up field play that did not get the connection from a well-placed pass. Josh Finan played like a dog with a bone in defence and on one occasion he got CC a free kick as the opposing player had to literally shove him to one side to get a handle on his attack run.

Adam Carbery was his usual incredible self in defence and kept the travelling side at bay quite a number of times with Luke Martin producing pass after pass to keep the visiting side guessing. Brian Merrigan was like a tiger let out of a cage as he got onto the pitch and charged up and down the field and put in the passes to set up some nice runs. Aaron Conway had great runs of play and on one occasion crossed the ball in nicely to set CC up with a good chance and proved to be that solid extra man when CC were 4-0 down.

Shane Malone had a great game and battled the dreadful conditions well and clashed with the opposing side at each time. Jack O’Neill had a great game and was very unlucky not to have scored just at the end of the match with Jacob shaping up well in midfield and quite unlucky not to score too with the keeper just being in the right place at the right time.

The only goal of the game for CC came from the boot of Niall Cramer of whom had had a game of challenging the travelling side at each time. Ben Morell had another great game and made more than one chance for his team. However, the conditions hampered play sufficiently to have the game called off and what a pity it was too as CC really did look as though they were getting a foot hold on the match.

Having said that, there was no doubt that Castlevilla were the team of the day and the scoreboard showed this.

Caragh Celtic: Adam Carbery, Adam Fleming, Aaron Conway, Josh Finan, Ben Morrell, Jack O’Neill, Luke Martin, Shane Malone, Jacob

Final Score: Caragh Celtic 1 Castlevilla 4