U-13 CMUL LEAGUE
Ballyhaise Celtic 1
Monaghan United 2
An early start to Sunday morning for a young Monaghan United team who had to travel to Cavan to play ballyhaise Celtic,
All praise has to go to players and parents for having lads up and ready for 8.30 on such a cold frosty morning,
The lads all arrived in great spirit and were up for the game,and boy what a game it was.
A few changes were made to the Monaghan line up, and it paid off, as young Jakob Frizelwich and Annan Connors dominated the midfield along with Harry Mallon. They were for the most part in complete control in the centre of the pitch, played their roles to perfection, winning every ball that came out and setting up some great play.
Early in the game Terence Mcdonald made a darting run through the heart of the Ballyhaise defence and was just about to shoot only to be ruled offside. Soon after Leon McCabe made a powerful run up the left wing and won a corner, which he took and delivered a super ball straight to the head of Annan Connors, who thumped it into top corner, 1 nil to Utd.
Ballyhaise had several chances, but the day belonged to Daniel Reilly in the Monaghan goal as the young keeper was superb and pulled off save after save and this was to be his best ever game as the Utd shot stopper. Both teams had several chances and both keepers were kept very busy.
Ballyhaise broke through from the left and a misunderstanding between keeper and defender led to the equalizer for Ballyhaise,each thought the other had it covered and the ball spilled past them both, it was just one of those goals!! 1-1.
Monaghan United showed great grit and determination and kept the pressure on pushing forward constantly. Connor McGuire came on for the injured Leon McCabe and almost made an immediate impact with some great skilful runs and by playing in some super passes.
Terence McDonald tore the Ballyhaise defence apart a few times and was unlucky not to have bagged a few goals, but he kept working hard and never stopped trying.
Dylan Ballentine and Joseph Duffy were rock solid in defence and caused the ballyhaise strikers all kinds of trouble, both made some great clearances and showed great strength and confidence in their roles.
Aaron Mulligan made some speedy and skilful runs up the left wing and crossed in some amazing balls, and was unlucky also not to have scored a few. It was an Aaron Mulligan cross that was flicked on by Annan Connors which led to Shea Treanor volleying to the net for the goal of the day past the ballyhaise keeper. A stunning goal !!!! 1-2 to United.
Caomhan Woods came on for Terence McDonald and showed that he has a great first touch and awareness.
Steven McCloskey who was playing as sweeper came out of no-where with the ball and made a run from the United defence and with some amazing skill took on half the Ballyhaise team by himself, going around and passing player after player and got right up to the box only to shoot narrowly wide. It could have been a goal of the season contender had it went in. Ballyhaise had one girl on their team that deserves a mention as she was by far one of the best on the day. She was very strong and showed the girls can match the boys. Pity more girls weren’t, involved as she showed great heart and determination at right back, “well done Rachael”.
The final whistle went, with the hard working Monaghan Utd taking the well deserved spoils, well done to each and every player on the day. Themanagement team Of Noel and David were very proud of the entire team.
This team is sponsored by Kieran McMahon Tyres, Plantation and The Four Seasons Hotel.
Monaghan United 6-2 Lavey Utd
CMUL U16 League
Monaghan’s first half wasn’t the improvement manager Packie Cooney wanted to see as Lavey went ahead after 10 minutes, a long free-kick was latched onto and flicked over the ‘keeper by a cool Eoghan Cooney. After much pressure and guilt edged chances for Mantis and Conor Doyle, the later tapped in from a corner taken by Jason McBride and knocked down by Tyler O’Hanlon. United were missing their captain Shane McMahon due to a calf injury who had been their best player up to this game. Tyler had to slot into centre half but midway during the first half he moved up his natural position of central midfield with Stephen Corrigan going to centre back and Lewis Gibson coming on for Mantis at right back.
At half time it was still 1-1 despite the Mons pressure and the chances they had let slip. One move, Jason McBride played an excellent 1-2 with Alvaro Morales, on the edge of the box Jason shot but was denied by a good save by Lavey’s ‘keeper.
Tyler’s move into midfield turned the tide of the game with his pace and energy causing big problems as he constantly ran at the Lavey defenders. He scored a brilliant individual goal dribbling past at least 3/4 Lavey players before rounding the ‘keeper and slotting the ball into the empty net. Mantis was put back on this time Conor Doyle made way. Mantis seemed a changed player, full of confidence and was making all the right moves. He drove down Lavey’s right flank to the byline and crossed deep to the back post for Keelan O’Reilly to volley home for 3-1. However, Lavey pulled a goal back and nothing seemed certain for United despite the domination of possession.
Monaghan brought the gap back to 2 goals when Dillon Kelly released Jason with a great pass down the left wing. This came straight from a Lavey corner so there were only 3 defenders back and Mantis running ahead. Jason dribbled at the first defender using a step-over cut infield and layed the ball to Mantis to finish in style. A fine display on how to counter-attack effectively. Jason then set-up Tyler’s second with a fine delivery from a corner, Tyler, the smallest player on the pitch, rose highest and fired his header into the net. Alvaro then turned provider for Mantis as he played a great 1-2 inside the centre back for Mantis to bag his second of the afternoon. It was a fine second half display from Mantis and the whole team who turned on the style emphatically from the break.
Man of the Match for me goes to Tyler O’Hanlon with 2 excellent goals and 2 assists also, though Jason McBride, Alvaro and Mantis also put on great performances. It certainly wasn’t a one man show by any means.
Monaghan United Squad: Abraham Dixon, Stephen Corrigan, Dillon Kelly, Colm Lennon, Lewis Gibson, Tyler O’Hanlon, Alvaro Morales, Conor Doyle, Jason McBride(C), Keelan O’Reilly, Conghal Treanor, Conor Gaffney, Remy McKenna, Mantis.
Cavan Town 3-3 Monaghan United
CMUL U15 League
On what can only described as being an “Irish” winters night United traveled to Cavan to play the Town under lights. In was very windy and the rain started coming down in the second half. United had a horrendous first 10 minutes, some still seemed to be on the bus as 2 goals went in in quick succession. The first from a corner kick, the front post wasn’t well covered and the ball slipped in after a defenders deflection. The second came with a long ball over the top which Dylan McMullen ran onto and finished ahead of United’s centre backs who were caught square.
After this however Monaghan began to dominate possession and played some of the great football. Though they were always shakey at the back and this showed when the ball bounced over the defenders and again Dylan ran on and with a great shot beat Abraham in goals.
For the defensive display Monaghan deserved to have conceded, but with the passes they were stringing together they definitely deserved to still be in contention although even a point was looking unlikely. The rest of the first half was a joy to watch, although the one thing lacking was the finish with Jordan Murray and Conor Doyle getting in great positions but failing to convert their chances. Lewis Gibson and Marc Treanor moved the ball well with Besorah Moba and playmaker Eli Ward playing some lovely penetrating passes to the front three. Mathew McQuaid and Martynas Pilvinis were excellent on the ball, both calm and composed, rarely losing the ball. Soki John had an up and down first half, making some great dribbles but then losing possession after his hard work. Thomas Croarkin worked hard down the right flank at full back, he posed a threat to the Town down the right hand side with Besorah tucking in letting Tommy overlap successfully on many occasions. United’s ability to play the ball out of defence normally under significant pressure was impressive.
With half-time United retreated to the dressing room for a pep talk and a breather. They returned to the pitch focused on their jobs, remembering the previous games they had been down and out, only to salvage a great result. They stayed resolute and played more as a unit in the second half. Though Cavan did hit the woodwork with a long shot in the second half Monaghan’s defense was much more solid. Niall Crawley replaced Tommy at right back and played very well. The half remained scoreless with Monaghan camped in the opponents half, the decision was made to play 3 at the back and push Soki upfield which seemed to make the difference.
The Mons pressure began to have venom, Eli jinxed his way past 3 Cavan defenders as he does so often and burried his shot in the bottom corner from 25 yards out, a fantastic finish. He was again involved as he set Conor away who poked the ball past the onrushing Gary O’Rourke to bring it back to 3-2. It now seemed only a matter of time for the equalizer and Finbar McGinn played Alvaro Soriano through on goal after some scrappy play in the box to slot the ball into the corner making it 3-3! Both players had come on in the second half and performed really well. The Mons could have won it, Jordan with some great dribbling shot inches wide, for all his great play he was very unlucky not to score. James Bourke hit a long range freekick in yet another nail biting moment. However it finished at 3-3, Cavan were clinical with their chances but Monaghan deserved the comeback playing some great football. Mattie and Martynas were very solid in the second half, both were difficult to beat and cleared well when needed.
The stand out performers in this game were definately Monaghan’s creative passers, mainly Lewis Gibson, Eli Ward and Besorah Moba. All three did their jobs in keeping the ball and creating chances for the forwards. Besorah gets the nod narrowly, his passing was excellent, even when pushed out wide he had a big input in the game.
Monaghan United Squad: Abraham Dixon, Thomas Croarkin, Soki John(C), Mathew McQuaid, Martynas Pilvinis, Lewis Gibson, Marc Treanor, Niall Crawley, Eli Ward, Besorah Moba, Conor Doyle, Jordan Murray, Finbar McGinn, James Bourke.