Weekend News   11/03/2014

Under-15 SFAI Inter-League:


                                      ADSL BLOW LONGFORD AWAY



                         ADSL       3       :      LONGFORD SCHOOLBOY LEAGUE    0


The ADSL maintained their unbeaten record with a very impressive 3-0 win over the Longford Schoolboy League in difficult conditions in Iona Park on Saturday afternoon when a strong wind did its best to frustrate the best efforts of both sides.


The ADSL had that strong wind on their backs in the first half and totally dominated the most of that opening half. Indeed it until the 33rd minute of that first half before the ADSL goalkeeper Jordan Nugent had the ball in his hands for the first time. In front of him the ADSL attacked with great flair and purpose.


The ADSL took the lead in the 8th minute. Good work by Daniel Heavin picked out Eoin Egan who spotted the giant Jack Fox slightly off his line and fired in a great shot from distance that just flew over his head and into the net for an early lead.


The ADSL doubled that lead just five minutes later when Brian Derwin superbly judged the wind to score direct from a corner kick finding the far top corner with a wonder strike.


It seemed the ADSL would build from there but despite repeated attack did not add to their tally. They did have two efforts notched off for offside decisions, one of which came at the end of a great move. Brian Derwin was also unlucky not to grab a second with a great shot that flew just over from a great cross by the superb Cian Johnson.


Longford were under almost constant pressure for most of that first half but must have been delighted to turn around with the wind only two goals in arrears. But they face a different storm in the second half with a simply magnificent second half performance by the home side.


The tone was set in the first minute after the restart when both Luke Gavin Mangan and Conor Layng had chances at the near post after an early corner kick. Brian Derwin then had a great shot brilliantly saved by Fox as the ADSL played magnificently against the wind with their short passing and movement a joy to behold.


They were rewarded with a third goal in the 14th minute of the half. Jonathan Moloney won a great ball and played it up to the outstanding Cormac Gavin who rolled a simply sumptuous pass into the path of Cian Johnson who calmly rounded the advancing keeper and stroked the ball into the empty net for a quality goal and 3-0.


The ADSL had other chances. Both Ben Cox and Kevin Loonam were unlucky not to score in the closing stages but overall this was a mighty team performance with any number of outstanding individual performances. Daniel Heavin and Luke Gavin Mangan were an impregnable wall in the heart of the defence. Conor Fitzmaurice raided to great effect down the flanks from right back. Cian Johnson was outstanding on the other flank and a succession of markers could not handle him. Cormac Gavin linked it all together in midfield with a master class in passing the ball simply and accurately while Brian Derwin was a constant threat up front.


It was a very impressive showing by the ADSL’s Under-15’s.


ADSL: Jordan Nugent (Ballinahown), Conor Fitzmaurice (St. Josephs), Jonathon Moloney (Ballinasloe), Daniel Heavin (Ballinahown), Luke Gavin Mangan (Ballinahown), Eoin Egan (Hodson Bay), Conor Layng (Ballinasloe), Conor Lynam (Ballinahown), Brian Derwin (Hodson Bay), Cormac Gavin (Ballinahown), Cian Johnson (Ballinahown).

Subs : Joe Carmody (AC Francis) for Egan (47 mins); Ben Cox (Temple Villa) for Derwin (56 mins); Kevin Loonam (Ballinahown) for Layng (66 mins); Callum Dunne (Ballinahown) for Moloney (68 mins).




                                    ADSL U-12’s ARE TIPP TOP!


                             ADSL     10     :    NORTH TIPPERARY LEAGUE     1


The ADSL Under-12 Academy played a Development friendly with their counterparts from the North Tipperary Schoolboy League over three half hour periods on the AIT Astro-turf pitch on Sunday afternoon.


The ADSL used 21 players recording 3-0, 2-1 and 5-0 wins in those three periods playing some great football in an excellent work out.


In the first period the ADSL took the lead when Adam Lennon and Jack Ryan worked a good short corner routine for Ben O’Carroll to apply the finish for a goal made in Hodson Bay. St. Joseph’s Patrick Gavin combined with Jack Ryan to create the second goal for Ben O’Carroll and then just at the end Mark Naughton from St. Joseph’s scored from close range with a great finish for an opening 3-0 win.


The ADSL went behind in the early minutes of the second thirty minutes conceding from a corner. However they were soon back on level terms when the outstanding Travis Courtney from St. Peters played a great ball to Niall Cunningham with the Ballinasloe man scoring with a thunderous shot in off the post. Niall later turned provider with a great pass to Rian Carpenter with the St. Joseph’s player scoring with a great shot lobbing the stranded goalkeeper for another great goal.


The ADSL really went to town in the final thirty minutes. Hodson Bay’s Adam Lennon scored a screamer from out on the left. Lennon got a second finishing first time from Matthew Cox’s superb low cross after a great run down the right by the Temple Villa man.


Hodson Bay’s Ben O’Carroll was unlucky not to score after a mazy run and great shot that came back off the post but his club mate Jack Ryan was on hand to finish the rebound but Ben had the last word with the last two goals firstly drifting almost effortlessly to cut inside and score and then linking up with debutant Adam Flanagan (Hodson Bay) and Temple Villa’s Cillian Lynam to score the last goal of the day.


It was an excellent outing by the ADSL Under-12 Academy. Apart from the goal scorers there were also excellent performances by Patrick Reilly (St. Peters) in goal, Shane Keenan (Hodson Bay), Josh Lennon and Jason Ryan (both St. Joseph’s), Liam West (AC Francis), Richard Browne, Roan Sweeney and Ronan Scanlon (all Temple Villa) and by Brian Nestor from Hodson Bay playing up from the ADSL U-11 Academy.



                                               GOOD LUCK CONOR!


Everyone in the ADSL will extend best wishes to Ballinahown’s Conor Lynam who is called up for Assessment for the national U-15 Squad in Dublin on this Sunday.


Conor is on the ADSL U-15 Development Academy, had a super Kennedy Cup in 2013 and is currently on the FAI’s Regional Emerging Talent Squad and has been on the fringes of the national squad all season.


We wish Conor the very best on Sunday.  


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