Macron Galway Cup 2014 2014-08-07 09:39:00



The ADSL is delighted to be again participating in the Galway Cup, sponsored by Macron.


The Galway Cup is now in its 10th year and is now firmly established on the Irish football calendar as one of the most important football tournaments and sporting events in the country.


The ADSL views our participation in the Galway Cup as an important part of the continuing development of our Academy players and it has played a key role in advancing the development of our young players by consistently exposing them to a high standard of football in a competitive tournament environment. Others talk about developing players. The ADSL actually does something about it and gives young ADSL Academy players the opportunity to play against very good like-minded teams in an excellent facility.


This year the ADSL has entered two teams in separate U-13 competitions for players born in 2001 or after. The ADSL has an entry in the 2001 Elite Section and is in Group A (of 3 Groups) with North East Counties Schoolboy League, the Kerry Schoolboy League and Northern Ireland.


The ADSL also has an entry in the 2001 Boys Section and is in Group B of that competition with Kerry, Limerick County, Clare Schoolboy League and DDSL side, Belvedere.


Most of the competing players participated in the Welsh Super Cup last week and have only one full day’s recovery before playing again in Galway.


We wish all ADSL players a great Tournament in Galway over the next four days.


                           DAY ONE – WEDNESDAY 6TH AUGUST 2014


It would be a bust first day at the Macron Galway Cup with both the Elite team and the Boys team each having two games each today. First into action are the ADSL team in the 2001 Elite competition.




                                ADSL     1      :      KERRY SCHOOLBOY LEAGUE       0


The ADSL kicked off the 2014 Macron Galway Cup with a 1-0 win over a fancied Kerry Schoolboy League side.


Kerry started better and it took a very good Gary Martin save to keep them out. However the ADSL soon settled to their task and started to pass the ball and retain possession and took the lead in the 10th minute.


Jack O’Beirne did very well, chasing what looked a lost cause, putting pressure on the goalkeeper and then dispossessing him before pulling the ball back into the path of Stephen O’Connor who deftly lifted the ball into the net for 1-0.


Eoin Keogh might have doubled that lead on 20 minutes but the two sides turned around at half-time with the ADSL still that one goal to the good.


In the second half Stephen O’Connor had a half chance after ten minutes and then the ADSL had a good shout for a penalty denied. Two minutes later the referee allowed an advantage to the ADSL with Oisin Duffy just wide with a low shot. Jordan Carr did have a good shot well saved in the last minutes but that early goal was enough to seal a very good ADSL victory.


We played well in patches but we can play better but we are very happy with this win and a great start to the week.



                                         ADSL     1       :       LIMERICK COUNTY       0


The ADSL Boys also started with a very good win.


The ADSL Boys started slowly but still had a great chance after five minutes when a good Adam Turley pass picked out Conor Rushe who was unlucky to see his low shot parried by the keeper and then hacked off the line. On 16 minutes Conor put in Adam Donoghue but his shot was well saved for the expense of a corner.


The ADSL hit the front six minutes into the second half. There was great interplay between Daniel McDermott and Conor Rushe with the ball falling to Ryan Conway who blasted into the roof of the net.


After that we played really well and might have scored more but that one goal was enough. It was however a very good performance. Now the Boys team have a five hour wait for their second game this evening. But this was a great start.



                            ADSL      3   :     NORTH EAST COUNTIES LEAGUE        2


This was a great game of football.


We started at a high tempo and put them under early pressure. Twice in the opening minutes we dispossessed their defenders with one shot wide, another effort ruled out for a questionable offside and the third well saved. Otherwise, Nasir Ishola came closest to opening the scoring with a snap shot after a well worked corner routine. But there was to be no score in that first half.


We exploded into the second half. In the first minute Oisin charged into their box only to be hacked down by their keeper for a penalty and their keeper was very lucky to still be on the pitch to see Jordan Carr coolly and calmly slot the spot kick past him for a 1-0 lead.


Four minutes later we were two up and appeared to be coasting. Josh Hanney floated in a great corner kick with the ball falling to Stephen O’Connor who slotted home from close range. Three minutes later it might have been three after Jordan got on the end of a good move only to be denied by a good save.


We were looking good but then NEC score twice in as many minutes for 2-2 with just 15 minutes to play.


The ADSL set about winning this game for a second time. With five minutes to play we hit the front again. It was great work by Eoin Keogh and Daragh Kenna that found Jordan in limited space who turned and then blasted to the net for his second goal of the game and the ADSL’s third of a marvellous match. It was a feat of great skill and just reward for Jordi who simply terrorised them every time he got on the ball.


We held out to the end to record another very good win and our mood improved when we heard that Kerry have beaten Northern Ireland 2-0. That is a bit of a shock. We watched part of NI’s 6-1 win over NEC this morning and they look very good. This NI team are a project development for the IFA and they train up to three times per week and have recently beaten Manchester United and the North Dublin Schoolboy League. Jim Magilton is in charge and they looked very impressive.


That sets up our meeting with Northern Ireland tomorrow at 1.00pm. Kerry may have just annoyed the beast but we will give it a real go. As matters stand we top the Group!


But we still have one more game to play today.



                                          ADSL     1       :     BELVEDERE         6


This started and ended badly.


We were two goals down after five minutes. Both goals were cheap and soft in the extreme and indicated a sense of fatigue in this group.


However we rallied and scored perhaps the goal of the tournament. Ronan Scanlon played a great ball down the right flank for Adam Donoghue to race onto, then cut inside and at full pace belted the ball from distance and it just flew into the net. What a goal!


It gave us hope and we played really well for a time with Cillian Lawlor and Ryan Conway in particular threatening down the left flank but all over the pitch we were playing really well. We might have equalised on 15 minutes when a Daniel McDermott shot following a corner was saved.


However on 21 minutes they scored again and we seemed to crumble. We afforded them too much space and they scored with a good shot from distance to make it 3-1.


Most of these players were in Wales last week and looked tired after a very long day. We also have a few injuries and are low on numbers and conceded a further three goals in a torrid second half. It might have been more but for some resolute defending and excellent saves first from Can Tracey and then by Zach Nolan with a truly fantastic diving save from Zach a particular highlight. It was a tough way to finish an otherwise very good day with loads more to look forward to tomorrow.


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