Monday, 20 March 2017

U10s V Castlehaven (19/3/17)

Our u10 footballers got their league off to a great start yesterday ( Sun 19th March 2017)
 with 2 good games of football against Castlehaven winning one by 2 points  and losing one by 3 points. These games were played in great spirit with some great passing and teamwork on show. These are a promising bunch of lads with great potential. 
Team. Luke o Sullivan, Owen Crowley, Connor Young,Tom o Donnell, Isaac Cronin, Paddy Russell, Tom Murphy, Jack Manning, Jack Philips, Billy Sheehan, Patrick Harrington, Niall Mcarthy, Charlie Curran, Patrick Galek, Dan Joe o Neill, Shay o Donovan, Fionn Goggin, Danny Murray, Charlie Swayne and Colm French. A big effort is being put in again this year by the lads with the responsibility for nurturing these future stars, Thanks to Joe o Donnell, Mike Russell, Liam Young, Paddy Goggin and Mike o Sullivan.

St Patrick's Day Parade

19th Feb 17 - U12s back in Action

Our U12 footballers back training today, Ainle Ó Cairealláin visited to do some movement and speed work with the lads. It's great to have the facilities to be able to do sessions like this.

12th Mar 17 - U13 P2 V Bride Rovers

U13 Premier 2 Football league Fixture:
Bride Rovers V Bantry Blues
Sun 12th March

Bantry Blues U13s travelled to Rathcormac on Sunday last to play Bride Rovers in the 2nd round of the Premier 2(1) Football League.
The game started at frantic pace with the much physically bigger home team attacking the visitors from the off, however magnificent defending from the full back line of Kyle OLeary, Jack ODonoghue & Conor Cronin cleared the lines to set up some great attacking moves with corner forward Ronan OSullivan scoring an excellent point to open the scoring. Bride Rovers from the kickout moved the ball well to weave their way to rattle the blues net.The game continued at a high pace with stand in goalie Ruairi OShea distributing well to the half back line of Cillian OBrien, Mark OSullivan & Oran Wiseman to set up attacks to leave the blues one point up at the break after some great play by Fionn ODonovan  & goals from Paddy Cronin & Eoin ONeill.
On resumption Bride Rovers used their imposing size to dominate the opening exchanges but hard work from Daire Kingston and Michael ODonovan and support from Dara McSweeney meant that the blues continued to fight hard. Rory Fitzgerald & Jack Sheedy won a lot of possession in the forward line with Eoghan ODonoghue passing well. Alex Cronin defended well on his introduction in the high tempo last quarter with both sides battling hard . The blues will feel disappointed to have lost this encounter having had four goal opportunities either brilliantly saved or hitting the upright in the second half. Full Time score ; Bride Rovers 4-06 V 3-06 Bantry Blues

Scorers; Eoin ONeill 2-00 , Paddy Cronin, 1-02, Daire Kingston 0-01, Ronan OSullivan 0-01, Rory Fitzgerald 0-01, Jack Sheedy 0-01

Bantry Blues; Ruairi OShea, Kyle OLeary, Jack ODonoghue,Conor Cronin, Cillian OBrien, Mark OSullivan, Oran Wiseman, Daire Kingston, Owen ONeill, Dara McSweeney, Michael ODonovan,Fionn ODonovan, Rory Fitzgerald,Paddy Cronin,Ronan OSullivan Subs: Jack Sheedy,Eoghan ODonoghue,Alex Cronin, Fionn Barry
Management; Ivan Kingston, Ger OBrien, Gerdie Barry, John Cronin
 (photo credits to Teri Cronin)

26th Feb 17 - U12 P2 V Eire Og

Bantry Blues Juvenile Clubs season for 2017 started on Sun last (26/2/17) when our OKeeffes Supervalu sponsored U13s league campaign commenced. On a wild Sunday afternoon our young players headed to Ovens to take on Eire Og in the Opening round of the Central Premier 2 Division. A tough game was envisaged having moved up a grade from West Cork A. Having lost the toss the boys started their tough task playing into a very strong wind, but this did not deter their attacking spirit. With both sides exchanging  scoring opportunities, excellent defending against the wind by the Blues full back line of Conor Cronin, Ruairi OShea & Kyle OLeary kept the home side scoreless until against the run of play an opportunist goal scrambled across the line. As in the past when this team is under pressure they bounce back rapidly. Following some excellent play by midfielder Michael ODonovan & Daire Kingston , a funky weighted pass to corner forward  Rory Fitzgerald cheekily slotted home an equaliser. In the blustery conditions and being the first game back both sides were a bit rusty with a small bit of ground football being played. The home side scored some fine points with the aid of the breeze with the blues efforts falling short into the strong breeze.Excellent goalkeeping saves by Ronan OSullivan and great attack play by the halfback line of Cillian OBrien, Mark OgOSullivan & Oran Wiseman kept pressure on the opposing team. Fionn ODonovan at half forward played  a wonderful return ball to Daire Kingston who with a powerful left footed shot rattled the net. At the break the game was level 1-04 to 2-01.
On resumption the blues with the wind at their backs moved up a gear with Dara McSweeney getting on loose ball and Eoin ONeill taking some long range shots, two of which ended in the net having gone over the goalkeeper. The home side were not to be outdone and for a 10 minute spell took control scoring 3 goals putting pressure on the young blues.  The full forward line was now moving well with points from Jack Sheedy & Michael Daly. The blues emptied the bench to give all players game time and the replacements Eoghan ODonoghue, Ryan Walsh and Eoin McCarthy all slotted in seamlessly to their positions with Paddy Cronin producing a magnificent goal at the end following some excellent teamwork. The football on view was excellent given the conditions with the young blues block down count well in the double figures. The referee would have to be given top marks for his consistency in applying the rules and correct use of advantage rule.Full Time ; Eire Og 4-04 V 5-05 Bantry Blues
Bantry Blues U13s sponsored by O'Keeffes Supervalu

(26/2/17) U13 P2 V Eire Og
Ronan O Sullivan
Kyle OLeary
Ruairi OShea
Conor Cronin
Cillian OBrien
Mark Og OSullivan
Oran Wiseman
Daire Kingston
Michael ODonovan
Dara McSweeney
Eoin ONeill
Fionn ODonovan
Rory Fitzgerald
Jack Sheedy
Michael Daly
Eoghan ODonoghue
Ryan Walsh
Eoin McCarthy
Paddy Cronin

Rory Fitzgerald, 1.01
Jack Sheedy 0.01
Cillian O'Brien, 0.01
Micheal Daly 0.01
Daire Kingston 1.01
Owen O'Neill 2.00
Paddy Cronin 1.00

Team Management; Ivan Kingston, Ger OBrien, Gerdie Barry, John Cronin
> Photos thanks to ; Teri Cronin