Carlow College Soccer Team edge Students and Staff All-Star Team in charity match for Sama

€460 was raised in a special charity soccer match last Wednesday as students and staff alike gathered to raise funds for Sama, a young boy with a rare genetic skin disorder. Sama has a thickened skin which grows 200% faster than normal and was the guest of honour alongside his classmates from the Educate Together School in Carlow. An All-Star Team made up of students and staff took on the college’s soccer team who had a good campaign in Division Four of the Colleges and Universities Soccer League earlier on in the year. The Soccer Team came out on top in the end, winning 5-4.

The crowds had gathered early on the college grounds in anticipation of what was sure to be a fantastic day. Both teams were in place and gathered at the side of the pitch to welcome Sama and his classmates with a guard of honour. They all then made their way to the side of the pitch where a piper blared out Amhrán na BhFiann but not before the surprise referee for the day could be unveiled. The surprise referee was led out to the pitch in a black cape covering him until he was revealed to a very shocked crowd to be the college Registrar, Dr. Thomas McGrath. With everybody in place it was over to the MC for the day, the very lively Dr. Derek Coyle to start the match.

The game started brightly with the Soccer Team having the best of the early chances. With less than a minute on the clock, Craig Henderson had jumped onto a Danny O’Keeffe pass and was flying down the left wing. He crossed it into the box but it went over the heads of everybody in there and out. An Adam Colton cross from the right hand side subsequently went out for a goal kick.

The all-star team, not wanting to be left out of the action had a chance themselves just seconds later as Dr. Noel Kavangh crossed into the box only for it to be cleared away by O’Keeffe at the back. Moments later, Henderson was down the wing again only to be dispossed by Darragh Wheeler who sent the ball out for a goal kick.

The first goal of the game came shortly afterwards with Kevin Anthony volleying the ball in through the bottom left hand corner. The all-star team had a close chance soon after as Karen Delaney got her knee to a cross from Dr. John McHugh only for it to go over the bar.

The second goal for the soccer team came on six minutes as Kevin Anthony gave the ball into Adam Colton on the left hand side and he dribbled his way into the middle of the park and scored. They continued their dominance through chances from Craig Henderson who got on the end of a Dan Greville ball and tried to shoot but it went over the bar and Adam Colton who had a one-two with James Ferry before shooting only to be blocked off the line. James Ferry made it three for the Soccer Team as he volleyed the ball in through the middle but not before Dr. McHugh had an attempt on goal and was blocked by the defence.

The Soccer Team continued their dominance up until half time with some half chances as Ferry launched a long ball which went wide and out for a corner, Enda O’Toole crossed into the box only to find the head of Ollie Meaney in the all-star defence and Colton shot wide and then got blocked moments later. On the stroke of half-time, Delaney had a chance to pull one back for the all-stars as she got onto the end of a Meaney cross but again could only see it over the bar.

The Soccer Team had a goal disallowed by Dr. McGrath, the referee shortly after the interval as Cillian Taafe passed to James Ferry who put the ball in the back of the net. The All-Star Staff and Students Team pulled a goal back through Darragh Wheeler who got the ball in the middle and put it past Kevin Nolan in the goal. The Soccer Team had a couple of chances to extend their lead in the second half as Henderson tried a shot on goal, coming in from the left hand side but was blocked and Colton shot on goal after a through ball from Ferry.

Taafe got his name on the scoresheet shortly afterwards as he latched onto a Colton pass to make it four. He had another attempt shortly after but again was blocked. The All-Star Team pulled a goal back moments later as Michael Sherman put the ball past the injured Nolan in goal after latching onto a Delaney pass on the right hand side. Seconds later, the Soccer Team defence were caught unaware as Delaney scored, coming in through the middle past O’Keeffe for the third goal for the All-Star Team. Player-Manager, PJ Lawler brought himself for the Soccer Team on with just minutes left in the game ad latched onto a pass in the midfield and volleyed it in from outside the box to make it five.

Samantha Nestor then crossed into the box for the All-Stars but the ball went over everybody’s heads and out. The Soccer Team had a couple of half chances shortly afterwards as John Mangan stopped a O’Keeffe corner and O’Keeffe shooting wide after being played in by Lawler. The All-Star Team had a couple of chances of their own as Meaney shot at goal, hitting the post, giving the ball to Nestor who could not finish, Dr. McHugh who crossed it in only for Henderson to put it out for a corner and Nestor who shot wide.

They did finally pull a goal back with minutes left in the game as Meaney scored after Greville tried to stop what looked a certain goal just seconds previously. Dr. Kavanagh had an attempt seconds later but was tackled by O’Keeffe which led to a free kick. A scuffle emerged in the wall with players each trying to secure victory for their team but the free was eventually taken by Wheeler but it went wide to end the game.

Teams:

Soccer Team: Kevin Nolan, Dan Greville, Daniel Mackey, Danny O’Keeffe, Enda O’Toole, Kevin Anthony, Adam Connor, David Kilkelly, Craig Henderson, James Ferry, Adam Colton, Cillian Taafe, Philip Flynn, PJ Lawler

All-Star Team: John Mangan, James Heaney, Shannon Taggart, Dr. Noel Kavanagh, Dr. John McHugh, Dr. Eoghan Smith, Michael Sherman, Samantha Nestor, Darragh Wheeler, Emma Carroll, Averil Lawler, Alison Brennan, Marili Dooley, Helen Maher, Edel O’Brien, Corey Brennan, Ollie Meaney, Joanna Wator, Karen Delaney

Leicester City fairy tale takes nasty twist

The Leicester City story has been that of a fairy tale the past few years. In 2014, they won promotion to the Premier League, they then finished 14th in the league in their debut season in the League, won the Premier League the following season at odds of 5000-1 and even managed to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League. However, the fairy tale took a nasty twist last night as coach, Claudio Ranieri less than twelve months after winning the League, leaving fans outraged. 

Not much has gone right for Leicester this season. They have struggled in the league, winning just five games. Many of their star players from last season such as Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez, Wes Morgan have looked ordinary at times. Their key midfield talisman from last season, N’Golo Kante was sold to Chelsea in the summer. They haven’t scored a league goal in 2017. There has even been mention of a palyer’s revolt of late, with stories of him losing his aura in the dressing room emerging with players apparently not happy at certain selection or tactical choices.

They currently stand just one place above the relegation zone, leaving the club’s owners with no choice but to sack the man who only six weeks ago won the FIFA Coach of the Year award, having led the club to a miraculous league victory. The decision has left many fans and fellow coaches outraged. Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho wore a top with the initials CR on it to his press conference today and said that he believed that the players let the shocking victory get to their heads as they lost the humbleness that won them the league last season. He also wrote on instagram saying “Champion of England and Fifa manager of the year sacked. That’s the new football, Claudio. Keep smiling amico. Nobody can delete the history you wrote.” Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp called the decision mystifying and likened it to the likes of Trump and Brexit as one of the most strange decisions over the past year and a half. 

Fans were not happy either with facebook pages like ‘Justice for Ranieri’ and memes like ‘The Leicester City Snakes’ appearing online over the past 24 hours. Many fan videos thanking Ranieri have appeared online too. 

Ranieri himself released a statement saying that his ‘dream had died’ and that he had wanted to stay at the club that he loved, Leicester. He called the adventure amazing and that it would stay with him forever.

Whilst many will argue that he was harsh to be sacked because of what he did last season, there will be those that will argue that his record for this season is cause enough for him to be sacked. Had it been any other manager and he not acheived the impossible last year, he would surely have been sacked already. In fact, other managers this season have been sacked for having similar records. Alan Pardew,  Bob Bradley and Mike Phelan have all been sacked this season with similar bad records.

There are many questions that fans will be trying to answer over the next few days including who is to balme for the club’s demise this season. Is it Ranieri’s fault or the players? Teams have figured out how to beat Leicester this season and many will blame Ranieri for not changing the way the team plays and their tactics. However, the players have not performed this season. They have not scored as many goals this season with the likes of Vardy and mahrez not reaching the heights they did last season. They have let in more goals this season than they did last season too with Morgan and Huth showing their age. 

Ranieri does have a good record though of surviving relegation having led Italian club Parma to a run of good results that meant they narrowly stayed up back in 2007. There will be those that would believe he could have kept them up had he been afforded the opportunity.

Madigan Left Out of Ireland Squad

Former Leinster outhalf, Ian Madigan has once again been overlooked for selection for Ireland after the squads were announced last week with Joe Schmidt opting to go with just two outhalves for the upcoming Six Nations. Madigan, who moved to Bordeaux Begles from Leinster during the summer in order to get regular game time has found international opportunities hard to come by since leaving the Irish club.

The 27 year old has played second fiddle for most of his career at Leinster and with his country, being the back up to Jonathan Sexton for his first few years of his career. When he came on for Sexton or played in the centre, he frequently impressed and was always considered to be a promising player. When Sexton left to go play for Racing Metro in France a few seasons ago, there was the expectation that Madigan would be afforded more regular game time at outhalf. However, Joe Schmidt left to take up the Ireland job with new manager Matt O’Connor preferring new signing Jimmy Gopperth to Madigan who was then played in the centre. Just as Gopperth announced his departure from Leinster last season, Jonathan Sexton announced his return, meaning that Madigan would yet again be sidelined.

When his contract with Leinster ran out, he decided to go to France where he felt regular game time would help boost his international chances. However, since Madigan has left for France, he has been frozen out of the international scene. Schmidt has instead opted to pick Ulster outhalf, Paddy Jackson, who not so long ago was behind Madigan in the pecking order despite Madigan’s lack of game time, as his backup for the Six Nations. However, many fans are outraged at the way Madigan has been treated, complaining that Sexton was not given the same treatment when he left for Racing Metro in 2013. Sexton continued to be the number one outhalf for Ireland while he was over in France despite a drop in form.

Many pundits are brandishing his omission as a mistake and believe Madigan to be a better, more creative player than Jackson. There is also a belief that should Sexton get injured in the opening game against Scotland, that they would have a crisis on their hands, a crisis that Madigan would be able to stop. Madigan himself believes though that his form has not been consistent enough to merit a call up whilst Schmidt says that Madigan would not have been able to attend the whole three days of their warm up training camp due to commitments with his club.

Premier League Managerial Merry go Round Continues over Festive Period

The Festive Period saw three managerial casualties as Alan Pardew, Bob Bradley and most recently Mike Phelan lost their jobs as the three clubs aree rooted to the bottom of the Premier League Table.

Alan Pardew got sacked by Crystal Palace just before Christmas due to their poor start to the season. Pressure was mounting from fans as they started questioning his tactics at times and believed that he was making the wrong call at times including not bringing on substitutes at the right time that could have influenced games. However, it is results that count ultimately and with only four wins, his time was up. Chairman, Steve Parish, believed at the start of the season that they did actually have a good squad and said that the fans believed this as well. He believed that they did actually have a good squad and that they could survive in the league but Pardew was unable to get the best out of that group of players. He believed that they needed a ‘new voice’. 

That new voice was Sam Allardyce who had been sacked from the England National Team only a couple of months previously. He was sacked afyer one game in charge newpaper sting operation that showed Allardyce giving advice on how to profit from transfers, getting around the FA rules and criticising the FA and the redevelopment of Wembley. However, his brilliant track record of keeping clubs up earned him the role at Palace.

Bob Bradley was sacked shortly after Christmas after only 85 days, having only gotten eight points from eleven games. Bradley believed that he was unfairly sacked and was not afforded the chance to put his own stamp on the team. The club was struggling even before Bradley took charge as is evident from the fact that they have had six managers in the last thirteen months. They sold key men in the summer and did not properly replace them. He gave the example of managers at the top level such as Antonio Conte, Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola who had been afforded time as they adjusted to the Premier League.

He was replaced by Paul Clement, the former Assistant Coach at Bayern Munich. Clement worked alongside Carlo Ancelotti at Bayern, having previously worked alongside him at Real Madrid, PSG and Chelsea. He also managed at Derby County where he was sacked after seven months in charge having notnwon in seven games leaving Derby in fifth, five points behind fourth placed Hull. He is coming to Swansea with a no nonsense attitude as he told the players that he is not afraid to drop anyone if they are underperforming. He used the fact that he once took Christiano Ronaldo off whilst taking charge at Real Madrid as Ancelotti served a two game ban as proof.

Mike Phelan became the latest managerial casualty after winning just one game in eighteen since taking ovver as Manager. Phelan took over from Steve Bruce in August and retained the support of the players and the fans and was applauded in his final game in charge. There was never calls from the fans for Phelan to be sacked unlike at Swansea and Palace. He had a tough start to the season, having only thirteen senior players available in his first game due to injuries and transfers. However he did manage to negotiate victories over the reigning champions, Leicester and Swansea. An injury time winner was the only thing that stopped them beating Manchester United and emerging unbeaten from August.However, the lack of good transfer targets became a problem as many of the players they signed had not played in the Premier League before and it showed as their goal difference reached  minus 27. 

Hull appointed Marco Silva as the successor to Phelan. Silva, who led Sporting to the Portuguese Cup in 2015 but was sacked shortly after for apparently not wearing the club suit, was available to take charge straight away, having left Olympiacos for personal reasons. He is not a straightforward choice to take over as he has no experience of English football, speaks very little English and will take charge of a mainly British squad. Hull are hoping that Silva, who has a very influential Portuguese agent will be able to attract some big players to Hull.

Murrays’ No.1

2016 has certainly been a year to remember for Andy and Jamie Murray as they both ended up no. 1 in their respective discipline of tennis, Andy in the singles and Jamie in the doubles with partner Bruno Soares. 

Andy began the year as no. 2,  a long way behind Novak Djokovic who has dominated the sport for the past five years. He began the year poorly, losing in the finals of the Australian and French Open tournaments to Djokovic and fell short in several masters events in Monte Carlo, Miami, Indian Wells and Madrid whilst winning in Italy. However, his luck really started to change when grass court season began in May. He won at Queens, beating Milos Raonic before going on to beat Raonic at Wimbledon to claim his first grand slam tournament of the year. He then headed off to the Rio Olympics in good form and after a close match with Juan Martin del Potro, came away with the gold medal once again. He then went on to go out at the quarter final stage at the US Open and lost in the final of the Cincinnati Masters. However, he then went onto win several other masters tournaments in China, Shanghai and Vienna. That meant it would come down to a showdown in Paris. If Djokovic reached the final he would be number one whilst Murray had to get to win and hope Djokovic could not progress past the semi-finals. As it happened, Djokovic got knocked out in the quarter-final meaning that Murray just had to get to the final. He went on to win that and obtain the world no. 1 ranking. The end of year no. 1 slot was up for grabs in the season ending tour finals. The equation was simple, whoever finished best would  become no. 1 for Christmas and would stay there until the new year. It came down to a showdown between Murray and Djokovic in the final and after a mini comeback, it was Murray who came through comfortably to take the end of year number 1 crown from his rival Novak Djokovic. 

Jamie Murray began life with his new partner Bruno Soares in January of this year and the two hit it off instantly, winning the Australian Open title. They went on to win another tournament, this time in Sydney. He then took a break from playing with Soares to team up with his brother Andy to beat Japan and progress to the next round of the Davis Cup. He reunited with Soares just in time for the Monte Carlo Masters and the Rogers Cup, getting as far as the final in both. They then headed to French Open where they only managed to get as far as the third round and at Wimbledon then, they could only get as far as the Quarter Finals. He headed to the Rio Olympics to once again team up with brother Andy but they were knocked out in the first round before being defeated in the mixed doubles with partner Johanna Konta . However, his luck soon began to change as he and Andy beat Argentina in a Davis Cup tie. He reunited with Soares for the US Open and ended up winning their second grand slam of the year. It was off to London then for the season ending tour finals where they reached the semi final stages which was enough to guarantee them the no.1 crown for the new year seeing as they finished ahead of their main rivals the Bryans  and Herbert/Mahut. 

Whilst Andy Murray probably got lucky in the fact Djokovic was injured for much of the year and not at his best, it did show the emergence of a new rival to Djokovic and served a warning that he would no longer settle for being no. 2 but that he wanted his chance. He showed that 2017 will be an interesting year and that Djokovic will have to be at his best to defeat Murray. Jamie enjoyed quite a successful year with his new partner but was probably helped by the fact that the Bryans appear not to be the force they once were and so enjoyed less success than usual.

Carlow College Hit Six

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A Columb Sheridan brace, a goal apiece from Kevin Anthony, Enda O’Toole and Adam Colton as well as an own goal from the Wexford Campus defence were enough for Carlow College to beat Carlow IT Wexford Campus in this Division Four encounter. There were consolation goals for Wexford Campus from Paul Reade and Pauric O’Leary from the penalty spot too.

Wexford started brightly with Kevin Nolan stretching to pull off a save to deny Eoin Cullen and a David Dunbar free kick from the left hand side going across the box and out for a goal kick. However, Carlow College fought back with a spell of dominance in the first half as they put pressure on the opposition. Craig Henderson tried a shot from the left hand side but was dispossessed, Kevin Anthony shot wide whilst Henderson shot straight at the keeper.

It was looking as if the next score would come from a set-piece as Kevin Anthony failed to get on the end of a David Kilkelly corner, An Anthony free kick from the left hand side went under the wall and straight to the keeper, before he went over the bar with another free kick moments later after Riows was sent off for dissent. Sheridan failed to get on to the end of a Henderson cross as Carlow College continued to dominate. It was not long before Carlow College took the lead as Adam Colton crossed in to Columb Sheridan from the left hand side for a tap in. Carlow College continued to dominate throughout the half as Colton and Henderson had crosses blocked whilst Colton failed to get onto a Sheridan through ball, leaving it to go back to the keeper.

Five minutes before half time, Colton was at the heart of the action once again as he crossed from the right hand side for Sheridan to score his and Carlow College’s second. Sheridan tried a shot moments later but it was saved.

It was Wexford Campus who started the second half the best as an Eoin Cullen free kick from the centre went to the left of the goal and a through ball from Jason Brennan into Cullen was taken by Nolan in goal. However, it did not take Carlow long to launch another attack as before long, Fergal Dunne had a free kick from his own half land in the keeper’s hands whilst Kilkelly’s corner from the right hand side was cleared. A Colton solo effort from the right moments later went past Shane Conway in the Wexford Campus goal and trickled into the net for Carlow College’s third.

Carlow College continued this spell of dominance throughout the half as a Henderson’s cross from the left hand side went over the bar, a Dunne free kick from just over the halfway line was cleared by the keeper and Sheridan crossed into the box but nobody was there to meet it. With ten minutes to go, Kevin Anthony scored after a through ball from Adam Colton and Henderson crossed from the right hand side for Enda O’Toole to slot it past the keeper. Wexford Campus pulled a goal back five minutes before the end through a solo effort from Reade. Substitute Aidan Hyland’s cross from the right hand side was headed in by the defender just two minutes before the end, making it six goals for Carlow College. However, Wexford Campus were awarded a penalty just before the end of play and O’Leary slotted it past Nolan in goal to make it 6-2.

Teams:

Carlow College: Kevin Nolan, Daniel Greville, Daniel Mackey, Barry Durnin, Fergal Dunne, Jake Dowling, Kevin Anthony, Columb Sheridan, David Kilkelly, Craig Henderson, Adam Colton.

Carlow IT Wexford Campus: Shane Conway, Mark O’Reilly, Ciarán Byrne, David Dunbar, Jason Brennan, Pauric O’Leary, TJ Ferguson, Paul Reade, Eoin Cullen, Colm Norbit, PJ Richardson Riows.

Carlow College cruise through to next round of the Cup

A Kevin Anthony brace and a goal apiece from Columb Sheridan and Adam Colton saw Carlow College sail through to the Second Round of the Bob Eustace Cup, beating Cork IT ‘D’.

The game started off brightly with Carlow College putting pressure on Cork from the start as nobody could get onto Daniel Mackey’s cross in the first minute. The home side took the lead after just three minutes when Kevin Anthony curled a free kick from the left hand side into the top right corner. Jake Dowling also had a chance as he crossed from the right only to be stopped by the keeper. Kevin Anthony’s free kick moments later went over the bar.

Cork had their first chance fifteen minutes in when Blanc Jossiter swung in a corner from the right hand side. It went nowhere in particular and was easily cleared away by the defence. Carlow College looked the closest to getting the next goal and they did just that when Colton ran from the halfway line with the ball and volleyed it past the keeper to make it two. Carlow College kept asking questions of the Cork defence but they were easily answered as they failed to put chances away. Craig Henderson swung a free kick in from the right hand side but it was headed over by Anthony. Dowling shot wide moments later before an Adam Connor corner from the right hand side got cleared away. Daniel Greville swung a cross into the box on the half hour mark looking for Sheridan but he was found offside. Both teams defended well, restricting each other to half chances rather than clear cut opportunities. Cork launched a rare attack ten minutes before half time as Ian O’Sullivan crossed into the box but it got cleared away by Kealan McConville. Just moments later, Sheridan headed an Anthony cross from the left hand side, over the bar. Abdjrahman crossed into the box for Cork but it was picked up comfortably by Kevin Nolan in goal. On the brink of half time, Greville crossed into the box from the left hand side but Mackey was unable to control the ball and ended up heading the ball straight at the keeper.

It was Cork that started the half the best with Damien Madden trying to get into the box but was blocked by the Carlow defence. A period of Carlow dominance followed with Anthony hitting a Connor free kick straight at the keeper before Colton made a run down the right hand side, crossed into Sheridan in the middle for a simple tap in to put Carlow College three up. Cork weren’t giving up easily as Madden attempted a cross from the right but was blocked by Barry Durnin at the back. Colton’s shot moments later for Carlow College was blocked by the Cork defence.

However, he did get a cross into Anthony from the right hand side, to tap it into the net to make it 4-0. Carlow College should have had more as they went close on several occasions through Colton and Anthony but failed to find the back of the net. Cork went close themselves as Mackey blocked a Abdjrahman cross and a McSweeny free kick went over the bar.

Teams:
Carlow College: Kevin Nolan, Daniel Greville, Daniel Mackey, Kealan McConville, Barry Durnin, Jake Dowling, Adam Connor, Craig Henderson, Kevin Anthony, Jake Dowling, Adam Colton.
Cork IT: Gavin Clare, Cormac Flanagan, Abdjrahman, Blanc Jossiter, Cathal McSweney, Ian O’Sullivan, James O’Mahony, Damien Madden, Conor Kennedy, Carlos Senna.

CIFE edge Carlow College in Local Derby

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Two Davis Pedro goals and a Jordan Harmon free kick were enough for CIFE to beat local rivals Carlow College in the tight division four encounter. CIFE took the lead after just 15 minutes after Jordan Harmon’s free kick went into the bottom corner. Carlow College fought back through Kevin Anthony after the ball was deflected into his path from an Adam Colton free kick ten minutes before half-time. However, CIFE took the lead again after 70 minutes when Davis Pedro got onto the end of a pass from David Eofie and volleyed it into the back of the net. Keeper Kevin Nolan pulled off a spectacular save from Jordan Harmon ten minutes from the end but could only deflect it into the path of Pedro who put the ball in the back of the net once more.

Once again Carlow College were put under early pressure as CIFE dominated the first fifteen minutes. There was an early chance for CIFE when Jordan Harmon was awarded a free kick after two minutes only to put it to the right of the goal. There were further chances when Emmanuel Fowowe took a free kick on the right hand side only to be headed away by Daniel O’Keefe and a couple of minutes later when Harmon’s corner was cleared away and back to Nolan in goal. CIFE were incorrectly awarded a free kick by the referee which Harmon took and scored after his free kick curled around the wall. Carlow College got back in the game with nobody getting on to the end of a Danny O’Keefe free kick from the halfway line, instead going out for a goal kick. Minutes later O’Keefe had another free kick from a similar position but it hit off the keeper and incorrectly given as a goal kick.

Harmon had two more free kicks, the first hitting off Eofie and out for a goal kick and the second cleared away by O’Keefe. Ten minutes from half time, Kevin Anthony got onto the end of an Adam Colton free kick and volleyed it past the keeper for a goal. CIFE created another chance shortly before half time with Pedro getting on to a Harmon corner, hitting it to Fowowe who volleyed only to be deflected off the defender. Danny O’Keefe cleared away the resulting corner.

It was Carlow College who started the second half the brightest with an Adam Colton free kick going over the bar. Harmon’s free kick ten minutes in landed safely in Nolan’s arms. Enda O’Toole got the ball on the right hand side and tried to cross it in to the box but was blocked by Evan Phillips. An Enda O’Toole free kick hit off O’Keefe and out for a goal kick. Craig Henderson got the ball a couple of moments later on the left flank and tried to get into the box but it got deflected off him and out. O’Toole took the resulting corner and found Jake Dowling only for it to go out for a goal kick.

Eofie crossed for Pedro with the ball being put past the keeper to score for CIFE twenty minutes from the end. CIFE had another chance minutes later with Conor Owens crossing into the box but nobody was there to meet it and went out for a goal kick. Carlow College were awarded a free fifteen minutes from the end as Danny O’Keefe sent the ball into the box only to be headed away by Gareth Murphy. Ten minutes from the end, Nolan deflected the cross from Harmon into the path of Pedro who tucked it away for his second to make it 3-1. The action was concluded minutes later as a Daniel Mackey cross was cleared away.

Speaking afterwards, coaches PJ and Jamie Lawler said that it was a fair result in the end and praised the work ethic of their players. They did acknowledge that CIFE were the better team but that Carlow College did well to keep it tight for most of the game.

Teams:

CIFE: Michael Keogh, Jordan Murphy, Evan Phillips, Gareth Murphy, Adam Doyle, Conor Owens, Emmanuel Fowowe, Martin Boki, Davis Pedro, Jordan Harmon, David Eofie.

Carlow College: Kevin Nolan, Jake Dowling, Daniel Mackey, Danny O’Keefe, Kevin Anthony, Kealan McConville, Columb Sheridan, Craig Henderson, Enda O’Toole, Daniel Greville, Adam Colton.

Colton Leads Fightback for Pats

Two second half goals in two minutes from captain Adam Colton earned Carlow College St. Patricks a draw against Athlone IT ‘D’ in their Division 4 encounter. It proved to be a tale of two halves after Athlone went into half time 2-1 up before Pats came back to draw the game. Colton opened the scoring for Carlow College just twelve minutes in with a cracker after he got the ball in the middle and smashed it in just inside the box. Athlone equalised through Toye Savotos after the ref had wrongly awarded Athlone a free kick just outside the box. A Daniel Mackey own goal and a Dylan Kelly goal put Athlone in control just eight minutes into the second half before Colton brought them level.

Athlone put pressure on Carlow College gaining an early free kick just two minutes in. It was swung in by Robbie Gill only to be deflected for corner. Carlow College had their first chance of the game moments later when Kevin Anthony crossed into Craig Henderson only to be ruled offside. Just minutes later, Mackey crossed into the box but nobody was there to meet it. Colton’s goal two minutes later pushed Carlow College into the lead. Athlone fought back with a through ball from Ronan Cahill for Fred Duarte who missed. A 1-2 between Colton and Henderson led to another chance only for Henderson to drive wide. Barry Durnin crossed to Colton minutes later but was cleared after Colton got a touch on it. Athlone drove a fine save out of keeper Kevin Nolan after a fine free kick attempt from Conor Doherty.

Carlow College created more chances with a couple of free kicks from Colton and Wade going nowhere.  Durnin also had an opportunity shooting across the face of the goal which the keeper collected. Athlone fought back with a free kick moments later hitting the wall. With half time approaching they turned on the gas, equalising through a Savotos header after the referee incorrectly gave a free kick outside the box. Just before half time, pressure from Athlone led to Mackey turning the ball into his own net.

Colton’s free kick shortly after half time went over the wall into the hands of the keeper. Moments later, Athlone made it 3 after Dylan Kelly scored. Carlow College fought back with a couple of Wade corners being deflected and driven wide. They pulled a goal back through a free kick after Jordan Doyle brought Columb Sheridan down just outside the box. Henderson took, crossing into Colton who smashed it into the back of the net. It was all square a couple of minutes later after Colton got on to Columb Sheridan cross, putting it away for his hat-trick. Daniel O’Keefe came close to scoring fifteen minutes from the end as he headed the ball towards goal, only for it to be deflected off the keeper and back into O’Keefe’s path whoch he headed again but was cleared by the keeper. Athlone weren’t giving up easily as Nolan produced a fine save to deny Doyle late on. Carlow College had a couple more chances through a Colton free kick which hitt the wall and a Daniel O’Keefe free kick from the halfway line which Sheridan got onto only to drive over the bar. They should have had a free kick just outside the box just before the end only for the referee to award a free kick the other way. A promising Durnin attack proved to be the final action of the game.

It ended in a draw in the end with both sides creating promising chances to win the game but ultimately falling short. It was very even throughout with Carlow College just edging the game. However, a draw seems a fair result.

Teams:

Carlow College St. Patricks: K. Nolan, C. Sheridan, D. O’Keefe, J. Wade, K. McConville, A. Colton (c), B. Durnin, C. Henderson.

Athlone IT: R. Costello, B. Crowran, D. McEvoy, T. Santos, J. Doyle, B. Tiade, D. Kelly, R. Cahill, F. Duarte, A. Chennen, C. Doherty, R. Gill

Introduction

Hi all, my name is Harry Shorthose and I am hoping to make it as a sports journalist! I’m writing this blog where I post up sports articles that I have written in the hope of getting picked up by a newspaper or magazine or online site. I write about everything sporty. If you have any questions or comments about anything I have written, you can comment here or contact me at hsds007@gmail.com or find me on facebook. This is all my own, original work and I would ask that no part of this is reproduced without my permission. 

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