15 Premier Team Win The SFAI Evans Cup
Congratulations to the players and managers of the 15 Premier side, who beat Lucan Utd 1-0 in the SFAI Evans Cup final at a sunny Whitehall on Sunday afternoon to win their second national cup competition in three seasons.
The only goal came eight minutes after half-time, when Andy O'Reilly's probing pass gave Liam Brady the chance to challange the adnvancing Lucan Utd goalkeeper and then stroke the loose ball into an empty net. This was very much a team effort, but everyone in the sizeable attendance will recognise that the Orchard goalkeeper David Craddock made an outstanding contribution to his side's success.
16 Premier Team Win The Paul McGrath Cup
Congratulations to the players and managers of the 16 Premier side, who beat St Kevins Boys 1-0 in the final of the Paul McGrath Cup at Peamount Utd's ground on Saturday night.
The only goal of a keenly contested game came five minutes from time, when Jake Pilson wriggled free inside the penalty area and, after his initial effort was parried by the goalkeeper, he lifted the ball into the net.
17 Premier Team Win The Leinster Youths Cup
Congratulations to the players and managers of the 17 Premier side, who won the Leinster Youths Cup in a penalty shoot-out after an absorbing final against St Kevins Boys 18 Super team at Frank Cooke Park on Thursday night finished 4-4 after extra-time. Jamie McGrath put the Orchard in front with a well executed lob after 15 minutes and he doubled the advantage when scoring from close range five minutes later. St Kevins pulled a goal back eight minutes before half time and they levelled matters twenty minutes after the break. Timmy Babbington then scored a fine solo goal to put the Orchard ahead after 71 minutes, only for St Kevins to equalise a minute from the end of normal time. A thumping volley by Armstrong Dekomo made it 4-3 for the Orchard in the last seconds of the first half of extra-time, but St Kevins were not finished and they levelled matters within a minute of the resumption.
And so to penalties, where Orchard keeper
Ian Molloy saved 3 of St Kevins's 8 kicks and Darragh Gannon scored
the winning penalty, giving his team a 6-5 victory.Also successful
from the spot for the Orchard were Sean McGrane, Conor Mooney, Jake
Corrigan, Conor Dunne and Armstrong Dekomo. Thanks to Meath &
district league for the Photos.
Thanks to Meath & district league for the Photos.
Under 10s and 12s win their League
Congratulations to the players and managers of the 10A and 12A1 teams, who won their respective league this week. On Monday, the 12A1 side clinched the title with a 6-0 win away to Cabinteely FC, while on Wednesday the 10A1 beat Home Farm 2-1 in Whitehall - thanks to goals by Daragh Cullen and Jamie Egan - to finish on top of their division.
Under 12s Win cup final but no luck for U14s & 17s
Well done to the 12 Major team, who completed a league and cup double with a 3-2 extra-time win over Shamrock Rovers on the Tony Ryan Cup final at the AUL Complex on Saturday. Sean Madden and Jack Wolfe gave the Orchard a 2-0 lead at half time lead, but, with the wind at their backs, Rovers scored after 13 minutes of the second half and in the last minute to take the game to extra-time. The winning goal came in the first half of extra-time, when a well delivered corner kick from Nathan Collins deflected off a Rovers defender and looped high into the net.
Hard luck to the 14 Premier side, who lost 3-2 to St
Kevins in the Thunder Cup final on Saturday. The Orchard trailed 2-0
at half-time and, after a good spell after the break, conceded a
third goal after 15 minutes of the half. Richie English reduced the
deficit with a shot from 25 yards with nine minutes remaining and
Dean Dillon scored a second in added time after a good run and cross
by Luke Boore.
Hard luck to the 14 Premier side, who lost 3-2 to St Kevins in the Thunder Cup final on Saturday. The Orchard trailed 2-0 at half-time and, after a good spell after the break, conceded a third goal after 15 minutes of the half. Richie English reduced the deficit with a shot from 25 yards with nine minutes remaining and Dean Dillon scored a second in added time after a good run and cross by Luke Boore.
Commiserations to the 17 Premier team, who went down 3-1
to St Kevins in the PFAI final on Sunday. St Kevins opened the
scoring midway through the opening half and added a second 10
minutes later. Armstrong Dekomo pulled a goal back for the Orchard
six minutes before the break, but the hoped for comeback did not
materialise and St Kevins scored a third goal ten minutes from time.
Commiserations to the 17 Premier team, who went down 3-1 to St Kevins in the PFAI final on Sunday. St Kevins opened the scoring midway through the opening half and added a second 10 minutes later. Armstrong Dekomo pulled a goal back for the Orchard six minutes before the break, but the hoped for comeback did not materialise and St Kevins scored a third goal ten minutes from time.
Under 17s Unlucky in Cup Final, as U10s win League
Commiserations to the 17 Premier team, who were unfortunate to lose 3-2 to St Kevins Boys in today's FAI under 17 Cup Final (see Video below). Conor Mooney put the Orchard in front after 20 minutes from Jake Corrigan's corner kick, only for St Kevins to score after 35 and 39 minutes to lead 2-1 at the break. St Kevins had a player red carded after 70 minutes and the Orchard equalised seven minutes later through Adam Walsh's deflected shot. Ryan Masterson looked to have put the Orchard ahead after 82 minutes, when he turned the ball home after Jamie McGrath's shot had been parried by the St Kevins goalkeeper, only for the goal to be disallowed for offside. In added time, a disputed goal won the cup for St Kevins. (Pic courtesy of Conor Dunne)
Under 10B1 side win The League
Congratulations to the players and managers of the 10B1 side, who won their league with a 5-1 victory over Shamrock Rovers at Elmdale on Saturday.
Stephen Quinn is back in the Premier League
Congratulations to Stephen Quinn, who has helped Hull City to gain promotion to the Premier League n a dramatic last day of fixtures in the Championship (see Stephens reaction in the Hull Daily Mail by clicking on their photo above). City missed a penalty and then conceded from a penalty in drawing 2-2 at home to Cardiff City. Stephen and his teammates then had an anxious 15 minutes wait as Watford fought to beat Leeds Utd to snatch the second automatic promotion spot, but the Hornets - for whom another former Orchard man Mark Yeates was introduced as a second half substitute - lost 2-1. In the 2006-07 season Stephen (27) made 15 appearances, scoring two goals, for Sheffield Utd in the Premier League.
Good luck to The U17 Premier team in Cup Final
Everyone at the club wishes the very best of luck to the 17 Premier side as they face St Kevins Boys in the FAI under 17 Cup final at Glebe North's ground, Balbriggan, on Sunday, kick-off 3 0'clock.
14P & 17P Teams Reach Cup Finals & U9s Finish Top!
Well done to the 14 Premier and 17 Premier sides (pictured above), who have won cup semi-final matches this weekend. The under 14s won 3-0 away to Mountview Boys in the Thunder Cup, with Callum Brummel netting a hat-trick. Their opponents in the final will be St Kevins Boys. The under 17s reached the Leinster Youths Cup final with a 2-0 victory over St Kevins Boys on The Lawn, with the goals coming from Timmy Babbington in the first half and Ryan Masterson in stoppage time at the end of the game. The under 17s will meet St Kevins Boys 18 Super team in the final.
And congratulations to the under 9B side players (above) and managers, who won their league with a 1-0 victory over Postal Aylesbury on The Lawn. Its been a great year of development for the boys and it's been a joy to see them playing from the back - Glen Mahady and the boys deserve much credit.
U12 Major team win the League
Congratulations to the players and managers of the 12 Major side, who clinched the league title with two games to spare by beating Drogheda Boys 5-0 at Elmdale on Saturday. James Clarke (2), Martin Byrne, Adam Howard and Eoin Carolan were the scorers for the 12 Major team, who will hope to complete a double when they meet Shamrock Rovers in the Tony Ryan Cup final on 11th May.
Under 12s, 15s and 17s reach Cup Finals
Well done to the players and managers of the 12 Major (upper pic), 15 Premier and 17 Premier (lower pic)teams, who all had semi-final wins at the weekend. The under 12s beat Cabinteely FC 4-0 in Tony Ryan Cup. thanks to goals by Adam Howard (3) and Kieran Murtagh, while Andy O'Reilly, Willo McAdam, Liam Brady and Sean Hoare were the scorers as the under 15s won 4-0 away to Carrigaline Utd in the SFAI Evans Cup. In the PFAI Cup, Sean McGrane, Adam Walsh and Jack Bayly were on the mark as the under 17s beat Stella Maris 3-0 to reach their second final of the season.
And hard luck to the 14 Premier side, who lost 1-0 to St Kevins in a keenly contested SFAI Goodson Cup semi-final.
U15s head to Cork for All Ireland Semi Final
Our U15 Premier team hit the road this weekend in pursuit of a place in the All Ireland Final with Carrigaline FC standing in the way. The club wishes them safe travelling and best of luck - our Twitter feed (see left side of this page) will have updates/result.
Three former players suffer cup disappointment
Commiserations to Jonathan Daly, Sean Dillon and Willo Flood, who all played in Dundee Utd's 4-3 loss after extra time against Celtic in Sunday's Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden Park. Jonathan scored after 30 and 71 minutes and hit the woodwork in extra time, as Utd came very close to reaching the final.
U17s reach FAI Cup Final
Congratulations to the players and managers of the 17 Premier team, who qualified for the FAI under 17 Cup final with a hard earned 3-2 win over Manulla FC in front of a large crowd in Mayo this afternoon. Adam Walsh and Jamie McGrath scored equalisers after the Orchard twice fell behind during the first half, before Jack Bayly (pictured above) scored a fine winner two minutes from time. The under 17s will play St Kevins Boys in the final on 5th May.
Stephen Quinn Scores Hulls Winner
Well Done to Stephen Quinn, whose 66th minute goal gave Hull City a 1-0 win over Burnley at Turf Moor on Monday night and moved the Tigers back to second place in the Championship. Afterwards, Hull manager Steve Bruce was generous in his praise of Stephen, who joined from Sheffield Utd earlier in the season, describing him as a terrific signing. (click on picture above for BBC match report)