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 Harry Clohessy R.I.P.



All who knew him at Cherry Orchard will be saddened to learn of the passing of Harry Clohessy, who died on Thursday 27th November after a long illness. Harry, whose son Mark served the club with distinction, was a real friend of the Orchard and he will be missed. To Harry's wife and family we extend our sincere sympathy. May he rest in peace.



Thank You!!



A big Thank you to Supervalu Palmerstown and their customers for supporting Cherry Orchard FC Schoolboys in our bag pack last weekend and also to those parents and players who helped make it happen!



Academy Update



 Well done to the Academy Team and girls and boys that attended our first Academy Morning in the Ballyfermot Leisure Complex Astros on Saturday.


It proved a huge success and great fun and games was had by all and all held in a safe environment. To see kids firstly doing their warm up then into fun and games with a ball and matches at the end, them little drag backs, step overs and sticky feet were all on show in the matches. Well done to all!!


Same time and place next week.



 Change Of Venue For Academy This Winter



To plan for the inevitable wet weather we will get over the next few months the Academy is moving from Elmdale to Ballyfermot Sports and Leisure Centre on Blackdith Road. The astroturf pitches will allow us to continue with our coaching and agility gameswhile the kids are in comfort. Tea, Coffee and Snacks are available in vending machines and there are toilets near to the pitch. Please bring Astro runner/boots with you. See the directions above.



Stephen Quinn Impresses Against USA



SQ Ire

Well done to Stephen Quinn ( Hull City ), who, in the words of Eamon Dunphy, " was outstanding " as the Republic of Ireland ended 2014 on a positive note by beating the USA 4-1 in a friendly at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday.



Three Former Players Play Against Russia




Danny Rogers (Aberdeen - on loan at Dumbarton) and Lee Desmond (St Patricks Athletic) were in the starting eleven and Sean Hoare (St Pats) came on as a 73rd minute substitute as Ireland drew 2-2 with Russia in an under 21 international friendly in Marbella on Monday.



Cherry Orchard FC - Contact Details



For all contact details of Cherry Orchard FC teams and academy - click HERE



Five Old Boys Help St Pats To Win The Cup



Congratulations to Brendan Clarke, Ger O'Brien, Sean Hoare, Greg Bolger and Keith Fahey, who all played in St Patrick Athletic's 2-0 win over Derry City in the FAI Cup final at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday. And skipper Ger O'Brien had the pleasure of being the first St Pats captain to lift the cup since the 1961 final win over Drumcondra, while Greg Bolger received the Man of the Match award for his industrious display in midfield. FAI match report HERE



Five Former Players In FAI Cup Final



Former Cherry Orchard players Brendan Clarke, Ger O'Brien, Sean Hoare, Greg Bolger and Keith Fahey are all in the St Patricks Athletic squad for next Sunday's FAI Cup final against Derry City at the Aviva Stadium. We wish the very best of luck to the five lads and hope they help St Pats to win the cup for the first time since 1961.



Jonathan Hayes Scores Aberdeen's Winner



 Well done to Jonny Hayes, who netted the only goal of the game after 2 minutes as Aberdeen beat Motherwell 1-0 in the SPL at Pittodrie on Friday. Willo Flood was also in the Aberdeen team, while Adam Rooney came on as a 61st minute substitute. Mark O'Brien was an unused sub for Motherwell. Click HERE or on the photo above for highlights!!



Five Old Boys Share In Dundalk's League Success



 Congratulations to former Orchard players Andy Boyle, Dane Massey, Kurtis Byrne, Donal McDermott and assistant manager Vinny Perth, who have all helped Dundalk to win the SSE/Airtricity Premier Division title for 2014. Dundalk beat Cork City 2-0 at Oriel Park in the final league match of the season on Friday to overtake their opponents and win the league for the first time since 1995.



Jamie McGrath Makes League Debut for Saints


Well done to Jamie McGrath ( 18 ), who made his league debut for St Patrick Athletic when he was in the starting eleven for the 0-2 defeat by Athlone Town in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division at Richmond Park on Friday.



Directing Our Future



                                                                                                                                                                                      These are exciting times at Cherry Orchard FC as we work hard to build a bright future for our current teams and the players that will follow them. Two of the key figures involved in this building project are Glenn Cronin (pictured above Left) our Director of Football and Kenneth Brady (pictured above Right) our Academy Director.


Glenn is no stranger to the Red and Black having represented Cherry Orchard with distinction under the management of current Schoolboy Chairman Ray O'Toole. Glenn went onto sign for Exeter City becoming the youngest Captain in their history before injuries led to a short spell at Chester - Glenn then returned to Irish football with great success at Bohemians and then onto Shelbourne. Now his task is to oversee all teams within the Schoolboy structure and ensure that our teams are adhering to our Club coaching philosophy. 


Ken joined the club from St. Patricks Athletic and has vast experience in coaching Elite players, local schemes and academy age groups and he has very quickly overseen the expansion of our Saturday academy to nearly one hundred boys and girls. All coaching is based on the best mix of technique and fun and it's our job to make sure that each boy and girl leaves having learned something but also having enjoyed themselves! Ken has a dedicated team around him including Siobhan Mulhall and some of our Current U17 players Andy and Jamie. For more information see our Academy section above.



DB Sports Are Expanding Our Horizons


                                                                                                                                                                                      DB Sports Tours are one of Ireland’s leading sports travel and tour operators and this season they will be helping our teams organise trips for coaching, matches etc. They can cater for a vast amount of trips / Tournaments and even tailor a trip to suit you. From DB sports:


We have established links with leading clubs throughout the UK and Europe and work closely with them to consistently bring you professional coaching opportunities. Countless players dream of being professional footballers in the Premiership, and I aim to replicate that experience via the various trips on offer. We offer you a highly professional service in every sense from start to finish and make every player feel like a professional. Tours are tailored to suit your specific needs, either as individuals or as a team. All our staff are involved in coaching at grass-roots level and have been fully vetted, ensuring a safe and secure environment for all concerned



Cherry Orchard And Macron



                                                                                                                                                                                     We are delighted to say that Macron is the official kit supplier to Cherry Orchard FC and we are thrilled with the results - you can visit their website HERE and catalogues will be available in Elmdale along with a selection of merchandise.



Irish Professional Keepers On Board


                                                                                                                                                                                     Over the last few weeks our Goal Keepers have been working with Darren Kelly and the lads in Irish Pro Keepers (IPK) and we are delighted to say that this will continue for the rest of the season! From the IPK website:


"As the game off football changes to a quicker game, the goalkeeper must adapt to the changes . No longer is the keeper required to stand between the post and save shots the new goalkeeper must be quick and as confident with the ball at his feet as it is in his hands. Goalkeepers are now required to be the first line off attack and last line of defence.

Due to the different size of the goals that are used in the Irish grassroots game we must be patient with the goalkeepers as most goalkeepers don’t hit their prime until they are aged between 28-35 years of age and play beyond the normal player. By putting this goalkeeping developing program together the keeper is learning the goalkeeping principles at the earliest stage and will continue to develop these principles right through off his career. Stage by stage different development stages will be introduced and the goalkeeper will be challenged that extra bit. We at IRISH PRO KEEPERS ACADEMY want to develop goalkeepers that can achieve their potential they have within. Our professional service will create a professional attitude but also a safe fun learning environment so that keepers can learn with no pressure."



Stephen Quinn Plays in Germany Draw


                                                                                                                                                                                     Well done to Stephen Quinn (Hull City), who was in the Republic of Ireland team for the dramatic 1-1 draw with World Cup winners Germany in the Euro 2016 qualifier in Gelsenkirchen on Tuesday.



Andrew Egan Suffers Broken Ankle


We offer our sympathy to Andrew Egan of the 15 Premier team, who broke his left ankle in a midweek friendly. Hopefully, Andrew will make a speedy recovery from his unfortunate injury.



Stephen Quinn Plays in Georgia Win



Well done to Stephen Quinn, who made his first competitive start for the Republic of Ireland in the 2-1 win over Georgia in their opening Euro 2016 qualifier in Tbilisi on Sunday. Hopefully, this will be the first of many appearances that Stephen will make during the campaign.



Jack Bayly & Jamie McGrath Help Pats To Cup Success




Congratulations to Jamie McGrath, who was in the starting eleven, and Jack Bayly, who came on as a substitute to score the winning goal, as St Patricks Athletic beat Longford Town 2-1 in the Leinster Senior Cup final at City Calling Stadium on Tuesday. We hope this will be the first of many honours that Jack and Jamie win in senior football.



Sean Long Makes U21 Debut




Congratulations to Sean Long (pictured above No. 13), who made his competitive under 21 international debut in the Republic of Ireland's 2-0 defeat by Germany in their European qualifier in Halle on Friday. These are good times for Sean, who made his debut for Reading as a half-time substitute in the 1-0 win over Scunthorpe in last week's Capital One Cup tie.


Jamie Egan Suffers Bad Injury



We offer our commiserations to our former player Jamie Egan, who sustained a nasty knee injury that led to him being taken to hospital by ambulance, when playing for St Kevins Boys against the Orchard in the 12 Premier league in Elmdale on Saturday. We hope that Jamie makes a great recovery from his injury.



Sean Long Makes His Reading Debut





Congratulations to Sean Long (19 ), who made his first team debut for Reading as a half time substitute in Tuesday's 1-0 win over Scunthorpe in the Capital One Cup. We hope this is the first of many Reading appearances for Sean, who is in the Republic of Ireland under 21 squad for next week's European Championships game away to Germany.



U11 Premier Goalkeeper required



The club would like to invite any goalkeepers born in 2004 interested in trying out for our Under 11s to contact Nigel on 0872417299.



12 Premier team get early success




 Our 12 Premier team won the Kells Blackwater tournament on Saturday 16th , with a excellent 3 nil win over Crumlin in the Final with goals from Eoin Green, Sammy Ayoola and a long distance goal from Cian Kavanagh. The boys played five games over two days scoring an impressive twenty-nine goals and only conceding on (with Kian Moore being awarded GK of the Tournament - see pic above). Well done to the Kells Blackwater organising team a on fantastic pre-season tournament, Bring on the new season



Under 17s Win Again At The Milk Cup




Welll done to the under 17 team, who followed up Monday's 2-0 win over County Derry in their opening game at the Milk Cup by coming from a goal down at half-time to beat Espanyol 3-1 at the Ballymena Showgrounds this evening. Darragh Markey, Josh Collins ( penalty ) and Thomas Ilunga were the scorers for the Orchard, who will hope to beat OC Blues ( USA ) tomorrow afternoon and qualify for the semi-final of the competition.



Kurtis Byrne Scores Winner Against Hajduk Split


Well done to Kurtis Byrne, whose 74th minute goal sealed a fine 2-1 win for Dundalk against Hajduk Split in their Europa League second qualifying round game in Croatia on Thursday. Unfortunately, Dundalk had lost the home leg 2-0 and exited the competition on a 2-3 aggregate score. Other former Cherry Orchard players in the Dundalk team were Andy Boyle, Dane Massey and Donal McDermott.



Adam Rooney On The Mark in Groningen


Adam Rooney netted a 25th minute penalty as Aberdeen, following a 0-0 draw in the home leg, beat Groningen 2-1 in Holland in the Europa League second qualifying round on Thursday. Willo Flood and Johnny Hayes were other former Orchard players in the Aberdeen side and they look forward to meeting Real Sociedad in the next round.



 The Anto Walsh Memorial Cup


In Memory of our Dear Friend and Team Mate




Cherry Orchard F. C. - Over 35’s Committee are organising a challenge match between Anthony’s ex Cherry Orchard team mates and the many friends who played with him over his years in football. This is the second year of the event and the Over 35’s Committee are very keen to build on the success of last year’s challenge game. The game will take place in the Cherry Orchard F. C. grounds at Elmdale on Saturday 16th August 2014 at 3pm. The prize at stake is “The Anto Walsh Memorial Cup”.


After the game all in attendance are invited back to the Clubhouse for a bite to eat and beyond to reminisce about the “old days”. All are welcome and further details are available from the following:


Dave Curley M. 087 2244283.
Joe Kane M. 087 7797548.
Tom Kennedy M. 086 8353361.



Cherry Orchard FC Academy - We're Back!!




Four Old Boys Play As St Pats Draw In Poland





Former Cherry Orchard players Brendan Clarke, Ger O'Brien, Greg Bolger and Keith Fahey were all in the St Patricks Athletic team for the 1-1 draw with Legia Warsaw in their UEFA Champions League second qualifying round match in Poland on Wednesday. And St Pats came very close to recording a memorable victory, with Legia's equaliser coming in stoppage time at the end of the match. The return leg will be played at Tallaght Stadium on Wednesday next and we wish Brendan, Ger, Greg and Keith the best of luck.



Academy Re-Launch - July 12th




An exciting week in the life of Cherry Orchard Football Club as we re-launch our academy for kids born in '08, '09 and 2010. Tom Kennedy, Club Chairman expressed: “best wishes and many thanks to all involved in the re launch of the Academy from the Chairman and Executive committee".


A lot of work has gone into this day but we hope that all the kids will do is enjoy themselves! Click HERE or the above image for details!


Derek Daly Arrives In Chesterfield FC Squad



 Great news for Derek Daly (Pictured LEFT above alongside his Cherry Orchard team mate Shane Whelan on FAI Duty) this week as he joined up with his new team and was promptly included in the first team squad for their pre-season game against Buxton FC. Derek was part of our U17s who will travel to the DaleFarm Milk Cup later this month and he was a huge part of a very successful side in Red & Black. Everyone at the club hopes he continues his progress with The Spireites.



Republic of Ireland Over 40s Game at Elmdale




Senior Preparation begins with Pre-Season Training


 Venue : Elmdale
Dates : Monday 6th July & Thursday 10th July,
Start time : 7pm
Contact : 1st team Manager - Deko Hevey 087-9681916.





All Trials will take place in our Elmdale Home (Directions here)


TUESDAY July 1st @ 6.30 PM - Under 16 (1999) and Under 17 (1998)


WEDNESDAY July 2nd @ 6.30 PM - Under 13 (2002), Under 14 (2001) and Under 15 (2000)


THURSDAY July 3rd @ 6.30 PM - Under 11 (2004) and Under 12 (2003)


FRIDAY July 4th @ 6.30 PM - Under 8 (2007), Under 9 (2006) and Under 10 (2005)



Race Night For Our Milk Cup Team 2014!!




Our Milk Cup squad for 2014 are having a Race Night on Friday 27th June in the Palmerstown House at 8PM. All support is welcome as the boys prepare for their biggest challenge after another successful season. For more details on this years tournament - check out the milk cup website HERE.



Thank You!!


MF            JP


A huge Thank You to Masonary Fixings and Johnstone's paints who have generously donated towards our new advertising/sponsorship wall in Elmdale. We simply would not have been able to do it without them. You can click on the logos above to support our local suppliers.



Mini Leagues 2014 Teams & Fixtures


Our Academy Mini Leagues will Kick off Tuesday 10th June in Elmdale. The academy players will mix with our Under 8s and have their own 5-a-side round-robin competition called the MINI-LEAGUE - while our smallest Cherries (5 Yrs old) will get some game-time and plenty of touches in some 3 v 3 games running at the same time . See the MiNi-LEAGUE fixtures and coach-team combinations below! For any queries or late additions - Call Jimmy Winters on 085 708 8293



ML Coaches


ML Fixtures 2014



Our Stephen Quinn Makes His First Start For Ireland


Well done to Stephen Quinn ( Hull City ), who started a senior international match for the first time in the Republic of Ireland's 1-1 draw with Costa Rica in Philadelphia on Friday night. And Stephen earned Ireland a 66th minute penalty when he was fouled in the box, but Robbie Keane's spot kick was unfortunately saved by the goalkeeper. A week earlier, Stephen crashed a shot against the crossbar 10 minutes from time in Ireland's 0-0 draw with Italy at Craven Cottage (see highlights by clicking on video below below - external website)




Stephen has now made six senior appearances, two fewer than retired brother Alan ( Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield Utd and Ipswich Town ), who never experienced defeat in an Ireland shirt.



Good Luck To The Under 17s In LFA Youths Final


U17LFA 2013




We wish the very best of luck to the 17 Premier team when they face Dundalk 18 Super side in the Leinster Youths Cup final at Frank Cooke Park, Griffith Avenue Extension ( Tolka Rovers ground ) on Sunday at 2 o'clock. Hopefully, the under 17s will be able to add this trophy to the FAI under 17 and PFAI Cups they won in May.



Under 17s Reach Their Third Cup Final


U17s 2014


Well done to the players and management of the 17 Premier team, who reached their third cup final of the season when beating St Kevins Boys 18 Super side 3-1 in the Leinster Youths Cup semi-final at Shanowen Road on Saturday evening. Maxi Kougoun headed the Orchard in from a Josh Collins free-kick after 25 minutes, only for St Kevins to equalise ten minutes later. Gareth Coughlan set up Troy Carey to restore the Orchard's lead on the hour mark, before Derek Daly sealed the win following a clever free kick routine on 77 minutes.

Good Luck To The Under 17s In LFA Youths Final
We wish the very best of luck to the 17 Premier team when they face Dundalk 18 Super side in the Leinster Youths Cup final at Frank Cooke Park, Griffith Avenue Extension ( Tolka Rovers ground ) on Sunday at 2 o'clock. Hopefully, the under 17s will be able to add this trophy to the FAI under 17 and PFAI Cups they won in May.

The under 17s will play either Dundalk in the final, where they will hope to add the Leinster Youths Cup to the FAI under 17 and the PFAI Cups they won earlier in May.



Danny Kane Caps a Fine Season with Two Trophies





Following in the footsteps of his old team mates on our U17 team - Danny Kane collected two pieces of silverware when he completed the League and Cup Double with Huddersfield Town. Danny also represented Ireland this year and we hope he enjoys time at home with his family before facing fresh challenges next season.



Hard Luck To Stephen Quinn And Sean Dillon




We Commiserations to our former players Stephen Quinn and Sean Dillon, who both suffered cup final disappointment on Saturday last. Stephen - nickname Quinniesta- was heavily involved as Hull scored twice in the opening eight minutes of the FA Cup final against Arsenal at Wembley, before losing a very good match 3-2 after extra-time.


Sean Dillon was in the Dundee Utd team that took on St Johnstone in the Scottish Cup final at Parkhead. Sean was hoping to add to the cup winners medal that he picked up in 2010 - when Jonathan Daly also played in Utd's success over Ross County - but St Johnstone made history by winning 2-0, to collect the club's first ever trophy.



Good Luck To Stephen Quinn In The FA Cup Final




We wish the very best of luck to Stephen Quinn, who will be in the Hull City squad and, hopefully, the team, for the FA Cup final against Arsenal at Wembley on Saturday. This will be Hull's first FA Cup final appearance in the club's history and we hope that Stephen, who scored in the 5-3 win over his former club Sheffield Utd in the semi-final, helps them to win the cup.



U17s Win A Second Cup, But U11s Are Disappointed



There were mixed fortunes for our 11A Sunday and 17 Premier teams in their cup finals at the AUL Complex on Sunday. In the morning game, the under 11s led at half-time thanks to Eoin Green's goal, but St Kevins scored twice after the break to win a high quality match 2-1.


In the afternoon, the under 17s added the PFAI ( Professional Footballers Association of Ireland ) Cup to the FAI under 17 Cup which they won in Cork last week by beating Crumlin Utd 1-0. In very blustery conditions, Derek Daly scored the only goal from a 25 yard free kick after 67 minutes and deep in stoppage time Orchard keeper Lee Doyle preserved that lead with a point blank save.


Stand in skipper Maxi Kouogun received the Man of the Match award and he then accepted the impressive PFAI trophy with injured captain Jordan Delmar



U13s & 14s Win Cups As U10s Win League final



Congratulations to the under 13 Premier and 14 Premier sides who achieved cup successes at the AUL Complex and to the 10A Saturday team who won their league on Saturday. In the Liam Brady Cup final, the under 13s, aided by a strong breeze in the opening half, led 2-0 at the break thanks to goals by Kevin O'Neill. Cabinteely Boys reduced the deficit with 13 minutes remaining, but the Orchard resolutely protected their lead to win the cup on a 2-1 scoreline.


Clayton Walsh got the under 14s off to a great start in the Thunder Cup final against Home Farm, when he scored twice in the first 6 minutes. Home Farm replied after 15 minutes and, having played into the wind, the Orchard led 2-1 at half-time. Seamus Curley headed home Eoin McPhillips's corner kick fifteen minutes into the second half to restore the Orchard's two goal advantage and Jason Whelan chipped the goalkeeper 10 minutes from time to seal 4-1 win.And the under 14s win had a special significance for Orchard manager Sean Egan, whose son Andrew played in central defence, as Sean experienced Thunder Cup success as a player when he helped Cherry Orchard beat Home Farm 4-3 after extra-time in the 1987 final.


At Elmdale on Saturday morning, the 10A team beat St Kevins 2-1 to overtake their opponents and clinch the title. Craig King and Ben Quinn gave the Orchard a deserved 2-0 lead at half time, but they faced an anxious finish after Kevins pulled a goal back.



Aaron O'Driscoll Called Up To Ireland Under 16




Well done to Aaron O'Driscoll (above left) of the 15 Premier team, who is one of two under 15 international players promoted to the Republic of Ireland under 16 squad for a tournament in Switzerland from 13th to 16th May. Anthony Scully (West Ham, above right), son of former Cherry Orchard, Crystal Palace, QPR and Manchester City player Tony, is the other under 15 international called up and we wish Aaron and Anthony the best of luck in Switzerland, where Ireland will play Austria, the hosts and Croatia. 



Under 11s, 13s, 14s & 17s In Cup Finals Action




We wish the best of luck to the 11A Sunday, 13 Premier, 14 Premier and 17 Premier teams, who are all involved in cup finals at the AUL Complex this weekend, 10th-11th May. On Saturday, the under 13s face Cabinteely Boys in the Liam Brady Cup and the under 14s will play Home Farm in the Thunder Cup, with both games kicking off at 3 o'clock.


On Sunday, the 11A meet St Kevins Boys in the Paul Fitzgerald Cup at 11 o'clock, with the under 17s facing Crumlin Utd in the PFAI ( Professional Footballers Association of Ireland ) Cup at 3 o'clock.



Under 17s Win FAI Cup






Congratulations to the players and management of the 17 Premier team, who beat Leeds AFC 5-2 in the FAI Umbro under 17 Cup final at Turners Cross on Saturday. Gareth Coughlan opened the scoring after 12 minutes and Troy Carey added a second with a fine individual goal 10 minutes before half-time. Two minutes later, Gareth Coughlan scored his second goal of the game after good play by Derek Daly, to give the Orchard a three goals lead at the break.


  Leeds pulled a goal back four minutes after the interval, but the Orchard responded five minutes later, when Troy Carey was fouled in the penalty area - which resulted in a Leeds defender being shown a second yellow and then a red card. Josh Collins sent the goalkeeper the wrong way when converting the resulting spot kick and Darragh Markey made it 5-1 after 66 minutes, scoring from a tight angle after the Leeds goalkeeper parried Derek Daly's powerful shot. Leeds battled on and reduced the arrears after 83 minutes, but there was no denying that the Orchard fully deserved to record the club's eight success in this competition.



Captain - Jordan Delmar (pictured last season) who missed the game through injury


Troy Carey received the Man of the Match award, before Maxi Kouogun, in the absence of injured skipper Jordan Delmar, accepted the trophy on behalf of his team.



Good Luck To The Under 17s



We wish the very best of luck to the 17 Premier team, as they take on Leeds AFC of Cork in the FAI under 17 Cup final at Turners Cross on Saturday ( k.o. 3pm ). And we offer our commiserations to team captain Jordan Delmar, who suffered a serious injury in a recent league match and will miss the cup final.



Under 11s & 14s Reach Cup Finals




Well done to the 11A Sunday (pictured above) and 14 Premier teams, who won cup semi-final matches in Elmdale at the weekend. On Saturday, the under 14s beat Kilnamanagh AFC 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in the Thunder Cup. Clayton Walsh was the scorer for the Orchard, who will meet Home Farm in the final at the AUL Complex on 10th May.


On Sunday morning, Eoin Green netted a hat-trick as the under 11s beat St Josephs Boys 5-2 in the League Cup. Jamie Egan (penalty) and Conor Fagan were also on the mark for the under 11s, who will play St Kevins Boys in the final.



Stephen Quinn Scores As Hull Reach FA Cup Final




Well done to Stephen Quinn, who scored after 67 minutes as Hull City twice came from behind to beat Sheffield Utd - for whom he made 262 appearances between 2005 and 2012 - 5-3 at Wembley on Sunday and reach the FA Cup final for the first time in the club's history. And commiserations to another former Orchard player, Michael Doyle, the Sheffield Utd captain.



Under 17s Reach PFAI Cup Final




Well done to the 17 Premier team, who beat Belvedere 2-0 after extra-time in the PFAI Cup semi-final at Navan Road on Sunday. Thomas Ilunga and Derek Daly were the scorers for the under 17s, who will play Crumlin Utd in the final.



Aaron O'Driscoll & Tyreke Wilson Play Against Scotland



Aaron O'Driscoll and Tyreke Wilson of the 15 Premier side were both in the Republic of Ireland team which beat Scotland 3-2 in an under 15 international match at East End Park Dunfermline on Monday. And Anthony Scully ( West Ham ), the son of former Orchard player Tony, scored Ireland's second goal (see FAI match report HERE or click on image above)



Under 13s Reach Cup Final


Well done to the 13 Premier team, who beat St Josephs Boys 3-0 in the Liam Brady Cup semi-final at Elmdale on Saturday. Adam O'Brien, James Clarke and Adam Nugent were the scorers for the under 13s,, who will meet Cabinteely Boys in the final.



Maxi Kouogum Plays Against England Schools




Well done to Maxi Kouogum of the 17 Premier side and Colaiste Chiarain Leixlip, who was in the Ireland Schools team which drew 3-3 with England Schools at Ashton Gate, the home of Bristol City, on Friday last. Former Orchard players Jack Bayly (Salesian College Celbridge/ St Patricks Athletic) and Jamie McGrath (Athboy Community School/UCD) were also in the Ireland team, with Jamie having the satisfaction of scoring a late equaliser. Picture courtesy of Gary Power.



James Clarke Scores Against Manchester Utd




Well done to James Clarke of the 13 Premier team, who scored for the DDSL in the 7-3 defeat by the Manchester Utd Academy side in their game at the United training ground at Carrington on Saturday.



U17s Reach FAI Final



Well done to the 17 Premier team, who beat Salthill Devon 4-0 in their FAI under 17 Challange Cup semi-final at Elmdale on Sunday. Troy Carey and Gareth Coughlan both scored twice for the under 17s, who will meet Leeds AFC ( Cork ) in the final in Cork on the first weekend in May. We hope the boys can go one step further than last years 17s who were on the wrong end of a five goal thriller - see highlights above.



Congratulations Willo, Jonathan And Adam


AFC winners


Well done to Willo Flood, Jonathan Hayes and Adam Rooney, who all helped Aberdeen to beat Inverness CT 4-2 on penalties after a 0-0 draw in the Scottish League Cup final at Parkhead on Sunday, to record the club's first trophy success since 1995. Unfortunately for Jonathan his final lasted just 6 minutes because of a shoulder injury, while Adam converted the winning penalty. Semi finalists in the Scottish Cup, Aberdeen will be hoping to add that cup to their trophy cabinet. Match report HERE.



Good Luck Willo, Jonathan And Adam


SFL Final



We wish the very best of luck to Willo Flood, Jonathan Hayes and Adam Rooney, who will all be in the Aberdeen team for Sunday's Scottish League Cup final against Inverness Caledonian Thistle at Celtic Park. Hopefully, they will all play their part in helping Aberdeen to bring home the cup. See the BBC sport story about the impact of The Orchard on the cup final and Scottish football generally by clicking HERE or above on the picture.



Cherry Orchard Football Club AGM




Mick Doyle Earns Wembley Appearance





Well done to Mick Doyle, who skippered Shefield Utd to a 2-0 win over Charlton in the FA Cup sixth round tie at Bramall Lane on Sunday (highlights above). This was the Blades ninth win in succession, which is a club record and books them a trip to Wembley for the Cup semi-final on 11th April. Their opponents will be Hull City, for whom Stephen Quinn will be hoping to feature.



Danny Kane & Darragh Markey Face Austria



Danny Kane (Huddersfield Town FC) can be very pleased with his display in the Republic of Ireland's 2-1 win over Austria in an under 17 international friendly at Dalymount Park on Tuesday (see Huddersfield article HERE). Darragh Markey ( 17 Premier team ) was on the substitutes bench and started the game when the teams met again on Thursday at Gannon Park, Malahide (below, Darragh is middle of the front row - No. 6).




The game ended 1-1 with both boys contributing fine performances over the match series (see FAI match report HERE)



Jonny Hayes & Adam Rooney End Celtic's Run




Goals by Jonathan Hayes and Adam Rooney after 41 and 45 minutes gave Aberdeen a 2-1 win over Celtic at Pittodrie on Tuesday nigh of and ended the runaway league leaders 26 game unbeaten run. Willo Flood was also in the Aberdeen team, who cemented their second place in the Premiership. And Jonathan's fine goal ended Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster's British record of not conceding a goal, after 1,256 minutes of play. Willo Flood features in the highlights above.



Aaron Floody knows the way back


 aaron recovery


Unfortunately, Aaron Floody suffered a broken leg in the warm up before our Saturday team's game against Wayside Celtic at Jackson Park last weekend. Aaron broke the same leg when playing against  against us for St Kevins two years ago and if he shows the same same focus and determination this time, we know he'll come back stronger than ever.


Everyone at the club is behind him in his endeavour.