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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


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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.



Aaron O'Driscoll & Scully Play In U15 Internationals




Well done to Aaron O'Driscoll (pictured above left) of the 15 Premier team, who played in last weekend's under 15 international friendlies against Holland and Turkey. Anthony Scully (West Ham), the son of former Orchard player Tony, was also involved in both games, which were won by Holland (1-0) and the hosts Turkey (2-0).


Unfortunately, Aaron Floody suffered a broken leg in the warm up before our Saturday team's game against Wayside Celtic at Jackson Park at the weekend. It is the same leg he broke playing against us for St Kevins two years ago. Will you please give Aaron a mention on the website



Danny Kane & Huddersfield edge past MUFC




Former Cherry Orchard player Danny Kane (front row) celebrates with the Huddersfield Town squad after there impressive 2-1 victory against Manchester United in the FA youth cup 5th round last night.



Aberdeen Reach Cup Final with Jonathan Hayes Brace 



Jonathan Hayes opened the scoring after three minutes and scored again after 79 to help Aberdeen reach their first cup final in 14 years by beating St Johnstone 4-0 in the Scottish League Cup semi-final at Tynecastle on Saturday. Adam Rooney netted a 63rd minute goal and Willo Fllod was also in the Aberdeen side. We wish Jonathan, Adam and Willo the best of luck when the Dons take on Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the cup final on 16th March.



Willo Flood Nets Aberdeen's Winner





Andy Reid Scores in Forest Romp



Andy Reid's emphatic stoppage time finish completed a resounding 5-0 win for Nottingham Forest against West Ham in their FA Cup third round tie at the City Ground on Sunday. This was Andy's seventh goal of the season for Forest, who are contenders for promotion to the Premier League and will meet Ipswich or Preston in the next round of the FA Cup. Click HERE to see the goals including Andy's.


And a very  good day for Andy, who is the Forest captain, became even better when it was revealed that he has agreed a new contract to keep him at the City Ground until the end of the 2015-16 season. You can see Andy speak about his new deal above.


Former Players Do Well In FA Cup Ties


There were some good results for former Cherry Orchard players in Saturday's FA Cup third round ties. Mick Doyle was in the Sheffield Utd side who had a fine 2-1 win away to Aston Villa, while Stephen Quinn helped Hull City beat Middlesbrough 2-0 away from home. Conor Clifford played in Southend Utd's 4-1 success over last season's semi finalists Millwall, a result which will have pleased Southend assistant manager Graham Coughlan. And Stephen Gleeson was in the MK Dons midfield as they drew 3-3 away to FA Cup holders Wigan Athletic.

Meanwhile, there were contrasting results for Gary Dicker and Sean Long, who were both on the bench for their clubs in the cup. Gary watched as League Two side Rochdale beat Leeds Utd 2-0, while Sean saw Reading go down 1-0 against Brighton.



Merry Christmas & Happy New Year




Any Club is only as strong as it's people and our club is made of - parents, supporters, coaches, administrators and most importantly our players (past & present). The last twelve months have seen us take some significant steps towards a bright future and we have all of the above to Thank for that.


We'd like to wish everyone within our club, and in football, a very merry Christmas and a happy 2014.



U16 to play in Champions Cup - Oriel Park


On the 28th of December in Dundalk our U16s will play in the Champions Cup which features All Ireland winners against National Cup winners from the North. Our boys will take on Dungannon in Oriel Park.


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Supervalu 25th Birthday celebration



Join in the celebrations for Moriarty's SuperValu Palmerstown's 25th Anniversary- they are hosting a family fun day on Sunday 8th December from 12 noon to 4pm. The lucky winners of their €25,000 giveaway will also be announced on the day. See their facebook page for details by clicking here.



Conor Sammon scores Derby winner



Conor Sammon came on as a late substitute and scored a last minute winner in Derby County's 2-1 victory over Middlesbrough at Pride Park on Wednesday night and watch the Video below to see Mark OBrien discuss his return to full fitness.



On Tuesday, Andy Reid scored his sixth goal of the season in Nottingham Forest's 2-2 draw with Millwall at The Den.


Aaron O'Driscoll Plays Against Holland


Well done to Aaron O'Driscoll of the 15 Premier team, who played in the Republic of Ireland team which went down 2-1 to Holland in an Under 15 Friendly in Doonwert on Tuesday. We hope that this will be the first of many International appearances for Aaron.


Front row: Tony Scully 2nd from the left & Brendan Wynne (Current U9 manager) 2nd from right.


Irelands Goal was scored by Anthony Scully (West Ham) son of Tony (see picture above), who played for Cherry Orchard from U9s to U17s before joining Crystal Palace in 1993 and going on to play for Manchester City and QPR, amongst others. The family connection with the Orchard has been maintained with Anthony training with the 15 Premier team during the Summer.



Obituary - John Daly RIP


It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of our good friend and former schoolboys manager John Daly today. John was a great football man, who made a big contribution to Cherry Orchard during almost ten years with the club and he will be badly missed by all who knew him. To John's wife Kay, children Brian, Jonathan (Rangers) and Laura and all of his family we offer our sincere sympathy.


John's Funeral Mass will be at 11am on Saturday, 16th November at the Church of the Transfiguration, Bawnogue


May he rest in peace.



Three U17s Play Against Latvia



Well done to 17 Premier team players Maxi Kougoun, who was in the starting eleven and Lee Doyle and Daragh Markey who came on as half time substitutes as Ireland and Latvia drew 0-0 in an under 17 international friendly at the AUL Complex on Sunday.



Jonathan Hayes & Jonathan Daly on The Mark




Jonathan Hayes netted a 90th minute goal to clinch a 2-0 win for 10 man Aberdeen away to Motherwell in the Scottish Communities Cup quarter final on Wednesday night. Willo Flood was also in the Aberdeen team.

On Tuesday, Jonathan Daly scored the only goal after 74 minutes as Rangers beat Stenhousemuir in the Scottish Challange Cup semi-final.



Conor Sammon and Mick Doyle Net Winners


Conor Sammon netted an 88th minute winner for Derby County in the 3-2 success against Watford in the Championship match at Vicarage Road on Saturday a result which ended Watford's unbeaten home record. Mick Doyle scored after 75 minutes to give Sheffield Utd home win over Port Vale in League One, the Blades first win since the opening game of the season


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Meanwhile, Jonathan Daly was on the mark for Rangers in their 4-3 win away to Brechin City in Scottish League One.



Paul Tuite To Referee FAI Cup Final



Congratulations to Paul Tuite, the father of Derby County's Jack, who has been chosen to referee the FAI Cup final between Drogheda Utd and Sligo Rovers at the Aviva Stadium on 3rd November, the first time he has been given the honour. We wish Paul the best of luck on his big day.



Six Old Boys Involved in St Pats Success




Congratulations to former Orchard players Brendan Clarke, Ger O'Brien, Conor Kenna, Greg Bolger, Aidan Price and Shane McFaul, who were all in the St Patrick's Athletic squad which clinched the Airtricity League of Ireland Premier League title with two games to spare when beating Sligo Rovers 2-0 at Richmond Park on Sunday



Andy Reid Makes Ireland Return


Andy Reid made his first international appearance in more than five years when he played in the Republic of Ireland's 3-1 win over Kazakhstan in the World Cup qualifier at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday. This was Andys 28th International Cap and we hope there are many more to come.



Sean Long Plays in Ireland U19s Win



Well done to Sean Long (Reading FC), who played in all three games as the Republic of Ireland beat Azerbaijan 2-0 and Sweden 1-0 (which included this belter of a goal), before drawing 1-1 with Bosnia and Herzegovina, to finish top of their UEFA under 19 qualifying group in Sweden in recent days. Sean also had the honour of Captaining the side and the FAI released the photo above of Seans gear ahead of the final game. (FAI Twitter)



Elmdale Clubhouse Official Opening


Photo Courtesy of Eric Byrne


On Saturday 28th September Kieran Mulvey of The Irish Sports Council and John Delaney of the FAI helped Cherry Orchard Football Club officially open our new facility in Elmdale, Cherry Orchard. On the day - many more league officials , Cherry Orchard players, managers, coaches, parents and former players filled the large hall of our new home. The journey was a long one but it made the destination even sweeter and we would like to Thank every person that has moved the club on over the years and in particular Tom Kennedy (Chairman COFC) and Pat Burke (former COFC Chairman) who were crucial in the delivery of our new centre.


See all pictures (courtesy of Eric Byrne) from the opening day on our Facebook page here.




U10s (born 2004) & U12s (born 2002) GKs required



Any Goalkeeper interested in joining our U10 Sunday or our U12 Premier DDSL team please contact Ray Delaney on 0877622047.



Four U17s to Represent Leinster Schools



This weekend four of our Double Winning U17s will line out for The Leinster Schools squad as they head to Athlone to participate in the Inter-Provincials. Lee Doyle, Troy Carey, Maxi Kougoum and Thomas Ilunga will compete for the SFAI title and the club wish them and the squad the very best of luck.



Andy Reid is Back in The Ireland Squad



Five years after being controversially dropped from the squad by manager Giovanni Trapattoni, Andy Reid was included for Ireland's remaining World Cup qualifiers when caretaker manager Noel King announced his squad for the games against Germany and Kazakhstan on Monday. Andy, who was Nottingham Forest's Player of the Season for 2012-13, has been in fine form (and scored again last night - see above) so far in this campaign and he will be hoping to add to his 27 caps (4 goals).


Former Orchard players Stephen Quinn (Hull City) and Anthony Stokes (Celtic) are also in the squad for the Germany and Kazakhstan games.



Jon Daly Scores Four for Rangers




Jonathan Daly scored four goals for Rangers as they beat Stenhousemuir 8-0 in the Scottish League One at Ibrox on Saturday. Rangers have won all seven of their league games and look odds on to achieve a second successive promotion. Hopefully, Jonathan will score plenty more goals this season. (MATCH REPORT HERE)



Orchard Old-Boys Face Czech..... Old-boys!



Earlier this week a few of our players lined out for the Ireland Over-40s against the Over-40 Czech Republic side and all in aid of Cystic Fibrosis. The team in Green were familiar to us but there were plenty of famous faces in red including Jan Koller the Anderlecht, Monaco and Borussia Dortmund player - all 6'7 1/2" of him. The Orchard lads in the squad were: Sean Egan, Graham Doyle, Mark O'Neill, Mark Rutherford, Colm Nataro and Gary Sliney. See the match report here.



Four Orchard boys with Ireland U17s in Slovakia


This week our U17P squad have four of it's current and former players representing Ireland U17s in a series of friendlies in Bratislava. Danny Kane (who joined Huddersfield in the summer), Shane Whelan, Jack Tuite (now of Derby County) and Derek Daly will feature in the games that are seen as preparation for the qualifiers coming up in October. Tuesdays match report is here and the second game is set for Thursday with an Irish kick off time of 10:00am.



Andy Reid scores as Forest go top


AR celebration




Andy Reid (who recently signed a one year extension) was on the mark after in Nottingham Forest's 3-0 win over Bolton at the City Ground on Saturday. Forest lead the Championship, with the only 100% record after three games. See match report and pictures here.



Jonathan Hayes, Willo Flood & Anthony Stokes score


Jonathan Hayes and Willo Flood were the goalscorers as Aberdeen beat Kilmarnock 2-1 on the opening day of the Scottish Premiership season on Saturday. Jonathan opened the scoring after 21 minutes and Willo, making his Aberdeen debut, headed what proved to be the winner after 54 minutes (see Aberdeen highlights on YouTube by clicking on the image on the left below).


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Anthony Stokes scored both goals for Neil Lennon's men, including the winner with just three minutes remaining, to ensure that the champions won their opening fixture for the sixth successive season beating Ross County 2-1 at Celtic Park in the SPFL Scottish Premiership.



Thank You


As another Milk Cup adventure drew to a close - John Clifford (Manager) sent us this message and photo:


"Very emotional end to milk cup - sadly the squad has broken up but hopefully they go on to bigger and better things in the careers. It's been a fantastic journey & we wish them all the very best .


The management John Liam Kev Ben"


                         MC Final


John, Liam, Ben, Kevin & the squad have had a remarkable year and their run in the Milk Cup is a fitting end to a season of high standards. The launch of the Airtricity U19 league and the demand for quality players to fill those teams has meant that in recent years the Milk Cup adventure has become the final stop for our Cherry Orchard teams and if this is to be the case - this years U17s have left to a standing ovation.


Skip to 1'57'' to see our lads in the parade


Like all coaches & volunteers John and the lads have given up training nights, match days and other time to beneft the players and the club and in the blink of an eye ten years have passed. We'd like to express our gratitude for their service, standards and their commitment. To the players - you have written your own chapter in the Orchards history and we will keep an eye on your progress with pride and appreciation.


See below for a round-up of our Milk Cup coverage:


The Score.ie did a great semi-final preview & interview with John - see here


The Semi-Final match report from the Manchester United website - see here


BBC video of Semi-Final highlights - see here


BBC website reporting on Semi-Final qualification - here


Northern Ireland Newsletter report on Semi-Final - here


Photos of Cherry Orchard from the Milk Cup on our own Facebook page - here



Two Decades later the story continues!


Twenty years ago a Cherry Orchard team were looking with hope and excitement at a place in the Final and now, years later, our newest Milk Cup warriors have the same dream. What began with a rocky start - a one nil defeat to Cruz Azul of Mexico City has ultimately led the squad to a high profile Semi Final against Manchester United tomorrow evening.


          MC Jake


Mondays game was not the start the boys wanted, although most observers of the game agreed that the lads deserved at least a draw having thrown everything at Cruz Azul in the second half. Cruz had taken the lead in the first half capitalising on a rare mistake at the back and despite peppering the Cruz goal we could not get the breakthrough and at the final whistle we all realised that the task of qualifying had just gotten a little steeper.


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Co Down were the next opponents and this game threw some different challenges at the lads - trailing from an early penalty, suffering a broken nose (Sean McGrane), a broken arm (Kaleem) and a hamstring tweak (Conor Dunne) left them with a few problems to solve. Four goals later they romped home convincing winners and were now back in the qualification game. Next up it was Vendee FC of France (MATCH REPORT HERE) and another four goal haul left the lads crossing their fingers and watching other results come in...... when finally it was confirmed that that they had finished fourth to claim a Semi-Final berth, three goals better than Liverpool in 5th.


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So, all eyes on the Semi Final draw - the four teams in the hat were: Manchester Utd, Co Tyrone, CSKA Moscow and Ourselves. So twenty years after our greatest Milk Cup moment and twelve months after we qaulified for the Semi Final, Cherry Orchard face Manchester United in the Semi Final of the Milk Cup 2013. The game will take place in The Coleraine stadium at 8pm tomorrow evening and we will update through our Twitter and Facebook pages.


The story continues....



Twenty years today....


Twenty years ago today the club achieved its greatest achievement when in July 1993 our under 16 team beat Glasgow Rangers in the final of the Northern Ireland Milk Cup, to add the club’s name to that of Manchester Utd, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur who had previously been successful in that prestigious competition.


                               MC 20


Our Milk Cup winning side was managed by our current U13 manager Christy Hammond with his brother Sean. We turn our attention to present day as last seasons U17s head north to compete in this years tournament and you can find all details at the Milk Cup website HERE.





Cherry Orchard Football Club invites all players from today and over the last thirty five years to join them for a memorial trophy tournament and get-together on Saturday 17th August at 12 noon. We plan on reminiscing with old mates and taking some time to remember those no longer with us.


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Bring your partner/kids and enjoy refreshments and fun afterwards in our brand new Clubhouse located at Elmdale (entrance to our new clubhouse is at the top of the new road opposite the Applegreen Petrol station located on Ballyfermot rd). Please spread the word to all past players about this special occassion - it promises to be a brilliant day!


Further details are available from The Cherry Orchard FC Committee, RSVP by Wednesday 14th August 2013 to any of the following contacts:


Tom Kennedy: (086) 8353361


Joe Kane: (087) 7797548 Email: josephkane5@gmail.com


David Curley: (087) 2244283 Email: dathaic@gmail.com





From New York to Derry, via Elmdale 


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On Thursday 18th July we were proud to host Ramapo Valley Soccer Club (RVSC) from New York to our new facility in Elmdale. Graham Brown (profile HERE) is the the head coach at Ramapo and when resident in his native Northern Ireland he battled against Cherry Orchard in the Milk Cup - so when time came to prepare his team for The Foyle Cup, Graham pencilled in a warm up game in Dublin against The ORchard and we were delighted to welcome new Friends. Founded in 1992, RVSC (website HERE) are based in the New York/New Jersey area and are focused on the development and advancement of football in their area. Through Graham, Ramapo Valley are affliated to the Thomas Acquinas College (website HERE) University soccer program.





The Ramapo lads flew in on Wednesday evening so our U17s Premier team, marshalled by Davey Collins and Alistair Harvey, had the advantage on the travel aspect. The game was played in the expected competitive and friendly atmosphere - it had a bit of everything: tough tackling, goals, a penalty, a penalty save but Thankfully no cards! We hope that this is the start of a relationship between ourselves, Ramapo Valley and Graham as we look to widen the horizons of our players. Hopefully the next game will be state side in 2014....




We'll be following the Ramapo Valley boys at the Foyle Cup at www.foylecup.com



Jem Byrne recognised for services to Cherry Orchard




At the LSL awards ceremony in the Red Cow Hotel last Saturday Jem Byrnes commitment and service to Cherry Orchard was recognised. Jem, affectionately known as "Slaughter", has travelled the world supporting the The Boys In Green and is an unmistakeable figure to many football people. People like Jem don't come along every day and without him the club would not be as healthy on and off the pitch - he is an ever present part of our past and hopefully our future. Congratulations Jem.










U12 Premier Goalkeeper required


The club would like to invite all goalkeepers born in 2002 to our open trials (see trials notice here) on July 1st at our Elmdale base. For any questions contact Jonathan O'Toole on 0877474915.



Four Under 14s In Kennedy Cup Success


Congratulations to Aaron O'Driscoll, Tyreke Wilson, Richie English and Callum Brummell of the 14 Premier team, who  helped the DDSL to win the Kennedy Cup in convincing fashion in Limerick last week. Aaron and Tyreke both started and Richie and Callum came on as substitutes in the 2-0 win over the North Dublin Schoolboys League in the final. In addition, Aaron and Tyreke were selected in the Team of the Tournament, so well done to them.



16 Premier Team Complete The Double



Congratulations to the players and managers of the 16 Premier side, who clinched the league title by drawing 1-1 with Crumlin Utd on The Lawn on Sunday. The result brought down the curtain on a fine season for the Under 16s, who last month beat St. Kevins Boys 1-0 in the Paul McGrath Cup Final.



Trials - Monday 1st July at 6:30pm



Trials 2013



Luke Gallagher & Brandon Miele play against Swiss


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Luke Gallagher (Burnley) and Brandon Miele (Newcastle Utd) were both in the Rep of Ireland team which drew 2-2 with Switzerland in a European U19 Elite Group qualifier in Belgrade on Thursday. Ireland meet Slovakia in their next game on Saturday, before completing their programme against the hosts Serbia on Tuesday. Danny Rogers & Sean Long were substitutes for this game. Pictures above L to R - Danny Rogers, Brandon Miele, Luke Gallagher & Sean Long.



Stephen Quinn makes International Debut


SQ Eddie Lennon


Congratulations to Stephen Quinn (Hull City), who made his first appearance at full international level when he came on as a 75th minute substitute in the Republic of Ireland's 4-0 win over Georgia in a friendly match at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday (photo courtesy of eddielennonsportingimages.com). We hope that this will be the first of many senior caps for Stephen, who helped Hull to gain promotion to the Premier League in May and whose brother Alan played eight times for Ireland during a career with Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield Utd and Ipswich Town.


See some reports on Stephens call up here and here and the FAI match report here.



Willo Flood and Jonathan Daly leaving Dundee Utd


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A week after it was confirmed that Jonathan Daly would leave Dundee Utd - whom he helped  win the Scottish Cup in 2010 - to join Rangers, Willo Flood signalled his intention to leave the Tannadice club by signing a pre contract agreement with Aberdeen, where he will link up with former Orchard players Jonathan Hayes and Danny Rogers. 


Click on the photos above to read some reaction to both moves from The Daily Record on Willo joining the Dons and from The Herald Scotland on Jons move to the blue half of Glasgow.



Over 35s Achieve a Cup Double!


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Congratulations to the players and management of the Over 35s team, who having won the Salveta Cup earlier this month, added the Jim Byrne Cup to the trophy cabinet by beating Peamount Moyle Park in the final at the Amateur League Complex on Wednesday night. The Orchard recovered well after conceding an early goal to lead 2-1 at half-time, before going on to win 3-1, thanks to goals by Gary Byrne, Paul Clare and an own goal. Click on the images below to see the lads in action.


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Danny O'Reilly Has Success with Fulham




Congratulations to Danny O'Reilly who alongside his Fulham U18 team mates collected the Barclays Under-18 Premier League trophy, beating Reading (who featured former Orchard player Sean Long) 3-0 in the Final of the Barclays Under-18 Premier League tournament to defend their trophy.



Over 35s Chasing Cup Double


We wish the best of luck to the Over 35s team, who meet Peamount Moyle Park in the Jim Byrne Cup final at the Amateur League Complex, Oscar Traynor Road, on Wednesday 29th May. The Over 35s beat East Wall Bessboro in the Salveta Cup Final on 10th May and they will be trying hard to complete a cup double when they take on Peamount Moyle Park.



Mini League 2013 Kicks Off - Sunday 9th June




Our mini-league tournament for 6 & 7 year olds kicks off on Sunday 9th June at our Elmdale base at 11:00 am. All are welcome and you don't need to have attended our Academy before - all of those interested are asked to come along so we can organise players into teams and plan for the tournament ahead. Once the teams are arranged the tournament will run:


Tuesday 11th June - Thursday 13th June - Sunday 16th June (all 18:45 starts)

Tuesday 18th June - Thursday 20th June - Sunday 23rd June (all 18:45 starts)


For all queries contact Jimmy Winters - 0857088293 or Jonathan O'Toole - 0877474915 



15 Premier Team Win The SFAI Evans Cup


Evans Cup Winners 1


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.


Evans Cup Winners 2013 B



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.



PM Winners 2013


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.


LFA squad


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.



Under 10s and 12s win their League


U10A League Winners 2013


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


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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.


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


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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!


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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.


U9 League winners


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


U12M League winners


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


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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


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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


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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)