Macroom FC Schoolgirls take home silverware
MACROOM FC took on Passage in the Under-14 league playoff final at a gloriously sunny Murrayfield last week.
The large attendance witnessed a fantastic contest in which both sides made an equal contribution. Macroom emerged victorious following a closely fought affair, with extra-time required to separate the sides.
It is the first piece of silverware ever for this team, and that in itself will bring much satisfaction to both players and management.
Ciara Creedon had Macroom 1- 0 ahead as the game entered its final minute. But with one last attack, Passage equalised and sent the tie to extra time. The winner came courtesy of Caoimhe O’Brien from the penalty spot, and great celebrations were kicked off with the sounding of the referee’s final whistle.
All of these players put in a great effort and have finally reaped the rewards. Well done to coaches Tim Murphy, Mick Goold, Brian Murphy and all who assist in any way.
The under-12 girls also reached the league decider and travelled to play Skibbereen. Macroom gave everything they had, but it wasn’t enough against a very strong home side. Regardless of the final result, this had been another encouraging season for this team, who continue to improve.
Many thanks to the management team of Cathal O’Riordan, Brian Murphy and Mick Goold.
A big thank you also to parents for travelling to the games. Macroom FC also appreciate the fine hospitality shown by Skibbereen. Macroom FC schoolgirls have been sponsored by Railway View Pharmacy and Matt Murphy’s Pharmacy, and the club wishes to thank these businesses for their support.
Meanwhile, the under-15A boys team went to Ballea Park to play Carrigaline Utd and won 3- 0. Coaches PJ Herlihy and John Wenger were delighted with an outstanding performance from all players. Goals from Dylan Molyneaux, Charlie Burke and Liam Holland secured the three points.
At adult level, Macroom A made the eagerly awaited trip to Dublin, taking on Ballymun Utd in round five of the FAI Junior Cup.
The hosts, winners of this competition in 2001 and 2009, were in outstanding form and ran out 5- 0 winners. In fairness to Macroom, the scoreline was very harsh as after 82 minutes the score read 2- 0. At that stage Macroom were throwing everything at Ballymun, trying to fashion a goal to set up the grandstand finish. With loads of gaps appearing at the back, the north Dublin outfit were merciless and added three further goals.
This team is without doubt one of the strongest junior teams in Ireland and will surely go to the latter stages of the competition. For a young Macroom side this was a fabulous experience and one they will only learn from and improve on.
It was also an exciting day out for the club, and both officials and supporters who travelled enjoyed the day. It was also great to see Macrompians now residing in the capital come along and support the team.
Macroom B are up to second in the AUL Division Three league following a brilliant 4- 0 away win over Innishvilla. A Darren Dineen hat trick, along with an own goal, accounted for the score.
Following the recent loss in the President’s Cup Quarter Final, this was a vital fixture, and the attitude and desire shown by all players was excellent. There were fine outings for Dineen, Owen McSwiney, Neilus Murphy, Damien Hoare and Szymon Sanetra.