Macroom FC School­girls take home sil­ver­ware

The Corkman - - COMMUNITY NEWS - MacrooM Fc round up

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.

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