U-8A League

Sat. 15th Nov. 03

Malahide Utd  1   Castleknock Celtic  2

It was heartwarming to see two good footballing sides serve up a “feast of football” out in Malahide on a cool November morning. It was thoroughly enjoyed by parents and mentors from both sides.

The first quarter saw Castleknock with a lot of possession. Eoghan O’Dunnuchu was outstanding in defence and cleared his lines every time. The first goal resulted in excellent work by 5 Celtic players. A kìckout by Eoin Sweeney  found Eoghan O’Dunnuchu. Passes were exchanged between  Luke Henshaw, Darragh McCaffery and Ryan Moore. Ryan picked his spot and hit a cracker into the top of the net. He is lethal if he is within shooting distance of the goal. Ryan had earlier done a Cinderella and couldn’t find his boots. Jack Fogarty did a Prince Charming and loaned Ryan a pair. They were a size too big but they did the business……..thanks Jack !

Malahide hit back in the second quarter. Four of Castleknock’s players were caught napping upfield at a throw-in.  When the ball  broke loose in the Castleknock half,it was four against two. Despite valiant defending by Eve Farrelly and Tom Fogarty, the ball trickled over the line. It was the wake-up call Castleknock needed. Eve ran up the right wing and crossed the ball but was cleared only to Ryan who smacked another unstoppable shot to make it 2 – 1.

The rest of the match saw end to end action. Malahide looked certain to even matters when they missed a sitter with just the keeper to beat.  Danny Byrne exchanged passes with Ryan which culminated in Danny breaking the back of the net  to “score” his first of the day. A perfectly legitimate goal was disallowed by the referee but it didn’t matter as Castleknock held on to win the match. 

Luke Henshaw was our midfield general and was nominated Man of the Match.

It was a super match and as Danny’s, Dad, said afterwards “ Who needs the Premiership,when we have this ?” Thank you team for a wonderful performance.


Eoin Sweeney,Tom Fogarty,Eve Farrelly,Cian Anderson,Eoghan O’Dunnuchu,Ryan Moore,Daniel Byrne,Luke Henshaw,Darragh McCaffery.

P.S.  Please support our fundraising on Thursday and Friday evening and all day Saturday next in Tesco,Roselawn…………every little helps !