Castleknock Celtic   0        Swords Manor   2

 NDSL Under 9B  

                                                                                       Saturday, October 02, 2004

High winds were the order of the day in Porterstown for a gruelling encounter between the top two sides in this division. Swords showed their style going forward but were a little too fond of leaving the boot in when Celtic attacked.  Eve Farrelly was captain for the day.  Although she was the only girl on the pitch, she proved she was a match for any of the boys.  Some crunching tackles went in and it was, in one of those, that a Swords player had to retire.  Eve was assisted in defence by Patrick Rocca, Danny Byrne and Dan Ring.  They all read the game well and intercepted many attacks.  The ball wasn’t just booted away…teammates were picked out and the ball fed to them.  There were some excellent runs down the wing by Eve, Patrick and Danny.  Once Dan got the ball, you could be certain he would use it intelligently.

Swords opened the scoring after 5 minutes with some neat play outside the box.  An interchange of passes culminated in a fine goal to open their account.  After the break, Castleknock came storming back.  Ryan Moore Kearney, Phillip Fitzpatrick and Luke Henshaw worked hard to break through but were chopped down as soon as they approached the goal.  If it was the Premiership, a few red cards would have been issued.  Then, against the run of play, from a tight angle, Swords notched up number two.  They applied more pressure on the Castleknock goal but Eoin Sweeney made some fine saves. 

Midfield was dominated by Tom Fogarty, Eoghan O’Donuchu, Phillip and Danny.  All had opportunities to score but the wind just seemed to carry the ball away from goal.  As the game went on, Castleknock were getting stronger but a counter attack from Swords nearly increased their lead when Eoin was beaten.  However, Celtic have a new saviour, in the form of Danny Byrne, who cleared a ball off the goal-line. Danny played all over the park today and rightly earned the plaudits at the end of the game. 

It was a tough match for both sides but lessons have been learned and Swords will know that Castleknock 9A’s are no pushover. We look forward to our next encounter with them. 

Team :  Eoin Sweeney,  Eve Farrelly(C),  Patrick Rocca,  Eoghan O’Donuchu, 

 Dan Ring, Tom Fogarty, Luke Henshaw, Danny Byrne, Ryan  MooreKearney, Phillip Fitzpatrick  

Sponsor : Rocca Holdings.