Kevin and Tommy's 16s have had an uneven start to the season, but with a couple of good results under their belts, they were determined to get something from this game.
A scorching morning on a very firm pitch meant that fitness was going to be tested to the limit, and so it proved. The midlanders were well drilled and organised and had the balance of possession for the first 20 minutes. It was testament to a solid back 4 that the home goal was relatively untroubled in this spell. Templeogue were busy down the left side for the rest of the first half, where there was some space, but not huge amounts, and getting in behind Athlones full backs to get something across the box was never easy. Jake Carroll and Dylan MacDonald maintained a great platform in midfield that gradually allowed Templeogue get on the ball with more confidence, and to start asking questions of the Town's back four.
With not a nasty kick or word in this game, a good advertisement for the sport at this level, both teams pushed on throughout the second half for an elusive breakthrough. Athlone might see it differently but the home side will feel they had the best chance with just 5 minutes to go - pressure in the Athlone area allowed a loose ball for once to come to the feet of Ben Daly who pushed up well from full back but his effort just shaved the outside of the post.
Honours even, and an interesting return match is in store for these two sets of players later in the season in Athlone.
Palmerstown Rangers1 Templeogue United 5:On Sunday 04/03/12 we were playing away at Mill Lane, Palmerstown a scenic setting were the pitch is placed in a vale surrounded by trees and Stewarts Hospital looking down on us. The day was sunny and the nerves visible knowing the a point would guarantee us the league.
We settled early and went 2 goals up after 6 minutes. A perfectly executed penalty by Sean Boyle and a well -placed shot at the far post from a cross scored by Gareth Dalton. While not playing well we scored 2 more goals late in the half, Nathan Guinevan with a screamer from outside the box and on the stroke of halftime Conor Hayes hit the ball across the keeper into the net after a run beating several players.
The half time team talk was just to hold what we have and see the game out. We exchanged goals in the second half with Conor scoring his second goal again from a good run.
At the sound of the final whistle the celebrations commenced. The players, parents and families enjoyed a party like atmosphere back in the club house where the tea and coffee was in abundance.
The team is a merger of the C and D players of the past few years. We are proud to say that 11 of the panel are from the Templeogue nursery which shows great loyalty to the club.
We were playing in the Saturday section of the DDSL league up to last season when we were asked to represent the club in the South Dublin District League which plays on Sundays. Having consulted with our parents it was all systems go. We have adapted well to 11 a side football. There is great pace in the team and we are scoring goals for fun. All of our players have scored and all are capable to play in any position.We have 3 games left to play, all at home and against teams that are in for runners up spot. It's job done, but not complete. We are playing Sunday 10.15 in a local derby against Knocklyon.
St Kevins 2 - Templeogue 3.
The new Topflight Cup pitted Templeogue's under 14 B side against St Kevins A1 and a thrilling cup tie ensued. The Templeogue outfit are on a great run at the moment in the league winning their last 7 convincingly so there was some confidence going into this fixture against the north side rivals despite the step up in level.
Templeogue started well but Kevins two centre halfs and keeper were in good form and no real threat was posed early on. Two first half goals in five minutes for the team in orange took a little of the wind out of the sails for Templeogue, but with heads not dropping once, a Templeogue score looked on the cards.
Duly provided by Rory Fallon on a persistent run from midfield with a curled shot inside the far post. While Rory might just have claimed 'man of the match' status his advanced role in midfield was perfectly complimented by Alex Voznyuk in a more withdrawn role. But both players were prepared to get on the ball and to put in the challenge when called on. 2-1 down at half time, players were instructed to 'go for it' early in the second period, and with a much more solid display at the back the platform was provided for another fantastic strike by Fallon- this time gathering the ball quickly 25 yards out and directing a shot straight under the crossbar despite the Kevin's goalie's best efforts.
A game played with admirable fairness and sportsmanship from both sides, and it remained in the balance for a period after the equaliser. Templeogue was playing assured controlled possession and attacking football, while Kevin's stepped back ever so slightly. And 7 minutes from the final whistle Luke McCormack found the space up front after a good forward passing move and a deft finish to make it Templeogue's day in this first outting in the new competition. A late scare or two from the home side was sorted out ultimately by brave Templeogue defending and an alert display in goal by Andy Doyle.
Well done 14s, managers and support.
Templeogue Utd 5 - St Josephs Boys 0 (Under 11A)
A sunny morning(5 November) in Tymon Park and Templeogue U11A play Joey's in round 3 of Menton Seery Cup.
The heavy pitch from the rain earlier in the week was going to make Templeogue's passing game difficult. Nevertheless on 6 minutes a delightful pass from defender & captain James Doyle to Eoin O'Neill in left mid, let Eoin attack the space and delivered a pinpoint to Striker Darragh Madaghjian, who was taken down for a penalty. Evan Dunne stepped up and made no mistake with the spot kick to make it 1-0.
Another passing move on 13 minutes, this time from defender Darragh Cullen to Adam Nugent, who was causing all sorts of problems for the Joey's defence. His trickery resulted in a foul which the ref judged to be inside the box. Dunne stepped up again for his second penalty but a terrific save from the Joey's keeper kept them in the game.
The introduction of Darragh Nugent for Calum Adair sparked another attack for Templeogue. A shot from Daniel Madaghjian resulted in a corner which Evan Dunne took quickly. Templeogue's Cian Maher attacked the ball, but the Joeys defender under pressure put the ball into his own net on 22 minutes.
The second half commenced brightly with Templeogue winning a free kick just in their half. Evan Dunne took it quickly playing a direct pass to Darragh Nugent who's strike was parried by keeper, only for Danial Madaghjian to follow up a put Templeogue 3-0 up.
Another great move started by keeper Kian Clarke to defender Niall O'Reilly who played it first time to midfielder Darren Flanagan opened up Joey's. Flanagan played a first time pass to Evan Dunne returned the pass for Flanagan to play in Adam Nugent. Adam composed himself and passed to Daniel Madaghjian to score his second of the day.
It didn't end at that as Templeogue scored the goal of the game. A rare Joey's attack was broken down by Matthew Harper in defense played a diagonal ball to Darragh Nugent who attacked the space. Calum Adair moved wide dragging a defender away from the on rushing Nugent who then played a one two with Daniel Madaghjian for Nugent to smash the ball into the net. A great performance by all.
This means Templeogue have Belvedere in round 4 knowing a win would mean a place in last 32 of All Ireland!
Manortown 1- Templeogue Utd 3 (under 14B)
This was a game of two halves in every sense, on Saturday 29th October - rainsoaked 1st and bright 2nd half. A tentative performance from Templeogue and a positive tough performance from Manortown left the score at a tight goal a piece at half time.
Templeogue did much better after the break - steadier at the back, more composed in mid field, and great work out wide and up front - especially by Luke McCormack - created several chances which were duly converted by Simon Essuman and Luke. These late goals added to Simon's first half equalizer - a response to a great start and early goal by the local rivals Manortown.
A very sporting game and an entertaining one as is always the case when these sides match up. Although little attractive football was on offer on the day with poor enough conditions, by sticking to the basics of ball control, getting it forward and good support play , the away team managed to take all 3 points in the end.
14B managers Kevin and Tommy said they were pleased with the performance overall despite the slow start, especially as 3 players were unavailable. "Its a tough league this year with 6 good new teams in it - all big and physical, with some decent football being played too. So far its 2 wins, 2 draws and 3 defeats. Teamwork won it for us today but we are going to have to keep working on the important basics and match the physical side if we are going to have a real impact. This is a good group of players and they are definitely capable of doing that " Kevin noted.
Templeogue: A Doyle, M Dillon, D Condon, T Moran, D Scully, D Dalipi, D Nugent, C Smith, R Fallon, L McCormack, S Essuman, Z Curtis.
Girls Under 13B: Balrath FC 1-2 Templeogue United
A closely contested match on Saturday 29th October at Knockharley Sports Ground, Kentstown, Co. Meath, saw Templeogue United's girls come from behind to take the honours. Both teams started conservatively and attempts on goal were rare. A defensive lapse by Templeogue allowed a shot that crept into the corner of the net to give Balrath the lead just before half time.
Templeogue's girls started the 2nd half with renewed vigour. Playing wih the wind and the hill they took control of the game. They created a number of chances and eventually equalised with a spectacular strike from Emma Dixon. Templeogue continued to push for the winner and a carbon copy goal by Saoirse Farrell saw them take a 2-1 lead which they defended valiantly to the final whistle.
Team: Danielle Varley, Kendra Lynch, Rebecca Cunningham, Jessica Keating, Katie O'Hara, Lauren Cunningham, Emma Dixon, Saoirse Farrell, Saoirse Hoban, Jade McGovern
Under 9A: Templeogue United 2-2 Crumlin United
Draw a fair result in this hard fought local derby.
After a cagey opening ten minutes, with both sides feeling each other out, Templeogue opened the scoring with a cracking strike from Ben O'Donovan, sheer power beating the Crumlin keeper.
Crumlin then raised their game putting pressure on the Templeogue defence. The equaliser came from a long range effort, into the top corner, leaving keeper, Charlie Nolan, with no chance.
Templeogue upped the tempo in the second half, getting their reward, with a close range goal from Ciaran Adare, following a goalmouth scramble.
Crumlin again came back at Templeogue. Eventually Crumlin equalised again, this time through ex Templeogue player, Ciaran Caffery.
Both teams had chances in the final ten minutes, but both keepers preformed well to ensure the game finished in a draw.
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