Monday, October 29, 2007

Away match against Clontarf

The league tables have been re-arranged. Some teams have moved division and everyone starts level again with 0 points.

Our first match of the newly arranged 10C1 division will be an away match against Clontarf. Kick-off will be at 12:15 on Saturday 3rd of November in St. Anne's Park. Because we will have a long way to drive we will need to meet up at 11am beside the all weather pitch. Please let us know if you can't be there.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Arrangements for the Bank Holiday Weekend

There will be no match on Saturday next 27th of October due to the bank holiday. Similarly there will be no training on Monday the 29th of October. I hope you all have an enjoyable break.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Back to our winning ways in Maynooth

When we traveled to Maynooth it was two weeks since our last victory and so we were anxious to get back to our winning ways. The match was late starting so we had lots of time to practice beforehand. We knew it was going to be a lucky day when john found a perfectly good football which had been lost in the ditch beside the pitch.

Zhudi was our captain for the day, but he was forced to start without his arm band, because match was on for five minutes when his father brought it. This seemed to provide inspiration to Zhudi because about 10 seconds after putting on the arm band he scored a goal.

However Maynooth had no intention of making life easy for us and they leveled the scores a few minutes later. But Demi put us back in the lead a few minutes later with a brilliant shot from the edge of the penalty box. Then Zhudi knocked in two more to give us a commanding 4-1 lead at half time.

Just as we were beginning to be confident Maynooth scored two goals to bring the score back to 4-3. The tension at this stage was too much for the Maynooth linesman to control himself and after one of his outbursts the referee was forced to send him off. I think this is the first time I have seen a linesman sent off in a match.

Castleknock reacted better to the pressure and Demi scored a goal to give us a more comfortable lead. Nado followed up with another goal to put us 6-3 ahead and the result beyond doubt.

The team performed very well overall today and the passing was much improved. However the judges decided that Robert was a deserving winner of the man-of-the-match title for the best overall performance.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Away match against Manooth

Our next match will be an away match against Maynooth on Saturday 20th of October. The match will be at Maynooth's Dublin Road pitch. Kick-off is at 1pm, so we should meet up beside the all weather pitch at 12noon to travel in convoy.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Tightly fought match with Malahide ends in a draw.

The referee was adamant that all players tucked in their jerseys for the match. So Nado was looking very stylish indeed.

Both sides played very defensively in the first half, so it was no surprise that the score was nil-all at half time.

Shortly after the restart Malahide managed to score a goal and the match came much more to life from that point onwards. Castleknock attacked strongly and it was not long before Demi managed to level the scores. Both sides battled to break the deadlock, and our attackers made many exciting raids on the Malahide goal. Unfortunately the ball did not seem to want to go into the net.

Our defense came under enormous pressure also, but we managed to keep them from scoring. All of the defenders played well, but Andy was a deserving winner of the man-of-the-match award. I think his new boots helped him play so well.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Malahide come to take us on in a rematch

Our next match is a home match against Malahide United. Kick-off is at 11:15am next Saturday 13th of October. All players should be at Porterstown before 11am.

We will have to be on top form, because Malahide will be keen to avenge their defeat from earlier in the season.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Disapointing defeat at the hands of Dunshaulghlin.

We knew when we went to Dunshaughlin that we were in for a tough contest because both teams had very strong records coming into the match. It was a beautiful day from the weather point of view, but we should have realized that it would be unlucky when Niamh lost a tooth before the match even started.

Castleknock got off to a good start when Zhudi opened the scoring with a well taken shot in the third minute of the game. However, Dunshaughlin were not about to let us take control of the match and they brought themselves back onto level terms almost straight away with a rocket of a shot into the top corner of the net.

Bought sides attached strongly for the rest of the first half. However, the only score was when a Dunshaughlin shot took a deflection off a Castleknock defender. This meant that Dunshaughlin had a narrow 2-1 lead at half time.

Castleknock were determined to pull back on level terms in the second half and they managed this quite quickly when Omar lobbed the ball in over the goalies head. Dunshaughlin had other plans however. When Dunshaughlin managed to get a third goal, Castleknock continued to battle to get back into the match. However, when Dunshaughlin managed to get a fourth goal, the Castleknock team seemed to fall apart and lost their concentration. This allowed Dunshaughlin to score two more goals before the end to leave the final score at a convincing 6-2 to Dunshaughlin.

Both of the Emara brothers got their names on the scoresheet today, but Omar had a stronger overall performance to earn this weeks man-of-the-match title.

By my calculation ourselves and Dunshaughlin should be tied at the top of the table after this match with the same points and even the same points difference. But Dunshaughlin have played one less game played. If you want to check the official tables click here.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Change of Day, time and location for training

Due to the nights getting dark earlier, we will have to move to floodlight training from next week onwards. Starting from Monday 8th of October we will have our training on the all weather pitch at 6-7pm on Mondays.

I appreciate that this time is not ideal for many of you, but this is the only time we could get access to the all-weather pitch.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Away match against Dunshaughlin

Our match next Saturday (6th of October) will be an away match against Dunshaughlin. Kick-off is at 12:45, but since this is quite a distance to travel we will need to meet up beside the all weather pitch at 11:45 to ensure we are there in time.