Saturday, December 15, 2007

Castleknock through to the last 8 of the NDSL Cup

Castleknock Celtic progressed to the quarter finals of the NDSL with style as the managed to fire 8 goals in against Swords Celtic.

Both teams observed a minutes silence before the match to pay respect to a Swords Celtic player who lost a parent yesterday.
Following this, both teams broke into action.
There were plenty of chances for both teams at the start of the match, but it was Swords that were on target first, only to see their shot tapped over the crossbar by goalkeeper John.
Castleknock stepped up their game and started delivering some great passes into Zuhdi and Omar, who's blistering shots were just off the target.
After piling the pressure on Swords defence and testing the Swords goalkeeper, it was Nado who finally got Castleknock off the mark with a shot from just inside the box which was helped home by Zuhdi's head, but had already crossed the line..

Following this, it was Demi, who put the game beyond doubt that Casleknock Celtic would be playing in the quarter finals.
With great support coming from the left and right of midfield from Cathal and Robert, Demi was given every chance to run at the Swords defence and made no mistakes when he managed to put four goals past the home team in succession.

With the score at 5-0, the play was all Castleknock and when Swords managed to get get into the Castleknock half, David and Frank made no mistake in stopping any danger and returning the ball to the Swords half.

Omar added to the score with a long range shot, making it 6-0.
Cathal worked hard today on the left wing earning him the man-of-the-match title, and it was his pass that allowed Nado cross the ball into the penalty area to see Zuhdi strike it home for Castleknock's 7th and a well deserved goal for Zuhdi.

The referee was just looking his watch but Casleknock were not finished.
Demi put the game beyond doubt when he fired home a record fifth goal for him and 8 for Castleknock.
David was unlucky not to made it 9 when he made a run from defence for a corner and struck the ball just over the crossbar, but the final score was 8-0, a record win for the team and a place in the quarter final of the NDSL cup.

Well done team, a great result and some great teamwork displayed today.

This super team will be signing autographs and packing bags in Tesco on Sunday, December 23rd from 1:00pm to 2:30pm.. parents are also invited to attend!

Christmas Party Arrangements

As we did last year, we will be having a 5-a-side competiton Christmas party. The arrangement for our team  is that we meet up in the community centre at 12:30 on Saturday next 22nd of December where players will be assigned to teams for the competition.

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Bag Packing in Tesco

The club is organising bag packing in Tesco to raise money fo rthe new clubhouse on Saturday/Sunday 22nd/23rd of December. Our team has been assigned the time slot from 1pm to 2:30pm on Sunday. We need 12 children and three adults and will be looking for volunteers at training on Monday next (non-team members can help also).

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Monday, December 10, 2007

Cup tie this weekend

Our next match will be an away match against Swords Celtic. Kick-off is at 11:15 in Balheray Reservoir on Saturday 15th of December. We should meet up at 10:15 at our usual spot beside the all-weather pitches.

This is the quarter final of the cup so we will need to be in top form.

By the way, the club calendars are now available at a price of 5 euro each with many of our players appearing prominently on the front page. You better buy them quick before they sell out.

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Sunday, December 9, 2007

Match called off

As you konw our match this weekend was called off due to bad weather. I took advantage of the free Saturday to put up my Christmas decorations inclusing the cool rocker which you can see below:

The club Christmas party will be held the weekend after next (i.e. Saturday 22nd of December). Watch this space for more details.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Details announced for the Christmas Party

The details of this years Christmas party have been announced on the club website. Our team has been allocated to 12:30pm on Saturday 22nd of December. We should all meet up at the community centre at this time to be divided into teams.

Be sure to be there on time to make sure you are not left out.

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Monday, December 3, 2007

Home match against Dunshaughlin

Our next match is a Home match against Dunshaughlin. Kick-off will be at 10am on Saturday 8th of December. We should all meet up in Porterstown by 9:45am.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Castleknock miss a chance to take some away points

It was another away match for Castleknock and another missed opportunity to take some points home with them as Woodlawn proved to strong on their home turf.

Castleknock got off to a great start after a few minutes and make a promising break into the Woodlawn half, Omar and Robert kept the ball away from the home defense and delivered the ball to Zuhdi, who made no mistake and put the ball in the back of the Woodlawn net.
It was 1-0 to Castleknock and with only 5 minutes of the match played.
Castleknock continued to pile on the pressure but Woodlawn had learned their lesson and stepped up their defence. Zuhdi had some more great chances and Robert, Demi and Nado create some more opportunities for the greens.
Castleknock's luck changed as Demi came off after suffering a toe injury and Woodlawn managed to get an equaliser shortly before the half time break. This goal was disputed by a strong Castleknock defense who saw the ball crossing the line for a goal kick, only to be taken back in to play and put kicked across the goal line.

Castleknock started off the second half playing into a very strong wind and John was soon put to the test as he had to make some spectacular saves to keep the game level.
Luck was on Casleknock's side as an attack from Nado, Cathal and Zuhdi forced an own goal, putting Castleknock in the lead for the second time.
Woodlawn responded with a quick attack and were soon at level terms again.

With a strong wind behind them and a number of free kicks awarded to them, Woodlawn managed to take the lead.
Despite having a great game, the overworked defensive line of Dylan, Frank and man-of-the-match David were outnumbered by the Woodlawn attack and were unable to stop two more goals for the home side making the final score 5-2.
David had played an excellent game and single handedly cut out some dangerous attacks towards the end of the game, earning him the man-of-the-match title.

A minor setback for Castleknock, no points today.. but a good team performance throughout.