CLERIHAN SCHOOLBOYS FC
U13A LEAGUE ST MICHAELS 1 CLERIHAN 1
The u13s continued to struggle to find some form and could have no complaints with the result. The opening period suggested that Clerihan would have little difficulty taking the three points as the team started brightly and played some decent football. It came as no surprise when Shane Hickey scored the opening goal and it looked as if more would follow. However , there followed an alarming drop in performance levels and the home side gradually grew in confidence before deservedly getting an equaliser early in the second half. The home side looked the more likely to go and win at that stage but just didn’t have enough about them to finish the game off. From a Clerihan viewpoint , it was all about weak tackling and low work-rate which , if not improved , will see this squad seriously under-perform for the rest of the season.
U13B LEAGUE CLERIHAN 0 CLONMEL TOWN 3
This was another really poor display from the team who , once again , rarely threatened the opposition goal. Town scored with practically their first real attack and scored a second minutes later to leave Clerihan with a mountain to climb. On both occasions , the attacker ran clean through the defence with nobody even attempting a tackle of any consequence. The third goal before the interval summed things up , a lone Town forward volleying a cross to the net as an entire defence stood watching. It is difficult to understand how much levels have dropped in recent weeks after a couple of promising , albeit losing outings. The second period was all about damage limitation and credit must go the goalkeeper and defence for keeping their opponents scoreless during those 30 minutes. However , it is astonishing that so many seem unaware of their positions and duties , despite the coaches going with two training sessions every week.
U11A LEAGUE CLONMEL TOWN B 1 CLERIHAN 4
This was the opening league game for the u11s and they duly came through with a good win. It was all Clerihan in the first half with Anthony Phelan ( 2 ) , Cormac Freier and Brian O’Sullivan giving the team an unassailable lead. Callum Meagher controlled the game from midfield and Conor Ryan was outstanding on the right flank. The second half was far more competitive and Town deservedly pulled a goal back. As they pressed for more , Riain Bolton showed what a fine defender he really is , breaking up attacks and getting his team going again. A good opening display but a lot of work to be done on finishing , which was well below par and would cost us in a closer game.