match reports weekend of 11th feb



Saturday was a landmark day for the u14s as they became only the second ever squad
from the club to step onto the pitch at the last 32 stage of the SFAI cup. The trip to
Herbertstown was always going to be a difficult assignment against opponents that had
just lost out by the odd goal in three to Cherry Orchard of Dublin last season. The first
half saw some heroic defending from the Clerihan lads with Eoin O’Donovan and Jack
Burke keeping the highly-rated home centre-forward quiet while goalkeeper Eoin Power
made a number of brilliant saves . Herbertstown did manage to score once but a slender
half-time deficit gave Clerihan plenty of hope. Unfortunately , a second goal after the
restart was the killer blow and forced Clerihan to re-organise in an effort to get back into
the game. Jack Burke moved to midfield in an effort to get some more support up to Luke
Hahessy but this inevitably left some gaps at the back which the home side exploited to
the full. To their credit , Clerihan kept plugging awy but found it impossible to breach
a very strong , physical defence. Each and every one of the squad gave it their all on the
day and there was a real sense of pride in this performance against a serious outfit. The
team managers were full of praise for the display and the home team were gracious to
acknowledge that they had a tough test. It is important to note the significance of the
achievement in reaching this stage of the competition , something that was beyond the
ability of any other U14 team from the South Tipp league this season. We hope that the
other teams in the club will strive even harder to match and maybe surpass this in the
coming years. Well done to all concerned , players and coaches , and also to those who
travelled to Limerick to support the lads.



The U11s recorded another comfortable win in Clerihan on Saturday morning , totally
dominating against a gallant but depleted Vee Rovers squad. Callum Meagher gave
Clerihan a tenth minute lead with a sweet strike and was only denied a first-half hat-trick
by the post and crossbar. The Vee Rovers goalkeeper was in wonderful form and made
a number of top-class saves. Cormac Freier volleyed to the net early in the second half
to make it 2-0 before Callum Meagher completed the scoring with another great shot.
The visitors couldn’t cope with the power of Callum and Anthony Phelan in midfield and
a little bit more composure and better option-taking in attack would have yielded more
goals. Brian O’Sullivan had a great game on the left flank while there was a touch of
class about everthing Conor Og Ryan did.


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