Clare Youths 2016/17

Inter League Youths Cup 2016/17

Galway 2-1 Clare

Clare were the better team throughout the 90 minutes but missed chances proved costly as Galway advanced to a quarter-final meeting with Dublin & District Schoolboys League next month.

Clare started well and had a good shout for a penalty waved away on 7 minutes when Jack Devitt was taken down in the box but the penalty was not given. A great strike from outside the box by Jamie Roche on 14 minutes flew into the top corner of the Galway net to give Clare a deserved lead. Billy Clancy had to be sharp at the back for Clare on 18 minutes to stop James Cahalan getting on shot on goal. Galway were awarded a penalty on 20 minutes for a nudge off the ball in the box. Mathew Barrett struck the penalty well to the corner but it was brilliantly saved by Alan Naughton and Naughton made another great save from the rebound to stop Barrett from scoring. Roche went close again for Clare with a shot on 26 minutes that was saved by Kalim Fahy who replaced the injured Troy Slattery. A good run and shot from Callum Keely on 28 minutes was again well saved by Fahy. Good work from Robbie Waller down the left wing setup Roche inside the Galway box and his well struck effort brought a world class save out of Fahy on 31 minutes. A well delivered corner from Oisin Cavanagh on 34 minutes was headed narrowly wide by Lee Wall. Clare went close again on 38 minutes with a great effort from Waller that just went the wrong side of the post. Galway had the last chance of the half when Barrett headed over on 45 minutes.

Clare were on top in the early stages of the second half and Wall went close again with an effort from 20 yards on 48 minutes. Against the run of play Galway were back on level terms on 51 minutes when Barrett finished well. Roche narrowly missed the target from a free kick on 60 minutes after Dean Coughlan was taken down just outside the box. Killian Dolan had a shot from the edge of the box saved by Naughton on 66 minutes. Clare were unlucky not to go back in front on 68 minutes when Jack Devitt attempted lob over the advancing Fahy agonizingly landed on the top of the Galway net. Good work from Coughlan and Waller on 73 minutes created a chance for Devitt whose effort just went the wrong side of the post. A great strike from 25 yards by Galway captain Cian O'Toole on 80 minutes flew into the corner of the Clare net and somehow Galway found themselves in front with 10 minutes left in the match. With Clare pushing forward in search of an equalizer Galway had a good chance to wrap up the victory on 89 minutes but Naughton was sharp off his line to make a make a great save at the feet of Dolan. One last chance for Clare in injury time fell to Wall from a Roche free kick but his header went over the bar as Galway held on for the victory.

Galway: Troy Slattery, Conor Devlin, Dean Cullinane, Paul Kelly, Nathan Ward, Cian O'Toole (Cpt), Jack Kissane, Oran Monaghan, James Cahalan, Niall Rooney, Mathew Barrett

Subs: Kalim Fahy, Killian Dolan

Clare: Alan Naughton (Lifford), Callum Keely (Shannn Town), Oisin Cavanagh (Newmarket Celtic), Billy Clancy (St Pats), Kevin McSweeney (Tulla Utd), Christy Carey (Bridge Utd), Robbie Waller (Shannon Town), Lee Wall (Bridge Utd), Jack Devitt (Lifford), Jamie Roche (Avenue Utd), Kevin Tubidy (St Pats)

Subs: Dean Coughlan (Lifford) for Tubridy, Danny Clancy (St Pats) for Waller

Subs Not Used: Mark Shannon (St Pats), Kevin Considine (Hermitage), Johnny Ryan (Avenue Utd), Fergus Lyons (Lifford), Luke Whelan (Shannon Town), Sean Cahill (Tulla Utd)


Inter League Youths Cup
Kerry 0-5 Clare

Clare made the trip to Mounthawk Park on Sunday and turned in a five star performance to defeat Kerry and qualify for the knockout stages of the Inter League Youths Cup.

This match was played on an excellent astro surface which really suited this skillful and pacy Clare side. Sean Doherty went close for Clare inside the first minute with a good run and shot that Killian Moran did well to save. Clare kept the pressure on and a well worked corner between Oisin Cavanagh and Jamie Roche created a chance for Jack Devitt who finished well to put Clare in front. It got better for Clare on 8 minutes when Roche made no mistake from inside the box. Doherty went close again for Clare on 15 minutes with a shot that Evan O'Brien did well to deflect wide of the goal. Great play from Clare on 20 minutes created a chance for Robbie Waller but he was denied by a great save from Moran. Waller went close again on 28 minutes with a shot from outside the box that brought another good save out of Moran. Clare got a deserved third goal on 37 minutes when good work from Roche down the left wing created a chance for Devitt who fired home his second of the game. Kerry had their first chance of the game on 42 minutes when a well delivered free kick from Thomas Burke was put over the bar by Darren Mansell. Clare ended the game as a contest just before the half time whistle when good work from Roche again created a chance for Ikem Ugwueru who finished well to give Clare a 4-0 lead at the break.

Clare started the second half well and a good through ball from Roche found Sean Doherty in space and he raced through before firing low past the advancing Moran to make it 5-0 to the visitors. Conor Lowe had a good effort for Kerry well saved by Alan Naughton on 53 minutes. Good work from Dean Coughlan on 66 minutes created a chance for Devitt who was unlucky to see his well struck effort rebound off the post. Coughlan went close with a shot on 70 minutes that was well saved by Moran. Kerry kept battling to the end but there was no stopping Clare on this day as they can now look forward to a meeting with Galway at Eamonn Deacy Park in the knockout stages.

Kerry: Killian Moran, Evan O'Brien, Dylan Fitzgerald, Mark McDonnell, Aaron Kelly, Darren Mulcahy, Darren Mansell, Niall Downey, Cian Casey, Daniel Feehan, Thomas Burke

Subs: Conor Lowe, Conor Mitchell, Callum McSweeney, Ethan Brosnan, Kevin Mahony

Clare: Alan Naughton (Lifford), Callum Keely (Shannn Town), Oisin Cavanagh (Newmarket Celtic), Billy Clancy (St Pats), Kevin McSweeney (Tulla Utd), Christy Carey (Bridge Utd), Ikem Ugwueru (Avenue Utd), Robbie Waller (Shannon Town), Jack Devitt (Lifford), Jamie Roche (Avenue Utd), Sean Doherty (Avenue Utd)

Subs: Dean Coughlan (Lifford) for Doherty, Jordan Downes (Bridge Utd) for Waller, Mark Shannon (St Pats) for Devitt, Kevin Tubidy (St Pats) for Ugwueru, Kevin Considine (Hermitage) for Roche

Subs Not Used: Johnny Ryan (Avenue Utd), Fergus Lyons (Lifford), Luke Whelan (Shannon Town), Danny Clancy (St Pats)

Inter League Youths Cup
Clare 1-3 Limerick

Limerick got their Inter League Youths campaign off to a winning start after coming from behind to defeat Clare at Frank Healy Park on Friday night. Clare played well throughout but missed chances and mistakes proved costly against a very good Limerick side.

Limerick had the first chance on 5 minutes when Sean Feeney got some space in the box but Alan Naughton got down well at his feet to make a brave save. A great ball in from Jamie Roche went agonisingly wide for the home side on 12 minutes with Sean Doherty just missing out on a vital touch. Clare went in front on 25 minutes after a good passing move saw Oisin Cavanagh get some space on the left wing and he delivered a great ball in for Jamie Roche to score and give Clare a deserved lead. Clare should have been 2 clear on 35 minutes after good work from Ikem Ugwueru on the right created a chance for Jack Devitt at the back post but his effort rebounded off the post and Roche saw his effort from the rebound go over the bar. Limerick finished the half strong and Conor Coughlan had a fine effort from 25 yards rebound off the post on 38 minutes. Right on half time Limerick drew level when the Clare stopped playing expecting an offside decision and Shane Donnegan took full advantage to finish well to the top corner.

Clare started the second half well and a great strike from Robbie Waller from the edge of the box on 52 minutes brought a brilliant save out of the Limerick keeper James Regan Magner. Limerick went close from a free kick from Dylan O'Neill on 65 minutes that narrowly missed the target. A mistake at the back for Clare on 75 minutes was punished by Adam Foley and Limerick were in front. Clare had a chance to draw level on 85 minutes when a free kick from Lee Wall fell to Fergus Lyons but his effort was blocked and Limerick broke quickly from the back and Dylan Ryan finished well to secure the victory for the visitors.

Clare: Alan Naughton, Jack Crowley, Oisin Cavanagh, Billy Clancy, Lee Wall, Christy Carey, Jack Devitt, Robbie Waller, Sean Doherty, Jamie Roche, Ikem Ugwueru

Subs: Dean Coughlan for Ugwueru (inj), Cian O'Rourke for Carey, Jordan Downes for Waller (inj), Fergus Lyons for Devitt, Danny Clancy for Doherty

Limerick: James Regan Magner, Liam Byrnes, Evan Lynch, Jack Dunne, Jason Cross, Dylan Sheehan, Shane Donnegan, Thomas Byrnes, Adam Foley, Conor Coughlan, Sean Feeney

Subs: Colm Barrett for Coughlan, Dylan O'Neill for Byrnes, Dylan Ryan for Feeney 

Inter League Youths Cup 2015/16
North Tipperay 3
Clare 3
Clare and North Tipperary shared the points in a 6 goal thriller at
Templemore on Saturday. Clare were the better team throughout but had
to come from behind twice to earn a deserved draw. Tipperay went close
in the first minute after a good run and shot from Stephen Quinlan.
Quinlan got another chance on 10 minutes and this time made no mistake
to put Tipperary in front with a low shot to the right corner. Clare
drew level on 13 minutes when Kieran Mahoney finished a good ball in
front the right wing by Cillian Daly. Mahoney went close again on 15
minutes but the keeper forced him wide and he missed the target.
Mahoney was causing the Tipperary defence a lot of problems and looked
to have been fouled in the box on 19 minutes but the referee gave a
goal kick when the ball looked to be still on the goal line. Mahoney
went close again on 21 minutes but was denied by a great save from
Kuba Beben in the Tipperary goal. Adam Gilbert went close again for
Clare on 30 minutes after getting on the end of a Ikem Ugwueru cross
but yet again Clare were denied by a great save from Beben. Clare
deservedly went in front on 36 minutes when Mahoney scored his second
after getting on the end of a great ball in from Ugwueru. Good work
from Pat McDaid on 38 minutes created a chance for Gilbert but yet
again Beben made a good save. Tipperary drew level against the run of
play on 40 minutes when Josh Wynne scored after Tipperay broke quickly
from the back. Things got worse for Clare right on half time when
Wynne scored his second after a good run and shot to put Tipperary
back in front. To their credit Clare did not let the late Tipperary
goals affect them and started the second half positively. Mahoney went
close again on 47 minutes but Beben was on hand to make another good
save. Ugwueru made a good run and had a shot go over the bar on 50
minutes. McDaid was next to go close for Clare on 53 minutes when he
got on the end of a good delivery from Daly but his effort narrowly
went over the crossbar. A superb strike from Ethan McNevin from 30
yards brought another brilliant save out of Beben on 61 minutes. The
goal was coming and it was Clare's star striker Mahoney who completed
his hat-trick on 65 minutes with a fine individual goal. Mahoney
picked up the ball on the right wing and cut inside before unleashing
a low powerful left foot strike to the right corner that this time
Beben could do nothing to prevent hitting the back of the net. Clare
now went in search of a lead goal and McNevin went close again on 69
minutes but was denied by Beben one more time. Tippeary had their
first chance of the half on 75 minutes when Jason Gilmartin forced
Shane Russell into making a good save. Tipperary nearly caught Clare
on the break on 85 minutes when Wynne was denied his hat-trick by a
great save from Russell in the Clare goal. There was one last
opportunity for Clare to take all three points when Gilbert made a
great run in from the left wing and as he was about to shoot in the
box it looked like he was fouled but to the relief of the home side
the referee gave Clare a corner. Tipperary cleared from the corner and
this great game of football came to an end with both sides still in
with a chance of a place in the knock out stages in January.

North Tipperary: Kuba Beben, Aaron Rein, Joe Deveraux, David O'Shea,
Sean Queally, Paul Costello, Jason Gilmartin, Alan Ryan, Stephen
Quinlan, Josh Wynne, Ciaran Paleman

Subs: Georoid Larkin, Jack O'Brien, Ciaran Willis, Vladimir Bodrav

Clare: Shane Russell (Shannon Town), Jason Mcintyre (Shannon Town),
Scott Greaney (Kilrush), Cian Hannon (Shannon Town), Conor McCarthy
(Newmarket Celtic), Patrick McDaid (Avenue Utd) (Captain), Ikem
Ugwueru (Avenue Utd), Ethan McNevin (Lifford), Kieran Mahoney
(Lifford), Adam Gilbert (Newmarket Celtic), Cillian Daly (Avenue Utd)

Subs: Sean Murphy (Lifford) for Hannon, Mathew Davenport (Lifford) for
Daly, Kinsley Makombe (Avenue Utd) for Ugwueru

Subs Not Used: Alan Naughton (Coole FC), Conor Hassett (Bridge Utd),
Eoghan Maxwell (Shannon Town), Luke Cahill (Shannon Town), Jack Devitt

Group Series Final Standings
Group 1 P W D L F A GD Pts
Q Mayo Schoolboy/girl & Youth League 3 2 1 0 11 2 9 7
Q Donegal Youth League 3 1 2 0 4 3 1 5
Inishowen Youth & Schoolboy League 3 1 0 2 4 3 1 3
Sligo Leitrim League 3 0 1 2 1 12 -11 1

Group 2 P W D L F A GD Pts
Q Combined Counties Football League 3 2 1 0 7 3 4 7
Q Galway Football League 3 2 0 1 10 5 5 6
Limerick & District League 3 1 0 2 7 11 -4 3
Clare League 3 0 1 2 4 10 -6 1

Group 3 P W D L F A GD Pts
Q Waterford & District Junior League 3 2 1 0 7 5 2 7
Q Wexford Football League 3 1 1 1 10 5 5 4
Kilkenny & District League 3 1 1 1 10 7 3 4
North Tipperary League 3 0 1 1 5 15 -10 1

Group 4 P W D L F A GD Pts
Q Dublin & District Schoolboys League 3 3 0 0 13 2 11 9
Q North Dublin Schoolboy/girl League 3 2 0 1 9 3 6 6
Kildare Youth League 3 1 0 2 5 7 -2 3
Athletic Union League 3 0 0 3 3 18 -15 0

Group 5 P W D L F A GD Pts
Q Cork Youth Leagues 2 2 0 0 11 0 11 6
Limerick Desmond League 2 1 0 1 2 8 -6 3
Kerry District League 2 0 0 2 0 2 -2 0

26th Apr 2015

Stephen Hanley headed the only goal in the 93rd minute when he turned the ball home after substitute Joe Doyle headed back across goal from a deep James Doona cross. It was the sort of momentary touch of class which the game needed to produce a goal as both defences produced top class displays and NDSL will know that they were in the game right until the last seconds. The NDSL came close to opening the scoring in the 12th minute when impressive midfielder Adam Murphy curled a low strike from the edge of the box narrowly wide. Doona found the head of Ireland U17 international Luke Wade-Slater six minutes later but the winger could only header over on the stretch. A 33rd minute corner from Troy Owens produced a decent chance for the NDSL but Jackson Ryan’s header was off target. Owens turned provider again for the NDSL three minutes into the second half when he found the head of Lee Fetherston but once again the winger’s header dropped narrowly wide. Ireland U17 international midfielder Jamie Gray had a strike from the edge of the box saved by NDSL keeper Matt Lyons in the 57th minute. Gray came close again in the 71st minute when he tiptoed his way through the NDSL defence only to see his low strike saved by Lyons. Brave defending from the NDSL’s Stephen Mullins denied Gray seven minutes later after the defender threw himself in front of a low shot from the DDSL midfielder with the goal gaping. Just when extra-time loomed up stepped Hanley to head the winner. The DDSL might have added an unusual second in the 95th minute when substitute Darragh Roycroft saw his shot from 40 yards out roll narrowly wide after NDSL keeper Lyons had come up the field leaving his goal unguarded.

DDSL: David Craddock, Jamie Wilson, Ciaran Kelly, Peter Burke, Brian Foley, Eoghan Morgan, Luke Wade-Slater, Jamie Gray, Conor Kane, James Doona, Stephen Hanley. Subs: Joe Doyle for Wade-Slater 62 mins; Darragh Roycroft for Kelly 74.

NDSL: Matt Lyons, Shaun Whelan, Stephen Mullins, Ryan Doolan, Cian O’Toole, Cian Fogarty, Lee Fetherston, Jackson Ryan, Adam Murphy, Darren Kavanagh, Troy Owens. Subs: Taylor Creane for Owens 62; Ryan Corbally for Fetherston 70; Cillian Duffy for Whelan 82.


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