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Craughwell United Notes 4/5 March   07/03/2023

Craughwell United Junior men's side drew 1-1 away to Maree Oranmore B on Saturday afternoon. Craughwell started brightly when Connor Dolan headed in an Eoin Fahy corner in the first minute. The home side equalised a few minutes later amid some confusion in the Craughwell United defence, possibly from the referee's whistle on the adjacent pitch. With Ross Whelton and Alan O'Riordan getting the upper hand in midfield and Eoin Fahy and Joe Jackson showing up well on the flanks, Craughwell dominated the first half but a combination of good goalkeeping and the woodwork kept the teams tied at half time. The second half saw both sides create chances to take the lead but the game finished 1-1 which was fair on both sides. Ross Whelton back from injury was United's outstanding player on the day.
Front row: Alan O'Riordan, Eoin Shiel, Joe Jackson, Connor Dolan, Matthew Faherty, Eoin Fahy.
 Back row: Eoin Lavery, Luigi Ryan, Finbarr McFadden, Daniel Grealish captain, Mark Cunningham, Ross Whelton, Daragh Barry, Cillian Dolan, Darragh O'Connor.


Our U21s lost 2-0 away to Moyne Villa in a well contested top of the table clash last Wednesday night in Headford. Villa went ahead early on with a headed corner but Craughwell dominated the rest of the first half with the midfield pairing of Kevin Molloy and Ross Whelton looking strong. Liam Mulveen, Odhran Keane and Kevin Molloy all had good chances but a combination of great goalkeeping and the crossbar prevented us getting the equaliser. The second half was end to end with the home side creating more chances as Craughwell pushed forward. Villa scored their second with fifteen minutes remaining to seal the win and the league title. Craughwell had many outstanding players on the night including Cian Garman and Cian Geogheghan in defence. Congratulations to Moyne Villa on winning the Championship and also on their fine new Astro facility. Craughwell's final league game will be against Tuam Celtic next week.
On Sunday afternoon the U18 Boys had a come-from-behind win away against tough opposition in West Coast United. United trailed at the interval but got a great start to the second half when Ethan O'Brien finished off a well worked move. Mid-way through the half Alex Duggan scored a pearler from twenty yards. West Coast piled on the pressure but Craughwell resisted - most crucially when Dillon Moran made a point blank save in the dying minutes. 
Back row: Mark Faherty, Alex Craven, Liam Mulveen, Brandon Morgan, Cian Irwin, Noah Keane, Odhran Keane, Ross Whelton, Finbarr McFadden, Eoin Nugent, Aidan Collins
 Front row: Shane Gorman, Kevin Molloy captain, Cian Geoghegan, Eoin Shiel, Dara Collins, Cian Garman, Matthew Faherty.


The U14 Boys lost away to Mervue 5-3 on Saturday but were unlucky not to get something from what was a great game. United equalized twice in the first half - goals from the persistent Jake Barry and another from Tom Malone following a flowing move to leave half time score 2-2.  Mervue had a purple patch in the third quarter, scoring three goals to lead 5-2. Craughwell rallied, driven on by Callum Payne, Eoin Middleton, Paul Keaveney, Harry Comer and Rossa Gorman. Craughwell got on top in the fourth quarter and managed to pull a goal back through Ryan Faherty. United continued to push for more and were unlucky not to get back to 5-4 in the dying minutes of the game when a fine Keaveney shot from distance came back off the woodwork and Daniel Farrelly pounced on the rebound but was unlucky to hook the ball over the bar.

The U12 Maroon boys had a hard fought draw against Kiltullagh in Coleman Park. Ethan Beattie opened the scoring from a beautiful over the top ball from Noah Kinneen. In the second half Kiltullagh caught Craughwell on a break and even though Cian Kelly pulled off a super save Kiltullagh were there to convert the rebound. Two minutes later Ethan Beattie extended the Craughwell lead. Craughwell held out until the final minute - Kiltullagh scoring a free kick which took a slight deflection. 2-2 the final score.

Back row: Danny Cahill, Darragh O'Donnell, Cian Kelly, Jack Flaherty, Edward Donoghue, Toby Molloy, Jack O’Dwyer.
 Front row: Brian O’Gara, Ciaran Moran, Noah Kinneen, Callan Dolan, Ethan Beattie, Henry Cullaine


Also at Coleman Park on Saturday Craughwell United U12 Navy Boys overcame Cregmore/Claregalway. Cathal Osbourne caused problems for the visitors early on and scored the opener just before halftime. Craughwell picked up where they left off after the interval. Cathal Byrnes and Jack Melia combined well, with Jack's shot saved by the keeper before Cathal swept home the rebound. Four minutes later, Jack Melia got on the scoresheet himself, latching onto a through ball from Zach Whoulihan. United sealed the victory when a shot from Cathal Byrnes deflected off a Cregmore Claregalway defender and went into the net.  Eanna Tormey put in a commanding performance in midfield, while captain Darragh Woods and Iarrlaith Morressy were solid at the back. A 4-0 win and three points for the home team.

Back row: Liam Ward, Arbri Korbi, Jonathan Nolan, Iarlaith Morressy, Thomas Glennon, Milan Karip, Cathal Byrnes, Teirnan Comer, Eanna Tormey.
 Front row: Adam Melia, Darragh Woods, Jack Conneely, Cathal Osborne, Jack Melia, Zach Wholihan


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