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Club News

08 September, 2014

Round 1:
Watergrasshill  2-12  Midleton  2-10
6th of July 2014 in Watergrasshill GAA
Midleton headed out for their opening fixture against Watergrasshill with great ambitions and great strength in squad with the belief that a place in a County Final was very achievable. Their first fixture did not begin as they had hoped and after a slow start as the team tried to find its feet and positioning, against a well setup Watergrasshill, Midleton found themselves trailing at the break by 6 points.

Midleton regrouped in the 2nd half and slowly clawed back at the Watergrasshill lead however time was against them and at the final whistle Midleton had run out of time as the deficit had been reduced to just 2 points with no time remaining. Midleton had worked hard in the 2nd half and there were great positives to be taken from the 2nd half performance. Nothing to be taken from Watergrasshills great start and solid all round play. They came prepared and finished victorious on this occasion.

Round 2:
Midleton 5-16  Rockbawn  5-12
21st of July 2014 in Lisgoold GAA
Midleton started brighter in the 2nd Round against Rockbawn with an early goal and then exchanged point for point as both teams settled into their positions. Rockbawn however settled faster and caught Midleton with two goals in less than a minute and five goals in total in the 1st half. Midleton were not to be caught again and worked really hard with some skillful hand passing and shooting to reduce the halftime lead to leave Midleton trailing 5-8 to 3-8 at halftime.

Midleton were dominant in the 2nd half as the teams hard work at training, both in defence and attack, since their first round defeat to Watergrasshill started to pay off as their defence grinded Rockbawn down and reduced them to scoring only 4 points in the 2nd half. Midletons forwards were not to be upstaged by their defensive teammates either as they worked really hard and scored 2-8.

Round 3:
Midleton 3-18  Kinsale 1-15
28th of July 2014 in Kinsale GAA
Midletons third round saw them travel to Kinsale to play against another one of the favourites from the group. Both teams were well prepared and a large crowd both home support and those that had travelled with Midleton were making their support heard on the sideline cheering on their respective teams. Midletons play was impressive to watch, from accurate hand and kick passes to pinpoint accuracy with the boot, it was great to watch the progression the team had made and that all that hard work including the circuit training in the early months to the sprints sessions it was clear for everyone present that Midleton were starting to click.

Midleton pushed on in the 2nd half opening up a gap at one stage to a 9 point lead. Kinsale tried hard to fight back but Midletons defence worked extremely hard to keep Kinsales attack out and it paid off. Midleton held on to win by 6 points and came away from a very tough game with a great victory and high on confidence heading into the draw for a quarter final.

Quarter Final:
Midleton  5-10  Naomh Abán  2-07
19th of August 2014 in Midleton GAA
The Quarter Final Draw saw Midleton drawn at home against Naomh Abhán. It was Midletons first outing at their home GAA Club and again their support did not disappoint. A large home crowd came to see the Ladies perform in style. Midleton who were not seen as quick starters in the previous rounds were not hanging around in this game. Their forwards were on fire scoring 1-5 without reply in the first 10 minutes. Naomh Abhán struck their first point with a well worked team effort which required great determination to break down the rock solid defence. There were only 4 scores were in the next 10 minute period which was dominated by two defences that were determined to restrict play. 2 points were scored by Naomh Abhán however Midleton improved their lead by scoring 1 goal and 1 point. The final 10 minutes before half time were dominated by Midleton who held Naomh Abhán scoreless while scoring 2 goals and 2 points.

The halftime score was Midleton 4-7 Namoh Abhán 0-3

Midleton cruised through the 2nd half exchanging 1-1 with Naomh Abhán in the first 10 minutes. Again both teams were solid in defence in the next 15 minute period by keeping both sets of forwards scoreless. Midleton cruised for the last 10 minutes knowing the result was all but guaranteed and even a late rally by Naomh Abhán couldn't make a dent in Midletons lead. Midleton were through to the County Semi Final.

Semi Final:
Midleton  3-9  Douglas  3-7
31st of August 2014 in Caherlag (Erins Own GAA)
Midletons final hurdle heading for a County Final placed them into a Semi Final battle against Douglas at Caherlag. Two strong squads turned up with their fans in toe. This match had it all. Some great scoring, some great defending and all round great team work. This match was always going to be tough with great strength shown by defence and attack from both sides. Scores were exchanged and at halftime there was nothing separating the two teams with the scores drawn at 1-4 each.

The 2nd half started with Midleton taking the lead and pushing on, scoring three unanswered points. 2 quick points from Douglas closed the gap back to a 1 point lead however 2 team goals worked all the way from the backs through to the forwards opened Midletons lead to 7 points. Another 2 points pushed Midletons lead to 9 points. With 5 minutes remaining Midleton worked hard restricting Douglas' scoring. Midleton running out eventual winners and into the County Final.

Junior "A" Championship County Final:
Midleton vs. Fermoy at Mayfield
Saturday the 13th of September 2014 at 6pm.

The Team and Management (Ian, Ray, Philip and Willie) would like to thank all their family, friends and supporters for all their best wishes, for attending their games and cheering on the team. It’s great to see such numbers turning up for the matches. Also a big thank you to Paddy Corcoran Ladies Club Chairman and the rest of the Committee for their continued support. Looking forward to seeing everyone at the County Final next Saturday.

Midleton Exit U12 County in Thriller

If anyone is ever looking for a game to show case Ladies Gaelic Football, you need look no further than the fair served up between Midleton and Kilshannig in the U12 county qtr final played in sunny Midleton on Saturday last.
No amount of reporting will do justice to this game and words can’t describe the sheer determination, excitement and overall great football displayed by both teams. This match can only be described with emotion, as it was draining and nail biting to the final whistle.
An exciting contest from the start, Midleton trailed by a single point at half time. 1:0 to 1:1. Midleton’s goal coming from the end of a fine movement that was finished to the net by Lucy Kenneally.
The second half started with Kilshannig extending their lead by 3 points, but Midleton hit back with points of their own to leave the margin at 2 points. Midleton had the chances but luck was not on our side to get the goal the girls so tirelessly looked for. Midleton’s backs were excellent working extremely hard for the entire game, Amy O’Neill in Goal deserves special mention.
Goals win games and this certainly was the case with this game. Killshannig lead most of the second half by 2 points, and we just couldn’t pin that lead back. Midleton’s centre field pairing and forwards worked tirelessly and were very unlucky not to breach their strong defence on a number of occasions. Only one opportunity was all that was needed. But it was Kilshannig who got the break. Four minutes from time they came at us from a breakaway counter attack and got through our defence to raise the green flag. That put 5 points between the teams and time against midleton just couldn’t bring that back.
Final score Kilshannig 2:6, Midleton 1:4 
Midleton Panel: Amy O Neill, Leah Hogan, Shannon Deady, Megan Kelly, Ellen Ryan, LIah Daly, Orla  Evans,Ali Smith, Sadhbh Beausang, Lucy Kenneally, Denise Collins, Kate Hogan, Mischa Harkin, Eabha Collins, Caoimhe Hartnett. Ella Tarrant, Roisin O'Brien, Ella Murphy, Chloe Walsh, Lisa Donegan, Olivia Madden, Alice O Donnell.

Next up for this team:
East Cork Qtr Final at home against Fermoy B and they have yet to play the Final of the East Cork League.

UNDER 8 / 10 Festival Blitz
On Saturday Sept 6th Our U8 and U10 Girls were invited to the Ballyphehane Festival Blitz. The U8’s were in a group with Nemo, Ballyphehane and Fermoy. Our girls were outstanding in all games and worked very hard together to get their scores. Great Team work and determination saw them win 2 of their 3 games. Well done to the girls who played. We the coaches were so proud of ye all. The U10’s were also in a group with Nemo,Ballyphehane and Fermoy. Likewise all the girls worked together and their determination showed in all their games. Some fantastic skill was on display and all the hard work put down at training is showing its true colours. Well done to the U8 girls who played with the U10 girls on the morning.

U8 Team:Kate Saunderson, Kate O’Sullivan,Lilly Kelly, Alannah Magan, Katie Tarrant, Amy Keeshan, Emma Keeshan,Ciara Murphy, Chloe Carr, Erin McLoughlin,Solene Halligon,
Alyx Cahill,Aine Ryan
U10 Team: Mia Tarrant, Amy Murray, Jill Connaughton,Aloise Halligon,Kelly Quirke,Milika Hassine,Isabelle Nestor,Saoirse Tagney,Ellen O’Neill,Sadhbh Hartnett

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