ÓgSport first round match reports

November 8, 2018

Under 8

The Roche U8 team traveled to Ballybailie and the home of John Mitchels for their first regional blitz of the year. Roche won all three of their games. Panel; James McArdle, Dylan Keenan, Liam O’Donnell, James McDonnell, Fintan Watters, Matthew Green, Brogan Kelly, Anna McArdle, Aaron Ralph, Aidan Grant.

Under 10

Roche U10 began their season on Monday 12th April with a trip to Knockbridge where they played two games against St. Brides A & B.

Scores in the first game: Roche 17pts St Brides B 5pts

Scores in the second game: Roche 12pts St Brides A 7pts

Team Members:
Eoin Murphy, Ronan Bailey, Kalyun Meegan, Marc Murphy, Ben Kapinga, Andrew Byrne, Nathan McAleer, John Rice, Paul Hamill Glen Stewart, Adam Fee, Gerard Browne & Sean Dawe.
Scorers on the night were Ronan Bailey, Ben Kapinga, Andrew Byrne, Paul Hamill, Glen Stewart & Gerard Browne.

Under 9

Roche were asked to coordinate their first round games for the U9 team in Darver on Monday 19th April and as the club usually does obliged and so Gerry Steward added to his heavy coaching roll to organising this event.

He compiled this report:

On a lovely evening for football St Kevins with two teams, Cuchulainn Gaels and Roche Emmets with a team each served up an enjoyable evening for parents and friends there to support them.

In the first game on pitch 1 Roche Emmets and St Kevins A played out a really tight contest with both defences to the fore, the scores were level at half time with Roche just running out narrow winners 6pts – 4pts.

Best for Roche were Anna Murphy, Sarah Mc Ardle & Adam Fee

Best for St. Kevins were Aaron Dowling in goals, Evan Logue & Finbar Lynch

In the second game on pitch 1 a younger St Kevins B after a great first half performance gave way to the stronger and fitter Roche team to a scoreline of 17pts to 4pts.

Best for Roche were Adam Mc Kay, Ciaran Kilkenny & Gerard Browne.

Best for St Kevins were Caolan Matthews, Scott Mc Hugh & Arron Bohan.

The final game of the evening saw a great match between Roche and Cuchualinn Gaels with the standard of football at times really high and some excellent long range point taking. Roche just deeding out their peninsula neighbours 8pts to 4pts.

Best for Roche were Glen Stewart, Ciaran Goss & Scott Carthy.

Best for Cuchualinn Gaels were Ella Murphy, Patrick Kierans & Finn O’Hanlon.

Team Squads on the night:
Roche: Ciaran Kilkenny, Anna Murphy, Sarah McArdle, Adam Fee, Glen Stewart, Sean Dawe, Gerard Browne, Ryan Meegan, Scott Carthy, Adam Mc Kay, Ciaran Goss

Cuchulain Gaels: Finn Reilly, Aoldhan O’Hanlon, Calum O’Hanlon, Aoibheann O’Hanlon, Finn O’Hanlon, Luke Penny, Tara Rogers, Aisling Connolly, Patrick Kierans, James Ward, Ella Murphy

St Kevins A: Aaron Dowling, David O’Connell, Finbar Lynch, Emmet Gorman, Caolan Mc Mullan, Ronan Sands, Conor Rogers, Kate Matthews

St Kevins B: Cormac Logue, Aaron Bohan, Brandon Johnston, Scott Mc Hugh, Cormac Rogers, Tom Matthews, Conor Mc Ardle, Josh Finlay, Caolan Matthews.

Under 12

Roche U12 traveled to Omeath on Friday 16th April for their first game of the season. They found Cuchulain Gaels a much slicker outfit and gave way on a score line of 4-5 to 0-6. Their case was not helped with the withdrawal of Ronan Marmion due to injury before half time after scoring three points.

Roche Panel: Conor Kilkenny, Ben Sullivan, Ryan Ferguson, Liam Dawe, Ronan Marmion, Christopher Watters,  Christopher Smyth, Shane Byrne, Gary Carroll, James Murphy, Caolin Dines, Emmett Woods, Padric Begley.

Under 7

On Sunday 18th April at 11am Roche U7’s began their 2010 season in Dunleer after weeks of pre-season indoor and outdoor training! The weather was dry, bright but slightly sharp in the spring morning.

The host club Lannleire had two pitches well set out and the games were well arranged. Their efforts did deserve the third club turning up but it was not to be and so Roche and Lannleire played four games between the two teams from each club. Roche had 18 players and Lannleire with 14 added three ‘hairy’ U-7’s (with the agreement of both teams, they played an U-8 and U-9 in goals) to allow all the U-7’s play two games each.

To avoid Roche suffering any home town refereeing decisions they brought their own! Caoimhín Reilly and Tiarnán Guirk, two 13 year old referees fresh from the U-7/8 Referees Course, plus Paul Carroll, also 13, showed how well they could referee this age group and took the pressure off the team mentors. They shared out the duties over the four games.

The games had all the skills needed by the players of this age group; lots of high, chest and low catching, good kick passing, some well worked hand passing, fine point taking, a fair idea of space and the zone rules in these games.

Roche 1: Tiarnán Kavanagh, Killian Carroll 1pt, Killian McKay 1pt, Mark Byrne 4-1, Dáire Reilly 1pt, Jack McKay 2pts, James McDonald, Chris Carthy, Andrew McKay.

Roche 2: Jason McAleer, Anna McArdle 1-1, Fionnan McGuirk 1-2, Dearbheal McGuirk, Mickey McCourt 3-4, Gabriel Cleary, Oísin Murphy, Neil Gartlan, Ben Gartlan.


Three points were awarded for a goal and three points for each point scored as per rules.

Roche1 points total = 15 (FT 2-3 HT 2-2) Lannleire1 points total = 6 (FT 1-1 HT 0-0)

Roche1 points total = 15 (FT 2-3) Lannleire2 points total = 9 (FT 0-3)

Roche2 points total = 34 (FT 5-6 HT 3-3) Lannleire2 points total = 36 (FT 3-9 HT 1-1)

(The ref made the score 36 to 36 as he added two points for skills shown as instructed on his refereeing course)

Roche2 points total = 15 (FT 2-3 HT 2-2) Lannleire1 points total = 6 (FT 1-1 HT 0-0)

This was a most enjoyable experience for the players and the large attendance of parents and it was a very well hosted event by the Lannleire club and especially the U7 mentors.