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Lismore booked their place in the cup semi-final with a 3-2 home win against Valley in the Castle Farm grounds. Valley were well in the game and played well away from home, the score was 0-0 at the break.
The second half came to life when two quick goals for Lismore, first from Adam Hornibrook and then Ben Shanahan Quinn, put the home team in control. Cathrach Daly scored a brilliant free kick to make it 3-0 and it looked like the home team would cruise into the semi-finals. But Valley were not finished yet and with a player like Kevin Barry in midfield, anything can happen and this player scored two goals to set up a nail biting final few minutes.
Valley pressed hard for the goal that would sent the game to extra time but Lismore defended very well with Sam Warren and Conor Howard impressing in front of goalkeeper Kian Aldred, to help send their team into the semi-finals where they will play away against the winner of Kilworth or Brideview, which was called off due to the weather.
Clashmore advance to the semi-finals after a thrilling game in Pablo Park last Saturday morning. Trailing 2-0 in the second half, they came back to record a great win.
Ballymac were the better in the opening half and scored twice. Clashmore replied firstly through Evan Russell and when young Ben Lombard scored to equalise, it was game on. Josh Fitzgerald proved to be the match winner for Ramblers with minutes remaining and they will now play either Castlebridge or Ballybridge in the semi-final next month.
The other two games were postponed.
Ballymac proved why they are U14 favourites for league and cup this season as they gave up home advantage to travel to Pablo Park for this tie. They were 2-1 down in the second half against a strong Ramblers outfit and still fought back to progress to the semi-finals.
Tom Barron equalised for Ballymac after the Ramblers took the lead through Isaac O’Sullivan and it was 1-1 at the break.
Caelin Rooney put Clashmore in front 15mins into the second half but Jamie Grant had a 5 minute spell where he won the game for his team before going off injured, he scored two fine goals to put his team in the lead with 10mins remaining. Clashmore threw the kitchen sink at the away side, but could not find a goal to send the game into extra time. Ballymac will play away against the winners of Brideview and Ardmore, which goes ahead this weekend after being postponed last Saturday.
Castlebridge travelled to Ballymacoda on Saturday evening for their game against Ballybridge and knew it would be a tough encounter. The game was a real cup tie with both teams attacking each other and it was Castlebridge who scored midway through the half to lead 1-0 at the break.
They doubled their advantage early in the second half and the home team found it very hard to break down a solid away team defence, which was excellent on the day. Castlebridge will play at home in the semi-final against Lismore, who received a walkover from Cappoquin in the other game.
Cappoquin welcomed Lismore for this game having lost to them the previous week in the league and were looking to avenge that defeat. They did just that as they booked a quarter-final spot this Saturday against Ballymac, after a 2-1 local derby win which was a great game of football. Dave Smith scored for Lismore, only for Nathan O’Mahony and Aaron Whelan to score for the home side, to seal their spot in the next round.
All cup games 10 mins e/w extra time and penalties if needed.
Saturday, 26th January
U11 Cup quarter-final: Kilworth v Brideview 2pm, A Higgins.
U12 Cup – preliminary round: Lismore v Ballybridge 2pm, K Griffin.
Quarter-finals: Castlebridge v Ardmore 11am, M Reddy; Cappoquin v Clashmore 2pm, A Kelly.
U14 Cup – quarter-final: Brideview v Ardmore 11am, D Fogarty.
U16 Cup – quarter-finals: Clashmore v Brideview 11am, K Griffin; Kilworth v Ballybridge 12 noon, A Higgins; Castlebridge v Ardmore 12.30pm, M Reddy; Cappoquin v Ballymac 12 noon, A Kelly.
U11 Cup – quarter-finals: Castlebridge v Ballybridge – postponed; Kilworth v Brideview – postponed; Clashmore 3 Ballymac 2; Lismore 3 Valley 2.
U14 Cup – quarter-finals: Lismore 3 Cappoquin 0 – walkover; Brideview v Ardmore – postponed; Ballybridge 0 Castlebridge 2; Ballymac 3 Clashmore 2.
U16 Cup – preliminary round: Cappoquin 2 Lismore 1.
U11 Team Of The Week: 3-4-3
Gk: Kian Aldred (Lismore); Defs: Sam Warren (Lismore), Harry Draper (Valley), Conor Howard (Lismore); Mids: Cathrach Daly (Lismore), Kian Carey (Clashmore), Luke Coughlan (Clashmore), Kevin Barry (Valley); Forws: Josh Fitzgerald (Clashmore), Ben Shanahan Quinn (Lismore), Evan Russell (Clashmore).
U14/16 Team Of The Week: 3-4-3
Gk: Finn O’Sullivan (Clashmore); Defs: Benny Guiry (Ballymac), Tholom Guiry (Ballymac), Danny O’Mahony (Clashmore); Mids: Dean Russell (Clashmore), Isaac O’Sullivan (Clashmore), Kyle Roche (Clashmore), Jamie Grant (Ballymac); Forws: Caelin Rooney (Clashmore), Tom Barron (Ballymac), Jack Roach (Lismore U16).
Cathrach Daly (Lismore) 10, Kevin Barry (Valley) 9, Dean Jordan (Kilworth) 8, Tom Dalton (Brideview) 5, Tom Hartnett (Valley) 5.
Caelin Rooney (Clashmore) 20, Ciaran Keating (Ardmore) 14, Cathrach Daly (Lismore) 12, James Kearney (Castlebridge) 11.
Killian Bukilin (Lismore) 11, Tom Barron (Ballymac) 10, Caelin Rooney (Clashmore) 10, Isaac O’Sullivan (Clashmore) 9, David Morrison (Castlebridge) 9.
Dylan Guiry (Ballymac) 22, Jake Beecher (Brideview) 20, Nathan O’Mahony (Cappoquin) 12, Billy Dunne (Ballybridge) 12.
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WWEC League Semi-Final Pairings
U11 League Semi-Finals – Division A: Lismore v Valley; Brideview v Kilworth. Division B: Clashmore v Castlebridge; Ballymac – straight into division B final.
U12 League Semi Finals – Division A: Clashmore v Ballybridge; Castlebridge v Lismore. Division B: Ardmore v Valley or Kilworth; Brideview v Cappoquin.
U14 League Semi-Finals – Division A: Clashmore v Castlebridge; Ballymac v Ardmore. Division B: Lismore v Brideview; Ballybridge – straight into division B final.
U16 League Semi-Finals – Division A: Ballymac v Cappoquin; Brideview v Lismore. Division B: Clashmore v Castlebridge or Kilworth; Ardmore v Ballybridge.
WW/EC Cups Draws
U11 Cup – Semi-final draw: Clashmore v Castlebridge or Ballybridge; Kilworth or Brideview v Lismore.
U12 Cup – Preliminary round: Lismore v Ballybridge. Quarter-finals – (A) Kilworth v Valley; (B) Castlebridge v Ardmore; (C) Cappoquin v Clashmore; (D) Brideview v Lismore or Ballybridge. Semi-final draw: A v B and C v D.
U14 Cup – Semi-final draw: Castlebridge v Lismore; Brideview or Ardmore v Ballymac.
U16 Cup – Quarter-finals: (A) Clashmore v Brideview; (B) Kilworth v Ballybridge; (C) Castlebridge v Ardmore; (D) Cappoquin v Ballymac.
Semi-final draw: B v C and D v A.
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