Monday, November 24, 2008

Both teams playing at home this weekend

Both of our girls teams have home fixtures this Saturday (29th/Nov).

Our under 12 girls face WFTA with a kick-off at 12:45pm and out under 14 team will kick-off at 1pm against Maynooth Town. Both teams should assemble in Porterstown at 12 noon to give up time to prepare for the matches.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

U14 girls continue their winning streak

The under 14 girls kept their winning run going with a disciplined 2-0 win away to St. Ita's Portrane. Thanks to two cracking goals from Megan Naughton in the first half and two crucial saves from Nicole McAuley.

All twelve players gave of their all, none more so than girl-of-the-match Anne-Marie Troy, who was playing only her 2nd match ever.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Under 12 match on Saturday cancelled

The under 12 match tomorrow against Maynooth Town has been canceled because the Porterstown pitch is unplayable.

We will not be playing in Laurel Lodge green either because the goals are the wrong size.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Weekend fixtures

Our under 12 team are playing a home match against Maynooth town. Kick--off is scheduled for 12:30pm so all players should be in Porterstown by 12 noon. Brian will be away this weekend so Tony Hanlon will be taking charge of the team. Please let Tony know if you won't be able to be there.

Our under 14 team are scheduled to play an away match against St Ita's of Portrane. Kick-off is at 11:30 in their Ballymastone pitch. The girls should meet up at 10:15 beside the all-weather pitch. If anyone is unable to make it they should let Peter know in advance so that the team are not delayed waiting for someone who is not coming.

A great night in Croke Park

The atmosphere was great in Croke Park for the match between Ireland and Poland. Unfortunately Poland went into the lead just after the match got underway. When Poland stretched their lead to 2-0 early in the second half it looked like they were going to win easily.

However Ireland scored from the penalty spot in the dying minutes of the game.This led to a very exciting finnish with one more goal for each team to leave the final score at 3-2.

All the girls were very well behaved and were a credit to the club.

Click below to see the pictures.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Arrangements for the Poland Match

The tickets are now all gone for the match between Ireland and Poland.

All the girls who are going should meet up at Coolmine train station at 6:45pm on Wednesday next 19th of November. The girls should bring 10 euro to cover the cost of their match and train tickets. They might want to also bring along some snacks (we won't be stopping in shops so they won't need more money). The girls should dress warmly because it can be cold in the stadium, but it will make it easier to keep the group together if all the girls could wear their Castleknock Celtic jerseys over their jackets.

We should be able to catch the 10pm train home which means we will be back at Coolmine train station by 10:20pm.

The girls who got tickets are:
  1. Niamh O'Donovan
  2. Ciara Brady
  3. Sarah Brady
  4. Lucy Hanlon
  5. Hannah Hanlon
  6. Catherine Leahy
  7. Haley Dixon
  8. Nicole McCauley
  9. Katie Byrne
  10. Lauren McEnroe
  11. Eadain Feeney
  12. Lauren Manning
  13. Rachel Manning
  14. Kayleigh Manning
  15. Fiona Fitzgerald
  16. Joy Guinane
  17. Orlaith Higgins
  18. Katie O'Sullivan

Great win over Swords Manor

Swords manor were unlucky to come up against our under 14 team who are now at the peak of their performance. The girls kept up their winning form with a magnificent 14-0 victory.

Both Megan Naughton and Hanah Hanlon got hat tricks and both Orlaith Higgins and Louise O'Connor managed to find the back of the net twice each. Aishling Hoey, Katie Byrne, Joy Guinane and Edwina Naughton also managed to get their names on the score sheet to complete a decisive victory.

With such a great performance by the team it was hard to pick out who was most deserving of the woman-of-the-match aware. However, we eventually decided that Megan was most deserving of recognition due to her hat trick and overall excellent play.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Trip to see Ireland play Poland in Croke Park

We have a number of tickets available for the world cup qualifying match between Ireland and Poland next Wedndasday 19th of Novembers. If you are interested in going along, contact Brian O'Donovan at 086-22034-7.

We also need a few parents to come along to help suprvise the group.

Under 12 Match off

The under 12 match against WFTA has been called off due to the pitch being unblayable.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Weekend Fixtures

Next Saturday (15/Nov) our under 14s have a home match against Swords Manor at 11am and our under 12 team have an away match against WFTA at 10am in their Kildonan Road ground.

The under 12s should meet up at 9:15am beside the all weather pitch.

The Under 14s should meet up at Porterstown at 10am.

Hopefully we can keep up our great form from last Saturday.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Under 14s score resounding victory over Maynooth

This was an emphatic way to get their league campaign underway in earnest. Ashling Hoey hit a tremendous hat-trick, including Celtic's first historic goal for girls football at the club. It was a great team effort, and their slick passing brought goals for Kayleigh Manning in the 8th min., Orlaith Higgins in the 13th, Ciara Brady in the 21st. 4-0 half time.

Weather conditions were difficult with a strong wind making it a hard to control the ball. Resolute defending by their back-4 of Lauren Manning, Lauren McEnroe, Edwina Naughton and Eadaoin Feeney, was the foundation for this great result. A 2nd goal from Orlaith Higgins, one from Emma Boyle, and 2 more for Ashling Hoey to complete her hat-trick, saw Celtic home comfortably to their first win at this level. Ashling richly deserved the match ball, though we are not sure that she will actually keep it!

The most important moment of the game came when the game was still very much in the balance at 2-0 for Celtic. Nicole McAuley took off a fabulous save to maintain the home side's 2 goal advantage and to ensure that the visitors were prevented from getting a foothold in the game.

This was indeed a great team performance. The energy and running of Celtic's midfield of Louise O'Connor, Sarah Brady, Lucy Hanlon, and Megan Naughton, combined to deliver the result of the day for Celtic. Man of the match was given to Ashling Hoey, though in truth any of Celtic's players could have been given the award. On a day when their fellow Celtic ladies, the Under-12s were not playing, the Under-14s gave us a performance to remember. 8-0.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Under 12 match on Saturday called off

The under 12 match against Ratoath on Saturday has been called off because Ratoath were having problems with getting enough players due to a clash with a local GAA game. Maybe the under 12 girls might like to come along and cheer for the under 14s.

Since the league is now down to 4 teams, NDSL are investigating the possiblity of merging with the Drogheda area league to give us a wider range of fixtures.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Two home games this Saturday

Both our under 12 and under 14 teams are playing in Porterstown on Saturday. Our under 12 team are playing Ratoath Harps, while our under 14 team are playing Phoenix FC. Kick-off in both matches is at 1pm, so we should try to be there by 12:40pm at the latest (don't forget to wear shin guards).

Technically our match against Ratoath is an away match. We already played Ratoath at home, so the next match should be in Ratoath. However, the Ratoath pitches are overbooked this weekend so they agreed to come to Porterstown but still count it as a home game for them.