Saturday, February 28, 2009

Understrength u12 team battle bravely, but get beaten by WFTA

We were short many key players this weekend due to a combination of illness and conflicting commitments. In fact were nearly forced to start the match with 2 players short, until Majella Flanagan agreed at short notice to make a guest appearance.

The match started with Castleknock playing into the wind. The WFTA team were very strong and Lucy Hanlon was kept very busy leading the defence. Castleknock were not content to merely defend and made a number of counter attacks. Ellie Wilde was playing a great match and she was very unlucky not to score when she made a solo run up the pitch and her scorching shot was deflected wide by the WFTA keeper.

Unfortunately, the WFTA pressure finally paid off and our goalie Niamh O'Donovan had no chance to stop WFTA going into a 2-0 lead at half time.

At half-time, Rebecca Stephens arrived to bring our team back up to full strength. She had just arrived from her horse riding lesson and had to play in her horse riding outfit. Nevertheless she added great strength to the Castleknock attack.

Despite the best efforts of all our team, including our player-of-the-match Lucy Hanlon, WFTA managed to stretch the lead to 4-0. Overall a performance to be proud of.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Delay in kick-off for the umder 12 match

There will be a delay in kick-off for the umder 12 match against WFTA.

The kick-off is now scheduled for 11:15 so we should meet up beside the all-weather pitch at 10:30am.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Fixtures for Satureday 26th of February

Next Saturday (26/Feb) our under 14 team play host to Willow FC. Kick-off is at 11:45am so all players should be at Porterstown by 11:15am at the latest.

Our under 12 team have an away match against WFTA (not Killester United as was incorrectly printed in the Herald). Kick-off is at 10am, so players should meet up beside the all-weather pitch at 9:15am.

If anyone can't be there, please let Peter or Brian know as soon as possible.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Understrength under 14 team score a great victory

The under 14 girls only had 9 players for their trip to Maynooth but still managed a great 7-0 win. Aisling Hoey added 2 more to her tally for the season and made 3 of Orlaith Higgins' 5. But girl of the match was Lauren McEnroe for her flawless work in the back 3.

Castleknock and Ratoath share the points in a scorcher of a match

It was a lovely day for football when Castleknock under 12 girls team played host to Ratoath Harps. Castleknock were keen to avenge their earlier 1-0 defeat in the opening game of the league. Castleknock were short of a few key players due to people going away for the the mid-term break, but we were able to field a full strangth team thanks to Aine Waters and Niamh O'Donovan running directly from a nearby Gaelic match to play two games in a row.

Both teams attacked strongly from the start and it was clear that this was going to be a very exciting game. Emma Boyle, Ellie Widle and Catherine Leahy played great football in mid-field and were able to supply plenty of great possesion to Niamh O'Donovan and Rebecca Stephens in attack.

Ratoath were not content to only defend and our captain Fiona Fitzgerald was kept busy in defence where she ws assisted by Rebecca Stephens and Aine Waters. Depite their best efforts Ratoath managed to get a number of shots on target. Luckily for us, our goalie Katie O'Sullivan was in cracking form and made several fine saves.

The sides were level 0-0 at half time, but the second half was barely underway when Emma Boyle made a great run up the pitch and took a powerful shot. The Ratoath keeper manaed to stop the shot, but Catherine Leahy was on hand to slot the ball into the net on a rebound.

Ratoath were not long in replying. Shortly afterwards they scored a powerful shot which left Katie with no chance to keep it out. Both sides had several more chances including one great header from Raotoath which scraped over the bar. There were no more scores for either side so we ended level 1-1.

It was a pity that Katie O'Sullivan had so many chances to show off her goalkeeping skills, but at it was a chance for her to earn the player of the match title.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Delayed kick-off for our u12 match tomorrow

In order to avoid a clash with the GAA match, we have agreed to postpone kick-off in our under 12 match tomorrow morning from 11:30 to 11:45. This means that GAA players can play both matches. The others don't need to come to Porterstown until 11:15.

Three players have called off already. I hope we won't be short players again. Can you let me know ASAP if any players can't be there.
Brian (086-2203407)

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Pub Quiz on Monday night

Castleknock Celtic is holding a fund-raising quiz in Kavanaghs Lounge on Monday next 23rd of February at 9pm. A team of 4 can enter at cost of €40 for the team. This event is to help meet the cost of building the new clubhouse that is now well underway and will be completed mid-year.

Anyone willing to donate a a spot prize for the night should contact Tony Jordan.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Weekend fixtures

Our under 12s will play at home this Saturday (21/Feb) where we play host to Rathoath Harps. Ratoath are currently top of the table, so we will need to have a full team this week. Kick-off is at 11:30 so everyone should meet up in Porterstown by 11am.

The under 14 girls are traveling to Maynooth this Saturday. Kick-off is at 12:30 in their Rathcoffey Rd grounds. All players should meet up outside SPAR in Carpenterstown at 11:30am.

A Liverpool jacket was left behind after training on Wednesday. Can the owner please contact Brian.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Understrength team goes under to Killester United

Due to holidays and competing sports, we were missing many of our key players for our trip to Killester. In fact we had to start the match with one players short until Emma's little sister Orla Boyle arrived to help out with the goalkeeping duties.

The team put in several great performances. Emma Boyle and Dearbhla Monaghan made several strong attacks and rattled the post on 2 occasions, but Emma's sister Orla was kept even busier at the other end of the pitch. Despite great performances by defenders Lucy Hanlon and player-of-the-match Fiona Fitzgerald, Killester managed to score 2 goals in each half.

Hopefully we will be back up to full strength for next week.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

A great win for under 14s

U14 girls recover from cup setback against Shelbourne with superb 6-0 win against St Josephs East Wall to make it 3 wins out of 3 in the league.

Despite a fine hat-trick from Aisling Hoey, girl of the match was Joy Guinane who set up all three 1st half goals before crowning her perfomance with a goal of her own in the 2nd period. Orlaith Higgins completed the scoring with a goal in each half.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Kick-off delay for under 14 Game

The kick-off for the under 14 game against St Josephs on Saturday has been delayed from 11am to 1:30pm. This means that players don't need to be in Porterstown until 1pm instead of 10:30am as originally planned.

I am sure you will all be happy with the extra lie-in.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Training cancelled

We have decided to cancel training this week due to a combination of weather problems and a clash with the international match. Please let Peter or Brian know if you can't be at the match on Saturday.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Fixtures for the weekend

Our under 12 team have an away match next Saturday (14/February). Kick-off is at 11:15am in St Mary's school. This is a long trip, so we will meet up at 10am beside the all-weather pitch.

The under 14 team have a home match against St Joesephs. Kick-off is at 11, so everyone should be in Porterstown by 10:30 at the latest.
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Friday, February 6, 2009

All matches are off this weekend due to the bad we

All matches are off this weekend due to the bad weather

Monday, February 2, 2009

Home and Away Matches at the Weekend

Our under-12 team have a home match against Ratoath Harps on Saturday next 7th of February. Kick-off is at 11:30, so everyone should meet up at Porterstown by 11am. Ratoath are currently on top of the league, so we will have to be in top form.

The under-14s have an away match against Maynooth Town. Kick-off is at 12:45pm at their Rathcoffey Road grounds. Players should meet up beside the all weather pitch at 11:45pm.

If the current spell of snowy weather continues, it is quite likely that the matches could be called off. So keep an eye out for text updates.