Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Our under 15 girls play host to their old rivals St Josephs East Wall in Porterstown on Saturday. Kick-off is scheduled for 11am so all players should assemble in Porterstown by 10:30am.
Note: the kick-off has been moved earlier than the time in the paper (1pm)
I hope that playing a match on Halloween won't prove too scary for either team :-).
Friday, October 23, 2009
Volunteers are also wanted for Coffee Dock, just a couple of hours is all that would be asked of a person helping out on any day you make yourself available. Again Tony Jordan is the preson for volunteers to contact.
Neither of our girls team have a match this weekend. The under 12 girls are in transition between the NDSL and DWSL and the under 15 girls had to cancel their planned match against Shelbourne due to having too many players missing.
Monday, October 19, 2009
The DWSL league has two divisions of under 12 girls teams and has enough teams that they are seriously splitting into 3 divisions. The travelling times to the away matches might be slightly longer (mostly the teams are South Dublin). However, I think the improved selection of opposition will more than make up for this inconvenience.
Our under 15 girls will remain with the NDSL.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Castleknock opened strongly and put pressure on the WFTA goal from the start. However, the WFTA defence was strong and their goalkeeper made a few dramatic saves. Our pressure finally paid off when Ellie Wilde put the ball in the net after 9 minutes. Ellie was in great form today and stretched the lead further after 15 minutes. She then completed her hat trick with 19 minutes on the clock and was a deserving winner of the player-of-the-match award this week.
Castleknock continued to pile on the pressure and the ball scrapped over the top of the WFTA crossbar. We continued with our pressure up until the half-time with Emma Boyle forcing the WFTA keeper to s deflect a shot over the bar just before half time.
WFTA rearranged their team at half time and came out much stronger for the second half. However, Luck and Catherine we in top form leading the Castleknock defence and Fiona was playing a great game in goal whenever she was needed.
Rebecca Stephens was determined not to let Ellie have all the glory and so she scored her first league goal for Castleknock to stretch the lead to 4-0. Shortly afterwards Emma blasted in a shot from the edge of the box to stretch the lead to 5-0
WFTA did not give up despite the score and continued to battle for the rest of the match. They were finally rewarded with a goal in the dying minutes of the game to make the socre 5-1.
All our players played very well today and we can be very proud. It is very early in the season yet, but we must be considered to be favourites to win the league this season.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
The under 12 girls have a home game against WFTA on Saturday (10/Oct). Kick-off is at 1pm so we will meet up at 12:30pm in Porterstown. On Sunday our penalty competition will start at 10:50am, all players should be in Porterstown 20 minutes earlier at 10:30am.
The under 15 girls have an away game against Malahide on Saturday (10/Oct). Kick-off is at 12 noon so we will meet up at 11am beside the all weather pitches. We will need plenty of lifts, so make sure to ask your parents. On Sunday the under 15 penalty competition will start at 10am, all players should be in Porterstown 20 minutes earlier at 9:40am.
All players should wear their full Castleknock Celtic kit to the opening event on Sunday. I know that some players don't have a kit yet, if so you should wear something that fits in with the colour scheme. We expect that there will be plenty of photographers from the media there and I am sure you would all want to look your best.
Monday, October 5, 2009
The clubhouse has been used by teams since September. It will be formally opened on Sunday, 11th October, 2pm, by Minister for Finance, Mr Brian Lenihan TD.
Joining us also on the day will be FAI Chief Executive, Mr. John Delaney, and the FAI Technical Director and Italia-90 hero, Packie Bonner.
There will be activities throughout the day on the pitches with the annual Penalty Shoot-out taking place from 10am, and exhibition matches from our 7-a -side and 11-a-side teams in the afternoon.
There will be light refreshments (tea, sandwiches) served after the official opening. However, in these straitened times, we are asking team members/parents to help us with this. We are appealing for something that is non-perishable, no matter how small, e.g. packs of bars, pre-packed biscuits, popcorn, cartons of juice, pre-packed buns/cakes. All goods may be given to team manager on or before Fri 9th October (ideally bringing them to the training session this week) or we can arrange collection. We need VOLUNTEERS to help with hospitality on the day, so if you can assist in any way, please contact any of the Social Committee listed below.
We hope you will join us to celebrate this great day in the history of the club, and if possible help us to make it successful.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Shortly afterward Dani who was playing her first match ever for Castleknock Celtic stretched the lead to 2-0.
Castleknock made full use of the gale and the opening half was played in the Ratoath half of the pitch. Ellie made it 3-0 with another fine goal with 12 minutes of the first half gone.
The Castleknock was stretched to 4-0 when Catherine's long distance shot was deflected into the goal by Rataoth defender after 17 minutes.
The rain came down heavily in the dying minutes of the half and I think everyone was delighted when the ref blew the whistle for half-time and we could rush in for shelter.
We were expecting Ratoath to dominate the second half due to the wind, but it was Castleknock who opened strongly. Straight from the kick-off Catherine was denied another score by the crossbar. After 7 minutes Emma was narrowly wide with a long kick.
Rataoth did not give up and began to put huge pressure on. Luckily Lucy and Fiona had a great game in defence. Goalie Sarah also had more chances to show off her skills than we wanted. After 20 minutes a Ratoath corner curled into the Castleknock goal to make it 4-1.
Ratoath struggled strongly for the rest of the match to reduce our lead, but it was Leah and Holly had several chances to stretch the lead further in the Castleknock attack.
We had several brilliant performances today, but player of the match award goes to Dani for a great debut.