Ardcroney U12′s defeated Holycross in the cup on Saturday. Ardcroney dominated the game created most of the chances but couldn’t make them count as Holycross took the lead. This spurred on the home team and they responded bagging three goals before Holycross pulled one back to leave it 3-2 at the finish
The Junior team were defeated by 3 goals to 1 against a strong Nenagh Town B side in Ardcroney on Sunday. A positive performance for the Junior team despite the defeat and one which will give them heart going into the last few games where they need strong performances to avoid a relegation battle
Home vs BT Harps ‘B’ at 1.15pm on Saturday
Home vs Clodiagh at 12pm on Saturday
Home vs Lough Derg at 10.30am on Saturday
Away vs Borrisokane at 2pm on Sunday
Ardcroney hosted Arra for this match on a cold and rainy day, with high winds causing problems throughout.
Ardcroney started with the wind at their backs and it certainly was to their advantage as the ball was passed around with confidence between the midfield, defence and forward line. Ardcroney created several chances and were unlucky not to bag a couple of goals early on.
The breakthrough came 15 minutes before the end of the half; Jamie Gaynor and Rob Austin played a couple of nice one-twos before Jamie whipped a ball in from the left wing which was met perfectly with a Philip Blackwell header from 12 yards out leaving the keeper no chance.
Paul Farrell and David Slattery came close with good strikes but couldn’t double the lead before halftime.
The second half was an uphill struggle for Ardcroney, playing against the wind and sitting back slightly, Arra dominated possession but heroic defending from all 11 players and both subs kept Arra out for the duration.
A much needed win for Ardcroney who were in danger of slipping further down the league without a positive result.
Team: Kieran Holland, Mark Spain, Robert Austin, David Slattery, Brian McLoughlin, Kevin Prout, Alan Darcy, Kieran Cahill, Philip Blackwell, Paul Farrell, Jamie Gaynor
Subs: Patrick McLoughney, Garry Curran
The Youths were defeated by 6 goals to nil vs Nenagh in the Cup.
The U16′s were beaten in the Midlands Shield by 2 goals to 1 vs Burrin Rangers of Carlow. Oisin Conaty got the Ardcroney goal
The U12′s lost their first game of the season against Shinrone at home on Saturday. It finished 1 nil.
Ardcroney traveled to Roscrea on Sunday for this Division 1 clash with the hosts top of the league and Ardcroney struggling for any kind of form.
Ardcroney set up defensively with a 4-5-1 formation hoping to catch Roscrea on the counter attack but it was a counter from the home team which broke the deadlock after just 5 minutes. A quick ball through the middle and a scuffed shot dropped to the Roscrea centre forward who converted from close range.
Ardcroney heads didn’t drop, however, and they fought back with Paul Farrell breaking through and finishing powerfully to the bottom corner. The deadlock was broken again shortly after when Roscrea bagged a second from a towering header. Paddy Reddin replaced the injured Kieran Holland and his first action was to pick the ball out of the net from a superb volley and shortly afterwards Roscrea made it 4 after a deflected header caught out Paddy in the goals. Just before halftime, Ollie Sheehan won a penalty after a quick throw into the box and Pat McLoughney converted coolly to leave the score at 4-2 at the break.
Unfortunately this is where the fightback finished for Ardcroney as Roscrea bagged 3 more impressive goals and dominated the game to finish the game with an impressive 7-2 victory.
Team: Kieran Holland, Mark Spain, Stephen Stack, David Slattery, Brian McLoughlin, Philip Blackwell, Garry Curran, Ollie Sheehan, Pat McLoughney, Simon Curran, Paul Farrell
Subs: Paddy Reddin, Roman Stserbits
Ardcroney traveled to Thurles to take on the home team in a hard fought encounter that was end to end at times but always dominated by the hosts.
The game started at a lively pace with both teams trying to get a grip on the game, the wet conditions slowed the pace of the ball slightly but never stalled the intensity. Borroway settled faster and were much more comfortable in possession and took and early lead from an unlucky break finished off in classy fashion.
The lead was doubled before halftime, when Borroway worked an opening on the edge of the box, with two shots being blocked, one from Kieran Holland and one from Ian McSherry on the line before the ball was stroked into the corner of the net.
Ardcroney settled into the game a bit more and created a few openings but could not make the breakthrough before halftime. After the break things were much the same, a change to 4-4-2 solidified things a little but Ardcroney never quite got a grip on game and failed to create anything more than a few half chances.
Team: Kieran Holland, Ian McSherry, David Slattery, Paul Farrell, Stephen Stack, Philip Blackwell, Danny Wisniewski, Mark Spain, Patrick McLoughney, Simon Curran, Garry Curran
Subs: Jamie Heffernan, Roman Stserbits