2014/2015 – 1st Year Soccer

COMPETITIONS: First Year Munster Cup and First Year Cork Cup

MANAGERS: Mr. Croke & Mr. O Donovan

CAPTAINS: David Sloan (Cork) and David Fox (Munster)

Munster First Year Cup

22-10-14 – First Year Munster Cup Group C – St.Aidans 0 Rochestown 3  (Kalem Cashman 2, David Fox)

Roco kicked off the Munster First Year Cup in style as the beat St.Aidan’s 3-0 in a match that was much more one sided that the scoreline suggests. Roco dominated from start to finish but the St.Aidan’s defence somehow managed to hold out until 10 mins after half time when David Fox scored a superb free kick from 25 yards. Two further goals were added by substitute Kalem Cashman in the last 10 minutes, both of which were superb individual goals. Best on the day for Roco were Billy Hughes, David Fox and Piaras O’Halloran with David Sloan getting Man of the Match.

Team: 1.Sean Harrington (Passage), 2.Dylan Gregson (Carrigaline), 3. Billy Hughes (Carrigaline), 4. David Sloan (Carrigaline), 5. Andrew Egan (Carrigaline), 6. Piaras O’Halloran (Douglas), 7. David Fox (Corrinthians), 8. Fionn Murphy (Carriagline), 9.Adam Kanza (Douglas), 10. Nathan O’Connell (Springfield), 11.Sean Andrews (Carriagline)    Subs: 12.Morgan Hilton (Springfield Ramblers) for 5.Egan, 13.Kalem Cashman (Tramore Athletic) for 9.Kanza, 14.Fionn Duggan (Midleton) for 10.O’Connell, 15. Alan O’Hare (Douglas) for 3. Hughes, 16. Adam Cantwell (Douglas) for 1. Harrington. 17. Ray O’Halloran (Carrigaline) for 6.O’Halloran,      Not Used: Ciaran Griffin (Springfield)

10-12-14 – First Year Munster Cup Group C – Rochestown 3  St.Colmans Fermoy 0 (Nathan O’Connell 2, Kalem Cashman)

Roco won game two of Group C after a dominating display against St.Colmans. Right from the kick off Roco went at the visitors and frequently carved out great opportunities with just the final shot lacking accuracy. With the Roco midfield dominating, Colmans found it hard to get past the half way line and create any real threat. Two minutes before half time, the excellent Kalem Cashman went on a marauding run and cut the ball back beautifully to the super composed Nathan O’Connell for his first of the day. Roco deservedly were 1-0 up at half time.

Colmans came out a different team in the second half and were now far more of a threat. However, they failed to get past the excellent Roco defence with Adam Cantwell not having a save to make in goal. 10 minutes into the second half, a beautiful ball over the top from the impressive Fionn Duggan found Nathan O’Connell who showed a classy first touch and side-footed the ball home for his second. Kalem Cashman would shortly add a third after another great run ended up with Kalem finishing from 25 yards out from a very tight angle. Roco ran out 3-0 winners and now play Ballincollig CS in the last group game in January. Man of the Match was David Sloan for the second game running.

Team: 1.Adam Cantwell (Douglas), 2.Kalem Cashman (Tramore Athletic), 3. Billy Hughes (Carrigaline), 4. Morgan Hilton (Springfield Ramblers), 5. Andrew Egan (Carrigaline), 6. Josh Honohan (Carrigaline), 7. David Fox (Corrinthians), 8. Fionn Duggan (Midleton), 9.Ray O’Halloran (Carrigaline), 10. Nathan O’Connell (Springfield), 11.David Sloan (Carrigaline)     Subs: 12.Sean Andrews (Carriagline) for 8.Duggan, 13.Piaras O’Halloran (Douglas) for 9.O’Halloran, 14.Adam Kanza (Douglas) for 10.O’Connell, 15. Alan O’Hare (Douglas) for 3. Hughes, 16. Ciaran Griffin (Springfield) for 2.Cashman     Not Used: Fionn Murphy (Carrigaline), Sean Harrington (Passage), Dylan Gregson (Carrigaline)

09-01-15 – First Year Munster Cup Group C – Rochestown 8  Col.Choilm Ballincollig 1 (Nathan O’Connell 2, Fionn Duggan 2, David Fox, Ciaran Griffin, Ray O’Halloran, Fionn Murphy)

The last group game took place on a drizzly Friday afternoon where the weather conditions changed dramatically throughout the game. It didn’t affect both sides however, and Col.Choilm started bright, pinning back Roco in the opening two minutes and took the lead following a great flowing move.

This sparked Roco into life as they quickly took a stronghold of the game and 15 mins in were awarded a penalty after good pressure on the keeper by David Fox. David dusted himself off to convert the penalty himself to tie up the game.

Two minutes later, Roco went ahead with Fionn Duggan finishing from the edge of the box after some great link up play from Billy Hughes, David Fox and Nathan O’Connell.

The last ten minutes of the first half saw Roco utterly dominate and Nathan O’Connell went on to grab himself a quick brace to make it 4-1 to Roco at the break.

The second half continued as the first finished despite Roco making several substitutions. Roco’s fifth goal was as good a goal as Ballea Park has ever seen. Fionn Murphy ran back to defence to clear up a loose ball and played a sublime one two with Alan O’Hare before going on a mazy run past 4 Ballincollig players and switching the ball out right to Adam Kanza. Adam then played a brilliant round the corner pass to the impressive Michael Fahy who crossed for David Fox who’s brilliant lay off tee’d up Fionn Duggan who let fly from 20 yards. A truly fantastic flowing team goal.

The substitutions ans the goals kept coming from Rochestown with subs Ray O’Halloran and Ciaran Griffin scoring in quick succession to make it 7-1 to Rochestown with Kalem Cashman with the assist on both goals. Fionn Murphy rounded off the scoring with a classy placed finish from the edge of the box, 25 yards out.

This was a magnificent performance and really shows the strength in depth of this squad. It was impossible to pick a Man of the Match when so many people impressed.

Team: 1.Sean Harrington (Passage), 2.Michael Fahy (Carrigaline), 3. Alan O’Hare (Douglas), 4. Morgan Hilton (Springfield Ramblers), 5. David Sloan (Carrigaline), 6. Sean Andrews (Carriagline), 7. David Fox (Corrinthians), 8. Fionn Duggan (Midleton), 9.Fionn Murphy (Carrigaline), 10. Nathan O’Connell (Springfield), 11.Billy Hughes (Carrigaline)     Subs: 12.Piaras O’Halloran (Douglas) for 8.Duggan, 13.Ciaran Griffin (Springfield) for 10. O’Connell, 14.Adam Kanza (Douglas) for 7. Fox, 15. Kalem Cashman (Tramore Athletic) for 6. Andrews, 16. Dylan Gregson (Carrigaline) for 2.Fahy , 17. Andrew Egan (Carrigaline) for 4. Hilton, 18. Josh Honohan (Carrigaline) for 5.Sloan    Not Used: Adam Cantwell (Douglas),

26-02-15 – First Year Munster Cup (Last 32) – Rochestown 5  Col.Mhuire Cobh 0  (David Fox (2), Nathan O’Connell, Alan O’Hare, Adam Kanza

Roco entered the knockout stages and faced a Cobh team which had caused them plenty of problems a month earlier in the Cork Cup. Roco welcomed back captain David Fox and he was instrumental in this game. Fox put Roco one up after just four mins’ when he ran onto a through ball from Michael Fahy to give Roco the lead.

Roco kept the pressure up and were playing some lovely football especially down the left with Alan O’Hare a torment to the visitors. It was no coincidence that on 10 minutes it was 2-0 and that it came from great play down the left. Billy Hughes played the ball infield to Fionn Duggan who released Alan O’Hare down the left. O’Hare turned the full back inside out before delivering a devastating ball across the six yard box which Nathan O’Connell finished off. Roco would go on to also hit the post twice in a half that they totally dominated.

The second half continued as the first finished with Roco dominating play and Cobh getting nothing out of the excellent Roco defence with Josh Honohan dominating the area. Five mins after the restart, It was 3-0 to Roco with Adam Kanza linking up well with Nathan O’Connell down the right. O’Connell delivered a great ball across the box, where David Fox was waiting to pounce but he unselfishly left it for the incoming Alan O’hare to round the keeper and finish to an empty net.

It was 4-0 on 40 mins when the excellent Fionn Duggan played David Fox through for his second, a cheeky goal after he rounded the keeper with some great skill.

Roco finished off the game with a goal in the final kick off the game from Adam Kanza who was first to react to a corner and place a left ffoted shot to the left of the Cobh goal.

A great performance all round with particularly outstanding displays from David Fox, Josh Honohan, Nathan O’Connell and Alan O’hare but the man of the match goes to Midleton’s Fionn Duggan whose passing and awareness was a joy to watch.

Team: 1.Adam Cantwell (Douglas Hall), 2.Michael Fahy (Carrigaline), 3. Billy Hughes (Carrigaline), 4. Josh Honohan (Carrigaline), 5. Andrew Egan (Carrigaline), 6. Kalem Cashman (Tramore), 7. Fionn Duggan (Midleton), 8. David Sloan (Carrigaline), 9.David Fox (Corrinthians), 10. Nathan O’Connell (Springfield), 11.Alan O’Hare (Douglas Hall)    Subs: 12. Sean Andrews (Carrigaline) for 8. Sloan, 13. Adam Kanza (Douglas Hall) for 6. Cashman, 14. Ray O’Halloran (Carrigaline) for 10. O’Connell, 15. Dylan Gregson (Carrigaline) for 2. Fahy     Subs not used: Piaras O’Halloran (Douglas Hall), Ciaran Griffin (Springfield), Fionn Murphy (Carrigaline)

Cork First Year Cup

23-01-15 – First Year Cork Cup Round 1 – Col.Mhuire 1 Rochestown 2 (David Sloan, OG)

Roco started their defence of the First Year Cork Cup with a very hard fought victory in this local derby. The home side started with a bang and went in front within one minute after a mixup in the Roco defence allowed the Cobh striker to round Adam Cantwell and finish to an empty net. This immediately gave an impetus to Roco to attack and Kalem Cashman was causing a lot of problems down the right and Ciaran Griffin making some clever runs in behind the Cobh defence. However,  a very organised Cobh rearguard meant Roco had to wait until the 25 minute mark to level matters despite having most of the play. Billy Hughes whipped in a ferocious free kick and captain David Sloan rose highest to level the game. It was no more than Roco deserved. 1-1 at half time.

The second half continued as the first finished with Roco having most of the play but again struggling to break down Cobh. A formational change and the switching of Nathan O’Connell back the field brought the playmaker more onto the ball and from here, Roco created several good chances without trobling the Cobh keeper. On 40 mins, a great cross from Ciaran Griffin was turned into his own net by a Cobh defender who had no choice with Nathan O’Connell waiting behind for a tap-in.

A tough game in wet and tough conditions but a win is a win! Joint Man of the Match goes to Andrew Egan and Fionn Duggan who were superb on the day.

TEAM: 1. Adam Cantwell 2. Kalem Cashman 3. Billy Hughes 4. Morgan Hilton 5. Andrew Egan 6. Josh Honohan 7. Fionn Duggan 8. Piaras O’Halloran 9. Ciaran Griffin 10. Nathan O’Connell 11. David Sloan    Subs: 12. Alan O’Hare for 8.O’Halloran

07-05-15 – First Year Cork Cup QF – Carrigaline CS 0 Rochestown 1 (Piaras O’Halloran)

This was a game where the result didn’t truly reflect what happened. From start to finish, Roco were utterly dominant. Carrigaline played a seven man defence for most of the game and it took Roco until 15 mins to go to get the goal. It arrived from a corner from Kalem Cashman that was eventually bundled over by Man of The Match Piaras O’Halloran.

TEAM: 1. Adam Cantwell 2. Morgan Hilton 3. Billy Hughes 4. David Sloane 5. Josh Honohan 6. Fionn Duggan 7. Piaras O’Halloran 8. Andrew Egan 9. Kalem Cashman 10. Nathan O’Connell 11. Alan O’Hare   Subs: 12. Michael Fahy for 6. Duggan, 14. Ray O’Halloran for 9.Cashman     Subs not used: 13. Sean Harrington, 15. Sean Andrews, 16. David Fox, 17. Adam Kanza, 18. Ciaran Griffin, 19. Dylan Gregson, 20. Fionn Murphy

14-05-15 – First Year Cork Cup SF – PBC 2 Rochestown 2 (Josh Honohan (pen), Nathan O’Connell), Roco win 4-2 on pens AET

In a game between two heavyweights, Roco came out on top after a titanic battle in Douglas Hall. Roco started slow and found it hard to cope with PBC’s physicality early in the game. Despite having the best of it, Adam Cantwell was never tested. Roco got more into the game and created several chances but couldnt break down a good PBC defence. On 20 mins, PBC took the lead when a corner was mis-cleared and ended up spinning towards the Roco goal. Despite the best efforts of Adam Cantwell who twice kept the ball out,  the ball ended up in the back of the net after a scrappy tussle in the box. Roco were then dealt a further blow when Fionn Duggan was unable to continue with a foot injury and was replaced by Michael Fahy. 1-0 to PBC at half time.

Roco started the second half with the same bad luck that the first half ended in. Firstly, PBC scored a second goal when their big centre back came up for a corner and managed to squeeze a shot through many bodies to make it 2-0 to PBC. Then, Roco lost Kalem Cashman to injury and he was replaced by Ray O’Halloran. A big blow to Rochestown but what the next 25 mins would bring is one of the best 25 mins ever played by a school team. Roco tore into PBC with Alan O’Hare continuing to terrify his man when in possession, Josh Honohan solid at the back and a switch that brought playmaker Nathan O’Connell back the pitch and towering midfielder Piaras O’ Halloran up front. This also allowed David Fix more space and he began to look more and more dangerous.

With 15 mins to go, Roco got themselves back into it when a beautiful layoff from Nathan O’Connell put Piaras O’Halloran free but he was brought down and Roco had a penalty which Josh Honohan converted to make it 2-1. Game on!

It was all one way traffic now with Roco suffocating PBC and really pinning them back. With 5 mins to go, a corner from Andrew Egan was nodded on by Josh Honohan to an unmarked Nathan O’Connell at the back post and he expertly volleyed home. 2-2!

From here, Roco pushed hard but the final whistle went and extra time was required.

Extra time continued just like the second half with Roco all over PBC. Roco thought they had the winner went Piaras O’Halloran won a 50-50 with the PBC keeper only for the referee to disallow the goal; a decision that looked extremely dubious. Extra time couldn’t separate them so penalties it was. Adam Cantwell was the hero, saving two of PBCs penalties to put Roco through 4-2 on pens and a final in Turners Cross awaits.

Too many heroic performances to pick a man of the match. This was a monumental effort by the Roco boys. Well done lads!

TEAM: 1. Adam Cantwell 2. Andrew Egan 3. Billy Hughes 4. David Sloane 5. Josh Honohan 6. Fionn Duggan 7. David Fox 8. Piaras O’Halloran 9. Kalem Cashman 10. Nathan O’Connell 11. Alan O’Hare   Subs: 12. Michael Fahy for 6. Duggan, 14. Ray O’Halloran for 9.Cashman     Subs not used: 13. Sean Harrington, 15. Sean Andrews, 16. Morgan Hilton, 17. Adam Kanza, 18. Ciaran Griffin, 19. Dylan Gregson, 20. Fionn Murphy

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