Iorras Aontaithe is through to the open round of the FAI Junior cup with a very comprehensive away win against Ballyheane in round four on a score line: Ballyheane 2 Erris 5 on Sunday 9th November.
Mickie Sweeney, had the Ballyheane defense all at sea.
Mickie Sweeney was the star of the show scoring a hat-trick. Erris were in control right through this encounter with Sweeney putting Iorras in front on 15 minutes with a pile driver from all of 18 yards. Iorras went two in front with a Brendan Nallen free on 35 minutes. It stayed like that until the break.
Mickey Togher, scored the fifth.
Brendan Nallen, great free kick for the second goal
Twenty minutes into the second half, Mickie Sweeney scored his second to make it 3-nil. Ballyheane then scored their opener and directly afterword’s Sweeney scored his third. Then on 70 minutes Mickey Togher scored the fifth goal for Iorras with a neat finish. Ballyheane scored their second five minutes from time.
Erris United are in the open round of this competition for the first time since 2009. The last time these two sides met, Erris were put to the sword in the Super League back in August with a ten goal hammering – revenge is certainly sweet.
Afterwards Manager Martin McIntyre was very happy with his side’s performance and some excellent individual displays.
TEAM- Shane Nallen, Michael Meeneghan, David Reilly, Neil Geraghty, Eamon Carey: Thomas Murphy, Kyle Homes, Brendan Nallen, Sean Gaughan: Mickie Sweeney, Mickey Togher.
Subs Used- Ryan Ruddy for Thomas Murphy. Richard Hanley for Michael Meeneghan and Brendan Doherty for Mickie Sweeney.
Erris Under 14’s were at home to Claremorris and despite struggling for long periods, ran out 4-2 winners. Cormac Murray and Mark Harding gave Erris an early two goal lead. Concentration levels dipped just before half time and the away side pulled one back. Manager Eric stressed the importance of keeping the ball in the second half but Claremorris dominated for long periods. Ten minutes in and the equalizer came from a long range shot.
Iorras U14’s had the stand hopping at home to Claremorris.
At 2-2 the game was on a knife edge and the new stand could barely contain the excitement of two sets of fervent supporters. Erris changed tactics and absorbed the pressure. Keeper Anthony Walsh made a great save with his nose. Keelan Walker provided a great outlet on the right. Shea O’Donohue put his life on the line with superb challenges. Eoin McHale and Luke O’Reilly were magical in protecting the back four.
Firefly Eamonn Fallon broke up an attack and laser guided a pass to Evan Ivers. Receiving the ball on the half way line, back to goal, with two men to beat, no bother. Evan made it 3-2 with five minutes to play.
Everybody in the world knows, in this situation you should sit deep and try and run out the clock. But these young cavaliers are rewriting the rule book. Luke secured a free kick on the half way line with two minutes to go. The spectators urged him to take his time, no no, he pings a quick pass thirty yards to his own centre back on the edge of their box. Despite a couple of attempts to bring him down, Fionnan Ryan was too strong, too brave and too good as he slotted the ball into the net. Final score 4-2.
Well done to Eric and the lads. Special mention to Man of the Match Fionnan Ryan. His bedroom must be spotless as he tidied up everything today, going round like a Dyson and snuffing out danger after danger after danger. Fabulous.
Thank you to all the supporters, the stand was hopping.
Iorras Aontaithe comfortable result in third round FAI Junior cup encounter .
Erris United ran-out comfortable winners in their third round FAI Junior Cup fixture V Strand Celtic of Sligo at Carne Nash Park on Sunday 12th October with the final score :Iorras Aontaithe 5 Strand Celtic 1. Erris were a goal down after nine minutes when a defensive mix-up gifted the Sligo out-fit the lead, Ryan Lynch the scorer. But Iorras showed lots of character and were soon back on level terms on 20 minutes when Strand Celtic gave away a penalty with Jason Boylan slotting home. On 34 minutes Tom Murphy gave Erris the lead with a wonderful effort, chipping the Keeper from the edge of the area, Jason Boylan the provider. On 41 minutes Tom Murphy was on the mark again after some nice build-up play from Sean Gaughan. Then just before the break Erris were awarded their second penalty with Jason Boylan victim and provider to finish the half, 4-1. Erris continued their pressure game in the second half but in the end Tom Ivan rounded off a nice afternoon for the home side when he scored on 73 minutes with Richy Hanley the provider.
Strand Celtic ended the game with ten players as a result of a red card incident.
Manager, Martin McIntyre was in very positive mood afterwords about his teams over-all performance. Good luck in the next round to all.
TEAM- Shane Nallen, Sean Gaughan, David Reilly, Brendan Nallen, Richy Hanley, Kyle Homes, Eamon Carey, Micky Togher, Jason Boylan Richy Hanley Kyle Homes.
Subs Used- Ryan Ruddy for Sean Gaughan (66 minutes). Micky Sweeney for Tom Murphy (70 minutes). Padriac Doherty for David Reilly (84 minutes).
Iorras Aontaithe are away in round four of the FAI Junior Cup the will face Ballyheane on Sunday 9th November.
After a football season to forget, Erris United have avoided the dreaded relegation nightmare in the Super League winning 0-2 away to Fahy Rovers, who incidentally are already relegated. In the end the win gave Iorras a five point cushion.
Manager, Martin McIntyre will have lots to reflect on before the 2015 season
The two goals came in the second half both from the penalty spot, Jason Boylan the provider, the first coming in the opening minutes of the half and the other towards the end. Manager Martin McIntyre has a big smile on his face, – good things come to those that wait.
Jason Boylan on the spot with two vital goals to maintain Erris topflight status
Erris certainly has leaved up to its reputation for been slow starters, finally putting a number of important wins together in the closing stages to maintain their top flight status.
Erris Under 12’s were away to Killala in the Connaucht Cup. After ten minutes Erris were 1-0 down. A young inexperienced team may have panicked at this stage but this group of seasoned professionals regrouped, refocused and recited a few prayers. One passage of play saw 6 chances saved by Killala in 40 seconds until Adam Conroy blasted home. 1-1 at half time.
Iorras U12's, goal fest V Killala.
Erris were confident they could perform better, they didn’t know they were going to be this much better.
Erris scored seven goals without reply in the second half. Dara Dixon scored a hat trick and asked the Killala manager could he keep the ball. Ciaran Cawley came off the bench to score the eighth. Matthew Togher hit the crossbar from 30 yards. Molly had a perfectly good goal ruled out as she was ‘offside’. Adam had another perfectly good goal ruled out as Molly was ‘offside’, this led to Molly having a heated debate with the referee, “I DIDN’T TOUCH THE BALL, I WASN’T ACTIVE”, referee McCay wasn’t going to change his mind. Daithi Cosgrove and Dylan Togher scored as well.
Dylan was also involved in the most beautiful goal seen since Carlos Alberto’s in the World Cup Final of 1970. Dylan collected the ball on the left wing and evaded four challenges as he ran across the pitch on the edge of the box. “Where is he going” the Erris lads asked as Dylan brought a trail of defenders with him. With all the cunning of the magician Dynamo, Dylan gently back heeled the ball to Adam Conroy. “Where did the ball go?” asked the Killala lads as Adam took one step and curled the ball into the top corner from 19 yards. Simply stunning.
The only sour note of the evening was Padraic Meenaghan losing a tooth. He was eating chewits on the way down as Derek hit a bump in the road just outside Ballycastle.
Final score them 1 us 8. Thank you to the supporters who travelled.
Erris Under 12’s had a long trip to Swinford (on a school night) and they secured all three points, but only just.
Swinford started the better with Erris struggling to control the ball. Keeper Ben Shevlin was called into action several times. The midfield struggled to impose themselves on the game as their ticcy taccy style was snuffed out by the home team. Eventually, Erris resorted to the oldest trick in the book as Peter Walsh at centre back gave the ball a good old wallop up the pitch. The ball cleared the high defensive line as Adam Conroy found himself with only the keeper to beat. He steadied himself, picked his spot, wiped the hair out of his eyes and slipped it past the keeper.
This win confirmed that Erris Under 12 finished second in their division. Hurray. Well done.
Three minutes later Conroy netted again as the long ball up the pitch set him free once more. Two nil up at half time is a bad lead.
A scrappy second half saw too many chances wasted and not enough teamwork. Padraic Gaughan at left back was Man of the Match.
Last week we brought your attention to Peter Walsh at centre back going off on mazy runs. Well he was at it again with one of the most remarkable goals ever seen. He won a tackle in his own half and headed for goal, via every blade of grass in their half. He evaded 12 tackles, in a run which lasted 2 minutes 33 seconds, without ever seeming to have the ball fully under control, eventually he found himself reasonably near the goal and bull topped it as hard as he could, low into the corner. Unsaveable, and harsh on Swinford who deserved more out of a game that Erris won 0-3.
Managers Harry and Des claim that all they do in training is short passing using the side of the foot. Two long balls and a bulltop won this game, Van Gaal should take note.
Other highlights include Peter going round in circles with the ball searching for his left foot, like a puppy trying to catch his tail. Dara getting flattened by Amy (Dara quite enjoyed it). The singsong on the bus (Des and Harry didn’t enjoy it). Darren and Jack one twoing down the pitch together. Adam and Conor in the shop like a married couple, one holding the basket with the other filling it up with groceries.
This win confirmed that Erris Under 12 finished second in their division. Hurray. Well done.
Top row Peter, Ben, Des.
Bottom row Darren McDonnell, Molly, Dylan Togher, Conor Barrett, Matthew Togher, Dara Dixon, Padraic Gaughan, Cillian Reilly, Oliver Deane, Billy O’Connor, Daithi Cosgrove, Adam Conroy, Jack Deane.
New records were set in Carne Nash this evening as the Under 12’s played a very determined Swinford FC.
After years of the club being dominated by Reillys, tonight the O’Connors staked a claim for a new era at the club as for the first time in the history of the world a sister and a brother scored for the same team.
After a tight opening fifteen minutes, Molly O’Connor turned in the box and fired home to open the scoring. Unused to a girl scoring the lads didn’t know whether to hug her, kiss her or shake her hand. Either way it didn’t matter as nobody could catch her as she ran off in celebration.
Dara Dixon had his GoFast boots on again tonight and couldn’t be caught as he added a second. Then he went for a dance around the corner flag.
Billy O’Connor wasn’t to be outdone by his sister as he picked his spot in the bottom corner to make it three nil at half time.
The Swinford goalkeeper made some great saves in the second half but eventually the pressure told as Dara grabbed his second of the night and Cillian Reilly got the minutest and finest and microfinitesimal of touches from a Matthew Togher corner to make it five. Cillian also wanted to show that the Reilly’s haven’t gone away you know.
Ben Shevlin in goal was like a minature Neuer as he swept outside the box. Conor Barrett and Peter Walsh were like nightclub bouncers, nobody getting past them. Eoin Walsh and Padraic Gaughan stopped any threat coming in from wide positions. The midfield of Billy, Matthew, Dara and Oliver Deane were creating works of art with time and space while Cillian and Molly provided more excitement than if One Direction were to play for Mayo.
The subs of Michael Lavelle, Ciaran Cawley, Jack Deane, Padraic Meenaghan, Dylan Togher and Mark Walsh all impressed the managers and Des and Harry will have a huge selection headache for the next game.
In the meantime, it’s time to start practicing your sore tummys and your “I don’t feel well” speeches. It’s Back to School Babies!!!
League leaders Straide & Foxford played Erris Under 12’s on Tuesday evening the 20th and ran out comfortable winners to cement their place at the top.
Coach, Des with his dedicated young heroes, Back L-R; Michael, Ciaran, Molly, Darren, Oliver, Ben, Peter, Conor, Dara, Sean, Jack, Des. Front L-R; Eoin, Cillian, Billy, Padraic, Dylan, Matthew, Padraic.
Managers Des and Harry take full responsibility for the loss but the funfair in town was taking a bit of the blame too. At times we resembled bumper cars colliding into each other, we were on the aviator so often we didn’t know which way we were kicking and for long periods we were as flat as a bouncy castle with a faulty generator.
S&F took an early lead, Dylan Togher, Cillian Reilly and Dara Dixon had chances to score but the majority of our time was spent defending against a very good team.
Conor Barrett gave us some hope with a 30 yard screamer which lifted the crowd in the stand. We did share 7 goals, and Erris scored 3 of them, unfortunately 2 of them were own goals. Final score us 1 them 6.
All the subs got a run and it was great fun, but with the funfair gone, Its down now to the serious business of the next match.
This Friday, after the Duck Race, Erris Under 12’s are at home to Swinford at 7 in the biggest game of the season. You better have a very good reason for not being there.
It’s also the last match before we are BACK TO SCHOOL!!!!!!!!!! Where did that summer go?
club Coach Eric O'Reilly has the young kids on their toes at the Club Sponsored Soccer evening as part of the Belmullet festival week.
Thanks to all who took part in the Belmullet festival Iorras Aontaithe Sponsored Fun soccer Evening in the town playground on Wednesday evening,nearly 50 kids took part and all looking forward to next year.
Club Coach John Keane has the young talent in all formations at the Club Sponsored event.
Thanks to Iorras Aontaithe coaches,Harry Reilly,Paul Reilly,Eric O’ Reilly, Sean Walsh, John Keane and Padraig Reilly for running an excellent event.
Iorras u14s had a superb 2.1 win over a very good Knock/Kiltimagh side in Carnenash on Wednesday evening 13th, in a evenly balanced game Iorras came out on top with a first half penalty by Evan Ivers after Evan had been pulled down himself heading for goal midway through the first half,although the sides went in level at half time Iorras added to the scoreline in the second half with a 25 Yard piledriver by Luke o Reilly after some excellent play by Caolan Walker.
Owen Mchale was rock solid in goals,full backs John Linehan &f Luke McWilliams pushed forward at every chance to help our speedy wingers Eamon Fallon and Caolan Walker,centre mids Luke o Reilly and Shea o Donoghue won the battle against a physical kk duo,up front Cormac Murray and Evan Ivers gave the kk defence a torrid time with great play and direct running,subs Ethan Healy,Matthew Sullivan and Gabriel and Mark Harding hit the ground running and helped close out the win for Iorras.
TEAM.Owen Mchale,John Linehan,Fionnan Ryan,Robert Barrett,Luke McWilliams,Caolan Walker,Luke o Reilly,Shea o Donoghue,Eamon Fallon,Cormac Murray,Evan Ivers,Ethan Healy,Mark Harding,Gabriel Harding,Matthew Sullivan.