Erris United progressed to the next round of the FAI Junior cup away to Killala in round two on a 4-1 final score line on Sunday 28th. Iorras were one down at the break but in the second half Iorras produced some good play and a hat-trick from veteran Gareth O’Malley and one from Jason Boylan, had everyone smiling in the end. Iorras played this fixture with ten men. Good luck in the next round.
Sep 20 2014
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.
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.
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.
Sep 13 2014
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.
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.
Sep 09 2014
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.
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.
Aug 23 2014
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!!!
Aug 22 2014
The annual Club fundraising Duck (Sponsored by Lennon Quarries) race was held on Thursday afternoon the 21st August and many thank to everyone for supporting and helping out with its organization and assistants. Congratulations to the winners:
First duck home was John Gaughan from Ballyglass (500 Euro). 2nd was Mylo Carey, Church Road, (100 Euro). 3rd was Michelle Gaughan, London with Belmullet relatives (50 Euro). 4th was Sharon Reilly, Derrycorrib 30 Euro. The last duck across the line was Roisin Reilly, Drum (30Euro).
Aug 20 2014
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.
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?
Aug 14 2014
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.
Thanks to Iorras Aontaithe coaches,Harry Reilly,Paul Reilly,Eric O’ Reilly, Sean Walsh, John Keane and Padraig Reilly for running an excellent event.
Aug 14 2014
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.
Aug 12 2014
All the soccer stars of the future turned out recently at the Sean Davis Soccer Academy held at Erris United FC.
Boys and Girls aged 5 to 17 years enjoyed the excellent weather conditions and the superb coaching on offer from quality F.A.I. and European coaches. Sean reminded everyone at the Presentation of Awards that his Academy will return to Belmullet in Easter 2015. Continue reading “NEVER MIND THE WORLD CUP”
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