Erris United under 12’s first game of season away to Ballinrobe (23rd July) final score Ballinrobe3 Erris United5. Prior to the game there was a minute’s applause for Eric (rest in peace) the team was captained by Molly O’Connor who kept the lads on their toes throughout the game. Erris got off to a flying start with an early goal from James Lavelle and by half time Erris were leading by three goals to one with goals from Martin Mullarkey and a second from James Lavelle.
Iorras U12 with Managers, Lenny Gilbert & Andrew Bailen.
In the second half substitutions were made and Erris managed to score two more goals from James Lavelle. Ballinrobe scored two goals to make score 3-5 there was a nail biting final few minutes for joint managers Lenny and Andrew. Victory was finally sealed as each and every player played their part in the game, many thanks to all the supporters who traveled up for match. The return journey home was very good spirited with the lads eating an unbelievable amount of sweets and drink (no ice creams on board) many thanks to our driver Derek .Finally James Lavelle is looking to get the match ball.
Erris under 16’s were at home to Ballyheane (25th July) and were determined to put on a show for the large crowd. Managers Kyle, Lisa, Padraic and Eamon had them well prepped as they started the match at a super tempo.
Dylan Walker left scorch marks up the right wing before opening the scoring. Padraic Cowman scored twice, capping a performance where he dominated the left side of the pitch. Shea O’Donoghue put in a shift in the middle and won all his aerial battles.
Iorras U16. Eric’s daughter Lisa & son Kyle took charge of this fixture with son, Luke as Captain.
Luke O’Reilly scored two, including a wonderful second where he charged into the box, fake action pumped, sat the keeper down and ‘Pirlo’ed’ the ball gently over the line.
Robert Barrett scored at the back post and Eamon Fallon scored on his birthday.
Final score us 7 them 0.
This was a remarkably mature performance by the whole squad in difficult circumstances.
Evan Ivers could have scored loads but decided to be provider today, setting up (nearly) all the goals.
Man of the Match was Owen McHale at centre back. He should open up a cleaning business as he tidied up everything at the back.
Thank you to all players, managers and supporters.
The Iorras u14 team got the football underway again away to Ballyglass (20th July) this evening after a very difficult and sad few days.
After a poignant minutes silence with referee Damien McGrath, Iorras tore into the home team with a screamer of a goal from Daithí after 4minutes, one Eric would be well impressed with, coincidentally on the pitch where Eric played his last match only a few weeks ago.
This spurred the lads on and they increased their lead with Daithí and Dylan hitting the net. The midfield of Oliver, Cillian, Daithí and Eoin were creating attack after attack, with Darragh and Dylan tormenting the overworked defence.
The second half continued in the same fashion with Dylan grabbing his second, but then Ballyglass staged a comeback of sorts, and grabbed a couple of goals. Captain John Ginty steadied the defence of Connor, Ciaran and Padraig that allowed Iorras to score again with Daithí securing a wonderful hat-trick and Darragh getting one from outside the box. Keeper Fiachna remained solid in the closing minutes, and super subs Jack Geraghty, Jack Deane and Cian Gallagher all had chances to increase the lead until Daithí slotted home his fourth to leave the final score 7-3 to Iorras, much to the delight of manager Harry and pilot Derek. (Still no ice creams though)
Thank you again for getting the football back in action and doing so in such fantastic fashion, it’s just a small step, but a very important one.
Erris under 13’s were at home to Ballina in the final League game of the season. The sun was shining and the stand was packed with parents, supporters, under 15’s, academics, junior team and fans hoping for a feast of footie.
Erris under age success continues.
Erris needed a draw or a win to secure the title but the visitors started the better. Molly O’Connor and Martin Mullarkey were faultless as they contained the threat from the wings. Connor Barrett and Ciaran Cawley controlled the centre of defence like two nightclub bouncers. “You’re not getting in!”
Cian Gallagher in goal was bravery personified as he dived at attacker’s feet and climbed over them to clear corners.
The breakthrough came as a bit of Ballina trickery in midfield led to a ball over the top. The high line of Erris came second in the foot race as the Ballina striker calmly slotted past the keeper.
0-1 down at halftime but Managers Lenny and Des were full of praise for their team. Quicker passing was called for and the midfield was asked to take it up a notch. The results were instantaneous.
Tony Lavelle and Owen Doherty tore into tackles like a six year old opening presents on Xmas morning. Ferociously.
Eoin Walsh gave a masterclass in midfield play with tackling, passing and dribbling. Ben Donohue relished the role of captain and ate before and after him.
Adam Conroy broke the stats machine for miles covered as he kept all four defenders busy and Dylan Togher was like a particularly annoying rash as he was all over the centre backs.
The equaliser came from Tony who battled through midfield to poke the ball home. Finally, Erris relaxed and began to play their natural pure football to show the crowd just how good they can be.
Dylan scored two beauties in quick succession while Owen crossed in a late one to make it a final score of us 4 them 1.
Wild celebrations followed the final whistle as there was a big bundle of all the players…apart from Molly who felt it was a bit inappropriate.
Managers Lenny and Des could not describe how proud they were of every one of the squad.
This team has won ten out of ten league games. To win every away game with all the travelling deserves special mention. People have delayed holidays, played with holes in their knees, played with broken elbows, put in hours upon hours of training and now it has all been worth it.
Enjoy it, these things don’t come around that often and if you see any of the squad, congratulate them.
This was massive.
Castlebar Celtic 5 Iorras Aontaithe 7
Iorras u17s kept their Premier Division league title hopes alive after a thunderous second half comeback against a class Castlebar Celtic outfit in Celtic park this evening
Half the Iorras u17 team landed at the bus with ice creams and for a long time it appeared a day out at the beach was all they had in their heads
Celtic had led 2.1 at half time after dominating play with Iorras getting their goal after a great ball by Aran Reilly was clinically put away by Luke O’ Reilly on the stroke of half time,a couple of superb saves in the first half by Evan Ivers kept the score down
Great come back by Iorras young guns
At half the teacups went flying and the hairdryers came out but for 20 minutes after half time Iorras could not touch the ball going 4.1 down before Luke o Reilly headed in his second but minutes later went 5.2 down.
but then the shackles came off with Johnny Harding and Keith Kennedy entering the game and Iorras tore into Celtic all over the pitch winning every tackle finding their man with every ball and Luke o Reilly cut loose adding 5 more to his tally one a classy back-heel after a super head back from Mikey Conroy,assists are the latest big thing now and Mikey Conroy,Mikey Lavelle,Johnny Harding Aran Reilly and Evan Ivers get fantasy football bonus points,Matthieu our French student says we’re class team even got in the team picture
And Bob should have scored the 8th.
Seven goals for a player in any game is good,but when ya do it in the top division in the county, away to one of the best teams in the county it deserves special mention- Luke O’ Reilly take a bow
Iorras u17s last league game is the winner takes all clash with Manulla in Carnenash this Thursday 26th ko 7pm.
Don’t miss it
Iorras U15s earn a well deserved draw!
Europa league had to take a back seat this eve as the Iorras u15s entertained Westport at Carnenash this evening 18th in a very entertaining match. Both teams played open attacking football throughout and found both defenses in no mood to let players through, with Fiachna, Luke, Niall, Shea and John holding firm. No score at half time, although the home side had the better chances with Dara seeing his efforts sail wide of the target, after good work from Robert in the middle.
The game then saw Westport score first with the Iorras defense screaming handball, but the ref was not interested. This sparked the lads into life and they were level within minutes when Diarmaid chipped the Westport keeper in delightful fashion after good work from the midfield of Owen, Daithi, Eamon and Mark. Both teams had chances to win it, but all agreed a draw was a fair result. The subs of Padraig, Matthew and Daragh all made an impact in the second half and thanks to all the home supporters for all the noise in the stand, especially those who thought we had won the game near the end!
Next up is an away game in Manulla next Wednesday 25th
Commiseration to all Liverpool fans on a very disappointing night.
It certainly was an evening to forget for Iorras when they slumped to a 6-1 defeat at home to Ballina Town on Saturday evening the 14th in a Super league nightmare. Goals from Benny Lavelle on 42, 52 and a penalty on 71 minutes which resulted in Eamon Carey been red carded, Micheal O’Hora on 63 minutes, Jamey Cawley on 65 minutes and Dylan McKay on 89 minutes.
Garth O’Malley scored a consolation effort on 90 minutes.
Next up for Erris is Ballyglass away on Sunday 22nd with 2.30pm ko.
Great second half effort from Ryan Ruddy
Jason O’Donnell had Erris in front with a headed effort.
Iorras Aontaithe were away to Ballyheane on Saturday evening the 7th in the Super League and they picked up their first three points of the new campaign with goals from Jason O’Donnell a header, with Brendan Nallan the provider, the first half ended 1-1 but an excellent second half effort from Ryan Ruddy sealed the points half way through the half. Jason O’Donnell could have scored his second goal in the encounter but his effort was just over. Ryan Keane made his senior debut for the club coming on in the second half for the injured David Reilly.
Erris Utd are at home to Ballina Town on Saturday 14th with a 6.30 ko.
The u15s lost 4-2 at home to Westport in a windy encounter in Carnenash today 7th, even though the home team scored 4 of the 6 goals!
Iorras went 1-0 up with a penalty from Shea, but Westport went ahead immediately when Iorras scored 2 own goals, to leave it 2-1 at half time. Daithi scored a neat goal in the second half but Westport ran out 4-2 winner to progress to the next round.
Next up is an away game to Ballina next Wednesday 11th.