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MUCFP U13’s v Longford Town FC 18.05.2019

The “Partners” Young Guns Continuing Their Winning Ways.

Following on from their dramatic second half display against Finn Harps FC the week before, the Monaghan United / Cavan FP SSE Airtricity National Under 13’s hosted Longford Town FC in Cootehill on Saturday afternoon. The young “Partners” got out of the blocks from the start against a very technical and well organised Longford side. The pace and physically of the “Partners” front duo of Matthew Finn and Matthew Carolan caused the visitors some early problems. In the 7th minute the early pressure from the hosts paid off when a dangerous cross by Adam Mullins was cleared from his area by Longford’s Jack Smith but the “Partners” left back, Sean Og Teevan meet the clearance with a sweet half-volley that sailed over Peter Doyle in the Longford goals and nestled into the top corner of the net. The visitors continued to play their neat passing game and were always a threat going forward with the powerful Noah McNulty and the skilful Matthew Thornton proving to be a handful for Ben Tully and Conor Burns in the middle of the pitch. The hosts however were gifted a second goal in the 16th minute when Doyle’s attempted pass was intercepted by Jack Coombes-Morris just outside the Longford area and the clever forward calmly composed himself before finding the bottom corner with a well-placed shot. The “Partners” were well on top at this point and added a third in the 29th with the move of the match. Conor Burns won possession in midfield before finding his partner Tully with a cross field pass. Tully slotted an inch perfect pass into Mullins stride and the pacey winger drove towards the end-line before picking Carolan out on the penalty spot and the inform striker made no mistake with a neat finish. To their credit the young Longford lads didn’t drop their heads and continued to play some very attractive attacking football. Thornton was at the heart of all their positive play and he linked up well with Alex Sheeran in the 32nd minute to trouble Thomas Brady in the “Partners” goal with a stinking shot. This seemed to give the visitors new hope and they piled on the pressure going into the latter stages of the first half. Luke Allison came in to replace the hard working Finn at this stage and shortly after Eanna Owen Carolan replaced Mullins. Ben Smith, Luke Povall, Teevan and Daniel Kelly in the home defence were called into action with some vital challenges to halt the Longford onslaught with one tackle by Kelly unfortunately leading to the end of his day just before the break.

Half-Time: MUCFP u13’s 3 Longford Town FC u13’s 0.

The visitors came out in the second half looking to their numerical advantage to get them back into the game but they found a home side not willing to concede anything. Although a man down the “Partners” fought for every ball. Thomas Doherty came on at half-time as the home side reshuffled with Smith going into partner Povall in the centre of the defence. Zachary Demamen replaced Coombes-Morris as the home side looked to freshen things up as Longford piled on the pressure. Brady was called into action in the 58th minute from a Thornton free-kick that the tall keeper sprang low to his left to turn around his upright. Longford continued to pile forward but they came up against a well organised and resilient home defence. Doherty’s energy to get forward as well as his willingness to tackle, gave the “Partners” a new dimension on their right wing and it was from a surging run by him in the 66th minute that the “Partners” increased their lead. Doherty raced to the edge of the Longford area and although his cross was cleared Povall returned to the ball goal-wards where Matthew Carolan coolly lifted the ball over Ryan Kelly’s head before smashing a rising shot over Doyle and into the roof of the net. Again Longford drove forward from the restart in search of a life-line but they fought the home side in no mood to give away anything. Mullins re-entered the fray to replace Matthew Carolan upfront while Finn and Coombes-Morris came back in for E.O. Carolan and Tully as they saw out the remaining minutes with no more scoring.

Final Score: MUCFP’s u13’s 4 Longford Town FC u13’s 0.

A different type of performance from these lads than last week’s inspirational comeback, as these young local soccer players from Cavan and Monaghan continue to develop and face different challenges. Next up is a return with Derry City’s u13’s next Saturday at home in Cootehill.

The Miracle of Drumoghill for “Partners” Under 13’s. 11.05.2019

The Miracle of Drumoghill for “Partners” Under 13’s.
In a week of “Miracle Comebacks” the Monaghan United / Cavan FP’s under 13’s SSE Airtricity side staged one of their own against a good Finn Harps FC side in Drumoghill, Co. Donegal. The young “Partners” travelled up to face their Donegal opponents on Sunday afternoon on the back of 2 defeats to the Mayo SL and were looking to get back to winning ways. However it was the hosts who set the early pace and opened the scoring in the 6th minute after good approach down the Finn Harps left wing by Tiernan McGinty saw his cross reach Shaun Bradley inside the “Partners” area and he coolly slotted the ball beyond Thomas Brady’s reach. The Cavan / Monaghan lads had hardly time to regroup when they found themselves further behind 7 minutes later when McGinty again broke free down the left again despite Daniel Kelly’s attempt to block him and his near-post deliver was divert home by Shaun Patton. The young “Partners” midfield trio of Conor Burns, Jamie McCaughey and Thomas Doherty had struggled to contain the movement of their opponents up until this point but they now began to gain a foothold in the game and this allowed their forward line to cause Finn Harps some problems. Eanna Owen Carolan and Matthew Finn combined in the 30th minute and forced the hosts defence to concede a corner that was delivered deep into the area by Caolain Clerkin but evaded everybody and all of a sudden the Finn Harps forwards were counter-attacking. After a series of good passes the ball fell to Aaron McLaughlin with only Brady to beat and he found the bottom corner of the net to increase Finn Harps lead. All looked lost at this point for the visitors but the introduction of Luke Allison for McCaughey and Matthew Carolan for Doherty added a new energy to the “Partners” team. Ben Smith replaced Daniel Kelly just before the interval also.
Half-time: Finn Harps FC 3 MUCFP 0.
The second half got under way and again it was the home side who looked the more likely to add to the scoring in the early exchanges. In the 48th minute the “Partners” inspirational Captain Luke Povall won possession in midfield and drove forward at the Finn Harps defence and saw him unleash a rasping drive from 10 yards outside of the Harps area that just cleared Shane Adair’s crossbar. This piece of individual skill seemed to encourage the visitors that they could possibly still get something out of the encounter and 3 minutes later they came even closer after tremendous work by E.O. Carolan on the right wing resulted in Allison picking out Clerkin on the edge of the area in a central position but unfortunately his effort was too high again. Ben Tully, Adam Mullins and Jack Coombes-Morris came in for Carolan, Clerkin and Burns at different stages shortly after that. The addition of Tully in the central midfield role gave the “Partners” a new edge going forward and it was from his run and rising shot from 25 yards that they opened their account in the 56th minute. It was the visitors who now looked the more threatening while Povall, Sean Og Teevan, Sean O’Connell and Smith still had to be very careful of the constant threat of Finn Harps on the counter. The pressure began to mount on the Harps defence and this led to a series of corners being conceded. From a terrific near post-delivery from Combes-Morris in the 64th minute, Finn rose highest to head the ball home. The inform striker added his second and the equalising goal 4 minutes later great work by Mullins down the right wing created the opportunity for him to shoot low into Adair’s net. Finn Harps responded well to this and came looking to restore their lead but Brady’s handling, positioning and distribution was exceptional and the young “Partners” weren’t in the mood to give anything more away. Jamie McCaughey came back in for Finn with 8 minutes remaining and had a big part to play in the winning goal. His forceful run towards the Harps area resulted in the concession of another corner. Again the delivery was perfect from Coombes-Morris and as the ball reached the back post O’Connell connected sweetly to power the ball home to scenes of jubilation from his team-mates. The “Partners” comfortably saw out the remaining time to gain 3 valuable points.
Full-Time: Finn Harps FC 3   MUCFP  4.

Derry City v MUCFP 26.07.2018

SSE Airtricity National U-15 League
Derry City 2-2 MUCFP

The Partners’ travelled down to Derry on a glorious sunny evening with only 3 points in mind. Connor Smith remained in goals after his good performance against Dundalk the previous Sunday. Dylan O’Reilly made his first start for the Partners’ and marked it with a goal 10 minutes in. Some good interplay with Donnacha McNamara allowed Dylan space in the box where he finished beautifully over the ‘keeper with his left foot. Cavan/Monaghan continued to press forward until Flynn Holland had to come off with a knee injury. Dean McCabe came on and Richard dropped down into defensive midfield with Conor Fitzpatrick.
Derry came into the game as the half went on and equalised deservedly after some good pressure. They then went ahead on the cusp of half time and lead at the break.
The Partners’ were quiet for the first 15 minutes of the half but came into the game with 20 minutes to go. Conor Shanley and Aidan Leonard adding some bite in midfield and they started moving up the pitch more frequently.
With only 2-3 minutes to go, Richard won a freekick 35 metres out with a driving run through midfield. Ben Kavanagh stepped with and hit a thunderbolt into the top corner, the Derry ‘keeper never had a chance.
MUCFP came away with a valuable point away from home and some impressive performances to build on going forward. Dylan O’Reilly was impressive up front, Richard was dominant in the middle of the park while Ben Kavanagh had an excellent game at left back.
SUBWAY Man of the Match: Connor Smith
MUCFP Squad: Connor Smith; Tiarnan O’Rourke, Keith Farnan, Eoin Flanagan, Flynn Holland, Donnacha McNamara, Richard Ayodele, Conor Fitzpatrick, Nathan McNally, Dylan O’Reilly, Aidan Leonard, Conor Shanley, Daire O’Shea, Ben Kavanagh, Cian McKenna, Dean McCabe.



The Cavan/Monaghan boys made a great effort today against the top team Finn Harps but unfortunately lost out in the end. The first half was tough on the locals, Finn Harps put the Monaghan backline under a lot of pressure, focusing on their lightening wingers to make headway down the flanks. The Donegal outfit got two goals in the first half thanks to some slick play down the right hand side. The physicality and pace of the opposition forwards made it a very tough half for the Partners’. The Harps right full back also pushed forward at every opportunity meaning the blues wide midfielder Ben Kavanagh spent much of his time tracking back rather than going forward. Connor Smith pulled off an outstanding save and made a number of other crucial interventions to help his team keep the Donegal men from adding any more goals.

The Partners’ had one very good chance in the first half, some good inter play from Nathan McNally setup Dean Carroll who came charging into the box from midfield but unfortunately his shot was well saved at the near post.

Richard Ayodele came on for the second half and made a big impact especially in the attacking phase of play. His physicality and ability to run with the ball pushed the home team forward and he was involved is a lot of the home teams good play. Nathan McNally threatened in behind and worked very hard to regain possession as always, Conor Fitzpatrick had 2 good chances to score but was stopped by two good saves from the Harps’ goalkeeper. Donnacha and Cian came on for Aidan and Brian, both contributing to some good attacking play in the second half. Brian Oghene then hit the woodwork from a Ben Kavanagh corner, While the away side had the line share of possession, the Cavan/Monaghan boys pushed hard and were unlucky to come away with nothing in the end against a very strong opponent. Despite the result, there are many of positives to take away for the boys,

Subway Man of the Match: Connor Smith gets the award for a very good day between the sticks. There was nothing he could do about either goal. His shot stopping and distribution were excellent overall.

MUCFP Squad: Connor Smith, Tiarnan O’Rourke, Aidan Leonard, Keith Farnan, Brian Oghene, Conor Shanley (C), Flynn Holland, Dean Carroll, Ben Kavanagh, Conor Fitzpatrick, Nathan McNally, Evan Brady, Cian Brennan, Richard Ayodele, Donnacha McNamara, Nathan Lavery, Alex Prior, Mark McDermott.

Derry City 1 MUCFP 1, The New Brandwell Stadium 26.05.2018

MUCFP u19s came away from the impressive new Brandywell stadium with a well-earned point on Saturday. With the sun shining the game was played in a very rare 22 degrees on a fantastic new 4G pitch, despite the warm conditions both teams served up an excellent display of football throughout the 90 minutes.
it was an open game throughout, Derry started well, passing the ball sharply and testing the partners back line. The visitors had young Adam Boyle making his first start for the U19s after a lengthy injury kept him side lined since preseason, Adam had impressed the previous week coming on for the last 20 mins against Athlone. The partners weathered the early storm from the home sides attacking play and soon found time to play their own neat passing game, Tim Mc Cann at right back combined well with Eli Ward in midfield and along with Tristan Knowles managed to create some penetrating passes to Tav Semelevicius up front.
With just 15 mins of the game gone the visitors were forced to make a change as center back Shane Kierans had to come off with an ankle injury, recent injuries to our defensive unit has reduced our options for cover so the team needed to reshuffle with players dropping into unfamiliar positions, Tim Mc Cann dropped into center back while winger Shane Hickey took up the right back position, Callum Lynch came on to play up front while Tav moved into the wide right position.
Great credit has to go to the MUCFP players at this point as they adjusted very well to the changes, Shane Hickey put in an excellent performance at right back while Tim Mc Cann also adjusted extremely well at center back, Lorcan Murnaghan organised the back line and was exceptional again as he has been all season, putting his body on the line and making last ditch tackles to deny the Derry striker every time.
The first half continued to be an even affair with the bulk of the play in a tight midfield battle, Derry pressed high and the partners countered very well so the game ebbed and flowed with both sides unlucky not to score, Mark Byrne in the partners goal had a solid game making a couple of good saves, however the best chance of the half fell to Tristan Knowles, following a great passage of play through midfield he ran onto a through ball but his blistering point blank shot was brilliantly saved by the Derry netminder, the half finished deadlocked at nil all.

The second half restarted as the first had ended, both sides playing good football at a high tempo, Derry seemed to have more desire in their attacking play and became more dominant in the early stages of the half, the partners dropped off a little and this played into the home teams game plan, the visitors make shift back 4 needed to defend very well as the home side laid siege to the penalty area and despite the onslaught the partners defence remained solid and unbreakable.
With the hard working Lynch up front the partners were always a threat, counter attacks with the pace of Lynch were always an option and became more frequent as the game opened up, partners captain Cianan Kelly had a great game in midfield as he continued to break down the opposition play and move the ball to the front line, the creative Scott Prendergast out wide also created a couple of half chances for Lynch but the partners couldn’t seem to carve out a clear goal scoring chance.
The visitors made some changes on 65 mins with Ify Nzewi and Chad Mc Eneaney coming on in place of Semelevicius and Knowles to give fresh legs in attack.
Mid way through the half Derry had a great spell of possession, their patient midfield play led to a great opening for Shane McNamee to fire a cracking shot past Byrne to give Derry the lead on 71mins.
Derry almost doubled their lead minutes later when a bullet of a shot crashed off the cross bar, with Derry now on top the partners needed to respond, Nzewi,s physicality in the middle along with Mc Eneaneys creativity behind Lynch the visitors then enjoyed their best spell of the game, Mc Eneaney almost equalised however his snap shot on his weaker side was easily dealt with by the keeper, Lynch managed to get in behind the center backs on a couple of occasions but any effort to score were taken away by some frantic defending from Derry.
With less than 10 mins remaining the visitors were well on top and pushing for an equaliser, the Derry defence became nervous, under pressure one of the defenders kicked the ball high into the stands for a throw in however as they waited for the ball to return Mc Eneaney cleverly resumed play with another ball to catch the Derry defence off guard, the well placed throw in found Lynch in behind the home defence and as he drove into the penalty area with just the keeper to beat he was taken down by a Derry player, the referee awarded a deserved penalty. Lynch stepped up to calmly slot the spot kick into the net.

The final 10 minutes were a nail biting mix of excitement, the partners pressed for a winner and had some chances towards the end of the game, Derry also had a couple of free kicks in injury time but neither side could find the winning goal. After 6 minutes of injury time the game ended in a 1 all draw.
On balance of play a draw was a fair result for both sides, neither deserved to lose.
Stand out performances on the day, Murnaghan,Knowles, Boyle and Lynch.
Subway Man of the match , Eli Ward.
Mark Byrne, Adam Boyle (Michael Mc Cann 75mins) Shane Kierans (Callum Lynch 15mins) Lorcan Murnaghan, Tim Mc Cann, Shane Hickey, Cianan Kelly, Eli Ward, Tristan Knowles (Chad Mc Eneaney 65mins) Tautvydas Semelevicius (Ify Nzewi 60mins) Scott Prendergast (Jack Drumm 88mins)

MUCFP U19 0 – 2 Athlone Town U19 20.05.2018

MUCFP 0 Athlone Town 2

Monaghan/Cavan Football partnerships U19s came away with a dissappointing result on Sunday after their clash with Athlone in Cootehill.
The partners were looking to bounce back following a poor performance and defeat away to Shelbourne the previous week.
The game started at a blistering pace with Athlones direct play testing the partners back 4, Tim Mc Can stepped up to right back for the injured Dylan Garrigan and was excellent in the opening exchanges, Ify Nzewi led the line up front in place of the injured Callum Lynch and had an excellent start to the game combining well with Tristan Knowles in midfied to create some early half chances.
The partners played really good football, maintaining possession and pressing the Athlone back line, Eli Ward and Cianan Kelly controlled midfield with Scott Prendergast and Shane Hickey working tirelessly out wide. It looked like the partners were in control of the game until a good attacking move broke down,Athlone countered quickly and a well struck cross found the right winger unmarked at the far post for a tap in to give Athlone the lead.
The home side responded well and continued to play good football, with composed patient build up play creating some chances, however they just couldnt seem to find the back of the net.
On the stroke of half time Athlone doubled their lead when a well placed corner kick was unfortunately volleyed into his own net by Cianan Kelly.

The second half was much the same as the first, played at a high tempo with the partners really turning up the heat to get back into the game, on 55 mins the partners changed their shape and introduced Callum Lynch and Chad Mc Eneaney to go with 2 up front, both lads have been in great form this season and instantly created problems for the visitors, Lynch had a great chance on 60 mins but his headed effort went over the bar, Mc Eneaney had a well hit shot go just wide soon after, this was the case for the remainder of the half as both could have had a couple of goals each but had to watch their efforts go narrowly wide.
As the half progressed the visitors went down to 10 men and again the partners reshuffled with Tautyvdas Semelevicius coming on to play up front along with Mc Eneaney and Lynch.
With the home side on all out attack it led to a very frantic and exciting finale to the game with chances at both ends, unfortunately the clock was against the partners and despite having played so well came away with nothing to show for their valiant effort. Very positive performance despite the result, great to see players with long term injuries now returning, Tav and Adam played their first minutes since the season opener against Longford and Seosamh Sheerin is now back training after serious ankle ligament injury has kept him out of the squad since preseason.
Subway Man of the match Ciaran “Tim” Mc Cann.

Luke Perkins, Tim Mc Cann, Dylan Molloy (Adam Boyle), Lorcan Murnaghan, Shane Kierans, Cianan Kelly, Eli Ward, Tristan Knowles (Chad Mc Eneaney), Ify Nzewi (Callum Lynch), Shane Hickey(Tautvydas Semelevicius) Scott Prendergast.

Subs Unused, Jack Drumm, Oliver Clerkin, Michael Mc Cann.


On a warm and humid Saturday afternoon the Partners’ met the high flying St. Pats who sit joint top now of Group 1 in the SSE Airtricity League U-15 section. From the start the Cavan/Monaghan boys knew it would be a tough 80 minutes in store as the Dubs started very quickly. They stormed into a 2-0 lead with 2 excellent finishes. The Partners’ rallied slightly over the next 15 minutes but the onslaught continued with Pats’ playing some lovely high tempo football. However the Dublin side scored another 3 goals before half-time, the home side feared a big scoreline was on the cards if they didn’t up their level in the second half.

Indeed the second half showed a completely different side to the Partners’ U-15’s as they fought tooth and nail to make for an entertaining 40 minutes. Nathan McNally, who has been in terrific form recently harried and ran the Pats’ centre halves constantly and eventually reaped his reward. The Reds left sided centre half took too much time on the ball and Nathan nipped the ball from under his feet, bore down on goal and coolly slotted his shot home. This was the Carrick strikers 3rd goal in as many games and he may have had another shortly afterwards. Emmanuel Shehu slalomed down the left wing and crossed into Nathan who took on a spectacular volley which ended up in the net, however the cross was adjudged to have went out of play.

Tempers rose as Emmanuel and the Reds striker were both sent off for violent conduct. Nathan Lavery made some crucial saves including several brilliant 1 on 1 stops to keep Cavan/Monaghan lads in the game. The backline of Tiarnan, Brian, Keith and Ben held a good line and stopped a lot of promising St. Pat’s attacks. Flynn, Richard, Conor Shanley and Conor Fitzpatrick ran tirelessly to press and harrass the Red’s midfield giving them little room to play the neat passing game they had in the first half. Conor Fitzpatrick had to be taken off due to injury and Donnacha McNamara came on and acquitted himself well on the right flank.

Pat’s scored a late sixth as Nathan Lavery superbly saved the first effort, another Pat’s forward was first to the second ball to fire home. Although the scoreline shows a heavy defeat, the second half should give the young lads some sense of hope and pride in their performance. If they can play like this from the start, they should feel they can compete against these top teams going forward.

Subway Man of the Match: This award goes to the superb Nathan McNally who epitomized what work rate and effort looks like. He scrapped and worked for the entire 80 minutes and took his goal confidently.
Final Score: 1-6

MUCFP Squad: Nathan Lavery (C), Tiarnan O’Rourke, Richard Ayodele, Keith Farnan, Ben Kavanagh, Conor Shanley, Flynn Holland, Mark McDermott, Conor Fitzpatrick, Emmanuel Shehu, Nathan McNally, Donnacha McNamara, Connor Smith, Evan Brady, Aidan Leonard, Brian Oghene, Cian Brennan.

Dundalk U15 v MUVFP U15 22.04.2018

Dundalk FC 2-0 MUCFP U-15’s
This was by far the Partners’ best performance of the season thus far as they pushed Dundalk to the very end. 2 first half goals meant Dundalk take the spoils, it was a competitive game through but Dundalk just had the cutting edge. The second half was much improved defensively and offensively, they were just not able to create the clear cut chance they needed to get back into the contest.

Nathan Lavery had an impressive game in goals and made some fine saves and catches for MUCFP. Flynn Holland had some chances from set-pieces, his freekick was well blocked by the Dundalk wall. Emmanuel and Richard worked tirelessly up front trying to work an opportunity for the Partners, coming close on occasion but just lacking a little luck at vital moments. The second half saw the introduction of Keith, Donnacha, Dean Carroll, Conor Shanley, Brian Oghene and Evan Brady. Keith Farnan went into centre-back as Tiarnan shifted to right-back to deal with Dundalk’s winger who was very strong in the air. Dean and Keith had a very good game at centre back in the second half without conceding a goal. Donnacha picked up the ball in some promising spaces between Dundalk’s defence and midfield but he didn’t have the movement in front of him to hurt the opposition backline. Alex, Conor and Flynn martialled the middle of the park well dealing with both Dundald wide players who drifted infield.

Brian came on up front for the tired Emmanuel, he asserted himself and made life difficult for the Dundalk centre-backs. Evan, Nathan, Ben and Conor Fitzpatrick all had stints on the wings but had to work back hard to track Dundalk’s adventurous full-backs.

All in all, all the lads acquitted themselves excellently. Just need to find that first goal to kickstart our attacking play.

MUCFP Squad: Nathan Lavery, Aidan Leonard, Tiarnan O’Rourke, Cian Brennan, Ben Kavanagh, Alex Prior, Flynn Holland, Richard Ayodele, Emmanuel Shehu, Nathan McNally, Conor Fitzpatrick, Dean Carroll, Conor Shanley, Evan Brady, Brian Oghene, Donnacha McNamara, Keith Farnan.

Drogheda United v MUCFP 14.04.2018

SSE AIRTRICITY U19 League, Northern Elite Division, match report.

Drogheda Utd 1 MUCFP 2

Goals, Callum Lynch, Shane Hickey, Half time score 0-1

Game played in United Park Drogheda

The U19 partnership team picked up another 3 points on the road when they put in a battling performance against a tough Drogheda side recently.

The game was played on a very warm Saturday afternoon in United park, with the partners coming off the back of a great result at home to Bohemians confidence was high going into the game.

The home side started well and had the best of the early exchanges but came up against a strong partnership defence with our back 4 of Dylan Garrigan, Lorcan Murnaghan, Martynas Pilvinis and Dylan Molloy in very good form. We struggled to find form in the first half and the performance seemed to lack some energy, giving the fact that this was our 3rd league game in 6 days the lads had to dig deep to raise their game. Callum lynch worked hard up front and showed great quality every time he got on the ball. Midway through the half Lynch capitalised on a poor clearance from the Drogs goalkeeper and quickly dribbled past him to slot the ball into an empty net to give the Monaghan/Cavan lads the lead.

Drogheda responded and rallied with some good attacking play however this provided the visitors with some space to start playing themselves and the game soon opened up into an even end to end exchange, Ciaran Mc Cann, Cianan Kelly and Ify Nzewi came into the game more as did Chad Mc Eneaney and Scott Prendergast out wide as they looked to add to their goal tally before the break.


The second half continued as the first half ended with both teams playing at a good tempo and trying to break down each other’s well organised defensive shape, Callum Lynch worked tirelessly and covered acres of ground for the team causing the Drogs backline endless problems.

The visitors introduced Shane Hickey and Tristan Knowles, their impact was immediate with Hickeys power and pace out wide and Knowles neat passing game in midfield combining well to cut the home defence open with ease.

Hickey had a great chance on 70 mins to double his sides lead however his shot went wide of target, minutes later he did manage to find the net, following a well struck free kick from Callum Lynch which the Drogs keeper could only parry Hickeys reaction was superb as he raced to smash the rebounded ball high into the top corner to put his side in control of the game.

This inspired the away team to play more and they took control of the midfield battle and dominated for the next 10 minutes. Drogheda were limited in terms of clear chances as they tried to counter attack and relied on set pieces for opportunities to break down a partnership defence that was in terrific form.

As the end of the game approached Drogheda had a good spell and managed to win a wide free kick just outside the box, the resulting cross was delivered with pace to the far post and was volleyed into the back of the net giving Luke Perkins in the away goal no chance.

This inspired Drogheda to a late rally to try and get a point but despite their best efforts the Partners hung on for a well-deserved 3 points.


Subway Man of the Match Callum Lynch




Luke Perkins, Dylan Molloy, Dylan Garrigan, Lorcan Murnaghan, Martynas Pilvinis, Cianan kelly, Ciaran “Tim” Mc Cann, Ify Nzewi, Scott Prendergast, Chad Mc Eneaney, Callum Lynch.

Substitutes: Shane Hickey (50) Tristan Knowles (55) Ollie Clerkin (70) Shane Kierans (80) Jack Drumm (83) Michael Mc Cann, Eli Ward

MUCFP v Bohemians FC U19 10th April 2018


Part 2 from a very busy week for the U19s,on Tues 10th April we hosted last seasons Champions Bohemians in Gortakeegan, a side full of the most talented players in the country and will compete in the European Youth Cup later in the year. It was a very difficult game on paper but it seemed even more difficult in the early exchanges as Bohemians started at a frantic pace, moving the ball around the pitch with ease and testing the partners defensive shape and resilience.

The home team had a game plan and were able to maintain their shape and stop the opposition from breaking their lines, the industrious Callum Lynch playing up front gave Bohemians back 4 some problems and he looked very dangerous in counter attacks.

During the first half neither team created a lot in terms of chances and despite the visitors having the bulk of possession both teams cancelled each other out, scoreless at the break.

The second half continued at a frantic pace, Bohemians pressed and the partners soaked up any attacks and looked to counter attack through the wide players of Scott Prendergast and Chad Mc Eneaney and the pace of Lynch up top.

Indeed it was a quick breakaway that led to the opening goal on 53 minutes, Prendergast found space on the left flank, cut inside on his right foot and delivered a perfect 40 yard cross into the path of Mc Eneaney who expertly guided his headed effort over the keeper into the top corner to give his side a shock lead.

The partners then enjoyed a good spell as Bohemians threw all they had into attack, Lynch threatened to get in behind their defence everytime he had the ball. On 60 mins the partners doubled their lead through a fine piece of individual skill from Lynch, he won the ball back just outside the box, dribbled through both center backs before rounding the full back and his well struck shot beat the keeper from a very tight angle.

Bohemians turned up the heat yet again but they were continually frustrated by the partners who just didn’t want to be broken down, the home side were regimented in their organisationb and defended like spartans throughout, Bohemians tidy short passing game soon turned to long ball tactics as they became increasingly frustrated. With 20 minutes to go Bohs pulled one back when a cross caught out Mark Byrne in the home goal and crept into the net.

The final exchanges were played at a blistering pace with both sides pushing themselves to the limits, in summary the visitors couldn’t break down a resolute partners team who worked tirelessly for each other all night, Lynch had a couple of half chances before the final whistle but the partners were able to see it out and record an historic win against arguably the best team in the country at this level.

Subway Man of the Match Martynas Pilvinis