Category: Match Reports

Finn Harps U19 v MUCFP U19 SSE Airtricity League 08.07.2017

MUFP 19s travelled to Finn Harps on Saturday for a difficult league encounter with their Donegal counterparts, Finn Harps had already taken 3 points in the first game between the two sides in March so it was never going to be easy for the partners away from home.

It has been a tough season for the 19s so far having gone through the first half of the season without picking up a point, recent restructuring and the introduction of some new faces has bolstered the squad with plenty of young talent now on board, with the majority of the squad able to play 19s football again next season.

The lads started brightly and dominated the early exchanges of the game with some neat passing football from Cianan Kelly, Tristan Knowles and Ify Nzewi in midfield linking well with Nonso Nzewi and Tyler O Hanlon up front. All was going well until the 9th minute when Harps took the lead against the run of play with a well worked move down the left flank followed by a sublime strike from Gareth Doherty giving the partners keeper no chance.
Soon after Harps could have doubled their lead but for a couple of fine saves from newly signed Thomas Marron in the MUCFP goals making his debut.

The partners created a number of chances before half time which they failed to convert and on balance of play should have been in the lead, however the team were disappointed to go in at the break trailing by a goal.

The second half began as a balanced affair with both teams creating chances and testing both keepers, however as the half progressed the away side came more into the game putting the home team on the back foot and began to pressurise the Harps defence in search of an equaliser.
On 65 mins, the break though came when a well-placed free kick from Shane Kierans was headed across the goal to Cianan Kelly who slotted the ball past the Harps keeper to grab a deserved equaliser.

Tautvydas Semelevicius making a welcome return from a lengthy injury replaced O Hanlon on 65 mins and made an instant impact on the game with some clever play deep in the opposition half, this created a number of clear chances for the partners who were well on top at this point and could have gone into the lead but for some outstanding goalkeeping.

Harps also had their moments as the game went on but the partners backline stood firm, the final 6 mins of added time brought some nervous moments as the home side piled on the pressure and almost snatched the win when a well struck shot smashed off the crossbar and soon after they brought out the best in keeper Marron again as he denied Doherty his second goal of the day with a stunning double save.

The partners held on for a well deserved point as they look forward to hosting league leaders Bohemians next Saturday in Gortakeegan.

Team
Thomas Marron, Lorcan Murnaghan (Jordan Corrway 90) Dillon Kelly(Michael Mc Cann 80) Shane Kierans, Adam Quirke, Alpha Ike, Cianan Kelly, Ify Nzewi, Tristan Knowles(Ciaran Mc Cann 85) Tyler O Hanlon (Tautvydas Semelvicius 65), Nonso Nzewi (Lewis Gibson 80)
Subs unused Abraham Dixon, Trevor Matthews.

MUCFP U17 v Sligo Rovers U17 8th April 2017

Under 17’s SSE Airtricity League

Monaghan United/Cavan FP 1 – 5 Sligo Rovers

With little between the sides for the opening 12 minutes the visitors pounced to take the lead with a powerful strike from 20 yards to the roof of the net by Seamus Keogh. This resulted with some good end to end stuff with the home side seeing plenty of the ball but the final pass always seem to let them down. Sligo were looking the more dangerous on the counter attack. They should have doubled their lead when O Reilly was put through his attempt struck the crossbar and the ball rebounded to him to give him a second chance but a smart save from the keeper David Hayes denied him. Sligo were now applying the pressure and the home team escaped again three minutes later whenChris Sombete showed a cool head under pressure to clear his line. Monaghan/Cavan were starting to get more into the game and an excellent move down the left wing taken up by Bradley Okaidja who picked out Aaron Mc Cabe who under intense pressure passed to Mark Melvin who shot low across goal only for the Sligo keeper to get down to fingertip it out for a corner. From the resultant corner Rovers quickly broke down field with O’Connor being sent clean through, he had more time than he thought but he rushed his strike sending it poorly wide. Another good move by the home side up the left finished with a poor cross from Okaidja. Rovers continued to be dangerous on the counter and again were denied by an excellent save from the keeper although wrong-footed when the ball deflected of one of his defenders. Monaghan/Cavan were handed a lifeline on 36 minutes when Thierra Baba brought down Seosamh Sheerin for a penalty which Sheerin converted. From the restart Sligo almost went ahead again when O’Reilly was put through only to strike over. However for the final 10 minutes of the half the home side were a last getting into the game and probably the halftime whistle came at the wrong time for them as it was their best period of attacking play of the game.
Second half commenced in a similar manner to the first with nothing between the sides until in 52nd minute following a good move down the wing was finished by a powerful strike from Rovers No.10 Kerrigan to restore their lead. Monaghan/Cavan tried hard to get back but Rovers were proving very dangerous on the counter attack, the keeper Hayes denied them with a number of excellent saves and it was from one of such which the Rovers got their third of the game when he diverted the ball out for the corner. A powerful header from Byrne made put Sligo 2 up. Rovers were now in control they stretched their lead in 80 minute When Mc Allister shot low to the net. A minute later saw another brilliant saves by Hayes again from McAllister. With time running out in 88 minute Byrne completed his brace.
It was a very disappointing result for the \partnership it was a game that apart from a period each side of halftime that they never really got into. Although he was beaten on fine occasions the keeper Hayes gave a man of the match performance with a string of brilliant saves and could not be faulted for any of the scores. It was a good Sligo side but Monaghan/Cavan are a lot better than this score line would suggest, hopefully they can put it behind them and learn from the experience.
Monagan Utd/Cavan FP : Hayes ,Melvin, Duffy, Pilvinis, Sombete,Ward, Swinburne, Sheerin, Mc.Cabe, Brady, Okaidja.
Subs : Zenkduac, O’Connor, Mulligan, Garrigan, Murdock, O’Callaghan

U19 MUCFP v Bohemians 18th March 2017

Result: Bohemians 8 MUCFP 3

Special Thanks to Martin Doherty Sports Photography for the photos.

MUCFP v Drogheda United Shield 22nd October 2016

“Partners” season comes to end with defeat to Drogheda United.
The Monaghan United / Cavan FP Airtricity under 17’s National League side met Drogheda United in Gortakeegan, on Saturday afternoon with an opportunity of progressing to the semi-final of the National under 17’s Shield at stake. It has been a long season for these dedicated lads but the prospect of having home advantage in the semi-final made sure that they were determined to progress in the competition. This was the third meeting in all competitions of these sides this season, so they knew each other inside out. 14589566 Continue reading “MUCFP v Drogheda United Shield 22nd October 2016”

MUCFP v Derry City Shield 15th October 2016

MonUtd/Cavan's Cameron Dowd brings a save out of the Derry City keeper.
MonUtd/Cavan’s Cameron Dowd brings a save out of the Derry City keeper.

“Partners” edge tight affair to progress in National Shield.
The Monaghan United / Cavan Football Partnership SSE Airtricity Under 17’s National League side extended their season on Saturday afternoon when they progressed into the next round of the newly established National Under 17’s Shield competition. Their opponents on Saturday were the famous Derry City FC, who would have been regarded as one of the favourites to win this competition before kick-off. Continue reading “MUCFP v Derry City Shield 15th October 2016”

MUCFP v Bohemians FC 17th September 2016

The “Partners” and “Bohs” share the spoils in 6 Goal Triller.

MonUtd/Cavan defender Jordan Corrway gets the better of a Bohs' player.
MonUtd/Cavan defender Jordan Corrway gets the better of a Bohs’ player.

The Monaghan United / Cavan FP SSE Airtricity Under 17’s side welcomed Bohemians FC to Gortakeegan on Saturday afternoon for their final home League game of this season. “Bohs” are currently in 2nd place in the Northern Section of the League and were on a decent run of results whereas the “Partners” were coming off a bad result away to Sligo Rovers last weekend. The game was barely 30 seconds old when Dean Connolly won possession in midfield before passing to his midfield colleague Cianan Kelly who slotted a perfect ball down the right touchline and into the stride of Jordan Corraway who controlled before flashing a ball across the “Bohs” 6 yard box where Ify Nzewi had the easiest task to drill the ball home to give the home side the perfect start. Continue reading “MUCFP v Bohemians FC 17th September 2016”

Sligo Rovers v MUCFP 10th September 2016

O’Connor Brace can’t save the “Partners” from an away day defeat to Sligo Rovers.
The partners travelled to Sligo on the back of a great win at home to Athlone the previous weekend. So it was with great anticipation that the “Partners” travelled to the Showgrounds in Sligo Town on Saturday afternoon to play the “Bit O’Red” in their latest fixture in the SSE Airtricity 17’s Northern Section of the National League.

MonUtd/Cavan forward Callum Ross Lynch makes a break from the chasing pack.
MonUtd/Cavan forward Callum Ross Lynch makes a break from the chasing pack.

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MUCFP v Athlone Town 3rd September 2016

The “Partners” return to winning ways at home to Athlone Town.

The MonUtd/Cavan U17 League of Ireland team who defeated Athlone Town 2 : 1 at Gortakeegan on Sat' last.The goals were two fantastic free kicks from dead ball expert and centrral defender Adam O' Connor.Back L to R : Luke Donohoe,Ify Nzewi,Daniel Murdock,Cameron Dowd,Dean Connolly(Cpt).Adam O' Connor.Front L to R:Lorcan Murnaghan,Shane Duffy,Jerome Abekya,Seosamh Sheerin,Karl Cosgrove.
The MonUtd/Cavan U17 League of Ireland team who defeated Athlone Town 2 : 1 at Gortakeegan on Sat’ last.The goals were two fantastic free kicks from dead ball expert and centrral defender Adam O’ Connor.Back L to R : Luke Donohoe,Ify Nzewi,Daniel Murdock,Cameron Dowd,Dean Connolly(Cpt).Adam O’ Connor.Front L to R:Lorcan Murnaghan,Shane Duffy,Jerome Abekya,Seosamh Sheerin,Karl Cosgrove.

A wet and wintery Gortakeegan in Monaghan was the venue on Saturday for the clash of the Monaghan United / Cavan Football Partnership and Athlone Town FC in the Northern section of the SSE Airtricity Under 17 National League. An emotional minutes silence was observed for the victims of the sad events in Ballyjamesduff, County Cavan, the home town of some of the “Partners” players, before the match got underway. Continue reading “MUCFP v Athlone Town 3rd September 2016”

Drogheda United v MUCFP 28th August 2016

MonUtd/Cavan defenders L to R ; Adam O' Connor,Luke Donohoe & Karl Cosgrove seem to have the situation under control.
MonUtd/Cavan defenders L to R ; Adam O’ Connor,Luke Donohoe & Karl Cosgrove seem to have the situation under control.

“Partners” pay for slow start away to “Drogs”.
The Monaghan United / Cavan Football Partnership SSE Airtricity Under 17 National League side made the short trip along the M1 on Sunday afternoon to take on a rejuvenated Drogheda United team on a United Park pitch that was in perfect condition. The hosts were coming of the back of a tremendous away victory against Derry City and they started the much sharper than a much changed “Partners” team. Continue reading “Drogheda United v MUCFP 28th August 2016”