Category: Match Reports

U19 Preseason Friendly 24.02.2018, Bray Wanderers 0 M.U.C.F.P. O


MUCFP U-19s travelled up to the home of St Josephs Boys in Sallynoggin on Saturday Feb 24th to play Bray Wanderers in a preseason friendly.
Having done well in a number of recent games against Senior sides from Local leagues including Boyne Harps and Carrick Rovers from the NEFL, Bray was a great test for this seasons squad to see how they stacked up against another U-19 League of Ireland side.

The game started brightly with some good attacking play from both sides, Mark Byrne in the partners goal was called upon to deal with a couple of crosses and through balls in the early exchanges but the back 4 of Dylan Molloy, Shane Kierans, Lorcan Murnaghan and Dylan Garrigan kept the opposition front line quiet for the most part.
Bray played some tidy football during the first half and had the edge in a tense midfield battle as the MUCFP lads took a bit of time to settle into the game. As the half progressed Ify Nzewi and Seosamh Sheerin came into the game more and began to threaten in wide areas however Callum Lynch up front had very little in terms of possession or chances to strike on goal to show what he has been capable of so far in this preseason. Towards the end of the first half the Partners were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box, Lynch had a strike on goal but his effort was saved by the keeper.

The second half was much better from the away side as they settled into the game, Cianan Kelly and Ciaran “Tim” Mc Cann started to control midfield and get more quality delivery into the feet of the industrious Lynch however clear-cut chances were few and far between.
Bray stepped up a gear with the introduction of a couple of quality players but the partners defence was more than capable of dealing with any threats from the seasiders.
The partners then proceeded to make some changes with Chad Mc Eneaney coming on for Nzewi and Ollie Clerkin for Sheerin and Shane Hickey adding to the midfield unit. Mc Eneaney has been in outstanding form in preseason and he took the game to Bray with a couple of clever runs into the box and some excellent hold up play to create chances for the forward line.
Shane Hickey impressed with his direct play and physicality and will be a great signing for the Team once he gains some valuable experience at this level.
Further changes included Eli Ward for captain Cianan Kelly who picked up a minor knock, Jack Drumm for Lynch and Adam Boyle for Molloy. With so many changes in a game its normally difficult to maintain composure and shape however the lads made a seamless transition and continued to defend well while pressing the Bray defence. The game continued to be an even contest throughout the half however little remained in terms of clear chances on goal.
Luke Perkins replaced Byrne in the visitors goal for the last 30 mins and continued with a solid performance dealing with any danger in the box and snuffing out any crosses or through balls.
Further changes included Michael Mc Cann, Lewis Gibson, Neilas Barvydas who all gained valuable game time against a very good Bray side.
The game finished at a frantic pace as both sides pushed for a win, the partners had the best of the final exchanges creating a couple of half chances but were unable to find the back of the net.
Bray had some chances of their own but with some really good last ditch defending from the partners back 4 they were denied any chance of snatching the game late on.

The game finished in a scoreless draw but it was an entertaining encounter and a worthwhile exercise for both teams as they face into the new U-19 Elite season in a few weeks’ time.
The partners can take lots of positives from the game, a rare clean sheet and a solid defensive performance from the entire team was great to see.
The depth and quality of this year’s squad is a huge plus, we have strength in positions that we didn’t have last season and plenty of cover for key position too which will be a vital asset through the season as we will experience injuries, suspensions and players unavailable.
We also have a great balance in terms of the age group with 11 players still elegible to play 19s next season plus Adam Boyle who is still U17 this season but has stepped up to U-19 level and has really impressed in preseason so far.

  • U19 Preseason v Bray Wanderers
    U19 Preseason v Bray Wanderers

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.

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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