Category: Match Reports

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

MUCFP v Finn Harps 8th April 2018


The partners came away very disappointed after their first home game of the season ended in a narrow defeat to Finn Harps on Sunday April 8th. The squad had just returned from a 5 day trip to Barcelona on Friday and their first half performance suggested an element of fatigue after the trip. Finn Harps started brightly and had the home team on the back foot for a lot of the early exchanges, midway through the half the Partners snatched the lead when Callum Lynch pounced on a poor touch from a defender and his quick thinking and vision spotted an opportunity to chip the keeper from just outside the box.

This lifted the home team who almost doubled their lead when Shane Hickeys well struck shot was saved by the Harps keeper, however Harps grabbed a deserved equaliser just before half time to leave the tie deadlocked at the break.

The partners came out in the second half a different side and showed some real class in midfield with Eli ward and Ify Nzewi dominating possession, however there was little in terms of clear chances. As the half progressed the home side lost 3 of the back 4 due to injury, Shane Kierans dislocated his shoulder while Martynas Pilvinis and Dylan Molloy picked up knocks.

The partners failed to turn their dominance into goals and were made pay the price when an 86th minute corner was poorly defended and a Harps player headed home to snatch the 3 points.

A disappointing result but a great lesson and experience for the lads at the end of a terrific week.

Subway Man of the match Ify Nzwei

U19 SSE Airtricity League Opener v Longford Town 28.03.2018

Result Longford Town 1 MUCFP 2, City calling stadium Wed 28th March 2018


MUCFP U19s kicked off their season with a deserved win at the City calling stadium in Longford on Wednesday evening.

Following the postponement of the season opener against Bohemians 2 weeks ago due to the bad weather the Partners faced a tough challenge away to Darren Mc Garrys Longford town side. In the same fixture last season, the partners came away with a 1 all draw despite having held a one nil lead for most of the game only to see a victory taken away with a 95th minute penalty.

The visitors started brightly with Tautyvdas Semelevicius and Shane Hickey finding room on the flanks and the industrious Callum Lynch up top keeping the Longford back 4 busy.

The visitors could have taken an early lead but for some excellent goalkeeping from the home net minder, lynch had 2 very good efforts well saved followed by a brilliant save from Ify Nzewi.

As the half progressed the visitors began to press looking for an opener however the home side were dangerous on the counter attack and had a couple of good chances themselves.

A moment of magic from Tav created space on the right wing and his quick thinking led to a superb cross into the box, Lynch bravely out jumped both center backs and his looping header found the back of the net to give his side a deserved lead.

The partners had the home side on the rack but despite their dominance they were frustrated by the woodwork and by the goalkeeper who was in outstanding form, just before half time Ify Nzewi thought he had scored but his well struck shot grazed the bar with the keeper beaten. The partners led 1 nil at the break.

Longford came out in the second half a different side, they pressed the visitors defence and Mark Byrne in the partners goal was called upon to make a couple of vital saves, Longford continued to have a good spell for the first ten mins and they scored a deserved equaliser when a well placed cross was headed in giving Byrne no chance in the visitors goal.

With the home side now on top the visitors needed to regroup and see if they had the character to get back into the game, with Cianan Kelly and Ciaran Mc Cann in midfield they regained their grip of the game and began to play more controlled football patiently building play and getting lynch more involved again. With the introduction of some fresh legs with Eli Ward and Chad Mc Eneaney the visitors began to look like they would score however it was starting to look like it wasn’t their night, a well struck shot hit the crossbar and Nzewi had an effort hit the post while Mc Cann misfired with just the keeper to beat. With less than 10 mins remaining the visitors retook the lead through Lynch who headed a well delivered corner past the keeper.

The partners showed great composure to maintain possession for the remaining minutes and see the game out to secure a well-deserved 3 points and get their season off to a winning start.

Lorcan Murnaghan picked up the Man of the Match award sponsored by SubWay Monaghan.

The lads now have a week off where they will travel to Barcelona and Salou for a training camp and 2 friendlies against Spanish academy sides. Huge thanks to BM Glass coatings & graphics who are the main sponsor for the trip. Following that we have a busy schedule with Finn Harps at home in Gortakeegan on Sunday 8th and Bohemians at home on Tuesday 10th before playing Drogheda Utd away on Saturday 14th in Utd park.

Lorcan Murnaghan was Subway Man of the Match.

Monaghan Utd Cavan FP Squad V Longford

Mark Byrne, Lorcan Murnaghan, Dylan Molloy, Martynas Pilvinis, Shane Kierans, Tautyvdas Semelevicius, Shane Hickey, Ciaran Mc Cann, Cianan Kelly, Ify Nzewi, Callum Lynch.

Luke Perkins, Chad Mc Eneaney, Eli Ward, Jack Drumm, Michael Mc Cann, Dylan Garrigan, Adam Boyle.

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.

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.