Back Matches are as follows
Raheny Playing 8th Sept in St Annes 9 at 3.30
Na Fianna v St Oliver Plunkets
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Result of 12th May
Na Fianna v St Pergrins
Na Fianna 2.07
St Pergrins 2.12
Na fianna were beaten by a good preformance from St Pergrins by 5 points.
Fixture for Na Fianna v OTools 3rd May was a walkover for Na Fianna.
U16 Championship Final Sat 21st in Clonsaugh v Ballinteer St Johns 2pm
Na Fianna 2.7
Ballinteer St Johns 4. 8
After a hard semi final replay on Tuesday last and the effort put in by the Na Fianna lads
we went to the final in Clonsaugh in good spirits. A rest on Wednesday after the semi left the
lads feeling their bruises and sore muscles. Mentallyy the levels of concentration required in the
replay left the lads tired also.
We met up on Thursday and Friday for a kick about and assessed our options for the Final.
Distribution of very nice training tops raised the spirits and had the lads looking good. Well dressed.
Many thanks to Paul Smith for this.
On Saturday we met up for soup and rolls in the club and boarded the bus to Clonsaugh.
The previous game went to extra time so we played on the upper pitch. A good stiff breeze blowing
across the pitch was to prove a factor in the game and the pitch was a little bit smaller than we
The game started at a pace and Ballinteer were well up for the game. Playing against the breeze
in the first half they clocked up 6 points and scored a goal from a penalty. Na Fianna scored 3 points
Shane with 2 and Harry 1.
The Ballinteer defence was good and we had a number of turnovers and missed chances. The breeze was a
big factor on our play and it was difficult to defend the long ball from Ballinteer. A tough half for Na Fianna
ended with a score line of 0.3 to 1.6 at the half time.
In the second half we started well and used the breeze to our advantage and took some points. Two penalties giving
1.1 by Alan Dixon, a nice low and hard goal from Michael and points from Shane, Harry and Cian gave us a score of 1.4
in the second half.
This was 5 scores to 5 scores in the second half, the first half was the killer for Na Fianna.
Ballinteer scored three goals and two points. Concentration in the closing 15 mins was the issue and Ballinteer
remained sharper than the Na Fianna crew.
It did not look like the Na Fianna team play. I think the efforts in Tuesday's game played a major factor in our
game. The lads were flat and footballed out but still gave Ballinteer a good game. Players critical to our style of
play were absolutely worn out.
We always knew that this would be a tight game and it was. I felt if we could have got going in the second half
it would end up being closer.
Congratulations to the Ballinteer lads on taking the game and to the player of the match just back from injury
No. 14 Enda Hession.
Our Team was
1. Eion Beehan
2. Darren O'Connell
3. Edward Donlon
4. Rory O'Donnell
5. Thomas McCarrick
6. Sean Fitzgerald
7. Daniel Tracey
8. David Byrne
9. Alan Dixon
10. Ronan Bergin
11. Cian Hulm
12. Shane Lindsay
13. John Sanfey
14. Ciaran Dolan
15. Harry O'Donnell
16. Brian O'Sullivan
17. Con Cowman
18. Daniel Byrne
19. Michael Egan
20. Julian Griffen
21. JJ Martin
22. Ciaran Hampton
23. Finnan Connolly
JJ Martin for Ciaran Dolan
Michael Egan for John Sanfey
Many Thanks to the U15 Mentors for supporting us on the Day.
Thanks to all the lads and espicially parents for the support.
Thanks to all the club support on the day.
Semi Final Replay Tue 17th 6.30 in Mobhi Road V St Pats
Na Fianna 2.11
St Pats 1.10
A good game played in sporting fashion on Mobhi Road. The lads were well up for this game and played some superb football.
The Na Fianna were on top from the start and fought a tough game of football with some outstanding preformances.
Dixons early goal was a cracker over the head of the keeper. Points wre also taken and the first half score of 1.5 to 0.4 gave Na Fianna a head start into the second half.
A total change of pace in the second half with defending by both teams. Kept the scoring away for the first 10 mins. Na Fianna scoring first.
A goal by the Dolan from a cross by Thomas and an additional 5 points gave Na Fianna the match. The post was hit four times in this half.
St Pats were trying hard and scored 1.6 in this half. The last 10 mins felt like an eternity. Superb work by all of the team kept the balance and Na Fianna took the game.
Semi Final Replay on Saturday 7th 3.30 Mobhi Road
The fixture is off until further notice.
As they say the board works in mysterious ways.
After a mail from the board last week this replay was fixed on a play or conceed basis. The board Delagate for Na Fianna worked himself to the bone on our behalf to make this fixture for Na Fianna - thanks Damian. The board complained that we had broken rules by not playing extra time. The referee did not play extra time as the light was fading. Then they complained we should have started eariler on Friday - how, we all work and have other comitments.
Prior to and after the game St Pats informed us that a replay would be played on this Saturday, and discussed changing the date, we told him it was not up to us. They were very well informed however..........
The fact is we should not have facilitated the change and played on Saturday - A lesson I had learned but forgotten. There is always a negative impact when fixtures are changed.
A team was cobbled together as a good number of players were away or planning to be away with families. A number of players forced thier families to stay around for the game and go after it to various locations, with a lot of complicated arrangements being made. Thanks to the U15 for supporting our efforts.
All was well until yesterday Thursday at 5pm a mail informing us that the match was off and offering us a fixture for Easter Sunday. Pats could not field a team as they still have players away, but would have a team on Sunday. To play on Sunday was not possible for us as we would need to recall everyone and all players waiting to go away would be gone to the country.
We now await a date for the game.
The one question I have is if a fixture is PLAY or CONCEED then what does that mean. I hope the board give Na Fianna the same consideration as they have conceeded to St Pats if the same were to happen to us, precedent is now set.
Many thanks to all who helped in preparing the team and for parents putting up with requests to stay and change arrangements. Thanks to Richie Carl and Damian.
Na Fianna v St Pats of Donabate Friday 30th in Mobhi Road.
Na Fianna 3.8
St Pats 1.14
Thanks for all the support from Na Fianna the supporting crowd was fantastic support to the lads.
This was a ding dong game from start to finish.
Na Fianna opened the scoring with an early lead of 1.4 to 1 and held the St Pats team for 15 Mins of the first half. St Pats converted 3 frees in front of goal followed by a goal an a point with minutes to go in the first half. Na Fianna took a point to draw the first half.
Na Fianna and Pats, much improved since our last meeting, played some very good football tonight.
The second half started with a couple of strong moves from St Pats resulting in a point. Na Fianna responded with a couple of goals and points and were leading by 5 points with 15 mins to go. St Pats had a response however and moved it up a gear and clawed back to level pegging with 4 mins on the clock. St Pats went ahead by a point with 2 mins to go. Na Fianna then worked it up to level the game and had a few chances to go ahead, as did St Pats.
A series of huge defensive plays by Na Fianna held the St Pats team in the closing min. A resulting 45 from St Pats was the closing kick of the game.
The whole event was a learning experience for the lads, the pressure, crowd, and result left them shell shocked but pleased with the outcome.
We await a replay in the near future.
The result of the other semi final was a win for Ballinteer 9.14 to 1.8 for St Perigrins. St Perigrins recently beat Ballinteer by 4 points in the league.
Na Fianna v St Oliver Plunkets 10 March U16 Quarter Final Mobhi Road
Na Fianna 1.18
St Oliver Plunkets 1.5
Quarter final of the U16 championship today and on a perfect footballing day Na Fianna recorded an win against St Oliver Plunkets. A breeze in the first half favoured Na Fianna playing into the Homefarm end of the pitch. Na Fianna started well and in the first half scored 1.9 to Oliver Plunkets 1.0
The second half was a bit different in the first 10 or so mins Na Fianna found themselves under a bit of pressure. Na Fianna started a man up after an OP player was sent off. The reshaping took a little time and then Na Fianna settled down.
The second half score was 0.9 to OP0.5
A couple of good blocks by JJ and a stinger by Thomas were notable skills in the game. The High ball fielding by Na Fianna was very good on the day.
Assists were the order of the day with the highest count by Brian and Cian.
Backs did well today as did the half forwards.
Na Fianna v St Judes U16 championship first round 24th Feb in Johnstown.
Na Fianna 4.11
St Judes 2.3
This was the first game in the U16 championship for 2007, and Na Fianna were ready for action. St Judes were a hard start for us as they had given us a good trashing recently.
The game was played on a good spring day with not much wind and dry conditions.
Na Fianna conceeded the first point but then settled into the game and held the St Judes lads in the first half. The defensive play by the backs and half backs was critical to the score line at half time. The score was 2.3 to 1.2 Goals scored by Cian and Ciaran and some lovely points by Shane 0.2 and Cian.
The second half was started by a point from Shane and Na Fianna started to take command of the game. Clever supporting play all round made the Judes heads drop and with 2. 8 to Judes 1.1 gave Na Fianna the game.
The little things were done well and high intensity was the crucial factor here nothing was given away and every ball defended and worked out well.
Brian and Mikie scored a couple of good goals. Points by Thomas, Cian, Shane, Alan, and David.
Alan was the biggest assist and had a hand in most of the scores making play from midfield.
There were lots of blocks with Sean adding to his tally.
Our attacks were converted well with few wides.
All round an excellent game to watch. Well done lads.
We meet St Oliver Plunkets in the next round.
Na Fianna v Balinteer St Johns 17th Feb Marley Park
Na Fianna 1.7
Ballinteer St John 1.8
When Al Pacino talked about inches in his inspirational speech in Any Given Sunday, I could see what he was talking about today. We gave away so many inches in this game and worked so hard to gift the game to Ballinteer it was unreal.
The simple things were not evident at all times today. The more difficult option was the choice. Goal attempts when a simple point would have sufficed. If all of the simple chances were taken then we would have been well ahead at the final whistle. Ballinteer had a good few chances also.
At half time we were down by 3 points, 0.3 to 0.6 after some tough work. The back line worked well and with some positional changes to tidy up things we held well. Good defending and good attacks made this a close competitive game.
Ballinteer were very good at making space with a lot of movement off the ball and some very quick players. Ballinteer played down the slope into the Na Fianna end in the first half.
Na Fianna overlapped well to make it difficult for the opposition to take serious advantage. Concentration was at maximum levels with some good play by both teams.
Our first score from a free by Shane Lindsay was followed by another point from play for Shane and a point by Thomas back from illness.
The second half started well and Daniel took a good point followed by Brian who also got the goal, and points from John and another from Shane.
In the lead by one point Ballinteer drew it level and it stayed that way for a while, until Brains goal to give a lead of 2 points with 15 mins to go. Na Fianna kept the lead until Ballinteer took a goal from a 50:50 ball and Na Fianna were a point down with 6 mins to play. All the play went Na Fianna way from here with a couple of good attacks breaking down in front of goal and not converted. A late 45 from Shane and a good strike from Mikie in the closing minuets were close to drawing the game. Mikies shot from the right side hit the T of upright and crossbar on the left side so could have gone over or under – one of those inches again.
We played some good football and it was a good game to watch. There were good games from Sean again, Ronan, David, Darren, Daniel, John, and Brian. To pick out a just a few. But everyone had a good game.
It’s good to see the referee enjoying the game. I was pleased to see how much he enjoyed the Ballinteer goal.
There were 7 blocks made in the game with some near blocks putting the Ballinteer lads off the mark.
The scorers were
Na Fianna v St Judes Mobhi Road 10th Feb
Na Fianna 1.10
St Judes 5.4
Na Fianna played St Judes on Mobhi Road to day and stopped our winning ways. Judes delivered 5 goals, 2 in the first half both soft, and 3 in the second half.
The quality of football from both sides was good. Na Fianna put in only 5 blocks in this game.
2 for Sean, 2 for Alan, and 1 for Shane.
The game started well but with a Goal for St Judes from a free kick in the top corner made it difficult for Beano to get a hand on the ball.
The next goal was a blocked kick by Eddie just falling under the post to end up in the back of the net.
Na Fianna kept the heads up with some well taken points and scored 0.5 in the first half to Judes 2.1
The defence worked well in the first half making things very difficult for Judes to convert additional scores. Again tireless work by the Mid field created opportunities for Na Fianna and with 12 attacks delivering only 5 points our conversion rate was down. Wides and drops in front of goal made us chase the game and the simple things were forgotten about at times.
Fired up for the start of the second half Na Fianna attacked twice with no conversion. St Jude’s one attack gave them a point. Na Fianna then played some of the best football of the day. With some very good progress and point taking delivering in total a goal and 5 points.
Because Na Fianna pushed up and chased the game we were taking points but leaving one on one with the keeper to deliver another 3 goals. We lost our shape a bit allowing all of the good work go to waste and Judes back into the game. The defence when organised, made Judes unable to penetrate and many attacks came straight back out.
I know this sounds good and bad – that is just what it was.
The referee had a difficulty understanding the shoulder and gave the “he fell over” Judes players a good number of frees for doing so and they converted three points from this tactic. It looked like a coaching tip but every time the Judes players were under pressure in front of our goal they fell over. It worked.
A couple of the chances and two crossbars would have changed the picture of the game here. In saying that we were not quite perfect in our play during this game and if the chances, options, shape and all the little things had been taken we could have…………..
Any way had a good days outing and learned a few things for next time. We meet Judes in Championship first round on 24th Feb.
A good game for All but praise must go to Ronan for making space on the line, Sean for his workrate, David for his workrate, Cian and Alan for their determination, and Rory who had a very good game at the back and played a very hard game.
Scores 1.2 Cian
Championship draw for U16 First round on 24th Feb at 2pm
Two preliminary matches
1: Cuala 'B' v Peregrines
2: Syls 'B' v RT(L)
1st Round proper
Ravens v O'Tooles
OP/ER v Winners of Match 2
Na Fianna 'B' v St.Judes 'B'
Ballyboden 'B' v BSJ
Winners of Match 1 v KC 'B'
Crou Ro Naofa v St.Marys
St.P (D) v Innisfails
Raheny 'B' v Clan na Gael
Na Fianna v Cuala in Thomastown
Na Fianna 3.18
With perfect conditions for a game of football a 14 man Na Fianna made our way to Thomastown to play Cuala at home. There were 7 players sick and otherwise absent.
Get well soon.
The game got off to a good start for Na Fianna and an opening point by Daniel starting off the Na Fianna boys. There was again some lovely forward working off the ball creating options all over the pitch. The pitch was quite tight so there was not a lot of space, but Na Fianna played good options to score 1.13 in the first half.
The backs defended well with a lot of good High catching and in the game 3 blocks by Rory.
Alan had a lot of space and room to play forward and worked back when required.
Darren and Eddie had a good game fielding a lot of ball and distributing well.
In Goal Beano had some work to do and held the nets well with one very nice save turning the ball outside the post.
The score at half time was 1. 13 to 0.3.
The second half started with Cuala a changed side and our defence worked well to keep the Cuala attacks under control.
Man of the Match Julian Griffin scored a cracker mid way through the second half. Daniel bursting through the defence after an assist from Alan and Brian shot for the goal. The keeper made the save and the breaking ball was pounced on for a shot on the volley almost bursting the net by Julian Griffin.
There were 11 blocks made Sean 4, Rory 3, Alan 2, and 1 a piece by Ciaran and David.
The scorers were Julian 1.0 Daniel 2.3 Alan 0.6 Sean 0.1 John 0.2 and Shane with 0.6 including a couple of long range scores that you would not see any better in Croke park.
Assists were from almost everyone on the pitch.
This was a good performance from everyone on the pitch. There were good performances by John who defended and ranged forward to take a couple of points his supporting play was excellent with some very good passing.
Con played well and gave his man a hard job with a number of good layoffs to start the Na Fianna attack.
Ciaran and Brian had the biggest number of assists and unselfishly collecting and passing off to players in good positions.
Thanks to Cuala for a good sporting game and the kind words from Michael after the game.
Na Fianna v Ballyboden St Enda B Mobhi Road
Na Fianna 2.19
Ballyboden St Endas 2.2
A good day for a game the waather was perfect and the pitch on Mobhi Road a credit to the grounds men and thier hard work. This was the first League game at U16.
There were 16 blocks in the game and tackling and pressure on Boden was a crucial factor in the game.
The man of the match was Sean Fitsgerald who scored 0.2 and put in 3 blocks. Sean was always available and his work rate was fantastic. Sean worked forward and back making it difficult for Boden to progress. He just shaded Alan who had an excellent game at half back Alan scored 0.4 in the second half from play and put in a number of good blocks. He created a lot of opportunities up front and defended well.
This was an excellent game to watch made interesting by the number of opportunities on the pitch support play was very good and fast pace offered any player on the ball a lot of scope. This was a good team performance.
Passing was excellent from all with very few turnovers. Again the work rate made all the difference. Players on the ball had many options left and right to progress play.
The forward players played well creating and recycling the ball until a score was on. The passing was very good. Cian, Daniel, and Shane worked very well together. Ciaran, Brian, and Michael played very well espicially Brian who stepped up today.
The Back line held fast with all having a good game. Darren Edward and Rory made life very difficult for the boden players with no move left unchallenged.
The Half backs John, Alan, and Conor created many chances and support play was good. They worked forward and defended very well.
The scores came from Daniel 2.1, with Cian 0.6, Shane 0.3 with 4 assists, Brian 0.2, Alan 0.4, Sean 0.2, David 0.1
Overall an excellent performance with a big work rate by all, making the difference in the end.
Well done to all.
Na Fianna v Raheny 20th in St Vincents School
Na Fianna 1.9
The weather was wet and underfoot conditions poor as the game went on. Hailstones and rain did not stop Na Fianna playing a good game. Raheny scored a goal early in the first half. Na Fianna woke up and defended very well after this. Very few balls went un defended and both teams had to work hard to get a score.
Na Fianna put in a good number of blocks and tackles winning back play. In total there were 10 blocks. Good support play by all and good ball into the forward lines allowed Na Fianna take some good scores.
Raheny did not make life easy for the back line and probed for scores. The Na Fianna backs played very well. Edward Donlon made his presence felt, as did Rory O'Donnell and Darren O'Connell.
Alan Dixon had a great time clearing up and working the ball forward.
The partnership of Daniel and Cian worked well up front creating good opportunities.
Ronan and Thomas worked very well together and added some serious pace to the game.
Sean in midfield appeared all over the pitch working and stealing the football from everyone and added serious pace to both our defence and attack.
There was good support play by everyone and plenty of options created for passing.
The High catches were superb. The best was some serious air by Alan Dixon in the second half catching a ball a clear metre over the head of his marker.
Thanks to Raheny for the game.
Na Fianna v St Pats 13th Jan 2007
Na Fianna 3.3
St Pats 0.7
Thanks to St Pats for a good game. The weather was windy and raining in parts and testing conditions made the underfoot conditions tough on players. With the wind in the first half Na Fianna made good progress with some fantastic scores. Shane Lindsay took two fantastic scores 1.1 the point was from just inside the 45 and was a cracking score by any standards. The goal from the right side 21 was just as good in the far corner of the goal.
Na Fianna defended very well in the game and with some very well structured attacks after some exciting defence. Edward Donlon made a number of attacks over 50 yrds to set up some good attacking play.
The work rate of Sean Ronan Alan David and Thomas was top class.
Pats played a very good game with some piercing attacks from midfield.
Welcome back Conor who had a good game.
Other scorers on the Na Fianna side were.
Ciaran Dolan 1.0
Brian O'Sullivan 1.0
Daniel Tracey 0.1
Alan Dixon 0.1
Fixtures for 2007
Home games played on Mobhi Road Main pitch or St Vincents Main pitch
NA FIANNA B v BALLYBODEN ST. ENDA B ( Na Fianna Win)
Rnd. 2 Sat.3rd Feb.
CUALA B v NA FIANNA B (Na Fianna Win)
Rnd. 3 Sat.10th Feb.
NA FIANNA B v ST. JUDES B (St Judes win)
Rnd. 4 Sat.17th Feb.
BALLINTEER ST. JOHN v NA FIANNA B (Ballinteer win)
Sat 24th Championship V St Judes (Na Fianna Win)
Sat. 10th March Championship/Shield quarter-finals V St Oliver Plunkets 2.30 Mobhi Road (Na Fianna Win)
Sat. 31st March Championship/Shield semi-finals v St Pats Donabate Away Played in Na Fianna on Friday 30th a Draw
Tuesday 17 April Championship Semi Final Replay v St Pats (Na Fianna win)
Sat.21st April Championship/Shield finals and as many as possible fixtures from Round 5 Na Fianna v Ballinteer St Johns ( Ballinteer win)
Rnd. 5 Sat.21st April
NA FIANNA B v KILMACUD CR. B (Later due to Final)
Rnd. 6 3rd May
O’TOOLES v NA FIANNA B (Walkover to Na Fianna) Sorry OTools we did try to play it.
Rnd. 7 Sat. 12th May
NA FIANNA B v ST. PEREGRINES (Pergrines Win)
Rnd. 8 Sat. 19th May
RAHENY B v NA FIANNA B (posponed till later)
Rnd. 9 Thurs. 23rd June
ST. O. PLUNKETTS B v NA FIANNA B (Draw)
Second round of league reverse of round 1
Rnd. 10 Thurs. 28th June V Ballyboden (Posponed because of exams)
Rnd.11 Sat. 1st September v Cuala
Rnd.12 Sat. 8th September v St Judes
Rnd. 13 Sat. 22nd September v Ballinteer St Johns
Rnd.14 Sat. 6th October V Kilmacud
Saturdays 3rd , 10th and 17th November back matches.
Last years page http://www.clgnafianna.ie/viewpage.aspx?pageid=U15BF2006