Weekend Round Up
Lots of football for our boys in the weekend just past. We had games for our U10s, U13s, U14s & U15s. It was full on!!
SFAI Cup Action
It wasn't a great week for SJFC in the opening SFAI cup fixtures. In our defence, we were drawn against very strong opposition. We had two U13 teams in the competition. One team travelled to Tubbercurry in Sligo and the second played Ballymahon in Bealnamulla. Our team in Sligo have a bit more experience and were unlucky to go down by two goals against a strong Real Tubber team. However, it's early in the season and there were some great passages of play in that game so we'll take the positives from that. Our team against Ballymahon is made up of our younger boys and our new recruits. It is fantastic that we have a 2nd team at this age group and we are very proud of their efforts. It's very early days here and great credit to our new coaches that have taken the lead here. Great work being done already between coaches and players so let’s push on.
Our U14s faced a well seasoned Oranmore/Maree side last Thursday in Bealnamulla. The game started brightly and there wasn't much between the sides but some soft goals either side of half time swung the match in the Galway lads favour. Again, some great movement, passing and support by this group so lots of positives to be taken.
Best of luck to Ballymahon, Real Tubber & Oranmore/Maree in the next round
ADSL & MSL League Action
Our U10s had three games last Saturday and l credit must go to the coaches for that group who made a special effort to organise a friendly game for our newcomers after their ADSL game was cancelled. These guys know the importance of getting regular football at this age to bring these lads on, it's what underage football is all about. The effort put in by all three teams was first class. The games were tight and some great football by all involved. Our north team played Temple Villa, our south lads played St Francis and our most recent recruits played Hodson Bay. They say hat-tricks are like buses, none for ages then two come at once....so well done to Rian & Cody!!!
Our U14s bounced back from their SFAI cup defeat in emphatic fashion with a really good win over a strong St Francis side. This shows the strength and resolve of this group to quickly get back together and do their talking on the pitch. This was a very close game but our boys were patient and struck when they got the opportunity. Our three goals game in the first half, two from Thomas O'Neill & One from Kamso Offello. St Francis were always going to come back strong but our defence was resolute and that was shown time and again from front to back. Well done all.
Our U15 boys were out again in the MSL West league. This time they were pitted against our neighbours in Willow Park, This was always going to be a tough game and, much like last week, we were unlucky to lose out by the single goal. However, the team played excellent throughout and of course there are positives. Sometimes we can learn more from a defeat than from a win! The nerves from last week were not visible at all in this game with our pass and move style more evident here. These boys are very close to an early season win to kick on.
We now have all of our teams set up and coaches involved at all ages. Great efforts have been going on behind the scenes to get all in place so well done to all. We now have teams for all ages from U6 to U15 with very healthy numbers across all age groups. As always, a huge thank you to all of our returning managers & coaches. It can't be that bad if they keep coming back each year!!!
We've also managed to set up second teams for our U13s & U15s. This really is great news for the club and the boys involved. We will have some younger players in both teams but all will be getting football, exercise and making friends along the way. The coaches that stepped up to help these groups deserve a special mention as without them this wouldn't happen. So, welcome to the SJFC coaching fraternity; Stephen, Maria, Pawel, John & Conor.
All coaches, please note, the FAI Safeguarding 1 course takes place on Wed Oct 4th in the bounty. This course is a MUST for any coach or helper attached to our club. If you have not done this course previously can you please book it now (online via http://www.fai.ie/). The cost is €10 and this will be refunded by the club. The course itself is only 3 hours. Child welfare has to be a priority of this club and as much as we depend on our coaches and helpers each week we cannot have people involved with our teams when they do not have this course completed.
Last but not Least
Our registration uptake has been fantastic again this year. However, we still have some registrations that need to be completed. It's an absolute must that boys are registered with the club. They cannot partake in any club activity otherwise. Can all coaches & parents ensure that their boys are registered. We need to finalise this week so time is running out. Thanks.
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