Cork AUL

All the news from the Murphy's Stout Cork AUL and the DISC Cork Youths Soccer Leagues here: fixtures, tables, cup draws and more.
See also the links below (on right) for the Cork Youths Website and the AUL website. Also stay in touch with the soccer pages in the Evening Echo. See my old photos in many posts below and also at
http://www.flickr.com/photos/corkbilly (search under AUL).

Friday, June 15, 2007
















From the top: Greg Kelly of Dillon's Cross who won exciting 2B play-off against Central Rovers to clinch 2nd place and promotion to the 1st division.
Mayfield United B put in a great finish to win AUL 2B
Glenthorn Celtic, champs in 2A
John O'Sullivan, captain of the Maymount team that reached the semi-final of the Munster Junior Cup.
Fairview reached the final of the Saxone but lost to Passage.


Coachford (above left), beaten finalists in the AOH Cup and (top right) Passage who won the Saxone Cup but lost the final of the County.



Postal Celtic, champions in AUL 2

Ballyvolane, managed by Tony O'Donnell (back right)
winners of the Murphy's Stout City Challenge Cup.
MANAGER WANTED AT THE GLEBE!!!

Coachford AFC Premier team require a manager/player manager.

Apply to Dan O' Connell @ 087 640 54 51 or mailftil@eircom.net

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Ballyphehane Celtic, under manager Dave O'Mahony, completed a double by adding the Premier A title to the early season Linnane League Cup.


The Cork AUL junior side, managed by Richard "Minty" Fitzgerald and his assistant Declan O'Regan, reached the last eight of the Oscar Traynor Cup but didn't enjoy the best of luck when they lost 1-0 to Dublin AUL.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007


Well done to Dunbar Celtic who won a very competitive AUL 1 and will take their place in Premier A next season.


Photo shows Dunbar skipper Scott Crowley receiving the league trophy from the AUL's Denis Lyne.


Tuesday, June 12, 2007







GRATTAN'S MEMORABLE SEASON






by club secretary Gavin O'Mahony






As you well know this year has been one long roller coaster ride for us.


We have experienced the highs of winning the Premier and playing in the Quarterfinals of the FAI and the heartbreak of going out of both the semi finals of the AOH and the Mossie Linnane not to mention the MJC defeat to Limerick side Regional in the last 32 of the MJC.

I would find it hard to pick one single memory to define our season because there have been some great ones. Beating Peakevilla and Pike in the FAI junior were our results of the season due to the fact that our side was new to this stage of the competition and the prowess of the opposition.


Considering the conditions that the games were played under it is amazing the standard of football that was played. We provided 6 players for our Oscar Traynor squad this year also but for me personally my best memory was seeing John Paul O'Sullivan (above) become the first Grattan Utd player to be capped at junior level for his country. To represent your country at any level is fantastic but for JP coming from a small club like ourselves it is doubly so.

We bowed out at the quarter final stage in a fantastic battle against Waterford’s Villa, losing 3/2 after being 2/1 up. Heartbreaking defeat as it was we had to pick ourselves up for the League/MJC and the AOH which we were still in.


The MJC was a disappointing result considering we missed a penalty at 0/0 against Limerick side Regional only for them to score the winner straight away from very next passage of play. As I said a very disappointing defeat to take.



The league was a welcome distraction for the players next and a series of good wins put us in a great position within striking distance of Kinsale and long time leaders Park.



The AOH drew us away again and a revenge mission for the early season semi final defeat by Ballyphehane was gained in the last 8 of the AOH with the Gratts winning 3/2. The semi final at O'Neill Park was for most expected to be a victory for the Gratts but Coachford had not read the script and Coachford came out best on a scoreline of 0/1 in a game that offered little for the football lover.



It is a testament to the spirit and ability of the players that John Kelleher our best player for the first half of the season picked up a serious knee injury at the end of January and did not play again until the last 6 games of the season.




There were question marks as to whether we could get over such heavy defeats as we had taken and raise ourselves for the league fight but manager Pat Caulfield and Assistant Robbie O'Callaghan worked wonders again. The Gratts took 13 points from their last 5 home games and won the AUL premier by beating Macroom 3/2 away with 3 games to spare.



We finished our season with a 2/0 victory away to Leeside and to cap a great end to the season it seemed fitting that John Kelleher was awarded man of the match in our last game having missed half a season through injury.


Our B side (top) were overshadowed for the majority of the season due to the fantastic success of our A team but still managed to reach Turners Cross for the final of the Presidents cup which they lost 3/1. That was very hard to take for such a young side but only 2 days later they bounced back by winning promotion to the 2nd division by beating long time rivals Carrigaline 2/1 at O'Neill Park.



Heartbreak was to follow with Lakewood scoring in the last minute of their game against Wilton B to tip the Gratts B side to the league crown by 1 point but even second place was a fantastic achievement.


On a club front at the time of writing this, we have received full planning permission for our new dressing room facilities and are expecting work to start in July. These dressing rooms along with the already excellent facilities in place will put Grattan Utd up with the best Cork has to offer.



Towards the end of the season many a visitor to O'Neill Park commented on how the pitch looked and this was all down to the great work of groundsman Martin O'Leary and no little help from Mick Tobin also.



We would like to than our main sponsors Michelle and Eddie O'Sullivan and also Connor Keller and Glen Eire Cabs for their fantastic support. Due to the late finishing date of the season we have decided to defer our normal player of the season awards to let the players A and B to get a well deserved rest and hope to have a Gala awards night in August hopefully to tie in with the unveiling of our new dressing rooms.



I would also especially like to thank my fellow committee members for the hard work they have put in this year and for the help they have given me through what was a fantastic year for myself in only my second year as secretary and finally to AUL Fixture Secretary Richard Brown for all his help.






PROTEST DECISION

The AUL have announced their decision on the Villa Utd protest against Kinsale which said that the seasiders played an illegal player in their late season draw.

AUL secretary Martin Conlon: "The decision is to award the game and the points to Villa and to remove Kinsale from the league. This also means that according to rule that Kinsale will be relegated to Premier A with Macroom for next season."

Sunday, June 10, 2007


Duel in the Sun. Pike's Dermot Phelan (left) and Maymount captain John O'Sullivan tussle for the dropping ball. Munster Junior Cup semi-final, St Coleman's Park, 09.06.07, Maymount Celtic 0 Pike Rovers 2.
Pike will play Ballynanty in the final next Sunday; kick off in Jackman Park is 11.30am.
In Friday night's Keane Cup Cork Inter-League final, the Cork AUL scored a 3-1 win over the Munster Senior League.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

FROM THE FAI


Consultation Meetings



Football is the highest participation sport in Ireland making it the most widely played game among adults. Most of this participation is in amateur leagues. The Football Association of Ireland (FAI), in its Development Plan, recognises that the foundations of the sport are built at club, school and local level. We are committed to the development of a more effective Amateur game structure and the provision of appropriate, organised, quality competitive football opportunities for all involved in the game at this level.

We are about to commence the first ever strategic review of the Amateur game in Ireland. The review will focus on developing a strategy for the future development of the Amateur game throughout the country. It will examine every aspect of the Amateur game and develop recommendations to strengthen it for the future.

We want to canvass the opinions of people involved in the game (clubs, players, coaches, administrators, officials etc.). We want to understand their concerns, issues, priorities and what they would like to see done to make their game better.

We are therefore conducting a series of consultation events across the country. The events will be facilitated by external consultants, Genesis, who will be helping us develop the strategy for the Amateur game. The purpose of this consultation process is to obtain the views of all stakeholders in the sport. In total we are running 14 public meetings across the country. All members (players, coaches, administrators, etc.) of clubs in each area are invited to attend these meetings.

This is an opportunity for every person involved in amateur football to give their input directly to Genesis on the future of their sport. We are keen to hear from as many people within the grassroots of the sport as possible.


The meetings will be held on the following dates:

Date
Venue
Monday 3rd September
Newbridge

Tuesday 4th September
Bunclody

Monday 10th September
Athlone

Tuesday 11th September
Swords

Monday 17th September
Killarney

Tuesday 18th September
Limerick

Wednesday 19th September
Cork

Monday 24th September
Galway

Tuesday 25th September
Letterkenny

Wednesday 26th September
Sligo

Monday 1st October
Clonmel

Tuesday 2nd October
Portlaoise

Monday 8th October
Carrickmacross

Tuesday 9th October
Red Cow

Each meeting will kick-off at 7pm. We would encourage as many people as possible to come to the sessions and provide their input. The FAI website www.fai.ie will also be used to canvass views and opinions but these meetings are the best chance for people to have their voice heard.

We would ask all league officials and club administrators to make a concerted effort to get as many people from their area to participate in these meetings. It is your game, so let us know how you want it to be developed.

For further information on the meetings please contact Karl O’Shaughnessy of the FAI Technical Department at Karl.OShaughnessy@fai.ie or 01-7037500.




David Blood John Delaney
President, FAI CEO, FAI
MUNSTER SENIOR CUP

MFA secretary Ger Delaney has announced that the final of the Lucozade Sport Munster Senior Cup between Passage AFC and Waterford Utd fixed for Tuesday 12th June 2007 at St Colman's Park, Cobh has been cancelled.

AUL secretary Martin Conlon reports from Casement Park (Fri night): The AUL beat the MSL in the inaugural Keane Cup inter-league competition in Casement Park tonight by 3 goals to one (3-1). The score at half time was 1-1 with the AUL goal coming from an og. Two goals in the second half, an individual effort from Joe Lyons and a fantastic free kick from John Paul O’Sullivan from the edge of the box after his brother, Mark, was taken down in full flight, accounted for the other scores.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Lucozade Sport Munster Junior Cup semi-final (confirmed)

St Coleman's Park, Cobh

Saturday next, kick off 7.30pm

Maymount Celtic (Cork) v Pike Rovers (Limerick)

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

TUESDAY RESULTS

Leeside 0 Grattan 2; Togher 2 Coachford 0

Premier table to follow after to-night's 2 final games.
Click in tables to enlarge!!!
Saturday's Premier game: Macroom 2 Leeside 4
Tuesday's games: Togher v Coachford; Leeside v Grattan