Cork AUL

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Friday, July 31, 2009

WATERGRASSHILL UTD SUMMER CAMP (Picture Compliments of Evening Echo): Conor Geary /Patrick OFlynn /Tim Hegarty going though their paces during WGH UTD's recentsummer camp, sponsored by Ken Ross, Centra Watergrasshill

Joe Gamble / Cork City during a "Questions & Answers"session at WGH UTD's Summer Camp. Joe presented ALL participants withClub Certificates for the week. Many thanks to Cork City & Joe Gamblefor attending.

Lainie Mc Kenna aged 5, been presented with her ClubCertificate by Joe Gamble Cork City

Some of the participants that attended WatergrasshillUnited's Summer Camp recently, sponsored by Ken Ross, CentraWatergrasshill

Thursday, July 30, 2009

2 x Stand Tickets for the Republic of Ireland V Australia game in Thomond Park on Wednesday 12th August available - kick off 7-30 pm.

Tickets are 55 Euro each. Anyone interested:
TEXT 087-7936611

Tony Fitzgerald
A First Aid course has being arranged by THE ACADEMY OF EMERGENCY CARE IN SPORT,CORK UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL to take place on August 22nd and 23rdstarting at 9am.
and finishing at 5pm. both days at Mardyke House Cork.

The cost of this course is €168 per. person.

All aspects of FIRST AID will be covered and a CERT. will be awarded by the CUH and recognised by PHECC. (national governing body for pre hospital emergency care).

Places are limited so early booking is advised.

For more details please contact Tony O'Brien course instructor @ or 086 3578478.
You can also book your place by forwarding your payment or deposit made payable toThe Academy of Emergency Care in Sport (Cork University Hospital)C/O 7 Innishannon Rd. Fairhill Cork City.

Hope to see you there.Tony O'Brien Nammt (rm) SIT.Course instructor ESC. CUH.
Gerry (centre) with Sean Murphy and Philip Long (right)

Gerry Geaney, who gave great service to his beloved St Mary's and to local football in general (including the AUL), celebrated his 75th birthday with family and friends in Murphy's Rock last night. Gerry learned his football with the Saints and played with the MFA schoolboys pronvincial team in 1950 before going on to win a string of honours including quite a few AOH Cup medals. Well done Gerry!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009


All FAI and Munster Junior Cup Forms must be returned by August 14th to the Hon Sec of the Cork AUL - Mr Martin Conlon.

Are looking for a friendly next week.

Contact Terry McSweeney at 086-1519852
Grangevale AFC wish to confirm that their pitch at Five Mile Bridge will be available on Saturday's during season 2009 / 2010. Any club interested in utilising the facility is requested to contact Mr. Thomas Foley, Chairman Grangevale AFC on (087) 2389431 as soon as possible.

Monday, July 27, 2009


You should be aware by now that the AUL season starts on the weekend of August 22ND/23RD.

As usual, we will have a major preview in the ECHO on Friday, 21st.

There are a lot of pages to fill, so we need your help.

It is a great opportunity to publicize your club and your team.

Here are some suggestions:Developments during the summer – pitch improvements, new facilities.

How did your AGM go? Any significant changes at the top i.e. new Chairman etc.

Feel free to list your committee members and their functions.

Who is the manager? The assistant? Or any of the backroom staff.
Any new signings? Players graduating from the B team? Up from the Youths?

Who is the captain for the new season? Have you lost players? Are last season’s top scorers still with you? If so, who are they.

Where did you finish up last season and were you happy with it?

What are your aims for the season? Will priority be given to cups or league or consolidation in the section you are in?

Please let me have your panel.

Who got your annual awards: Player of the year? Top Scorer? Clubman of the Year?

Just in case you may not have got my e-mail or mob number yet, here goes.

Mob: 087-7936608



Many thanks for you help and the best of luck for the season.

Sunday, July 26, 2009


Wilton United picked up 3 AUL titles last year with both teams, great times, but we are looking forward and hoping to challenge again, in order to do this and to raise standards and expectations, we are offering an invite to any player unsure, unsettled, unhappy or just sitting on the fence with their choices for the new season the chance to join either panels. If you feel you have the ability, application and dedication to mix it in the cut and thrust of premier AUL Premier or AUL 2, and want to join a club with good facilities, good managers and good people; please feel free to contact John Leonard: Premier manager: 0868363420..or John O Donovan: AUL 2 manager: 0872796312.

Thursday, July 23, 2009


23rd June 2009
Dear Colleague,

There will be a Senior Introductory FAI Coaching Course at Ballea Park, Carrigaline, Cork from Friday 14th – Sunday 16th August.

The course objective is to provide coaches with the ability to:

1. Identify and develop coaching skills for the adult game.
2. Communicate/relate with and motivate the current Senior Grassroots Adult Player.
3. Introduce warm-ups and basic soccer specific conditioning.
4. Introduce technical and tactical functional practices.
5. Apply appropriate training/coaching methods to progress players from the small sided game to the 11 aside game.
6. Identify and apply principles of play in attack/defence and set pieces.

The Course times are Friday 6.30pm – 10.00pm, Saturday & Sunday 9.30am – 5.30pm.
The Course Fee is €75. There is no formal assessment but full attendance is compulsory to gain certification. Candidates who successfully complete this course are eligible to proceed to the FAI Youth Certificate Course.

To book a place please
Phone Ray Claffey 086 0434515 or Email

Places are limited so please reserve your place immediately to avoid disappointment.

If you have any further queries on any aspect of the Course please don’t hesitate to give me a call on 086 0434515.

Looking forward to seeing you on the Course,
Yours sincerely,

Ray Claffey
FAI Development Officer
Football Association of Ireland
Junior Council

FAI Umbro Junior Cup 2009-10:

The following are the proposed dates for the 2009-2010 Competition:

Round 1 W/E 27/28 Sept
Round 2 W/E 24/25 Oct
Round 3 W/E 14/15 Nov
Round 4 W/E 5/6 Dec
Round 5 W/E 9/10 Jan 2010
Round 6 W/E 30/31 Jan
Round 7 W/E 20/21 Feb
Quarter Finals W/E 13/14 March
Semi-Finals W/E 4/5 Apr
Final W/E 9 May

N.B. Clubs entering this year’s competition will have a chance to win the following prizes:

A chance to see the Rep. of Ireland play an away game which will include flights, match tickets, Hotel and Transfers for 2 x people.

Vantage Club tickets for opening game against Argentina

Umbro product for you team.

Arising from the Delegate Meeting held in the Doughcloyne Hotel last Wednesday evening, the following was confirmed:

The season will commence on W\E 22-23 August – with 2 x weeks of night matches.

Any team whose home pitch is not available at the start of the season must procure a pitch OR arrange to play their home games on their opponent’s pitch.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Passage Utd looking for friendly will travel as own pitch is closed.

contact John 0879558063

Friday, July 17, 2009

Presentation Secondary School Ballyphehane Proudly Presents
"An Evening with Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh"

Sunday October 25th 2009 @ 8pm in The Arts Theatre
An Evening of Caint agus Craic with the Voice of Sundays

From Dún Síon to Croke Park
From Borroloola To Mangerton Mountain.

Tickets E20.00 (Details to Follow) 0876137300 (Fund Raising Event for School Equipment)

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Applications are invited from teams for entry into the Junior divisions of the above league. Completed application forms should be sent to the undersigned to arrive no later than July 24th 2009. NOTE: Existing teams must re-apply.
A delegate meeting, at which all registration and Cup entry forms will be distributed, will take place on Wednesday, 22nd July 2009 in The Doughcloyne Hotel, Togher, Cork at 8 p.m. All clubs to attend.
Mr. Patrick Byrne,
31 Westcourt Heights,
Ballincollig, Co. Cork.
Barry Peelo:

Mob No: 087-7936608


Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Inter City Celtic FC Are Looking For a Friendly Home or away for tues July 21st or thurs july 23rd, Any Teams Interested Should Contact Gordon on 087 6349219

Starts Monday July 27 over a 2 week period with the Final on Sunday August 09th 2009. full details at:
Published on 7/14/09 8:42 AM

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Corkbeg AFC 5 A SIDE Tournament 2009

Corkbeg host their annual 5 a side tournament commencing on Monday Night 20th July. One of the highlights of the summer soccer season, The Corkbeg tournament is running since 1978 and is played at the club grounds in Whitegate. The tournament is open to all teams from pubs - clubs - Firms - one off teams formed by pals - and the entry fee is €70. Many club teams from MSL and AUL use the tournament as part of their pre-season training programmes. The format is group matches on the qualifying nights Monday - Thursday with knock out matches for the group qualifiers (eight teams) on finals night (Friday 24th July). Group matches are 15 mins in duration. Teams consist of seven players (5 Players + 2 subs ) who may interchange at any time. Apart from no offside all usual soccer rules apply and the games are refereed by official referees. Entries should be directed to Kieran Higgins ( 0866036702) Ronan Forde (0876772131) Jim Reaney (0872351343)

"Just a note to begin with:
First of all, it is a great honour and privilege for me to be appointed by the league to take over from Billy Lyons as PRO of the Cork AUL.
I realise that this is a very important profile and I am in no doubt after working in a similar capacity as PRO for the Youth League as to what kind of effort, dedication and committement is necessary to perform this kind of role in an effective and efficient manner.
I would like to pay homage briefly to my predecessor Billy Lyons.
It has been well documented by now how pivotal Billy’s enormous contribution has been over the last 30 odd years in helping to promote the image of the Cork AUL through his excellent coverage on the Evening Echo.
Following in a legend’s footsteps is never an easy task but I will be making every effort to ensure that the Cork AUL continues to improve its tremendous image and character through the various medias and with your help, I am certain that we can achieve this objective without fail.

The Evening Echo usually provides us with a significant amount of space prior to the commencement of the new season. If you would like your club\team to be included in this space, I would be more then pleased to visit one of your training sessions with a view towards taken a few photographs of players\squad along with a brief interview with coaches and Managers.
Please let me know through this e-mail or contact me on my mob if you are interested.

As the season draws closer, I will also keep you informed of any relevant information that will arise from time to time.

In conclusion, I wish all the clubs the best of luck for the coming season and I am very much looking forward to meeting you all - along the way."
Knockavilla ladies soccer are running a 7 a side soccer tournament. It will be held on the 8th and 9th of august 2009.

Two teams from Altenstadt Germany will also play. If you would be interested in playing please confirm as soon as possible, great weekend assured, barbecue and entertainment both nights,would appreciate reply as soon as possible as only 16 teams will be entered.

Contact Trish by text or phone 0877/2432427. €100 euro entry fee - 10 teams already registered, so please contact asap to reserve your placeplease.


Friday, July 10, 2009

Grattan A pre season training will start Tuesday the 14th at 7 pm sharp in O'Neill Park.All new players welcome.Any one interested in coming up can contact Gavin on 0868200139

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Stuart Burns, manager of the Springfield side that won the league title in Murphy’s Stout AUL 3A, had little difficulty in picking out the season’s highlight.

“That was winning the league away to Los Zarcos. After a long season, the day that we all had been hoping for finally came. And we marked it with an impressive 4-1 victory, Shane Brennan getting a hat trick and Conor Hawes completing the rout to finally crown Springfield champions.”

The season’s nadir came in the President’s Cup, the knockout competition for third division teams. “Getting knocked out of the President’s Cup by Richmond was the low point. We had a very poor team turnout and that wrecked our chances of competing in Turner’s Cross.”

Hawes and Brennan battled it out in the goalscoring charts, each in the high teens while Luke Wilson and John McCarthy also hit double figures. Mark Farrell was the team captain and “led the team fantastically on and off the field all season long”.

As you might expect there were some great team performances as the Cobh side chased the title and Burns couldn’t split between the 4-2 home victory against Glen Celtic in Springfield, and the 3-1 away victory versus Cathedral in terrible conditions. “On both occasions the team did me proud.”

Stuart highlighted goalkeeper Greg Byrne’s performance versus Rathcoole in Rathcoole where he saved two penalties and made numerous terrific saves to help Springfield earn all three points on what proved to be a tricky encounter as their outstanding individual performance of the year.

Burns thanked Dave Kinsella and Peter Rowe for all the help with training and on matchdays they gave him this season. “Indeed, I would also like to thank the whole team on giving us 100% all season long and doing us proud.” With the addition of one or two players, hopefully from Stuart’s old schoolboy team, Springers expect to be challenging for the 2nd division next season.

The team also says a big thank you to their sponsor of the last four seasons, John Mansworth of Morrison Mansworth Financial Services. “And finally all the team would like to thank Billy Lyons for the great work he’s done in promoting the league and our club over the years. You'll be missed Billy! Enjoy your free weekends.”

Springfield B Panel: Greg Byrne, Kieran Brady, Brian Leahy, Dave Kinsella, Dan Lucey, Leon Keating, Trevor Rowe, Andrew Doody, Mark Farrell, Brian Miskella, Tim Crowley, Shane Brennan, Conor Hawes, John McCarthy, Luke Wilson, Ryan O'Neill, Nigel Carter, Alex Casey, Emmet Louth, Damien O'Leary, Pa Reidy and Jody Drennan.

Springfield will hold their annual John Murphy golf classic at the Cobh Golf Club (Marino Point) on Friday July 31st. Entry fee for a team of three is 90 Euro and the contacts are John Coughlan 0868157487 and Damien Rowe 0862252805.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

John O’Donovan, manager of the Wilton Utd B side that pulled off a third division league and cup double, has high aims for the panel next season: “We want to do well in Division 2, get as far as we can in cups and we would like to get to City Challenge final again and win it this time.”

That City Cup loss to Leeds was the one disappointment for O’Donovan and his coach Pat Callanan, made worse by the fact that they also reached the City final the previous season only to go down to Blackstone. “That Leeds game was the low point for us. We didn’t play to our potential.”

Otherwise though it was a terrific season for Wilton. There are quite a few candidates for Player of the Year, including defender Tomasz Wozny and midfielder Stephen Duffy.

The scoring duties were well distributed and Eddy Quirke, Duffy, Piotr Sekula and Eamonn Shields regularly contributed. The best individual performance of the season came from Cian Anderson in their great win over 1B champions Greenwood in the semi-final of the City Cup.

O’Donovan had a word for his coach: “Just a special word of praise to Pat Callanan for getting the panel up to a high level of fitness. Also a special thanks to the entire panel for their commitment all season since the end of July. Thanks also to Billy Lyons for all his good reporting that he has done this season and happy retirement.”

Billy, this pic was taken at our recent awards night, Tomanz wosny was our player of the year, Cian anderson was our club man of the year and Stevie duffy and eddie quirke shared our top goalscoring awards, the 3rd cup is the leeview pre season tournament, hope your enjoying your extra time off, pat callanan, wilton.

Wilton Utd B panel: Mark Dooley, Cian Anderson, Alan O’Gorman, Davie Walsh, Tomasz Wozny, Daniel Lynch, Stephen Duffy (captain), Piotr Sekula, Derek Harrington, James McCarthy, John Mullarkey, Albert Hobbs, Denis Young, Eamon Shields, Eddy Quirke and Daniel Harrington.
Manager: John O’Donovan. Coach: Pat Callanan.
5 a Side Soccer Leagues in East Cork. We are looking to start up 5 a side soccer leagues on a Tuesday evening between 7 & 9pm.This is open to everyone, Clubs, Friends, Pubs, lets have a bit of fun, whilst getting some bit fitter.The aim is to have the league up and running by Mid Aug/ Sept.The games will be 25mins and the cost will be €25 per team per week. There are a number of "Vets" Teams interested so if we have sufficient teams we could make a second division for over 35's. If you are interested in joining please contact Jason on 0876891327 or email

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

“We are already planning for next season in the first division,” says Tim Kelleher, assistant manager with Glen Celtic the newly crowned champions in Murphy’s Stout AUL 2B. “With youngsters like Christopher O'Keeffe, Shane Hurley, Willy Kiely and Kevin Cotter and the experience of John Long and Michael Shaw and others in the squad, we should be fine.”

Glen Celtic won 14 and drew 3 of their 18 games in 2B under manager Pat O’Sullivan and Kelleher. Liam Condon was the medical man and treasurer Mark Kavanagh also did his bit in the background.

The Glen panel consisted of Ken Kiely (keeper), Willy Kiely, Daniel Joyce, Billy Long, John Long, Demi Downey, Shane Hurley, Pat O’Leary, Brendan Long (captain), Paul Monaghan (leading scorer 17), Michael Shaw, Danny Kiely (15 goals), Kevin Cotter, Christopher O’Keeffe, Timmy Kelleher, Robbie O’Sullivan, Alex Buckley, Dayne Condon, and Ger Twomey.

Skipper Brendan Long also played a leading role in the training and one man who benefitted, according to Kelleher, was keeper Kiely. “He kept us in games on numerous occasions and the very tough sessions he did with manager Pat O’Sullivan in training paid dividends throughout the season.”

“Our best performance of the season was the 2-0 home win over a Central Rovers team who were defending a 12 or 13 game unbeaten run coming into the game. Our away win in Leeds Park was a high point in the season in which we had a huge support on the line that day. Our lowest point would have been the 4-3 defeat after being 3-0 up at half time in the Saxone Cup to the eventual winners City Wanderers.”
Corkbeg AFC in Whitegate, East Cork, are starting back pre-season training from Tuesday 7th July and every Tuesday and Thursday there-after at 7.30 pm in Corkbeg sports and social club, Whitegate. New players more than welcome to join. Contact manager Ronan Forde 087 6772131 for more info.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Fairview, the champions in 2A, faced their most difficult task of the campaign at home to Waterloo. They went a goal down, missed a penalty and had a man sent off but came back to win 2-1.

“I had a good feeling after that game,” said long serving secretary Stephen O’Donoghue. “In the end, we were unbeaten at home.”

The ‘View were managed by John Twohig, with assistance from Paul Pepper. Keeper Seamus Miller captained the side and the leading scorer, with 18, was Kevin Kearney. The club’s annual awards went to Christopher Mannix (Player of the Year) and Danny Coughlan (Clubman of the Year).

Saturday, July 04, 2009


When Grangevale were relegated to AUL 3 in 2007 one of Cork football’s oldest clubs was faced with a serious dilemma as it sought an immediate reversal in fortunes. That the club reinvented itself and emerged to fight its way back to two consecutive league titles is testimony to the resolve of the players, management, supporters, sponsors the Grange Bar and committee who refused to allow the club to die.

The renaissance began when the committee turned to a managerial novice and a wise authority schooled in a football life of hard knocks for leadership. Their choice proved decisive as the Neil McSorley and Pat Courtney tandem turned into a dream partnership.

Critical to Grangevale’s success has been the management’s ability to attract quality players to the club. John Carroll was the first major signing. Having won AOH Cup medals in his prime, Carroll brought a winning attitude that rubbed off on his team mates as Grangevale won the 2008 AUL 3 title.

Gary Aherne arrived from Douglas Hall and his outstanding performances have since been rewarded with an Oscar Traynor Cup medal. Meanwhile, the acquisition of Gerald McSorley added quality and strengthened the spine of the side. This season’s recruits Colin McKeown, Danny Meade, Danny O’Driscoll and Damien O’Callaghan were instrumental in Grangevale’s AUL 2 title triumph.

Another influential signing was accomplished defender Leonard O’Donovan whose presence and experience at the back facilitated a change to a more flexible 3-5-2 formation during the campaign.

Jason Martin finished the season as top scorer with fourteen league and cup goals, the high point being his double in the home win over Casement Celtic which was Grangevale’s best performance of the season. Team captain Dave Burke had the pleasure of lifting the AUL 2 Cup, appropriately in the presence of two former stars, Dave Hayes and Frank Lang.

To complete the club’s transformation, Grangevale’s patriarchs Donie Cronin and Dave Williamson supervised the provision of new dressing rooms and the redevelopment of the club’s playing surface at Grangevale Park as the club continues to go from strength to strength.

Grangevale’s 2009 AUL 2 winning squad: Gary Aherne, Peter Noonan, Dave Burke Keith Troy, Dave O’Sullivan, Leonard O’Donovan, Danny O’Driscoll, Barry Twomey, Gerald McSorley, John Harris, Dan Cronin, Malik Elmusbahi, Philip Holland, Danny Meade, Jason Martin, Johnny Carroll, Eric Maher, Diarmuid O’Neill, Shaun McCormack, Eric Kennedy, Paul Horgan, Trevor Foley and Brian Wade.
My name is Owen O'Sullivan and i'm involved with Parkview Celtic in AUL League 3...WE are based out in Crossbarry, our pitch being across the road from the Crossbarry Inn!We are currently seeking a tenant to share the pitch with us for the coming season.My number is 0861537779.