Match Reports for week ending the 28th of March 2016.

Cork Schoolboys Blackwater Motors U12 Division 7.

Passage A 1 Kinsale A 3.

On a day that was more associated with the poor weather at the start of the year, these two teams overcame the conditions and provided an exciting game of football that had goals, copiously amounts of skill and oodles of determination. Kinsale to their credit were, at the end of 60 minutes, worthy winners as they had a little greater desire to win every ball and managed the elements more efficiently than the home side.

Referee Pat Cronin’s whistle gave Kinsale the signal to attack and they did relentlessly for the opening 10 minutes. But, this Passage team is built on a rock solid defence led by the commanding Andrew O’Mahony, proficiently assisted by Dennis O’Brien and Ryan Snow. Stand in goal keeper Emmet Stapleton was quick off his line to mop up any loose ball that got in behind the back 3. Unfortunately a well delivered corner a feature of the visitors play resulted in a scramble in the penalty box and Kinsale’s number 8 Euan Tobin, reacting quicker than everyone else fired home from close range.

This didn’t distress the home side and in fact prompted a spell of positive play from the U12’s. Constructive play and ambition from the trio of Jack Kelleher, Mark Lester and Adam Kavanagh saw the visitor’s rear guard sternly tested but they held firm to keep Passage scoreless. Kinsale had a very strong core to their team and they punished Passage before the half time whistle utilising the space after a Passage attack to get clear of the midfield and set up their number 8 once more to double their advantage.

Justified leaders at the break were Kinsale, as their hunger for the breaking ball was stronger than their hosts.

The second half hadn’t started long when, after a full length dive to push away a Kinsale pile driver, captain and stand in keeper Emmet Stapleton was forced reluctantly to leave the field. Reorganizing saw Tadhg Killen take over the gloves and gave a performance that suggested he was the natural net minder. Ryan Snow moved into the defensive midfield role and Luke Prout took over at left full. Both players insured that the balance of the team was preserved albeit they were playing in unconventional positions for them. Kinsale put a little further daylight between themselves and the home side when Euan Tobin completed his hat trick putting them 3 nil up.

Cheered on by a vocal home support Passage heads didn’t drop. Kinsale began to tire and the unselfish running of Cian James and Vuc Babic created several openings that cried out for a positive touch for a home player to convert to give Passage a sporting chance to get something out of the game. Dillon Patterson’s trade mark play on the wing ultimately unlocked the Kinsale defence and Jack Kelleher reaped the reward the home side richly deserved. Pushing forward for the remaining minutes Passage couldn’t reduce the deficit and when Pat Cronin blew his full time whistle, the 3 points where heading out of Rockenham Park and helping Kinsale in their pursuit of the league title.

On reflection, this was a great effort against one of the top three teams in this division. Kinsale have a very strong spine to their team with players like George Webb ,Cian O’Callaghan and Tom Foley but the lads displayed at times an ability to match the best in this division. They need to show a greater desire to win the ball when not in possession and a belief in their own ability. With a frantic few weeks coming up with midweek matches this game will be a good foundation to allow the U12 A team maintain a positive position in the league table.

Special mention should go out to Tadhg Killen and Ryan Snow who were superb in their untraditional positions but they steadied the ship when it was needed. Thank you to referee Pat Cronin who facilitated the game allow it be open and sporting.

Cork Schoolboys Blackwater Motors U12 Division 3.

Kilreen Celtic 3 Passage United 3.

A last minute equaliser denied the Boys a win in a game that was end to end from the kick off.
Passage went in front 3 times and 3 times the hard working and brave Kilreen clawed their way back into the game.
Cillian Hanlon struck a post in the opening minutes and then Tomasso Parisi gave Passage an early lead after some sustained pressure on the Kilreen goal. Kilreen equalised soon after just as it appeared that we were getting a grip on the game.
Conall O Callaghan restored the lead and we really should have put the game to bed but again hesitation in closing down the opposition allowed for a second equaliser.
Alex Linehan scored an absolute screamer to make it 3-2 late on but a lack of concentration cost us again and Kilreen equalised with a great strike of their own.
The lads were the better team on the day and everyone was disappointed going home as we knew we should have killed the game off. There was some great passing and movement going forward from this talented young team and they will learn that they need to be ruthless when they are on top to reap their just rewards.
Man of the Match
Eoghan Farrell. Quick ,Brave and Skilful. Not to mention hard working!
Passage United
Fionn Roussel, Favour Nidgebus, Sam Onah, Leo Parata, Conall O Callaghan, Alex Linehan, Eoghan Farrell, Tomasso Parisi, Cillian Hanlon, Jerry, Daniel Akinsanya

Cork Schoolboys Joma/Sports Gear Direct U16 League Division 3.

Carrigaline A 0 Passage 4.

Passage won an entertaining match against Carrigaline with 2 goals in each half to win 4-0.

Carrigaline had two great chances in the first half to take the lead but shot wide both times. Once Passage got used to the speed of the ball on the surface they started creating plenty of chances.

Jack Stapleton had the best two early ones but shot narrowly over before James Kenny opened the scoring with a cool finish into the corner. Just before half time Conor Lester made a great run into the box resulting with the keeper saving his shot, but Jack followed the rebound and finished low into the corner to put Passage 2-0 up at half time.

Passage remained on top in the second half and after more solid defending Sam Dent playing a great ball into the penalty area for James Kenny to volley towards goal. The ball fell to Finbar Mansbridge who made a good run into the box from midfield and made no mistake with his shot to go 3-0 up.

Cathal Maloney finished the scoring with a low drive from outside the area to give the keeper no chance. A deserved win as Passage played some good football throughout the match.

Man of the Match went to Sam Dent for his strong performance in the centre of defence that helped keep the clean sheet.

Match Reports for week ending the 13th of March 2016.

Joma/Sports Gear Direct Schoolboys U16 Division 3.

Kilreen 0 Passage 0.

Passage U16s had their first ever scoreless draw in Schoolboys football against Kilreen Celtic in their first league match in over 3 months.Both teams were disappointed not to win with the best chances coming at the end of the match.

It was a scrappy first half with too many long balls from Passage which were dealt with easily by the Kilreen centre back.Best chances in first half for Passage were shots from outside the penalty area from Cathal Maloney but he couldn’t add to his two great goals in midweek from similar positions against Corinthians. Michael Sheehan made several good tackles to help keep it scoreless at the break.

Passage played better football in the second half but the final ball was too often not accurate enough to create a scoring chance.

Michael Sheehan continued to prevent Kilreen breaking clear with some great defending, and Conor Lester had one of the few Passage shots inside the box but couldn’t beat the keeper.

The best chances for both sides came in the last few minutes when first Cillian Quinlan broke free in the area after another good run from him but the keeper was out quickly to get the block. The ref then ignored a penalty claim from Kilreen after a good strong tackle from Jack O’Mahony and right at the end Luke Tette made the save of the match when 1v1 but got his hand to the shot when the striker was favourite to score.  

Man of the Match was Michael Sheehan for his performance in defence helping to keep a clean sheet.

Skechers Schoolboys Under 14 Division 4.

Midleton 2 Passage 3.

Passage under the new management Team of Lar Corcoran and John Kelly , started much the brighter of the two teams, going close with three shots in a short space of time.

Firstly, Ryan Driscoll going very close after a great through ball from Conor Coughlan, then hitting the crossbar via a great solo effort from Destiny Nidjebu and shortly after with an agonising wide from Dean Hickey.

Destiny, did however, opened the scoring with a cool finish under pressure after a scramble in the box from the crossbar being rattled yet again! Unfortunately the lead was short lived as Midleton managed to score from pretty much their first attack! Passage were then reduced to 10 men 20 mins into the game after the Midleton striker was pulled down while through on goal. For the rest of the half Passage were not outplayed but defended brilliantly on occasion with every player working extremely hard for the team!

In the second half you would have no idea Passage played with 10 men as they bossed it from start to finish. Great play down the left from Marc Keating and Josh O’ Shiel led to another destiny header off the crossbar!

Eventually pressure told and a brilliant finish from a tight angle by Ryan Driscoll close in and a Conor Coughlan hoser of a free kick gave passage a 3-1 lead! Midleton pulled one back late on but Passage held on for a well deserved victory!

A man of the match was impossible to pick because as a team they were incredible together!

Blackwater Motors Schoolboys U12 Division 3.

Riverstown 1 Passage United 1.

Passage fought back to earn a hard earned draw away to Riverstown in a game of 2 very contrasting halves . Riverstown dominated early on and after sustained pressure went a goal up and it could have been worse but for the goalkeeping of Daniel Moynihan and the dogged determination of Sam Onah and Josh Nolan who were both strong and alert at the back.

A second half turn around was inspired by the young guns Favour Nidgebus and Eoghan Farrell who played with great skill and desire. Good work by Eoghan created a chance for Cillian Hanlon who gave the keeper little chance with a powerful shot. As the game wore on Passage got stronger with Fionn Roussel, Cian Brosnan , Alex Linehan and Noah O Sullivan all making their presence felt.

There were a few close calls at both ends but in the end a draw was probably fair and pride restored for the lads with a much improved second half performance.

Passage United, Daniel Moynihan, Sam Onah, Josh Nolan, Cian Brosnan, Cillian Hanlon, Alex Linehan ( Captain), Daniel Akinsanya, Noah O Sullivan, Fionn Roussel, Tomasso Parisi, Eoghan Farrell, Favour Nidgebus.

Match report for Wednesday the 9th of Narch 2016.

Schoolboys U16 Friendly.

College Corinthians A 1 Passage 6.

Passage where quickly off the mark with Cathal Maloney putting the visitors to Rosehill 2 up with two early goals. Both goals struck from outside the penalty area, the first a strike of real quality from over 30 yards, gave the home keeper little chance of saving.

Stand in goalkeeper Cathal Taaffe saved a penalty early in the second half after replacing Luke Tette in goal at half time.

Passage went 3-0 up through James Kenny following up a move initially started by himself and scoring from close range. Although Corinthians pulled a goal back, 2 goals from Michael Sheehan and a late strike from Emmanuel Nwaedozie gave a 6-1 win to Passage.

Considering the poor weather conditions it was a good match and hopefully will see more of the same for the rest of the season.

Passage Soccer club Roles and Responsibilities

To all players, coaches, parents, friends of Passage AFC, we are trying to improve the way we operate as a committee with better communication and greater transparency , unfortunately we have just recently lost another member from our committee so to try and alleviate the situation we have decided to try and fill some roles from outside the committee, we need to bring in more parents to fill these new roles and rely less on coaches (who put in a huge commitment already) the roles are specific however you do not have to be a committee member to carry out these roles. They are as follows:

Head Coach (Development Officer):  This role is for the club to dedicate a single person as our Head coach, this role would involve overseeing all the aspects/issues with all our managers for the male and female teams, arranging training courses, pitch allocations, coach identification, liaise between managers and also to head up our new initiative of promoting coaches from within the club and outside if necessary. This position needs someone with coaching experience and a good familiarity with Passage AFC.

Pitch Maintenance Officer:  At the moment we actually do not have a pitch maintenance Officer in place for Passage AFC. We have been actively looking for someone to take the position after we lost two Officers early in the season. This is one of the most important roles that we are looking to fill for obvious reasons, the role would include liaising with the FAS workers already on site in both pitches with respect to maintaining the pitches, grass cutting, fertilising campaigns, and informing club secretary’s if the pitches are available to play on for each weekend during the soccer season. Again I cannot stress how important it is that we fill this role as soon as possible; all possible help would be extended to the person/persons who would be willing to facilitate this role.  

Club player Membership Secretary:  This role will involve working with a new player database spreadsheet that the committee have developed for all teams within the club, to update the player details, contact numbers, e-mail addresses etc., this database also keeps an account of yearly registration fees and may involve liaising with various managers to account for the necessary fees etc. The club is trying to communicate directly with players and parents through a group email system for general updates and information regarding all aspects of the club including a quarterly Club Newsletter Reports. The player database should provide all the e-mail addresses.

Fundraising Officers:  This is a crucial part of raising much needed funds to run the club, take the Lead or be part of a team in Fundraising events including family fun day, sponsored walk, quiz nights, and all other events which your team may come up with. I cannot stress how important this subcommittee is to the club, as the clubs revenue streams are mainly Registration fees, Lotto ticket sales and fundraising events.

Club Projects Officer:  This role will have involvement with all the projects ongoing within the club. For example lead the project for the main Drainage in Maulbaun this summer with regard to quotes, grants etc. Also we have some other projects we need to get started for the better of the club, Pitch liner for Maulbaun. 2nd Strimmer for Maulbaum. New wall/fencing in Rockenham. These are to name just a few.

Lotto Officer:  This role will involve co-ordinating Lotto efforts always trying to look for increasing ways to sell lotto tickets and managing Direct Debits etc.

Retail Officer:   This role is all about promoting Passage AFC, it will involve selling club gear, promoting the clubs apparel throughout the club both inside and outside the club, taking orders, managing accounts, and advertising with various Medias.

Club Sponsorship Officers:  This role will involve actively seeking new sponsors for Passage AFC, sending out letters of invitation to various companies already targeted and follow up with meeting potential sponsors to explain the different types of sponsorship deals that we have on offer, e.g. advertising hording in Rockenham, advertising during fundraising events and on clubs website etc.  

Club Committee Members:  Our committee numbers are low at the moment and we are always on the lookout for new members who are as excited about bringing the club forward as we are, if you think you could help our cause then please make contact with any committee member for further information regarding roles on the committee.

We currently have 326 active players within Passage AFC, as you can imagine this is a huge undertaking for a club of our size and a committee of this size however I am convinced if we can fill the various roles above and pool together and help in whatever way you can then we will bring the club forward successfully for the benefit of all from the youngest academy player to the not so youngest Senior player. Again we need your help to run your club, please try to help out in any way you can. If you need any other information on the above roles then please feel free to contact us at or contact me directly on

Match report for week ending the 21st of February 2016.


Riverstown 2 Passage 4.

A long awaited return to league action for our Under 15 team today, playing for the first time since the 24th October.

They could be excused for being a bit rusty and it certainly looked that way when they went a goal down after 3 minutes. But by the seventh minute they were 2-1 ahead with goals from Cillian Quinlan and David O’Leary after great work by Conor Coughlan and Adam Kanza.

In the 21st minute Cillian Quinlan made it 3-1 with an assist from Luke Hanlon. Riverstown pulled a goal back to make it 3-2 with a few minutes until half time. Just before the break Adam Kanza made it 4-2 after some nice interplay between Jack Heffernan and Liam Power.

It was a fantastic match with plenty of chances and lots of fighting spirit. It’s good to be back!!

MAN OF THE MATCH : Jack Heffernan .

Results for week ending the 21st of February 2016.

Friday 19th of February 2016:

Beamish Stout Munster Senior League Junior Super Cup,

Passage v Wilton United, CALLED OFF.

Saturday 20th of February 2016:

Beamish Stout Munster Senior League Senior 1st Division,

Wilton United v Passage, CALLED OFF.

Schoolgirls U14 Premier Division,

Wilton v Passage, CALLED OFF.

Schoolgirls U14 Division 2,

Watergrasshill v Passage, CALLED OFF.

Sunday 21st of February 2016:

Schoolboys U13 Division 5,

Passage v Carrigtwohill, CALLED OFF.

Girls U18 Deco Sportswear Cup,

Passage v Lakewood, CALLED OFF.

Schoolboys U15 Division 3,

Riverstown 2 Passage 4.

Scorers: Cillian Quinlan (2), David O’Leary and Adam Kanza.

Daly Industrial Supplies U 17 Ted Healy Cup 2nd Round,

Richmond v Passage.

Pasage AFC Kids Easter Soccer Camps

Passage AFC kids Easter Soccer Camps

Passage AFC kids Easter Soccer Camps

PASSAGE AFC  are running two mixed children’s  soccer camps this Easter in Maulbaun all Weather pitch, with FAI coaches running the camps.                Week One is March 21st-24th, Monday to Thursday, from 10am to 2pm. This camp is for children aged between 6 and 8 years of age and the maximum capacity is 25 boys and girls. There are still 10 places available for this camp.
Week Two is March 29th-1st April, Tuesday to Friday, from 10am to 2pm. This camp is for children aged between 9 and 12 years of age and the maximum capacity is 25 boys and girls. There are only 3 places still available for this camp.
Cost per place =€50 per child, avoid disappointment and register now, Deposit of €20 to secure your place. Enquiries to 087-2984061, or drop us a line at  “LET THE GAMES BEGIN”


Results for week ending the 13th of December 2015.

Friday 11th of December 2015.

Beamish Stout Munster Senior League Senior 1st Division.

Passage v Cobh Wanderers.

Saturday 12th of December 2015.

Schoolgirls U14 Premier Division.

Wilton v Passage.

Schoolgirls U14 Division 2.

Ballinhassig v Passage.

Beamish Stout Munster Senior League Junior 1st Division.

Passage  v Midleton.

Sunday 13th of December 2015.

Schoolboys Oriel House Hotel U13 Division 5.

Riverstown A v Passage.

Schoolboys Dennehy’s Health and Fitness U15 Division 3.

Carrigtwohill United  v Passage.

Girls U18 Premier Division.

Douglas Hall v Passage.

Match reports for week ending the 29th of November 2015.


Passage 3 St Marys A 2.

Well done to our u13 boys who beat St Mary’s this morning 3-2 to maintain their 100% record in the league and strengthen their position at the top of the league.  Nerves were shot to bits during this 5 goal thriller.

Another 2 goals from Destiny and the winner from the penalty spot by the unsung hero Jack Hanlon and some brilliant saves from Fionn O Mahoney earned a hard fought win that sends the lads home smiling again.

Well done to all the lads and managers John and Ger!

Schoolgirls U14 Premier Division.

Passage 3 Kinsale 3.

The girls played under lights against Kinsale in what was a enthralling game. Passage dominated the game but at the break it was 1-1 as the girls just could not take enough of the many chances they created.

They were caught on the counter by a determined Kinsale side who took a 3-2 lead deep into the second half. The girls never gave up and got an equaliser their play deserved. They nearly won it at the death but for a brilliant top corner save by the Kinsale keeper.

So in a game we should have won and could have lost we’ll gladly take the draw (3-3) and move on. Our goalscorers on the night were Niamh Lester, who got two and Lauren Egbuloniu .

Results for week ending the 6th of December 2015.

Saturday 5th of December:

Schoolgirls U12 girls.

Passage v Kinsale. OFF due to unplayable pitch.

Schoolboys Joma/Sports Gear Direct U16 Division 3.

Passage v Lakewood Athletic A. OFF due to unplayable pitch.

Schoolboys Blackwater Motors U12 Division 3.

Passage v Ballincollig.  OFF due to unplayable pitch.

Schoolboys Blackwater Motors U12 Division 7.

Passage A v Buttevant A.  OFF due to unplayable pitch.

Munster Senior league Senior 1st Division.

Passage v Ringmahon Rangers.  OFF due to unplayable pitch.

Sunday 6th of December:

Schoolgirls U16 Premier Division.

Passage v Hollyhill.  OFF due to unplayable pitch.

Schoolboys Skechers  U14 Division 4.

Wilton United v Passage. OFF due to unplayable pitch.

Youths U18.

College Corinthians 7 v Passage 5 (AET 5-5 at full time).

Scorers: Cian Fluery (2), Daniel Cashman, Craig Crowley & Joe Browne.