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.

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

CORK SCHOOLBOYS LEAGUE DENNEHYS HEALTH & FITNESS U15 DIVISION 3.

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 .

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

ORIEL HOUSE HOTEL U13 DIVISION 5.

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 .

Match reports for week ending the 26th of October 2015.

U12 Schoolboysboys friendly.

Carrigaline 1 Passage United 2.

The U-12 boys got back to winning ways in a great game this afternoon played in extremely wet conditions that made it a real challenge for both sides.

Following a frantic opening 10 minutes Passage seemed to have found their rhythm only to be undone by a goal from Carrigaline against the run of play.

The boys fought back tremendously well to win 50/50 balls all over the park and never let their heads drop. Gradually their passing and movement added to the battling qualities on show led to confusion in the Carrigaline box and Jack O Leary took advantage to head into the net off the underside of the crossbar.

As half time approached the heavens opened and we were all glad to hear the half time whistle and get to the dressing rooms for a breather.

The second half was a superb battle between two well matched teams who fought tooth and nail for every ball and both teams continued to play good football passing and moving despite the relentless driving rain. Passage were now in control and creating good openings but Carrigaline were always a threat on the break. Conall O Callaghan scored what proved to be the winner with an unstoppable finish although we still had to endure the drama of conceding a late penalty which fortunately went wide of the post.

Man of the Match. The entire squad for getting stuck in and never giving up. You did yourselves and Passage very Proud

Passage United. Daniel M, Sam , Daniel A, Leo, Conall, Alex, Cillian, Eoghan, Noah, Jack, Ryan, Fionn, Favour,

Oriel House Hotel U13 Division 5.

Grenagh 2 Passage United 3.

A dramatic last minute goal by Conall OCallaghan secured top spot in the division for the lads in a game that seemed to be slipping .from their grasp as the 2nd half wore on. After a bright start and a few early chances Conall O Callaghan put Passage in front with a composed finish from the edge of the area after some good build up play and when Grenagh failed to clear their lines Conall pounced to help settle the nerves and Passage controlled the game for a sustained period thereafter.

Some great interplay in the Passage midfield between Matt Walsh and Ronan Allen led to Matt sending a lob over the Grenagh defence for Ryan Driscoll to finish with a flicked volley to the far corner of the net. At this point Passage were in complete control and should really have put the game to bed but a combination of wasteful finishing and good goalkeeping kept the score down .

As half time approached complacency set in and Passage were made to pay when Grenagh pulled a goal back just before half time. The goal sparked Grenagh in to life and they played with great spirit and determination in the second half and got a deserved equaliser midway through the second half. Passage had again been wasteful in front of goal and as the game neared its climax it could have gone either way.

More chances went begging as the game headed towards added time and credit to our lads for digging deep to keep pushing for the winner. Kevin Kelly, Ryan Driscoll and Matt Walsh combined to send Ronan Allen storming past 3 Grenagh defenders and then sent a great ball in to the box for Conall to hit a glorious winner and send us all home happy.

Passage. Fionn O Mahony, Kevin Kelly, Jack Hanlon, Liam Dorgan, Jamie O Sullivan, Conall O Callaghan, Matt Walsh, Ronan Allen, Sean Casey, Ryan Driscoll, Destiny, Sean Quinn, Jack O Leary, Daniel Akinsanya, Daniel Moynihan

U 17 Carrigaline 6 Passage 0 (Cup Match)

 

Sun. Oct. 20th

Scorelines and stats don’t tell the story of a match. Passage lost this game convincingly and struggled to get a toehold in what was a very hard climb against a very good team.

But here’s what the stats don’t say: even though they conceded twice as many goals in the second-half as in the first, Passage played better in the second-half. And stats give no idea of how hard they fought.

The scale of the task before them was evidenced by the size and strength of Carrigaline. Like Rockmount in an earlier cup match, they might have been a year older than the Passage lads. They played like it too.

The first-half was all about defending. Knowing they were up against it, Passage knuckled down to the job of keeping the opposition at bay. For quite a while they succeeded.

Soaking up whatever was thrown at them, they knocked a couple of long balls forward that might have given them the lead. Cian Fleury, getting behind the defence, was narrowly wide when he lobbed the keeper with one effort.

A goal for Carrigaline, however, seemed inevitable. With all the possession and the freedom of the park they launched attack after attack.

Passage stayed compact, tried to squeeze space, but couldn’t get on the ball long enough to find their own rhythm.

The first goal came after 25 minutes, a Carrigaline player finding enough room to rifle a shot into goal. 1-0 to Carrig.

On 35 minutes, from a cross, goal number two was headed home.

Passage battled on. Before the break, they launched a counter-attack, Cian fleury laying off a pass to Craig Crowley, who side-stepped an opponent on the edge of the penalty area but couldn’t beat the goalkeeper in a race for the ball.

The second-half saw Carrig keep up the pressure, with Dylan Murphy getting a hand to a shot that went in off the post.

3-0.

Only 2 minutes later he made an outstanding block by coming off his line quickly.

With Carrig now in control, and Passage on the back foot, the goals seemed to arrive like buses, one after the other. But Passage managed to play too, getting out of their own half and working some lovely moves up the left-wing.

It has to be said that along with Dylan in goal, Maciek Jany and Kevin Byrne never gave up, fighting for every ball till the final whistle.

And good as Carrig are, the Passage lads should take heart from this: they’ll improve more this season than Carrigaline will. That’s not a stat, of course, but it will be a fact.

 

 

Under 17 Passage 6 Midleton 1

 

Wednesday  Oct 15th     

With daylight still visible in the western sky the floodlights came on in Rockenham, the contrast giving the ground that special dramatic atmosphere.

Things were less dramatic on the pitch, for the opening 30 minutes at least. Not having played a game in weeks Passage appeared a bit creaky. But they have been training, and once they got into gear it showed.

Midleton made things awkward initially, competing well and looking every bit as capable of scoring.

After ten minutes a flighted ball out of defence by Sam Mealy found Cian Fleury, who left his markers trailing and calmly lifted the ball over the advancing goalkeeper. 1-0 to Passage.

But that wasn’t the start of Passage taking over the game. Far from it.

Within 5 minutes Midleton were back in contention. A cleared ball from a corner landed at the feet of an unmarked Midleton player outside the penalty area. With time and space he hammered the ball goalwards. It went in under the bar, and Dylan Murphy couldn’t be faulted. It was a fine goal. 1-1.

An energised Midleton pressed on and played some good football. They didn’t look like a team at the bottom of the league.

In the final 10 minutes of the half Passage began to show they had the edge. From a free-kick just outside the penalty area, 4 or 5 metres in from the end line, Sam Mealy saw the Midleton keeper in the centre of his goal, aimed for the near post, and scored. 2-1 to Passage.

Two minutes later Joe Browne hit the post. Then a mazy run down the right-wing took Craig Crowley into the penalty area. He played a lovely ball to Cian Fleury, whose shot was blocked by the keeper. Joe Bintou pounced, stroking the ball into the net. 3-1 to Passage.

The re-start saw Passage getting on top. Maciek Jany hit a fine shot from distance which the keeper knocked away for a corner. The resulting cross led to a goalmouth scramble, Joe Browne getting the final touch and stretching the lead to 4-1.

A few minutes later Maciek made a nice run, passed to Cian, who shot narrowly wide.  Soon after, in an attack that cut through the Midleton defence, Cian took a pass and rolled it past the keeper. 5-1.

Matthew Scannell, Mark Hanlon and Eoin Daly came on and helped maintain Passage’s supremacy.

Before the end Maciek made it 6-1 with a penalty.

Despite the scoreline it has to be said the lads could have played better. That’s not to say they could have scored more goals – they could have played way better and not scored as many. But it was a good win, and signs of improvement were obvious.

 

 

Match report for the 5th of October 2014.

Schoolboys U15 Division 2 Avondale 1 Passage 1.

A goal inside the opening few minutes from Avondale put the away side under pressure right from the start in this Division 2 League match. The Passage players weren’t organised from the kick off and when the ball was played through from the midfield to the Avondale striker he had plenty of time to advance on goal and calmly pick his spot to make it 1-0 with less than 5 minutes gone.

From the restart though the Passage players found their feet in the game and the remainder of the first half was an even contest with both sides giving everything.  Cathal Taafe made several good saves for Passage who had a couple of chances to score themselves with Emmanuel Nwaedozie, Conor Lester and Jack Staplton doing well together in midfield  trying to get their side back in the game.

Passage were then reduced to 10 men when a Passage player was shown a straight Red Card for reacting to a bad tackle against him. Maybe harsh as he was giving everything and helping to dominate the midfield but the ref had no choice other than to produce the Red Card.

It didn’t affect the Passage player’s performance though and they were rewarded with a great goal from Emmanuel Nwaedozie just before half time. After making another good run he broke free of the defence and he confidently hit the ball early and over the keeper to score the equaliser and make it 1-1.

The second half could have gone either way with Passage having to defend extremely well as a team due to the numerical disadvantage. But with outstanding performances from Jordan Kenny and Finbar Mansbridge on either wings and with some great defending from Mark Coughlan and Jack O’Mahony at left and right fullback Passage remained solid in defence throughout the game.

Ifeoluwo Akinsanya and Eoin Higgins continued their great partnership in the centre of defence and showed good understanding together today to ensure no goals were conceded after the early goal.

Goalkeeper Cathal Taafe had to make several excellent saves to stop the best chances Avondale had, but he was up to the task with some great reaction saves and was brave when he needed to come off his goal line. Centre half Iffy made a great last ditch sliding tackle to prevent a great chance for Avondale from inside the box which could have made it 2-1 to the home side with ten minutes to go. It was a vital interception from the centre back at that stage.

Passage also looked for the winner in the second half with Emmanuel and Jack Stapleton always looking dangerous in centre midfield, and David Allen and then late on James Kenny trying hard to get the goal that would have been the winner for either side.

Emmanuel struck a few shots from long distance that went just wide and showed throughout the game that he was willing to take things on to drive his team forward. Mark Coughlan could have capped off an excellent debut with a fine run through midfield past three Avondale players but unfortunately the move didn’t result in the winner as the ball was cleared. A very close game deservedly ended with both sides getting a point and just reward for Passage who gave everything and showed significant signs of improvements all over the pitch.

 

U17 Castleview 1 Passage AFC 4, Sunday Sept. 21st

 

Castleview 1  Passage AFC  4

Sunday Sept. 21st

High up on the northside of the city, in beautiful Autumn sunshine, the Passage bandwagon rolled on. They won this game by a decent margin, but it wasn’t easy. Or not as easy as it should have been.

In the first ten minutes they launched a number of attacks, Joe bintou leading the line and causing the Castleview defence all sorts of problems. Left-back Jeff Hayden got in a couple of attempts from distance too.

At the other end Daniel Cashman and Kevin Byrne reacted quickly to trouble, but with the midfield failing to maintain a grip on things there was always a sense that Castleview might create chances.

Passage looked the more dangerous in attack. Outpacing his markers, Joe Bintou tore into the penalty a couple of times and came close to scoring. As Passage kept up the pressure a goal seemed inevitable.

Another long ball was nicely controlled by Joe Bintou and he let rip with a powerful shot that ricocheted off the keeper. Mohi Perata pounced and took his goal well. 1-0 to Passage.

In the middle of the park Joe Brown was having his best game of the season, running with the ball into the Castleview half a number of times. Picking up one pass from Sam Mealy he moved forward and got in a shot that was narrowly wide.

Then came the pass of the match, and a goal to match it. Joe Brown hit a diagonal ball from the edge of the penalty area, to the far post. And there was Matthew Scannell, timing his run and header perfectly to make it 2-nil.

But Castleview weren’t finished. One of their players going down the left-wing, turned inside and fired a low shot that found the net. 2-1.

The re-start saw Castleview chasing an equaliser and winning two corners. Nothing came of it and Passage hit them on the break with some great passing. A ball to Joe Bintou was squared to Mohi Parata, who side-footed it home for his second goal. It was now 3-1.

Late on Mark Hanlon came on and with his first kick took a corner, which curled inside the near post to stretch the lead to 4-1.

There were flashes of what Passage are capable of. Some of their passing was so sharp and effortless you had to wonder why they don’t do it all the time.