Ladies 1s 2-2 north Kildare ( 5-3 strokes ) IHT
This weeks the ladies ones took a break from their league to play in the prestigious Irish Hockey Trophy. Having been drawn division 1 team north Kildare the girls knew it was a tough task ahead of them. It was evident There was not much separating the teams with YM's defence stepping it up from last week and letting little into the circle. North Kildare took the lead after a scrappy break down of a corner. However YM reacted with the best link up passing the girls have performed all season and won multiple corners in the last five minutes. With one last chance before half time Anderson managed to stop a rocketing ball out of the circle and made a winding run through the circle to calmly slot it home. Going into the second half north Kildare came out with more fire but pressure was soaked up until they managed to sneak a corner. A deceptive lob saw the girls 2-1 down with 15 to go. A couple of good breaks saw great chance for YM but it wasn't until A-L-A-N-A cleverly won a corner. With minutes left Anderson managed to ping a ball into the right hand corner. The 2-2 saw the end of the game meaning it was straight to strokes. Willis, Bradish, Rankin and Anderson all slotted their strokes home meaning it was left to McArdle to bring it home as North Kildare missed their previous stroke. Needless to say she easily did and the girls live to see another cup game .
Great team performance that they hope to bring into the league. Shout out to Louise who saved one stroke, she is getting better and better each week.
Old Alex 0-3 YMCA ladies 2s
The L2's had a great start to their game against Alex. A lot of clever play allowed the girls to dominate the game taking an early lead.
The first goal came from a lovely run down the pitch and a pass by Niamh across into the circle. Karen Moyter was well positioned to create the goal. 1 up but the girls still wanted more! Another quick play allowed the girls win a short corner. With Karen at the top to take a shot, it was deflected in by Eimear Brophy. This gave the the team a great 2-0 lead within 10 mins of the game.
Play quietened down slightly towards the end of the second half. After a much needed break the team was ready to go again from the start of the second half. Another couple of short corners were won, however the Alex defence successfully defended them.
The final goal came from Niamh O'Donnell with a nice play between Eimear O'Donnell.
Our defensive side were solid throughout the game. Alex barely got a chance on our goals.
Overall an excellent performance by the whole team and a well deserved result. An impressive game to watch and very enjoyable to play! Thanks to Louise and Aileen for managing the sideline.
Well done everyone!
Mens 1s 3 v 2 clontarf
A difficult double weekend started with a home tie versus a dogged clontarf. In a very tight game YM coming from behind twice to win it 3-2 in the last minute with an outrageous lob from hat trick man Thom Ritchie who was superb yesterday. A vital 3 points but I'm sure Jason won't be happy as the card count still very high against and we really bring things on ourselves with silly mistakes and are very lucky Iain is in the sticks how many years we said that!!
YM the much better side, and with big games coming up this young side is moving in the right direction
Sunday mills cup
Pembroke 4-1 YMCA
A completely different paced game, it took YM 15 minutes to get to grip with it as there is a clear difference to every other Saturday and unfortunately the lads found themselves 2 nil down. As the half grew YM began to adjust to the pace and the potential this side has was clear to see as they bossed the rest of the half and grabbing one goal back, I'm not sure who scored. I think Ym would have been disappointed not to be level at the break as it was no more than they deserved
Chances few and far between in the second have but a well taken corner knocked the stuffing out of the tie and a strong pembroke side grabbed a 4th at the end. This is the level we belong at and I really believe qualification is in our reaches this year if we tighten up in certain areas.
3s no game
4s no game Saturday
4s came in looking to upset Railway who are a league ahead of us. From the off we keep a high tempo attack and patient defence. An early short corner goal from Graham settled the nerves and then a terrific team goal which went from back to front in 5 passes which ended with Cian slammed home. Railway got one back but goal poacher Marcus sneaked in at the backpost to restore the 2 goal lead. Half time came and we asked everybody to keep up the intensity.
Daniel picked up another shortly into the 2nd before Railway grabbed another one back again. Daniel sealed the victory with a whopper tomahawk straight in the top corner.
5-2 win to start the cup against higher league time. What a cupset!!
St Brendan’s 2s 3 – YMCA 5s 3
A three all draw was played out at the impressive National Sports Complex in Blanchardstown with St Brendan’s providing a more potent opposition than their form coming into the game suggested (1 draw from 4 outings).
YM took an early lead in the game thanks to a Colin Ashmore goal on the five minute mark. YM had settled into a comfortable pattern with fluid passing and movement, using the width of the pitch to full advantage. With the middle of the park anchored by Samuel Nourse and the potent stick skills of Alex Wall and Sam Kennelly to the fore, St Brendan’s defence struggled in the early minutes. Several chances went a begging and YM were unfortunate not to be 2 or more goals up within 10 minutes.
St Brendan’s inevitably found their feet and came more and more into the game as the half progressed. They drew level on about 20 minutes in controversial circumstances and while the ball did find its way into the YM goal, YM’s appeals on infringements in the circle found no sympathy from the opposition umpire.
The best response was to score and that we did taking the lead following great play from Cian Owens up the right with Alex Wall ultimately slotting home. The score remained 2-1 at half time.
The second half was a gritty affair with a number of blatant body checks on Nourse and Duckett going unpunished. St Brendan’s had a steely determination and what they lacked in outright skill, they made up for in persistent (if borderline) tackling. They did well on the long ball to the forwards and from this secured a number of short corners and shot attempts. Comerford made a couple of key saves and interventions but Brendan’s managed to draw level with a rebound off one of the PCs.
YM’s third was to come from Colin Wall who has been consistently on the score sheet this season. And with the score poised at 3-2 going into the final 10 minutes memories of last week were to the fore when we lost both a one goal lead and the game to Wicklow in the final few minutes. Brendan’s drew level with five minutes left on the clock from a PC. But after a tense final 5 minutes, the score ended 3 all securing the away point and bringing the team to 7 points (which is 7 more than we were at this stage of the season last year!) all from away fixtures.
MOTM was Nolan in defence. Special thanks to the colt contingent of Stanley, Duckett, Owens, Kenelley, Nourse, Comerford and Wall who each put in a great shift and coped brilliantly with the physical aspects of the game.
There was talk of spirits in the howling of wind. Spirits of dragons past.... And so it was, tonight's captain Rach took to the role with aplomb. The opposition looked the part but were soon pegged back. Up front rach , Kate & tab gave the opposition no chance, rach was first to hit the backboard with a goal which was a throw back to the dragon beginnings when she slotted it in from the back line. The second wasn't long coming as rach got on the end of a cross & slammed it into the upper net! The midfield massif; Nu, Lucy & em continued to dominate ,& I definetly saw some linking moves starting with our outstanding defenders, Christine & Lou k fresh from there desert adventures anchored the defence admirably. In fact Lou m didn't get a sniff. With our wing backs, the spirit sniffer Erica & stapler ruling the side lines we were in constant attack. Tabs was next to pierce the defence, Lou Mc d added another in the second half & tabs rounded it off with a 5th. This really was dragons of yester year. Filthy evening, great win!
Rach Mc (2)
Lou Mc d (1)
WOM - captain rach
Next week in high school @745 v Rathgar