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Springfield Ramblers Match Reports 17/18th January



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Corkbeg 2 Springfield RamblersA 1 AET

Springers travelled to Whitegate with only 12 players and nearly came away with a win against this Div 2 opposition. They started the game with Brian Danaj forcing a good save from the Corkbeg keeper. The play was all one way with Keelan Ryan running the game from midfield. Colin Lane was put through by Ryan only for the keeper to make another great save. Corbeg came into the game and forced some great saves from Adam Stanton in the Springers goal. Corkbeg took the lead in the second half only for Springers to get their deserved equiliser from PJ O Regan. Springfield kept going for the winner pushed on by Jamie Kelly and Ryan in midfield forcing the Corkbeg keeper into some unbelievable saves. Corkbeg got the winner with only a minute left in extra time, Springers nearly got the deserved equaliser again with only seconds left but it was not to happen. Best for Springfield were Keelan Ryan and Adam Stanton in goal. This was a great game of football in heavy conditions and credit should go to the ref who was excellent throughout the game keeping it flowing.

U12 Local Cup
Carrigaline Hibernians 4 – 0 Springfield Ramblers A

The Crazy gang travelled to Carrigaline this week in search of a place in the next round of the local cup. 30 places separate these teams in the league so this was expected to be a tough challenge for the mighty Ramblers men.
Performances have been improving steadily of late and that trend continued as our heroes gave an outstanding first half display that saw us unfortunate to be a goal behind at the break. In fact, we played so well that we were asked at half time if we were playing some illegal players.
Great confidence was taken by all from the performance, despite conceding a few goals late on, and there are real signs that Real Ramblers are coming to the boil.
Goalkeeper Alex ‘Capn’ Kirk was DeGea…esque in goal, while defenders Darragh ‘Ozil’ Regan, Jake ‘Suarez’ Sawani, Conor ‘Khedira’ Kidney and Charlie ‘CR7’ O’Regan will soon be 100 club match attax players if this performance is anything to go by. Defensive midfield brothers Dion ‘Di Maria’ Griffin and Josh Griffiniesta showed again that they are natural born players. Attacking midfielders Eoin ‘Keano’ Curry, Cian ‘Januzaj’ Tobin and Sultan ‘Aguero’ Adebayo broke defensive hearts with some great exchanges while centre forward Killian O’Connell led the line like a pro. And Paul ‘Messi’ Murphy and Sean ‘Real Deal’ Devlin were excellent when introduced at half time, living up to their names.

We were spoiled for choice for the Sorrentos sponsored man of the match but this week it went to ‘CR7’ O’Regan and he received his Tiki Taco fries from captain fantastic ‘Keano’ Curry.
On the mighty Rams……
U14 Local Cup
Corinthian Boys A 6 – 2 Springfield Ramblers B

Away to first division Corinthian A was the location for this tough Local Cup match. All the lads were looking forward to testing themselves against higher level opposition. From the start they stuck to their task and matched their opponents and were unlucky not to take the lead when Sean Butler ran on to a Ger Devlin ball over the top but shot narrowly wide. After an even first 15mins Corinthians broke the deadlock with a breakaway goal. This lifted their confidence and for the rest of the first half they punished every mistake to take a 5-0 lead, this despite some great saves from Niall Moynihan. At half time Springfield regrouped and learning from mistakes put in a great second half. Within the first minute they went at their opponents and Ger Devlin running on to a fine ball from Alex O’Mahoney beat one defender and finished well to make it 5-1. The rest of the second half it was difficult to separate the sides. Corinthians scored with a low shot into the corner but other than that Niall Moynihan had a much quieter second half. Springfield finished strongly and scored a well-deserved second when Ger Devlin won and converted a penalty to leave the final score 6-2.
All the players can be proud of their efforts and will have learned plenty of lessons to take into the league campaign.
Special mention to Niall Moynihan and Alex O’Mahoney and man of the match Ger Devlin.

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