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Corinthians 2 Springfield 0
The lads can hold their heads high in what was a battling performance against the league and cup double winners from last year. The two goals were conceded in the first half, other teams could have folded after this but the lads held their shape well. Our back four of Adam Hastings Sean Cummins George Kelly and Danny were excellent all night, Harry Danaj and Jack Grant also impressed.

Under 12 Local Cup
Springfield Ramblers A v College Corinthians
A difficult game became even more difficult when we conceded two early goals in the first five minutes, however there were many positives to be taken out of the game, despite the heavy defeat, every single player can take pride that they never gave up, most notably Malick who proved he could not only compete with the best of them but stand out amongst the best of them, a man of the match performance. It was great to see the all round effort and that will only stand to them in their own league.

Under 12 Cup
Castleview 3 Springfield Ramblers 2
In an excellent game of football there had to be a loser and Springfield Ramblers young team learned that you must concentrate for the full game to have success. Competing against a more physical side proved hard at times for the players but their footballing skills helped balance this. The Springfield Ramblers defence held firm when under early pressure with both Adam, Jamie and Cormac playing well . Joe and Mia both worked hard in midfield and were supported by Danny and Jae on the wings. Springfield Ramblers to the lead when Colin reacted to a great through ball from Man of the match Luka and on beating the keeper was taken down for a penalty. Colin took the penalty from which he gave us the lead. Castleview equalised with a goal before half time.
The game continued as the first half with both sides attacking. Castleview took the lead ten minutes into the second half but to their credit Springfield Ramblers never gave up and with Luke, Ryan and Neil driving the on they were always in the game. Dave’s wing play was creating chances and Danny was unlucky not to score when played through by him. With Luka marshalling the defence Springfield Ramblers equalise with 8 minutes to go when Colin played Danny in to score. With the game going from end to end Castleview took the lead again which poor defending from a corner allowed them to score. Once again these young players showed their character and fought hard to the end and were unlucky not to equalise when a great through ball from Jonah was nearly finished.

Best on the night were Colin, Jae,Danny and Man of the Match Luka

U 17 div 1.
Springfield 5 Midleton 1
The lads controlled this local derby from start to finish. Combined with clinical finishing and great defending the lads were a totally different team from the one in midweek away to tramore. A great Alex Ryan hat trick and two from Odhran Kidney power was the difference between the sides. Also a solid display from Dave Brennan in goals whose kick outs were the catalyst for many of our attacks. MOTM Alex Ryan.

Ringmahon Rangers 0 Springfield Ramblers 2
An absolutely fantastic team performance saw the under 15’s win a great game against last years cup finalists Ringmahon Rangers.
To a man every player gave their all and left nothing behind from the kick-off to the final whistle. For a neutral I’m sure that this would have been a great game to watch as the football played by both teams was a joy to see.

Both teams endeavoured to play the game the way it’s meant to be played, good movement and football and competing whole heartedly for every ball. Right from the off we looked the better team and hungrier for the ball. We were creating chance after chance and restricting Ringmahon to not even having 1 shot at goal in the first half. On 13 mins we almost got our first but the ball was cleared off the line following a corner swung in by Mikey Foley and flicked goal wards by Nathan O’Connell. 4 minutes later Diarmuid Kearney won the ball just inside our half and beat 1 player before picking out Mikey Foley with a defence splitting pass. It looked like a certain goal only for a great last gasp tackle from the Ringmahon centre half. From the resulting corner the ball was headed out by the Ringmahon defence and fell to the inrushing Morgan Dillon Hilton just outside the area. Morgans shot beat the keeper but unfortunately came back off the post, across the front goal to be cleared by the Ringmahon defence.

The goal finally came on 23 minutes when Dara O’Connell closed down the centre half and dispossessed him to the right of the area. He promptly went passed him and holding off both centre halves coolly slotted the ball passed the out rushing Ringmahon keeper. Ringmahon tried to respond immediately but every attack was held at bay from some fantastic defending from the entire defence of Sam McSweeney, Morgan, Cian O’Rourke and Emeka Asigeabu. We again went close before half-time but a good save from a Lewis Whelan shot kept it to 1 nil at the break.

Emanuell O’Neal came on for the outstanding Diarmuid Kearney at the break. We made a number of changes 10 minutes into the 2nd half. came on Hilton Tom Gill moved from centre midfield to right full for Morgan Dillon Hilton who made way for Evan O’leary who went to right of midfield. Mikey Foley moved into the middle and Emanuell O’Neal moved from right midfield to left.

The standard or commitment didn’t drop in the 2nd half and as the game moved on Ringmahon were pushing harder and harder for the equaliser but each attack was dealt with the Springfield defence. With about 8 minutes to go our keeper Jamie Bates was finally challenged and produced an absolutely superb save from a point blank shot. His concentration and marshalling of his defence was a pleasure to behold. The shot came from a Ringmahon corner that was initially headed clear but fell to a Ringmahon player outside the box. He fed the ball through to an unmarked player on the edge of the six yard box who shot first time and what should have been certain goal was stopped with a one handed save from Jamie with Emanuell O’Neal completing the clearance. Ringmahon kept the pressure up going 3-4-3 for the final 5mins of normal time but we conceded nothing more than a few corners that were dealt with by Jamie and his defence.
A valuable lesson learned from conceding a goal in the final minute of the quarter final of the Costa Brava cup wasn’t lost on the lads.

Having won possession after a corner with a minute of normal time remaining Evan O’Leary took it to the corner flag in the oppositions half to run down the clock. After frustrating the Ringmahon defence for a minute he won a throw in. Lewis Whelan took possesion of the resulting throw in and forced the Ringmahon defence to concede yet another throw in. The clock was now ticking onto 37mins. The Ringmahon defence while trying to prevent us from holding the ball in the corner from the throw in left a gap that Evan drifted into and Tom Gill threw in to him. Evan found himself in behind the Ringmahon defence on the end-line and cut inside to create a better angle for himself and slotted the ball into the corner under the diving keeper to put the game to bed.

It’s very hard to pick out any player for individual praise after the fantastic team performance but I have to give a mention to Nathan O’Connell who dominated the centre of midfield ably assisted by Tom Gill and then later by Mikey Foley. Again a fantastic display and result and we look forward to the next round with confidence.

Under 13 A
Springfield Ramblers 4 – 1 Blarney Utd
After a rousing rendition of “You’ll never walk alone” the large, vociferous crowd at JMM park were treated to a great display of football from the home team.

With some late enforced positional changes and a player making his team debut it took a while for the home team to settle. It was pretty even for the first 20 minutes, Ramblers just shading it with more efforts on goal.

The team rotation policy saw changes made on the 20 minute mark and with his first touch of the ball Liam “Neymar” O’Flaherty finished calmly to the net for the opener.

A penalty against the run of play gave the visitors an equaliser just before half time.

The second half saw Ramblers move up a level with silky passing and movement which the visitors could not live with. A further 3 goals including 2 thunderous strikes from Sam ” sanchez” Kennedy and one from Dylan saw Ramblers comfortably home.

The days captain Scott ‘Mahrez’ Leahy presented the Sorentos sponsored man of the match award to teak tough center back Ben ‘The Wall’ Kennedy.
On the Rams.

Academy News
Springfield Ramblers Academy News
After a long and wet winter the club’s Academy teams are raring to go for the Cork Schoolboys Small Sided Games Leagues.

The leagues commenced on the weekend of 2nd/3rd April with the under 10’s and 7’s heading east to take on the challenges of Youghal and Midleton respectively. The under 8’s first game is away to Lakewood and the under 9’s travel to Roy Keane’s former stomping ground to take on Rockmount.

Each of academy teams will play several games against clubs from around Cork between now and June.

In other news, keep an eye out for our teams at St. Colman’s Park as they get a chance to showcase their talents at half time at Ramblers’ matches.

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