Salthill Devon New – 31st March 2017
Galway FA Girls U14
Knocknacarra 0-5 Salthill Devon
Salthill Devon U14 Girls made the short journey to Cappagh Park last Sunday afternoon where they took on neighbours Knocknacarra FC and came away with a comprehensive win in summery conditions. The home side put up stubborn resistance in the opening half and kept Salthill Devon’s chance to a minimum, with Alanna McNeill breaking the deadlock after 20 minutes.
In the second half Salthill Devon took over, adding a hat trick form Kate Thompson and with Emma Post also getting on the score sheet. This was a great team effort with Camille Keane driving the midfield and Aoibhin McDonnell controlling the backs, allowing Kate Thompson to play a starring role and grab three goals.
Ines Morrison, Mary Rooney and Saoirse Burke were also prominent throughout.
Galway FA Boys U12 Premier League
Athenry 1-3 Salthill Devon
Mike Murray and Greg Quinn’s U12 Premier League team reinforced their title credentials with a stirring comeback victory away to a strong Athenry team on a 3-1 scoreline. Athenry hit a solid shot in first half and keeper Lee O Sullivan saved but the Athenry striker pounced on the ball that broke to
Go 1 nil up just before half time. Half time came and the Devon lads regrouped with the management making one or 2 small changes and within 10 mins of the restart Salthill had equalised from an outstretched leap from Sean Orajuba to touch the ball brilliantly passed the Athenry keeper.
Jamie Greaney scored from a header 5 mins later and also was denied a 2nd goal again from a very good diving header only to see it ruled offside. With 10mins to go Milo O Malley struck a good shot to the roof of the net to secure the 3 points for Salthill Devon. There were tired smiles all round on a very warm spring day in Athenry.
The game was very well contested by both sides in a hard fought battle while referee Dave Daly deserves a special mention for the handling the game in a fair and consistent manner.
Galway FA Boys Youth Division 1
St Bernard’s 4-4 Salthill Devon
The game of the weekend undoubtedly involved Salthill Devon’s Youth Division 1 team when they shared the honours after a thrilling 4-4 draw away to St Bernards in Abbeyknockmoy last Sunday.
Salthill Devon Youth B were involved in an entertaining high scoring draw with St Bernards Youth, Sunday 26th March. The Devon team took the lead three times in the first half, with a fine 28 minute hat-trick for striker Dean Grealy, but were pegged back by St Bernards each time.
The second half was end to end with Devon taking the lead through Ollie Quinn on 65 minutes, only to be drawn level again. Both teams had chances to win, Devon hit the bar twice and St Bernards hit the post. Salthilll’s stand-in goalkeeper, John Cunningham, made three very good saves to keep honours even and ensure Adrian Megahey’s talented side went home with a share of the spoils.
Galway FA Bouts U12 Division 1
Carughwell Utd 1-6 Salthill Devon
The U11 As playing as the U12 Bs completed their league campaign with a comprehensive victory away to Craughwell Utd on Saturday. Martin Ridge’s team, ably assisted by John Nolan, Tom Finneran and club coach, Conor Byrne rounded of a long season by returning to the top of the table, albeit with some of their competitors having games in hand. Conor Diskin scored a hat-trick while Charlie Cox (2), Mikey Greaney and Padraic Flaherty were also on the socoresheet. This team won the prestigious Kevin Power Cup in Eamonn Deacy Park back in September and continue to develop under the astute guidance of their coaches and mentors and if they continue to improve then they are sure to be a real force in the U12 Premier League next season.
On the academy front a selection of U11s travelled to Loughrea in the Development League while some of the U9s and U10s held blitzes against Mervue Utd in the glorious sunshine in Mervue and Drom repectively.
This weekend the U8s host Athenry while a selection of the U9s host Colga tomorrow, Saturday, afternoon in another action packed weekend in Drom.
Salthill Devon would like to congratulate former player, Daryl Horgan, on making his competitive debut for the Republic of Ireland against Iceland in the Aviva Stadium last Tuesday night. The biggest cheer of the night was reserved for Daryl when he made his 2nd half introduction. Despite losing 1-0 the debutant can be extremely satisfied with his contribution as he received many plaudits for his performance. Daryl, like the rest of his family, began his career with the Salthill Devon Academy and played at every age group for the club, including League of Ireland, while he has also coached many of the younger generation as he epitomizes the club motto, Cairde Tré Sport (Friendship Through Sport). The club are very proud of this fine young man’s achievements.