Salthill Devon News – 16th March
Colie Smyth GFA U14: Salthill Devon 2- Oranmore/Maree
Kenny Gavin and Rory Ginty’s Salthill Devon 14s kick-started their 2017 league run in with a superb victory last Saturday in Drom. Devon started the better but in Maree’s first corner kick, a sloppy clearance saw Oranmore take charge.
Devon played some pin point football inspired by stand in centre half Shane Befula and Peter Tobin and Matthew Thompson in centre midfield. A wonderful individual effort by Louis Corr similar to Maradona vs Belgium in the 1986 world cup semi-final levelled matters just before the break. Devon introduced Rhys O’Flaherta, Ben O’Malley and Fergus Hanney for the 2nd half. Oranmore had seen a first half penalty missed after what could only have been seen as a dubious decision, justice was served with the kick rocketing just over the bar.
Into the 2nd half, both teams squandered chances, Conor Brann in goals made two crucial saves and indeed can claim a partly assist for the winning goal with his quick thinking released Ben O’Malley down the right flank who showed both composure and strength to find the on rushing captain, Peter Tobin free and with his left foot he finished with aplomb. A gallant reward for a player with burgeoning talent.
Devon Squad: Conor Brann, Maccon Kenny, harry Browne, Shane Befula, Aaron Dossena, Peter Tobin, Matthew Thompson, Dylan Trainor Canavan, Sean Flaherty, Callum Loomes, Louis Corr, Rhys O’Flaherta, Ben O’Malley, Fergus Hanney.
Galway FA U12 Premier League: Salthill Devon 5 -1 Corrib Celtic
Sean O Connor opened the scoring with a deft touch from inside the box in first 15 mins . The 2nd followed in a very good run from Dylan Devine on right side and provided a good cross for Sean Orajuba who dispatched it well to bottom right corner. 2 mins later Sean Orajuba added to his tally with a well struck shot.. Dylan Devine secured the 4th with a well drilled strike from outside the box. In the secondhalf Sean O Connor made a great run down the left flank and finished very well to bottom right corner. Corrib Celtic, to their credit, they never gave up and were rewarded with a goal of their own in the last 5 mins of match.
The U12 Division 2 team recorded an impressive 5-1 win away to Kiltullagh in their league tie played last weekend.
Pete Kelly and Pat Lawless’s U14s Girls had a 2-0 victory away to fellow title contenders Moyne Villa of Headford on Sunday afternoon. Two first half goals from Alana McNeil and Alisha Meehan secured a hard fought win for the Devonettes which keeps them in outright second place and in contention for league honours.
Over the past two weekends Drom has hosted non-competitive matches for the FAI U11s Emerging Talent programme for the Galway Region. Salthill Devon’s U11s provided worthy opponents for the elite of Galway soccer by sharing the honours over 8 games against Derek Roger’s representative players. Elsewhere in the academy a selection of U10s hosted Oughterard in a blitz last Friday evening.
In other news last weekend Salthill Devon unveiled plans to its members for the extensive renovation of its playing facilities at Drom Soccer Park where it will add to its 4 high quality grass pitches with a full size 4G all weather playing surface. This will provide further assurance that Drom Soccer Park is amongst the finest in the country. Work is due to begin shortly and the club look forward to providing these enhanced facilities for all its existing and future members. Training for the academy resumes next Saturday March 25th from 9:30am while the boys and girls will also participate in the St Patricks Day parade in Galway City today (Friday). New players welcome. Contact 091 861862 for further details.