U16 Leeds 0 Greenwood 0

Greenwood under 16 team drew nil nil against Leeds away this Sunday morning. We dominated possession for the game and had numerous chances against a very stubborn and well organised defence.

Cian Murphy came closest hitting the crossbar in the second half. Good performance by the lads. Needed just that bit of luck to clinch what would have been a well deserved win. Still unbeaten halfway through season with five wins and two draws. Both draws coming against Leeds.

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U15 National Cup Lucan United 0 Greenwood 0 (Lucan win 9-8 on pens)

Greenwood U15 travelled to Dublin on Sat 21st Feb to face DDSL Premier side Lucan United in the last 16 of The U15 National Cup.

The game was played on the wonderful playing surface of Celbridge Football Park and was a cracker from start to finish. It had everything skill, commitment, drama, the works. Lucan started brightly and the fear of been totally outclassed and overrun was an immediate feeling but as has always been the case with this squad of players we settled and created the 1st chance of the game with a header from a corner kick. The game now flowed from end to end with Lucan almost scoring with an attack from 1 of our corners. The pace was frantic with both sides giving their all. 0-0 at half time.

The 2nd half began at the same pace with both sides playing to their strengths with contrasting styles of play, George Long and Troy Flavin, on his return from injury were controlling all around them masterfully. As the game ebbed and flowed both sides had chances. The Lucan keeper making a super save from Ethan Varian in a 1 v 1 situation just as Darragh Newman in the Greenwood goal did from a point blank Lucan header. As was the case in Limerick last month we had a couple of serious shouts for penalties, the 1st when following a super pass from Kenny Lynch, Ethan Varian was felled on the penalty area, free kick on the edge of the box to Greenwood. The 2nd when a defender misjudged a cross and controlled the ball with his hand. The 2nd half finished with both teams having given their all in a cracking encounter, 0-0 at full time.

The extra time of 10 min aside saw no let up in the pace of the game, Lucan having the best chance to win it with the last kick of the game. After over 1 hour and 40 min the tie finished 0-0 and so on to the dreaded penalty shoot-out lottery. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be this time and we now know how Castlebar Celtic FC felt in 2013 at the same stage against ourselves. Final score in the shoot-out 9-8 to Lucan Utd.

A huge thanks to the whole squad who again gave all of us massive entertainment, they are a super bunch who should be very very proud of themselves. The U15 squad and Managers would like to thank Lucan United for their wonderful hospitality on the day and wish them well in the next round. Finally A Massive Thanks From The U15 squad and Managers to Our Officers, Committee, the parents, families and friends for all their help and support during another wonderful adventure.

pics of match can be found here
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U14 National Cup - Mullingar 3 Greenwood 5 AET

We travelled to Co Westmeath last Saturday (14th) to take on Mullingar at their impressive home ground in Gainstown.
After a 3 and a 1/2 hour journey the players were in good spirits. We kicked off at 2pm and after a lively start from both sides we went behind after 6 minutes. This spurred us into life and we laid siege to Mullingar's goal and got a deserved equalising goal after a well worked move that was expertly finished by Ethon Varian.1-1 at half time.

We lived a charmed life for the first few minutes of the 2nd half but hit them with a sucker punch and went ahead through Darragh o Connor. Shane Barrett then got a 3rd from a corner to leave us 3-1 up 10 mins into 2nd half. Mullingar threw the kitchen sink at us pulled 2 goals back to leave us reeling and hanging on at times. Full Time 3-3.

The team could have felt sorry for themselves but they showed true grit in extra time and went ahead again through a great goal from Darragh again with a superbly taken goal. It was nip and tuck again until the supreme poacher Ethan Varian netted our 5th in injury time with a neat lob. The final whistle was met with shouts of joy from the large travelling support. Lots of thanks to Mullingar for the warm welcome and ample refreshments afterwards. Football was the big winner as both sides contributed to an enthralling contest played in great spirit and will live long in the memory of all those who witnessed it.

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U14 National Cup - Mullingar 3 Greenwood 5 AET

Congratulations to our U14s who won 5-3 AET today in the last 16 of the national cup. Well done to Dan, Eamon and Mick and all the lads fantastic result.

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On Behalf of Greenwood football Club we would like to wish Dan and the team the best of luck as they travel to Mullingar in the Last 16 of the National Cup.

U11 Midleton 3 Greenwood 2

Despite a brilliant effort from the lads today it just wasn't to be. We started very slowly and fell a goal behind early on. Some dogged defending kept us in the game and we slowly found our form and started to create some chances but we went in one down at the break. We started the second half very well and were very unlucky not to equalise on a number of occasions. Then we were hit by a sucker blow when Middleton scored a very well taken second on the break. To be fair the boys kept going and tried repeatably to get back into the game and were only one pass away on a number of occasions from opening up the Midleton defence. A lapse in concentration lead to a third for Midleton and it looked like game over.

Then a brilliant passing move lead to a excellent goal from Ben O Connor and gave the boys hope. Expectation rose even higher when Ben was put through on goal and finished calmly to bring it back to 3:2. What a last 15 mins. The lads gave everything and were very unlucky not to get an equaliser and bring the game to extra time but it just wasn't to be. Well done to all the lads today and we wish Midleton all the best in the next round.

Scorers for Greenwood
Ben O Connor 2

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U15 National Cup - Mungret Regional 1 Greenwood 3

On Sat last 31st Jan we headed to Limerick to face Mungret Regional in the last 32 of The U15 National Cup.For the 1st time since the opening day of the season we had a full squad to choose from which was a pleasant headache to have.Following 1 of our most intense warm up routines the game kicked off in what can only be described as a blizzard.

Playing up the hill and against the very strong wind Greenwood settled early and dominated the opening exchanges.However a good defensive clearance was caught by the very strong wind and resulted in the 1st chance of the game after 9 min to Mungret and we were 1-0 down totally against the run of play.

Darragh O Neill was showing well and had more than a couple of shouts for penalites, none of which were awarded amazingly. The game was level after 20 min when a super through ball by Wayne Flood found Ethan Varian in space and he duly finished the chance. We now took control of the game with Brian Goulding and Aaron Twohig at the heart of everything. Another flowing move on the half hour saw Kenny Lynch turn the full back inside out before calmly slotting the ball in the bottom right corner. Greenwood 2-1 up at half time.

Another blizzard greeted us at the beginning of the 2nd half and when it did blow over the wind advantage had disappeared. We continued to create chances but couldn't extend our lead, Mungret to their credit were still hanging in there and should have equalised after 20 min with a headed chance. Mungret Goalkeeper was the busier of the 2 even though Darragh Newman's handling in shocking playing conditions was faultless.

In the 65 min a ball brought to Dean Mullins in the penalty area and he coolly finished to make it 3-1. Sean Egan,Troy Flavin, George Long and Jamie Geasley were now in total control at the back and Greenwood saw it out to record a 3-1 victory. A great result for the squad for all their efforts and for the club also. Finally we would like to thank Mungret Regional Limerick for the wonderful reception we received on our arrival at their grounds and also for how well we were looked after when the game finished.

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Pictures of this match can be found here

Junior A vs Glenthorn

Glenthorn Celtic Vs Greenwood A in Glenthorn Pk. Saturday 2pm.
Come and support your Club

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U15 National Cup

On Behalf of everyone at Greenwood Football Club We would like to wish Brian and the U15s the best of luck this weekend as they travel to Limerick to play Mungret Regional.

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U14 National Cup - Greenwood 7 Bohemians (Waterford) 0

This Sunday we hosted Bohemians of Waterford in the last 32 of the National cup.

The pace of the game was high from the start with both teams nervous and trying to get a foothold in the game. In the 25th minute Ethan Varian opened the scoring for greenwood. This settled the team and 5 minutes later Shane Barrett finished coolly to make it 2 nil at half time. We started quickly in the second half with goals from Darragh o Connor and Daniel o Sullivan. Greenwood never let up and kept applying pressure to Bohs which ultimately led to them conceding an own goal. Oran Daly got the sixth with a sublime finish to a cross from the rampaging Adam Grainger. The seventh and final goal was a lovely individual goal from Adam Cronin. Bohs kept playing and never gave up and were a credit to their club and County. Greenwood are away to Mullingar in the last 16

Pics of match can be found here here and on Tony Noonan's flickr here

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