Monthly Archives: June 2015

Premier boys maintain winning form!


Co Down Premiers enjoyed a 4-2 victory today against Dundalk U18s at Oriel Park. Dundalk opened strongly and poor defending gave the Dundalk forward a free header that looped over Fleetham and into the net to give Dundalk the lead on 5 minutes. It took Down time to settle and when they did settle they caused the Dundalk defence a few problems. Herdman had his shot saved by the keeper before Down were, back on level terms. A clever through ball from Rice picked out the on running Devlin and as the keeper came out to clear his clearance hit off Devlin and ended up in the net. Herdsman should have then given Down the lead but when through on goal the keeper was again equal to him. Garland then saw his header rebound off the post.



Down got off to the worst possible start to the second half when minutes in, a rare slip from Whittle allowed the Dundalk forward to race through on goal and slot home. On 60 minutes Down were again level. McLaughlin played a clever ball to Murtagh who showed excellent composure before lobbing the keeper from 16 yards. Down were now taking control and it was no surprise when Murtagh got his second with a fine header from a Kelly cross. Browne added a fourth on 70 minutes and again Murtagh was involved. His shot was saved but Browne showed a great alertness to slot home the rebound. This was a good performance from Down against a useful Dundalk team.

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Junior side return to winning ways!

Bryson’s side, were looking to bounce back after a difficult day yesterday against a strong Shelbourne select side. The opposition, were Dundalk Schoolboy league, and County Down produced a commanding performance to win 3-1.

The Junior side started well and were almost in front Carson picked the ball up on the half half way line, and clipped a ball towards striker Tipping. The ball was headed clear, but only into the path of Mcllmail who controlled before volleying the ball towards goal, but unfortunately for the Down winger the keeper was equal to the effort.

Down were playing some decent stuff against a strong Dundalk side, and almost took the lead when a neat attacking move involving Tharmaratham and Tipping that released Chambers inside the box on the left hand side, but Bryson’s captain for the day, failed to beat the Dundalk keeper with his left footed drive.

Chambers almost scored again, just a few minutes before half time, when Gordon, after a powerful run through midfield released Tipping down the right hand side. The strapping forward, crossed the ball and Dundalk cleared the ball only as far as the midfielder who controlled, and set himself before stinging the palms of the goalkeeper with a long-range shot. Moments later, the young men from Down went even closer. This time the ball broke to Mcllmail on the edge of box, and the winger cracked the right hand post with a spectacular left footed volley.

As the half time whistle loomed, Down gave the ball away on the edge of their own box. The Dundalk forward picked up the ball and raced clear of Bryson’s defenders but Anderson did brilliantly to divert the effort wide of his right hand post.

Down dominated the first half but found themselves 1-0 down inside the first 2 minutes of the second half when the ball was played down the Dundalk right. The winger collected the ball, outstripping his opposite number, before pulling the ball back to the Dundalk forward who converted from close range. However Bryson’s men were not behind for long, when the ball landed to Henderson on the edge of the box. The substitute controlled the ball before firing the ball into the top right hand corner to restore parity.

County Down were in charge of the game and it looked like it was only a matter of time before they took the lead. Matheison was a constant threat with his driving runs forward and on one occasion he found Henderson who went close with a shot.

Moments later, the Junior boys had gained the lead they richly deserved for their second half performance, when Chambers released Truesdale inside the box on the left hand side. The forward, stepped onto the ball, and feigned to shoot and instead cut the ball back to Brown who converted from close range to make it 2-1.

It was 3-1 soon after when Chambers collected the ball in midfield, beating a couple of men on his way into the opposition half. He found Truesdale who drove the ball into the feet of Brown, who controlled before spinning his man and finding the back of the net with his finish.

Matheison almost got the goal his play merited when he was released inside the box after a clever one-two with Brown, but the midfielder’s right footed shot went straight at the goalkeeper.

Then in the dying seconds of the match, Brown almost got his hat trick when Kanwei latched onto a through ball down the right, before pulling the ball back into the path of Brown who from 12 yards out missed the target with his left footed shot. Regardless it was a, much improved performance and Bryson will certainly be pleased with what he saw on show as his side ended the Dublin trip with victory.

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Bailie’s men start as they mean to go on!

Saturday afternoon at Oriel Park in Dundalk was the first match John Bailie got to see his Premier side in action, and if the opening performance was anything to go by the man from portavogie will be quietly confident of causing a few upsets at 2015 Dale Farm Milk Cup. Shelbourne were the opposition and they were outclassed by an impressive Down side.

It all began, early on in the match when Kelly clipped the ball down the right hand side into the path of forward Browne who gathered the ball and pulled it back into the feet of Murtagh, who from 6 yards out made no mistake with the finish. 1-0 County Down and Bailie’s men had their second moments later. Murtagh was involved again and it was Neale who delivered a cross from the left wing to the back post, and where right forward McLaughlin was on hand to convert from close range.

It was all one way traffic in the first half, as Browne went close twice after being found by Houston inside the box, but the forward failed to hit the target on both occasions.

McLaughlin, was causing all sorts of problems for the Shelbourne defence, and the flying winger was at it again, this time finding the head of Murtagh at the back post, who flicked it back into O’kane, and the midfielder headed home from close range to make it 3-0.

Moments later, just before half time County Down added to their tally courtesy of the impressive Browne up front who poked home from close range following good play from Neale down the left hand side.
It was all to easy for Bailie’s men as they walked for the half time interval. There was no let up in the intensity of the second half with Down still pressing forward at every opportunity and they got their just reward for some excellent attacking play when Jallow found Johnston inside the Shelbourne box. The forward dropped the shoulder, leaving the defender for dead, before drilling the ball into the back of the net for 5-0.

Neale and Jallow both went close following some more incisive attacking play form Bailie’s side. Devlin, who was a constant creative force in the second half, found Herdman on the right hand corner of the penalty box, and the winger’s stinging shot was spectacularly saved by the Shelbourne keeper. However against the run of play, Shelbourne got a consolation goal, when a ball from the right was diverted into the net after Down failed to clear.
In truth it was all to easy for Bailie’s men, and they added some added gloss to the comprehensive victory with a 6th goal. Herdman, who had went close on a couple of occasions got his just reward for a strong performance, after he converted from a Devlin through ball. Bailie, on his 40th Birthday, will be very satisfied with how his team played in ther opening game as a squad.

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Junior side beat 3-0

The wind was swirling at Oriel Park in Davy Bryson’s sides first game of the annual Dublin trip and it would prove to be an unsatisfactory afternoon for the Donaghadee man’s side slipped to an unfortunate defeat. Despite the difficult conditions and against older opposition County Down started the better side and were doing their best to take control of the game, and had it been for a better final ball in the last third, the boys in blue could have been one or two in front inside the first 20 minutes.

The first clear cut opportunity came on 20 mins, when Wardlow collected the ball on the left hand side. The full back spotted the run, of captain for the day Leo Brown, clipping the ball into his path. The powerful forward from from 25 yards out, at an acute angle rifled his shot into the side netting. Down seemed to be in control, without creating too many chances, however against the run of play, Bryson’s back four failed to deal with a long ball upfield. The ball broke to the Shelborne midfielder who slid the ball into the path of his forward who made no mistake with the finish to put his side in front.

The rest of the first half was pretty uneventful with both Down and Shelbourne battling for the ascendency. The game was high on endeavour but perhaps, due to the wind, lacking that bit of quality. Just before half time, Leo brown almost got Down back into the game. Shelborne failed to clear the ball from their own box, and the ball fell to Brown who from close range was twice denied.

However on the stroke of half time Shelbourne doubled their lead, when Down struggled to deal with another long ball and the same man for Shelbourne raced through and lifted it over the advancing Hazard in goal to make it 2-0 to the hosts.

If the weather was bad in the first half, it was a lot worse in the second and it was certainly having an effect on proceedings. The wind was swirling and rain was coming down as Bryson’s side attempted to get themselves back into the game. Tom Mathieson took an in swinging corner from the left hand side that swirled viciously almost catching the goalkeeper off guard. Tharmaratham was next to go close, this time flicking his near post header just wide of the far post. Down, were looking the better side as the second half went on, and after some good play from Mathieson released brown inside the box, but the keeper was equal to the shot. Moments later, Down went close again this time McAleenan stabbing the ball towards goal, from a Chambers corner, but the keeper did well to get down and save the shot.

It was all one way traffic, with Down looking like they would get back into the game, however with 10 minutes remaining any hope of a comeback was extinguished when sloppy play in midfield gave Shelbourne the ball. They broke, and the ball was slid into their forward who placed the ball underneath Hazard to seal the victory and make it 3-0. That was the last meaningful event of the game but despite the defeat, Bryson will be pleased with the second half performance.

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