The Clongowes Senior Soccer team built on last year’s successes by claiming the CCFL (Combined Counties Football League) Under 19 League title with two games to spare…
The CCFL is a Midlands league containing teams from Kildare, Offaly, Laois and Westmeath. Having won four trophies in the Kildare Football League the previous season, the decision was made to keep the squad together and this necessitated a move to the CCFL as the Kildare League didn’t have an Under 19 division. The CCFL league proved to be equally competitive but nothing the Clongowes boys couldn’t handle and they were often praised by opposing managers and referees for both their level of fitness and their remarkable discipline.
Managed by Mr Noel Mason and Mr Shane Beere the team once again showed remarkable consistency throughout the campaign only losing two games in total. The squad saw a number of positional and personnel changes from the all conquering squad of 2015. Michael Collins was once again the number one choice in goals with Eoin Maher deputising very well in some of the later games. The defence was rock solid with Stephen Gildea and Matthew Odlum marshalling from the centre ably abetted by Cian Horneck Johnston, Ruairi Gildea, Morgan Callaghan and a fine debut season by Ciaran Woods.
A new partnership was formed in centre midfield by captain Jack McCreevy and Eimhin Ryan with last year’s partnership of Fiachra Lynch and Joe Gilmartin deciding to switch codes to the Senior Rugby team. Finn Colfer returned to his brilliant best on the left wing having recovered from a horrific arm injury at the end of last season while Dan Keaveney excelled on the right. Shaun Gilmartin, Conor Mulholland and Conor Galvin also stepped up to the plate when called upon.
The strikers remained as you were, with John Garty once again the top goalscorer and vice-captain and Mark Reynolds patrolling the pitch from Number 10. Other players who contributed handsomely included Charlie Murtagh, St. John Dundon, Barry Murphy, Haig Oman, Jonathan Donnelly and Conor Keegan.