Futsal - Match Day 2   04/01/2018




Night 2 of the ADSL 2018 FUTSAL Tournament saw 7 Teams do battle in qualifying Group A of the Stacey Cup.

After a marathon 21 games, each of 10 minutes duration, and a massive 77 goals and any amount of thrills and spills, drama and excitement it was the Hodson Bay Bhoys and the St. Josephs Blues locked together on the top of Group A both with 15 points from equal records of five wins and one defeat from their six games. Hodson Bay top the Group by virtue of their win over St. Josephs giving them the better head-to-head record but both teams qualify to contest the Grand Finals night on Thursday week, the 11th of January.

It did not start well for the eventual Group winners.

Hodson Bay Bhoys were first up in Game 1 but were well beaten by a very impressive Temple Villa Aces with a 2-0 win with goals from Hagen Niall and Niadh Shine. Temple Villa really caught the eye, good all over the pitch and with an outstanding goalkeeper in James Mitchell.

In Game 2 AC Celtic Spartans and Ballinasloe Flyers served up an early treat. Ballinasloe took the lead with a Ryan Howard goal. Thomas Farrell levelled for AC only for Jack Johnston to put Ballinasloe back in front. Cillian McGowan levelled again for AC before Thomas Farrell scored his second to give AC the narrowest of wins in a thriller.

St. Josephs Blues took to the arena for the first time and goals from Destiny Ezenna and Joshua Osho gave them a 2-0 win over Ballinahown.

St. Francis Pythons made their bow against Hodson Bay. A Cathal Feery goal settled the Ballybay Boys and when Charlie O’Carroll made it 2-0 for the Bay it looked job done. But a great goal from Jack Allen, his first of an amazing 14 goals all night, left for a nervy finish but Hodson Bay held out for their first win.

Temple Villa Aces were motoring nicely and made it 2 wins from 2 with a 2-0 win over AC Celtic Spartans with goals from Darragh Madden and Hagen Niall.

St. Josephs Blues also made it 2 from 2 with a 4-0 win over the Ballinasloe Flyers. Destiny Ezenna opened and closed the scoring with Joshua Osho and Liam Lennon scoring the second and third goals.

A very young Ballinahown side took the lead against St. Francis Pythons with a great Cian Duffy goal but that only provoke a massive 6 goal response from the Pythons with Jack Allen accounting for 4 of those aided and abetted by Cathal Hardiman and Amor Eddine as they suffocated the Ballinahown boys.

Game 8 saw Hodson Bay Bhoys continue their recovery from their opening defeat with a 4-0 win over AC Celtic Spartans. Charlie O’Carroll opened the account, Niall Derwin pitched in with a quick fire brace before James O’Rourke added the fourth.

Game 9 saw the two unbeaten sides, Temple Villa and St. Josephs Blues square up. Even at this stage this looked a crucial game. St. Josephs struck early and quickly with two goals from Joshua Osho and then looked very comfortable in holding on for the win despite a late Hagen Niall goal for the Villa. This 2-1 win would prove very significant.

Ballinasloe Flyers and St. Francis Pythons served upa 7 goal thriller. St. Francis took the lead with an own goal. Jack Johnston restored parity with a good goal. Ryan Howard then put Ballinasloe in front. It then became the Jack Allen Show with first an equaliser and then 3 more for a 4 goal haul in a 5-2 win. Wow!

Hodson Bay were now purring. They were 3-0 winners over Ballinahown with a Charlie O’Carroll goal and then two fantastic strikes from Jamie Nicholson.

Joshua Osho scored the only goal for St. Josephs Blues in a hard fought win over AC Celtic Spartans in Game 12.

Temple Villa got back on track with a 2-0 win over Ballinasloe Flyers with goals from Niadh Shine and Darragh Madden but this game was distinguished by a superb goalkeeping performance by Oisin Fallon in the Ballinasloe sticks.

St. Francis Pythons and AC Celtic Spartans served up the first draw of the night. James Doherty put Francis in front only for Riberio to grab a point for the Spartans.

Game 15 was the meeting of the heavyweights and Hodson Bay Bhoys put down a firm marker with a hugely impressive display in a 2-1 win over the undefeated St. Josephs Blues. Cathal Feery was the star of the show firing the Bhoys into a two goal lead with two great strikes. Joshua Osho did get one back for St. Josephs but this was the performance of the night so far by the Bay Bhoys.

Well it was until the next game.

That result in Game 15 opened the door for the Temple Villa Aces who were next up but in a sensational game the Aces were well and truly trumped by the performance of the night by a swash buckling Ballinahown.

Ballinahown picked up their first win of the night in a 4-2 win over the Aces. Andrew Byrne put them in front. A magic Cian Duffy goal made it 2-0 and then Andrew Byrne made it 3-0. Hagen Niall got a goal back for a shell shocked Villa to hint at a remarkable come back but Luke Fitzgerald put paid to that with a fourth Ballinahown goal. Niadh Shine did score a second for Villa but Ballinahown were magnificent and received a standing ovation as they left the pitch.

This result would prove very costly to Temple Villa.

Hodson Bay went to town on Ballinasloe with a 6-0 win to put them in the driving seat in Group A. Charlie O’Carroll, then two from Niall Derwin, a Cathal Ferry goal, another from Charlie O’Carroll and a third from Niall Derwin for his hat-trick secured this win.

Ballinahown were now in fine form and two superb goals from SenanHanniffy put them two up against AC Celtic Spartans. It looked enough for a second win but two late Thomas Farrell goals saw the points shared in a 2-2 draw. However Ballinahown were again superb and played some fantastic football.

In Game 19 St. Francis needed a win as did Temple Villa as the tension grew. Hagen Niall scored from the start to give Villa the perfect start. Jack Allen then made it 1-1 and then 2-1 for Francis as a good game just got better and better. Goalkeeper James Mitchell scored a spectacular goal for Villa to make it 2-2. Yes the keeper scored! And with a fantastic strike that clipped the underside of the crossbar as it found the net! This game had it all!

Emboldened by that goal Hagen Niall put Villa in front and then Luis Clevett added two good goals to seal the Villa win and give themselves a chance.

The penultimate Game 20 saw Ballinahown strut their stuff once again in a 3-0 win over the Ballinasloe Flyers. The Ballinahown boys really grew into the competition and were flying high by the end. Cian Duffy gave them the lead. Callum Corcoran doubled it. SenanHanniffy crowned it with a super third in a dazzling performance.

So, to Game 21, and the meeting of St. Josephs Blues and St. Francis Pythons.

Jack Allen put St.Francis in front. But St. Josephs were having none of it. They did not want to leave their qualification to any mathematical calculation. Destiny Ezenna made it 1-1. Brian Finneran made it 2-1. Jack Allen brought it back to 2-2. Destiny Ezenna made it 3-2 and Liam Lennon put matters beyond all doubt with a final goal of the night to make it 4-2.

So Hodson Bay Bhoys and St. Josephs Blues topped Group A, both with 15 points from a possible 18 and both will qualify for next Thursdays’ Grand Finals. Hodson Bay top the Group by virtue of their win over the Blues and the better head-to-head result.

Back in third spot the Temple Villa Aces will have many regrets on their tally of 12 points while St. Francis Pythons finished fourth a further 2 points back on 10.

Ballinahown will be well pleased with their 7 point haul in fifth with AC Celtic Spartans in sixth on 5 points from their one win and two draws from six. Ballinasloe Flyers finished seventh but had many good moments.

So, what a night!

Unbelievable Jeff once again.

We do it all again tomorrow Thursday evening with the concluding Group B in the Rowan Shield competition to see who will join the already qualified Ballinasloe Cheetahs and St. Josephs Blues in Thursdays Grand Finals.

The first of 10 games kicks off in the AIT at 6.30pm.

See you there!


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