5/11/00 (LSL - Div 2a)
Terenure made their intentions clear from the first whistle, winning a corner within 30 seconds of the start of the match. Early pressure resulted in a succession of corners, which brought about the first goal. From a pinpoint Karl Bishop corner kick, Mark Hanlon headed the opener, which the referee adjudged to have crossed the line before the Black Forge defence could clear. A minute later, the prolific Ciaran Rafter made it two. After good work by Niall McCabe on the left, his left foot pass was spectacularly converted by Rafter with a 30 yard lob over the stranded Forge keeper. Terenures third came from another accurate Karl Bishop corner, scored by Rafter at the back post. Three nil up after fifteen minutes, Terenure seemed to take the foot off the pedal, and were caught napping on the half hour, when the Forge centre forward scored with a powerful drive from 25 yards. Terenures wide men were proving too much for Black Forge to handle, and ten minutes later, Niall McCabe produced another fine left foot cross for Rafters hat trick, his second in two league games.
Half time - Terenure College 4 Black Forge 1
The second half started in much the same way as the first, with the home side dominating from the start. Twenty minutes in, the industrious Karl Bishop was fouled inside the Forge area, and Rafter scored his fourth of the game, and sixteenth of the season so far. Forge reduced the deficit again ten minutes later, when a quick free kick was headed goal bound and somehow managed to squirm between the man on the line and the Terenure goalkeeper. This was mere consolation, and if the result was ever in doubt, the game was finally laid to rest in the 90th minute, when after good work by substitute Mark Kavanagh, Rafters goal bound effort was superbly saved by the Forge keeper, who was helpless to stop the impressive Fergal O Dwyer's rebound. Overall, a comfortable win for Terenure, who continue their unbeaten start to the new season.
Full Time - Terenure College 6 (Rafter 4, Hanlon, O Dwyer) Black Forge 2
Team - Leckey, O Friel (Stanley 75) , Hanlon, Treacy, Geelon, Brady, O'Dwyer, Bishop, Lombard (Kavanagh 70 ), Rafter, McCabe
12/11/00 (LSL - Div 2a)
Terenure stretched their unbeaten home record in the league to well over a year in this 9 goal thriller at lakelands on Sunday morning.
Conditions for both sides were difficult, with a howling gale sweeping towards the lake side goal post. Terenure conceded another early goal in this game, going one down after only 2 minutes. The Swords striker managed to capitalize on a poor clearance by the home sides defense to slot the ball past the luckless Leckey in goal. Terenure equalised after 20 minutes through the man of the match Lombard, who converted a centre from Rafter following a quick break down the left hand side by O'Friel and McCabe. Soon after, Rafter scored the goal of the game, a 30 yard curling shot, perfectly weighted over the Swords keeper. Less than a minute later, Rafter scored his second, riding a number of tackles and skipping past the goalie, rolling the ball into the empty net. His hat trick was completed shortly afterwards, with a 20 yard drive with his weaker foot into the back of the net. 4-1 at the break and Terenure appeared to be cruising.
However, within a minute of the restart, Swords were awarded a penalty, which they scored from, after O' Friel was adjudged to have brought down the Swords right winger. Ten minutes later, from a free kick out on the touchline, Swords swung in a dangerous cross, which was turned past Leckey in goal by the unlucky McCabe, whose attempted clearance was obviously affected by the driving rain. Swords comeback was complete after a Hanlon cross field pass from the left was intercepted and promptly buried. The game seemed to be spiralling towards a draw when McCabes reversed pass, after Brady dispossessed the Swords centre midfielder, set Rafter through once more, who calmly finished for his 22nd goal in 8 games.
A hard fought game, particularly in the midfield where the tireless running of Declan Brady, the industry of Phelim Warren and the skill and passing of O Dwyer surely helped to preserve Terenures unbeaten run in the league at Lakelands since October '99 for at leat another week.
Terenure College 5 (Lombard, Rafter 4) - Swords Celtic 4
Terenure College- Leckey, O'Friel, Hanlon, Warren, Copeland, Stanley, O'Dwyer, Brady, Lombard, Rafter, McCabe
26/11/00 (LSL - Div 2a)
A blisteringly cold morning at Lakelands did nothing to affect the home sides current run of good form. This match started at a fairly decent pace, both sides conceding early corners, which were both cleared easily. The first half an hour was hotly contested, with Brady and Bishop in midfield the busiest player on the pitch. Terenure seemed to be getting most luck on the right flank, with Lombard dropping deep to carve out openings for O Dwyer, and then Stanley to cross to the waiting Rafter in the middle. The resiliant Rock defense was finally breached in the 35th minute when the busy Lombard chased down the away teams sweeper, who was hassled into mis placing a pass to his keeper. Lombard squared to Rafter who expertly lifted the ball over the on-rushing goalie to score the first of the day. Rafter doubled his tally shortly into the second half, when he converted a pinpoint pass from Brady. The balance of play had definitely swung in favour of the home side, whose defense was rarely troubled throughout the entire match. McCabe and Rafter were giving the visiting defense a torrid time and both came close before Rafter scored his third after 65 minutes, sweeping home a pass from Lombard past the stranded Rock keeper. The goal of the game came in the 80th minute, when the midfield general Declan Brady, the youngest player on the Terenure side, collected the ball on the left wing, brushed aside three challenges and unleashed an unstoppable drive form all of 30 yards which crashed into the back of the net off the underside of the crossbar. It was the obviously delighted Bradys second of the season. The win sees the College move to 3rd, with a game in hand over leaders Tymon.
Terenure College 4 Seaford Rock 0
2/12/00 (LSL - Div 2a)
A one side affair was highlighted by yet another goalscoring spree by the prolific Rafter, who had scored his hat trick after half an hour. The Pioneers defence simply coulod not contain the home sides front pairing of Lombard and Rafter, as they regularly left their men standing in their wake. Man of the match Lombard also got his name on the scoresheet after an hour, followed by two more Rafter goals and a final score by O Dwyer, who rifled home a low drive after a powerful run across the face of the goal. But for the Pioneers goalkeeper, some timely interventions by the woodwork and some dubious offside decisions, the score could very possibly have been more. Rafters 32nd goal of the season stretches Terenures unbeaten league run to 12 games, and the unbeaten home record to 14 months. However, Niall McCabe has yet to score for the firsts this season, and is under severe pressure from the management to improve his form in front of goal.
Terenure College 7 (Rafter 5, Lombard, O'Dwyer) Pioneers 0
21/1/01 (LSL - Div 2a)
This was the first game after Christmas for the College, and it was evident in their performance on the day. The game was in doubt before kick off due to a frozen pitch. but the referee decided it was playable, and the game went ahead despite bitterly cold temperatures at Furry Park. The away side dominated early proceedings, O'Dwyer smashing a 20 yard drive off the upright as early as the 10th minute. Rafter struck first for the college after 25 minutes. A delicate through ball from Geelon, deputising in midfield for the injured Bishop, was finished off in a typically calm manner by the centre forward. The home side retaliated 10 minutes later, catching Terenure out with a lightening fast counter attack after some sloppy passing in midfield. Leckey could do nothing to stop the Sportslink centre forward slotting the ball into the corner of his goal. The second half was a dull affair, with most of the game occuring in the Sportslink half. After an hour, Rafter again came close to winning the game for the college, his rising shot drifting a fraction too high, and striking the crossbar before being cleared by the home defence. Despite having by far the better chances, Colleges' inefficiency in front of goal cost them dearly. Overall, a poor game neither side deserved to win, ended up somewhat fairly as a stalemate.
Terenure College AFC: Leckey, O'Frighial, Hanlon, Brady, Geelon(c), Stanley, O'Dwyer, Warren, Lombard, Rafter, McCabe. Subs: O'Grady, Bishop
18/2/01 (LSL - Div 2a)
This game went ahead at the second time of asking, the originally scheduled encounter being cancelled due to a frozen pitch. The game did not start well for College. Not even five minutes into the game, the referee awarded a penalty for what appeared to all concerned a very innocuous challenge. Leckey as usual guessed correctly, but was unable to prevent the ball crossing the line. This prompted a stirring fight back by the away side, and for the following 70 minutes, they refused to allow West End out of their own half. Aside from the flowing, attractive football played by the College, this game will be remembered mainly for the performance of the West End goalkeeper, who was outstanding from start to finish, and did not deserve to be on the losing team. As the rest of his side seemed to be outfought and outclassed in every department, the West End number one produced a string of top notch saves, including one breathtaking stop from a Niall McCabe 25 yard shot, which was hurtling towards the top left hand corner of the net before somehow being acrobatically touched over the bar. Rafter and Lombard were both denied by fine saves in the first half, while O'Grady was unlucky with a deflected shot, and Bishop only inches away with a curling free kick.
The second half saw more of the same, with the home side desperately defending their tenuous one goal lead. Brady and Bihop in midfield simply ran the show, proving more than able to cope with the three man midfield of the home side. O'Grady and McCabe gave the home defence a torrid time on each flank, ably assisted by Lombard up front and their overlapping full backs, O Frighial and Stanley. It was from a move on the right that lead to the equaliser. Rafter and Bishop combined well, resulting in a shot form the giant striker which for once the keeper could only parry. On hand was Lombard to tap the ball home into the unprotected net. This was followed moments later by the second for Terenure. Bishop took on the right full on the line, beat hime easily and drilled a low centre across the face of goal, which left full back O'Frighial finished off with some style. Rafter completed the come back with a trademark goal, linking up expertly with substitute Cullen, rounding the keeper and slotting into an empty net from an impossibly tight angle. WestEnd pulled one back direct from a free kick after the whistle happy referee blew for a dubious handball on the edge of the area. Leckeys second touch of the ball all game couldn't stop it from entering the goal. All in all, one of the more entertaining games you're likely to see this season, a much deserved win, and a scoreline which flattered the home side who largely have their keeper to thank for keeping it respectible.
West End 2 Terenure College 3 (Lombard, O'Frighial, Rafter)
TCAFC; Leckey, O'Frighial, Hanlon, Brady (Cullen 60), Geelon, Stanley, O'Grady, Bishop(c), Lombard, Rafter, McCabe. Subs- Warren, Cullen (for Brady, 60).
25/2/01 (LSL - Div 2a)
A freezing cold morning in Plunkett College was the setting for Terenure goalkeeper Alec Leckeys farewell match. The initial pace was nothing short of pedestrian, as the far superior College side never really got out of second gear. Rafter scored the first after 20 minutes, converting a clever pass by Bull McCabe. Drumcondra equalised soon after, their centre forward picking up a throw in on the right wing, turning quickly and firing a low cross that his striking partner finished with some style. Then a moment of magic livened up an otherwise dull encounter. Bihop fed Stanley on the half way line, and as the right full sped inside the Drumcondra half, he unleashed a fierce drive from fully 35 yards which the keeper was helpless to stop. Stanleys first of the season, and surely a contender for goal of the season. Rafter made the score 3-1 shortly after, heading a "Hail Mary" throw in by Geelon. He completed his hat trick before half time, slotting home a low drive from Bishops through pass.
Terenure College; Leckey, O'Frighial, Hanlon, Brady (Warren), Geelon, Stanley, O'Dwyer, Bishop, Rafter, Lombard (Cullen), McCabe
25/3/01 (LSL - Div 2a)
This eagerly awaited clash of the two title favourites had the makings of a classic, and didn't disappoint. The game exploded into life in the first couple of minutes, with Colleges first attack coming close to a goal for O'Frighial, who narrowly failed to connect with O'Dwyers deep cross from the right. Not two minutes later, Tymon took the lead with their first attack, a neat move on their right resulting in an accurate centre, which was headed superbly into the net.
Terenure: Victory, O'Frighial, Hanlon, Brady, Stanley, O'Dwyer, Bishop(c), Lombard (Cullen 75), Rafter, McCabe
3/4/01 (LSL - Div 2a)
The result of this top of the table clash could go a long way to determining the destination of the title this season. Once again, the College produced a battling performance against tough opponents and deservedly shared the points in a dull encounter in Brickfields park. Forge took the lead after 20 minutes of the first half. A corner from the right eluded everybody at the front post, and the Forge number 8 sneaked in with a stooping header to open the scoring. From that point on, College took the game to their hosts in the search for the equalizer. The pitch did not help their cause, being so small that their usual attacking style, coupled with Forges tactic of playing a 4-5-1 formation for much of the match, ensured that there was no room for McCabe, Bishop or O'Dwyer to manoeuvre. However, once again Brady and Bishop made short work of the Forge midfield, despite their numerical disadvantage. Chances were few and far between in the first half, and most success seemed to come from set pieces. Stanley and Hanlon both came close with headers, and Bishop hit the crossbar with a curling delivery late in the first half.
Terenure; Victory, O'Frighial, Hanlon, Brady, O'Grady, Stanley, O'Dwyer (Warren), Bishop, Lombard (Cullen), Rafter, McCabe
8/4/01 (LSL - Div 2a)
This was Terenures third top of the table clash in succession, but the home side showed no signs of stress as they swept Club 88 aside with an extremely efficient performance at Lakelands. The away side started brightly, and had the better of the openinig exchanges. However the home side soaked up the early pressure, limiting Club 88 to speculative efforts from long range, none of which troubled Victory in goal. As the interval approached, Terenure took control of the match, and began to dominate in midfield. Chances were created for Rafter and Lombard, and the deadlock was eventually broken after 35 minutes when a neat three man move down the left wing saw O'Dwyers shot parried by the keeper. Lombard was on hand to tap the ball into the open goal, for the poachers 7th of the season.
15/4/01 (LSL - Div 2a)
This completely one sided affair was effectively over at half time, with College starting the second half 5-1 in front. Ciaran Rafter opened the scoring with a typical clinical finish after Cullen had released him with a clever through pass. Cullen himself scored the second, scrambling the ball home after his initial effort was blocked. Bishop made it three from the spot, and two more from Rafter, including one bullet header from a Bishop cross, essentially killed the game off. The scoring didn't stop though, with Rafter adding to his first half triple with another hat trick in the second half. Manager Phelim Warren, ever mindful of Tuesdays possible season decider against Tymon, rested Stanley and Lombard and withdrew Brady and O'Loughlin before full time. Substitute O'Grady set up the goal of the game, when he intercepted a pass, and found Hanlon inside the centre circle. McCabe recived the ball, flicked it inside to Rafter, who cleverly knocked the ball over his markers head, and subsequently lobbed the keeper from 25 yards.
Terenure College 8 (Rafter 6, Cullen, Bishop) Drumcondra 2
Terenure: Victory, O'Frighial, Hanlon, Brady (Warren), Geelon, O'Loughlin (O'Grady), O'Dwyer, Bishop(c), Rafter, Cullen, McCabe
17/4/01 (LSL - Div 2a)
Terenure took a massive step towards securing the league title with a comprehensive defeat of Tymon Bawn. In an enthralling encounter, College started off slowly, going a goal down after twenty minutes. A long throw from the left was flicked on by the Tymon striker, and managed to squirm free of Victory in the Terenure goal. The ball was tapped home by the grateful Tymon No.9. The goal sparked Terenure into life, and they went on to play some of their best football this season. They equalised on the half hour through centre half Hanlon, who nodded the ball home from close range after Rafters knock down from Bishops free kick.
Tymon Bawn 2 Terenure College 5 (Lombard 2, Hanlon, Bishop, Cullen)
Terenure; Victory, O'Frighial, Hanlon, Brady, Geelon, Stanley, O'Dwyer, Bishop, Lombard(Cullen), Rafter, McCabe(O'Grady) Subs: Warren, O'Loughlin, O'Grady, Cullen
29/4/01 (LSL - Div 2a)
Terenure picked up another three valuable points as the league draws ever nearer to it's conclusion in St Annes park on Sunday morning. Again, College dominated proceedings, and never looked like losing to a poorly organized Pioneers side.
Pioneers 1 Terenure College 6 (Rafter 3, Lombard, Mccabe, O'Dwyer)
Terenure College: Geelon, O'Frighial, Hanlon, Brady, O'Loughlin, Stanley, O'Dwyer, Bishop(c) (Warren), Lombard, Rafter (Breen), McCabe
29/4/01 (LSL - Div 2a)
Terenure College went into this contest requiring a single point to secure the league title. After a hard fought ninety minutes, College emerged with all three points despite a brave effort by Sportlink to spoil the celebrations.
Terenure: Victory, O'Frighial, Hanlon, D.Brady, Geelon, Stanley, O'Dwyer, Bishop(O'Grady), Lombard, Rafter(Cullen), McCabe. (Subs- Warren, K.Brady, O'Loughlin, Cullen, O'Grady)
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