Match Reports Div2- season 2002/2003

Blackrock College 0:1 TCAFC

The rivalry between these two clubs is probably more intense on fields with different shaped posts at either end, but the fact that College had been mugged by Blackrock twice already this season was impetus enough for Terenure to outclass Blackrock in every department tonight. On a hard pitch, the liklihood was that the game would be quite scrappy and open, but in fact both sides played good football when the opportunity arose, with Blackrock probably shading the opening exchanges. When Terenure finally settled into the match, they took firm control, and never looked like losing their grip on the game. Stevie Jordan and Karl Bishop were bossing the midfield, and Murray and McCabe were again tormenting the back 4 with some strong runs from deep.
On 30 minutes, Rafters free kick struck the crossbar and bounced over, and it seemed that it may have been one of those nights. But shortly afterwards, a great move involving Murray, O Frighil and Bishop released Rafter down the centre, and the giant hitman rounded the keeper and slotted home from a tight angle.
The second half saw more of the same, with the Terenure back four in firm command of the game. Costello in particular was impressive at right full, and it was good work from him that almost brought about a second for Terenure. Bishops corner was cleared as far as Costello in the centre circle, and his inch perfect 50 yard pass sent Bishop running again down the right wing. His swinging cross found Jordan unmarked at the back post, but he uncharacteristically snatched at the header and dragged it wide.
O'Frighil, Rafter, Geelon, Murray and Jordan again could have extended the lead, but the Blackrcok keeper was having a good night, and prevented a bigger loss for his side.

TCAFC; Wilson, Warren (Flood 45), Hanlon, Geelon, Costello, McCabe (Smith 65), Bishop (D,Brady 70), Jordan, Murray, O'Frighil, Rafter.
Subs; Flood, Smith, D.Brady, K.Brady.

TCAFC 3:1 Black Forge

A replay of Thursday night's game saw no change in the outcome, as Terenure once again proved too strong for Black Forge.
In fact, the game was a lot tighter than the home side had expected, and it was a nervy first half an hour, in which neither side had a clear cut opening to score. However, College then picked up the pace, and Murray and McCabe started imposing themselves on the game. It was the two wingers who combined to set up the opener for Murray, with a quick one two releasing him down the centre, where his calm finish belied the tempo of the game.
The second half was dominated by Terenure. The Forge offside trap was starting to look creaky, and it was duly sprung on the hour mark. Centre half Hanlon intercepted a pass on his own 18 yard line, played a quick one two with Flood on the left flank, and passed inside for O'Frighil. Thinking he was in an offside position, O'Frighil let the ball run to Smith, whose through ball released Hanlon who had continued his run, and the big defender bundled the ball past the Forge keeper. 2-0.
The third wasn't far behind, as once again O'Frighil released Murray down the left, whose finish after a cheeky dummy, was coolness personified.
Terenure lost centre half Geelon to a head injury late in the game, and had to play with 10 men for the last 10 minutes. Forge took advantage of this and threw everyone forward. They eventually claimed a consolation, but it was too little too late.

TCAFC; Leckey, Warren, Hanlon, Geelon, Flood, O'Loughlin, McCabe, Jordan, O'Frighil, Rafter, Murray.
Subs; D.Brady, Smith.

Black Forge 2:3 TCAFC

This game finally went ahead this morning and Terenure did enough to see off the challenge of a deteremined and well organised Black Forge side.
Traditionally, games between these two teams have been close, with Forge usually relying on a packed midfield and a perfectly timed offside trap to curtail opposition offenses. Today was no different, with numerous offsides and free kicks in the midfield.
The first half was open enough, with neither side having many real scoring opportunities. College forced a string of corners however, and it was from one of these that they took the lead. Bishops corner from the right was cleared only as far as player coach Warren on the right wing. His shot misfired across the 18 yard line, and Hanlon was quickest to react to turn and fire the ball first time past the unsuspecting keeper.
Forge hit back soon enough with a controversial goal. As Hanlon was shepherding the ball back to keeper Leckey, he appeared to all but the ref to be tripped by the Forge striker, who promptly knocked the ball past a stranded Leckey.
College hit back quickly, when Murray forced his way through two defenders to volley home from 10 yards from Bishops corner.
Again Forge hit back, this time after a huge punt form their keeper was misjudged by centre half O'Loughlin, and the same Forge striker was left with an easy run in for his second goal.
The second half saw Terenure pile on the pressure, and when McCabes free from the half way line was nodded on by Rafter, O'Frighil was on hand to stroke home from close range to seal the win for Terenure.
Hopefully Terenure will be able to repeat the performance on Sunday, when they play Forge again at the college.

TCAFC; Leckey, Warren, Hanlon, O'Loughlin, Flood, McCabe, Bishop, O'Frighil, Murray, Rafter, Smith

TCAFC 0:0 Pegasus

For the second week in a row, a bright, warm sunny morning and perfect playing surface awaited the two teams with Pegasus keen to maintain their decent form of late and College looking to gain two wins in a row for only the second time this season. Warren's selection saw enforced changes with Geelon replacing the unavailable Hanlon, Rafter holding on to his place with Colm Costello's return to the 3B side for their Cup Quarter Final and a long awaited return to action for Mick Stanley in place of the gaffer.
Terenure began very brightly again, getting the play wide to wingers McCabe and Murray and a number of early corners ensued on both sides of the lake end. Geelon went close with a far post header and Rafter's long right leg forced a goal line clearance from the Pegs' full back as College pressed for the opener.
Pegs in return offered little in attack though the dangerous number 9 gave young Kev Brady a good test but Brady as usual was strong and pacy with the coolness of Geelon a great re-assurance alongside the ever-improving Brady.
Following another O'Frighil corner, Rafter's header was again cleared off the line by the full back but soon after, College keeper Alex Wilson made a fine stop from close range. So a scoreless but open first half with College the more dangerous.
Pegs upped the play early second half and after Brady misjudged a long clearance the number 9 blazed over from 8 yards with the game's best chance. College lost their first half dominance with the passing becoming sloppy and laboured and McCabe and Murray unable to get decent wide possession and Rafter and Smith up front living off scraps.
The second half became somewhat of a war of attrition with clear chances few and far between and occasional panic setting in at College's defence after Kev Brady retired injured on 65, but referee Mick O'Brien's final whistle ensured the game remained scoreless.
So three clean sheets out of four for College and while Manager Warren is pleased with that statistic, the goals have dried up a bit lately and with four games left, he'll be expecting an improvement in goal chances in those four games.

TCAFC; Wilson, Stanley, Geelon, K.Brady (D.Brady), Flood, McCabe, Bishop, O'Frighil, Murray, Rafter (O'Dwyer), Smith.
Subs; Warren, O'Dwyer, D.Brady

TCAFC 2:0 Walkinstown

Previous meetings between these two sides have always been tightly contested battles, often with the football being an unnecessary distraction to the off-the-ball incidents. However, Terenure put that beneath them with a disciplined, calculated performance.
It was one way traffic from the start, with Murray and McCabe proving too hot to handle for their respective full backs. Colm Costello and the industrious Gary Smith made themselves busy throughout, and generally gave the back four a tough time. Their off-the-ball running and refusal to be marked set up a platform from which the opening goal came after 20 minutes. A good move, started by Smith in midfield, saw the ball worked out to McCabe on the right wing. His cross-shot deflected off a helpless keeper and into the net. It was unlucky on the away side's goalie, as he had repelled a number of efforts up till then.
The remainder of the half saw Walkinstown emerge out of their shells, and they started to create a couple of chances themselves, but the back four, ably assisted by O'Frighil and man of the match Karl Bishop, restricted Walkinstown to long range efforts that rarely troubled Wilson in the Terenure goal.
The second half saw Terenure pile the pressure on to finish off the game. Murray, McCabe and O'Frigil all went close before the second goal finally arrived via substitute Ciarán Rafter, who was on hand to bundle home a low cross from Kieran Murray.
Walkinstown only troubled Terenure once in the second half, when on a break from their own box, the centre forward found himself one on one with Wilson in goal. The keeper was having a good game however, and managed to smother the effort at the edge of the area.
The remainder of the game was played out with the home side firmly in control. Terenure will look to carry their good form into next weeks game against Pegasus.

TCAFC; Wilson, Warren, Hanlon, K.Brady, Flood, O'Frighil (D.Brady 70), McCabe, Bishop, Costello (Rafter 65), Smith, Murray.
Subs; D.Brady, Rafter.

TCAFC 0:1 St.Josephs

Terenure fell to another disappointing home defeat, despite a solid defensive performace at Lakelands this morning.
St.Josephs are riding high in the league, and were looking to put one over Terenure, having only picked up 1 point from the previous three meetings of the teams. As ever, it was a closely fought encounter, with Joeys probably shading the first half in terma of possession. A strong breeze ensured that the long balls from the visitors back four were travelling long distances, and Joeys used the tactic well. However, College absorbed much of the pressure without too much difficulty. It was at the other end of the park that Terenure struggled. The gap between midfield and forwards was too large, and Smith and Rafter were starved of supply. Nonetheless, the home side battled for every ball, and were competing well.
In a half where chances were scarce, Joeys had a chance to open the scoring. A throw in on the left was won by the Joeys right back, whose pass over the top of the College back line caught them unaware. The left back stole in to lob Wilson, but his effort bounced off the crossbar and was cleared.
The second half saw Joeys exert even more pressure. Terenure started to tire, and despite Gary Smiths relentless running up front, they still found it hard to penetrate a well organised Joeys defence. However, the chances started to come a little more readily for both teams. Both Geelon and Hanlon cleared off the line in quick succession, and Wilson parried a low drive out of harms way. At the other end, the away sides keeper was distinguishing himself with top notch saves from Smith, Rafter and O'Frighil.
With barely 2 minutes remaining, Joeys grabbed a deserved winner, when their centre midfielder, who had caused problems all morning, stole in in front of the defence, eluded the tackles of Hanlon and Wilson, and rolled in to an unguarded net.
So despite some dogged defending, Joeys took all three points, a result Terenure can't complain about.

TCAFC; Wilson, Warren, Hanlon, D.Brady (Stanley 65), Flood, Geelon, McCabe, O'Frighil, Smith, Rafter, Darragh (Bishop 65).
Subs; Stanley, Bishop, Frehill.

TCAFC 2:0 Glenville

Terenure knew they needed a big performance today against a Glenville side that were going well in the league, and sure enough they delivered in one of their better performances of the season.
The first twenty minutes saw College pile the pressure on the away team. John Geelon had a header cleared off the line, and Murray and Hanlon both went close. Colm Costello, controversially replacing Rafter up front, almost opened the scoring with a shot on the turn after 10 minutes, but the Glenville keeper was in the right place to block his effort. Glenville slowly but surely clawed their way into the game, and went close themselves after 25 minutes from a goal-mouth scramble after a corner. On the half hour, Terenure opened the scoring after an excellent flowing move. Hanlon won a clearance in his own half, and found Murray on the left wing. His squared pass found O'Frighil, who laid it sideways to Gary Smith. A moment of magic from the striker saw him side-step three defenders, and the pitch opened up ahead of him. An inch perfect slide rule pass fed McCabe on the right wing, whose cross found Costello on the back post. His knock down was drilled into the bottom corner by Murray.
The frustration got the better of the Glenville team, as they had a man booked for dissent. A two footed lunge on O'Frighil resulted in the same player being wisely called ashore by his manager.
The second half saw Terenure tighten their grip on the game. The away side were reduced to long range efforts, and on the rare occassions that they breached the back line, keeper Wilson was more than up to the challenge. College extended their lead after 70 minutes, when another good move, this time down the left wing, saw Frgal O'Dwyer pick up the ball in the midfield. His low drive swerved wickedly and ended up in the back of the net after a deflection off the hapless Glenville keeper.
Terenure were in the ascendency at this stage. Record goalscorer Ciarán Rafter almost increased his career tally after his introduction in the 75th minute, when a rising drive from close range glanced the crossbar. McCabe went close again shortly afterwards when his poweful drive hit the side netting. At the final whistle, Terenure left the pitch with a valuable and well deserved three points, and willlook forward to next weeks visit of Black Forge.

TCAFC; Wilson, Warren, Hanlon, Geelon, Flood, O'Frighil, McCabe, O'Dwyer, Costello (Rafter 75), Smith, Murray.
Subs; Rafter, K.Brady, Cash, Bishop

DCU 3:2 Terenure College (League Cup)

Terenures run of bad luck continued into the cup yesterday as they were knocked out of the league cup by a golden goal for the second timein consecutive seasons.
Terenure started brightly, dominating the play despite the difficult conditions. They were passing the ball well, and building from the back through Flood and Warren. They took the lead after a period of sustained pressure through an excellent Rafter goal which involved nearly every player on the Terenure side. Hanlon and Flood played themselves out of the left full position while under pressure from two DCU players, and Floods pass picked out Murray. His squared ball picked out Kevin Brady, who fed Warren on the right wing. Between himself, McCabe and Smith, they managed to get the ball across into the area where Rafter stole in ahead of his man to finish off in style.
DCU pulled themselves back into the game before half time however, with a somewhat fortunate breakaway goal. Their skilful striker picked the ball up on the halfway line, and bundled his way past a number of challenges before finishing past Wilson. Worse was to follow for Terenure, as a dreadful refereeing decision allowed the DCU winger in on goal, despite being clearly offside. Despite Wilsons best effort, the ball crossed the line.
Terenure didn't give up, as they obviously sensed they were the better side. Geelon curled a free kick against the bar late in the first half, and Murray went close with a low drive that the keeper did well to save.
The second half saw Terenure throw everything forward in the hope of snatching the equaliser. Chances fell to McCabe, Murray and Rafter, but all were denied by the excellent DCU keeper. However, after 70 minutes, Rafter popped up again to meet McCabes cross to score his second, and keep Colleges chances alive.
Chances continued to occur at either end. Wilson made a brilliant save after an underhit backpass from Hanlon left him stranded. Rafter had a goalbound effort brilliantly turned away at the last moment by the DCU keeper, and Murrays follow up took a layer of paint off the crossbar.
Extra time followed, and DCU seemed to settle a lot quicker. Warren was forced into making a goal line clearance in the first period, as the home side broke through. And it was the home side who finally clinched the winner. In the second period of extra time, the DCU winger was given too much time to get a cross in, and the DCU sub managed to spin and get a shot in, which took two deflections on its way into the net. A cruel end, but no more that College deserved for not taking their chances when they had them.

TCAFC; Wilson, Warren, Hanlon, D.Brady (Stanley 80), Flood, K.Brady, McCabe, Geelon (O'Frighil), Smith, Rafter, Murray.
Subs; O'Frighil, Stanley, Cash

Terenure College 1:2 Alpine

Terenure slipped to yet another home defeat in this closely contested encounter with title contenders Alpine Express.
The first half was a scrappy affair, with neither side settling in to the game as quickly as they would have liked. Alpine had the majority of the possession, although they could not create any clear cut scoring chances. The closest they came in the first half was a close range effort from their centre forward that flew straight into the arms of keeper Wilson. However, a small tactical change on 25 minutes shifted the balance of play completely. Kieran Murray on the Terenure left wing dropped slightly deeper, in order to releive some pressure off Dave Flood at left back. The move served to create a lot more space for the Terenure strikers. On 30 minutes, the change paid off. Centre half Hanlon won a goal kick in the air, and Murray picked up the knock down just inside the Alpine half. With the away team pushing forward to try and catch the strikers offside, Murray beat his man and found himself with a clear run on goal. His right footed finish low into the bottom left gave the keeper no chance.
The second half saw Alpine throw everything forward from the off, and they equalised after only 5 minutes. A corner from the left was met by the Alpine centre half, whose glancing header eluded Wilson and sneaked inside the post. Terenure were having trouble getting the ball forward, as the away team were playing the offside trap to perfection. College were restricted to a few long range efforts that never seriously troubled the keeper.
On 80 minutes, Alpine took the lead. As Flood and Hanlon got their wires crossed on the left wing, the Alpine centre forward intercepted an attempted pass, and beared doen on goal. His shot was turned onto the post by Wilson, and despite a miraculous goal line clearance from Warren, the Alpine striker managed to get his head on the ball to finish it off.
This was Terenures first game in almost a month, and it showed. A couple of hard training sessions required by all.

TCAFC; Wilson, Warren (Stanley 70), Hanlon, D.Brady, Flood, K.Brady, O'Dwyer (McCabe 80), Bishop, O'Frighil (Smith 60), Rafter, Murray.
Subs; Stanley, Geelon, McCabe, Smith.

Terenure College 3:1 Clane

Terenure finished their league campaign for the year with an impressive win over high flying Clane, helped largely by massive performances from the Brady brothers.
The first half was a very open affair, with both sides passing the ball well, but with the defences havng the better of the exchanges. However, as usual, the away side took the lead after 25 minutes. A deflected cross deceived the Terenure back four, and the ball bounced on the 18 yard line. The Clane left winger stole in ahead of Hanlon and Wilson to loft the ball into the net.
The goal sparked College into life. Declan Brady in midfield was winning everything that came his way, and Karl Bishop was driving into the Clane defence as often as he could. Fergal O'Dwyer worked his socks off to help the lads in the middle, and the dynamic duo of Dave Flood and Kieran Murray were murdering the away side down the left. Rafter and the busy Gary Smith were getting chances up front, but the Clane back 5 were dealing with them well. However, on 40 minutes, Declan Brady made a powerful run down the inside right, and his cross eluded all but the on rushingt Rafter, who bundled the ball home at the second attempt.
A tactical change at half time saw Kevin Brady assigned the tough task of marking the Clane number 7, their striker and best player. That was the end of any attacking threat that Clane were likely to pose, as Kev kept his man in his pocket for the second successive week. Terenure kept chipping away at the Clane defence, looking for the opening, and after an hour, Declan Brady capped a fine performance when he connected with a low cross to sidefoot the ball just past the reach of the diving Clane keeper.
The return of Niall McCabe after 70 minutes paid almost instant dividends, as he was released down the right by O'Dwyer and Stanley. His inch perfect cross found Rafter on the back post, who nodded his second of the game.
Final score, a well earned 3-1 victory for Terenure, and hopefully they can continue their good form into the new year.

TCAFC; Wilson, K.Brady, Hanlon, D.Brady, Flood, Warren (Stanley 65), O'Dwyer, Bishop, Smith (McCabe 60), Rafter, Murray. Subs: Stanley, McCabe

Meath Rangers 1:1 Terenure College

It was one of those days for Terenure. In the previous two meetings between these two teams, College had managed to score 16 and concede 3 goals, the most recent fixture ending up as an 8-1 win. So Meath Rangers were always likely to be up for this game. The opening 10 minutes set the tone for the rest of the game. Terenure were carving the home sides defense open almost every time they went forward, and but for some controversial offside decisions and a host of missed chances, College could have been 3 up at half time. Rafter hit the crossbar with a powerfully struck volley after 30 minutes. Gary Smiths low shot managed to sneak past the post and a header from Rafter was well saved. Meath could not get close to the Terenure goal, with Kevin Brady in particular having a storming game at the back. It was all one way traffic, and bad got worse for Meath when they had a man sent off for spitting after 40 minutes.
0-0 at half time, but Terenure were in the ascendency. The second half was all College. Murray was tormenting the home defence with his typical mazy runs, and Rafter and O'Frighil were linking up well. Again, the home sides offside trap was working well, and Terenure seemed to be caught every time. After 70 minutes, Rafter finally broke the deadlock. He sprung the offside trap after Floods pass sent him clear. As the home side remonstrated with the ref, Rafter took the ball round the keeper and rolled into an empty net.
The lead would last less than 5 minutes. Meath Rangers won a corner on one of their rare attacks. The cross was collected by keeper Wilson, but he appeared to be fouled in the process, and the ball spilled loose. A goal mouth scramble ensued, and the ball bobbled into the net.
Terenure threw everything forward for the remainder of the game. Flood and Murray had acres of space, and they were using it well. Chances fell to Murray, O'Frighil, Declan Brady, Warren and Rafter, but the ball just wouldn't go into the net. At the final whistle, the home side celebrated like they had won the league, and they had every right to. It was one of those days.

TCAFC; Wilson, K.Brady, Hanlon, D.Brady, Flood, Warren, Smith (Geelon 70), O'Dwyer, O'Frighil, Rafter, Murray.
Subs; Geelon, W.Kearney.

1/Dec/02 (Cullen Cup)
Terenure College 2:1 Castle Celtic

College returned to winning ways, despite playing well within theselves in this closely contested Cullen Cup tie against a talented young Castle Celtic side.
The conditions were atrocious, with a strong wind blowing towards the lake end for most of the game. Terenure had the best of the opening exchanges, with Rafter, O'Frighil, Murray and Smith all causing the away side trouble. Castle had the lions share of possession once the game settled down however. They seemed to always have an option in midfield, but they lacked any serious penetration into the home sides 18 yard area, and were restricted to a couple of speculative long range efforts. Terenure took the lead on the half hour. Skipper Karl Bishops took a quick free kick, passed the ball 30 yards into Gary Smiths path, and the winger, making only his second start for the 1sts of the season, calmly nicked the ball over the onrushing keepers head and into the net. At this stage, Murray was running the away teams young defense ragged, and Declan Brady had asserted his usual waterproof hold on the midfield, and there was only one team in it.
The second half saw the visitors throw another player up forward in an attempt to claw back the deficit. They were restricted to long range efforts again, and on the few occasions Jerzy Wilson was called into action, he dealt with the danger superbly. However, Castle equalised after 70 minutes, when an attempted headed clearance held up in the breeze, and fell kindly for the away sides substitue, who gratefully nodded home.
Castles obvious joy at scoring was short lived however. In fact, it lasted less than 30 seconds. From the touch off, Bishop released Murray down the left. His searing run brought him to the touchline, where he cut back for O'Frighil to slot home his seventh of the season.
Terenure were on top for the remainder of the game. Declan Brady could have capped his man of the match performance with a goal, but he and Rafter managed to let the chance slip through their fingers. Brady was denied what looked a perfectly good goal by a whistle happy referee after 80 minutes when he was somewhat harshly ajudged offside. A similar fate awaited Gary Smith, who appeared to be standing behind O'Frighil when he recived the ball from him. His excellent finish was also ruled out. Castle came close to levelling again themselves, but a flying save from the excellent Wilson in the Terenure goal kept them out.
A good game, in spite of the weather, played in true cup game spirit. Terenure will be looking to improve on their semi-final exit last year, and to extend this cup run as long as possible.

TCAFC; Wilson, K.Brady, Hanlon, D.Brady, Flood, Warren, Smith, Bishop (O'Dwyer 90), O'Frighil, Rafter (K.Kearney 75), Murray.
Subs; O'Dwyer, Kearney, Costello, Doherty.

3/Nov/02 (LSL Div 2)
Terenure College 1:2 Blackrock College

Another three points dropped for Terenure, as their dreadful r un of form continues. Blackrock will consider themselves very fortunate however, as they were on the back foot for the majority of the game.
Terenure started aggressively, pushing forward from the whistle. Hanlons header from O'Frighils corner was cleared off the line, and both Rafter and O'Frighil had decent opportunities to open the scoring. However it was the away side that took the lead, despite playing into a stiff breeze. A cross from the right wing deceived keeper Wilson, and the Blackrock centre forward was given an early Christmas present as the ball spilled into his path.
The second half was all Terenure, who were carving the Blackrock defense open regularly, but just couldn't find the final killer touch to put the ball in the net. Rafter came close with a header, Niall McCabe smashed two shots narrowly over the crossbar, and Kieran Murray was unlucky with a low drive from the left.
However, Terenure were caught on the break with 20 minutes to go, when Blackrock managed to plunder a second against the run of play. A quick break down their right wing, and a low cross was converted by their left winger.
Terenure pulled one back a minute later, when Rafters low free kick hit the back of the net. Despite some late pressure, the home side couldn't turn the game around, and fell to their second successive home defeat.

TCAFC; Wilson, Frehill, Hanlon, Brady, Flood, Stanley (Warren 75), McCabe, Smith (O'Dwyer 60), O'Frighil, Rafter, Murray.
Subs; Jordan, O'Dwyer, O'Loughlin, Warren.

20/Oct/02 (LSL Div 2)
Terenure College 2:4 Esker

Esker found Terenure in a generous mood on Sunday morning, as they were gifted three goals, to put a dent in Colleges proud home record.
In appalling conditions, Terenure started brightly, with McCabe and O'Dwyer making inroads down each flank. Cairán Rafter was being closely watched, no doubt a result of his recent publicity, and Esker had flooded the midfield in an attempt to stifle Colleges attempts to play through them. It was College who took the lead, when Rafter nipped in at the front post to smash home Bishops corner. Then things started to go wrong for Terenure.
Esker took the game to College after the goal, and were level after 30 minutes. A cross from their left wing looked to be innocuous enough, but in the treacherous conditions, keeper Wilson couldn't get hold of it, and it squirmed into the net. Shortly afterwards, a through ball was played from the midfield, and Wilson raced off hisline to clear, but the ball again proved to be in rebellious form, and sliced off his boot. The Esker striker rolled the ball into the empty net.
The second half saw more of the same scrappy play. Within 5 minutes of the restart, Esker had made the game safe, when another miscued clearance was reurned with interest into the College net. Terenure pulled one back, when Hanlons free kick from his own half, eluded everyone and wound up in the Esker net, a testament to the conditions rather than a remarkable eye for goal.
Substitutes Ken Kearney and Gary Smith tried to inject some life into the game, the two linking up well to create a chance for Rafter, and then a quick lay off by Kearney fed Smith on the edge of the area, whose shot rebounded off the base of the post.
Esker nailed the coffin shut with 5 minutes to go when the College defense failed to clear their lines, and a shot from the edge of the area was driven home along the slippery surface. Esker were good value for the win, considering it is only the second loss incurred by the home side at the College in almost 3 years. With the bank holiday break coming up, Terenure need to regroup, take this setback in their stride, and get on with trying to recoup some lost points.

TCAFC; Wilson, Warren (Murray 55), Hanlon, Brady (Smith 70), Flood, Stanley, O'Dwyer, Bishop, O'Frighil (Kearney 60), Rafter, McCabe.
Subs; Jordan, Kearney, Murray, Smith.

13/Oct/02 (LSL Div 2)
Terenure College 8:1 Meath Rangers

A memorable day for Terenure College saw Ciarán Rafter reach the 500 goal milestone, and take his first step towards another 500, as he netted 4 goals in this completely one sided affair at Lakelands.
The first half was more open than the scoreline suggests, with Terenure having the majority of the chances, but with Meath Rangers enjoying the lions share of possession. College took the lead through Rafter, when he nodded home captain Karl Bishops lofted cross from the right. Bishop doubled the lead soon after, when he was hauled down in the area for a penalty, which he converted easily.
Meath pulled a goal back after 35, when they broke down the right wing and managed to scramble a cross into the 6 yard box. Their left winger popped up to slot home from close range to give the away side a little hope at half time.
The second half was all Terenure. Almost immediately from the touch off, Niall McCabe won a corner. Dave Floods low cross was rifled home by Rafter at the front post to give College a 3-1 lead. The strikers 500th goal was a classic Rafter goal, running on to a through ball from the midfield, rounding the keeper, and slotting into an empty net. He went one further shortly later, smashing a low free kick into the bottom left of the Meath goal.
Meath were completely dead and buried at this stage. Centre back Mark Hanlon poked home a fifth after the Meath keeper mis-handled a Dave Flood cross. Niall McCabe struck a ferocious 15 yard drive for the seventh, and Denis O'Frighil nipped in ahead of Ken Kearney and Steven Jordan to head home Colleges eigth of the game. Steven Jordan, Fergal O'Dwyer and Declan Brady all hit the woodwork before full time, Bradys effort from almost 30 yards.
College had a man sent off before the end, and Meath Rangers lost two men to red cards, but the damage had been done by then. A remarkable scoreline, and hopefully College can keep up the good form for the remainder of the season.

TCAFC; Wilson, Warren, Hanlon, Brady, Flood, Stanley, O'Dwyer, Bishop (Jordan 60), O'Frighil, Rafter (Kearney 60), McCabe
Subs; Kearney, Jordan.

06/Oct/02 (LSL Div 2)
Clane 0:1 Terenure College AFC

Terenure finally got their act together against Clane, and proved that they can still be a major force in this years league. Clane, who up till this match had only dropped three points all season, were frustrated by an extremely focussed Terenure side, who were not prepared to settle for anything less than a win.
The opening 20 minutes proved to be crucial in this match, as Terenure started with all guns blazing. Karl Bishop and man of the match Declan Brady were back to their best in midfield, as they supplied McCabe and Rafter with good chances to open the scoring. It was from a well worked move on the right wing that Kieran Murray gave College the lead. McCabe twisted and turned his defender inside out on the flank, whipped a low centre across which Rafter just failed to connect with, but Murray was on hand to fire the ball with his right foot past the static keeper.
The remainder of the half was a scrappy affair, with Clane having probably the best opportunity, when their striker found himself unmarked 6 yards out, but under pressure from the excellent Wilson in the Terenure goal, he scooped his shot over the crossbar.
The second half was a triumph of organisation over flair, as College had to knuckle down and scrap for every ball. However, the defence held solid, and managed to keep out a lively Clane team. A well deserved three points for Terenure, and hopefully the first step on a long winning streak.

TCAFC; Wilson, Frehill, Hanlon, Brady, Flood, Stanley, McCabe, Bishop, Kearney (Jordan 70), Rafter, Murray.
Subs; Warren, Jordan.

29/Sep/02 (LSL Div 2)
Alpine 3:2 Terenure College AFC

Another disastrous match for Terenure, who seem to be stuck in a losing rut at the moment. Conditions were far from ideal, with a particularly poor playing surface hampering both sides in their attempts to construct any sort of attacking move. It was College who struck first. Good work from McCabe found O'Frighil on the half way line, and his flick released Rafter, who finished clinically.
Alpine equalised when their centre forward sprung a shaky offside trap, rounded Wilson in the Terenure goal, and rolled the ball into an empty net. Rafter soon made amends, when he converted a low centre from Murray on the left wing to make it 2-1 for College.
The second half was a nightmare for Terenure, and it appeared all organisation had abandoned them at half time. Within 10 minutes, Alpine had levelled the score with a tidy move from the half way line. They scored what turned out to be the winner after 20 minutes of the second half, when throw in from the right wing was taken quickly, the midfielder ran 30 yards before crossing from the edge of the area, and the Alpine striker finished easily.
Both teams had chances to score again, but neither side could improve on their scores, in what was ultimately a poor match. Terenure have to icrease the work rate before Sundays match with Clane, if they are to make their trip to Kildare worthwhile.

TCAFC; Wilson, O'Loughlin (Warren 70), Hanlon, Brady, Flood, Stanley, McCabe, Bishop (Kearney 60), O'Frighil, Rafter, Murray.
Subs; Warren, Kearney.

8/Sep/02 (LSL Div 2)
Pegasus 3:6 Terenure College AFC

The way Terenure College had been playing up till this game suggested that it was only a matter of time before they pulverised some unfortunate team. That team happened to be Pegasus. A five star performance saw College take three valuable points from a potentially tricky fixture.
Pegasus took the lead against the run of play, when Hanlon didn't make enough contact on a long ball down the left wing. The home sides centre forward ran onto the ball and managed to toe the ball home before Leckey closed him down. The goal sparked the College into life. The final 15 minutes of the first half saw O'Frighial, Bishop, McCabe and particularly Kieran Murray on the left wing destroy a Pegasus defence that simply didn't know what hit them. Murray equalised after 35 minutes with an expertly taken diving header. Rafter got the second 5 minutes later with a header from Bishops corner, and Bishop himself made it 3-1 a minute later with a thunderous drive following O'Frighials lay off.
The second half saw more of the same from College. Left back Darren Frehill set up the fourth goal for Rafter with a storming run. McCabe found O'Frighial on the edge of the area, whose audacious flick sent Frehill through. His powerful shot was parried into the path of Rafter, who just doesn't miss from there. The fifth goal came on the hour, Mick Stanleys accurate cross found Rafter unmarked at the back post for his hat-trick.
College took the foot off the pedal, and allowed the home side in for a couple of consolation goals, but when centre half Mick Stanley connected with man of the match O'Frighials wickedly swinging corner to complete the scoring, the result was never in doubt. An excellent performance from College who will hope to carry on the good work to next weekends cup match against Blackrock College.

TCAFC; Leckey, O'Loughlin (Hanley 60), Hanlon, D.Brady, Frehill, Stanley, McCabe, Bishop (Warren 75), O'Frighial, Rafter, Murray.
Subs; Hanley, Warren

3/Sep/02 (LSL Div 2)
Walkinstown 3:1 Terenure College AFC

Another disastrous performance for Terenure, who just can't seem to click at the moment. This game was an even affair, with both sides eager to clinch the three points. College fell behind after 20 minutes when they were stretched at the back. A cross shot from the right was parried by keeper Leckey but rebounded off the hapless Stanley and back into his own net. An unfortunate goal to concede, but it had been coming.
Terenure clawed their way back into the gamebefore half time when McCabes inch perfect through pass released the prolific Rafter, who finished comfortably.
The second half was fast and furious, both sides pushing for the win, but it was Walkinstown who struck first. Hanlon lost the ball in midfield, and the home side broke quickly through the middle. Despite what appeared to be a clear foul on Stanley, the striker managed to free himself from the attentions of the College defence and scored his side's second.
This seemed to demoralise the Terenure lads, and soon before the end they conceded another, when goalkeeper Leckey could onlt divert a cross into the path of the onrushing centre forward, who made no mistake from 2 yards out. College could have scored a couple themselves, O'Frighial shooting close with a left foot drive, and Rafter with one of his typical jinking runs, but the end result reflected a poor, disjointed performance from the College.

TCAFC; Leckey, Frehill, Hanlon, D.Brady, Flood, Stanley, O'Dwyer, Bishop, O'Frighial, Rafter (Murray 70), McCabe.
Subs; Murray, O'Loughlin, Warren, K.Brady, Costello.

1/Sep/02 (LSL Div 2)
Glenville 4:2 Terenure College AFC

This game is one that the Terenure players would rather forget as quickly as possible. Despite playing some good football in patches, and dominating possession for large portions of the game, College self destructed to award Glenville the points.
Terenure took the lead after 20 minutes, following some early pressure. Karl Bishop slipped Denis O'Frighial the ball, and he duly sent a delightful ball over the keepers head and into the back of the net. It looked good for Terenure at this point, but before half time they conceded two soft goals. A free kick was cleared out of the Glenville area, and a quick break saw their striker one on one with keeper Leckey, who was helpless to prevent the goal.
Their second came when a 20 yard shot rebounded off the underside of the crossbar, and their man rose unchallenged to head the ball past the prone keeper. Things went from bad to worse for Terenure, when they conceded two more goals before the hour mark, both coming from defensive errors. College didn't give up the chase though, and managed to pull a goal back, when Karl Bishops free kick from 20 yards smacked off the keeper and into the net.
Despite some late chances, the game deservedly went the way of the home side. Glenvilles organised and methodical approach proved too good for Terenure on the day. College need to start playing with a lot more belief and confidence should they hope to challenge for league honours this season. Walkinstown away on Tuesday 3rd now looks like an all important match.

TCAFC; Leckey, McCabe, Hanlon, D.Brady, Flood, Frehill, O'Dwyer, Bishop, O'Frighial, Rafter, Murray.
Subs; Stanley (for Murray 60), O'Loughlin (for D.Brady 65), K.Brady, Kearney, Warren

25/Aug/02 (LSL Div2)
St Josephs 1:1 Terenure College AFC

Terenure kicked off their league campaign with a solid, if uninspired performance against a resilient Josephs side. Josephs, who lost to Terenure on this pitch twice last year, started well, and moved the ball intelligently. However, College defended stoutly, and restricted the home side to long distance efforts that rarely troubled Leckey in the College goal.
For all their possession, Josephs fell behind after half an hour. A throw in from the left wing found O'Frighial in the area, who played Rafter in down the left. His chipped cross was met on the volley by O'Dwyer, but the Joeys keeper made a tremendous save to keep the ball out. The rebound fell kindly to O'Dwyer again, and this time he finished calmly to give Terenure the lead.
The second half was a more frantic affair, with both sides sensing that the game was there to be won. Again, Josephs dominated the possession, but College had by far the greater number of chances. Joeys managed to clear the ball off the line after Hanlon met a wickedly swerving Bishop corner, and Rafter went close to sealing it, but narrowly failed to convert O'Dwyers perfectly weighted through pass. Joeys went close on the hour when a reversed shot by their centre forward somehow managed to stay out of the College goal. It appeared it wasn't to be the home sides night. However, they finally equalized after 70 minutes, when a free kick was somewhat harshly awarded on the edge of the Terenure area. As the wall were organizing themselves, the free was taken quickly, and the ball ricocheted around the box before being turned in for the leveller. Terenure twice came close through O'Frighial and Rafter in the closing few minutes, but the game ended as a draw, a fair result to a tight match that either team could have won. College can only get better with match practice, and their away game at Glenville on Sunday should see a marked improvement.

TCAFC; Leckey, McCabe, Hanlon, D.Brady, Flood, Frehill, O'Dwyer, Bishop, O'Frighial, Rafter, Murray (O'Loughlin, 70).
Subs; O'Loughlin, K.Brady, Costello, Warren