Season 2004/05 - 1st Team Match Reports
Reporter - "The Gaffer"

LSL Prem 1 Sunday


Lissadell Utd. v Terenure College - Sun 13th Mar 2005.

13/3/05, Lissadell United 1, Terenure College 3

Terenure very much kept alive the Premier 1 title hopes with a convincing and wholly deserved win over title rivals Lissadell at Brickfields.
With almost every player available to call on, Warren had given major thought to his starting XI following two successive defeats so John Geelon and Derek Muir manned the central defence and Karl Bishop kept his place, moving Des Curran to left mid and Warren plumping for Niall McCabe's experience on the other flank.
Right from the off, Nure found a chink in Lissadell's defence, Geelon's long throw helped on by Rafter for Stevie Jordan to go close over the bar.  Jordan was soon in the action again, his speculative 25 yarder going again not far over as College took the game to the home side.  O'Frighil then set up Bishop whose fine effort drifte wide but it was no surprise when Terenure took the lead on 25 minutes.  A free outside the left edge of the area was whipped in by Bishop and as it cleared a ruck of players, Jordan was unmarked at the far post to score from close range.
Lissadell finally got some urgency and play of their own and minutes after the goal, Alex Wilson half saved a shot and Colm Costello had to clear the ball away from the far post as it looked like going in.  But there was little Wilson could do after 37 minutes after Jordan conceded a free 25 yards out, the Lissadell right back's free flew over the wall and Wilson was beaten by sheer pace, a great goal.
Nure finished the half stronger though, Rafter ran through a large gap forcing the keeper to save and Geelon's long throw found Jordan with a free header that he fluffed so it was 1-1 at the break.
College again started the half better and had the ball in the net on 50 minutes, Rafter setting up O'Frighil who stabbed home but the ref deemed O'Frighil's foot was high and disallowed it, a very poor decision.  This stirred O'Frighil into even greater desire and just two minutes later he latched onto Curran's pass to surprise the defender who took him down inside the box for a penalty.  Though Curran's penalty was saved to the keeper's right, Stevie Jordan snapped up the rebound to score his second and restore College's lead. 
Rafter struck the bar from O'Frighil's cross soon after as Nure by now had the home side on the rack and they got the crucial third on the hour mark.  Another spot on free kick delivery from Bishop found Muir's head and he directed just inside the far post for Curran to make sure from a yard, a brilliantly worked goal to put Terenure in complete control.
They maintained control thereafter with Nure's back four absolutely top class as Lissadell found no answer to Nure's pressure and aggression.  College should have increased their lead as chances came to subs Murray and Smith before the end but this was a great way to bounce back after last week's Polikoff hammering and puts College in a great position with just two League games remaining, both at home to Esker and other title hopefuls DCU.

TCAFC: Wilson; Costello, Geelon, Muir, Flood; McCabe, Bishop (D.Brady 77), Jordan, Curran (Murray 77); Rafter, O'Frighil (Smith 83).  Sub not used, K.Brady.


Terenure College v Rathcoole Boys - Sun 6th Mar 2005.

WITH A HEAVY HEART........

Polikoff Cup 3rd Round, Terenure College 1, Rathcoole Boys 7

Newspaper Article - The Echo - Thursday 10th March 2005

Terenure's hopes of making the last 8 were crushed in rampant and ruthless fashion at the College in what was a demolition by the Major Division team.
On a glorious morning for football, the away team took a 2nd minute lead when a free kick 40 yards out wasn't properly cleared by Nure and a cut back on the right edge of the area was drilled low inside the far post by the Rathcoole player giving Wilson no chance.
It was 2-0 after 10 minutes, College lost the ball in the visitors' half and a couple of crisp and incisive passes cut through Nure's defence as their lad got beyond Flood's despairing tackle to place the ball under Wilson.
To their credit, Nure knuckled down and battled back.  John Geelon's long throw after 22 minutes saw Ciarán Rafter's legs taken as he tried to control the delivery and the ref awarded a penalty.  Des Curran scored clinically and it was game on.  Five minutes later, a great pass from Bishop released O'Frighil and as he rounded the keeper he was surely fouled by the Rathcoole keeper but the referee ignored the justifiable calls for penalty.
After 40 minutes with the game now very tight, Nure conceded a soft corner and Wilson was unable to catch the cross and sadly it dropped perfectly for the Rathcoole lad who scored easily.  The contest was more or less ended right on half time when the visitors left winger was allowed a long run and he cut in unopposed to shoot past Wilson.
So with a three goal deficit Warren elected to go 3-5-2 and try force a way back but within two minutes of the restart Rathcoole had picked off the home side again with a clever pass and clinical finish, 5-1.
Terenure kept trying to get a goal back and salvage some pride but their efforts grew more forced and hurried despite some improved approach work.  In the final 15 minutes the victors again punished Nure with precise passing and to be fair, ruthless finishing, Rathcoole looked to be the most impressive visitors to the College for years.
While the scoreline might be harsh, the gulf in class on the day was there for all to see but Nure have done well to reach the last 16 and still have crucial League games looming in the hunt for the league title.

TCAFC: Wilson; Costello, K.Brady, Geelon, Flood (Jordan 45);
D.Brady, Bishop (Blair 57), Curran, McCabe (Murray 45); Rafter, O'Frighil.


Clane United v Terenure College - Sun 20th Feb 2005.

Clane United 2, Terenure College 1

Terenure's title hopes took a blow as their record equalling winning run came to a halt in disappointing fashion. There were again four changes to last week's Dodd Cup penalty shoot out win, with Kev Brady back at centre half, Dec Brady and Stevie Jordan in midfield and Denis O'Frighil up front with Gary Smith away and John Geelon injured.
Nure started brightly however, an early corner from Des Curran landed at Rafter's feet and his shot was blocked as he looked certain to score.  Full back Colm Costello also went close after a fine move from left to right but that was about the sum of Nure's first half performance as they failed to pass the ball well and lacked their usual spark and passion.
Much of the first half was scrappy and sub-standard from both teams but in the 38th minute, it finally came to life, a harmless looking pass forward from Clane saw their forward possibly foul Kev Brady but he got in nevertheless and slipped the ball past Wilson to give Clane the lead. Rocked by that goal, it was 2-0 two minutes later, a speculative but awkward shot troubled Wilson whose parry out only came to an inrushing Clane forward who scored at the second attempt, a really bad goal from College's viewpoint so Clane went in 2 up at half time.
Kieran Murray withdrew injured at half time so Niall McCabe was in and he was soon in the play cutting a ball in that Rafter just couldn't finish off.  Soon after a long free from Muir was headed goalward by Des Curran but the keeper scrambled it away and further chances for Rafter and Jordan were spurned as College's performance improved appreciably from the awful first half.
McCabe was denied a penalty after Curran had sent him into the box as Nure became increasingly desperate but they got a goal back in the 84th minute, O'Frighil's corner was headed against the bar by Rafter but Derek Muir slammed home the rebound but sadly for College it was too little too late.

TCAFC: Wilson; Costello, Muir, K.Brady (Bishop 73), Flood; D.Brady (Blair 62), Jordan, Curran, Murray (McCabe 45); Rafter, O'Frighil.


Rosemount v Terenure College - Sun 13th Feb 2005.

Liam Dodd Cup First Round
Rosemount/Mulvey 1, Terenure College 1.  Terenure won 4-3 on penalties.

Nure's momentum and form continued apace as they accounted for their third successive team from a higher division as Premier Division Leaders Rosemount/Mulvey became the latest victims. Warren had four enforced changes from last week's Polikoff Cup as injury ruled out Jordan, O'Frighil and Crowley and Kev Brady was away so back came Karl Bishop, Niall McCabe, Kieran Murray and John Geelon with a first sub appearance for Scotsman Martin Blair.
On a pitch that was just about playable with alot of long grass, Nure began very brightly with their usual urgency and getting in early tackles and they were denied what looked a legitimate lead after 12 minutes.  Murray and Rafter combined well and Rafter's shot hit the inside of the post but Murray followed up the rebound to score but the referee deemed Murray offside but he seemed the only one to think so but nevertheless he chalked it off.
College were having plenty of joy down both flanks with McCabe and Murray getting in some dangerous crosses while Wilson at the other end was relatively untroubled.
The visitors got the goal they deserved on 28 minutes, again it was Murray and Rafter who combined, Murray playing in Rafter who just stayed onside and Rafter galloped in to the box, steadied, steadied again and just rolled it past a keeper who never stood a chance. 1-0 to Nure.
Rosemount started to get frustrated with their own game and also couldn't cope with Nure's huge work rate and committment but the referee was missing some off the ball stuff and Rafter was on the receiving end but the ref only spotted when Rafter finally lost patience and verbally retaliated earning him an unjust yellow.
With 40 minutes gone, Nure made their only mistake of the half, as a free kick came into the box, they left the Rosemount player unmarked and he was able to turn, steady and drill a shot past Wilson for an undeserved equaliser.  College lost their shape and discipline for the last 5 so Warren was pleased the half ended when it did.
The discussion was just to get the discipline and focus back on track and keep getting the ball wide and Nure started the half very well, an excellent move from the back involving Flood, Curran and Murray saw Murray's cross almost find Rafter and soon after Smith had a volley not far over the bar.  As the gale force wind increased even more, the game became scrappy and neither keeper was really tested. 
Warren got Blair on for the last 20 to freshen it up front for Smith who had worked honestly as usual and Bishop ran out of juice to be replaced by Dec Brady who snapped into tackles and ensured the back four had plenty of protection.  So it ended 1-1 and the 20 minutes of extra time provided little by way of chances although in the final minute, Flood did superbly on the end line and his cross was inches wide from Rafter's header.
So to penalties, the home side scored first but Des Curran found the top corner, Wilson saved Rosemount's second but Murray found the base of the post so still 1-1.  Rosemount scored the third, Martin Blair coolly levelled, home side scored but Derek Muir made it a Scots double, 3-3.  Wilson superbly saved Rosemount's last so it was left to the one and only Rafter and the Goal King obliged with that icy cool scoring touch to send Terenure through.
A tight game that might have gone either way, but excellent preparation for the big League games left.
TCAFC: Wilson; Costello, Muir, Geelon, Flood; McCabe, Bishop (D.Brady 73), Curran, Murray; Smith (Blair 70), Rafter.  Sub not used Frehill.


Terenure College v Glenville - Sun 6th Feb 2005.

Polikoff Cup 2nd Round 6 Feb 2005 - Terenure College 2, Glenville 1

A pulsating second round clash at the College saw the home side reach the last 16 and chalk up their fourteenth successive all competitions win, with the unbeaten run stretched now to 15.

Warren had one change to last week's League win, Gary Smith coming in for Dec Brady who was away and with fit again Karl Bishop and Niall McCabe back as subs.

Glenville began stronger, showing dangerous early pace and urgency as College gave the ball away cheaply as well but it was Nure who had the first shot in anger on 8 minutes, Denis O Frighil and Des Curran combining well to find Stevie Jordan whose low shot was just wide.   Two minutes later however, Glenville went in front, a move down the Terenure right saw Derek Muir make the tackle but the ball broke kindly for the winger who pulled a ball back for the supporting player to place wide of Alex Wilson's dive and inside the post.

Glenville sensed blood as Nure lost their composure following the goal.  Nure lost the ball just inside Glenville's half and a long ball in from the Nure left went over Derek Muir's head and the Glenville player rounded Wilson who took him down on the edge or possibly inside the box, but Nure got lucky on two counts, the referee deemed it outside and only produced a yellow for the relieved Wilson.  The free kick was struck wide so a let off for the home side.

The opening 25 minutes proved torrid for College and Wilson made three or four decent saves as the home side struggled to get to the pace of their opponents but they finally started to win some balls as the half wore on and Jordan and Curran began to get the upper hand in the middle and Muir's long range shot had their keeper struggling.

Right on the blow for half time, Des Curran was fouled 40 yards out and Muir spotted the Glenville defence asleep and played a quick ball to the edge of the box to O'Frighil who controlled and released the supporting Curran who thumped it into the far corner for a brilliantly worked equaliser and send College into the break with a massive boost.

College came out second half really buzzing and Jordan's brilliant ball released Crowley who cut inside and crossed for Rafter's whose header was somehow scrambled clear by Glenville.  On the other side Gary Smith was really starting to come into it also and a great ball by O'Frighil released him and his cross for Rafter was just cleared by Glenville who were now on the rack.

Another flowing College move ended with O'Frighil punching the ball into the net from on the floor but it was easily spotted by the ref who gave Denis a yellow card, joining Muir and Jordan in the notebook.

In the 70th minute, Nure cleared a Glenville attack and Curran gathered and passed to Smith deep in his own half.  Smith carried it forward with great pace and with Costello on his outside and players calling for a pass, Smith smacked a shot with the outside of his boot and it dipped just in time under the bar for a glorious goal and 2-1 to College.

Warren withdrew the struggling Crowley who did well to last 72 minutes and Geelon came on to beef up the Nure defence and Glenville became increasingly desperate as College tackled all day and Muir, Brady, Flood and Costello at the back concentrating and keeping it tight.  Curran and Flood also succumbed to injury in the last 10 minutes on a pitch that drained everybody but Nure held on comfortably enough even though Glenville had a goal rightly ruled out for offside and the ref played over 6 extra minutes to keep everyone's nerves on edge.

So another higher division victim for College who qualify for
the last 16 and despite the very tough opening 25 minutes, it's a victory just about deserved for this emerging College outfit.

TCAFC: Wilson; Costello, Muir, K.Brady, Flood (McCabe 85); Smith, Jordan, Curran (Bishop 80), Crowley (Geelon 72); Rafter, O'Frighil


Monksfield Knockmitten v Terenure College - Sun 30th Jan 2005.

30/1/05, Monksfield/Knockmitten 1, Terenure College 3

Terenure kept their top spot in Prem 1 with a comfortable enough victory in Clondalkin while not being at their best today.

Warren handed Diarmuid Crowley his first start with Kieran Murray away and there were starting returns for Derek Muir, Stevie Jordan and Dec Brady.
On a heavy pitch it soon became apparent that proper passing would be impossible such was the ridiculous length of the grass.  Nure took a 12th minute lead, David Flood's quick throw infield found Des Curran who linked with Jordan down the middle, Jordan strode forward and his low shot from 25 yards was spilled by the home keeper and Ciarán Rafter was on hand to bury the rebound.
It should have been 2-0 minutes later, Crowley showing great pace to latch onto a loose ball and having rounded the keeper near the end line, he squared a great ball across the goalmouth but somehow it evaded Rafter and Dec Brady.  Brady returned the favour soon after, his cross again somehow getting beyond everybody as Nure dominated.

Just on the half hour mark, Brady was fouled down the right hand side and from Costello's excellent free kick delivery, Rafter headed clinically low into the corner to give Terenure the cushion their dominance deserved.  Wilson at the other end remained fairly untroubled but a miscued clearance by him might have been punished by the Monksfield player but he was able to save the shot. 
As the half wore on, Nure became increasingly frustrated at some baffling refereeing decisions and Crowley had clear penalty claims as the keeper took him down just on half time but it remained 2-0 at the break.
The opening quarter hour of the second half was very scrappy as Nure's passing became sloppy and the pitch got the better of both teams but on 66 minutes, Nure switched off down the right side and the home side cut the deficit with a soft enough goal.

From the restart however, Crowley was upended down the left and Jordan's wickedly swinging free kick was put through his own goal by the Monksfield defender to restore College's two goal lead.
College dominated the rest of the game, Jordan hitting a post when attempting to finish an excellent move, Curran firing just wide and other promising situations came to nothing with poor crossing or decisions and more awful refereeing became the feature of the closing stages.

So a 12th successive League win, equalling the club record of Brian Hogan's League winning team in the 80s, a tremendous achievement but more important than records, three more points in this top of the table dogfight as wins for DCU and Lissadell kept them very much in it.

TCAFC: Wilson; Costello, Muir, K.Brady, Flood; D.Brady, Jordan, Curran, Crowley; Rafter (Geelon 78), O'Frighil (Smith 70).  Sub not used Warren.


Terenure College v Edenderry Town - Sun 16th Jan 2005.

16/1/05, Terenure College 2, Edenderry Town 1

Terenure snatched an injury time victory in dramatic fashion to just about maintain their winning run in a thrilling encounter at the College.
Warren had one enforced change with Derek Muir away, so John Geelon came in for his 50th appearance at centre half and Stevie Jordan back on the bench after injury with Ken Carney and Dec Brady also in reserve.
College started brightly on a greasy pitch, but Edenderry got ahead in the 5th minute after College lost possession on half way.  The Offalymen worked the ball up to the area and as Nure half cleared a ball, a 25 yard drive fizzed high past Alex Wilson to give the away side the lead.
The home side stormed back, Ciarán Rafter getting in down the left and his far post ball reached Gary Smith who couldn't believe it as the keeper somehow saved his close range shot.  This was to be the story of the half as the Edenderry keeper thwarted Rafter twice and O'Frighil with brilliant saves with the woodwork also rescuing the under pressure visitors.
The half finished with Des Curran firing just too high after tempers had flared on both sides as niggle crept in with cards appearing for both sides, so the half time break came nicely to give everyone time to calm down and regroup.
College knew they had a real test on their hands but they started the half well as they sought the equaliser, Bishop's free just evading Rafter at the far post and again the keeper performed heroics to frustrate the home team completely.
Warren made two quickfire substitutions just on the hour mark, Carney replacing O'Frighil and Jordan in for Bishop and both were involved in the goal that had long threatened.  Smith released Jordan down the right and Jordan pulled a nice ball into Curran's path;  Curran struck a terrific 25 yard shot but again the keeper made a great save but Carney was on hand to stroke home the equaliser triumpantly and mark his last game before heading to Australia with a vital goal, his 10th in a purple shirt.
It was all College now as Edenderry wobbled under Nure's superior fitness and to be fair to Nure, their second half display remained focussed and patient.  A marvellous run by Curran in the 80th minute finished with a lovely cross but somehow Rafter's low stooping header missed the gaping goal.  Wilson was a second half specatator.
As the clock ticked to 91 minutes, Nure got a throw on the left, Geelon sprinted over to hurl a long one in.  Rafter got the flick on with his head and Stevie Jordan timed his run to perfection to head the ball over the keeper's despairing leap and into the back of the net for a dramatic winner for College.  Though it was oh so late, it was just reward for College who responded to a severe test in tremendous fashion. 

TCAFC: Wilson; Costello, K.Brady, Geelon, Flood; Smith, Bishop (Jordan 62), Curran (D.Brady 84), Murray; Rafter, O'Frighil (Carney 58).


Terenure College v Tallaght Celtic - Sun 9th Jan 2005.

9/1/05, Terenure College 2, Tallaght Celtic 0

Terenure returned to action after a four week break for Christmas and continued the way they finished 2004 with an eleventh successive win and a fourth clean sheet in six games in a comfortable if hard fought win over strugglers Tallaght Celtic.
Nure lined up with just one change from their last game before Christmas, Ken Carney's bout of flu keeping him out with a welcome return for the fit again Denis O'Frighil.
The early exchanges were scrappy as the post-Christmas rustiness was evident in some sloppy and hurried passing but after 15 minutes, Gary Smith had the first good opening, latching on to Rafter's pass, but the keeper saved well.  Shortly after, David Flood's dangerous ball towards Murray saw the Tallaght defender almost put through his own net as College pressurised the lake end goal.  Bishop's lovely free kick delivery also led to havoc with Costello's header blocked and Rafter's rebound very well saved by the keeper and he thwarted Nure again before half time saving well from Des Curran's drive from an acute angle.  At the other end, Alex Wilson had only one save to make, a far post header seeing him scrambling across his line to save.  Denis O'Frighil's well struck free near the break was just a couple of feet wide and also right on half time the Tallaght number 8 went through Karl Bishop and received his marching orders having earlier been booked for a bad foul on Curran so Tallaght were now really up against it.
The second half continued with Nure having the chances but their passing had also improved after a sloppy enough opening half.  The Tallaght keeper again saved well, this time from Curran's rising drive after a great move involving Costello and Murray but the pressure eventually told after 71 minutes, Curran beating the offside trap by racing through a gap himself and he lifted the ball over the keeper and though the ball drifted away from the goal, Ciarán Rafter collected and steadied and rolled the ball into the empty net and relief for Nure.
Tallaght's ten visibly tired as College dominated and five minutes later it was 2-0, tremendous play from Curran down the right saw him dance his way past two defenders and his cross was volleyed to the net by O'Frighil from 8 yards.  Curran was denied by the crossbar minutes later and after a nice 1-2 with O'Frighil just before the end, he set up sub Dec Brady but again the keeper foiled the home player.
So an eventually comfortable win for Terenure on a difficult day for football and good to be back in action again.

TCAFC:  Wilson; Costello, K.Brady, Muir, Flood; Smith (Crowley 58), Bishop, Curran, Murray (D.Brady 78); Rafter, O'Frighil.  Subs not used: Geelon, Frehill.


Pioneers v Terenure College - Sun 12th Dec 2004.

Pioneers 1, Terenure College 5

College retained their top of the table position and made it double figures of successive wins on a heavy and difficult St Anne's Park pitch.
With Stevie Jordan injured after last week's Brighton win, Karl Bishop came in for his first start since October (the home 4-2 win over today's opponents) and Bishop was early in the game sending Rafter away with a great pass, but the keeper foiled Rafter and Smith was unlucky not to profit as the ball broke.

As with many games on this run, Nure were in front early, in the eighth minute, Kieran Murray turned inside the full back and squared to Smith who slid a great ball to open up the defence to Ken Carney, who turned inside and his shot ended up in the net via a deflection so a dream start again for College.
Pioneers were matching College though in terms of appetite and work rate and 15 minutes in a fine Pioneers move ended up with a goalbound shot brilliantly turned away for a corner by Wilson, making his 50th first team appearance.  It was to prove a telling save.

After 20 minutes, Murray again tormented the full back after Carney had done brilliantly to set him up but Murray's brilliant low cross was smashed over the bar by Rafter.  Smith's fine run and shot kept the momentum up and following Costello's quick throw in, Smith cut in and his cross shot was finished from 8 yards by Rafter after 28 minutes for 2-0 to Nure.
Five minutes later it was three and an exceptional team goal with Des Curran lofting a great ball to the by now unstoppable Murray who advanced with pace and crossed an early ball to Rafter whose flying header beat the keeper all ends up, this was a marvellous goal.

The 3-0 half time lead was harsh on the home side but it summed up Nure's killer instinct of late and again Warren had little to say to the contented players.
The second half was closely fought as Pioneers refused to drop their heads, but Nure had the better chances which they sloppily squandered.  When Des Curran won a tackle after 66 minutes, the Pioneers player lost it completely and landed a punch on Curran's chin but the ref had a perfect view and a red card was produced.
Diarmaid Crowley came in for his first team debut on 70 minutes down the left and within 5 minutes, his pacy run and delicate cross was headed in by Rafter for yet another hat trick.  Crowley was minutes later robbed near his own box and Pioneers punished Nure to pull a goal back, but the debutant Corkman was quickly involved again after 86 minutes, sending Carney away down the left channel and Carney's perfect pass meant Rafter didn't have to break stride and the Goal King steered home his 550th goal for College and seal the result, 5-1 to the Nure.
Another impressive and confident showing.

TCAFC: Wilson; Costello, K.Brady, Muir, Flood; Smith, Bishop, Curran (D.Brady 78), Murray (Crowley 71); Rafter, Carney.  Sub not used: Frehill.


Brighton Celtic v Terenure College - Sun 5th Dec 2004.

Brighton Celtic 0, Terenure College 2

Terenure extended their winning run to 8 successive League games to comprehensively defeat arch-rivals Brighton and avenge their opening day defeat, Brighton being the only team to beat College on the pitch this season.

Various on and off the field incidents during the season ensured College needed no motivation for this game and one of the Brighton players signalled his fear early on as he booted the ball out of play as Rafter and Flood closed in to tackle.  College immediately took control of the game and Kieran Murray was soon running riot down the left combining well with Jordan, Curran and Rafter and creating dangerous situations.  It was Murray who came closest to scoring after 15 minutes when Rafter released him with a great ball but he was just wide with the keeper beaten all ends up.
College's dominance eventually told after 33 minutes, Dave Flood picked up a loose ball and released Murray who yet again beat his full back to turn inside, but Murray's disappointing cross luckily broke for Rafter as the Brighton defender miscontrolled and Rafter scored from 8 yards past a furious and helpless Brighton keeper for a deserved College goal.

Jordan with a header and Curran's 20 yarder also went close as College defended comfortably with Wilson only having one easy save to make in the half so Warren had little to say to his troops at the half time break.
Dec Brady started the 2nd half in tremendous style, a brilliant cross almost forcing the defender into an own goal and Brady then raced onto Rafter's ball down the middle minutes later, as he prepared to shoot he was clearly tripped but to Nure's amazement and Warren's rage, the ref waved play on and Brighton got off the hook, if only for 3 minutes.  Yet again it was Dec Brady, forcing a free on the right edge of the box and Des Curran's sweet delivery ended up in the far corner as the keeper was deceived by the inrushing players.  2-0 after 52 minutes.

It was all Nure for the next 15 minutes, Muir almost getting on the end of Curran's free, Carney releasing the by now rampant Dec Brady with a stunning pass but Murray couldn't control Brady's square ball.
At the back Kev Brady was immense beside the towering Muir with Costello and Flood tidy and committed alongside, giving Wilson great cover.
Brighton had a number of corners but College easily dealt with them and they continued to control the game for the final 15 minutes and ran out convincing and deserved winners.  So a bogey and a few other issues laid to rest here today as Nure march on.

TCAFC: Wilson; Costello, Muir, K.Brady, Flood; D.Brady, Jordan (Bishop 67), Curran, Murray; Rafter (O'Frighil 83), Carney (Geelon 80).


Tallaght Celtic v Terenure College - Sun 28th Nov 2004.

Tallaght Celtic 1, Terenure College 5

Terenure's winning streak stretched to 7 successive League games as they brushed aside Tallaght Celtic thanks to a devastating first half performance on an "interesting"  Tymon Park pitch in terms of measurements and goalpost alignment.
With Kev Brady unavailable, brother Dec dropped back to centre half with Colm Costello returning and Niall McCabe advancing back to his accustomed right midfield spot and Terenure were immediately on the attack with Kieran Murray just wide after a fine burst from Rafter's header.  Five minutes in though College were ahead, Smith dispossessing the Tallaght man 25 yards out and laying it short to Stevie Jordan whose 25 yard drive fizzed past the bemused keeper for the opener.
Rafter had a great chance to make it two soon after but he only found the side netting after rounding the keeper but he made amends on 15 minutes, a fine move down the right saw McCabe's deep far post cross headed past the keeper by the Goal King.
It was all College now, Smith was denied after a scintillating move involving Costello, Jordan and McCabe. Jordan might have done better from Rafter's excellent headed lay off, but the same two combined after 35 minutes, great pressure on the back four led to Rafter getting down the left and his square ball was swept home by Jordan for his second.
The fourth goal minutes before half time was a deserved one for Gary Smith, collecting the outstanding Jordan's pass and dinking the ball over the keeper just inside the far post to bury a shell shocked Tallaght.
Des Curran was just wide early second half before things began to deteriorate, Tallaght's pride had been dented and a few questionable challenges began to happen and when Jordan was decked by the Tallaght player the ref immediately brandished a red card.  Only the fact that the penalty box was about 13 yards long denied College the peno that should have resulted.
62 minutes in Jordan's corner on the left curled into the six yard area and Rafter stooped to head number five and it was time for subs from Terenure with Karl Bishop coming in for Jordan and Warren in for the injured Muir.
The substitute left back for Tallaght also began to indulge his penchant for kicking and his second yellow for a late lunge on Smith reduced the home side to nine men and though College missed some excellent second half chances, they also lost interest in a very ragged last 20 minutes.  Tallaght's penalty after 80 minutes for Costello's handball gave them their only moment of the match.
So College march on, Brighton await next week in what should be a juicy encounter.

TCAFC: Wilson; Costello, D.Brady, Muir (Warren 70), Flood; McCabe, Jordan (Bishop 65), Curran, Murray; Rafter, Smith. Sub not used: O'Frighil.


Terenure College v Tymon Celtic - Sun 21st Nov 2004.

Polikoff Cup 1st Round
Terenure College 1, Tymon Celtic 0

Terenure deservedly took the Major Division scalp of Tymon Celtic in the first round of the Polikoff Cup on a breezy morning at the College.
With Nure's confidence sky high from their excellent League form, Warren was confident of a big game against a team three divisions higher despite the unavailability of Colm Costello, with Niall McCabe coming in at right back.
Similar to last week's game against Clane, Nure set the tone early with Dave Flood, Derek Muir and Dec Brady crunching into early tackles and giving Nure the platform to go and play.  An excellent early run from Kieran Murray led to a chance for Gary Smith but his shot was straight at the keeper.  Stevie Jordan was inches wide with a scorcher from 25 yards with the keeper beaten as Nure were the better side for much of the half.
Tymon did have a number of corners and one dangerous delivery held in the wind and drifted onto Wilson's far post but Nure scrambled clear and that was Tymon's only real threat.
Right on the 45 minutes, Gary Smith and Dec Brady hassled Tymon's defence high up the pitch and Brady got possession inside the box, squared to Ciarán Rafter who steadied and steadied further before rolling it into the far corner sending the keeper the wrong way for a deserved half time lead for College.
Nure were slow out of the half time break with Tymon getting a couple of half chances but Flood rallied his troops on the pitch and the majestic Stevie Jordan almost got in after an amazing solo run and he was also very unlucky not to get a penalty having been seemingly upended by the Tymon keeper.
Tymon again relied on set pieces to trouble Nure but with McCabe and Flood outstanding at full backs and Muir and Kev Brady rock solid centrally, Nure defended comfortably enough though one great chance for Tymon when they beat the offside was blasted high and wide.
College almost gifted a last minute equaliser to Tymon when the ball came off Kev Brady's back as he tried to evade a long ball, but he and Muir somehow managed to scramble clear but it would have been unjust had Tymon forced extra time and Terenure march on to Round 2.

TCAFC: Wilson; McCabe, K.Brady, Muir, Flood; D.Brady, Jordan, Curran, Murray; Smith (Carney 80), Rafter (Geelon 88).  Sub not used: Drennan.


Terenure College v Clane United - Sun 14th Nov 2004.

Terenure College 3, Clane United 0

Terenure swept aside leaders Clane to go level on points at the top of Premier 1 with as good a performance seen at the College in many a day in a totally one sided affair.
With five successive wins under their belt, Terenure went into the game buzzing and right from the off, they set about Clane with Dec Brady and Des Curran flying into tackles to signal their intent.  Though Curran was booked for his foul, the tone was set and Clane didn't fancy it.
Ten minutes in, Gary Smith wriggled away from two challenges and fed Stevie Jordan with Jordan's shot deflecting off the bar and out for a corner.  The resultant corner was scrambled away by the keeper.
Kieran Murray found his form early and he was running riot down the left getting in dangerous crosses and Gary Smith's early industry should have been rewarded when he chased down a seemingly lost cause to gain possession and from the tightest of angles, struck the bar and Clane cleared.
The onslaught continued, Smith was denied by a last ditch tackle from Rafter's flick and from a left wing Curran corner, Dec Brady's powerful header was somehow tipped over by the Clane keeper.  A cross from the Terenure right towards Rafter was met by the Clane defender but for the third time in the half, the crossbar saved Clane.  Clane's one first half chance arrived right on the 45, Wilson advancing to the edge of his box and being mindful of handling outside, had to drop the ball and with the Clane player poised, Kev Brady and Colm Costello defended brilliantly to snuff that out.
Apart from the scoreless half time situation, Warren was delighted with his troops and the message was keep patient and the rewards would follow.  8 minutes later, College were 3 up.
The first on 47 minutes started with Curran's pass releasing the flying Murray who ghosted yet again past the hapless full back, Murray cut the ball back and Rafter walloped it home from 8 yards.  3 mins later Murray this time released Rafter down the left, Rafter advanced and though his shot hit the base of the post, the ball rebounded to Des Curran who slammed home the rebound from 15 yards for the second.
Nure were rampant now, the inspired Smith's run and pass to Rafter almost saw his cross met by Dec Brady but a defender cleared for a corner;  the corner was half cleared and Murray's shot fell for Rafter who swivelled and found the bottom corner with his right peg, 3-0 to Terenure, this was clinical and unstoppable from the home side.
Smith almost made it four on the hour mark and after things calmed down, College continued to dominate.  Wilson did have a terrific save to make on 75 minutes, tipping a shot onto the bar, but further chances for sub Ken Carney, Smith and Jordan might have increased College's winning margin, but it wasn't to be.  So 6 successive League wins for Nure, the best winning sequence of Warren's 5 years in charge, this was top class today.

TCAFC: Wilson; Costello, K.Brady, Muir (Frehill 78), Flood;
D.Brady (McCabe 74), Jordan, Curran, Murray; Rafter (Carney 70), Smith.


Edenderry Town v Terenure College - Sun 7th Nov 2004.

Edenderry Town 1, Terenure College 3

Terenure kept up their early challenge near the top of Prem 1 with a convincing and deserved win in Edenderry, banishing the 2-4 defeat in their last visit there in February 2000.
Des Curran passed a late late fitness check on his injured back and Dec Brady was in for his first appearance of the campaign on the right of midfield, with Gary Smith replacing the unavailable Ken Carney up front.
Nure needed to keep it tight early on a very difficult pitch and immediately set about their opponents, hounding and hassling and it was such pressure from Stevie Jordan high up the pitch that led to the opener.  Jordan won possession, beat two men with one feint and delivered a lovely cross onto Gary Smith's head and the ball nestled low in the corner after just five minutes.
It was all Terenure for the first 20 minutes as Jordan and Curran in midfield ran the show and Costello and Dec Brady combining well down the right.  The second goal came down that side after 26 minutes, Dec Brady winning a corner.  Curran swung it over, the ball dropped for Derek Muir and as Muir prepared to shoot, Stevie Jordan also was there and it was Jordan who smashed the ball high to the net for 2-0 to Nure.
Edenderry tried all they could for the last 15 minutes of the half but despite four or five corners, Alex Wilson was dominating his area with excellent handling but on 41 minutes, Nure failed to clear properly 4 or 5 times and the Edenderry lad got in to beat Wilson from 14 yards with a low shot.
So though College were a bit aggrieved at the break with the soft goal conceded, the Gaffer was delighted at the performance so far and 2-1 would have been taken before kick off.
Despite a slow enough start to the second half from College, the home side weren't really threatening too much and just past the hour mark, Nure increased their lead.  Rafter got in down the left and squared an excellent low ball to Smith, Smith's shot was very well saved by the keeper and from the rebound, the Edenderry defender's clearance cannoned of Smith's elbow and into the net for his second and a 3-1 lead to Nure.
Nure should have increased their lead but a couple of wrong decisions at the crucial time was frustrating Warren on the line and some careless frees conceded in the final third ensured that Edenderry still had some fight in them, one free header off target was a wake up call for the final ten minutes.
Colm Costello's late 25 yarder was the last attempt on goal and the referee who maintained a firm grip on the game throughout signalled for time after 4 extra minutes and a deserved 3-1 win for Terenure, their fifth successive league win.  Impressive.
TCAFC: Wilson; Costello, K.Brady, Muir, Flood; D.Brady (McCabe 76), Jordan, Curran, Murray (Frehill 80); Rafter, Smith.  Sub not used: Warren.


Terenure College v Sacred Heart - Sun 17th Oct. 2004.

Terenure College 2, Sacred Heart 1

An 85 th minute winner from Ciarán Rafter got Nure out of jail today in a match that resembled the recent Ireland v Faroe Islands match in terms of home domination and chances missed.

Terenure lined up without flu stricken Niall McCabe and with Dave Flood still injured, Denis O’Frighil continued at left back and Gary Smith got a well deserved start in McCabe’s absence.

College immediately made and missed early chances, Rafter missing with a header and Jordan almost converting Des Curran’s low corner. Carney soon fired over and Rafter hit the bar when clean through from Curran’s pass as Nure almost completely dominated the opening half hour.

They were almost punished for their lack of killer instinct and Wilson had to make a fine stop from Sacred Heart’s one and only first half chance. At the other end, College continued to mess up excellent situations in the final third and before half time both full backs O’Frighil and Costello decided to try show the attackers how it’s done, O’Frighil forcing the keeper into a fine save from 25 yards and Costello’s close range effort somehow deflected away.

Warren furiously addressed the missed chances and wrong options at half time while still warning of the dangers of conceding to a visiting team who were visibly delighted at the half time nil nil score.

His demand for an early second half goal was answered as Nure got in down the left with crisp passing between Carney, Curran and Murray with Murray cutting the ball back for Stevie Jordan who found the net low from 15 yards after 51 minutes.

Rafter had a shot tipped over and Carney somehow allowed the keeper to save after O’Frighil had set him up perfectly. Murray had a shot deflected from Carney’s pass as College continued to let the visitors off the hook.

After 61 minutes Sacred Heart thought they’d equalised when a cross from their left found their lad’s head but Wilson made a marvellous save to tip over the bar but after 64 minutes he had no chance when a cross from the other side (with Denis O’Frighil lying injured) found the Heart player and he half volleyed low for the equaliser.

Nure’s frustration grew and grew as they continued to struggle to take their chances, Gary Smith being the next to have a shot saved when clean through. With Bishop introduced for a fading Murray and with the gaffer preparing to come on (yes it had got that desperate) after 85 minutes, Smith sent Carney in down the right channel and Carney cut the ball back for Rafter who volleyed emphatically home from 7 yards for what proved to be the winner.

So a fourth successive win for College and a game to forget about and move on, it was too close for comfort in terms of needlessly dropping points.

TCAFC: Wilson; Costello, Muir, K.Brady, O’Frighil (Frehill 65); Smith (Warren 85), Jordan, Curran, Murray (Bishop 75); Rafter, Carney.


Terenure College v Pioneers - Sun 3rd Oct. 2004.

Terenure College 4, Pioneers 2

Terenure made it three wins on the spin with another comfortable enough victory to keep in touch with the early pace setters in what looks like becoming a closely fought Prem 1 league.
With David Flood and Darren Frehill both missing through injury and Kevin Brady away, Warren brought Mark Hanlon back in to the team at centre half with Denis O'Frighil at left back and Karl Bishop returning in centre midfield and it was Bishop who gave Terenure the perfect start after just four minutes.
Ken Carney did brilliantly in the lake corner to win a corner and Des Curran's dangerous ball was half cleared to Stevie Jordan whose cross again was only half cleared to Bishop who lashed it high past the keeper from the edge of the box with his left foot, a great strike.
But Pioneers were back on terms after 15 minutes when despite a fine Colm Costello tackle, the Pioneers player volleyed a fine finish from just inside the box to stun College.
The home side regrouped and continued to find plenty of space and after 24 minutes Colm Costello found Ciarán Rafter with a great diagonal ball and Rafter calmly beat the keeper to put College back in front.
Five minutes later though Pioneers levelled again, a ball from wide left evaded Derek Muir and though Wilson advanced to block well, the rebound was lobbed back over Muir's head as he retreated to the goal line so 2-2.
Minutes later following a fortunate free kick award to College, Des Curran forced a brilliant save from the Pioneers keeper and from the resultant corner, Curran played it short to Bishop and Bishop found the top corner from the left edge of the penalty box for his second of the game.
Nure got a crucial fourth just on half time with the move of the game. O'Frighil slid a lovely ball down the left channel for Carney and Carney squared it early in to Rafter's path and the big man scored with his right foot to give a 4-2 half time lead for the home side.
That seemed to knock a bit of the fight out of Pioneers as they rarely threatened in the second half and found Muir and Hanlon's physical strength too much for them and College played some excellent second half football with no reward, Rafter coming closest from Carney's clever lobbed pass with the keeper again saving very well.
Terenure saw out the second half in control and with no further scoring, Warren will be very pleased with Nure's growing confidence and seeing everyone doing their best to hold onto their starting shirts.

TCAFC: Wilson; Costello, Muir, Hanlon, O'Frighil; McCabe (Smith 80), Bishop (Murray 66), Jordan, Curran; Rafter (Drennan 84), Carney.


Esker Celtic v Terenure College - Sun 26th Sept. 2004.

Esker Celtic 1, Terenure College 2

Terenure continued their improved form with a second successive victory after last week's impressive win over Lissadell. It was also College's third successive win at this venue having won 2-1 two seasons ago and clinching the Div 2 title here five months ago.

Nure played with the strong breeze first half and an early free from Frehill was helped on by Jordan and the Esker keeper fumbled but somehow Rafter's toepoke from 6 yards cleared the bar. The Esker keeper looked very uneasy all day and Curran had him scrambling soon after as College took command. They got the goal that was coming on 17 minutes, Des Curran's cross from the right was headed on by Rafter and Carney ran in, kept his eye on the dropping ball and volleyed home well for his second of the season. For the next 15 minutes it was all Terenure, Curran shooting just wide, Jordan at the keeper and Frehill's free being headed onto his own bar by an Esker defender. From the scramble, the ball was half cleared and Des Curran's curler also hit the bar. Carney shot over from a good position and Rafter then was just wide from Curran's pass but Nure were made to pay for the missed chances on 40 minutes when they failed at three or four attempts to clear a corner and the Esker number 10 prodded past a furious Wilson to equalise completely against the play.
So the gaffer was very annoyed at Terenure's lack of killer instinct in the first half and the sloppy goal conceded and the lads knew they'd all have to up it into the strengthening wind second half.

They retook the lead within two minutes of the restart. Frehill's free from the left was challenged by Carney in the box and the ball fell to Rafter 12 yards out. The Goal King stumbled, got up, steadied and steered the ball expertly inside the post for a typical Rafter goal. He was shortly afterwards denied what looked a legitimate goal after McCabe's wonderful cross found his head and the ball appeared to have crossed the line but the ref waved play on.

Esker never really troubled Terenure unduly in a second half that was very scrappy and sub-standard but Kevin Brady and Derek Muir in particular again defended with great discipline and assurance.

Warren's summing up after final whistle was "Sh*te game, three points" and you'd take that most weeks.

TCAFC: Wilson; Costello, K.Brady, Muir, Frehill; McCabe, Jordan, Curran (Bishop 71), Flood (Smith 57); Rafter, Carney (O'Frighil 71).


Terenure College v Lissadell - Sun 19th Sept. 2004.

Terenure College 3, Lissadell 1

Terenure notched up their first win of the season at the third attempt with a comprehensive victory over early pace-setters Lissadell, the result in no way flattering a fired-up home side.
Kevin Brady got the nod at centre half today ahead of David Flood with Ken Carney's impressive performance last week keeping him in the team and the importance of Nure getting a win today showed as an early Des Curran corner was helped on by Derek Muir with Rafter's header saved. From a second early corner McCabe won a 50-50 and Muir's cross-shot just evaded Rafter at the far post, but it was a great start for the home side.
19 minutes in and the pressure finally told. Des Curran dinked a lovely diagonal ball through to Rafter who stayed onside and he duly slotted his 535th College goal with ease. Minutes later Costello's cross found the Dell keeper in all sorts of trouble as Rafter challenged but the ball just didn't fall for Carney and the danger passed.
27 minutes in, College got the second they deserved. Rafter chased a seemingly lost cause to pressure the defence and the Dell centre half played a shocking ball across the area right in to Rafter's path and Rafter obliged to make it two.
Rafter missed an early second half chance but Lissadell upped their attitude early second half and 5 minutes in got a goal back, a left wing cross was met with a well placed header that left Wilson helpless. The away side kept the pressure up for
the next 10 minutes and Wilson made two excellent saves to keep Nure ahead but once they weathered that storm, they proceeded to dominate again, Curran's great run and cross almost finding sub Gary Smith and Muir's delicate cross finding Rafter's head but the keeper saved.
Dell played the last 20 minutes with 10 men when the number 3 was dismissed for stamping on the outstanding Stevie Jordan and it was Jordan who made the points safe after 82 minutes, again it was down to chasing a lost cause as another mix up between
defender and keeper let him in to round the keeper and walk the ball into the net. Jordan's celebration saw him fall into the net in exhaustion. The home side had additional chances to extend the lead but at that stage Lissadell had packed it in
such was College's utter determination all day, it was impressive from the home side today.

TCAFC: Wilson; Costello, Muir, K.Brady, Frehill; McCabe (Smith 62), Jordan, Curran (Warren 90), Murray (Flood 70); Rafter, Carney.


D.C.U. v Terenure College - Sun 12th Sept. 2004.
DCU 4, TCAFC 4
A thrilling encounter saw Terenure denied the three points with an injury time equaliser from ten man DCU on a breezy Ballymun morning.
Nure reverted to 4-4-2 after last week and Warren made a couple of changes with starts for new face Derek Muir and a return for Denis O Frighil, with Kev Brady and Karl Bishop dropping to the bench.
O'Frighil marked his return after just five minutes with a 35 yard free kick that curled and dipped perfectly to give the DCU keeper no chance and a dream start for the visitors. But the ropey pitch helped DCU equalise after the ball kicked up viciously off the sand to evade Dave Flood and allow the DCU player in to round Wilson and score.
It was even enough after the early goals but after 25 minutes a far post cross was dropped by Wilson as he hit the ground and the DCU player pounced to score a soft second, but as half time approached things began to heat up big time with Curran on the receving end of an awful tackle from the DCU 8, earning him a yellow. So a bit of needle crept in to get everyone really tuned in as the half time whistle went.
Nure played into the ever increasing wind second half and Ken Carney's early second half introduction worked a treat as his pace and movement gave DCU many headaches. Nure got a deserved goal near the hour as O'Frighil's right-sided corner was dummied by McCabe and Des Curran was on hand to score from close range.
Five minutes later and College grabbed the lead, Stevie Jordan pushing the ball forward and Kieran Murray made up the yards brilliantly to get there before the keeper and score a great goal, 3-2 to Nure.
The referee was a busy man in the second half and eventually DCU's Manager and Coach were sent off for continuous verbals and tackles were flying in on both sides, one memorable but fair one by Derek Muir completely cleaning out the DCU 6. A second booking for the number 8 for a foul on Jordan saw the home side down to 10 for the last 15 minutes. Wilson made two fine saves as DCU pushed for the leveller.
Afer 80 minutes, DCU equalised when the 9 was allowed too much room in the box to place a fine shot past Wilson but just four minutes remained when Jordan helped on a loose ball and Ken Carney charged through to score left footed just inside the box, 4-3 to Nure and a classic celebration from Carney followed by a less subtle one from Frehill.
A corner in the 91st minute however led to free DCU header and Bishop on the post couldn't prevent the equaliser, so a 4-4 final score to a most eventful match.
While Warren will be sick at the late goal, Nure's second half performance will give everyone real heart for the weeks ahead.
TCAFC: Wilson; Costello, Muir, Flood, Frehill; McCabe (K.Brady
80), Jordan, Curran (Bishop 74), Murray; Rafter (Carney 55), O'Frighil.

Terenure College v Brighton Celtic - Sun 5th Sept. 2004.
TCAFC 0, Brighton Celtic 1
Terenure's long-awaited first League game of the season ended in a rare home defeat as Brighton made it two wins out of two for them this season.
Nure lined up with a new 4-5-1 formation with Des Curran joining Karl Bishop and Stevie Jordan in a centre-mid trio and the early stages saw Terenure's midfield 5 in the ascendancy with Jordan getting forward well down the left to put over a great cross but Rafter's diving header went wide.
Brighton's crisp close passing was good to watch but Nure's full backs Costello and Frehill were not exposed in a very entertaining first half. Jordan robbed the Brighton defender to create a one on one with the keeper, but Jordan's chip went wide and at the other end Wilson made a brilliant save low to his left as Brighton attacked well.
The best chance of the half came when Curran sent Murray away in the left channel and Murray was hacked down in full flight. Referee John Caulwell adjudged it inside and pointed to the spot but in identical circumstances to last season's Cup match between these teams, Bishop's penalty hit the bar in an identical manner to leave it scoreless. Des Curran then also had a shot saved after being released by Rafter so half time saw it at 0-0.
The opening 15 minutes of the second half saw Brighton on top and Nure were lucky to escape some sloppy defending and missed tackles and Wilson again made a flying stop to keep it level as the home side struggled to make similar chances to the first half.
On the hour mark, Gary Smith was in for Bishop and Smith forced a save out of the Brighton keeper but still the home side could not gain any real second half dominance and they tired appreciably in the sweltering heat in the last 20 minutes. Ken Carney in for Rafter also forced a save from Jordan's pass and just as it looked like ending scoreless a long diagonal ball caught the tiring Nure defence square and Wilson couldn't quite keep the shot out and Brighton were ahead in the 81st minute.
Terenure kept battling to the end as usual and in the fourth minute of lost time, O'Frighil's corner found Flood's head but he couldn't keep it down and Brighton took the three points.
TCAFC: Wilson; Costello, Flood, K.Brady, Frehill (O'Frighil 68);
McCabe, Bishop (Smith 61), Jordan, Curran, Murray; Rafter (Carney 71).

 
 
 
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