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Freebooters AFC v Crettyard United 19/10
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Freebooters AFC play host to Crettyard United at Freebooters AFC Home Ground at 2 pm

This is the first game for both teams in this competition

16/10/2019 13:29
Crettyard United v Hanover Harps
Youths league 28/09 14:30
Crettyard United 1 - 1 Hanover Harps

Crettyard United 1

Hanover Harps 1

Hanover started on the front foot and as early as the second minute, a penetrating Crossfield pass by Shane Murphy found Arnus Karalius inside the box and he controlled the ball and went around the Crettyard keeper to open the scoring at 0-1.

Hanover continued to ‘boss’ the opening exchanges and Dillon Darcy went very close on nine minutes. Crettyard created their first opportunity on nine minutes from a set-piece – but it came to nothing. Hanover’s Shane Murphy saw his fine effort from outside the box, but it was tipped around the post by the Crettyard keeper and Arnus Umbartas went close on a couple of occasions, but they went wide. Crettyard had a spell of possession in the latter stages of the first half, but the Hanover defence defended robustly and gave little away. Just before half-time Crettyard won a free kick, but Matthew McCutcheon tipped it out for a corner, which was subsequently cleared and it was 0-1 at half-time.

Crettyard took the game to Hanover, in the early stages of the second-half, but Hanover continued to defend stoutly, however, on fifty five minutes, a poor clearance fell to a Crettyard striker and he rifled the ball into the top corner of the net, to level the scores at 1-1. Hanover responded by taking the game to Crettyard and Arnus Umbartas, Dillon Darcy and Shane Murphy all had efforts saved as they besieged Crettyard’s goal. Then Crettyard took over and dominated for the next ten minutes and they had two half-chances, that were denied by some great defending by Robert Norton and Ben A Smith. Hanover forced a corner, near the end, but Kian Lawlor’s headed chance was saved. The final chance fell to Crettyard but Matthew McCutcheon pulled off a superb save to keep the scores level at 1-1, which was a fair result for this very entertaining match.

Standing out for Hanover were Matthew McCutcheon, Shane Murphy, Ben A Smith and Kian Lawlor, whilst it was an all-round team performance by Crettyard.

13/10/2019 22:31
Parkville United v Crettyard United
Premier Division 13/10 11:00
Parkville United 1 - 1 Crettyard United

Parkville United 1

Crettyard United 1

The shock of the day came at Hawkins Lane where last season’s runners up, Crettyard were held to a 1-1 draw there for the second time in two seasons.

Cretty have struggled recently, having picked up just four points from their first three games. They will need to improve fast if they are to stand any chance of regaining the Premier Division title. The opening exchanges were very tight. The visitors were on top but never really troubled the Park keeper until a mistake put Danny Doyle through on goal. He should have scored but failed to hit the target. As the half went on, Cretty got in some great positions from set pieces but a Cris Maher effort was tipped over and then Evan Carroll somehow managed to head wide from another Maher delivery on 40 minutes.

With two guilt edged chances to be in front blown Cretty were made pay the penalty. Twenty minutes in Craig Comerford’s rash challenge on Adam Feeney gave Park the chance to go in front, Gareth Doyle converting. The Cretty response was to spring Robbie Kane from the bench but within five minutes he was dismissed to the horror of the Cretty line. A man down, the visitors plugged away but consistently forced long balls as nerves began to jangle but to their great credit, they dominated with ten men even if at times they were wide open on the counter. In a pulsating final five minutes, Comerford redeemed himself with a beautifully composed finish and then in the final, Gearoid Cuddihy fired a cross to Danny Doyle whose bullet header was somehow saved by Parkville’s keeper.

Best for the visitors were James Sherwood, Evan Carroll and Danny Doyle. Players that shined for Parkville were Sean Thompkins, Adam Feeney Michael English and Eoin Brennan.

13/10/2019 22:11
Crettyard United v St Patricks Boys
Premier Division 22/09 11:00
Crettyard United 2 - 1 St Patricks Boys

Crettyard United 2

St Patrick's Boys 1

Crettyard got their Premier Division campaign up and running at the second attempt but not without a few scares as a brace from Lee Salter saw them overcome the concession of an early goal to eventually win.

The hosts started well but it was Pat's that struck first, Leven Da Silva’s low drive from the edge of the box finding the net to give the visitors a surprise lead. United upped their game and went close through Aaron Morris and Mikey Byrne before Salter had them level seven minutes before the break, the United forward driving at the Boys defence before firing past Danny Moran to make it 1-1.

The experience of Crettyard gave them the edge in the second half and Salter was causing all sorts of problems for St Pat’s. He had an effort well saved by Moran on the hour before netting the winner ten minutes later with the deftest of flicks from Seamus Dowling’s cross. St Pat’s made a number of changes as they sought an equaliser but rarely threatened in the closing stages as Crettyard eased to the points that they hope will belatedly kick start a title challenge.

Best for United were Seamus Dowling, Mikey Byrne and Lee Salter while impressing for St Pat’s were Brian Maguire, Chris Gaul and Danny Moran.

13/10/2019 22:09
Crettyard United v New Oak Boys
21/09/2019 21:27
Slaney Rovers v Crettyard United
Premier Division 15/09 11:00
Slaney Rovers 2 - 0 Crettyard United

Slaney Rovers 2

Crettyard United 0

Second half goals from Lubomir Lesko and Daniel O’Brien saw newly promoted Rovers cause a major upset on the opening day of the Premier Division season as serial league winners United crashed to defeat.

Crettyard started well enough but despite controlling the early exchanges they rarely threatened Fergal Harmon in the Rovers goal. The hosts began to find their feet as the half wore on and Conor O’Brien'’ effort from distance flew just the wrong side of the post. Another long-range effort from the hosts, this time from Dominic Byrne also went just wide as the sides went into the break at 0-0.

United were slow out of the blocks at the start of the second half and Rovers made them pay in emphatic fashion with two goals in six minutes. The first arrived on 50 minutes, Conor O'Brien's pass released Lesko and his powerful run and fine finish put Rovers 1-0 up. It got worse for United shortly afterwards as Daniel O'Brien's cross was finished to the net by Aaron Broughall to double the lead. Crettyard threw everything at Slaney with Cristoir Maher and Niall Purcell to the fore but the hosts rear guard held firm and Rovers claimed a well-deserved three points to reward the efforts of Shane Murphy, Eoin Curran and Paddy Farrell.

Although only the first game of the season, the defeat is huge blow to United who only had Cris Maher, Bobby Dowling and Niall Purcell performing to their usual high standards.

21/09/2019 21:25
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Crettyard United Fixtures / Results (All Competitions This Season)
Saturday 19 October 2019
FAI u18 Youths Cup
Freebooters AFCCrettyard United14:00Local
Sunday 20 October 2019
FAI Junior Cup
Corach RangersCrettyard United11:00Local
Tullys Travel Division One
Crettyard United BCastle RangersKilleen Sports Field, Crettyard14:00Pat Moran
Total : 3