Good Shepherd N.S. Athletics
South Dublin Cross-Country 10th April St. Enda’s Park
The South Dublin cross-country run took place in St. Enda’s Park on
Thursday, 10th April with over 500 pupils from 34 schools participating in both
the boys and girls races.
Representing the Good Shepherd N.S. at this event (in alphabetical order): Abdurahman
Ahmadzai, Kacie Byrne, Chloe Curtis, Michael Donegan, Jake Gaynor, Katie Healy, Alice
Keoghan, Órla Slattery, Leah Steward and Iana Romanschi.
In the girls race our top performer was Alice Keoghan who finished in 43rd place. She was closely followed in by Leah Steward only a few seconds behind. In the boys race Michael Donegan ran a strong race and finished in a very respectable 37th. Next home for the Good Shepherd N.S. was Abdurahman in 57th position.
Powering through the field
Having fun at the Cross Country
Well done to all the children who represented the Good Shepherd N.S. at this event and performed so well on the day. A big thank you also to all the parents who came out gave our athletes such great encouragement throughout the race
On the home straight
Enjoying the Cross Country in St. Enda’s Park
Soccer Match 3:
Good Shepherd N.S.
Educate Together, Rathfarnham
On Wednesday, 9th April the Good Shepherd N.S. squad played their third league game of the season. This was our first home game and the opposition was our near neighbours Educate Together, Rathfarnham. After showing signs of improvement in our last game, hopes were high that the Good Shepherd could record their first win of the campaign.`
The Good Shepherd N.S. made a very positive start to the game with the centre midfield pairing of Alex Molloy and Michael Donegan creating a number of chances and dominating the midfield exchanges. This persistent pressure was to eventually tell when good work on the wing by Max Hordievskyy created a shooting opportunity for Alex Molloy in the 12th minute of the game. The skilful midfielder showed great composure in front of goal and his well struck shot left the Educate Together goalkeeper rooted to the spot. This goal seemed to give our players even greater confidence and they continued to pressurise the Educate Together defence in search of a second goal. By the 21st minute the Good Shepherd had doubled their lead when a glorious strike from outside the box by Michael Donegan flew into the roof of the net giving our team a well deserved 2-0 lead at the half-time break.
The Good Shepherd players began the second half determined not to concede a goal and allow their opponents back into the game. The defensive partnership of James Garrigan and Mujtaba Almohsen, who were excellent throughout, continued to make the vital blocks and interceptions that broke down the Educate Together attacks. In the 8th minute of the second half, the Good Shepherd scored a decisive third goal when Darragh McCarthy showed exquisite skills to flick the ball to the back of the net with the deftest of touches. The Good Shepherd was now playing excellent football and the fourth goal soon followed when Max Hordievskyy’s powerful header ended up in the back of the net via a deflection. Despite finding themselves four goals down the Educate Together never stopped battling and continued to press for the goal that their performance deserved.
In the end the Good Shepherd recorded an impressive 4-0 victory. Our defence was outstanding with Jaime Nunnikhoven, Carl Lilloveer and Abdurahman Ahmadzai giving their best performances of the league so far. Alex Molloy and Max Hordievskyy showed great creativity in midfield with our strikeforce of Usamah Halabi and Conor Finlay very unlucky not to get their names on the score sheet.
Good Shepherd N.S. Team (in alphabetical order):
Abdurahman Ahmadzai, Mujtaba Almohsen, Michael Donegan (C), Conor Finlay, James Garrigan, Usamah Halabi, Max Hordievskyy, Carl Lilloveer,. Darragh McCarthy, Alex Molloy, Jaime Nunnikoven, Sam O’Rourke, Iana Romanschi.
Good Shepherd N.S. Player of the Match: Mujtaba Almohsen
Good Shepherd N.S. Soccer
On Tuesday, 1st April the Good Shepherd N.S. squad travelled to Whitechurch to play Scoil Mhuire in their second league fixture of the season. The Good Shepherd N.S. players were hoping to bounce back from the disappointing loss in their previous fixture and started the game in a very positive manner.
The first half proved to be a close affair with both sides creating good goal scoring chances. On two occasions Michael Donegan went close to opening the scoring for the Good Shepherd while at the other end of the field Mujtaba Almohsen pulled off a fantastic save to keep the Scoil Mhuire attack at bay. However, in the 18th minute disaster was to befall the Good Shepherd defence when a shot from outside the box got through a forest of legs and ended up nestling in the back of the net giving Scoil Mhuire the decisive opening goal of the game. The Good Shepherd players didn’t allow their heads to drop and went in search of an equaliser. Again they created opportunities but unfortunately were unable to convert these chances into goals. As the first half entered injury time, Scoil Mhuire were to get a lucky break when they scored a second goal after a good counter attack left their striker through one-on-one with Mujtaba Almohsen and he made no mistake with the finish.
The Good Shepherd N.S. players started the second half determined to mount a fightback. For the first ten minutes of the second half the Good Shepherd team looked the stronger and more likely to score next. Twice, Usamah Halibi found himself in glorious goal scoring positions but failed to apply the finishing touches. Inevitably, Scoil Mhuire punished these missed chances and scored a third goal when one of their midfielders hit a well stuck shot that found its way into the corner of the net. The Good Shepherd N.S. now found themselves 3-0 down despite having played some very good football throughout the game. The team continued to fight for the goal that their performance so richly deserved and once again Usamah Halibi found himself in on goal after great forward play. His well struck shot appeared destined for the net only for the Scoil Mhuire goalkeeper to pull off a remarkable save. With this any chance the Good Shepherd had of getting anything from the game was now gone and in the last five minutes Scoil Mhuire were to add another two goals to their tally.
Despite the disappointing loss, Ms. Tierney and Mr. Whelan were happy with the performance of the team. Mujtaba Almohsen gave an excellent performance in goal, the defence showed improvements from the last game and our attack was always a threat to the Scoil Mhuire defence. On another
day Usamah Halabi might have had a hat-trick while Michael Donegan will feel unlucky not to score the goal that his performance merited. The midfield combination of Michael Donegan, Alex Molloy, Karol Ogonowski and Max Hordievskyy were at times superb with their link-up play and passing. Hopefully in our next game we can improve upon our finishing in front of goal and gain our first win of the season.
Good Shepherd N.S. Team: Mujtaba Almohsen, James Garrigan, Martin Hancz, Callum Eaves, Iana Romanschi, Karol Ogonowski, Alex Molloy, Michael Donegan (C), Max Hordievskyy, Conor Finlay, Usamah Halibi, Carl Lilloveer, Abdurahman Ahmadzai, Jaime Nunnikoven, Hussein Alsaedi, Darragh McCarthy.
Good Shepherd N.S. Player of the Match: Iana Romanschi
Good Shepherd N.S. Soccer
The Good Shepherd N.S. had their first match in the Dublin Primary School Soccer League last Wednesday, 19th March against Glenageary N.S. The team was expecting a tough challenge from Glenageary who were considered by many to be the strong favourites for this year’s league title.
On the spot Match Analysis....
The Good Shepherd N.S. team made a nervy start to the encounter and were unfortunate to concede an early goal to their opponents after slight hesitation in defence allowed Glenageary to score with their first attack of the game. This early goal seemed to lift the confidence of the Glenageary team and by the midpoint stage of the first half they had added a further two goals to their tally. However, the Good Shepherd N.S. team were to show great fighting spirit and got themselves back into the game with a wonderfully taken goal from Michael Donegan who beat the outside trap and slot a perfectly placed shot into the corner of the net. Our team continued to attack and were unfortunate not to pull another goal back. Failure to take one of these chances was to prove crucial, as against the run of play, Glenageary scored two quick goals just as the half-time whistle approached. At half-time, Glenageary held a slightly flattering 5-1 lead.
The second half saw our team make a very positive start to the half with Martin Hancz, Iana Romanschi and James Garrigan making some crucial tackles and breaking up the Glenageary attacks. After some great link-up play by Max Hordisevskyy and Conor Finlay, Usamah Halibi found himself in a glorious position to find the back of the Glenageary net. Despite his best efforts, the Glenageary defence managed to clear the ball off the goal line and went down the field to score a great counter-attack goal. This concession of another goal effectively ended our chances of getting a result from the fixture and Glenageary added a couple of late goals to give a one-sided look to the final scoreline.
The team will however take a lot of positives from this encounter going into our next league fixture against Scoil Mhuire, Ballyboden. Sam O’Rourke proved himself to be a very reliable goalkeeper making a number of important saves. In defence, Callum Eaves and Martin Hancz showed greatdetermination and bravery in breaking down the Glenageary attacks. Our midfield work tirelessly and never once dropped their heads while our forward line showed themselves very capable of getting on the end of attacks. In recent fixtures against Scoil Mhuire, little has ever separated the two teams and next week’s game should prove no different.
Good Shepherd N.S. Team: Sam O’Rourke, Carl Lilloveer, Martin Hancz, Callum Eaves, Iana Romanschi, Darragh McCarthy, Alex Molloy, Michael Donegan (C), Max Hordievskyy, Conor Finlay, Usamah Halibi, James Garrigan, Abdurahman Ahmadzai, Jaime Nunnikoven.
Good Shepherd N.S. Player of the Match: Sam O’Rourke