Soccer Review 2015-16
Soccer in ACS continues to build and get stronger as the years go by. This year was another example of fantastic performances by our teams and once again getting so close to a number of titles. Based on performances and the quality of players that go through ACS, it is only a matter of time before each year is filled with different successes. This year we also kitted out all of our Soccer teams in new and proper kits. Last year with the kind sponsorship from Redwood Furniture and DHL we got a lovely new kit for our 1st Year Squad. This year DBASS Accountants sponsored a kit for our U17 team and Murrays Coaches sponsored a lovely away kit for our U15s. The Parent-Teacher Association also sponsored a kit for our 1st and U15 girls teams. We would also like to thank the local clubs Ashbourne United and Killegland AFC who have been so supportive of Soccer in ACS by providing us with the use of their facilities, equipment and any help needed throughout the year.
1st Year Boys
Our 1st Year Soccer team this year had some fantastic performances and were incredibly unlucky not to make the league final. After topping their group, they were narrowly beaten 2-1 by eventual winners CBS Lucan in the last minute of the league semi-final. The team also reached the Quarter Final of the Leinster Cup, the furthest any ACS Soccer team has gotten in this competition. Again, despite being the dominant team, the boys narrowly lost out. These two losses were actually they teams only two defeats out of 10 games. Hopefully next year they can push on further.
U15 Boys Soccer
Our U15s were also fantastic in their group stages of the league, coming out on top and straight into the semi-final. Unfortunately it was the semi-final stage again that proved too much with the lads narrowly missing out on the place in the final. The boys also reached the 3rd round of the Leinster Cup, one better than they did last year. This team has amazing potential to succeed next year in both league and cup.
U17 Boys Soccer
Our U17s had a terrific year, consistently performing to a high standard throughout the league. We topped our group and won through to the North Regional Final of the Metropolitan League. In this game we played outstanding football but didn’t get the result we deserved. The league wasn’t over yet as we then entered a play-off section to try and make it back into the Metropolitan League Semi-Finals. We won all our games including the league semi-final to qualify for the final. The final was a pulsating game which went right down to the final whistle. We conceded a goal with 3 minutes left and lost the final 3-2, despite dominating the game for long periods. It has been a very successful season overall with this team narrowly losing out in 2 finals. The team has been outstanding this year in performances, attitudes and as ambassadors for Ashbourne Community School and we look forward to building on this for next year.
After last year’s amazing success of a Meath and Leinster Futsal title for the boys and a Meath title for the girls, our new group of 1st years once again competed in the Meath regionals but despite some great performances they unfortunately did not make it through to the provincials.
2nd Year Futsal Internal League
With the opening of our fantastic new sports hall, we now have the facilities to provide events for students that before had been very difficult or impossible. At the end of this year Mr. Leahy organised a 2nd Year Futsal League during lunch times over a 6 week period. Six teams with a total of 36 students took part, playing games during lunch. The finals took place on Tuesday 17th May in the morning with all 2nd year students coming to the Sports Hall to watch. The winners and runners-up were presented with medals. With this fantastic facility we hope this competition can become an annual event and expand to include other year groups.
The 1st year and under 15 girls’ soccer teams had a very successful year this year. The under 15 team, captained by Amy O’Brien, reached the Leinster quarter final in both the league and the cup. The 1st year girls team, captained by Anna Secka, also reached the Leinster quarter final in the league and were unlucky not to go further.
Well done to our 1st Year Soccer team who beat Holy Family CS 5-2 on 17th December 2015
1st Year Futsal
Ashbourne entered the FAI Meath Futsal tournament for the 2nd year in a row in both the boys and girls categories. This year saw a domination from ACS with both the boys and girls teams winning the competition for the first time in the history of the school. Having both won Meath, the teams then got to represent the county at the Leinster Finals which were held in the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght in December. The girls put in a great effort and were unlucky not to make the final.
The boys were nothing sort of amazing, winning every single group game to finish top of the group and qualifying for the final. A 2-0 win in the final over Dublin Oak meant Ashbourne Community School were 1st Year Boys Leinster Champions. The first time in the school’s history and only the 2nd Meath school to win Leinster. The lads then travelled to the All-Ireland Finals where they were runners up, narrowly missing out on the title by only 2 points.
1st Year Soccer 2014-15
This year has been a fantastic year to date for our 1st Year team. The squad have played 6 games in league and cup and won all 6 so far. They finished top of their league group in the Metropolitan West. They won the semi-final beating CBS Lucan but were unfortunately beaten in the final by the Salesian College despite dominating the game and they really deserved to win but it was just one of those days.
1st Year Soccer Fun Day 2015
All of our First Year Students took part in a Soccer Fun Day in Mid-May. Students were outside all day participating in different football related events such as a blitz tournament, football tennis, Peno Shootout, Crossbar Challenge and Bubble Football. A great day was had by all!