The National League underage teams will have a mid-season break after next week-end’s League cup games to allow for players school examinations.
From the SJ.B Academy point of view its particularly pleasing to see progression for individual players between the 17’s, 19’s and the first team.
Last week, for example, the first team squad included Adam Dempsey and Dragos Mamaliga from the 19s (Dragos came on at half time against Dundalk and acquitted himself well) and Cian Walsh, Alex Rafferty & Byron O’Gorman from the under 17’s. Cian, Alex, and Byron then played for the 19’s on Saturday and played well having made the step up from the 17’s. In addition to the lads just mentioned Shane Flynn made his first team debut against Cork City in Turners Cross two week’s ago at 16 years of age and Jake Ellis is still recovering from injury.
Shane Flynn will be departing for Leicester City, Roland Idowu is departing for Southampton and Festy Ebosele is departing for Derby County all later this month. That brings to four the number of academy graduates who have signed for English clubs in the last 12 months (Max Murphy – to Stoke City last June).
The SJ.B Academy under 19s recorded their first win of the season when they defeated Wexford FC 3-1 at Ferrycarrig Park last Saturday. Goalscorers were Pitor Suberlak (15m), Oscar Smith (48m) and Daniel Luczynski (62m). Wexford pulled a goal back on 65 minutes. The visitors ended the game with ten players after Niall Barr was dismissed for a second yellow card on 72 minutes.
Under 19 team v. Wexford FC: 1 Adam Dempsey, 2 Jack Gallagher, 3 Alex Rafferty, 4 Riyad Simon, 8 Dragos Mamaliga, 10 Oscar Smith, 11 Piotr Subelak, 16 Niall Barr, 18 Konrad Wiechec, 22 Byron O’Gorman, 26 Cian Walsh. Subs: Jordan Walker (Gk), 5 Jake Byrne (for Subelak 83m), 6 Dylan Hennessy (for Wiechec 53m), 9 Daniel Luczynski (for Mamaliga 58m), 13 Aaron Hennessy (for Smith 76), 15 Josua Ojelabi (for Walsh 71m), 20 Timmy Ilori.
The under 19s don’t play again until July 1st, when they host Cabinteely.
The under 17s defeated Cabinteely 1-0 in the Academy Grounds last Wednesday. Goal scorer was Precious Omochere after just four minutes.
Under 17 team v Cabinteely: 1 Enda Minogue, 2 Cian Maher, 4 Alex Rafferty, 5 Cian Walsh, 6 Aaron Rice, 7 Steven Sweeney, 8 Glen Hollywood, 10 Daniel Madaghjian, 11 Conor Dowling, 12 Evan Dunne, 16 Precious Omochere. 19 Byron O’Gorman. Subs: 3 Jamie Crilly, 9 Eoin Darcy, 13 Panit O’Keeffe (for Hollywood 20m), 15 Callum Perry, 17 Nikolay Borowiec (for O’Keeffe 78m).
The under 17s are at home to Bohemians in the League cup on Wednesday, 30th May. Kick off at the Academy Grounds in Carrickmines is 6.30pm.
The SJ.B under 15s were defeated 3-1 by Shamrock Rovers on Sunday in the Academy Grounds in Carrickmines. Rovers went ahead in the first half before Billy Vance equalised. Rovers scored twice in the second half to win a hard-fought encounter.
SJ.B Academy under 15s v. Shamrock Rovers: 25 Morgan Griffin, 4 Eoin Doyle, 5 Leigh Kavanagh, 6 Ryan Bowden, 7 Billy Vance, 8 Regan Lennon, 9 Daragh Lynch, 14 Sam Brown, 15 Sean O’Neill, 16 Andy Moran 17 Ollie Matthews. Subs: 1 Cian Connors (GK), 2 Neil Langan, 3 David Power, 10 Eoin Greene, 11 Cian McCracken, 12 Corey Byrne Dunbar, 18 Jamie Egan, 19 Kyle Nolan.
The under 15s are away to Dundalk in the League cup on Saturday, 2nd June. Kick off at Oriel Park is 12.00noon.