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Aaron O'Driscoll & Scully Play In U15 Internationals




Well done to Aaron O'Driscoll (pictured above left) of the 15 Premier team, who played in last weekend's under 15 international friendlies against Holland and Turkey. Anthony Scully (West Ham), the son of former Orchard player Tony, was also involved in both games, which were won by Holland (1-0) and the hosts Turkey (2-0).


Unfortunately, Aaron Floody suffered a broken leg in the warm up before our Saturday team's game against Wayside Celtic at Jackson Park at the weekend. It is the same leg he broke playing against us for St Kevins two years ago. Will you please give Aaron a mention on the website



Danny Kane & Huddersfield edge past MUFC




Former Cherry Orchard player Danny Kane (front row) celebrates with the Huddersfield Town squad after there impressive 2-1 victory against Manchester United in the FA youth cup 5th round last night.



Aberdeen Reach Cup Final with Jonathan Hayes Brace 



Jonathan Hayes opened the scoring after three minutes and scored again after 79 to help Aberdeen reach their first cup final in 14 years by beating St Johnstone 4-0 in the Scottish League Cup semi-final at Tynecastle on Saturday. Adam Rooney netted a 63rd minute goal and Willo Fllod was also in the Aberdeen side. We wish Jonathan, Adam and Willo the best of luck when the Dons take on Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the cup final on 16th March.



Willo Flood Nets Aberdeen's Winner





Andy Reid Scores in Forest Romp



Andy Reid's emphatic stoppage time finish completed a resounding 5-0 win for Nottingham Forest against West Ham in their FA Cup third round tie at the City Ground on Sunday. This was Andy's seventh goal of the season for Forest, who are contenders for promotion to the Premier League and will meet Ipswich or Preston in the next round of the FA Cup. Click HERE to see the goals including Andy's.


And a very  good day for Andy, who is the Forest captain, became even better when it was revealed that he has agreed a new contract to keep him at the City Ground until the end of the 2015-16 season. You can see Andy speak about his new deal above.


Former Players Do Well In FA Cup Ties


There were some good results for former Cherry Orchard players in Saturday's FA Cup third round ties. Mick Doyle was in the Sheffield Utd side who had a fine 2-1 win away to Aston Villa, while Stephen Quinn helped Hull City beat Middlesbrough 2-0 away from home. Conor Clifford played in Southend Utd's 4-1 success over last season's semi finalists Millwall, a result which will have pleased Southend assistant manager Graham Coughlan. And Stephen Gleeson was in the MK Dons midfield as they drew 3-3 away to FA Cup holders Wigan Athletic.

Meanwhile, there were contrasting results for Gary Dicker and Sean Long, who were both on the bench for their clubs in the cup. Gary watched as League Two side Rochdale beat Leeds Utd 2-0, while Sean saw Reading go down 1-0 against Brighton.



Merry Christmas & Happy New Year




Any Club is only as strong as it's people and our club is made of - parents, supporters, coaches, administrators and most importantly our players (past & present). The last twelve months have seen us take some significant steps towards a bright future and we have all of the above to Thank for that.


We'd like to wish everyone within our club, and in football, a very merry Christmas and a happy 2014.



U16 to play in Champions Cup - Oriel Park


On the 28th of December in Dundalk our U16s will play in the Champions Cup which features All Ireland winners against National Cup winners from the North. Our boys will take on Dungannon in Oriel Park.


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Supervalu 25th Birthday celebration



Join in the celebrations for Moriarty's SuperValu Palmerstown's 25th Anniversary- they are hosting a family fun day on Sunday 8th December from 12 noon to 4pm. The lucky winners of their €25,000 giveaway will also be announced on the day. See their facebook page for details by clicking here.



Conor Sammon scores Derby winner



Conor Sammon came on as a late substitute and scored a last minute winner in Derby County's 2-1 victory over Middlesbrough at Pride Park on Wednesday night and watch the Video below to see Mark OBrien discuss his return to full fitness.



On Tuesday, Andy Reid scored his sixth goal of the season in Nottingham Forest's 2-2 draw with Millwall at The Den.


Aaron O'Driscoll Plays Against Holland


Well done to Aaron O'Driscoll of the 15 Premier team, who played in the Republic of Ireland team which went down 2-1 to Holland in an Under 15 Friendly in Doonwert on Tuesday. We hope that this will be the first of many International appearances for Aaron.


Front row: Tony Scully 2nd from the left & Brendan Wynne (Current U9 manager) 2nd from right.


Irelands Goal was scored by Anthony Scully (West Ham) son of Tony (see picture above), who played for Cherry Orchard from U9s to U17s before joining Crystal Palace in 1993 and going on to play for Manchester City and QPR, amongst others. The family connection with the Orchard has been maintained with Anthony training with the 15 Premier team during the Summer.



Obituary - John Daly RIP


It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of our good friend and former schoolboys manager John Daly today. John was a great football man, who made a big contribution to Cherry Orchard during almost ten years with the club and he will be badly missed by all who knew him. To John's wife Kay, children Brian, Jonathan (Rangers) and Laura and all of his family we offer our sincere sympathy.


John's Funeral Mass will be at 11am on Saturday, 16th November at the Church of the Transfiguration, Bawnogue


May he rest in peace.



Three U17s Play Against Latvia



Well done to 17 Premier team players Maxi Kougoun, who was in the starting eleven and Lee Doyle and Daragh Markey who came on as half time substitutes as Ireland and Latvia drew 0-0 in an under 17 international friendly at the AUL Complex on Sunday.



Jonathan Hayes & Jonathan Daly on The Mark




Jonathan Hayes netted a 90th minute goal to clinch a 2-0 win for 10 man Aberdeen away to Motherwell in the Scottish Communities Cup quarter final on Wednesday night. Willo Flood was also in the Aberdeen team.

On Tuesday, Jonathan Daly scored the only goal after 74 minutes as Rangers beat Stenhousemuir in the Scottish Challange Cup semi-final.



Conor Sammon and Mick Doyle Net Winners


Conor Sammon netted an 88th minute winner for Derby County in the 3-2 success against Watford in the Championship match at Vicarage Road on Saturday a result which ended Watford's unbeaten home record. Mick Doyle scored after 75 minutes to give Sheffield Utd home win over Port Vale in League One, the Blades first win since the opening game of the season


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Meanwhile, Jonathan Daly was on the mark for Rangers in their 4-3 win away to Brechin City in Scottish League One.



Paul Tuite To Referee FAI Cup Final



Congratulations to Paul Tuite, the father of Derby County's Jack, who has been chosen to referee the FAI Cup final between Drogheda Utd and Sligo Rovers at the Aviva Stadium on 3rd November, the first time he has been given the honour. We wish Paul the best of luck on his big day.



Six Old Boys Involved in St Pats Success




Congratulations to former Orchard players Brendan Clarke, Ger O'Brien, Conor Kenna, Greg Bolger, Aidan Price and Shane McFaul, who were all in the St Patrick's Athletic squad which clinched the Airtricity League of Ireland Premier League title with two games to spare when beating Sligo Rovers 2-0 at Richmond Park on Sunday



Andy Reid Makes Ireland Return


Andy Reid made his first international appearance in more than five years when he played in the Republic of Ireland's 3-1 win over Kazakhstan in the World Cup qualifier at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday. This was Andys 28th International Cap and we hope there are many more to come.



Sean Long Plays in Ireland U19s Win



Well done to Sean Long (Reading FC), who played in all three games as the Republic of Ireland beat Azerbaijan 2-0 and Sweden 1-0 (which included this belter of a goal), before drawing 1-1 with Bosnia and Herzegovina, to finish top of their UEFA under 19 qualifying group in Sweden in recent days. Sean also had the honour of Captaining the side and the FAI released the photo above of Seans gear ahead of the final game. (FAI Twitter)



Elmdale Clubhouse Official Opening


Photo Courtesy of Eric Byrne


On Saturday 28th September Kieran Mulvey of The Irish Sports Council and John Delaney of the FAI helped Cherry Orchard Football Club officially open our new facility in Elmdale, Cherry Orchard. On the day - many more league officials , Cherry Orchard players, managers, coaches, parents and former players filled the large hall of our new home. The journey was a long one but it made the destination even sweeter and we would like to Thank every person that has moved the club on over the years and in particular Tom Kennedy (Chairman COFC) and Pat Burke (former COFC Chairman) who were crucial in the delivery of our new centre.


See all pictures (courtesy of Eric Byrne) from the opening day on our Facebook page here.




U10s (born 2004) & U12s (born 2002) GKs required



Any Goalkeeper interested in joining our U10 Sunday or our U12 Premier DDSL team please contact Ray Delaney on 0877622047.



Four U17s to Represent Leinster Schools



This weekend four of our Double Winning U17s will line out for The Leinster Schools squad as they head to Athlone to participate in the Inter-Provincials. Lee Doyle, Troy Carey, Maxi Kougoum and Thomas Ilunga will compete for the SFAI title and the club wish them and the squad the very best of luck.



Andy Reid is Back in The Ireland Squad



Five years after being controversially dropped from the squad by manager Giovanni Trapattoni, Andy Reid was included for Ireland's remaining World Cup qualifiers when caretaker manager Noel King announced his squad for the games against Germany and Kazakhstan on Monday. Andy, who was Nottingham Forest's Player of the Season for 2012-13, has been in fine form (and scored again last night - see above) so far in this campaign and he will be hoping to add to his 27 caps (4 goals).


Former Orchard players Stephen Quinn (Hull City) and Anthony Stokes (Celtic) are also in the squad for the Germany and Kazakhstan games.



Jon Daly Scores Four for Rangers




Jonathan Daly scored four goals for Rangers as they beat Stenhousemuir 8-0 in the Scottish League One at Ibrox on Saturday. Rangers have won all seven of their league games and look odds on to achieve a second successive promotion. Hopefully, Jonathan will score plenty more goals this season. (MATCH REPORT HERE)



Orchard Old-Boys Face Czech..... Old-boys!



Earlier this week a few of our players lined out for the Ireland Over-40s against the Over-40 Czech Republic side and all in aid of Cystic Fibrosis. The team in Green were familiar to us but there were plenty of famous faces in red including Jan Koller the Anderlecht, Monaco and Borussia Dortmund player - all 6'7 1/2" of him. The Orchard lads in the squad were: Sean Egan, Graham Doyle, Mark O'Neill, Mark Rutherford, Colm Nataro and Gary Sliney. See the match report here.



Four Orchard boys with Ireland U17s in Slovakia


This week our U17P squad have four of it's current and former players representing Ireland U17s in a series of friendlies in Bratislava. Danny Kane (who joined Huddersfield in the summer), Shane Whelan, Jack Tuite (now of Derby County) and Derek Daly will feature in the games that are seen as preparation for the qualifiers coming up in October. Tuesdays match report is here and the second game is set for Thursday with an Irish kick off time of 10:00am.



Andy Reid scores as Forest go top


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Andy Reid (who recently signed a one year extension) was on the mark after in Nottingham Forest's 3-0 win over Bolton at the City Ground on Saturday. Forest lead the Championship, with the only 100% record after three games. See match report and pictures here.



Jonathan Hayes, Willo Flood & Anthony Stokes score


Jonathan Hayes and Willo Flood were the goalscorers as Aberdeen beat Kilmarnock 2-1 on the opening day of the Scottish Premiership season on Saturday. Jonathan opened the scoring after 21 minutes and Willo, making his Aberdeen debut, headed what proved to be the winner after 54 minutes (see Aberdeen highlights on YouTube by clicking on the image on the left below).


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Anthony Stokes scored both goals for Neil Lennon's men, including the winner with just three minutes remaining, to ensure that the champions won their opening fixture for the sixth successive season beating Ross County 2-1 at Celtic Park in the SPFL Scottish Premiership.



Thank You


As another Milk Cup adventure drew to a close - John Clifford (Manager) sent us this message and photo:


"Very emotional end to milk cup - sadly the squad has broken up but hopefully they go on to bigger and better things in the careers. It's been a fantastic journey & we wish them all the very best .


The management John Liam Kev Ben"


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John, Liam, Ben, Kevin & the squad have had a remarkable year and their run in the Milk Cup is a fitting end to a season of high standards. The launch of the Airtricity U19 league and the demand for quality players to fill those teams has meant that in recent years the Milk Cup adventure has become the final stop for our Cherry Orchard teams and if this is to be the case - this years U17s have left to a standing ovation.


Skip to 1'57'' to see our lads in the parade


Like all coaches & volunteers John and the lads have given up training nights, match days and other time to beneft the players and the club and in the blink of an eye ten years have passed. We'd like to express our gratitude for their service, standards and their commitment. To the players - you have written your own chapter in the Orchards history and we will keep an eye on your progress with pride and appreciation.


See below for a round-up of our Milk Cup coverage:


The did a great semi-final preview & interview with John - see here


The Semi-Final match report from the Manchester United website - see here


BBC video of Semi-Final highlights - see here


BBC website reporting on Semi-Final qualification - here


Northern Ireland Newsletter report on Semi-Final - here


Photos of Cherry Orchard from the Milk Cup on our own Facebook page - here



Two Decades later the story continues!


Twenty years ago a Cherry Orchard team were looking with hope and excitement at a place in the Final and now, years later, our newest Milk Cup warriors have the same dream. What began with a rocky start - a one nil defeat to Cruz Azul of Mexico City has ultimately led the squad to a high profile Semi Final against Manchester United tomorrow evening.


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Mondays game was not the start the boys wanted, although most observers of the game agreed that the lads deserved at least a draw having thrown everything at Cruz Azul in the second half. Cruz had taken the lead in the first half capitalising on a rare mistake at the back and despite peppering the Cruz goal we could not get the breakthrough and at the final whistle we all realised that the task of qualifying had just gotten a little steeper.


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Co Down were the next opponents and this game threw some different challenges at the lads - trailing from an early penalty, suffering a broken nose (Sean McGrane), a broken arm (Kaleem) and a hamstring tweak (Conor Dunne) left them with a few problems to solve. Four goals later they romped home convincing winners and were now back in the qualification game. Next up it was Vendee FC of France (MATCH REPORT HERE) and another four goal haul left the lads crossing their fingers and watching other results come in...... when finally it was confirmed that that they had finished fourth to claim a Semi-Final berth, three goals better than Liverpool in 5th.


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So, all eyes on the Semi Final draw - the four teams in the hat were: Manchester Utd, Co Tyrone, CSKA Moscow and Ourselves. So twenty years after our greatest Milk Cup moment and twelve months after we qaulified for the Semi Final, Cherry Orchard face Manchester United in the Semi Final of the Milk Cup 2013. The game will take place in The Coleraine stadium at 8pm tomorrow evening and we will update through our Twitter and Facebook pages.


The story continues....



Twenty years today....


Twenty years ago today the club achieved its greatest achievement when in July 1993 our under 16 team beat Glasgow Rangers in the final of the Northern Ireland Milk Cup, to add the club’s name to that of Manchester Utd, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur who had previously been successful in that prestigious competition.


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Our Milk Cup winning side was managed by our current U13 manager Christy Hammond with his brother Sean. We turn our attention to present day as last seasons U17s head north to compete in this years tournament and you can find all details at the Milk Cup website HERE.





Cherry Orchard Football Club invites all players from today and over the last thirty five years to join them for a memorial trophy tournament and get-together on Saturday 17th August at 12 noon. We plan on reminiscing with old mates and taking some time to remember those no longer with us.


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Bring your partner/kids and enjoy refreshments and fun afterwards in our brand new Clubhouse located at Elmdale (entrance to our new clubhouse is at the top of the new road opposite the Applegreen Petrol station located on Ballyfermot rd). Please spread the word to all past players about this special occassion - it promises to be a brilliant day!


Further details are available from The Cherry Orchard FC Committee, RSVP by Wednesday 14th August 2013 to any of the following contacts:


Tom Kennedy: (086) 8353361


Joe Kane: (087) 7797548 Email:


David Curley: (087) 2244283 Email:





From New York to Derry, via Elmdale 


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On Thursday 18th July we were proud to host Ramapo Valley Soccer Club (RVSC) from New York to our new facility in Elmdale. Graham Brown (profile HERE) is the the head coach at Ramapo and when resident in his native Northern Ireland he battled against Cherry Orchard in the Milk Cup - so when time came to prepare his team for The Foyle Cup, Graham pencilled in a warm up game in Dublin against The ORchard and we were delighted to welcome new Friends. Founded in 1992, RVSC (website HERE) are based in the New York/New Jersey area and are focused on the development and advancement of football in their area. Through Graham, Ramapo Valley are affliated to the Thomas Acquinas College (website HERE) University soccer program.





The Ramapo lads flew in on Wednesday evening so our U17s Premier team, marshalled by Davey Collins and Alistair Harvey, had the advantage on the travel aspect. The game was played in the expected competitive and friendly atmosphere - it had a bit of everything: tough tackling, goals, a penalty, a penalty save but Thankfully no cards! We hope that this is the start of a relationship between ourselves, Ramapo Valley and Graham as we look to widen the horizons of our players. Hopefully the next game will be state side in 2014....




We'll be following the Ramapo Valley boys at the Foyle Cup at



Jem Byrne recognised for services to Cherry Orchard




At the LSL awards ceremony in the Red Cow Hotel last Saturday Jem Byrnes commitment and service to Cherry Orchard was recognised. Jem, affectionately known as "Slaughter", has travelled the world supporting the The Boys In Green and is an unmistakeable figure to many football people. People like Jem don't come along every day and without him the club would not be as healthy on and off the pitch - he is an ever present part of our past and hopefully our future. Congratulations Jem.










U12 Premier Goalkeeper required


The club would like to invite all goalkeepers born in 2002 to our open trials (see trials notice here) on July 1st at our Elmdale base. For any questions contact Jonathan O'Toole on 0877474915.



Four Under 14s In Kennedy Cup Success


Congratulations to Aaron O'Driscoll, Tyreke Wilson, Richie English and Callum Brummell of the 14 Premier team, who  helped the DDSL to win the Kennedy Cup in convincing fashion in Limerick last week. Aaron and Tyreke both started and Richie and Callum came on as substitutes in the 2-0 win over the North Dublin Schoolboys League in the final. In addition, Aaron and Tyreke were selected in the Team of the Tournament, so well done to them.



16 Premier Team Complete The Double



Congratulations to the players and managers of the 16 Premier side, who clinched the league title by drawing 1-1 with Crumlin Utd on The Lawn on Sunday. The result brought down the curtain on a fine season for the Under 16s, who last month beat St. Kevins Boys 1-0 in the Paul McGrath Cup Final.



Trials - Monday 1st July at 6:30pm



Trials 2013



Luke Gallagher & Brandon Miele play against Swiss


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Luke Gallagher (Burnley) and Brandon Miele (Newcastle Utd) were both in the Rep of Ireland team which drew 2-2 with Switzerland in a European U19 Elite Group qualifier in Belgrade on Thursday. Ireland meet Slovakia in their next game on Saturday, before completing their programme against the hosts Serbia on Tuesday. Danny Rogers & Sean Long were substitutes for this game. Pictures above L to R - Danny Rogers, Brandon Miele, Luke Gallagher & Sean Long.



Stephen Quinn makes International Debut


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Congratulations to Stephen Quinn (Hull City), who made his first appearance at full international level when he came on as a 75th minute substitute in the Republic of Ireland's 4-0 win over Georgia in a friendly match at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday (photo courtesy of We hope that this will be the first of many senior caps for Stephen, who helped Hull to gain promotion to the Premier League in May and whose brother Alan played eight times for Ireland during a career with Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield Utd and Ipswich Town.


See some reports on Stephens call up here and here and the FAI match report here.



Willo Flood and Jonathan Daly leaving Dundee Utd


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A week after it was confirmed that Jonathan Daly would leave Dundee Utd - whom he helped  win the Scottish Cup in 2010 - to join Rangers, Willo Flood signalled his intention to leave the Tannadice club by signing a pre contract agreement with Aberdeen, where he will link up with former Orchard players Jonathan Hayes and Danny Rogers. 


Click on the photos above to read some reaction to both moves from The Daily Record on Willo joining the Dons and from The Herald Scotland on Jons move to the blue half of Glasgow.



Over 35s Achieve a Cup Double!


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Congratulations to the players and management of the Over 35s team, who having won the Salveta Cup earlier this month, added the Jim Byrne Cup to the trophy cabinet by beating Peamount Moyle Park in the final at the Amateur League Complex on Wednesday night. The Orchard recovered well after conceding an early goal to lead 2-1 at half-time, before going on to win 3-1, thanks to goals by Gary Byrne, Paul Clare and an own goal. Click on the images below to see the lads in action.


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Danny O'Reilly Has Success with Fulham




Congratulations to Danny O'Reilly who alongside his Fulham U18 team mates collected the Barclays Under-18 Premier League trophy, beating Reading (who featured former Orchard player Sean Long) 3-0 in the Final of the Barclays Under-18 Premier League tournament to defend their trophy.



Over 35s Chasing Cup Double


We wish the best of luck to the Over 35s team, who meet Peamount Moyle Park in the Jim Byrne Cup final at the Amateur League Complex, Oscar Traynor Road, on Wednesday 29th May. The Over 35s beat East Wall Bessboro in the Salveta Cup Final on 10th May and they will be trying hard to complete a cup double when they take on Peamount Moyle Park.



Mini League 2013 Kicks Off - Sunday 9th June




Our mini-league tournament for 6 & 7 year olds kicks off on Sunday 9th June at our Elmdale base at 11:00 am. All are welcome and you don't need to have attended our Academy before - all of those interested are asked to come along so we can organise players into teams and plan for the tournament ahead. Once the teams are arranged the tournament will run:


Tuesday 11th June - Thursday 13th June - Sunday 16th June (all 18:45 starts)

Tuesday 18th June - Thursday 20th June - Sunday 23rd June (all 18:45 starts)


For all queries contact Jimmy Winters - 0857088293 or Jonathan O'Toole - 0877474915 



15 Premier Team Win The SFAI Evans Cup


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Congratulations to the players and managers of the 15 Premier side, who beat Lucan Utd 1-0 in the SFAI Evans Cup final at a sunny Whitehall on Sunday afternoon to win their second national cup competition in three seasons.  



The only goal came eight minutes after half-time, when Andy O'Reilly's probing pass gave Liam Brady the chance to challange the adnvancing Lucan Utd goalkeeper and then stroke the loose ball into an empty net. This was very much a team effort, but everyone in the sizeable attendance will recognise that the Orchard goalkeeper David Craddock made an outstanding contribution to his side's success.


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16 Premier Team Win The Paul McGrath Cup


Congratulations to the players and managers of the 16 Premier side, who beat St Kevins Boys 1-0 in the final of the Paul McGrath Cup at Peamount Utd's ground on Saturday night.



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The only goal of a keenly contested game came five minutes from time, when Jake Pilson wriggled free inside the penalty area and, after his initial effort was parried by the goalkeeper, he lifted the ball into the net.



17 Premier Team Win The Leinster Youths Cup




Congratulations to the players and managers of the 17 Premier side, who won the Leinster Youths Cup in a penalty shoot-out after an absorbing  final against St Kevins Boys 18 Super team at Frank Cooke Park on Thursday night finished 4-4 after extra-time. Jamie McGrath put the Orchard in front with a well executed lob after 15 minutes and he doubled the advantage when scoring from close range five minutes later. St Kevins pulled a goal back eight minutes before half time and they levelled matters twenty minutes after the break. Timmy Babbington then scored a fine solo goal to put the Orchard ahead after 71 minutes, only for St Kevins to equalise a minute from the end of normal time.  A thumping volley by Armstrong Dekomo made it 4-3 for the Orchard in the last seconds of the first half of extra-time, but St Kevins were not finished and they levelled matters within a minute of the resumption.


LFA squad


And so to penalties, where Orchard keeper Ian Molloy saved 3 of St Kevins's 8 kicks and Darragh Gannon scored the winning penalty, giving his team a 6-5 victory.Also successful from the spot for the Orchard were Sean McGrane, Conor Mooney, Jake Corrigan, Conor Dunne and Armstrong Dekomo. Thanks to Meath & district league for the Photos.



Under 10s and 12s win their League


U10A League Winners 2013


Congratulations to the players and managers of the 10A and 12A1 teams, who won their respective league this week. On Monday, the 12A1 side clinched the title with a 6-0 win away to Cabinteely FC, while on Wednesday the 10A1 beat Home Farm 2-1 in Whitehall - thanks to goals by Daragh Cullen and Jamie Egan - to finish on top of their division.



Under 12s Win cup final but no luck for U14s & 17s


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Well done to the 12 Major team, who completed a league and cup double with a 3-2 extra-time win over Shamrock Rovers on the Tony Ryan Cup final at the AUL Complex on Saturday. Sean Madden and Jack Wolfe gave the Orchard a 2-0 lead at half time lead, but, with the wind at their backs, Rovers scored after 13 minutes of the second half  and in the last minute to take the game to extra-time. The winning goal came in the first half of extra-time, when a well delivered corner kick from Nathan Collins deflected off a Rovers defender and looped high into the net.

Hard luck to the 14 Premier side, who lost 3-2 to St Kevins in the Thunder Cup final on Saturday. The Orchard trailed 2-0 at half-time and, after a good spell after the break, conceded a third goal after 15 minutes of the half. Richie English reduced the deficit with a shot from 25 yards with nine minutes remaining and Dean Dillon scored a second in added time after a good run and cross by Luke Boore.


Commiserations to the 17 Premier team, who went down 3-1 to St Kevins in the PFAI final on Sunday. St Kevins opened the scoring midway through the opening half and added a second 10 minutes later. Armstrong Dekomo pulled a goal back for the Orchard six minutes before the break, but the hoped for comeback did not materialise and St Kevins scored a third goal ten minutes from time.



Under 17s Unlucky in Cup Final, as U10s win League


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Commiserations to the 17 Premier team, who were unfortunate to lose 3-2 to St Kevins Boys in today's FAI under 17 Cup Final (see Video below). Conor Mooney put the Orchard in front after 20 minutes from Jake Corrigan's corner kick, only for St Kevins to score after 35 and 39 minutes to lead 2-1 at the break. St Kevins had a player red carded after 70 minutes and the Orchard equalised seven minutes later through Adam Walsh's deflected shot. Ryan Masterson looked to have put the Orchard ahead after 82 minutes, when he turned the ball home after Jamie McGrath's shot had been parried by the St Kevins goalkeeper, only for the goal to be disallowed for offside. In added time, a disputed goal won the cup for St Kevins. (Pic courtesy of Conor Dunne)




Under 10B1 side win The League


Congratulations to the players and managers of the 10B1 side, who won their league with a 5-1 victory over Shamrock Rovers at Elmdale on Saturday.



Stephen Quinn is back in the Premier League




 Congratulations to Stephen Quinn, who has helped Hull City to gain promotion to the Premier League n a dramatic last day of fixtures in the Championship (see Stephens reaction in the Hull Daily Mail by clicking on their photo above). City missed a penalty and then conceded from a penalty in drawing 2-2 at home to Cardiff City. Stephen and his teammates then had an anxious 15 minutes wait as Watford fought to beat Leeds Utd to snatch the second automatic promotion spot, but the Hornets - for whom another former Orchard man  Mark Yeates was introduced as a second half substitute - lost 2-1. In the 2006-07 season Stephen (27) made 15 appearances, scoring two goals, for Sheffield Utd in the Premier League.



Good luck to The U17 Premier team in Cup Final


Everyone at the club wishes the very best of luck to the 17 Premier side as they face St Kevins Boys in the FAI under 17 Cup final at Glebe North's ground, Balbriggan, on Sunday, kick-off 3 0'clock.



14P & 17P Teams Reach Cup Finals & U9s Finish Top!


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Well done to the 14 Premier and 17 Premier sides (pictured above), who have won cup semi-final matches this weekend. The under 14s won 3-0 away to Mountview Boys in the Thunder Cup, with Callum Brummel netting a hat-trick. Their opponents in the final will be St Kevins Boys. The under 17s reached the Leinster Youths Cup final with a 2-0 victory over St Kevins Boys on The Lawn, with the goals coming from Timmy Babbington in the first half and Ryan Masterson in stoppage time at the end of the game. The under 17s will meet St Kevins Boys 18 Super team in the final.


U9 League winners


And congratulations to the under 9B side players (above) and managers, who won their league with a 1-0 victory over Postal Aylesbury on The Lawn. Its been a great year of development for the boys and it's been a  joy to see them playing from the back - Glen Mahady and the boys deserve much credit.



U12 Major team win the League


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Congratulations to the players and managers of the 12 Major side, who clinched the league title with two games to spare by beating Drogheda Boys 5-0 at Elmdale on Saturday. James Clarke (2), Martin Byrne, Adam Howard and Eoin Carolan were the scorers for the 12 Major team, who will hope to complete a double when they meet Shamrock Rovers in the Tony Ryan Cup final on 11th May.



Under 12s, 15s and 17s reach Cup Finals




Well done to the players and managers of the 12 Major (upper pic), 15 Premier and 17 Premier (lower pic)teams, who all had semi-final wins at the weekend. The under 12s beat Cabinteely FC 4-0 in Tony Ryan Cup. thanks to goals by Adam Howard (3) and Kieran Murtagh, while Andy O'Reilly, Willo McAdam, Liam Brady and Sean Hoare were the scorers as the under 15s won 4-0 away to Carrigaline Utd in the SFAI Evans Cup. In the PFAI Cup, Sean McGrane, Adam Walsh and Jack Bayly were on the mark as the under 17s beat Stella Maris 3-0 to reach their second  final of the season.

And hard luck to the 14 Premier side, who lost 1-0 to St Kevins in a keenly contested SFAI Goodson Cup semi-final.


U15s head to Cork for All Ireland Semi Final


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Our U15 Premier team hit the road this weekend in pursuit of a place in the All Ireland Final with Carrigaline FC standing in the way. The club wishes them safe travelling and best of luck - our Twitter feed (see left side of this page) will have updates/result.



Three former players suffer cup disappointment


Willo semi final 2013


Commiserations to Jonathan Daly, Sean Dillon and Willo Flood, who all played in Dundee Utd's 4-3 loss after extra time against Celtic in Sunday's Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden Park. Jonathan scored after 30 and 71 minutes and hit the woodwork in extra time, as Utd came very close to reaching the final.



U17s reach FAI Cup Final


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Congratulations to the players and managers of the 17 Premier team, who qualified for the FAI under 17 Cup final with a hard earned 3-2 win over Manulla FC in front of a large crowd in Mayo this afternoon. Adam Walsh and Jamie McGrath scored equalisers after the Orchard twice fell behind during the first half, before Jack Bayly (pictured above) scored a fine winner two minutes from time. The under 17s will play St Kevins Boys in the final on 5th May.



Stephen Quinn Scores Hulls Winner




Well Done to Stephen Quinn, whose 66th minute goal gave Hull City a 1-0 win over Burnley at Turf Moor on Monday night and moved the Tigers back to second place in the Championship. Afterwards, Hull manager Steve Bruce was generous in his praise of Stephen, who joined from Sheffield Utd earlier in the season, describing him as a terrific signing. (click on picture above for BBC match report)



Three former players on the mark midweek


Conor Sammon, Alan Lee and Stephen Gleeson all scored for their clubs in Tuesday's games in the Championship and League One. Conor put Derby County ahead after 75 minutes as they drew 1-1 at Championship leaders Cardiff, while Alan equalized after 86 minutes of Huddersfield Town's 2-1 win over Middlesbrough. Meanwhile, Stephen rounded off the scoring in MK Dons 3-0 home win against League One table toppers Doncaster Rovers


Dean Kershaw suffers injury blow


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Commiserations to Dean Kershaw (front row, second from left) of the 13 Premier team, who suffered a knee injury in a friendly match on Saturday last which, unfortunately, will keep him on the sidelines for some time. We wish Dean and other long term injury victims Craig - (15 Premier) and Tom Donnellan (16 Premier) the best of luck as they seek to return to action.



Local Heroes


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One of the current generation of Cherry Orchard met up with the previous generation at Flancare Park last Tuesday as Brian Ly from our Under 10 team met up with two of our former graduates Brandon Miele and Luke Gallagher. Brian brought along his black and red jersey to cheer for Ireland and the boys in green went on to win 2-1. Brian is part of an excellent Orchard side who play the game with skill and sportsmanship - if dreams come true Brian might be the one the FAI tracksuit in a few years.


Three old boys play against Czech Republic




Danny Rogers (Danny has just signed a contract extension with Aberdeen, see AFC interview with Danny here) was in goal and his former Orchard team-mates Luke Gallagher ( Burnley ) and Brandon Miele (Newcastle Utd) were in midfield as the Republic of Ireland drew 1-1 with the Czech Republic an under 19 friendly at Flancare Par, Longford last night. Brandon came close to scoring a winner ten minutes from time when his 25 yard shot came back off the crossbar. See FAI match report HERE


Ryan Coombes Scores against Czech Republic 





Well done to Ryan Coombes ( St Patrick's Athletic ), who opened the scoring after 27 minutes of the Republic of Ireland's under 19 friendly against the Czech Republic at Flancare Park, Longford last night. Ryan's former Orchard team-mates Luke Gallagher ( Burnley ) and Brandon Miele ( Newcastle Utd ) came on as second half substitutes in Ireland's 2-1 win. (click on the FAI image for their match report)



Conor Sammon to make Senior International Debut




Congratulations to Conor Sammon (Derby County), who has been named in the Republic of Ireland team for tomorrow's friendly against Poland at the Aviva Stadium. This will be Conor's first senior international appearance and we wish him the best of luck. Click on the FAI image above to read their match preview.


Jack Tuite Moves to Derby County




Jack Tuite has joined Derby County on the day after his 16th birthday. In time, Jack will hope to emulate ex Orchard men Mark O'Brien, who came through the Derby County academy and Conor Sammon, who transferred from Wigan Athletic last August and become a first team player at Pride Park. Underage international Jack was a credit to Cherry Orchard during his time with us and we wish him the very best of luck at Derby.


Danny Kane visits Huddersfield




Danny Kane from our U16 side recently visited Huddersfield Town. Danny, an Irish international, has been excellent in his time the Orchard and we hope him and his team-mates continue their promising season under David Collins and Alistair Harvey.


Conor Sammon earns Senior International call up




Well done to Conor Sammon ( 26 ) of Derby County, who has been included in the Republic of Ireland squad for the friendly against Poland at the Aviva Stadium on 6th February. This is Conor's first time in the senior international squad and we hope he makes his debut against Poland.


A new year, an old friendship


As the new year rolled around, one of our Under-10 teams met up for a friendly but competitive game in our home in Elmdale. The opposition were Melview FC from Longford and it was return fixture from earlier in the season. The colours on display were reminiscent of the Milan derby and the entertainment on offer kept everyone happy with the game played in a great spirit. We thank Melview for making the journey to Cherry Orchard and we look forward to continuing this partnership as the boys progress in their football. Click on the photos below to see larger images.



Anthony "Anto" Walsh R.I.P.


Anthony Walsh


It was with shock and great sadness that the Club were informed of the untimely death of our former player and captain Anthony “Anto” Walsh at just 47 years of age. Anto was a true Cherry Orchard man playing all his schoolboy football with the Club and making his debut for the senior Saturday side at just 17 years of age.


A regular medal winner with the Clubs senior teams during the 1980’s and 1990’s, probably his finest footballing moment was when he captained the triple winning side of 1994-95 when our Saturday side won the FAI Junior & Leinster Junior Cups and the LSL Senior Saturday league. An achievement unlikely to be repeated.


After he finished playing Anto was a regular at Orchard games home and away (His youngest son Adam is playing schoolboy football with us this season) he also travelled the length and breadth of the Country following Saint Patricks Athletic. He regularly travelled to the U.K. with his other son Philip to see Manchester City and was among the boys in green who followed the Irish team to Poland last summer.


It tells you more about the man himself that despite his achievements as a successful, accomplished and versatile footballer Anto will equally be remembered at the Club for the dignity, fighting spirit and determination he showed during his long illness and for his sense of humour and the friendship he showed to all of us who were lucky enough to have made his acquaintance over the last 40years.


Anto’s funeral arrangements are as follows:


WALSH – Anthony (Burn’s Lane, Dublin 2, formerly of Landen Road, Ballyfermot) January 13th 2013, (unexpectedly) after a prolonged illness, much loved father of Philip, Andrea, Adam and Cara, grandfather of Halle, devoted partner of Pauline (Jolley); loved and remembered always by his family, mother Hannah, the extended family and many friends.


Removal on Tuesday evening from Nichols Funeral Chapel, Lombard Street East to St. Andrew’s Church, Westland Row arriving at 5.30pm. Funeral on Wednesday after 10am Mass to Mount Jerome Crematorium. Family flowers only, please. Donations, if desired, to the Irish Cancer Society.


Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.


Tom Kennedy.



Academy lads in action




On a cold and rainy Sunday in Ballyfermot, the Academy Class of 2013 were in action - both in a coaching session and in a friendly game against Greenhills boys. Jimmy Winters, Eddie Hogan and Jimmy Lawlor work every Sunday with the boys (girls are welcome too) and this game saw players as young as five involved. The players cared not about the weather as both teams contributed to a highly entertaining game with plenty of postive play and goals to boot. We hope for many years of enjoyment for these players and maybe some better weather for the supporters.


Mixed fortunes for old boys in The FA Cup


There were three wins and one defeat for former Orchard players in Saturday's FA Cup third round ties. Gary Dicker helped Brighton to a deserved 2-0 win over Newcastle United (you can read a Miguel Delaney/Irish Examiner interview with Gary HERE) while Mark O'Brien and Conor Sammon were in the Derby County side that beat League One leaders Tranmere Rovers 5-0, with Conor scoring a 54th minute goal.


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There was disappointment for Andy Reid however, as he went off injured after 37 minutes of Nottingham Forest's 3-2 home defeat by Oldham, while Mick Doyle played in Sheffield United's 3-0 win over Oxford Utd.



Mark O'Brien makes first start of the season


After three appearances as a substitute, Mark O'Brien started a game for the first time this season in Derby County's 2-0 win away to Bristol City on Saturday. Having played regularly in the team until November last year, Mark (20) missed the second half of the season due to a knee injury picked up in training at the end of December. His comeback was delayed until September, but, hopefully, Mark's injury problems are now behind him. See skysports link by clicking on the picture below.





Jonathan Daly and Willo Flood score in Derby Success



Jonathan Daly and Willo Flood were both on the mark as Dundee Utd beat city rivals Dundee 3-0 in the Tayside derby at Dens Park on Sunday. Jonathan converted a 69th minute penalty kick and Willo completed the scoring after 88 minutes.



Stephen Gleeson nets stunning FA Cup goal




Well done to Stephen Gleeson, whose superb 25 yard strike put MK Dons ahead on the stroke of half-time in Sunday's televised FA C up 2nd round tie against AFC Wimbledon. The Dons went on to win 2-1 and travel to play Sheffield Wednesday in round three.




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Conor Sammon nets a brace for Derby County


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Well done to Conor Sammon, who scored after 32 minutes and 80 minutes as Derby County beat Birmingham City 3-2 in the Championship at Pride Park on Saturday. Mark O'Brien, who turned 20 on 20th November, came on as a late substitute for Derby.



Two U16s represent Ireland against Estonia in Ballyowen


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Despite the bad recent weather, Ireland U16s played a friendly against Estonia in the excellent facilities of the SDFL in Ballyowen. In that side managed by Tom O'Connor, were Danny Kane and Jack Tuite of Cherry Orchard. The boys have featured regularly for representative sides over the years and we hope they experience more success this year with both Ireland and The Orchard.



Four former players play against Switzerland


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Well done to Shane Fagan (Coventry City), Sean Long (Reading), Danny O'Reilly (Fulham) and Sean Coyne (UCD) who all played for the Republic of Ireland in Under 18 friendlies against Switzerland in Mounthey this week. Shane played the opening game and Sean captained Ireland in the second match when he was joined in the team by Danny and Sean. Unfortunately Switzerland won both games 1-0.

Conor Sammon Nets A Brace For Derby



Good news for Jonathan Daly, Stephen Gleeson & Crewe


Jonathan Daly scored twice, including a late equaliser as Dundee Utd came from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 with Kilmarnock in the SPL on Friday night. Sean Dillon and Willo Flood were also in the Utd team. Meanwhile, Stephen Gleeson scored three minutes from time to give MK Dons a 1-0 win away to League One leaders Tranmere Rovers, also on Friday night.




Joe Gorman and his Crewe side also progressed into the next round of the FA Youth cup after they beat Rotheram, setting up a tie with Rochdale in the 3rd round.



Three old boys amongst the goals


Well done to former Orchard players Mark Yeates, Jonathan Hayes and Kurtis Byrne, who all scored for their clubs at the weekend. Mark curled home a 75th minute free-kick as Watford beat Leeds Utd 6-1 at Elland Road, Jonathan opened the scoring in Aberdeen's 4-1 win away to St Mirren in the SPL, while Kurtis netted twice for loan club Brechin City in their 6-0 Scottish Cup win over the quaintly named Bonnyrigg Rose.



Joe Gorman tastes FA Youth Cup success with Crewe




Joe Gorman captained Crewe Alexandra U18s to a 2-1 FA Youth Cup victory over Carlisle United propelling the Railway men into the second round. An injury time winner from Billy Waters was enough to set up a tie against Scunthorpe in the next round, to be played on November 13th, where Joe will be hoping to lead his side to success. Joe (pictured above with Ryan Babel at last weeks Ajax Champions League game with Man City) represented Cherry Orchard with distinction and is now in his second year at Crewe Alexandra where he is highly thought of by the coaches in the Academy. Fingers crossed for Joe and his team in the next round.





Enda Stevens makes Premier League debut


Well done to Enda Stevens, who made his first Premier League appearance for Aston Villa as a 71st minute substitute in the 1-0 win over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Saturday. We hope this will be the first of many Premier League appearances for Enda ( 22 ), who has appeared twice for Villa in the Capital One Cup this season.


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Jamie Devitt makes loan move to Rotheram United


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Hull City player and Orchard player Jamie Devitt has completed a move to Rotheram United in League Two on an intial one month loan deal. Hull are now managed by Steve Bruce and Jamie will be hoping this loan move will help force his way into the managers plans at the KC stadium. It appears that Jamie will make his Rotheram debut this weekend as they face Stevenage in the First round of the FA Cup. As always we hope Jamie is successful this weekend and beyond.



Six old Orchard boys involved in the FAI cup final 2012


We wish the best of luck to former Orchard players Simon Madden (Derry City) and Brendan Clarke, Ger O'Brien, Conor Kenna, Ryan Coombes and Greg Bolger of St Patrick's Athletic, as they look forward to the FAI Cup final at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday next, 4th November. Having lost the 2006 final to Derry 4-3 after extra-time, St Pats will be seeking a measure of revenge, as they chase their first FAI Cup success since 1961.



Cherry Orchard FC - FARE week 2012


On Sunday 28th October Cherry Orchard FC held a small sided games coaching clinic in the Ballyfermot Leisure Centre where the coaches of our youngest teams met up to discuss coaching, DIVERSITY and ANTI-RASCISM education. The message of inclusion was spread amongst the group and we spoke to our Under 8 and Under 9 players about respecting every opponent regardless of any differences. The coaches at the clinic will now take that message back to their own teams (from Under 8 to U11) and we will continue to communicate the importance of inclusion and respect with every team. To continue the message we will rotate the UNITE AGAINST RACISM bibs and signage at a different coaching session every week to ensure that this is an ongoing process instead of once-off event.




We would like to Thank the players, coaches and FAI for their support in communicating the message of inclusion.



Joe Dunne off to a flyer at Colchester




Well done to Joe Dunne, whose Colchester Utd team won 2-0 away to Leyton Orient this week, to record a fifth win in six league games since he became manager. Colchester were without a win in League One when Joe took over on 27th September, but things have got a lot better since then and we hope that Colchester continue to shoot up the table.


Dave Langan finally gets to tell his story




John Wilkes is often asked who was the best player he ever managed and although he does his best to avoid upsetting many players who played for him, when pressed he will say that - Davy Langan had the best season of any player that played for him. Daves story is one of local Dublin boy made good earning 26 international caps with Ireland and even played against the great Maradona. To say that is the tip of the Iceberg is an understatement. Dave has finally committed the details of his life to paper and his book "Running Through Walls" is out now. Davey is still rememberd fondly in the Orchard and despite his highs and lows Dave has always kept his feet on the ground.


Irish Independent book review


Irish Times review


Cherry Orchard Souvenir Booklet with Dave Langans Cherry Orchard story


Orchard lads make their mark in UEFA qualifier

Having been delighted with the news that five Orchard lads (Danny Rogers, Luke Gallagher, Conor Pepper, Brandon Miele and Ryan Coombes) made the U19 squad for the qualifying tournament in Luxembourg we were thrilled to see the squad finish joint top of the group alongside Germany securing progression to the next stage. Having beaten Luxembourg and then FYR Macedonia the Irish team faced Germany and in this final game these two teams could not be separated. With Ireland trailing by two goals at half time the odds were stacked against them but an early second half goal from Sam Byrne was a reward for an improved performance and then Ryan Coombes entered the fray; two minutes later he grabbed the equaliser smashing a half-volley into the net to complete the turn around. The squad performance means Ireland will compete in the Elite phase and having performed to such a high level this stage will hold no fears for them (for match report click on the picture below).


RTE website report David Graydon (St. Louis University) & Ryan Coombes (St. Patricks Athletic) @ Milk Cup 2011




Jack Tuite signs for Derby County

Another chapter in the Derby County-Cherry Orchard story begins with Jack Tuite from this years excellent Under 16s team signing for the famous club run by Nigel Clough. Jack is a tremendous player who has been a regular in Ireland youth teams for the last few years and Derby have captured the services of much sought after talent. The Orchard and Derby have a rich history going back to Davy Langan, Don O'Riordan, Brian Launders, Nigel McKeever, Mark O'Brien and Conor Sammon.




"This is great news for Jack and for Cherry Orchard," said club secretary Penny Delmar. "We would like to thank everyone at Derby for their efforts in securing this move. With Jack's previous under-16 manager Dave Collins and assistant manager Alistair Harvey, we all wish Jack the very best of luck in the future"


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COFC photos....

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Jordan Delmar with Pre-season tropy U12s with Pre-season trophy


One door closes....

When misfortune struck Conor Pepper during the Ireland U19 preparations, it opened the door for another Orchard player. Conor was unlucky to pick up an injury and had to return to his club for treatment so Paul Doolin called up Newcastle Uniteds Brandon Miele, formerly of the same 1994 born Cherry Orchard team. Brandon had been unlucky to miss out on the original squad as he returned late to full fitness but he now gets the the chance to impress in the competition proper. We hope Brandons return signals the start of something significant for him and Conor returns to full health soon.





Four Orchard lads join up with Ireland U19s

The club were delighted when Paul Doolin named his squad to travel to Luxembourg as it happened to feature four players who all played for the same Orchard team. Danny Rogers (Aberdeen), Luke Gallagher (Burnley), Conor Pepper (Inverness Caledonian Thistle) and Ryan Coombes (St. Patricks Atheltic) have all been called up to the squad that will compete in the UEFA U19 Championships qualifying tournament. They will face Luxembourg, FYR Macedonia and Germany with the top two nations going through to the Elite Qualifying Round . We hope everything goes well for the four lads and the rest of the squad over the next week or so.



Ireland Fixtures:

Thursday October 11

Republic of Ireland v Luxembourg, Hesperange (6.00pm Irish);

Saturday October 13

FYR Macedonia v Republic of Ireland, Hesperange (4.00pm Irish)

Tuesday October 16

Republic of Ireland v Germany, Grevenmacher (6.00pm Irish)


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Joey Dunne takes the reigns at Colchester United

Congratulations to our former player Joe Dunne ( 39 ), who has been announced as the new manager of League One club Colchester Utd. Joe enjoyed Lynch ( now Liam Brady ) Cup, Thunder Cup and FAI under 17 Cup success with Cherry Orchard, before joining Gillingham in 1989. He made 115 league appearances for the Kent club and played 193 times for Colchester in two spells between 1996 and 2003, before his career was ended prematurely by a knee injury.


Joe has served as youth team manager, reserve team boss and assistant manager at Colchester before his latest appointment.We wish Joe and his assistant , the former Republic of Ireland player Mark Kinsella, who kindly attended a trophy presentation at the Orchard with his then Charlton Athletic manager Alan Curbishley in July 1998, the very best of luck in their new roles. (See BBC story by clicking on image)


Conor Pepper continues on scoring run

Conor Pepper maintained his eary momentum in the SPL by scoring the Inverness opener against Pat Fenlons Hibernian in a 2-2 draw last weekend. We hope this momentum keeps rolling!


Senior Reunion & Reeling in the years at Elmdale

Players who provided the club with great memories and achievements over the years graced the pitches at Elmdale a few weeks ago as some old friends and older faces turned out to relive the glory days in the black & red stripes.


Also playing in the game, but not in photos, were Richie and Martin Bayly, Charlie Finnegan, Anto Woods and Willie Kane. A special mention for the captain of the Red and black team Alan Leech who put in a man of the match performance in the 2 - 2 game and all agreed that it was nice to see that it still takes Ken Lawless forty mins to tape/strap up before a big game! We hope to see you next year!


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Gary Dicker and Stephen Quinn back at the Orchard

It was good to see former Cherry Orchard team mates Gary Dicker ( Brighton ) and Stephen Quinn ( Hull City ) watching the 8C1 and 9A teams games at a sun splashed Elmdale on Saturday last. Gary has recovered well from a broken leg sustained against West Ham last season and is a regular in the Brighton team, while Stephen scored on his debut for Hull following his transfer from Sheffield Utd, a 3-1 win over Bolton on 1st September. We hope that Gary and Stephen both have a fine season.


Luke Gallagher and Conor Pepper involved against Latvia

Well done to Luke Gallagher (Burnley FC) who was in the starting eleven and Conor Pepper (Inverness Caledonian Thistle), who came on as a 55th minute substitute, as the Republic of Ireland drew 1-1 with Latvia in an under 19 friendly in Riga on 7th September.


Seniors lose to Shelbourne in FAI Cup

The Seniors fought a good fight before bowing out of the FAI Cup on a 2-3 scoreline against Shelbourne at Tolka Park last night. Mark Hughes put the Orchard ahead from the penalty spot after 30 minutes after Geoff Doyle had been fouled in the box, only for Orchard old boy Philip Hughes to equalise from the spot nine minutes later. Philip Hughes headed Shels in front on 79 minutes and Conan Byrne extended the home side's lead three minutes later, before Mark Hughes headed his second goal of the game following a long delivery from goalkeeper Declan Woods with six minutes remaining.


Andy Reid nets Forest's equaliser


Well done to Andy Reid, who scored a fine goal after 57 minutes to earn Nottingham Forest a 2-2 draw against Bolton Wanderers in the Championship at the Reebok Stadium last night (see match report on BBC website above).


Seniors Face Shelbourne In FAI Cup

Seniors Face Shelbourne In FAI CupThe best of luck to the Senior Sunday team, who play Shelbourne in the FAI Cup 3rd round at Tolka Park on Friday, ( 24th August ), kick-off 8pm. Shels have a large number of former Orchard players in their squad and Gareth Matthews, Andy Boyle, Brian Shortall, Glenn Cronin and Philip Hughes all played in the 2-2 draw with Bohemians in the Airtricity League at Dalymount Park on Monday, while Dean Delany, Stephen Paisley and Paul Byrne were on the subs bench.


U16s play their part in successful FAI trip

Danny Kane and Jack Tuite represented the FAI in the Umbro Galway cup this month and were beaten in the final 3-2 by an excellent Dynamo Moscow side. Well done lads and we hope you kick on from here to enjoy the long season ahead!

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Conor Pepper has dream start to his professional career!

CP debut

Conor Pepper the former Cherry Orchard and Portmarnock player made his bow in professional football for Inverness Caledonian Thistle under Terry Butcher. With "Caley" a goal down and down to ten-men, Conor was introduced in the 79th minute and he made sure he was in the right place in the last minute of injury time to knock in the equaliser and become an instant hero to the Inverness fans. Conor was praised by Terry Butcher after the game and knowing Conor we're sure that he will drive on to become a success anytime a challenge is put in front of him.

See the BBC match report here



Jonathan Hayes scores winner for Aberdeen


Well done to Jonathan Hayes, whose 47th minute goal proved to be the winner in Aberdeen's 2-1 success away to St Johnstone in the SPL yesterday. This was Jonathan's first goal for the Dons, following his summer move from Inverness Caledonian Thistle. Goalkeeper Danny Rogers (18, pictured below), another former Cherry Orchard player, was on the Aberdeen bench against St Johnstone.

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Sean Long signs for Reading FC

Irish international and Cherry Orchard player Sean Long has agreed terms and signed a contract with Reading FC. It's an outstanding opportunity for Sean with a club that has a long history of giving young players their chance and a rich tradition of Irish players succeeding at the Madejski stadium. Sean was a tremendous player for the club and we know that he will give himself every opportunity to progress with a consistently high work rate, good decision making and a fine technical ability. We hope Sean can fulfil his dreams at a club where plenty of Irish dreams have come true.

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Cherry Orchard finish fourth in The 30th Milk Cup

After a week that offered everything from elation to disappointment - ultimately the Cherry Orchard 2012 Milk Cup squad finished fourth, eclipsing such clubs as Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and CSKA Moscow. It was an extrodinary achievement and a fitting way for last seasons Under 17 team to finish their time in Schoolboy football with Cherry Orchard Football Club. This years squad also featured four of last years Under 16 squad who we're sure hope to live it all again this time next year!

In the Semi-Finals the lads came up short against Desportivo Brasil, the ultimate Milk cup champions in a game that was closer than the three nil scoreline suggests. A headed goal from a corner and two breakaway goals left the Orchard with too much to do even though there were real chances to get on the scoresheet that weren't converted.


Having given their all in the semi-final, a tired squad faced Bolton Wanderers in the third and fourth place play off and were on the wrong side of a 3-1 scoreline. Having acomplished so much it was inevitable that boys felt frustrated and a sense of anti-climax but in time they will remember the scale of their success and the fact that they did the club proud. The club want to put on record their appreciation for Manager Ray O'Toole, Joe Gorman, John Cleaver, The Players and the Supporters with a special mention to Ann Murphy (Mother of Glen) and Tracy Kelly (Mother of Adam) without whom the trip would not have been possible.


Below are some YouTUBE clips that feature some glimpses of our lads in action. To skip to the part of the video that features The Orchard click on these pictures:

Opening Ceremony Monday highlights Wednesday highlights


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Newcastle United Skipper Lee Desmond after the Milk Cup final 2012 

One Cherry Orchard player did play in the Milk Cup final in the shape of Lee Desmond the Newcastle United skipper. Lee would have been part of our Milk Cup squad had he not began his professional career with Newcastle two years ago. In the final Lee and his team mates were beaten by Desportivo Brasil by the same scoreline his old team fell to, being beaten three nil.


Cherry Orchard FC Open Trials for 2012/13 Season

Although the scheduled trials have already taken place, you can contact us at and we will do our best to organise a trial.



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Triumph over Benfica secures Milk Cup semi final berth

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The Milk Cup 2012 story continues to unfold for the Cherry Orchard squad and tonight they wrote another chapter with an exciting 3-1 win over the famous Portuguese club S.L. Benfica. The orchard went into the game on the back of two consecutive wins confident in the knowledge that another three points would be enough to secure a semi-final place in the premier trophy, The Milk Cup (Milk Cup site).

In the previous three games the Orchard were yet to concede a goal but after only seven minutes this record was wiped away as Benfica scored direct from a free kick. The best response was to strike back early and the boys did exactly that when Lee Whelan dribbled past a few players and fired past the Benfica goalkeeper. Building on this momentum The Orchard took the lead when Adam Kelly continued his impressive run of scoring in every game when he placed an intelligent header wrong footing the Portuguese net minder. The final goal put some daylight between the sides and it arrived courtesy of Sean Coyne when he struck a first time left foot shot from just inside the box.

The team again displayed courage and endeavour in their defending and despite missing a few chances to add to the score the lads shut up shop and finished the game off without giving up any meaningful opportunities. This meant the Orchard finished in the top four and after tonights draw the lads will be facing Desportivo Brasil in the Semi Final in Seahaven Portstewart on Thursday, while the other side of the draw sees Newcastle face Bolton (BBC report).

The results so far have been outstanding and the squad, management and supporters are clearly together working for each other. We hope they continue to reap the rewards against Desportivo. 



Good times on and off the pitch for The Orchard

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As their fourth day in Northern Ireland comes to a close the 2012 Cherry Orchard squad have enjoyed all this great tournament has to offer. In a break with tradition: the organisers this year listed a round of games on Saturday, the parade on Sunday and then today is was back to the football. On Saturday the lads faced a real test in the shape of South Coast Strikers FC from the U.S. The Orchard started brightly and were two goals up in the first twenty minutes with Adam Kelly the player to put the finishing touch on two good moves with the first in particular a spectacular long distance drive. As is always the case the Strikers came back strongly after the break and the lads displayed their commitment and skills in "the other" side of the game with some well organised defending. Predictably it was a huge collective effort but our Goalkeeper Ian Molloy was outstanding in all facets of the game. The Strikers (Strikers match report here) are a good side and that was proved on Monday evening when they put Spurs to the sword 7(seven) -1.

With three points safely despatched, the lads took a welcome break on Sunday which included a trip to the Giants Causeway and then off to the official parade led by Everton Manager David Moyes. The lads were captured in the parade in the photo above and their fame was assured when it was put out on the Milk Cup 2012 Twitter feed which is an excellent way of keeping up to date with all the news from the tournament. (Milk Cup Twitter)

Monday was back to business and a tough game against a County Antrim team that had drawn in the first round of games with Benfica. In a close game of few clear cut chances the Orchard lads managed to edge past an excellent side by an Adam Kelly goal to nil. Adam bagged his third goal of the tournament using his head following a great cross by Sean Coyne. Following an unfortunate injury to one of the County Antrim lads there was a long and nervous wait at the end of the game but to the lads in the Black and Red stripes went the spoils leaving them well placed in the table with a lot to play for against Benfica in the final game before the play-offs.

Fingers crossed for tomorrow and continued success.



Conor Pepper given the No.22 shirt at Inverness

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Conor Pepper recently began his professional career at Inverness Caledonian Thistle and was handed the No 22 shirt and a place in the first team squad as he arrived. Conor has featured in all five first team friendlies including a game against Coventry City. Having joined St. Patricks Athletic U19 Airtricity league team from Cherry Orchard last year, the former Portmarnock AFC player has always shown the ability to step up a level whenthe opportunity presents itself and we will watch with interest his progress at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium.

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Seniors to face Shelbourne in FAI Cup

The Senior Sunday team will meet Shelbourne in the FAI Cup 3rd round, following the draw which was made live on RTE's MNS programme. Shelbourne, who include former Orchard players Dean Delany, Gareth Matthews, Brian Shortall, Andy Boyle, Stephen Paisley, Glenn Cronin, Philip Hughes, Paul Byrne and Stephen Sheerin in their squad, will have home advantage in the tie, which will be played in late August.


Milk Cup 2012 adventure begins for Cherry Orchard


The 2012 Cherry Orchard squad made their way to Coleraine today in preparation for the Milk Cup which begins on Saturday 21st July. The squad will face South Coast Strikers at 5pm in Castlerock before the 30th Anniversary parade takes place on Sunday. We will keep you up to date on the results and news from this year's tournament and we wish the boys and management every success!


Cherry Orchard FC Open Trials for 2012/13 Season

The club will be holding open trials for every age group for the 12/13 season on Sunday 1st July on The Lawns in Ballyfermot. A second round of trials will also be held on the procedding week to offer an alternative to players/parents who are unable to attend on Sunday 1st.

On Sunday 1st July there will be three sessions time-tabled to cater for the different age groups, a registration/information point will be at the dressing rooms and the trials will run on Pitch 1 and Pitch 2 depending on your age group (please click on the map and highlighted pitches for details):

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Summer Soccer Leagues for next years U11s

Any players born in 2002 interested in participating in a fun soccer league over a week in late june can get involved by meeting on The Lawns on Saturday 23rd June at 10:30am with a completed registration form which you can print by clicking on the forms below. Come along and get involved!

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Registration PDF
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Alan Lee helps Huddersfield to promotion

Congratulations to Alan Lee, who came on as a substitute in Huddersfield Town's 8-7 penalty shoot-out win over Sheffield Utd after a 0-0 draw in the League One play-off final at Wembley on Saturday. And commiserations to Sheffield Utd skipper Mick Doyle and Stephen Quinn, who both converted penalty kicks, only to suffer the pain of defeat.


Seniors advance in FAI cup

Well done to the players and management of the Senior Sunday team, who beat Longford Town 2-0 in the FAI Cup at Frank Cooke Park yesterday. Philip Sheppard (24 minutes ) and Alan Caul ( 77 minutes ) were the Orchard scorers against the League of Ireland First Division leaders, who included former Manchester Utd player Keith Gillespie in their team.


Thanks for your continued support of COFC

A big Thank you to all who sold tickets, bought tickets and/or turned up on the night of our club fundraiser in Harolds Cross Greyhound Stadium. It's fair to say that a great night of family entertainment was had by all and most people had a winner of some sort!

The buster was won by U11a Sunday team - Ticket no 419 - Trap no 456312.


Seniors lose out in Extra Time

Commiserations to the players and management of the Senior Sunday team, who came agonisingly close to winning the FAI Intermediate Cup Final at Tallaght Stadium. The Orchard led by Declan Carroll's 64th minute goal going into stoppage, only for Avondale Utd  to equalise after three minutes of the allotted five. Avondale then won the cup with a goal after 111 minutes.


COFC Mini-Leagues for 2004, 2005 & 2006 born players

Our annual festival of football for the youngest players kicks off on Sunday 27th May on our Elmdale pitches at 10:00 am. The Mini Leagues have been running for over thirty years and have traditionally been an introduction to "tournament" football - allowing boys and girls to play in a team environment while having fun.

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Any players born in 2004, 2005 and 2006 are eligible to attend on this day - there they will be given a team, a team name and a coach/manager before receiving their match schedule for the mini-tournament. The tournament itself will kick off on Tuesday the 29th of May at 7:00 pm in Elmdale for the first round of games and it will continue with games on Thur-Sun-Tue-Thur, finishing on Sunday 10th June with the final round of games.

Come and see our new clubhouse and get involved in a fun-packed couple of weeks before the Euros kick off!For any questions contact Jonathan O'Toole on 0877474915. 


Under 14s are Thunder Cup Winners 2012

TCWCherry Orchards U14 Premier team edged out an old rival one-nil in the final of the Thunder Cup played in the AUL on Saturday of DDSL Finals weekend.

A Trevor Clarke goal five minutes after half-time was enough to separate these excellent sides and it is a great reward for the way the squad, the management and the supporters applied themselves over a long season.

A big congratulations from to all involved!




13 Premier do well on Scottish tour

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Well done to the 13 Premier side, who visited Scotland over the May Bank Holiday weekend and had 3-0 wins over both Hibernian and Dundee Utd in friendly matches. The team also attended the Dundee Utd Vs Celtic SPL game that saw former Cherry Orchard players Jonathan Daly, Sean Dillon and Willo Flood help Utd to a 1-0 win.


Cherry Orchard Seniors in hunt for FAI Intermediate glory

This Sunday our Senior team will try to bring home the FAI Intermediate Cup when they take Avondale Utd from Cork at the Tallght stadium on Sunday May 13th at 3PM.

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Cherry Orchard lost last year’s final to Avondale so are delighted to get another crack at the same opposition in the final ‘The Intermediate Cup was always the focus to make for last year’s disappointment and with it being Avondale in the final it will be even more special,’ according to Cherry Orchard captain Paddy Collins. Cherry Orchard manager, Paul Doyle has guided his team through a series of difficult tests on the way to the final and is using the same determined approach to the final ‘we are concentrating on our own performance and working on what we have to do to win the Intermediate cup.’

Please go along and support our lads as they look to top off a fine season.


Danny O'Reilly enjoys Fulham Academy League success

Well done to Danny O'Reilly, who has helped Fulham Under 18s to win the Premier Academy League Group A title, the Cottagers finishing a point ahead of Southampton and two clear of third placed Arsenal. Danny (17) recently signed a professional contract, so, all in all, he has had a fine first season at the London club.

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U15 squad prepare for All-Ireland final Vs Malahide Utd

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Good luck to Dave Collins, Alastair Harvey and the Under 15 squad over the next few weeks as they have a run of league games that will take them up to the All Ireland final in which they will play Malahide United in Jackson Park later this month. We will post details of the game on this site and as always if you can - get out and support our lads.


Miele, Smith & Desmond win league with the Magpies

Three Orchard lads, Brandon Miele, Jamie Smith and Lee Desmond were part of the Newcastle United Academy side that were recently confirmed as winners of Premier Academy Group D after a narrow victory over their Barnsley counterparts. The boys were subsequently beaten in the Premier League playoffs by Blackburn Rovers but it has been a tremendous season for the squad - escpecially Lee who after a frustrating season of injuries made his debut in that play off game.



Keith Fahey in Euro 2012 squad

Congratulations to Keith Fahey (Birmingham City), who is included in the Republic of Ireland squad for the 2012 European Championships, which was announced yesterday. We hope that Keith and Ireland have a great championships. (Pic courtesy of greenscene)

Congratulations to Keith Fahey


April/May 2012


U14 Premier team prepare for cup final

The 14 Premier team will face Templeogue United in the final of the DDSL Thunder Cup on Saturday 12th May in the AUL in Clonsaugh. We wish them luck and hope everyone can get out to show there support.



Danny Kane scores against Austria

Congratulations to 15 Premier central defender Danny Kane, who scored in the Republic of Irelands 2-1 win over Austria on 26th April. Danny also played when Ireland beat Austria 2-1 two days Ireland.


Access to AJAX drills on InsideSOCCER

The club have signed up for the premium content on that includes over forty video drills from the ajax academy including passing, dribbling, crossing & shooting etc.


 To access the content click on the following link:


U15 race night in Palmerstown House

Can everyone available please go along and support the fund raiser organised by the Under 15 team this Friday (27th April) in the Palmerstown House at 8:30PM. Anyone interested in supporting the night or buying the few remaining horses can contact us through the website email or the U15s directly. We would also like to wish Danny Kane, of the same team, the best of luck as he heads off to Austria with the Ireland U15 team.


Stephen Gleeson And Stephen Quinn in PFA team

Congratulations to Stephen Gleeson (MK Dons) and Stephen Quinn (Sheffield Utd), who were both named in the League One team of the season at the professional Footballers Association awards in London last night. Sheffield Utd re in an automatic promotion spot with two games remaining, while MK Dons will be in the play-offs, and we wish both Stephens the best of luck in the weeks ahead.


Danny Rogers makes Aberdeen bench

Well done to Danny rogers, who was on the substitutes bench as Aberdeen won 2-0 away to inverness Caledonian Thistle in the SPL on Saturday. Goalkeeper Danny (17) joined the Dons from Cherry Orchard last July and we wish him well for the remaining games of the season.


Seniors reach FAI intermediate Cup Final

Congraulations to the players and management of the Senior Sunday team, who beat Verona 2-1 in their FAI Intermediate Cup semi-final replay at Coolmine yesterday. Goals by Philip Sheppard and Declan Carroll brought the Orchard through for a date with Avondale and a repear of last seasons final, which the Cork club won 1-0 after extra-time.

15 Premier reach SFAI final

Well done to the players and management of the 15 Premier team, who beat St Kevins 2-1 in their SFAI Evans Cup semi-final at Shanowen Road yesterday. Danny Kane and Thomas Ilunga were the scorers for the Orchard, who will play Malahide Utd in the final in May.


Gary Dicker returns to action

Well done to Gary Dicker, who has returned to the Brighton and Hove Albion team after recovering from a broken leg sustained in a match against West Ham last October. We wish Gary the best of luck in Brighton's remaining games, as they try to qualify for the play-offs in the Championship.


Jamie Smith makes his reserve team debut for NUFC

Lining out against several experienced international Fulham players, Jamie Smith got his first taste of Premier League reserve team football in the famous Newcastle shirt. Playing alongside another former Orchard lad, Brandon Miele, Jamie slot in at right-full, a postion he also occupied a few days before when the Under 18 academy team played against Manchester United.

Jamie Smith Fulham

Jamie was interviewed for the NUFC website and the piece can be read here.


Jonthan Daly tops SPL charts

Well done to Jonathan Daly, whose two goals in Dundee Utd's 3-0 win over Dunfermline on Saturday last took him to the top of the SPL scoring charts with 17 ( 20 in all competitions ). Other former Orchard men Sean Dillon and Willo Flood were also in the Dundee Utd team.


January/April 2012

Important information on Young Sudden Cardiac Death

There is a timely talk being given by Dr. Deidre Ward on the signs and symptoms in relation to Sudden Cardiac Death. It is at 7pm on Tuesday 3rd April in Lucan Sarsfields Club House at the 12th Lock. All local clubs have been invited with a donation of €5.00 suggested to go to C.R.Y.

All managers, coaches and parents are welcome to attend.


Sean Long and Sean Coyne play against Albania

Well done to Sean Long Long and Sean Coyne of the 17 Premier side, who were both in the Republic of Ireland team for the 2-1 loss against Albania in their UEFA under 17 elite group qualification match in Holland yesterday.


Richie English scores against Manchester United

Well done to Richie English, who was on the mark for the DDSL in a 4-0 win over the Manchester Utd under 13 Academy side at Utd's training ground on 17th March. Tyreke Wilson, Sean Quinn, Jamie Rice and Joshua Ukek of the 13 Premier team were also in the DDSL squad, who lost 3-1 to Blackburn Rovers in the second game of their trip


Six players feature for DDSL squads

This week will see five of our Under 13 team: Tyreke Wilson, Richie English, Sean Quinn, Jamie Rice and Joshua Ukek head across the water with the DDSL to face games against Manchester United and Blackburn rovers. Good luck lads.

Lee Whelan from our Under 17 Premier team also represented the DDSL in their game against a Limerick Desmond League team, ending up on the good side of a 4-0 scoreline. Congratulations Lee.


An old friend faces a spell on the sideline

Last Sunday the Orchard U17s faced off against St. Kevins Boys in the FAI Youth Cup on a cold winters day in Wards Cross. For our lads they were facing some familiar faces but none more familiar than Aaron Floody (pictured below with John Cleaver at Cherry Orchard presentation 2010) who had many succesful years in the black and red stripes before moving to Kevins. About fifteen minutes into the game Aaron went into challenge for the ball in his usual brave style and unfortunately for him and everyone that holds him in such esteem - he suffered a serious leg injury. Despite the obvious pain, Aaron was a class act and demonstrated an incredible mental strength and resolve. He was quick to accept there was no malice in the tackle and he was an inspiration to all around him.

JC AF presentation

We know Aaron faces some time on the sidelines while he recovers but we also know his atttitude means the recovery has already started. Best of luck Aaron.


Milk Cup Quiz night in Lord Lucan!

The Under17 Premier squad, parents and supporters will hold a quiz night to raise funds on the 30th March at 8:00 PM in The Lord Lucan pub, on the Lock road, Lucan. There are teams of four and it will cost ten euro a head with many prizes on the night!! Please give any support you can to the lads.


Jack Tuite and Danny Kane Play Against Belgium

Congratulations to Jack Tuite and Danny Kane of the 15 Premier side, who were both in the Republic of Ireland team for yesterday's 3-3 draw with Belgium in an under 15 international at Killarney Celtic's ground.

When the sides drew 1-1 at the same venue on Tuesday, Jack started and Danny came on as a second half substitute. Well done boys.


Luke Gallagher Helps Burnley Reach FA Youth Cup Semi

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Well done to Luke Gallagher, who helped Burnley to beat Fulham 3-1 in their FAI Youth Cup quarter final at Craven Cottage last night. According to the Burnley website (Click here) Luke had an outstanding debut and Burnley will now meet Blackburn Rovers over two legs in the semi-final.


Jack Tuite & Danny Kane called up to Ireland U15 squad

Congratulations to Danny Kane and Jack Tuite have been called up to the Ireland U15 squad due to play in games against Belgium in Kilkenny nexy week.


Sean Coyne and Sean Long play in Portugal

Well done to Sean Coyne and Sean Long of the U17 Premier team, who were in the Republic of Ireland squad for two friendlies against club sides in Portugal recently. Both players had one start and one substitue appearance as Ireland beat Louletano DC 5-2 and Immortal Juniors 3-1.


Jack Tuite Captains Ireland Under 15s

The club would like to offer belated congratulations to Jack Tuite of the U15 Premier side, who captained the Republic of Ireland Under 15 International team to a 6-1 win over the Aspire Academy in December. Jack also played as Ireland lost out 3-1 to the Aspire Academy Under 17 side.


Trevor Clarke scores against Everton FC

Well done to Trevor Clarke of the 14 Premier team who was on the mark as the DDSL Kennedy Cup squad beat the Everton Academy 6-1 in Liverpool on 1th February. 


New switching play excercise added to YouTube channel


David Graydon commits to St. Louis University

As featured before on this website, former Cherry Orchard player David Graydon decided to make the move across the Atlantic two years ago to further his football career. He enrolled in the Montverde academy (see David in the Montverde colours below) in Florida as they had a good track record of progressing players into the high profile college soccer program in the states. David went on to be named on the influential ESPN Rise All-American top 150 recruit list, was named as an ESPN Player of the Week and league MVP. Montverde finished as the No. 1 ranked high school - all in all a very successful season for David and Montverde.

 It took a lot of bravery to leave his friends and family but his courage and hard work were rewarded  recently when he was scouted by St. Louis University and they offered him a chance to join their successful soccer program in Missouri in the mid-west.

DG Monteverde

David, a former Athy, Newbridge Town and St. Kevins player should be an inspiration to all players to examine all of the options open to them to maximise their talent. As he makes the move up to Missouri to study and play later this year and the St. Louis Billikens have just gained a new batch of Irish based fans!


New shooting excercise added to YouTube channel

We have added a simple shooting excercise to the COFC YouTube channel and will include it on the coaching page. It is useful to allow all players to be involved in a shooting practice and can be used to practice varying set-ups for shooting e.g. through-ball, pass to feet, chipped pass etc.


COFC Elmdale clubhouse construction continues apace

Work on our soon-to-be new home is ongoing and the latest images give us some cause for excitement as we can see how and where the structure will fit in on our land! The images show the new entrance to the land off Ballyfermot road, the foundation & services and the clubhouse in its intended place. See below!

 We will keep everyone updated as the project reaches its conclusion before the seasons end.



Applegreen & Cherry Orchard Service Station sponsor Cherry Orchard Seniors

Representatives of Applegreen, Cherry Orchard Service Station and Cherry Orchard Football club met up to a celebrate a sponsorship deal for the Cherry Orchard Senior teams. A new set of jerseys was presented to Cherry Orchard FC and in return a framed jersey was presented to Cherry Orchard Service Station.

Jersey presentation Applegreen


Pictured above L to R: Paul Doyle (Manager of Cherry Orchard FC), Joe Barrett (Director of Applegreen), Peter Byrne (Cherry ORchard FC) and Eamon Ryan (Licensee of Cherry Orchard Service Station).


August/December 2011

We get an early glimpse of Cherry Orchards new home

Some of the people involved in the project that will see us get a new purpose-built clubhouse situated in Elmdale travelled to Lisburn to see the construction in action. As previously described - this type of building is termed a "modular-build" and as such is built in large sections that are transported as finished. Ultimately the pieces are fitted together in a short space of time and we will be left with a great environment for our club.

Get a closer look at the early stage construction of the building by clicking on the photos below.


Foundations for future about to be set!

In the next few weeks the first sod will be turned in Elmdale as work begins on laying the foundations for our much anticipated Clubhouse and changing rooms. It’s an exciting time for all of us in Cherry Orchard and it would remiss of us not to recognise the people that have been instrumental in delivering this day. One or two sentences seem inadequate to sum up the tremendous effort put in by numerous people over the years to arrive at this point. Many years and probably tears have gone into this and countless individuals have left their finger prints on the drawings with Tom Kennedy the one corner stone remaining and he will always have the gratitude of the Club for turning this long term plan into (fingers crossed!) a reality. But this could not have happened without contribution and support from previous and current committees, former and current players as well as the many supporters and parents who have driven the project on. We are acutely aware of the future funding challenges a building like this will present but the mountain the club has climbed to get to this peak gives us hope that we can master any hill which may be in front of us. 


At an information night in late October the drawings and features were presented to all – describing the “modular build” which is built off-site and is assembled in jig-saw fashion over a few days. The longest phase of the construction will be the laying of foundations and making provisions for services. It is hoped that the build will be finished sometime in March 2012. We hope that this can become our home, provide a comfortable environment for Cherry Orchard people and our opponents and will imbed us in the neighbourhood from which we were formed.

Here's to the opening day.


COFC YouTube channel online

COFC have created a YouTube channel where we will recommend any football related videos we think may be of use to coaches and players alike. Just click on the YouTube logo underneath to get there. We will have an imbedded version on our Coaching page which will always be available.


Can lightening strike twice in one team?!?

To lose one player is unlucky, to lose two... well we will be hoping that that's the end of the bad luck for our Under 10 section. Just days after losing Lee McEvoy (see below) they lost another important player: Warren Curran to a freak accident with Warren damaging his hand in a fall. As with Lee, Warren will be missing his weekly appointment with the beautiful game but what's important now is that he gets plenty of rest and recovery and he comes back to the lawn in top condition. The club and your Under 10 gang wish you all the best on your road to full fitness Warren.


Cruel blow for Lee McEvoy

The fickle nature of sport was shown again last week when Lee McEvoy from our U10A Saturday team suffered a bad injury while enjoying a social game of ball in school. We know Lee must be feeling like HIS sport has been taken away from him but he will be back in red and black stripes before too long. Your managers, coaches and fellow players wish you a speedy recovery Lee.


Under 12 Premier team are currently recruiting players

Cherry Orchard FC are inviting players who are still interested in playing for Cherry Orchard Under 12 Premier to contact us through the website on our email or the managers at:

Anto Kearney - 087 4158043

Sean Egan - 087 9901742


Outstanding service to Cherry Orchard FC recognised

As another season begins the club took time out to reflect on seasons passed. They recognised the achievements and service of three men who have been central to Cherry Orchard FC in recent (and not so recent!) times. John Cleaver, Ray O'Toole and Jimmy Winters can together boast over seventy years service and all three have been asked to fulfil many different roles during their time with the club. Dermot O'Riordan  (Schoolboy Chairman) made the traditional presentation of a club watch in recognition of long service to all three men and we hope that the club will continue to benefit from their experience in this campaign and the many more that will follow.

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Images from Milk Cup 2011


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COFC finish as most successful ROI/NI team

The wonderful Milk Cup adventure is over for another twelve months for the club after our Under 16s finished eighth in the Premier section. Having been beaten convincingly by Bolton just two days previous, this draw gave the team an opportunity for redemption but it wasn't to be. After a long week the boys fell to the Trotters again losing out 3-1 (coombes again!) in a much closer contest.

After the game the team were presented with an award to signify the achievement of being "the most successful team from Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland 2011". The boys have worn the jersey with class and distinction, enhancing the reputation of the club on and off the pitch. The club would like to put on record their Thanks to the Players, the management team and club officials led by Ray O'Toole and also the parents, families and supporters who travelled up this week. It was much appreciated.

Till next year....


Orchard star in seven goal epic in Milk Cup 2011

Our boys may not have progressed to the final after this game but they left the pitch to applause and plaudits after a tremendous performance. Some sloppy errors had led to a 3-1 scoreline in favour of Spurs at the break and the mountain to climb got steeper after the break when Spurs made it 4-1. Having collapsed the night before it was important for the team to stand up as a group and they did just that. Dominating possession - the Orchard got two goals back to stand at 4-3 and were now chasing the solitary goal that would take the tie to a deciding period. Alas, due to outstanding goal keeping and untidy finishing the lads ran out of time and were left with a seventh & eighth place playoff and plenty of credit for their performance and spirit.


Lads suffer heavy defeat at the hands of Bolton

Needing just a point to qualify for the semi finals of the Milk Cup premier section, our lads fell short against Bolton Wanderers ending up on the wrong end of a seven nil score line. After a competitive first half the sides went in at the break level at 0-0. A sloppy start to the second half left the orchard chasing two goals and when they reduced to nine men it meant the lads were in damage limitation mode. The boys were understandably devastated after the game as the result left them outside the top four and a chance of winning the Milk Cup proper. No time for self pity though as tomorrow the lads will face Tottenham Hotspur in the Semi-final of the VASE. Best of luck boys.


Milk Cup victory number two for Orchard lads

Our representatives in the Milk cup 2011 continued their fine form with a three nil win against Otago of New Zealand. Second half goals from Sean Long, Ryan Coombes and Luke Gallagher secured the sides second win in a row. Tomorrow they take on Bolton Wanderers vying for a place in the Semi finals of the Premier selection.


Orchard have remarkable start in Milk Cup 2011

Cherry orchard opened their Milk Cup 2011 campaign with a stunning nine (9) nil win against the Rotterdam based RSKV Leonidas on Monday 25th July. A hat trick each for Ryan Coombes and Marko Chindea was supplemented by goals from David Graydon, Sean Long and Luke Gallagher. The Orchard dominated the game from the kick off scoring four goals in an impressive first half display. A few changes at half time did little to change the balance of play and everyone made a contribution to an outstanding first step in the tournament.

Tomorrow the lads come back down to earth and back to business as they face Otago of New Zealand at 5:00pm at Coleraine stadium. We hope the momentum lasts for a while yet. 

Milk Cup squad lists click here

Milk cup home page click here


June/July 2011


Richie Smith appointed Director of Football

Cherry Orchard FC are pleased to announce that Richie Smith has accepted the role of Director of football with Cherry Orchard Schoolboys. In his role Richie will be involved in implementing short, medium and long term strategies for schoolboy football in the club - affecting every level: from our Academy to Under 18s.

Richie is a UEFA 'A' licensed coach, has had experience at all age groups and has been part of an incredibly successful team that this year is entering Under 17s football. We obviously wish Richie every success in his new position and together we will do all we can to ensure that the future of Cherry Orchard is a bright one.

Orchard boys take their first steps in professional football

Five players from the Black-&-Red have begun their professional careers in the UK this summer. Shane Fagan (Coventry), Danny O'Reilly (Fulham), Lee Desmond (Newcastle Utd), Danny Rogers (Aberdeen) and Joe Gorman (Crewe Alexandra) all reported for preseason training at their new clubs as they start full-time football. It's every schoolboys dream to turn a passion into a career so we hope these dreams come true for all of our lads.

Willo returns north of the border

We would like to wish Willo Flood all the best as he heads back to Scotland and into the jersey of Dundee Utd. Willo starred in his previous spell with Utd and we hope this move from Middlesboro reignites Willos career after a frustrating spell at the Riverside.

Mark Yeates moves to Watford FC

 From the Watford F.C. website:

WATFORD'S new signing Mark Yeates has revealed it was an 'easy decision' to join the Hornets from Sheffield United. The move was finalised yesterday (Wednesday) and the wide player penned a two-year deal with the club.  Yeates said: "I spoke to the gaffer and he impressed me bucket loads. He pretty much swayed me after 10 minutes."  Yeates' main motivation to join was the lure of regular first-team football. "The main thing for me is that he's offering me first-team football on a regular basis.

Mark Yeates WFC

 Yeates joins the Hornets with a wealth of experience having played for no less than nine clubs in his career spanning over nine years.  "I was at Tottenham for a long time and I still have a lot of people I keep in contact with over there." The 26 year-old added: "When Martin Jol came in at the club he seemed to take a shine to me and when a Premiership club offers you a good deal you would be silly not to take it. In 2007, Yeates moved to Colchester permanently after a successful loan spell in 2005/06. He built on this previous good form with the Essex club by scoring 20 league goals in 72 appearances before moving on to Middlesbrough in 2009. "We had a good side at the time and got promoted," he recalled about the Colchester side in 2005/06. “Playing week in, week out and scoring has put me in good stead."


Andy Reid returns to the City Ground

Andy Reid has made a return to his roots by joining Nottingham Forests campaign to finally reach the Premier League having fallen just short for the last few years. From the Nottingham Forest website:

Steve McClaren has made his first signing as Nottingham Forest manager by persuading Andy Reid to return to The City Ground. The Republic of Ireland international, who started his career with The Reds, has disappointed a number of clubs by signing a two-year City Ground contract. The 28 year old left winger, who arrives on a free transfer, will bring a wealth of Premier League experience to the Forest dressing room.

AR Forest return

He made more than 110 top-flight appearances for Tottenham, Charlton, Sunderland and Blackpool and has been capped 27 times by his country. Reid initially joined Forest as a 14 year old from Cherry
Orchard in his native Dublin and burst onto the first team scene in 2000, marking his debut against Sheffield United with a goal. He made 160 league and cup appearances for the club, scoring 25 goals, before securing a £8million move to Spurs in January 2005 in a joint deal that also took Michael Dawson to White Hart Lane. He joined Charlton the following year in a reported £3million deal and thrived at The Valley, captaining the London outfit on a number of occasions. His form attracted the attention of Sunderland and he completed a £5million switch to Wearside in January 2008. He made 68 league appearances for Sunderland before joining Blackpool in January of this year on a short-term deal.


Donal McDermott joins Lee Clarks Huddersfield Town


From the Huddersfield Town Football Club website:

Huddersfield Town can today confirm that Donal McDermott has joined the Club from Manchester City on a two year contract. The 21 year-old Irishman will be well known to most Town fans, having scored against Lee Clark's side for loan club AFC Bournemouth in the first leg of the 2010/11 npower League 1 Play-Off semi-finals. An attack-minded midfielder, he can operate on either wing position and can also play in behind a main striker. Standing at 5' 10", McDermott was born in Ireland, but joined the Manchester City Academy as a 15 year old - where he was a part of their 2008 FA Youth Cup winning side. He got his initial taste of first team football in a single appearance as a substitute for League 1 for MK Dons in September 2008. He then spent the first three months of the 2009/10 campaign on loan at League 2 Chesterfield, where impressed in making 15 starts and three substitute appearances - scoring five goals. One of those appearances came in the Spireites' penalty shootout win over Town at Saltergate in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy back in October 2009. Returned to Manchester City in November, but loaned out once again in January 2010 - this time to Championship side Scunthorpe United, where he made a further nine appearances. He spent the first half of last season back at the City of Manchester Stadium, but was loaned out to Town's League 1 Play-Off semi-final opponents AFC Bournemouth in late March. He made 11 appearances for the Cherries, scoring two goals. He has also been capped by his country at under-19 level.His contract with Man City expired on 30 June 2011.

Huddersfield Town Manager Lee Clark commented: "Donal has been on our radar for a long time; in fact, he was one of the targets we were looking at when we signed Danny Ward on loan. At that time he was just recovering from an injury and was undergoing rehab at Man City, and given how quickly we wanted a replacement we went for Danny, who was very successful here. "Every time he has come up against us, whether it was for Chesterfield in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy or for Bournemouth in the two-legged semi-final he has just enhanced his reputation with very good performances. "We're delighted to have him - he adds competition to the wide areas and can also play just behind the strikers too, so he has good versatility. He's left footed, but as people have probably seen he is comfortable coming off the line and linking up with the strikers too. He's a match-winner - the type of player who will excite the fans."

We wish Dermot every success in the next chapter of his career.

April/May 2011


Senior side are League winners!!

Congratulations to the players and management team of the Senior Sunday side, who won the league title with a game to spare by drawing 2-2 away to Greystones FC yesterday. This off a fine season for the team, who also reached the FAI Intermediate cup final.



The Orchard News May issue available!!

May brings another Cherry Orchard news and in it you will find an update of all the latest fixtures and results as well as news of Willos imminent return to action after a long layoff. There are match reports on the Sunday Seniors semi-final game in the FAI intermediate cup as well as the semi-final path of the Under 12s. As always we catch up with news about current and former Orchard players. To read more just click on the image on the left or go to the Monthly magazine tab in the menu above.

Under 12s are winners, but 11s and 14s miss out

A huge congratulations is in order to our 12 Premier team due to their 1-0 win over St. Kevins in the Norton cup final. Andy O'Reilly scored the late winner ensuring a great end of season party for the boys. A fantastic achievement.

U12 All Ireland win 2011

A mention also to our Under-11s who went down 2-0 to St. Kevins in the Menton-Seery cup and also to our Under-14s who lost out to St. Josephs 2-0 in the Goodson cup final. It's always tough to lose out in a final but you have done the club proud and you should not forget the hard work you put in to get to the big day. The great thing about football is that there is always another match around the corner.


DDSL and All Ireland finals photos available

We have been alerted to the fact that there are some pictures from the DDSL finals and the All-Ireland finals available on the Sportsimage website if you follow the link below



Three sides go hunting for All Ireland success

As the season reaches the business end of proceedings we are fortunate to have three of our schoolboy teams competing this weekend for All Ireland winners medals. We hope all goes well for the teams and they try to enjoy the day as much as is possible on such a big day. All games are on in Jackson Park in Kiltiernan (Wayside Celitc, home ground).

U11 Cherry Orchard Vs St. Kevins boys (Saturday 11:00)

U12 Cherry Orchard Vs St. Kevins boys (Saturday 13:00)

U14 Cherry Orchard Vs St. Joesphs boys (Saturday 11am)


Under 15s are Conway cup winners!!

Our U15s won out in the battle of two of the top teams in the Premier division, capturing the cup after a penalty shoot out. Normal time had seen a close game with Dan O'Reilly levelling the tie for the Orchard with a powerful header at the back post following a set piece routine between Lee Smith and Sean Coyne, after the Farm had taken the lead.

In the drama that is the penalty shoot-out it was left to Darren McQuillan to score the Orchards fifth penalty and this meant that Shane Fagan could take the glory by saving the tenth and final regulation penalty. Shane managed to do just that meaning the cup was going back across the Liffey to Ballyfermot.

Lifting the cup is an amazing achievement by a top level managment team and squad of players. The lads don't have too much time to rest however as they have their sights set on further glory in the next few weeks.

Congratulations to all involved with the team including all the parents, families and supporters.

U15 conway cup 


Orchard pipped in Turners Cross extra-time epic

The Senior sides journey in the Umbro Intermediate Challenge cup came to a blustery end in Turners cross on Sunday the 8th May. The Orchard were seen as rank outsiders against Avondale United who were chasing their third title in five seasons. After 90 minutes an even struggle continued onto extra-time and Colin O'Brien's strike in the fourth minute of that extra period was enough to send the Orchard back to Dublin empty handed. It has been a stunning start for Paul Doyle, his management team and the players in their first season together. Fingers crossed that this is followed with an instant return to the top flight and continued success.


Under 15s face Home Farm in Conway final

The Under 15s travel to the AUL this weekend to face Home farm in the final of the Conway cup as their superb season continues. This side have been tremendously successful over the years and we wish them the best of luck as they try to extend their record.



Another player follows his American dream

Haing outlined the exploits of David Graydon across the Atlantic, we recently received news from our friend Sportswatcher about another former Orchard man Eoin Hurley who has been recruited by Montana State University for their program. Eoin played for Paul Clares Orchard side from Under 14 to Under 18 and was an Irish schoolboy panelist and was well regarded within the club.

The hard work starts now for Eoin but we wish him all the best and congratulate him on winning an NCAA scholarship which should see him get a good education while aiming for professional football.

For Montana State University article mentioning Eoin click HERE.

USA today article mentioning Eoin HERE.


Cherry Orchard advance to the third round of FAI cup

Cherry Orchard had a wonderful victory over Cobh ramblers to advance to the third round of the FAI intermediate cup. For a match report click on the link to


Gary Dicker achieves promotion with Brighton

Congratulations to Gary Dicker, who has helped Brighton & Hove Albion to promotion from League One. Brighton beat Dagenham & Redbridge 4-3 on Tuesday to ensure that the Seagulls will play in the Championship next season.


The Orchard News for April 2011 now online!!

Aprils Cherry Orchard news catches up with the progress of Gary Dickers Brighton as they clinched early promotion to the Championship. Gary went from Cherry Orchard to UCD en route to Stockport County and he now looks likely to continue his rise next season. The sad news of Wayne Hendersons retirement is also discussed along with the news of some former and current players. Match reports of the Under 11s and Under15s are also included. To read more just click on the image on the left or go to the Monthly magazine tab in the menu above.


Ireland Under 16s fall to Belgium

The Republic of Ireland Under-16 ‘A' team created the better chances at Turner's Cross against Belgium but ended up on the losing side to a solitary strike.

D. O'Reilly (Cherry Orchard), Nsay (Cherry Orchard), Coyne (Cherry Orchard) all featured in the game and we're sure that they and the three other lads will relish the next set of games.


International recognition for the Under 16s

The Under 16s had the distinction of having six of their players selected in the Ireland Under 16 squads picked to play Belgium in a double header in Cork. The players involved are Sean Coyne, Lee Desmond, Shane Fagan, Sean Long, Danny O'Reilly and Aglody NSay. It's an honour for the boys and a real credit for their families and the management.


Luke Gallagher and Ireland just miss out on qualification

The Ireland Under 17s, including Cherry Orchards Luke Gallagher narrowly missed out on Elite qualification in the cruelest of circumstances in Greece. Having secured a dramaitc draw against Denmark, they then secured another draw against the hosts coming from behind to draw 1-1. In their final group game they secured the win they needed beating Lativa 4-1 before discovering that Denmark had scored an injury time winner in the other match against Greece leaving the Danes topping the group. It was a very solid tournament for the lads and left many reasons to be hopeful for this group of players....


Mar 2011

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March Orchard News now available!!

The March 2011 copy of the The Cherry Orchard news celebrates Keith Faheys league cup success and includes match reports from our Under 12s and our Senior Sunday side. As usual all club results are listed and news on some of our former charges is included. To read more just click on the image on the left or go to the Monthly magazine tab in the menu above.


Jan/Feb 2011

Willo eyes return to action

Willo Flood has endured a tough time on the injury front since his move to The 'boro. In August last year Willo dislocated his knee in an accidental collision with a team mate. Having completed some light work at the turn of the year Willo has now rejoined the first team squad for training.

Assistant manager Mark Venus told the club's official website, "Willo trained with us for the first time and that was great to see.

"Personally for him it is great news. That was a horrible injury, but for the squad as a whole, he is a welcome addition.

"Naturally we will have to be careful and we will closely monitor his progress, but he wants to join in with everything and that's a great sign."


FAI awards recognise Luke Gallagher & Conor Clifford

Ireland's top international football stars were honoured at the 21st 3/FAI International Football Awards which took place at RTÉ studios and our club had more than a passing interest. Luke Gallagher, a vital cog in the Midfield of the current U16 Premier Cherry Orchard team, was nominated for the U16 Irish player of the year missing out on the night to Mikey Drennan of Aston Villa. Luke has performed at a consistently high level for club and country for the last few seasons and the nomination was a recognition of this fact.

Conor Clifford won the Under 19 International player of the year, another Milestone for Conor who has always been marked as a future star. Conor has been with Chelsea since 2007 but more recently has been on loan to Plymouth Argyle.


Andy reid & Conor Sammon make deadline day moves

One piece of welcome news from the deadline day were the moves by two former Orchard players. Andy Reid secured a move to one of the most entertaining sides in this years Premier Leage, Blackpool. After a loan move to Sheffield United from Sunderland, Andy was keen to enjoy some regular starts and his style should fit well with the attacking principles of Tangerines manager Ian Holloway.

“Andy is a terrific footballer. If you gave him the ball he would be able to hang onto it and keep everyone away from him and that is what I believe football is all about,” the Seasiders boss added.

“You have to have skill, want the ball and love having the ball. I can’t wait to work with him.

“I am delighted he wanted to come and I hope I can get him going where he wants to be again, which is in the first team on a regular basis, scoring and creating goals." .
Ian Holloway.

Another former Orchard player Conor Sammon has continued his rise from DDSL to League of Ireland to Scottish Premier and now one of the top leagues in the world. Conor moved from the Orchard to UCD in 2004 having won the double of the U17 Premier and Taffe cup. This season has been the outstanding performer in the Scottish league and after much interest he finally sealed a move to Wigan Athletic. The Latics manager, Roberto Martinez has paid tribute to Conors potential and we hope he can enjoy his continued development at the DW Stadium.

"Conor is a young, hungry player we have been looking at for a while," he told the club's website.

"He has developed in an incredible manner over the last six months and it's fortunate that we've been able to move for him before he has achieved his full potential, which we're hoping he will do in a Latics shirt.

"We are delighted to welcome him on board.". Roberto Martinez.


David Graydon named high school player of the week 

DG Former Orchard player David Graydon has been named as the High school player of the week  by the American sports network ESPN. David took the brave step of heading to Florida and enrolling in a soccer scholarship with the prestigious Monte Verde academy in the sunshine state and is now 6 months into his program.

Following an outstanding season in the black and red last year - helping last years Under 15s to the league title - his fine play was recognised with an International trip to Belgium and interest from a few teams in the UK. The club are very proud of Davids decision to take control of his career at a young age and we watch with interest how he progresses in the land of hope and opportunity!

To see Davids nod from ESPN website click here.




Dec 2010

Help shape the future of Cherry Orchard Football Club!!

The current Orchard news features an appeal to all Orchard supporters, players (present and past) and members to work together to give the club the permamnent home it deserves. To find out more please click on the magazine.


Latest Orchard News now available!!

The latest copy of the The Orchard news contains match reports from our Under 13s and 16s, a trip down memory lane from a decade ago and catches up with some Orchard past pupils. To read more just click on the image on the left or go to the Monthly magazine tab in the menu above.


Latest images of Under 12s in South Africa!

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Under 12s finish twelfth in world tournament!!


Well, the journey may be over but what an achievement. The squad and management of the Under 12s showed incredible skill and no shortage or courage in South Africa when representing not just cherry orchard, but the whole of Ireland.

Having qualified for the quarter finals on Friday, the lads slipped to a tough four nil defeat to Japan before then going on to beat the Czech Republic one nil. The lads were incredibly unlucky to lose out on penalties to Poland meaning they would now go onto face Argentina in the decider the next day. A tired group went down two nil to the talented South Americans meaning the lads achieved the outstanding feat of finishing 12th in the world!!

We know the lads behaved impeccably on the trip and have enhanced our reputation both on and off the pitch. Welcome home and congratulations!!!


Oct/Nov 2010

So far so good in South Africa!!

The Under 12s have made the most of their time since arriving in South Africa. A really positive start in the tournament means the boys now march on to the quarter finals. There were eight groups of five and the lads had victories over Australia (1-0) and Senegal (2-0) this was then followed by a draw against Romania (1-1) before slipping to defeat against Spain (0-3). Please get on-line to the tournament website and give the lads our support as their journey continues! Let's hope the extend their trip into the next phase...


Cherry Orchard Under 10A

Our U10A team are still on the look out for players with all new players welcome. For anyone interested in wearing the famous red and black stripes please contact:

Mick Saul: Manager - 6260316 / 086 1590463


Orchard players represent Ireland in youth internationals

The club was well represented in the green of Ireland this week at U16 and 17 level. Danny O'Reilly, Sean Long and Sean Coyne were involved in the U16s two victories over Estonia with Danny getting the dramatic winner in the first game staged in Whitehall. Meanwhile, in Malta Ireland U17s were competing to progress to the Elite phase of qualifying for the UEFA U17 Championships beginning next year. Following wins over Malta and Albania the 17s qualified before losing to group toppers Norway. Luke Gallagher and former Orchard player Jamie smith were involved for the 17s and an exciting qualification campaign lies ahead.


Under 12s embark on wonderful adventure

Our under 12 squad have left Ireland on their way to what's sure to be a a memorable time in their young lives. They have travelled to South Africa to represent Ireland in the Danone Nations Cup. The lads qualified by winning the Irish leg of this global tournament, earning the right to join thirty nine other teams and nations in home of the FIFA 2010 World cup. The 30th September sees the official opening and draw of the Danone Nations Cup World Final, taking place at the University of Pretoria while the finals will take place on the 3rd of October in Orlando Stadium, Soweto.

The DANONE NATIONS CUP is an international football tournament organized every year since 2000, on the initiative of Groupe DANONE. Supported by Zinedine Zidane, it gathers 10 to 12 y.o. children from 40 different countries and all continents. This competition is made of 40 national tournaments and a World Final endorsed by FIFA. Each year 40 teams are qualified to represent their country at the World Final.

We hope the boys enjoy the experience and make new friends through football. You can leave messages for and track the progress of our lads on


Sep 2010

Keith Fahey makes his mark in Armenia Keith Fahey

Keith Fahey marked his senior competitive debut for the Republic of Ireland by scoring the winning goal only eight minutes after joining the fray, replacing Aiden McGeady. Showing his customary excellent technique at the back post, he finished well to give Ireland a crucial win in a tough opening game against a young talented Armenian side. The goal and Keith's rise to prominence under Trapattoni caps what has been a remarkable couple of years for Keith. From Cherry Orchard to scoring the winning goal in a UEFA qualifier doesn't exactly tell the story of his journey which is now held up as an example to younger players that there are many routes to success in football. We hope Keith enjoys the next few days and can build on this wonderful achivement.


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Under 11s go down to excellent Templeogue side.

Following a long delay due to a protest, the SFAI Menton Seery U11 all-Ireland final was played out in Jackson park in Kilternan last Saturday. On past results this game was expected to be an even contest but our lads came up against an excellent Templeogue United side who performed very well on the day, putting away chances early in the game to give the Orchard a mountain to climb by halftime. Despite a bright opening from the lads in black and red, Templeogue scored three goals in the first half through Darragh Gibbons, Conor Crowley and Eoin Stokes. The scoring was completed when Crowley got his second on the break when the Orchard pushed on looking for a way back into the game.

As these two teams begin their season at Under 12 level it was encouraging to observe that the game was played with a spirit of fairness and freedom of expression that will give hope to all those involved in the development of our game. We would like to congratulate Templeogue Utd on becoming the first National cup winners in their clubs history but also say how proud we are of our boys and we look forward to their clashes this year.


Andy Reid features after long lay-off

Sunderlands Andy Reid took his first step back into first-team duties last night in the League cup. Andy came off the bench to replace Zenden in the 63rd minute as The Black Cats defeated Colchester United. Following a hamstring injury back in February, Andy has been working his way back to action and we wish him well over the next few weeks as the season continues to unfold.


The Orchard Academy returns to action!  

The Academy, for 5, 6 and 7 year olds, kicks off on Sunday week, 5th September at 10:30am on The Lawn. In addition to inviting down all familiar and new faces we would also be keen to welcome anyone interested in helping out as coaches. For details on all of this please contact Jimmy Winters, our Academy director.

Enquiries to Jimmy Winters on 085 7088293


Aug 2010

Under 11s finally get their chance to shine  

The delayed under 11 cup final has been scheduled for this weekend coming and we would ask all Cherry Orchard supporters to go out and show their support for our patient Under 11 team!! We wish them the best of luck.....See below for details:

U11 SFAI Menton Seery Cup Final

Cherry Orchard Vs Templeogue Utd

Jackson park


Saturday 28th August 2010, Kick-off 12 O'clock 


Jamie Devitt makes his first team debut for Hull City

Former Orchard star Jamie Devitt made his competitive debut for Hull in their Championship opener at home to Swansea City on Saturday. Replacing Will Atkinson in the 69th minute Jamies memory of his debut will be all the sweeter as the Tigers won 2-nil in front of over 20,000 fans in the KC stadium. We hope Jamie goes on to have a successful season. Jamies profile can be seen here on the Hull City website.


Willo suffers unlucky blow 

After only eleven minutes of his return to competitive action for Middlesbrough FC, Willo suffered a suspected dislocated knee after an accidental collision with team-mate Matthew Bates. Willo had worked extremely hard during the summer to get back to full fitness having suffered a serious knee ligament injury last season. Middlesbrough manager Gordon Strachan said:

"He's well loved and a character in the dressing room so he's been very unlucky, especially having just come back from another long-term injury."

We are very proud of Willo and everyone at Cherry Orchard wishes him a speedy recovery and we hope to see him back in a Middlesbrough shirt as soon as possible. See the Middlesbrough website here for details.


U15s qualify for Semi final of Galway cup

Cherry Orchard U15s, after three wins in three games, will face Ipswich town in the semi-final of the 2010 Galway cup U15 boys elite section. The boys had great victories over Leicester city, IF Brommpojkarna boys and Aberdeen to top their group ahead of some illustrious opposition. The lads progress can be followed on the Galway cup website here...


4th Aug 2010     Cherry Orchard   1 - 0    Leicester City

5th Aug 2010     Cherry Orchard   3 - 0    IF Brommpojkarna boys

5th Aug 2010     Cherry Orchard   1 - 0    Aberdeen FC


U17s do the Orchard proud in Milk Cup 2010

The Under 17s returned from the 2010 milk cup having narrowly been beaten in the Dunluce trophy final. The players and staff completed an impressive week in the premier youth tournament in Europe having qualified for the Dunluce final facing Co. Londonderry in the decider. After a testing week the lads came up short but return having enhanced their own and the clubs reputation.


26th July 2010     Etoile Lusitana    5 - 0    Cherry Orchard (Milk Cup)

27th July 2010     Co. Armagh         0 - 2    Cherry Orchard (Milk Cup)

28th July 2010     San Agustin         0 - 3    Cherry Orchard (Dunluce Trophy Qtr-final)

29th July 2010     Cruz Azul              1 - 1    Cherry Orchard (Dunluce Trophy Semi-final) (COFC win 4-3 pens)

30th July 2010     Co Londonderry   4 - 1   Cherry Orchard (Dunluce Trophy final)


Cherry Orchard Under 10A

Training Tuesdays and Thursdays in Le Fanu Park (The Lawn ) at 6.30 pm

New players welcome

Contact Mick Saul, Manager,  6260316 / 086 1590463


Jul 2010



Saturday 17th July saw the Cherry Orchard players, families and club management meet up for a  celebration   of achievements last season and for the presentation of certificates, trophies and medals.  

Some more photos from the occasion can be found in our Gallery section

Trials 2010-2011

Cherry Orchard have already held their annual open trials - however if you are interested in contacting one of our managers please email your request to or contact:Christy Hammond - 087 6133400

June 2010

Trials 2010-2011

Cherry Orchard are pleased to announce that they will be holding their open trials shortly and we would like to welcome all players to the Lawns, Le Fanu Park (see directions) on the following dates:

Thursday 1st July

18:30 - U11 (born 1999), U12 (born 1998) and U13 (born 1997)

Friday 2nd July

18:30 - U14 (born 1996) and U15 (born 1995)

Saturday 3rd July

10:30 - U7 (born 2003), U8 (born 2002)

12:00 - U9 (born 2001), U10 (born 2000)

Sunday 3rd July

11:00 - U16 (born 1994) and U17 (born 1993)

If you have any questions please contact:

Christy Hammond - 087 6133400