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Sunday 23 August 2009

**Match Report** Kevin Barry's vs. Young Irelander's (Championship Game 2: Sun August 23rd)

Sunday August 23rd saw the Kevin Barry's take on the Young Irelander's in game 2 of the Philadelphia Championship. A win for the Barry's would secure the 2009 Championship but they expected a real fight for it from the Young Irelander's. 
The game got under way in the blistering afternoon heat. Both teams fielded their strongest squads for what was billed as a make or break game for the Young Irelander's. The early minute's of the game were slow as both sides adjusted to the fierce heat of the day, but eventually the Barry's opened the scoring with a well taken goal from the newly dubbed P.J "goal machine" Lavery. Patrick "Deuce" Doris then added to the score line with a well taken point. Young Irelander's then hit back with two quick points and the game was evenly poised at this point. Midfielder's Colly Doris and Mark Tierney then took the game by the scruff of the neck, and they orchestrated some fine moves. The Barry's were really up for this one and anything the Young Irelander's had to offer was snuffed out by the impressive performances of Benny Landers, Danny Clark, Brendan Trainor, and the center half back general Danny McCloy. An inspired performance from center half forward Bobby Ray saw the Barry's increase their lead when he took a fine solo score, and with the marauding runs from half back by Petey McElhill the Young Irelander's really looked up against it on this this occasion. The Barry's were really enjoying this one and this was evident by a rare goal from half back Eugene Martin.  Petey McElhill then got in on the action by finishing off a fantastic move that he started in his own half. Another fine score by the speedy half back. The Young Irelander's kept fighting and took a couple of scores but by half time the Barry's held a commanding lead. 
The Barry's continued where they left off in the second half and dominated most of the play. At this point all the months of training were really beginning to show. The fluent short passing game, that Barry's coaches Gerard Dillon and Gary Rocks had drilled into their squad, was now a joy to watch and a fine flowing move was finished off with a point from Deuce Doris. Another was soon added by Bobby Ray and at this point the Barry's were relaxing and the smiles were starting to come out!! When Deuce Doris was fouled in the box by a clumsy challenge referee Paul McCarthy had no choice but to point to the spot. Deuce dusted himself off and cooly slotted the penalty into the corner of the net. At the other end of the pitch the Young Irelander's got a life line when Barry's Keeper "Big" Dave Lordan was adjudged to have given away a penalty, but the big man from Cork redeemed himself with a truely remarkable reflex save from the resulting spot kick. 
With the Barry's cruising now a few of the players got a well deserved rest and they were replaced by Patsy "super sub" Quinn, Kevin Clark, Eddie Trainor and "The Great" Johnny Harkin. Patsy Quinn got right into the action taking two superb points, showing that he can still slot them over from any angle. The game was playing out now and Johnny Harkin and Colly Doris were running the show from the half back line. Then that man Harkin stepped up and slotted over a majestic free kick from close to the side line. The game was over at this point but Bobby Ray still wanted to round off his impressive performance so he thumped one from all of 45 yards which sailed over the black spot. This got huge cheer from the Barry's faithful and now the party had started, but not before the classy "wee" Dave McCarthy dropped over one final score of the day. In the end it was a truly impressive performance from the Barry's and they fully deserved to be lifting the 2009 Philadelphia Championship. Much credit has to be given to the Young Irelander's who never gave up during any of the game's this year. They battled hard and played some fantastic football during the year.

All eyes now turn to the big one in Boston; The Senior Championship. The Barry's will be going in full of confidence and with the current squad of players they will prove very hard to beat!! 

Final Score:
Kevin Barry's (3-15)
Young Irelander's (0-5)

Barry's Scorers:
P.J Lavery (1-1), Patrick Doris (1-3), Bobby Ray (0-4), Eugene Martin (1-0), Petey McElhill (0-1), Dave McCarthy (0-2), Johnny Harkin (0-1), Patsy Quinn (0-3)

**Match Report** Kevin Barry's vs. Young Irelander's (Championship Game 1: Thurs August 13th)

Due to bad weather this Championship fixture had to be postponed to a Thursday evening. This was tough on both teams but they managed to field very strong line-up for the first game in the Philly championship series. 
This game started slowly for both teams with a lot of persistent fouling slowing the game down. The Barry's finally got on the board with fine scores from P.J Lavery and "wee" Dave McCarthy. This settled the Barry's and they started to play the flowing football witnessed in previous fixtures. Then out of the blue P.J Lavery went on the rampage. After being fouled constantly by the Young Irelander's back line Lavery decided to take matters into his own hands. Within the space of 5 minutes he had the ball in the back of the Young Irelander's net 3 times. This totally crushed the Irelander's and pretty much put the nails in their coffin for this game. But all credit to the Young Irelander's they battled back and took some fine scores to start to get back into the mix. The Barry's wanted to nip this fight back in the bud quickly and they did so through Dave McCarthy who slotted over 2 fine free kicks from big distances. 
The second half proved to be a stop start affair and tempers were now wearing thin. Young Irelander's had just scored a goal and their tails were up. Again persistent fouling really put a dampener on this game and referee Paul McCarthy was quickly losing patience. He sent off 3 men in the second half ( 2 Barry's, 1 Young Irelander's), all for second bookable offences, proving that that this constant fouling was not going unnoticed. This now meant that the Barry's were playing most of the second half with 11 men. Strategic moves by Barry's manager's Gerard Dillon and Gary Rocks helped the Barry's stretch the game a bit. They were now playing keep ball and this frustrated the Young Irelander's. The game finally trickled out and the Barry's made sure of the victory through points from half forward Petey McElhill and big midfielder Mark Tierney.  The Barry's deserved the win and they now needed one more to clinch the 2009 Philadelphia Championship.

Final Score:
Kevin Barry's (3-7)
Young Irelander's (1-6)

Barry's Scorers:
P.J Lavery (3-1), "Wee" Dave McCarthy (0-4), Petey McElhill (0-1), Mark Tierney (0-1)

**Match Report** Kevin Barry's vs. Four Province's / Donegal (NACB Tournament Final: Sun August 2nd)

Sunday August 2nd saw the highly anticipated rematch between the Kevin Barry's and the 4P's. The Barry's had a convincing victory over the 4P's a couple of weeks earlier and the 4P's were now out for revenge and felt they had a point to prove. Both teams fielded their strongest line-up's of 2009 in what proved to be a very good game of football.
The 4P's came out of the blocks very quickly and they hassled the Barrys's in the opening minutes, but it was the Barry's who settled quickest and got on the scoreboard first through "wee" Dave Mc Carthy and Patrick "Deuce" Doris. This helped the Barry's get into their groove and they pushed on with some stylish short passing football. In a devastating flurry of movement the Barry's found the back of the net twice in quick succession through Deuce Doris and P.J Lavery. This knocked the 4P's for six but they battled back and put together a fine string of points to get back into the game. Both teams traded scores before half-time with Deuce Doris, and P.J Lavery getting the points for the Barry's. The Barry's were playing well but they expected a 4P's fight back in the second half.
A fight back is exactly what they got. The 4P's came out with 4 unanswered points to start the second half. This seemed to wake the Barry's up and they hit back through scores from Dave Mc Carthy and P.J Lavery. The game was very close at this point but the break through came half way through the second half when the Barry's notched two well taken goals from their two full forwards Deuce Doris and P.J Lavery. These two players were on top form and they were running riot against the 4P's back line. The two goals really took the wind out of the 4P's and the Barry's increased their lead further through points form Bobby Ray, Deuce Doris, P.J Lavery and super sub Patsy Quinn. The 4P's tried to mount another fight back but the game was iced for the Barry's when their two half backs Petey McElhill and Eugene Martin raced up the pitch to take 2 great points. At this point the 4P's knew they were well beaten by the Barry's for the 2nd time. For the Barry's this proved to be a tournament clinching win and more importantly proved the doubter's wrong, showing the Barry's could compete with any team in the region.

Final Score:
Kevin Barry's (4-14)
4P's (0-14)

Barry's Scorers:
"Wee" Dave McCarty (0-5), Patrick "Deuce" Doris (2-4), P.J Lavery (2-1), Eugene Martin (0-1), Bobby Ray (0-1) Petey McElhill (0-1), Patsy "super-sub" Quinn (0-1)

Monday 20 July 2009

**Match Report** Kevin Barry's vs. Four Province's / Donegal (NACB Tournament: Sun July 19th)

A highly anticipated game between the Kevin Barry's and The Four Province's took place on July 19th at Cardinal O' Doughtery. It was the first time in a few years that The Four Province's took the field in Philadelphia as lately they have been playing their football in the highly competitive New York league. This game was billed as one of the best of the year and it didn't disappoint.
The Barry's got off to a blistering start right from the throw-in and shocked the 4 P's with a couple of quick scores taken by Daniel McCloy and Mark Tierney. The quick passing style of the Barry's implemented by Coaches Gerard Dillon and Gary Rocks really had the 4 P's on the back foot and the Barry's increased their lead through scores from "Wee" Dave McCarthy and Patrick "Deuce" Doris. The 4 P's re-grouped and finally got on the score sheet midway through the first half. The chess match continued and the 4 P's now took a couple of nice scores to get right back in the mix.
The Barry's were playing well at every position on the field. The defense, marshalled by goalkeeper "Big" Dave Lordan, were having an outstanding day. Team Captain Danny Clark, Brendan Trainor, and Benny Landers were holding solid throughout the first half, and with the searching forward runs of Eugene Martin and Danny McCloy the Barry's were putting on a fine display. A masterful performance from start to finish by Colly Doris in the midfield really helped the Barry's get on top of the 4 P's and their frustration continued to grow. Two more first half points from Tierney and McCarthy put the Barry's in a great position at half time.
The Barry's expected a 4 P's fightback in the second half and that is exactly what they got. The 4 P's started quickly and a goal put them right back in it, and left a 2 point margin between the teams. The Barry's were now being pressured and they needed an answer. They replied with a fine pressure score from half forward Petey McElhill. This score seemed to lift the Barry's and they added further scores through Colly Doris, "Wee" Dave McCarthy and Patsy Quinn. The Barry's were now back on top but the 4 P's continued to press and took another couple of fine scores to keep them in the game. A couple of Barry's subs to counteract the 4 P's onslaught saw John Harkin come in for Benny Landers, Patsy Quinn come in for Mark Tierney, and Paul O' Sullivan come in for Daniel McCloy.
Midway through the second half Petey McElhill took yet another fine pressure point, a free from Deuce Doris and a well taken point from Patsy Quinn kept the Barry's slightly ahead in the game. The Barry's then had a great chance to kill the game off when they were awarded a penalty after PJ Lavery was taken down in the area. Patsy Quinn was the man trusted with the kick but he shot wide of the post and handed the 4 P's a lifeline. With time running down the 4P's bombarded the Barry's goal but "Big" Dave Lordan was up to the task and he cleared his lines emphatically. The Barry's were now looking to kill the game off and they did just that with another McElhill point and a fine score from the grass by "Wee" Dave McCarthy. The icing on the cake was then added by Bobby Ray who took a booming point that got the crowd going. The heart of the Barry's held strong right to the final whistle for what proved to be a fully deserved victory against a very good opposition.

Final Score:
Kevin Barry's (0-14)
Four Province's (1-7)

Barry's Scorers:
Daniel McCloy (0-1), Mark Tierney (0-2), Patrick Doris (0-2), Bobby Ray (0-1), Colly Doris (0-1), Dave McCarthy (0-3), Patsy Quinn (0-1), Petey McElhill (0-3)

**Match Report** Kevin Barry's vs. Young Irelanders(NACB Tournament: Sun July 12th)

July 12th seen the Kevin Barry's take on the Young Irelanders in the first game of the NACB Tournament. Both teams fielded strong line-up's that had a new look. Comming in for their Barry's debut this season were Colm "Colly" Doris, Eugene Martin, PJ Lavery, Mark Tierney and Patrick "Deuce" Doris. The Game started very brightly for the Barry's and they sooned opened the scoring through a well taken point by Daniel McCloy. The Barry's kept the pressure on and increased their commanding lead through scores from half forwards Petey McElhill and "Wee" Dave McCarthy. Patrick "Deuce" Doris then slotted over a fine free and the Barry's were now up by 4 points. Young Irelanders battled hard and tempers began to flare midway through the first half and a few heated exchanges ensued. The Barry's continued to take the game to the Irelanders and the defensive performances of Benny Landers, Danny Clark and Brendan Trainor continued to frustrate the opposition.
A Young Irelanders goal midway through the first half sparked them into life and they started a spirited fightback with a few well taken scores, but the Barrys held firm and continued to plug away. Patsy Quinn slotted in 2 fine goals and points from Colly Doris, "Wee" Dave McCarthy and Patrick "Deuce" Doris really put the Barry's in a commanding position going into half-time. The second half was a more quiet affair with a lot of fouls being commited by both teams. Young Irelanders were able to add a couple of more points to their tally but they never really threatened the Barry's big lead. Second half scores from Deuce Doris, Patsy Quinn, Bobby Ray and Daniel McCloy saw the Barry's run out easy winners in the end.

Final Score:
Kevin Bary's: (2-12)
Young Irelanders: (1-4)

Barry's Scorer's: Daniel McCloy (0-2), Peter McElhill (0-2), Patsy Quinn (2-0) "Wee" Dave McCarty (0-2), Patrick "Deuce" Doris (0-4), Colly Doris (0-1), Bobby Ray (0-1)

Wednesday 10 June 2009

**Match Report** Kevin Barry's vs. Eire Og(Bill Drake Cup: Sun June 7th)

Last Sunday the Barry's were up against Eire Og in the Bill Drake Cup. Both sides fielded strong teams on another warm afternoon at Cardinal O'Doherty. The first half started brightly for the Barry's who were on the offensive right from the get go, with Brendan Trainor, Petey McElhill and Bobby Ray leading some fine breaks from their own half. Eire Og were battling hard but the Barry's short passing game was stretching their defense to the limit. Patsy Quinn opened the scoring with a fine solo point and this was followed in quick succession by well taken scores from Ozzy McKernan (2), Gavin Smith (1), "Wee" Dave (1), "Big" Dave (2) and Ronan McDaid (2).  This early sustained pressure rocked Eire Og but they continued to battle on and started progressing the ball much better later in the half. Two great first half saves from Barry's utility player Marty Gallagher kept the Barry's on the front foot, and with vocal leader Ozzy McKernan making his long awaited comeback from a long injury, the Barry's ended the half well on top and seemed to be cruising.
The second half was a completely different affair with Eire Og coming out very fired up. They started the half well and got back into the game with 2 quick goals. This stunned the Barry's into life and they finally got their short passing game going again. The Barry's should have really killed the game off, but a series of wides were giving Eire Og a glimmer of hope. Points were traded midway through the second half by both teams with Bobby Ray and "Wee" Dave taking fine scores for the Barry's.  The game was finally killed off by the Barry's super sub Abbey who picked the ball up at corner forward, beat his man, and then sold an outrageous dummy to the Eire Og keeper before tapping into an unguarded net. A fine solo effort which completely dashed any hopes of an Eire Og comeback. The rest of the game played out with more Barry's pressure and in the end they ran out comfortable winners.

Final Score:
Kevin Barry's: (1-11)
Eire Og: (2-2)

Barry's Scorers: Patsy Quinn (0-1), "Wee" Dave (0-2), Bobby Ray (0-1), Ozzy McKernan (0-2), Gavin Smith (0-1), Ronan McDaid (0-2), "Big" Dave (0-2), Abbey (1-0)

Wednesday 3 June 2009

**Match Report** Kevin Barry's vs. Young Irelanders (Bill Drake Cup: Sun May 31st)

Sunday May 31st saw the Barry's take on Young Irelanders on a very warm day at Cardinal O'Doherty. Tensions were high from the previous encounter where Young Irelanders ran out victorious, so the Barry's had it all to do and a point to prove. The game started brightly with both teams exchanging early scores. The tackles were flying and tensions were running high on the side lines. The Barry's made the key break through midway through the first half with two well engineered goals from Brendan Trainor and Franko McBennett. Midfield powerhouse and team manager, Gerard Dillon, was introduced midway through the half and together with center half forward Gerard Regan, the Barry's were holding their own against the younger, stronger, Young Irelanders midfield. The first half ended with the Barry's leading the scoring.
The second half started with strong winds blowing against the Barry's. Young Irelanders started brightly and ate into the Barry's lead with a couple of scores, it was all to play for now!! Strategic kickouts from the Barry's keeper "Big" Dave, and the intricate short passing game along the back line by Landers, Harkin and McElhill, continued to frustrate the Young Irelanders. Throughout the game Patsy Quinn continued to be the Barry's main target man, and he did not disappoint slotting over points from all angles, in what proved to be man of the match performance. Quinn continued to keep the Barry's on the front foot with help from big corner forward Gavin Smith, who plucked one out of the air and took a fine score. The turning point in the game came midway through the second half when Trainor was fouled in the box and the ref pointed to the spot. Up stepped that man Quinn again to cooly send the Young Irelanders keeper the wrong way and keep the Barry's ahead. This was a hammer blow for the Young Irelanders, and frustration grew deeper due to the free flowing short passing game implemented from the sideline by the Barry's coach Gary Rocks. Young Irelanders mounted a spirited fight back and rallied to within two points in the second half, but the Barry's held on for what proved to be a deserved victory. The Barry's got their point across and stage is now set for another mouth watering encounter!!

Final Score: 
Kevin Barry's: (3-6)
Young Irelanders: (1-10) 

Barry's Scorers: Patsy Quinn (1-5), Gavin Smith (0-1), Brendan Trainor (1-0), 
                             Franko McBennett (1-0)

Kevin Barry G.F.C Prize Draw

Draw will be held Sunday June 28th @ 7pm in Tir Na Nog

Tickets cost $25

Prizes: (1st) $1250
             (2nd) $500
             (3rd) $250

Contact any Kevin Barry's member to purchase tickets.

Wednesday 13 May 2009

Sunday's Game 5/17/09

Kevin Barry's vs. Young Irelanders
Sun May 17th @ 4pm
Officials: St. Pats