The 2009/10 season
will mark an historic time in the life of Innishvilla AFC. This season will be the first where the club will be based exclusively
at their own, newly developed pitches. After years of hard work and fundraising (which is still continuing) the club now can
boast two top quality pitches, with a floodlit training area, car-park, toilets and dressing-rooms. Planning permission has
been granted for a clubhouse with permanent dressing rooms, but in these harsh economic times grant aid is tough to come by
so those plans are on hold for now. The pitches themselves have undergone extensive drainage work in the off season by Bob
O’Keeffe, and the work seems to be paying off as despite the inclement weather recently the pitches are dry and in good
shape. A golf course mower has also been purchased to cut the grass. The final fencing work is underway and should be finished
The Management team
of Ray O’Sullivan and Sean Lynch are really looking forward to the start of the new season. Ray was Manager of last
seasons Youth team that finished a creditable third in league one, while Sean had a mixed season with the Junior team. In
a year when the side were relegated from division 1 the squad also made a welcome return to Turners Cross in the County
Cup Final. It was a great day for the club and a fantastic achievement
for Sean. Unfortunately the fairy-tale ending was not to be, the team going down 2:1 after extra time to a very good Watergrasshill
United team (who actually retained the trophy having won it the year before).
There are a few changes on the player front for the season ahead. Michael Crowley and Anthony Maguire have both retired
from playing, quality players who have given years of service to the club, they will certainly be missed out on the pitch.
However the nucleus of the squad from last years side, including Captain Paul Griffin, Thomas Mulcahy, Declan Rice and Adrian
Daly. Along with Sean O’Hara, Andrew Sheehan, Martin Boyle and Larry Ryan still remain.
Stepping up from the Youths are five or six very good young players, among these, Alan Coleman, Shane O’Sullivan,
Shane Nolan and James O’Regan. New signings include Shane Fitzgerald, who makes a welcome return to his boyhood club,
Colm O’Sullivan, Colm Walsh and John McCarthy will all add to the overall strength of team and squad.
With so many new players to blend in and also playing on the clubs new pitches for the forthcoming season Ray and Sean
have had the squad back training since mid July. With friendlies lined up against local sides Knockavilla, Bandon and Kinsale
it is all systems go.
Both management and players alike know that a huge task awaits them in their aim to return to Division one football.
Ray and Sean are happy enough with how things are progressing, but realise that blending in the new signings and younger players
is the key to the season ahead. It’s not going to be easy, but having said that the attitude shown by the full squad
at training so far has been excellent. The club is positioned to have an interesting and hopefully successful season.
The U11s this year have created there
own bit of history in gaining the highest entry point for any Innishvilla team to date into the Cork School Boys league. The
U11 team are proudly contesting in Division 1 with some of the big city clubs. Last year this team competed in Division 3
of the U10 league but after an all conquering season they were elevated into Division 1. This team has been together
since U8 level and have a very strong backbone from shot-stopper Jonathan Hurley to sharp shooter Colm Barry. Other star performers
include Sean O Donovan, Cathal Maguire, James Callnan, Adam Settaini, Rory O Sullivan, Paraic Halligan, Fearghal Lyons &
many more. Innishvilla have now over 30 players training every Tuesday at U 11 with many new faces and have a second
team entered in Division 7. Any new players welcome.
U11 Div 1 Team Kevin Barry & John O Donovan.
U11 Div 7 Team Willie Manning & Dermot Higgins.
After finishing 4th last
season in a league that saw 2 teams steamroll the league hopes are high of a good push for league honours this year. However
thrown into the mix this year is the fact that only one team from last years league (Crosshaven) are in their division this
year. So there is a large unknown element to the league. The team will hope for goals from Shane O’Leary and Aaron Lyons. Also they will be looking to build on an excellent cup run from last year.
After a strong finish to the season
last year to finish a strong 4th (1 point behind 3rd), with the top two very strong, Innishvilla will
be looking to build on this and hope to push for league honours this year. Again as with the U12’s there are a lot of
new teams for the U13’s to face this year. They will especially be looking forward to a couple of local derby’s
against Carrigaline United and Everton. They will be looking for goals from Eoin O’Reilly and Darragh Looney this season.
After the excellence of last year
winning the Cork Schoolboys League Division 1 title, winning promotion to Premier division for the new season, the Club and
Team were rocked by the tragic death of Jake O’Donoghue during the Summer. It is with heavy hearts that they prepare
for the new season. But all know that the proper tribute to Jake is to go out and give it your all on the pitch.
The new season sees Innishvilla competing
with some of the big names of Cork Schoolboys soccer – Rockmount, Corinthians Boys and Castleview to name but a few
and they are confident of acquitting themselves in this vaunted company. They will be hoping for big seasons from Jack Murphy,
Tim Casey, Jack Lyons and Jason Crowley to name but a few.
As with the U14’s the U15’s
also won their Cork Schoolboys League Division 1 Title last year. So Innishvilla have the honour of two teams playing Premier
division football this season. Again Innishvilla will be coming up against some of the “big” teams in Cork with Ringmahon Rangers, Corinthians Boys and Leeds some of the
teams to watch out for. But the team with last years Captain Colm O’Connell, Irish international Darragh Murphy and
the goal-scoring Ollie O’Connor and Luke Counihan the Team feels they should be able to hold their own in this competitive
After Ray O’Sullivan led his
charges to 3rd place in the youths league last year Denis Mulvihill stepped in to fill the void with Ray moving
to the Junior side. For a youths league Division 1 there are some big names and big teams to look forward to hosting and visiting,
notably Midleton, Passage, Ballincollig and Ringmahon Rangers. But with a strong (if small) squad assembled with the likes
of Rob Moore, Gerard Rice, Gary Farrell and Stephen Murphy all contributing there is no reason why Innishvilla’s name
can’t be on the league title this year. But as stated the squad is small and they are always on the lookout for new