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Champions Honoured by Ardee Town Council


Monastery NS All Ireland Soccer Champions were honoured by a civic reception given by Ardee Town Council in Ardee Castle in October 2013. The event was well attended by players, managers, parents, local councillors and staff from Monastery NS. Town Clerk Miriam Roe was thanked by all for organising the event and Councillor Fintan Malone presented the team with a framed scroll marking this great honour.

All Ireland Champions 2013
Monastery NS, Ardee Are All Ireland 5 A Side Soccer Champions

Monastery National School Ardee made history on Saturday, May 25 at the Aviva Stadium as they became Aviva Health FAI All Ireland 5 A Side Soccer Champions. They had earned the right to play in these finals by becoming Louth, North Leinster and Leinster Champions. They competed against the Summerhill NS, Athlone (Connaught), Scoil Íosagáin, Aghada, Cork (Munster) and Carndonagh BNS, Inishowen, Donegal (Ulster) champions. This competition was sponsored by Aviva Health and involved over 16,000 children nationally. The finals were played on a round robin basis with each province playing each other. The Monastery NS team was togged out in a full Leinster blue kit. Two points were awarded for a win, one for a draw and none for a loss. If teams ended on the same points the winner was decided on the result of the game between the sides in question.

In the first game Monastery NS Ardee faced a physically strong Ulster Champions team from St Patrick’s BNS, Carndonagh, Donegal. In a tense opening match there was no quarter being given until Monastery forward Tom Jackson rounded his marker and shot into the net to give Monastery NS the lead. The Ulster Champions were rattled and a throw out from their keeper was intercepted by Monastery back Liam Jackson who thundered forward and blasted a shot to the net. Monastery NS now lead two nil but the Donegal boys piled the pressure on and player of the tournament, Conor O’Donnell, from Carndonagh, picked up a pass in the Monastery box and shot neatly to the net. With just a few minutes remaining it was 2 -1 for the Louth lads. The Donegal lads laid siege to the Monastery NS goal but defender Dónal McKenny was giving nothing away. The final whistle blew and Monastery Ns had their first two points.

In the second game Monastery NS faced Munster Champions, Scoil Íosagáin, Aghada, Cork. The Cork lads had drawn their first match 3 - 3 and needed to beat the Ardee lads to keep their All Ireland dream alive. This game would prove to be the match of the tournament. The Munster Champions started the game quickly catching a slow starting Monastery NS on the back foot. Within ten minutes they had scored two excellent goals and Monastery NS had a big hill to climb. Suddenly Monastery NS began to throw caution to the wind and press forward in numbers and Tom Jackson volleyed to the net for the Leinster Champions opening goal. The Cork lads were rattled and from their centre tip off Jonathan Commins stole possession, sprinted down the right wing and blasted the equalizer to the net. Again the Munster Champions seemed unnerved and again from a centre tip off Liam Jackson raced forward and intercepted a pass. He drove forward through the heart of the Cork defence and blasted a shot to the corner of the net. Monastery NS now lead 3-2 but the Munster champions regrouped and drove forward in numbers. Gavin Kirk in goals for Monastery NS was man of the match with save after save at the feet of the Cork centre forward. Finally the Cork attack manufactured a brilliant move that lead to a tap in goal. 3 - 3 and two minutes remaining. The Munster Champions attacked again and Gavin Kirk dived at the feet on the on rushing Cork centre forward knocking the ball from his feet. The football rolled out of the blocked save and the Cork player was just about to shoot to the net when Gavin Kirk leapt from the ground and grabbed the ball with his finger tips. One minute remaining and the Monastery NS goalkeeper threw a long accurate pass to Tom Jackson on the left wing who sprinted forward and blasted a shot through the Cork keeper’s legs and past the Cork centre back into the corner of the net. The referee blew the whistle and Monastery NS had come back from the dead for a fantastic 4 – 3 victory and another precious two points.

The third and final game was against the Connaught champions, Summerhill NS, Athlone. Monastery NS knew that a win or a draw would definitely secure the All Ireland title without a count back. They started sharply with Jonathan Commins winning the ball in the Athlone half on the right wing. He passed the ball by the Summerhill NS keeper and Tom Jackson had the easiest of shots into the net. 1 – 0 to Monastery and once again Jonathan Commins skills shone as collected the ball and shot right into the net. 2 – 0 to Monastery NS and plenty of time remaining. However the exertions of the Cork match now could be seen and the team began to tire. In a five minute period Summerhill blitzed the Monastery NS goal and drew level with two excellent goals. The Louth lads had lost their shape and the number 7 from Summerhill who had come on early as a substitute was having a big impact. Summerhill continued to pile on the pressure on an exhausted Monastery NS and just before the final whistle they got another goal. The final result was a 3 – 2 loss for Monastery NS and an anxious wait to see if their 4 points for two wins was enough for the title.

St Patrick’s BNS, Donegal also had two wins and four points but Monastery NS had beaten them in their first game! So to the delight of the many supporters, friends and staff of Monastery NS our boys were victorious and crowned all Ireland Champions 2013! They walked up those famous steps in the Aviva Stadium and co-captains Liam Jackson and Dónal McKenny received the
Aviva Health FAI All Ireland 5’s Champions Cup for Monastery NS, Ardee, County Louth.
The Monastery NS Team was Gavin Kirk, Dónal McKenny (Co-Captain), Liam Jackson (Co-Captain), Tom Jackson, Jonathan Commins, Eddie Bing Quan Ooi, Evan McKenna and Darragh McCoy. The team was managed by principal Mr Jim Mc Gee and teacher Ms Leanna Cusack.

Principal and team manager Jim Mc Gee said that it was a great day for County Louth sport in general. He thanked the excellent organisation of the event at the Aviva stadium by the FAI staff providing all who took part with a day they will never forget. In particular he thanked FAI staff Diane Fay (National Administrative Officer), Paul Holland (Meath & Leinster Co-ordinator), Mick Neville (Louth Development Officer) and all the FAI officials who did an excellent job on the day. He also thanked Aviva Health for their generous sponsorship of the event and local soccer club Ardee Celtic who have done and continue to do so much work with our boys. In particular he thanked the bus load of parents, staff, friends and supporters of Monastery NS who travelled and cheered us onto victory.


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Monastery NS, Ardee Are Leinster 5 A Side Soccer Champions

It’s a long time since any Louth team has won a Leinster title in any sport! But that’s exactly what Monastery National School, Ardee did yesterday by winning the Leinster Under 13 FAI Five a side soccer competition. Monastery NS entered the Leinster Finals at the MDL grounds Navan as Louth and North Leinster Champions. They faced the Dublin (St. Dominic’s NS, Tallaght), Mid Leinster (Newbridge Educate Together NS, Kildare) and South Leinster (Gaelscoil an Inbhir Mhóir, Arklow, Wicklow) champions.
In the first game they faced St Dominic’s NS, Tallaght and went into an early lead thanks to long range shot from Liam Jackson. A few minutes later his brother Tom Jackson added a second goal. Jonathan Commins scored two more and Liam Jackson added another. Substitute Eddie Quan Ooi bagged another goal leaving a final score of 6 – 1 for Monastery NS. Darragh Mc Coy and Evan Mc Kenna made excellent contributions when they came on as substitutes in the second half.
Monastery NS now faced their toughest opposition in the South Leinster Champions, Gaelscoil Arklow, Wicklow. From the kick off Jonathan Commins charged down the right wing and smashed a shot into the net. In goals Gavin Kirk made four outstanding saves as Arklow piled on the pressure. Liam Jackson and Dónal McKenny defended intensely and kept the Arklow strikers under wraps. Then Dónal McKenny broke from defence and volleyed a shot to the net. Arklow pulled two goals back but two more goals from Jonathan Commins and another from Dónal Mc Kenny made it 5 -2 to Monastery NS at the final whistle.
The third and final game was against Mid Leinster Champions, Newbridge Educate Together, Kildare. Monastery NS needed one more win to secure their place in the all Ireland Finals. They started slowly but overcame Newbridge in a tough physical game by 5 goals to 1. Tom Jackson scored two great goals as did Jonathan Commins. And Liam Jackson who had defended brilliantly all day also scored a goal. To the relief of all the final whistle went and Monastery NS had secured another valuable win. Three games and three wins for the Louth lads saw them crowned Leinster U13 FAI 5 a side soccer champions. They now play in the Leinster colours against the Munster, Connaught and Ulster Champions for the All Ireland title!
The Monastery NS Team was Gavin Kirk, Dónal McKenny (Co-Captain), Liam Jackson (Co-Captain), Tom Jackson, Jonathan Commins, Eddie Bing Quan Ooi, Evan McKenna and Darragh McCoy. Managers Mr Jim Mc Gee and Ms Leanna Cusack now look forward to the All Ireland Finals at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, May 25.

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Monastery NS, Ardee Are North Leinster 5 A Side Soccer Champions

For the first time in its long history Monastery NS, Ardee won the FAI North Leinster 5 aside soccer competition for medium sized schools. They now progress to the Leinster Final in Navan on May 16, 2013. Mick Neville FAI stated that it has been many years since any Louth primary school progressed to the Leinster Finals.

The FAI hosted a very competitive 5 a side soccer competition schools in North Leinster, at the MDL Grounds in Navan on Thursday, May 2. Monastery NS, as Louth Champions, faced the Champions of Longford (Stonepark NS), Westmeath (Gaelscoil an Mhuilinn, Mullingar) and Meath (Kilcloon NS).

In the first game they played Stonepark NS Longford and had a comfortable win by 7 goals to 1. Monastery NS led by 5 – 1 at half time and brought in substitutes Evan Kerr and Eddie Bing Quan Ooi and rested forwards Jonathan Commins and Tom Jackson. Liam Jackson and Dónal McKenny gave strong performances at the back and Gavin Kirk was not under much pressure in this game. Tom Jackson scored a hat trick, Jonathan Commins scored 2 goals and Eddie Quan Ooi scored 2 goals.

In their second game they faced the favourites Gaelscoil an Mhuilinn (Mullingar) who also had a narrow victory over Kilcloon NS (Meath) in their first game. This was a tough tight marking game with no quarter given. Monastery NS hit the wood work twice in the opening half but the score remained 0-0 at half time. In the second half Tom Jackson broke clear on the right and carved a beautiful pass back to Jonathan Commins who met the ball with a pile driver to the net. Monastery NS led 1-0 and the Mullingar boys now piled on the pressure. They broke through the Ardee defence and looked clean through on the keeper Gavin Kirk when Liam Jackson raced back and slid in, Paul McGrath style, to block the Mullingar shot at the last moment. Mullingar continued to breach the Ardee defence and Gavin Kirk in the Ardee goal made some miraculous saves. To the relief of all the final whistle went and Monastery NS had secured another valuable win.

In the final match Monastery NS, Ardee met a very determined and skilful Kilcloon NS, Meath team. The Meath team needed to beat Monastery NS to qualify and went right at the Ardee lads from the first whistle. Monastery NS started slowly and the Kilcloon lads exploited the slack marking at times and always looked dangerous on the ball. Kilcloon were awarded a direct free on the right sideline and fired a ferocious shot into the Ardee goal mouth which found its way through a maze of bodies and into the net. At half time the scores stood at Kilcloon 1 Monastery 0. In the second half Monastery Ns came out in a more determined and attacking mood. Tom Jackson got the ball in the Kilcloon half, feinted to the right and beat the Kilcloon defender on the left and then unleashed a low hard shot that found the bottom right of the Meath lads’ net. This unsettled the Kilcloon team and Liam Jackson and Dónal McKenny were making some inspired surges through the midfield. Tom Jackson again broke on the right wing, the keeper raced out to meet him, but he slid the ball past the keeper across the open goals where Jonathan Commins had raced through for a tap in goal. 2 – 1 now to the Ardee lads who were very much in control of the match. The Kilcloon keeper was rattled and a poor pass to his own players was intercepted by Dónal McKenny who released Tom Jackson who took one touch and then fired a shot to the top right corner of the net to make it 3-1 to Monastery NS. With just minutes remaining in this “game of the tournament” all of the Kilcloon lads pushed forward and scored a great second goal. Corner after corner was conceded by Ardee but the defence held firm and conceded no more goals. The final whistle went and the Ardee lads had just created an incredible piece of sporting history for Monastery NS and for Louth primary schools’ soccer. Three games and three wins for the Louth lads had qualified them for the Leinster Finals.
The Monastery NS Team was Gavin Kirk, Dónal McKenny, Liam Jackson (Captain), Tom Jackson, Jonathan Commins, Eddie Bing Quan Ooi, Evan McKenna and Darragh McCoy. Managers Mr Jim Mc Gee and Ms Leanna Cusack now look forward to the Leinster Finals at the MDL Grounds in Navan on May 16th.

Monastery NS, Ardee Are Louth 5 A Side Soccer Champions

For the first time in its long history Monastery NS won the FAI County Louth 5 a side soccer competition for medium sized schools. They now progress to the Leinster Final in Navan in May 2013.
The FAI hosted a very competitive 5 a side soccer competition for medium sized schools, in County Louth, at Oriel Park on Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Monastery NS fielded two teams in two different sections. The B team came up against some excellent opponents in Kilkerley, Réalt na Mara B and Scoil Bhríde, Dunleer. Best for the B team were Tiernan Corrigan, Dean Kenny-Walsh and Liam Travers.
Monastery NS, Ardee A Team faced tough opposition in their group. In the first game against Termonfechin NS they went behind within the first minute after a brilliant shot. Keeper Gavin Kirk pulled off some incredible saves to keep the score at one down for Monastery NS. However they settled down and eventually came out winners with a score of 4 – 2. Tom Jackson scored two while Jonathan Commins and Liam Jackson scored one each.
In the next match Monastery NS A Team met a skilful Dulargy team. And again after a slow start they came out winners on a score line of 4 -2. Tom Jackson and Jonathan Commins both scored two goals each.
In the next game against a brave Louth Village NS B Team faced Monastery NS A team. Managers Mr Mc Gee and Ms Cusack rested many of their players and played all of their excellent substitutes. The final score was 7 – 1 with Eddie Quan Ooi bagging 4 goals, Evan McKenna 2 and Darragh Mc Coy 1.
The last match of this section would decide who got to the semi-final. Tenure NS, the group favourites, now faced Monastery NS A Team in their toughest challenge yet. Monastery NS settled quickly and in their best game yet played with great calmness and composure. Monastery NS took a quick lead and at half time were 3 – 0 up. However a brave Tenure NS fought back and scored two goals. The final whistle went and Monastery NS won on a score line of 3-2. Tom Jackson scored 2 while brother Liam scored 1 with a thunderous long range shot into the roof of the net.
The semi-final pitched Monastery NS into a local derby with arch rivals Ballapousta NS. Monastery NS took an early lead and control of the game from the beginning. Ballapousta battled hard but looked a little tired from the drama of a penalty shoot out with Clogherhead in their previous match. In a very sporting match Monastery NS won 4-1. Tom Jackson and Jonathan Commins scored 2 each.
The FAI Louth 5 a side Final was now played between Monastery NS A Team and Kilkerley NS. Kilkerley settled quickly and played some great football and took the lead with a great goal. However Dónal Mc Kenny played a Captain’s role and from a tight angle equalized with a shot into the roof of the net. Monastery NS then settled and took control of the game and Tom Jackson scored 2 more and Jonathan Commins 1. Final score 4 – 1. Medals were presented by Mick Neville on behalf of the FAI. The Monastery NS A Team was Gavin Kirk, Dónal McKenny, Liam Jackson, Tom Jackson, Jonathan Commins, Eddie Quan Ooi, Evan McKenna and Darragh McCoy. Managers Mr Mc Gee and Ms Cusack now look forward to the Leinster Finals in Navan in May.

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