Goalkeeper Coaching in Mid Ireland
James started out as a Goalkeeper when he was 9 years old. After periods of playing up front for his first club Killavilla United, he was put in goal for the second half of an Under 10 game. He kept a clean sheet and saved a penalty and from there onwards he continued to mind the nets.
After impressing in the goals he was then called up to the Midlands Emerging Talent Programme trials in Portlaoise. After a successful trial period he made it onto the team along with Portlaoise AFC goalkeeper Darren Territt.
3 years followed on the ETP Programme and in the 3rd year he received a call up to the Midlands Kennedy Cup Team in the University of Limerick. After impressing in games against Limerick and Athlone James then recieved a call up to the Midlands Regional Centre Squad in Tullamore Town FC.
After the 1st year James got a letter to attend trials to attend trials for the Ireland ETP to participate in the Galway Cup, although he didnt make the final team it didnt stop James from putting in the effort. At this stage James had already been a J4K keeper for a year with Matt Gregg in Dublin. At the end of the 2nd year James’ hard work paid off with trials in England.
He spent 2 months in England having trials with Stoke City, Peterborough United, Fleetwood Town and Wrexham. He was offered a 2 year scholarship with Fleetwood Town but decided to return home and sign for Shamrock Rovers. The highlight of his time in England playing away to Arsenal.
James spent 1 year with Shamrock Rovers u17 as well as training with the reserves/u19 side, getting the odd game. James was very passionate about the hoops, demonstrated by a cold winter day away to Shelbourne. With Rovers winning 2-1 with 30 mins to go James broke his finger but continued on making vital saves to help rovers maintain that 2-1 scoreline. James impressed at Rovers and was rewarded by being called up to a 1st team training session. At the end of the year he again impressed scouts watching from the FAI and received trials for the u17 home based side.
To James’ delight he received a call from the FAI and had made it onto the team, playing in a 1-0 victory against Peterborough United u18. By this time James had left Shamrock Rovers in search of League of Ireland u19 football and received a call from J4K coach Matt Gregg saying that Bohemians were interested. After impressing in a game against Mk Dons 1st team James had signed for Bohs.
James done well at Bohs but struggled to settle in to the way that Bohs played and sought a more attractive style of football in Waterford United. Waterford were playing former side Shamrock Rovers and James went down to meet manager Tommy Griffin, he then showed James the dressing room and told him thats where youll be next season.
James really enjoyed being a Waterford Utd goalkeeper, especially having a back 4 of Patrick Fitzgerald (Of Footballs Next Star), Killian Cantwell (Now of Galway Utd) , Connor Whittle and Andrew O Connor (Both Waterford Utd). The blues went on a great run of form before Christmas Keeping 4 clean sheets in a row, most notably a 2-0 win against Shamrock Rovers, and went up to 2nd in the league.
The Blues eventually finished 4th. James and the team then went to Holland to play in the Karel Stegeman Tournament. James played against opposition from Denmark and AS Trencin. James was playing very well before unfortunately getting ankle ligament damage forcing a lengthy rest.
James then answered the call from former J4K Coach Matt Gregg and will now set up another goalkeeper academy in the Midlands.
Christmas Camp 2012
Thanks to all who attended the J4K camp on December 28th, and a special Thank you to Clara Town FC for the use of their facilities.
Donegal Keepers ready for Training before the big day sporting the J4K Pro Neg. The same gloves manged to lift the Sam Maguire.
Sunday, June 17th.
Below is a picture from last sundays championship game between Offaly and Kildare where Alan Mulhall got man of the match. I have been working with Alan since March and he has not conceded a goal in a competative game since we started working together. Aldo Offaly were well beaten, Alan wasn’t. Offaly Senior Keeper with J4K Pro Roll gloves