Carrigtwohill to the top of the table.

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Under-9 Carrigtwohill V Churchvilla

13th April at Ballyadam This Saturday afternoon, Carrigtwohill United Under-9’s welcomed Churchvilla to Ballyadam Park in the latest round of league fixtures with the playing surface was in excellent condition and perfect for passing football.

The visitors did not have the same number of players as the hosts, so it was agreed to play twin games of 5-aside with subs roll on/roll off. All games were very competitive but the most impressive thing was the positioning and passing from the home side.

From a coaching point of view it is fantastic that the kids can implement their practice on match day. All games were very high scoring with some players even claiming hatricks! A huge well done to all players from the coaching team, keep up the good work.

 

Under-12A Carrigtwohill – 3 Churchvilla – 0

In their first mid-week game of the season, Carrigtwohill United A were at home to Churchvilla, needing 3 points to get into mid table position.
The boys started very strongly and had good possession creating many chances which did not convert into goals and they went to the break at 0-0.
After a good half-time team talk, they continued putting pressure on the Churchvilla defence and Carrigtwohill eventually scored after some sustained pressure.
Soon afterwards, Noah lobbed the keeper with a great strike for the home team’s second goal.
Well done to the entire squad of 14 players and especially goalkeeper Cian O’Rourke for keeping Churchvilla at bay throughout the match.

Player of the Match: Cian O’Rourke, Noah O’Neill

Under-12 2nd April 2019 Carrigtwohill – 3 Leeside – 2

Leeside came to Ballyadam after winning all their matches with only one draw to date. Carrigtwohill knew that a win would put them in the running for the league title and that this was a must win game involving the top two teams. Carrigtwohill set up their team offensively to try to upset Leeside as early into the game as possible. Their recent 6-2 cup win, with Rolie scoring 4 of those goals, gave them confidence.

The game was well balanced, but Carrigtwohill looked the more likely team to score. Leeside looked dangerous from midfield and occasionally caught Carrigtwohill for pace on the wings.The first clear chance was carved out by Leeside forcing Seb to sprint to thwart the Leeside number 9’s efforts. Moments later Rolie playing upfront looked threatening with his pace.

He collected a ball on the right from his strike partner and he negotiated his way goalwards to slot in a lovely finish in bottom right corner. Moments later, Leeside came back strongly and threatened but their striker was limited to shots from distance as Amany stuck with him wherever he went.

They say you never keep a good man down, and the Leeside striker found his way to poke a shot through Sebastian legs for an equaliser. Sensing danger Carrigtwohill upped their game with quick passing and switching the ball into the channels where their 2 frontmen worked their socks off getting to every loose ball that came from midfield.

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Leroy bustled and hustled from the right where he found his strike partner in the box who scored his second for the day. Despite getting caught few times through the middle it was Carrigtwohill who made most chances and shots on target.

The second half came and another mazy run by a Leeside attacker, under pressure from 2 of our players, forced him to cross the ball into the box that unfortunately ricocheted for an own goal at a time. Incessant pressure from our 2 frontmen started taking its toll on the seemingly tired Leeside backline and another shot on target saw Rolie bundle the ball into the net to complete a hattrick and 3-2 lead. A quick rearrangement saw Rolie dropping to midfield and Leroy playing a lone role upfront. Our back three became more solid as Colm, Alex and Brian managed to absorb the pressure

When the final whistle came, Carrigtwohill felt as if they had won the league, as this was the first defeat for Leeside and it took Carrigtwohill to the top of the table.

Under-16 Carrigtwohill – 0 Midleton – 1 9th April at Ballyadam

Last Tuesday evening Carrigtwohill, Under-16’s resumed their league campaign at home to Midleton. Being a local derby and with both teams looking for maximum points it was fiercely contested affair. Clear cut chances were hard to come by between two very evenly matched teams and Alex Sheehan saved well for the home side midway through the 1st half from the Midleton striker, while Carrigs best opportunity fell to Niall Harte on 33 mins after a meandering run from defence through midfield from David Joseph.

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The 2nd half followed a similar pattern with the home side finding it difficult to penetrate the visitors rear-guard and always wary of the Midleton counter attack but on 65 mins came the breakthrough when Midleton scored what would turn out to be the decisive goal. Calvin Fitzgerald had a long range free-kick just sail over late on and Carrigtwohill had a genuine penalty shout in the final minute when David Joseph was upended in the opposition box but it wasn’t to be and Carrigtwohill tasted defeat for only the second time in nine games.

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This effectively ends the home sides title charge and puts Midleton right in the mix, special mention goes to ‘man of the match’ Eric O Sullivan who had a superb game at left back not only performing his own defensive duties but also covering those around him for 80 mins. Well done to all involved.

Man of the Match : Eric O’Sullivan.

 

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