On the Head Challenge

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Carrigtwohill United Under-13’s held a fundraising event – “On the Head Challenge” in Centra car park today. 19 of the squad, in two different groups, took part in a heading challenge using the new Headrite rig.

Despite the weather conditions, all had an enjoyable event. Thank you to all who contributed towards the bucket collection. Special thanks to Richard O’Sullivan, manager of Centra Carrigtwohill

for allowing us use the car park. The sausage rolls went down a treat !!

Under-10

Sunday 17th at Carrigaline

On a lovely “fresh” Sunday evening, 30 of our Under-10’s travelled to Ballea Park in Carrigaline to take on Carrigaline Utd in 3 small sided games. The facilities at Ballea Park are brilliant and their astro pitch is great for these types of games.

With this being the first game of 2019 for the squad, it was great to have so many of the players in attendance. Each team got to play 3 highly competitive games on the evening, with all our players showing some brilliant effort and skills, as well as plenty of goals to enjoy.

The Under-10’s have been working hard on control, possession, team play and shooting during the past few weeks training. It was great to see the development of all the players and the effort they put into trying to use what they have learned in training.

A special thanks to hosts, Carrigaline Utd, who’s like minded approach to these academy games meant that everyone went away with a smile on their face.

Well done Carrigtwohill Utd. The coaches are very impressed with the attitude and continued growth of all our footballers. Keep up the good work. Well done gang.

 

Under-12 Div 2

Sunday 17th Away to Avondale

It was once again a game that could have gone either way. Carrigtwohill started with great intent knowing a win would set them well to challenge for the league title. Against the wind Avondale looked dangerous on counter attacks but Sebastian in goals was ever alert coming off his line on time to avert the danger. Rolie Durango who was a little quite at the start still caused problems taking the ball to opposition. The conditions were too bad to allow any team to play with any rhythm.

Rolie swapped positions with Leroy to play centre forward and warning shots came when he found his way past few players before forcing a save. Then, Noah came in for Leroy on the right and soon after he sent a through ball down the line to Rolie. He turned two defenders to rifle in a good finish at the near post. From then on Carrigtwohill looked very much in control.

However, they then conceded a free kick that was cleared off the line. Carrigtwohill somehow lost control of the midfield and another looping pass left Brian struggling to cope with the blistering pace of the Avondale number 10 and he conceded a free. From the resultant free kick, Avondale neatly slotted in a lob just under crossbar.

The second half came and it was all Carrigtwohill. It was attack after attack, with shots either going wide or finding the hero of the day (Avondale goalkeeper). Rolie thought he had found a winner after bustling through defenders but hit the upright.

Meanwhile Colm at the back had to thwart most of the attacks and was doing well to cover for our wing backs.  Avondale looked very dangerous on counter attacks and Seb was two or three times forced to come off his line to block shots as the Avondale number 10 kept outpacing our wing backs.

On a day like this, the draw felt like a loss. The absence of some of our dependable defenders was greatly felt, forcing us to use some of the strikers as defenders at crucial stages of the game.

 

Under-17

Carrigtwohill – 1 St. Marys A – 0

The return match against St Mary’s was eagerly awaited because the two teams have been tracking each other pretty closely in the league table since the start of the season. It was St Mary’s who were leading by 3 points since the first encounter between the two teams back on the 11th of September which Carrigtwohill narrowly lost 2-1 away from home despite going in front in the first half.

This was typical February soccer and the strong wind required a very direct style of play.

There were few clear-cut chances for either team, Darren Flynn the least busy of the two goal keepers in the Carrig goals. He had a superb afternoon and kept a clean sheet for the team (the third one in 2019), helped by the impeccable performance of the back four: Captain James O’Shaugnessy on the right, Ebe Imoh and Sean de Burca at centre back and Alex Canty on the right.

With 20 minutes to go, Adam O’Leary came in on the left and he showed good strength to keep St Mary’s winger out. These players had an impeccable afternoon with Sean de Burca such a safe pair of hand in the sweeper position.

In the middle, Sidas Pilivicious, James Barry and Robert Adam played a masterclass in closing down play and getting the ball back. Their tireless work allowed the back four to perform well all afternoon. The two wingers, Jason Daly and Rian Notley worked even harder and it is their box to box involvement that allowed Carrig to perform consistently. Adbul Mohammed could have found the opening in the first half, but whilst he could find a way around the full back on the right wing a few times, he could never get past St Mary’s goal keeper.

 

In the second half, things really hotted up and Carrig came very close when Rian Notley wreaked havoc in the St Mary defence, only to see his shot somehow blocked by the keeper’s legs before he crashed the rebound onto the crossbar. Jotham Crabb and Donagh McCarthy came on with 20 minutes to go to bring fresh impetus in the game.

With minutes to go, good passing amongst the midfielders allowed Robert Adam to play one last ball into the path of Rian Notley who powered past the advancing keeper to blast into the net.

This was a very satisfying performance with all 14 Carrigtwohill players involved – it is a great for a coach to be able to rely on a full squad for a match like this where the conditions make it hard for starting players to last 90 minutes.

Hard to pick a player of the match out of this strong team performance, but James Barry in his role of sentinel in front of the back four really stayed strong for the 90 minutes.

Man of the match – James Barry

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