nder 16 SFAI Last 16 Carrick Utd 2 - 1 Kilmallock (after extra time)
This really talented bunch of young footballers did the town proud and now find themselves in the last eight of the national cup. This was a game that Carrick dominated but we could not shake off a dogged and determined Limerick side until extra time.
Carrick took the lead mid way through the first half when Eric rifled an unstoppable free kick to the net. We could have been three up in the first half an hour as Carrick took the game to their opponents. Conor, starting on the left, caused all sorts of problems and his deliveries in to the danger area begged somebody to get on the end of them. Brendan and Fitzy up front were full of running, skill and endeavour and both were unlucky not to add to the score line. Shane D was dominant in the air and gave good protection to a really strong Carrick backline. Sean and Danny were impressive at full back while Alex and Aidan completely dominated the opposing strikers in the first half. Ben’s kicking was strong and he was called on to make a really good save when Kilmallock did create an isolated chance.
Carrick paid dearly for not taking their chances when, shortly before half time, the visitor’s tall striker hit an unbelievable effort from the side line and in to the top corner! Unbelievably Carrick found themselves go in level at half time and Kilmallock had their tails up.
Kilmallock, as expected, came out guns blazing in the second half and the game became a real gun fight with the challenges becoming very physical. In fairness to this Carrick team, they try to play football but can also compete physically and certainly won the physical battle overall. Shane O’D and Luke joined the fray in the second half to relieve tired limbs. Carrick again made more chances but could not convert any. Alex and Aidan were superb at centre defence and repelled every Kilmallock attack while Sean and Danny ran their legs off. Eric had a great game and his incredible second half performance was a joy to watch...he must have covered every inch of the pitch. Conor moved in to centre mid and his class created a number of chances that Fitzy and Brendan were unlucky not to convert. Shane O’D was calmness personified in possession and his height caused all sorts of problems for the visitors. Joe, coming back after a long term injury, gave us added energy and poise at the back while John came on to give his usual neat, skilful cameo on the right. And as for Luke...only 13 and what a talent. One dummy, swivel and turn left an opponent nearly requiring a hip replacement and then, in extra time, belying his tender years, he made a really intelligent run across the box to rise highest and meet Connor’s superb corner and rocket a header to the back of the net. Celebrations were wild but Carrick still had to withstand a second period of extra time. Kilmallock pumped the ball long in to the Carrick box but our defenders were equal to the task and Ben did not put a foot wrong and displayed the safest hands all afternoon. Eventually the final whistle sounded and we find ourselves in the last eight in Ireland...incredible but well deserved! This is a panel competition and thanks to Cormac and Jamie for their efforts and to Shane T who was ill and best wishes to Mark who will return shortly from two serious knee injuries.
Lastly, a big thank you to all who came out to support and especially to the “kitchen” staff who fed and warmed everybody with soup, tea and sandwiches after the final whistle.
Under 11C League Ferrybank 1 Carrick United 10 Carrick played their best football to date. Ferrybank took the lead inside two minutes but when Carrick equalised three minutes later they never looked back. Carrick lead at half time by 4 goals to 1. Man of the Match Fionn Barry scored five goals, Glen Power with 2, Paudie Fahey, Francis Roche, and Paudie OShea with 1 each. The backs were outstanding where Peter Walsh cleared every ball that came his way and in the centre Reece O’Mahoney had an excellent performance also. This was a real team performance where every player deserves a mention.
Under 13 A League Piltown 0 Carrick United 3
A much improved performance from these lads. With the help of 3 players from the 12A panel, they controlled the game from the start. Showing a much better attitude and belief than before. Lee Costello converted from the spot with ease , Ian Holloway broke clear to finish for 2 nil at half time.
The second half saw our back four dealing very well with any threat from Piltown. Ian Brett finished very well from a volley midway through the second half. Zach Ellis stood up well to tip over a penalty in the last minutes . This team should fear no-one for the remainder of the year.
Division 1 B League Ferrybank 0 Carrick United 1
Just an average performance from the 1 B boys, but got over the line thanks to good defending from the back 4 and goalie . More composure and quality on the ball will be needed for the games coming up . We had 3 players starting a match for the first time in a while, they all made a big impact and will add to competition amongst the squad . The goal came from a “text book” header from Bobby Landers after an excellant dead ball delivery from Robbie Power.
Premier League Bohemains 0 Carrick United 3
After the FAI defeat the previous week it took a much changed team some time to settle. The first half was a disappointing affair with few shots on goals. Carrick however insured a four pt lead at the top of the table thanks to a much improved second half performance. John James Keys, Ian Clery and Lee Grace with the goals.
Adrian Walsh is one of the most decorated junior players in the South East. He has been capped 23 times at junior and intermediate level by the Republic of Ireland, his first cap v Northern Ireland in 2006 his last v Spain in October. He won a European silver medal with his country in 2010. Adrian joined Carrick United when he was twelve remaining loyal to the club since. His first success was an under 13 league title, later he was part of the Carrick youth team that completed the clubs only double at that level. Adrian was 15 when he first played premier football for Carrick since then his list of success’s is impressive nine Waterford Premier League medals, six Waterford Cup medals, two Munster Junior Cup winners medals, a Munster Senior Cup winners medal, Oscar Traynor winners medal and of course “the holy grail” an FAI Junior Cup winners medal in 2008. Adrian holds runners up medals in FAI Junior Cup, Munster Senior Cup, Munster Junior Cup and Munster Champions Junior Cup. Proud dad of Katie, Adrian is a very unassuming totally dedicated model clubman.