The Premier squad travel to face Kilbarrack United in Dublin next Sunday in the last 16 of the FAI Junior Cup. Over the past ten years or so the club has enjoyed many extended runs in this prestigious competition, a competition that brings joy that matches nothing else when successful but likewise brings utter despair when defeated, defeat often coming in the cruelest of fashions.
Carrick have reached the last 16 for the past 7 seasons, in fact 8 times in the past 9 seasons, an astonishing record all achieved with predominately home grown players.
However since we won the competition in 2008 we have exited at the last 16 stage even since, St Peters on penalties in 2009, St Michaels 0-1 in 2010 and East End 3-2 last season.
Add in a last 16 defeat to Pike Rovers in 2006, a quarter final loss to St John Bocso in 2007 and a final loss to Fairview in 2004.
So what will the 2012 stat show? Certainly all will be looking to improve on current league form. A trip to the capital in never easy but we have gained most FAI Junior Cup success on the road, kick off next Sunday in Kilbarrack is at 2pm. Best of luck to all concerned.
Piltown 1 Carrick United 1
A very competitive local derby was slogged out in soft conditions last Saturday night. In front of a large continent of Kilbarrack visitors, Carrick had a lot of the ball playing at times some good football but had very little end product. The visitors dominated the early stages but the home team stood firm and as half time approached they had the two clearest opportunities to score.
The second period was more even. Carrick found it hard to breach a home defence in which Tony Reade was outstanding with the home side always looking likely with their pace up front.
Carrick were left to rue missed opportunities when the home side scored 15 minutes into the second half. Michael Clarkson equalised ten minutes later when Piltown failed to deal with a corner. Michael Clarkson went close on two more occasions as both teams battled hard in the remaining time.
SFAI Under 13 Cup
Mullingar Athletic 4 Carrick United 4 after extra time
Mullingar won 4-2 on penalties
Last Saturday our under 13s travelled to Mullingar to play Mullingar Athletic in round 32 of the SFAI Cup, and what a game we had.
Carrick struck first when on 15 minutes Sean Martin after a great run was upended in the box, James Whelan converted the penalty. Carrick were playing some good football against the wind and the driving rain. Then just on the stroke of half time the home team levelled with a great strike low into the bottom corner.
Carrick started brightly in the second half and a great strike by Graham Holloway was saved by the keeper who then fouled the same player when he picked up the rebound. James Whelan held his nerve to convert the penalty.
The home team started to get on top as we tried to hold what we had, doing so until 8 mins to go. A good shot was saved by David Power, unfortunately we didn’t react to the save resulting in an easy tap in for 2-2.
The home team were really on top in extra time and got their reward with the lead goal. Mullingar scored again early in the second half of extra time.
At this stage the game look up for us, but this bunch of lads never know when they are beaten and got back to 4-3 with a goal from Joseph Keogh with just 5 minutes left. Carrick were in the ascendency now and got rewarded for their heart and guts with the leveller from Seamus Burke with a fantastic finish from a tight angle.
Carrick had all the play now and were unlucky not to win it when a fierce shot from Graham Holloway went inches wide. We were heartbreakingly beaten 4-2 in the penalty shoot out.
This great bunch of kids did themselves, their families and their club and town very proud. It makes all the hard work in training worthwhile when you get a performance like this. Special thanks to all the parents who travelled, all the squad really appreciate it. Appreciation also to Helen Russell.
Next up Dungarvan in the League, keep the heads up boys.
Under 11 A League
Carrick United 1 Villa 0
A fine win over previously unbeaten Villa. The boys again played some excellent football moving and passing the ball in excellent fashion. In a close tight encounter both teams created opportunities to score the only goal coming from the penalty spot.
Under 11 C League
Carrick United 4 Ferrybank 1
Under 15 A League
Ferrybank 2 Carrick United 3