U16 SFAI cup (round of 32)
Carrick United 2 Gorey Rangers 0 Our U16 team have succeeded in reaching the last 16 in the national cup with a two nil victory over visitors from Gorey.
Carrick suffered a set back after only five mins when flying winger Mark had to depart with a knee injury. In truth Carrick dominated for most of the game. The Carrick defence kept it very tight at the back and Gorey found it difficult to create anything of note. Conor and Eric controlled the game in midfield while the hard working Shane D and Fitzy never let the opposition settle. Carrick took the lead when Brendan, who caused problems throughout, powered a header to the roof of the net from a corner. We were unlucky not to stretch the lead and went in one up at half time. The second half saw us again dominate. Carrick won a free on the right after 15 mins of the second half. Conor put a magnificent ball across the six yard box inviting our strikers to attack it. Shane D rose majestically and powered a header past the helpless keeper to put us two up. Lyons Club All Ireland U 15 Cup
Carrick United 0 Carraigaline Utd 0 Carrick won 3-1 on penalties. This game was a fantastic advertisement for schoolboy soccer with both teams playing their part in a very entertaining game. A well organised visiting team started very brightly but Carrick defended well and almost scored on the counter attack on numerous occasions. As expected Carraigaline turned the screw early in the second half, a combination of luck and extremely hard work by all the Carrick players kept the game at 0-0 after 80 mins. Carrick seemed to get a second wind and were by far the better team in extra time but all this hard work failed to deliver the all important winning goal. So after 100 mins of football this game was to be decided by the lottery that is a penalty shootout. ‘’Cometh the hour cometh the man’’ - this was proved to be so true by Jamie Houlihan who showed composure, confidence and maturity beyond his years to save 3 penalties!!! A massive thank you to Carraigaline Utd, Carrick Lyons Club, The Carraig Hotel, Club ground staff and all the parents and supporters who played their part in a great days entertainment.
Robin Walsh son of former Carrick United schoolboy, youth and junior player Barry has been asked to join the Irish Schoolboy under 15 squad. Barry now married in Belgium has never lost his roots. Congratulations to Robin and all his family in Belgium and Carrick.
The Tipperary United Sports Panel honours the outstanding amateur sportsmen in the county each year. At the 2012 awards held in Clonmel last Saturday Adrian Walsh picked up the soccer award. Adrian was recognised following outstanding service to Carrick United and the National amateur team
Next weekend Adrian is short listed, for the second time, for the FAI Junior International Player of the Year award. Adrian is nomination along with Chris Higgins (St Michaels) and Paul Murphy (Sheriff YC). We wish Adrian all the best hopefully he will become the second Carrick player to win this prestigious award; Wayne Fitzgerald took this trophy a few seasons back.
We were saddened to learn of the passing of Jimmy O’Neill. Jimmy was a true gentleman always willing to stand and chat no matter what the occasion. Jimmy was a football legend as a player, referee, team manager and Waterford Junior League administrator. He will be missed by those of us lucky enough to have known him. To his family, friends and Waterford Junior League committee we express our deepest sympathy.