Carrick United 2 St Saviours 1
United were keen to return to winning ways in the FAI Junior Cup after their Munster Junior Cup exit and this showed in their early play. However against a strong St Saviours team this was never going to be easy. We went one up after a well worked move was clinically finished by JJ Keyes after twenty minutes. The Hoops continued to dominate and could have been further up at the break. The restart saw the visitors hit the crossbar. When Lee Grace scored with a header from a well delivered Alan Redmond cross the home side seemed safe. That relaxed mode did not last long as a poor goal was conceded with over 15 minutes remaining. It was a real cup tie at this stage, some frantic play ensued as the rain teemed down. The boys held on to record a merited win, in the forth round they will host Ferrybank.
St. Otterans 1 Carrick United 2
Following their slow start to the season our 1B lads are hitting form of late. They gained another confidence boosting three points away last weekend. Damian McCarthy had Carrick one up until the home side equalised midway through. Just before the break Stephen Cronin scored what turned out to be the winner.
The season ended disappointingly for two ex-Carrick United schoolboys, Peter White and Jack Doherty, when Waterford Utd lost their second leg play-off to Dundalk at the RSC last Friday night. However both players played a major role in getting the Blues to this stage and can feel very proud of their performance all season.
Under 11 B League
Carrick United 4 Kilmacthomas 5
Despite a spirited comeback, 4 goals in the second half were unfortunately not enough to get a result at home to Kilmacthomas. Having been 4-0 down after a disappointing first half the boys were relentless in their attempts gain parity with goals coming from Leon Kennedy, Caleb Shortiss, Jamie Cronin and a great strike from Sean Purcell. With Evan Hanrahan running the game from midfield and creating a number of goals the team will feel hard done by. Anthony Power put in a great shift in defence to keep Kilmacthomas at bay in the second half. There were plenty of chances to win the game in the dying moments. If not for an impressive performance from the away side’s goalkeeper, a penalty save included the home side would have gain reward. Under 13 C League
Carrick United 5 Bohemians 0
This game was fast paced from the outset with both teams matching each other for possession. A few early attempts on goal from the Carrick boys were unsuccessful and a scoreless first half resulted reflecting the play up to that point. The half time break seemed to give our boys a new lease of life as they started hard and fast, the results of which were plain to see as an early goal by Lee Keane spurred them on. This was followed by another goal from Nathan Casey. A fantastic run from midfield through the Bohemians defence and a shot worthy of Premiership soccer by Ciaran Power gave our boys a 3 goal advantage. Carrick had settled well at this stage and our midfielder Ciaran Power tapped in another clever goal midway through the second half. Bohs fought back well and challenged our keeper on a few occasions but could not get on the score board. A late attack by Carrick took advantage of a weakened defence and Nathan Casey found the net to give him his second goal of the match.
Under 15 A League
Ballyduff 2 Carrick United 7
For the third game in succession a very slow and sloppy start threatened to derail Carrick’s attempt for their second league win of the season. Carrick sat back in the first 20 mins and invited the home side to attack them, Ballyduff took advantage of this and scored two fine goals. This was the wake up call Carrick needed and they clawed their way back into the game with two goals before half time. Carrick started the second half like a different team, some excellent passing and possession play enabled them to have more efforts on goal. The game was as good as over 15 minutes into the second half with Carrick now 5-2 in front. The hoops added to their tally with two late goals to run out 7- 2 winners. Once again we will take the positives from this game, any day you go away from home and recover from 2 down to run out convincing winners is a good day. Well done lads.
Goals were scored by Brandon O Sullivan(2), Dean Kiely, Luke Kiely, John Lyons, Aaron Dunne and Dean Walsh. Away to St Michaels in the National Cup is next on the list.
Under 12 Girls
Clashmore 1 Carrick United 2
The girls remain undefeated in the 3rd round of the league with a well deserved victory against joint league leaders Clashmore. Captained by Emma Norris for the day this 2-1 victory away to Clashmore was exciting and nail biting in the latter minutes. Carrick opened the scoring after 15 minutes of the first half with a well worked passing phase which was capitalised by Angela McGuigan. Clashmore had the benefit of the wind and the down hill slope which was a significant advantage but great defence by our defence of Siobhan O’Meara, Eve Torpey and Zoe Sullivan frustrated Clashmore’s strong attacking forwards. The consistent attacking by Clashmore paid dividends with an equalising goal. Carrick were quickly back on the attack and a pass which started in the defence by Zoe O’Sullivan ended with Angela scoring her second goal at half time Carrick were leading 2-1.
The second half was evenly balanced with both teams having the opportunity to score but great goal keeping by both teams net minders stopped either side from scoring. In the end Carrick got a deserved victory and remain top of their league with 3 wins from 3 matches, they now face Dungarvan in a key home fixture Saturday week. Well done to all the girls for the effort that they put in every week at training and the results secured on the pitch.
The under 14’s host De La Salle next Saturday while the under 16s travel to play North End in Wexford Town.
Under 11 A League
Carrick 2 Del La Salle 1
Under 13 A League Carrick 2 Del La Salle 3