Sheriff YC 5 Carrick United 1
Carrick bowed out of the FAI Junior Cup at the last 16 stage for the fourth season running at the hands of holders Sheriff YC.
This was a tough ask for a side drawn away for the third game in a row and facing the new kingpins of Irish Junior Soccer. Sheriff’s recent accolades include being reigning FAI Junior Champions, the reigning Dublin AUL Champions coupled with an unbeaten home two year record on their Astroturf pitch. Not being used to playing competitive games on such a surface is a huge disadvantage.
Carrick began well, a mix up in the home rearguard resulted in an o.g. after 5 minutes. While doing well Carrick were soon made fully aware of the Dubliners’ quality when they equalised via a quality strike from 20 yards. Ian Clery was unlucky not to regain the lead shortly afterwards with his effort going the wrong side of the post.
The home side, who collected 3 yellow cards in the opening spell, took the lead when Carrick failed to deal with a long ball on 25 minutes. Again Carrick responded with Ian inches away from an Anthony O’Donnell header that went back across the goal line.
Adrian Walsh then denied the home side with a fine save. Following a corner a dispute arose which ended in Keith Walsh being floored by the home number 8, the referee flashed a red card to the number 9 before the linesman told him he had sent off the wrong player. So the half ended 2-1 to Sheriff in goals, 10 v 11 in players and 5 -1 to Sheriff in yellow cards.
At half time the large Carrick support still felt a shock was on the cards. The opening ten minutes of the second half again gave cause for hope, the home keeper made a fine save from John Murphy. However the home side’s third goal after quality football really set the seal on the result. While the quality of this team could not be denied and their football admired their show boating left a sour taste. Adrian was clearly fouled for the fourth goal but the game was gone at this stage. Despite their football dominance the home side continued to irritate and it all blew up near the final whistle when the home side were reduced to 9 and Carrick to ten with others fortunate not to follow. A penalty jubilantly converted in injury time ended the scoring and Carrick’s run in this year’s competition.
A big thank you to those who travelled last Sunday, out numbering the home support once again. The boys can now revert to the local league, playing on grass as our game is meant to be.
SFAI Under 16 Cup.
Next Saturday at 2pm the under 16s host Kilmallock from Limerick in the last 16 of the National. The boys have been fortunate with a series of home draws this season making full use of them to reach this advanced stage. Ian and John will have the boys fully focused for this big game and we ask you to come out and support them. Carrick reached this stage back in 2005 before losing in Cork hopefully the current squad can go one better. Best of luck to all concerned.
Youth B Result
Carrick United 4 Ballinroad 0