SFAI Under 16 Cup Quarter Final
Carrick United 2
Belvedere 3 AET
On Saturday the Under 16 team did the club and town proud with a determined, skilful and powerful display against one of the cup favourites. This superb Carrick team were within three minutes of causing a huge upset, when 2-1 up and it would have been well deserved. However, Belvedere equalised with minutes to spare, with the momentum now firmly them they went on to score a scarcely deserved winner in extra time.
Carrick went in one down at half time. Belvedere scored after 20 mins following some hesitation in the Carrick defence. Ben made an outstanding save to keep it at one but Carrick were unlucky not to score themselves. The visitors keeper made a brilliant save from Brendan when he broke through and we were unfortunate not to score from some superb frees and corners from Conor.
The power and strength of Fitzy and skill and guile of Brendan up front caused problems for the Belvedere defence the whole match.
For almost all of the 80 minutes the Carrick defenders were on top. Really well organised by Aidan, Sean and Danny at full back did not give an inch while Alex was powerful in the air and in the tackle.
Shane D gave a disciplined and strong performance in midfield while Eric was full of running and skill.
On the flanks, Joe did not put a foot wrong and Belvedere created little down that side as a result. Mark joined the fray in the second half and caused problems with his pace. Luke also came on and this player has plenty of potential for the future.
Conor on the other flank, and later in the middle showed his class throughout especially from the dead ball. Indeed Conor put us ahead late in the second half with an unstoppable header after a brilliant run and cross from Fitzy.
Before that Aidan had put us level after a period of sustained Carrick pressure, finishing superbly to the net after a scramble at a corner.
In the end it was not to be. But this excellent performance showed what this team is capable of and the future is bright! Belvedere came here expecting to win easily but the got the fright of their lives, their manager was sent from the side line, they had a player send off late on; their supporters became agitated and were hugely relieved at the finish. It was a game that could have been won it.
A big thank you to all involved. The rest of the panel who played a big part in all the other rounds...John, Michael, Shane T, Shane O D, Jamie and Cormac. A big shout to the lovely ladies affectionately known as the “kitchen staff” who baked, boiled, etc to make sure everyone was fed and watered. Lastly, didn’t the pitch stand up to the test after two days of rainfall of biblical proportions. A massive thanks to those that worked hard to make the pitch playable and thus ensured that we didn’t have to give up home advantage.
Tom Drohan Tribute.
The Football Association of Ireland paid tribute to the late Tom Drohan at the game v Austria on Tuesday of this week. The FAI invited family members and representatives from club to attend this special occasion. A wonderful tribute to Tom, his family and our club.
An Easter camp will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 2nd 3rd and 4th April. From 10am until 1pm daily. Kids age 5 to 15 yrs, only 20 euro.!
St. Patrick s Day Parade
Our Schoolboys & Schoolgirls took part in the town’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Thanks to all who took part in poor weather conditions?
The Premier team have not played for a number of weeks due to weather and Adrian Walsh’s involvement in San Marino for Ireland in the Regions Cup Qualifiers. Next Sunday they hope to get back to action at home to Ferrybank at 11am. The boys are one point ahead of Tramore with seven games remaining, Tramore have played a game more, the sides meet at Tom Drohan Park on April 14th
The Division 1B team are in mid table with six games remaining having won 5, drawn 3 and losing 4 of 12 games played to date.
With three games remaining the Division 2B boys have secured the league title with an impressive record winning 14 and drawing 1 of 15 games played, an impressive haul of 43 pts a full 16 in front of second placed Rathgormack.
The Youth A team are bottom of a league that has just four teams.
The Youth B team stand in the top half of a twelve team B league. Schoolboys update next week.
Under 15 Lions Club National Cup Quarter Final - Easter Monday 01/04 Carrick United v Killeagh (Offaly) in Tom Drohan Park - Kick off 2.30 pm. Come along and show your support!!
The club would like to extend it sympathies with the Walsh and Roche families on the sad passing of Craig.
Sympathy is also extended to the Diggins family on their recent bereavement