Tramore defeated Carrick Utd. by two goals to one in the Premier League.
Carrick battled hard right in this game and their efforts seemed destined to secure a draw until Tramore struck for a vital goal.
Tramore struck first with a quality strike from 25 yards after this the home side had to defend as Tramore pushed hard for a second goal.
However, Anthony Power’s free found the head of Anthony Fitzpatrick.
He flicked it on to Anthony O’Donnell, who levelled the game right on half time.
Carrick looked more comfortable for most of the second half; they were more competitive amid some tense hard fought play.
But then Tramore scored their second goal eight minutes from time. This was Carrick’s first defeat in the league this season leaving them 4 points behind Tramore with a game in hand.
Carrick Utd defeated Villa 1-0 in the U-12A League. Even though Carrick had the majority of possession in the first half, they never created any clear goal chances. In the second half, they maintained possession but also created some scoring chances. James Power latched onto a great ball from Billy O’Connor about 15 minutes from the final whistle and scored with great skill. Villa put United under a lot of pressure and but for a wonderful save from Zach Elis, they could have had a draw. Full credit must be given to the full panel of 17, who all played their part.
Meanwhile, Carrick Utd’s U-16s followed up their superb dismantling of Villa the previous week (7-1) with a hard fought 1-0 victory away to Ferrybank in the U-16A League last Thursday. The team looked tired in this match but still managed some nice passages of play. Ferrybank probably played the better football in the first half but did not break through the resilient Carrick defence. Carrick played much better in the second half and two players were close to scoring. Then a Carrick Utd players danced his way brilliantly along the end line, beating two defenders, before lifting the ball past the home keeper from a tight angle. It was another good win against a decent Ferrybank side.
The U-16 Girls team put on a very brave display against a strong Tramore side in the Girls Under 16 League match which they lost by two goals to one. Carrick went in all square at half time after their defenders tackled like demons to keep Tramore at bay. Carrick took the lead in the second half. The ball was expertly kicked past the visiting keeper to give Carrick a deserved lead. This followed great work from team’s midfield trio. To their credit Tramore kept battling and eventually equalised. They then took the lead, and though Carrick’s forwards went close to scoring on two occasions in the last few minutes, Tramore held on for victory. Overall, it was a really good display in difficult conditions.
The U-12 girls defeated Clashmore 3-1 in the Girls Under 12 League match last Saturday. Both teams braved the terrible weather and gave a great show.
Under 11 C League Well done also to Carrick U-11s who won 5 goals to 3 in the U-11 C League in Kilmacow last Francis Roche scored 3 of the goals. Fionn Barry and Glen Power scored the other goals.
Under 14A Carrick 2 Tramore 0 Carrick Utd’s U-14 team defeated Tramore 2-0 in the U-14A match at Tom Drohan Park last week. The goals were scored by Dean Kiely and Luke Kiely at either side of the half time break. This team have won all ten games they have played. They play away to Ferrybank next Thursday. A win would secure yet another title for this great team.
In the U-11B League, Johnville defeated Carrick Utd B team 7-3. In the IB League, Carrick Utd. defeated Ballyduff 6-2.
Meanwhile, Portlaw defeated Carrick Utd. 5-4 in the U-12 B League match. This was the Carrick team’s last competitive game. The Club decided to change the team for this match to give players a chance to play in different positions. After 10 minutes when Carrick were 1-0 down, Joey Quinlan scored a real striker’s goal to equalise. Carrick then went 2-1 behind. In the second half, Jamie Hollaway went in goal and did a great job. Kyan Ryan scored a fantastic goal from the left with the outside of his left foot to bring the score to 2-2. Then Noel Anynwu couldn’t resist taking on two players in a sprint from midfield and scored Carrick’s third goal. Ewan Ryan, the team’s regular goalie, then scored a cracking goal to bring the score to 4-2. But Carrick made two big mistakes in defence and slipped back level 4-4. The Portlaw left winger, crossed the ball the Carrick defence didn’t cover and it was 4-5 to Portlaw. Carrick tried until the end to score but Portlaw defended well. Winning counts but nine goals were scored in this entertaining game. Mentors Billy and Mario thank all players for the hard work and pleasure they gave for the season. The team have one match to go against Johnville in the Cup.
Meanwhile, the Club extends sympathy to the Bennett family on the sad passing of Liam.