18th November at Ballyadam
Carrigtwohill – 1
Douglas Hall – 0
It was one of those days when pressure was really on Carrigtwohill right from the beginning. Without a natural goalkeeper after Ethan fell sick in the morning, Sebastian was deployed in goals who hardly looked unsettled despite his small frame. Carrigtwohill’s intentions were clear right from start. Playing against the wind they controlled the game with unbelievable passing from the backline through midfield. Alex Kingston combined very well with Dennis on the left, with occasional back passes under pressure and neat cross-ins to give Rolie a run at their backline.
Ever dependable Dennis was calmly avoiding corner kicks by neat dribbling on the line to find Amany or Rolie in midfield. Despite playing an isolated role upfront Rory Dolan got to the end of many loose balls that were thrown up there. The home side created 5 clear-cut chances against the wind but the impressive Douglas Hall keeper comfortably saved them.
In the second half it seemed Douglas Hall might score against the run of play. However, some tactical changes saw Colm playing left mid helping Leroy to pile pressure on them whilst Jayden at centre back had good protection on his left from Dennis. On a day when Carrigtwohill probably needed more going forward Brian Healy did very well cleverly collect the ball from right back with neat exchanges on the right where Alex O’Sullivan completed a well composed and polished midfield three.
When seemingly the game was heading for an undeserved draw, Rory Dolan emulated what he did against Corinthians a couple of games back. Just after coming in for a tired Amany, he capitalised on a loose ball outside the box, volleyed a dipping shot to the left side of their outstretched diving keeper. A goal well worth to win any match.
Carrigtwohill quickly regrouped defensively where Colm, Jayden and Dennis made sure the keeper was fully protected. On a day like this Man of the match award was thoroughly deserved by Rory Dolan who enabled the home side take full points on a day they did everything right.
Upwards and onwards. Well done coaches for coaching kids good passing game
Man of the Match: Rory Dolan