Ballyadam was cold, breezy and soft as Carrigtwohill kicked off in their latest Division 1 fixture. After a few cancellation recently, the players were all looking forward to the match.
This was to be a very entertaining match in poor conditions. Playing with the wind, Carrigtwohill made all the running for the first 10 minutes in particular and were playing all of the football in the Leeds half, but it was proving tough to gauge the weight of the passes.
Despite playing some lovely football, the opening goal came from a corner when Matthew Coady found space on the right in the penalty box and curled in a lovely left footer to put Carrigtwohill one up.
Zack Casagrande was proving a handful for the Leeds defence and scored just before half time after coming very close twice just before it – one needing a wonder save from the keeper to deny him.
So all going well, and 2-0 up at half-time but as the wind was almost gale force, nobody quite knew how strong Leeds would be in the second half as they would now be playing with it.
Leeds threw everything at Carrigtwohill and it was all hands to the deck. After a good first half display, Ethan Harkin-Daly was moved to centre back and did a superb job of marshalling the defence alongside Sean Devaney.
Sure enough the pressure eventually told and Leeds scored from a corner but this was only to be a sign for Carrigtwohill to re-double their efforts.
Yemi was now probing on the right wing with a Zack was putting in huge effort to close down any ball along the back four.
Sure enough, the effort and workrate shown was rewarded when Cormac Flynn floated a beautiful free kick and Zack met it with a diving header to put the home side 2 goals up again.
Despite there being 20 minutes to play, the Leeds heads dropped and it was left to Jamie O’Gorman to wrap up a well deserved win when he stole in on the left wing to beat the Leeds keeper in a 1V1.
A superb overall team effort on a cold windy December afternoon.