On a damp Sunday morning our U13’s made the short trip to Whitegate, to play old rivals Corkbeg for their first game of the new season. Carrig started the game really strong, putting the home team on the back foot with some really good football, particularly in midfield where they took control. It seemed only a matter of time before Carrig would score. Sure enough Carrig took the lead when after some great play which started in the backline, the ball was worked up the left wing to Jack O’Regan who played a lovely ball inside to the run of midfielder Charlie McCarthy who finished expertly to give Carrig the lead on five minutes. Carrigtwohill continued their dominance and took the game to their host with raid after raid. The second and well deserved goal came when a very brave Tadgh O’Connor finished expertly from a tight angle. In scoring the goal Tadgh took a heavy knock which resulted in him being forced off the field through injury. Soon after a very controversial decision, (the first of a few questionable decision on the day that where not giving to the away team) What looked like a very obvious penalty in favour of Carrig was not giving. Right on the stroke of half-time Carrig were made to pay when Corkbeg against the run of play pulled a goal back. Half – time score Corkbeg 1-2 Carrigtwohill United. The second half proved to be a much more even affair with play going from end to end as both teams were trying to take control of the game. Eventually the Carrigtwohill lads started to tire and it allowed Corkbeg to create a few half chances which Phillip in goal dealt with very well. Unfortunately Carrig eventually conceded an equaliser when the ball was lost in midfield and Phillip had no chance in goal from the shot. Carrigtwohill rallied again in search of a winner that never came as the final whistle went to end the game a 2-2 draw. Carrigtwohill Man of the Match went to striker Evan O’Keeffe who worked his socks off up front, holding the ball up and bringing his midfielders in to the game and closing down defenders forcing corners and throw-ins. In actual fact it was a fantastic team effort from all 13 players giving a 100% effort and can be very proud of themselves. On another day it would have yielded 3 points if decisions had gone our way. Carrigtwohill United ABU.