Gus Walsh Trophy QF v Carrigaline United in Ballyadam Park on Sunday 18th September 2016
Carrigtwohill United 3 Carrigaline United 4
Scorers – Shane O’Hanlon, David Ryan, Robin Ward.
Carrig’s Under 17s bowed out of the League Cup this weekend, beaten 4-3 by Premier outfit Carrigaline.
A delay to proceedings due to Carrigaline not having the correct gear strangely helped the away team, our lads barely got out of first gear and found themselves 2-0 down due after 15 to some lacklustre defending. Robin Ward was doing some great work but was very isolated due to how much pressure Carrig’s defence and midfield were under. He was unlucky on two occasions but for some good defending and a couple of good saves. Carrig got one back from a corner, Shane O’Hanlon heading home and drew level with a wonder strike from David Ryan. At the other end, Alan Warren made a number of good saves to keep Carrigaline to 2 goals. Carrig very unlucky not to go in at half time ahead, Sean Sull coming very close but for a great point blank save from the Carrigaline keeper.
The intensity lifted in the second half from our boys, Tristan Horgan made a lovely run into the box and was taken down, Robin stuck the penalty, 3-2 up. Carrigaline then showed why they are a Premier side, piling on the pressure, they scrambled a goal over the line 10 minutes later and took the lead soon after, despite a quite blatant foul on Sean O’Sullivan, the game continued and the centre forward finished nicely. On a pitch that was really cut up at this stage, both teams struggled to gain a foothold for the remainder of the game, Shane Waters and Robin Ward came close but at the other end Alan Warren kept us in the game with some great saves. Unfortunately the effort put in from the lads was not to be rewarded but a great display to show our battling qualities and prove to a lot of the people that we are not out of place playing against Premier opposition. Fermoy next week to keep the league run going, which has always been the main aim this season.
Player of the Match – Alan Warren