League v Tramore Athletic in Tramore Park on Sunday 30th October 2016.
Tramore Athletic 3 Carrigtwohill United 3
Scorer – Shane O’Hanlon 3.
A disappointing result away from home to last year’s runners up as Carrig let a 3-1 lead slip with 20 minutes to go. Closing out games is essential for a team that has aspirations of winning a league title and some improvements are needed if we are going to do this.
The game started at a frantic pace, Tramore bossing the play, Tristan Horgan and Shane O’Hanlon getting used to the new partnership in the middle of the park. When Carrig got the ball down they caused Tramore hassle, Shane O’Hanlon and Evan Rowlands had half chances to put Carrig ahead. After 30 minutes, a hopeful long ball was launched down on the Carrig defence, neither centre half dealt with it and the Tramore striker lobbed the on rushing Alan Warren. A disappointing goal to give away. If there was a positive to take from the game it was Carrig’s reaction after the goal. A well worked free kick led to Carrig’s equaliser, Shane O’Hanlon scoring his first of three. He popped up again from a lovely inswinging corner from Tristan to put us in the lead.
The second half started but Carrig didn’t, we were stuck to our 18 yard line as corner after corner poured down on the back line. Alan Warren made some great saves and Shane Waters cleared off the line again, but Carrig were hanging on. It was a frustrating day for Robin Ward up top as the service he was getting was limited however he did win the corner that led to Carrig and Shane O’Hanlon’s 3rd. Getting into the right position to score another with the magnet!! A frustrating 15 minutes followed, A free kick to the back post wasn’t dealt with and Tramore got one back. Tommy came off the bench and should have finished the game off after rounding the keeper, and right at the death when Carrig should have been killing the game in the oppositions half, Tramore went down and the striker was able to turn and finish despite the best efforts of Shane and Alan. Carrig had a chance to win it at the end but missed again. Big effort needed by all involved to make sure we don’t drop points from winning positions going forward.
Player of the Match – Shane O’Hanlon