Date : 2018-09-06
Team: Under-16
Venue: Coffeys Field
Opposition: Everton
Competition: League
Carrigtwohill Scores:
Carrigtwohill Score: 0
Opposition Score: 7
Player of the Match; Eric o Sullivan
Following a difficult opening league fixture away to Mallow Utd last Sunday Carrigtwohill Utd U16s found themselves on the road again travelling to Coffeys field to play Everton on Thursday evening. With only 11 players on show Carrig s hand was forced from the start.
Everton were straight out of the blocks and we found ourselves 2-0 down inside the first 10 minutes. With Everton brimming with confidence we had to defend for long spells up to half-time.Eric o Sullivan had a tough time at left back taking some hard knocks and rough tackles from the Everton forwards but credit to Eric it didn’t bother him as he won his free kicks and played on the front foot when he could.
A strange occurrence happened just before half-time. Carrigtwohill conceded what looked like a free kick on the edge of their own 18 yard box, the ref blew his whistle and Everton prepared to take the free, Carrig were busy setting up their wall, Ben Naughton in goal was giving instructions. Then the ref could be seen pacing out from the goal line to the penalty spot, he pointed to the spot and ordered the Everton player to bring the ball over for a penalty. Everyone looked baffled, including the home side! Everton converted 3-0. Our best chances came from set pieces and on the stroke of half-time Adam Rooney swung in a corner from the right which Cian Leahy narrowly missed at the near post.
We conceded again shortly after the restart. Our back four played well together considering we had a lot of lads playing out of position(the scoreline doesn’t reflect this). Everton used their subs well bringing on fresh legs throughout the second half. Adam Rooney tried hard to create openings in midfield and Alex Sheehan worked tirelessly in support but try as we did Evertons fresh legs made the difference and they scored 3 more goals before the final whistle. Ronan McCrave came close for Carrig with a low driven free kick just before full-time. Great credit to the lads that turned up on a very tough evening for Carrigtwohill United and kept going till the end. A home fixture and hard work on the training ground should see us turn the corner soon, well done to all involved.