MSL – Senior League

Carrigtwohill United – 2

Youghal United – 2

17th Nov 2019 at Ballyadam Park

On Sunday morning last, Carrigtwohill United Seniors welcomed Youghal to Ballyadam which was in great condition for a game of football. They needed a good performance and a positive result after a few unlucky ones in recent weeks!

They started well and were in front after 10 minutes. Some good play down the right with Billy Manning getting the ball to Shane O’Hanlon who got to the byline. His cross caused confusion in the Youghal defence but Patrik Keyes was alert and put the ball in off the post with a good finish!

The battle in midfield was starting to shape up at this stage with neither team able to get a stranglehold on it. Youghal equalised after 20 minutes when a free kick was whipped in from the left and headed home to make it 1-1

This buoyed the away team and gave them encouragement, but they were not really threatening until they got in behind the Carrigtwohill defence and forced a save from Adrian O Donovan. However, Michael Furlong was alleged to have handled while defending the goal line and a penalty was awarded which was dispatched to the left corner to make it 2-1.

With half time approaching Carrigtwohill steadied the ship with Darragh McCann making a great block and Ethan Daly-Harkin marshalling the defence superbly!

The 2nd half started with Carrigtwohill firmly believing there was something in this game for them. Again, both teams tried to establish dominance in midfield and Carrigtwohill had to take a few risks by changing formation to give them a better attacking platform.

Luke “Pimp” Smith was seeing more of the ball in midfield and finding passes with Tristan Horgan and Michael Furlong either side of him putting in a fantastic shift.

With 20 minutes to go, and Andrew Knowles now on the field for Furlong, Carrigtwohill upped the tempo again, reducing Youghal to long distance efforts.

A ball placed over the top for Patrik Keyes to latch onto, beat the defender and after Zack Casagranda had created space in the middle, Patrik whipped in a brilliant cross and Kevin Daly had made up the ground from left back to finish low and hard past the Keeper.

A well-deserved equaliser for Carrigtwohill

There was 15 minutes left on the clock and both teams pushed for a winner. Carrigtwohill had the better chance to snatch it at the death, but it wasn’t to be, and it ended as a fair result at 2-2.

Man of the Match goes to Ethan Daly-Harkin

Next match is Wilton Away next Sunday Morning – 10.45am KO – All support greatly appreciated!