League v Douglas Hall in Rockenham Park on Sunday 17th November 2013
Carrigtwohill United 3 Douglas Hall 0
Scorers – OG, Cathal Roche, Cormac Horgan.
Carrig picked up their 2nd win of the season at home to Douglas Hall on a fine morning for football. In an uneventful first half both sides found it hard to create many chances as each team gave far too much possession away too easily in the final third of the pitch. Gearoid Cody shone in goal as any attack by Douglas was quickly snuffed out the fast acting keeper. Carrig were fortunate to reach half time a goal up thanks to a mix up in the away side’s defence with the centre half lobbing over his keeper on twenty minutes.
Carrig upped the work rate big time in the second period and were now dominant with Conor Harte, Conor Keegan and Cormac Horgan making much better use of possession. Several chances came and went before Cathal Roche scored his first of the season fifteen minutes in with an absolute cracker from 22 yards giving the keeper no chance whatsoever. It was all Carrig from now on and the home side really should have scored a few more goals but had to wait until three minutes from the end for Cormac Horgan to tap in the third following great wing play by Victor Mazur. A good result, keeping Carrig in touch with the league leaders.
Man of the Match – Gearoid Cody
League v Passage United in Rockenham Park on Sunday 17th November 2013
Passage United 1 Carrigtwohill United 8
Scorers – C Harte 3, M Doody, J Long, B Manning, C Horgan, C O’Mahony.
Carrigs U16s secured their first league points of the season in some style away to Passage, who had beaten Carrig in an earlier cup game this season. Carrig were quick out of the blocks with Morgan Doody scoring inside two minutes from a great pass from Cormac Horgan. On ten minutes Billy Manning replaced the injured Victor Mazur and did’nt wait too long to have an impact, heading in a fine second goal from a 25th minute corner. The Carrig lads dominated every area of the pitch and were three up five minutes before half time when Conor O’Mahony beat the keeper from a tight angle. Hat trick hero Conor Harte all but secured the points with his first three minutes later making the score 4-0 in Carrigs favour at the break.
Early in the second half Carrig swept forward following a great save by Gearoid Cody and Harte scored his second. On fifteen minutes centre half Jamie Long placed a 25 yard drive into the top corner. Five minutes later Harte rounded off his hat trick with an equally impressive long range effort that gave the Passage keeper no chance. In fairness to the Passage lads they kept trying hard and got on the score board ten minutes from the end with a well taken goal but Carrig struck again shortly afterwards when the hard working Cormac Horgan topped off a strong performance scoring Carrig’s eighth of the game following great play from Conor O’Mahony and Ben O’Leary.
A very good team performance and hopefuly the start of a winning streak for the Carrig lads!
Man of the Match – Conor Harte
League v Macroom in Ballyadam Park on Saturday 26th October 2013
Carrigtwohill United 0 Macroom 2
Carrig’s second league game of the season took place in poor conditions over the Bank Holiday weekend. With a strong breeze at their backs Carrig took control of the game from the off with Macroom struggling to get out of their own half. Seven minutes in Conor O\’Mahony rattled the woodwork with a fierce free kick and the keeper managed to save at the second attempt. Three minutes later a great pass from Shane Ryan allowed O\’Mahony in but his shot fizzed wide. Conor Keegan went very close with a free kick soon after but despite all Carrigs possession the Macroom goal remained intact up to the break.
Now playing into the strong wind and driving rain Carrig still enjoyed the lions share of the ball and kept the pressure on the visitors. On fourteen minutes Cormac Horgan went close with a good strike and it was felt that the opening goal was not too far off with Carrig dominating. That goal did come, but not to Carrigs benefit! A pause in our defence, awaiting a whistle for a foul that did not come allowed Macroom get their first decent effort on target and it found the net. Carrig kept working hard looking for an equaliser but were punished a second time on thirty minutes when a Macroom counter attack found an unmarked man in front of goal with an easy chance to finish to an empty net.
To their credit, the home side never gave up and Shane Ryan nearly pulled one back three minutes later. Macroom held on for the remaining minutes to record the win but Carrig can look ahead with optimism following a very good team performance.
Man of the Match – Shane Ryan