League v Passage United in Rockenham Park on Saturday 4th October 2014
Passage United 1 Carrigtwohill United 4
Carrigtwohill Scorers: Neil Coughlan, Cody Cunnigham, Darragh Ymedji, Adam Rooney
The luck of the draw, as they say, saw Carrigtwohill and Passage playing each other in Rockenham Park two consecutive Saturday morning. What’s more, despite very unsettled weather the night before, the second match was played on another one of these glorious mornings that are not normally associated with early October in Ireland.
Both teams knew this second game would be a tight one, after the Cup match of the week before, but Passage seemed particularly determined to get a better outcome this time as they surged in search of victory. For ten minutes, Carrig did little else than defending, which they did at times very well and at times with a degree of desperation. Out of all this, Passage got their reward – breaking through on the left wing one more time, their lightning fast number 6 cross the ball into the danger zone where one of Passage’s forward got sandwiched between Adam Rooney in goals and Cian O’Riordan. The referee pointed to the penalty spot and, unlike last week, Passage made no mistake and scored. Somehow, Carrig seemed to improve after the goal and the game became more even, even tilting in Carrig’s favour. The last ten minutes of the half, Carrig pushed and pushed without finding the break. Then, Neil Coughlan took matters in his own hands. Picking up the ball deep into his own half, he dashed through the Passage midfield and defence before firing past the keeper. It was one all at half time.
The second half was similar enough with both teams competing fiercely for possession. However, after a while, Carrig got on top and the score line reflected this after Cody Cunnigham pushed the ball into the net after the Passage keeper has parried a first shot. A few minutes later Darragh Ymedji ran onto a through ball in the centre of the pitch took just two touches and curled the ball most delightfully inside the far post with his favoured left foot. There was just time for Adam Rooney to fire home on a fast counter attack to make it 4-1.
Ballyseedy Home & Gardens Man of the Match: Neil Coughlan