Under-14 CSL Div 1
25th September 2022 at Kinsale
Kinsale AFC – 1
Carrigtwohill United – 3
Carrigtwohill travelled to Kinsale for their next match. Kinsale were a Premier division club last year so this was going to be a good test for this Carrigtwohill squad who were glad to have a full strength squad available to them.
The opening few minutes of the match was even enough and Cal Flavin had a few saves to make which he dealt with comfortably but soon Carrigtwohill began to dominate the proceedings. The backline of Sean Barry, Cillian McCann, Dan Guiney and Conor Nolan snuffed out any chances that Kinsale had while Jack Lombard, Matti Hodnett and Pol O’Connor battled hard in midfield to gain the upper hand. It was on the wings where Carrigtwohill were having most of their success with great attacking play from Sean Guiney and Eoin Garvey on either wing and Hugh Crowley was putting himself about to create chances up front.
The opening goal came when Cillian McCann headed the ball into the net from a Corner from Sean Guiney to get his first goal of the season. Carrigtwohill had several other chances in the first half with shots from Hugh Crowley, Matti Hodnett and Pol O’Connor all going close. Eoin Garvey had a good shout for a penalty but was very unlucky when it was not given.
The first half finished 1-0 to Carrigtwohill but the side was disappointed to be only up by a goal with all their dominance.
Carrigtwohill came out in the second half determined to get more goals. Throughout the second half Carrigtwohill brought on Cathal Doyle, Jacob Neumann, Michael Aghbo , Jerry O’Donovan and Sophia Redmond and they all made strong contributions. One of the highlights was when Jacob Neumann beat 3 players while running through on goal only to drive the ball narrowly wide and into the side netting but Carrigtwohill knew that they would need more than a 1 goal cushion in this match.
Sean Guiney finally put Carrigtwohill 2-0 up with a well struck shot which ended up in the top left hand corner and left the goalie with no chance. Kinsale fought back hard and brought the score to 2-1 with a well taken goal that Cal Flavin could do nothing about. Carrigtwohill eventually made it 3-1 when Sean Guiney got his second goal of the day and a man of the match performance.
Overall, the coaches were delighted with the team performance and the passing and movement from the players was a joy to watch. Carrigtwohill were the better side and their dominance deserved more than a 2 goal winning margin but it’s the 3 points for the win that matter the most in the league.
Scorers: Cillian McCann, Sean Guiney(2)
Player of the match: Sean Guiney
Team: Cal Flavin, Sean Barry, Daniel Guiney, Cillian McCann, Conor Nolan, Pol O Connor, Eoin Garvey, Matti Hodnett, Hugh Crowley, Cathal Doyle, Jack Lombard, Michael Aghbo, Sean Guiney, Sophia Redmond, Jerry O Donovan