Rovers 14’s Continue Good Start to the Season.
Carrick Rovers under 14’s CMUL Premier League side continued their impressive start to the season when they made the journey to John Sherlock Park in Cootehill on Saturday morning to play the local side.
Always a tough place to come to and get a result this encounter was to prove to be the same. Rovers got off to the perfect start when they forced the home side to concede an early corner kick and Kian Duffy rose highest to head home Oisin McNally’s precise delivery. This should have settled the visitors but it was Cootehill who seemed to be in control of proceedings and deservedly equalised midway through the half with a well struck shot from a free-kick from outside the area that Tomas Gartlan just failed to turn round his post. The rest of the half was evenly contested until just before half time Rovers again forced a corner kick. This time Cian Conlon delivered the cross but it was cleared by the Cootehill defence to the edge of the box where Fionan Carolan picked up possession before picking out Conlon again with a delightful pass. Conlon made no mistake smashing the ball in off the inside of the upright to give Rovers a narrow lead at the interval.
Half-Time: Cootehill Harps 1 Carrick Rovers A 2.
The opening exchanges of the second period were shared amongst both sides with chances at both ends. Then Rovers got a bit of breathing space when up popped Dylan McConnell to head a Carolan cross beyond the reach of the Cootehill Keeper. The same player was on hand again to finish off a flowing Rovers move involving Patrick Farrelly, Mark McCahey and Conlon with McConnell applying the finishing touch to put Rovers 3 clear of their opponents. To their credit Cootehill refused to lie down and continued to press Rovers looking to reduce the deficit and looked to have gotten their reward when their pressure resulted in the award of a penalty for hand ball. Gartlan, who’d produced a brilliant penalty save at the Galway Cup during the summer, again judge his dive right to scramble the ball away from his goal. Rovers made several chances and all made a contribution when introduced. It was McConnell again who put the icing on the cake while also completing his hat-trick. This time it was McNally who supplied the telling pass and McConnell applied the killing touch after good work involving Darragh Mee and McCahey.
Full Time: Cootehill Harps 1 Carrick Rovers 5.
Team: Tomas Gartlan, Darragh Mee, Oisin Byrne, Cuan Reilly, Daire Matthews, Patrick Farrelly, Mark McCahey, Kian Duffy, Cian Conlon, Oisin McNally and Fionan Carolan,
Substitutes: Dylan McConnell, Cian Burns, Luke McGeown, Cillian McConnon, Tadhg Dunne and John Kelly.