Carrick Rovers U13 vs CMUL U12’s
Cavan Monaghan U13 table toppers Carrick Rovers travelled to Clones to play the CMUL U12’s in a challenge match on Sunday. The CMUL team are part of the emerging talent programme for the FAI and boasts the best U12 players in Cavan and Monaghan. An interesting feature of this game was the clash of two Carrick brothers. When Carrick captain Jack Carolan went up for the coin-toss, he met his brother Matthew who was skippering the CMUL team.
The first half was a lively affair and it was the CMUL who scored first. A feature of this young team is their quick passing and sharp movement, something it took Carrick a while to get to grips with. The Carrick players were also getting used to the 9-a-side set up on a smaller pitch than they are used to. 1-0 down the Carrick players started to get a hold on proceedings and began to dominate midfield. The back 3 of Eoin Keelan, Augustus Lupari and Jack McNally were solid as normal, and Niall Meehan was dominating midfield. Michael Og Tierney and Jack Carolan were now controlling possession in the forward areas creating chances for Roan MacArdle and Dualta Honney to get in behind the CMUL defence and in one such move, Jack Carolan scored the equalizer with a lovely low shot.
Half time came with the score at 1-1.
The second half saw a strong start from the Carrick team and soon after the re-start Sean O’Cartaigh ran onto through ball to put them 2-1 up. This sparked the CMUL to life and combined with Carrick switching off a bit, the CMUL began making chances, putting the Carrick backline under pressure. From one such chance came the goal of the day. A clever through ball for Matthew Carolan put the young forward in on goal and he dinked the ball over the on-rushing Shane Carolan for a peach of a finish, underlying this young player’s potential. It was a goal worthy of any game. With the scores 2-2, the Carrick players kicked back into life and began playing their pressing game again moving the ball forward at pace. A ball chased to the end-line by Roan MacArdle saw him deliver a perfect cross to Dualta Honney who volleyed to the net only for the goal to be ruled out for off-side. However, not to be outdone by his younger brother, Jack Carolan ran onto a misplaced pass by the CMUL to bear down on goal and finish emphatically to the corner of the net. 3-2 to Carrick.
The remainder of the match was played at a furious pace but with no clear-cut chances produced and Carrick won out 3-2 in what was a very useful exercise for both teams.