Carrick Rovers Under 14 team had their first run-out of the season when they entertained our neighbours Blayney Rovers, last Friday evening on the Ballybay Road pitch. It was a great evening for playing football and the pitch was in perfect condition.
Rovers got straight out of the blocks and were 1-0 up after 5 minutes when Cillian Lennon raced onto a through ball and slotted past the keeper, to the corner of the net. The same player doubled Carrick's advantage 5 minutes later when he stabbed home from inside the box, to make it 2-0. Rover's should have controlled the game after this but became complacent and let Blayney back into it. A straight ball from midfield put the Blayney striker away and Thomas Finnegan, left totally exposed, had no alternative but to bring him down inside the box for a penalty, which was converted. This was the wake-up call Carrick needed and they got about their work again. Padraig Marron finished off a good move to the net and Patrick Larney made it 4-1 at half-time. After a few substitutions, the 2nd half took a while to settled down but the home team began to play some controlled football which resulted in Dairmud Boylan being put clear to find the corner of the net. Kevin Quinn won a 50/50 ball inside his own half and he put Andrew Butler through down the right wing. He beat his man and laid a perfect pass onto Mark Traynor inside the Blayney box. Mark did what every striker should do and smashed the ball across the Blayney keeper and into the far, bottom corner of the net, for the goal of the game. All credit to the visitors, they didn't stop trying and they kept putting pressure on the home defence, who had Mikey Murnaghan playing his 1st game for the club, at centre-back. This pressure paid off when a mistake in the Carrick defence, from a corner, led to a goal. Carrick again responded and Patrick Larney received a ball on the edge of the box, got the ball out of his feet and drilled a shot into the corner of the net. Not to be outdone, Dairmud Boylan collected a pass outside of the box, controlled, took the ball into the box and finished in his usual style. This was a good run-out at the start of the season and a chance to give everybody time on the pitch, which is badly needed. Some of the finishing was excellent and the team work at times was very fluent, but at times we were all over the place positionally and there will be harder games to come. As for Blayney, who were only formed less than 2 years ago, we can see the improvement in their play everytime we play them, which indicates that they are being coached well and we encourage them to continue to work hard and learn from every game they play and we wish them well in the season coming, in the Cavan/ Monaghan League, which they are entering for the 1st time.
Team: Ronan McDonald, Cian Matthews, Ian Martin, Thomas Finnegan, Ryan Carolan, Aaron Jones, Padraig Marron, David Wilson, Ronan O'Callaghan, Stephen Cunningham, Cillian Lennon, Patrick Larney, Mark Traynor, Kevin Quinn, Andrew Butler, Ryan McDonald, Mikey Murnaghan and Dairmud Boylan.