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Reilly Cup – Round 2
 Carrick Rovers 4-3 Oldcastle (A.E.T.)


Carrick Rovers took on Oldcastle in the second round of the Reilly Cup. It was a ding dong battle which turned out to be a truly entertaining cup match.

Carrick started well and were controlling the game with both Rory McEneaney and Darren McGlone pulling the strings in the middle of the field. Carrick created a number of chances but it took until the 20th minute for them to take the lead. The move started in Carrick’s own half with Rory McEneaney flipping the ball to Barry McNally who slipped the ball in to the run of Sean O’Rourke and he put the ball by the dive of the keeper into the net. Ten minutes later Carrick doubled their lead when a JP McNally clearance on the Carrick eighteen yard line went over the Oldcastle defence, Sean O’Rourke was first to react and he calmly rounded the keeper to slot into the open net. Carrick piled on the pressure and should have increased their lead further. In the 35th minute Carrick had to make a change with the injury to JP McNally, Ciaran McGlynn slotted in to his position. Oldcastle nearly capitalised on the change as the defence sorted themselves out. Andrew O’Rourke tipped the ball around the post at full stretch from a quick shot by the no. 10. Oldcastle kept their heads and just before half time got their name on the score sheet when Carrick failed to clear their line properly, the ball was chipped back over the defence and was met by the run of Oldcastle no. 10 who hammered the ball by Andrew O’Rourke in goal.

The second half saw Oldcastle getting more into the game and starting to get on top of Carrick. There was more trouble for Carrick in the 55th minute when Rory Mc Eneaney had to hop off the field and Craig Fannin took his place. Oldcastle’s pressure paid off and they were on level terms after good work down the Carrick right wing and the cross was finished by the Oldcastle no. 9. It seemed like Carrick had gone to sleep with all the play from Oldcastle and five minutes later Oldcastle took the lead with a header from a corner. Oldcastle could have gone further ahead only for a last gasp block by Paudie Cusack minutes later. Carrick had twenty minutes left to stay in the competition so they sacrificed defender Conor Farrell and sent on Simon Ward to go three up front. Carrick started to work their way back into the game. On the 80th minute Declan Finnegan got to the by line and his cross went straight across the goalmouth with the dive of Barry McNally and Sean O’Rourke just missing the ball. Two minutes later Carrick were down to ten men when Declan Finnegan got a second yellow card. Carrick went for broke and pinned Oldcastle into their own half, it seemed as if it would not be Carrick’s day. In Injury time Carrick got a free just inside the Oldcastle half, Darren McGlone hit in the free to the back post and it was cleared out only to Simon Ward who whipped the ball to the far post and up popped Ciaran McGlynn to tap it in to the net, the game headed in to extra time.

 Carrick pushed on looking for the winner and with five minutes gone Carrick broke down the left hand side, Simon Ward crossed the ball to the back post with both Paudie Cusack and John Doyle making a run, John got to the ball first and hammered the ball into the net.

In the second half Oldcastle threw everything at the Carrick defence but they could not find a way through, Carrick got a few break away chances but the Oldcastle keeper kept them in the match. With just seconds to go Oldcastle got a free on the edge of the Carrick box, the free was hit past the wall but Andrew O’Rourke managed to push the ball over the bar. Oldcastle took the corner kick and John Doyle was first to clear the danger which was the last action of the game.


Team:  Andrew O’Rourke, John McCabe, Paudie Cusack, JP Mc Nally, Conor Farrell, Darren McGlone, Rory McEneaney, Declan Finnegan, Barry McNally, Sean O’Rourke, John Doyle, Ciaran McGlynn, Craig Fannin, Simon Ward, Padraig Rafferty, Graham Scotson, Gary Marron Joey Farrell, Adrian Holland, Paul Johnston.

Carrick Rovers U13’s were back in a competitive match after a long break since early December due to adverse weather. They did have few friendly matches with rather disappointing results and so the team were hoping to find their good form in today’s match, and that they did with a comprehensive win over Delvin.

Parkvilla 2-3 Carrick Rovers 

Carrick Rovers made the journey to Navan on Saturday last to play much fancied Premier division side Parkvilla in the quarter final of the HSE Cup. Rovers preparation was not helped by the fact that at 8 o’clock Friday night they had only 10 available U16 players, luckily for them, the U15 Division 1 side had no game so the management team were able to call upon Paddy O’Rourke, Donnacha Kindlon and Colm Keyes to help them out.

Bailie Youths 0-1 Carrick Rovers
MCSL Div 1

Rovers made the short trip to Kingscourt on Sunday last and eventually came away with all the points. On a perfect surface for a passing game, Rovers made their intentions clear from the start when, after about ten minutes Wesley Williams broke clear but when one on one with the keeper he failed to hit the net and passed the ball into the keepers hands.

Carrick Rovers 3-2 Ardee Celtic

Rovers earned their first home win in the league this season with victory over Ardee Celtic. In truth the game should have been done and dusted midway through the second half but as with many of the games this campaign they made life difficult for themselves in a tense finish.

Leaders Celtic Rocked as Rovers roll on
Rock Celtic 0-2 Carrick Rovers
Carrick Rovers travelled to Sandy Lane in Blackrock on Thursday last to take on reigning champions and current league leaders Rock Celtic and it was the visitors who gained a slice of revenge for their defeat to the same opposition in last years title play off, when they deservedly took all 3 points on offer after an excellent display to which the home side had no answer, thereby inflicting a first defeat of the season on the Blackrock outfit with goals from Barry Woods and Brendan Kerley proving the difference.


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