Rovers earn point against strong Cootehill side

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Cootehill Reserves 1-1 Carrick Rovers
MCSL Div 1
On Saturday evening Rovers made the journey to Cootehills new Astro Turf pitch and came away with a well deserved point but Cootehill had to field first team players in the second half to secure the point.
Carrick played very well from the off and attacked the Cootehill goal from early on with Craig Fannin proving to be a real thorn in the side for the home side. With John Doyle and Shane Birdy pulling the strings in midfield and the back four of John Mc Cabe, JP, Tayto and young Paddy O'Rourke standing strong, Rovers felt that this could've been their day and secure the first 3 points of the season.

Rovers first real opportunity came when Doyle and Fannin combined some nice passes down the right but the shot from Fannan blasted wide.  
Carrick were now believing in themselves and started to play out from the back with the experience of Clint Marron showing the way and it very nearly payed off on 20 minutes when Clint played the ball out to Tayto who then fed Birdy through the middle, Birdy then took the ball past the midfield and hit a lovely ball over the top for Rory Mc but the keeper rushed out to smother the shot. Carricks front two of Rory Mc and Baz Rafferty were showing their experience and were holding the ball up well and feeding in the wide two of Fannin and Declan Finnegan but the Cootehill defence were holding tight and not letting Carrick through.

On the half hour, Rovers got the breakthrough they deserved when Budsy played the ball wide to Fannin who took on the fullback and fired a great ball in to the onrushing Rory Mc and he volleyed the ball home at the near post and give Carrick the lead. Rovers continued to press and Baz broke through the defence but got blocked just as he was unleashing his shot.
Half time and Rovers really cruising towards a possible first win of the season.
The second half was a bigger test for Carrick as Cootehill introduced 2 of their first team players, one in midfield and the other up front and they started to really test the Carrick defence but the lads stood strong and kept them out for most of the half.  Rovers themselves had a few chances of their own with Fannin time and again getting joy down the right but Rovers lack of shooting practice in earlier games was letting them down but if they continue to create the goals will and should come!!
With 15 minutes left on the clock, the home side got their goal when their '1st team duo' combined to break down the Carrick defence.
Rovers stood well though to the end and earned themselves a point and prove that if teams want to play some first team players against our third side they can do so and our lads will stand strong and grind out results.
Well done to Paddy O'Rourke who battled his way through a boxing match on Friday night to win and then help Rovers the following evening - it's great to be young!!!
 
Rovers: C Marron, J Mc Cabe, P O'Rourke, JP Mc Nally, K Mc Glynn, C Fannin, S Birdy, J Doyle, D Finnegan, R Mc Eneaney, P Rafferty.
Subs; Minto, S Rooney, M Kindlon