BallyJamesDuff were the visitors to the Convent Lands on Saturday afternoon to play Rovers 13’s in a CMUL Cup match. These 2 teams had met less than a month before in a League match, were the Cavan side ran out easy winners at home. But this young Carrick side are learning their trade well, while not having much luck, and they were determined to put up a good show. Rovers started well with a strong backline of Cathal O’Rourke, Liam Og Murray, Tiernan McCourt and Eoghan Duffy, with Killian McNulty between the posts.
They made a good platform for the midfield of Benderas, Jared Wenham, Jamie King, Robert McCloskey and Dylan McCahey to build from. Tadge Callaghan upfront really put in a great shift as the lone striker. Carrick were playing nice, flowing football but the much physically stronger BJD side were causing trouble from set plays and that is were the 1st goal came from. A long ball from a free-kick wasn’t properly cleared and the BJD player finished well. Again 5 minutes later Rovers fell further behind, this time a ball from a throw-in wasn’t cleared from danger and the Cavan strkerb gave McNulty no chance from close range. At this point you would have feared the worst but these lads showed great belief in themselves and their team-mates and they lifted their game. Murray and McCourt were forming a good understanding in the centre of the Rovers defence, with McCourts pace and Murray’s understanding and reading of the game, limiting BJD to very few goal scoring opportunities. The Rovers midfield was now beginning to grow into the game, with Wenham, King and McCloskey getting to grips with their opponents. With Callaghan holding up play and linking well with Benderas on the right and the lightning fast McCahey on the left. It was this trio that combined to create Rovers 1st goal. Callaghan received a ball from King before spraying a ball into McCahey’s path. He flew past 2 defenders before flashing a ball to the far post where Benderas had ghosted in to finish to the back of the net.
Halftime Carrick Rovers 1 BJD 2.
Rovers were bouyed up by their goal and started the 2nd half brightly. Dylan Carolan came on for Benderas on the right and got involved straight away. Rovers were playing the better football and got their reward after 10 minutes when McCourt broke up an attack and raced forward he found Duffy who put McCahey clear. The nippy winger got his head up to pick out Carolan’s run and he did the rest to smash the ball home. Rovers were playing great football now and went in front 7 minutes later when Carolan chased down a back pass to the Keeper and got there before him to steer the ball home. Tiernan O’Riordan came on for the hardworking Callaghan and nearly increased Rovers lead with a good shot but the Keeper saved well.Oisin O’Hanlon and Donnacha Swinburne were introduced for McCloskey and Wenham and Eogan Finnegan came on for O’Rourke. Rovers looked to have closed the game out with only minutes left when a through ball caught the Rovers defence flat and the BJD striker coolly finished passed McNulty.
Fulltime Carrick Rovers 3-3 BJD
BJD came out all guns blazing as they thought the game was gone and were now rampant. After 5 minutes a BJD player smashed a shot at the Rovers goal that McNulty did well to save but couldn’t hold onto and the rebound was drilled home. 2 minutes later Rovers conceded a corner from which a BJD rose unchallenged to head home and 3 minutes later BJD scored again to kill off the game.To their credit Carrick kept going to the end but couldn’t get themselves back into the game.
Final Score Carrick Rovers 3-6 BJD aet.
Team: Killian McNulty, Cathal O’Rourke, Liam Og Murray, Tiernan McCourt, Eoghan Duffy, Benderas, Jared Wenham, Jamie King, Robert McCloskey, Tadge Callaghan, Dylan Carolan, Tiernan O’Riordan, Eoghan Finnegan, Oisin O’Hanlon, Donnacha Swinburne, Rhys Jones and Luke Hand.
Although another defeat, this was a good indicator that these boys are heading in the right direction as they were very unlucky not to hold out for a win. But with some more coaching the next win isn’t far away.