Carrick Rovers youngest competitive side were in action on the Carrick Aces pitch on Saturday when they were hosts to a very strong Cavan Shamrocks side. Rovers started well and were giving their opponents no time on the ball to settle into any kind of rhythm. Killian McNulty in goals was following on from his heroic performance from the week before and was very solid in anything he had to do. The defence of Cathal O’Rourke, Robert McCloskey, Liam Og Murray and Tiarnan McCourt set a great platform for the rest of the side to build from, working as a unit to close down any threat and playing some nice possession football to set the forward line on the attack.
The 1st goal came on 18 minutes when McCourt broke up an attack and played the ball into Jared Wenham in midfield. He raced forward before passing to Oisin O’Hanlon who picked out Dillon McCahey on the left wing. The tricky winger had a lot to do but he weaved his way passed 2 Cavan players before picking his spot beyond the keeper.
On 26 minutes the lead was doubled when again an attack by the visitors was this time broken up by McCloskey who fed Dylan Carolan. Carolan carried the ball into the opposition half before linking with Jamie King. King progressed into the Cavan area and his effort was well saved by the keeper but he could only parry it out into the path of Eoghan Duffy, who had done what all good strikers should do and gambled on the keeper spilling the ball. Duffy coolly picked his spot passed the keeper and 2 Cavan players on the line.
Halftime Carrick Rovers 2-0 Cavan Shamrocks
Shamrocks came out all fired up for the 2nd half, knowing that this Rovers side had let a 2 goal lead slip against them earlier in the season, but these Carrick lads are learning their trade well and are becoming very hard to beat. Rovers were under pressure now but the defence, lead by Murray, who was having a masterly display at centrehalf, was giving nothing away. Donnacha Swinburne came on for O’Rourke on 40 minutes, Bendera came on for King and slotted in up front keeping the Cavan defence busy. On 51 minutes Rovers should have extended their lead when McCahey, who was having an exceptional game, broke clear on the halfway line, he layed the ball into Bendera, but the striker decided to have a go himself instead of laying the ball back to McCahey, who had kept on running. Ethan O’Gorman came on for Carolan and really helped to steady the Carrick defence, who were now under a lot of pressure. On 60 minutes, the Cavan attack created an opening with a clever ball in behind the Carrick defence, but McNulty raced out of his goal to smother the danger. Rovers finished the game of in the 64th minute when again Wenham got a hold of the ball 30 yards from goal and when everybody was waiting for the shot, he picked out McCahey’s run superbly and the little winger did the business, lifting the ball over the advancing keeper and into the far corner. Again Shamrock’s pressed to get a consolation but Rovers were determined to keep a clean sheet and defended brilliantly.
Final Score Carrick Rovers 3-0 Cavan Shamrocks
A great display by these lads, who are going in the right direction after putting in some hard work. A special word to the 13’s who helped out on Saturday and will be needed again.