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Valley Lodge,  25th March

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Lions lose out in evening kick off

Cavan Shamrock Tigers 4-2 Carrick Rovers Lions
CMUL 14 Championship
The final game before the Christmas Break pitched Rovers against Cavan Shamrocks in a late evening kickoff on the Cavan Astro Park. Rovers came out of the blocks quickly, passing the ball well and getting on top early. Dylan McCahey playing left midfield was untouchable, weaving his way through the Shamrock defence at will and finding a pass to retain possession. Dylan Ward worked hard up front on his own as a lone striker, feeding off the midfield and showing some great footwork to leave the opposition at times chasing his shadow.

Fionnan Cassidy and Cathal O’Rourke marshalled the midfield, covering a lot of ground and tackling hard with Eoin Duffy playing in a more advanced midfield role. Rovers created a couple of chances to score, Fionnan Cassidy, eager to push forward, found space to open up and test the keeper with a shot from 20+ yards, the ball almost finding its way over the goal line before the keeper could gather at the second attempt.

Not for the first time this season Rovers took the lead with a good move down the left finding its way to Dylan Ward who got in behind the defence and calmly slotted the ball past the keeper into the corner of the net. Rovers didn’t relent and pressed on in search of another. Euan Matthews worked hard on the right of midfield giving good width and putting pressure on the opposition.

Rovers good work was then all undone as Cavan Shamrocks swung in a corner which Rovers failed to deal with. The ball bounced around on the 6 yard line before a Shamrocks player pounced and blasted in to the back of the net for an easy finish and to bring the scores level. Not long after Rovers conceded another from a set piece when they couldn’t clear from a Shamrocks free kick, giving them the lead and ending the 1st half at 2:1 to the home team.

Rovers began the second half as they started the first, determined to get the ball on the ground and keep possession. As the first 5 minutes passed Rovers hit a purple patch, everything seemed to fall their way. A dazzling display of passing under the Cavan floodlights and the hunger and desire to match, first to every ball and moving forward as a unit, it was a joy to watch. Dylan Carolan was introduced up front alongside Dylan Ward and worked his socks off as Rovers searched for an equaliser. Shamrocks then began to gain a foothold in the game as they started to win possession and forge their way into the Rovers half of the pitch. Fresh legs were needed as Dylan Carolan moved to right midfield paving the way for the youngest member of the squad, Donnach Swinburne, to make his 14s competitive debut up front.

Midway through the second half Dylan Ward again skipped in behind the shamrocks defence and dashed down the right wing, and once committing the centre half squared a perfect ball for Donnach Swinburne to smash home from 10 yards out and leave the keeper with no chance - his first touch of the game. All square and confidence high Rovers continued to threaten, a similar move down the right again found Dylan Ward bearing down on goal. Donnach made a great run into the box in acres of space but Dylan was unable to find him and took the shot on himself but couldn’t make the breakthrough. Rovers were causing Shamrocks headaches down both wings, and for a third time Dylan Ward was released down the right and again showed the defence a clean set of heels, this time getting his head up early and squaring to Donnach 12 yards out from goals. Donnach pushed the ball back across goal with his first touch, wrong footing the defenders, and with his second touch struck a low shot towards the bottom left corner. As if in slow motion the ball skimmed towards goal and for all the world looked like it was going in only for the post to come to the Shamrocks rescue.

As the game entered the final 10 minutes Rovers could almost taste victory but suffered a sucker punch blow as Shamrocks rallied themselves and countered with two late goals. The game finished 4:2 to the home side, perhaps not a through reflection of the match, but the Rovers side can be proud of their performance and the progress they have made in recent weeks.

The season takes a break now for the Christmas period and Rovers look forward to the New Year, wishing everyone involved a safe and happy Christmas.

Final Score: Cavan Shamrock Tigers 4-2 Carrick Rovers Lions

Team: Breffini Henry, Conor O’Rourke, Aaron Kearney, Adam Lynagh, Eoghan Dillan, Dylan McCahey, Eoin Duffy, Fionnan Cassidy (Captain), Cathal O’Rourke, Euan Matthews, Dylan Ward, Dylan Carolan, Donnach Swinburne

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