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Valley Lodge,  25th March

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Lions lose out in League Cup

Killylough 4-2 Carrick Rovers
CMUL 14 League Cup

Rovers travelled to Gortakeegan to take on Killylough in the league cup. Rovers began the match with panache and an air of confidence, a joy to watch as they passed the ball around and exploiting the wide areas. Fionnan Cassidy, pivotal in midfield, swept up the loose ball and helped his defence break up the Killylough attacks. Eoin Duffy gave great width on the left of midfield and tormented the Killylough right back as he tip-toed past several tackles and was unlucky not to open the scoring on more than one occasion.

The back four of Eoghan Dillan, Aaron Kearney, Adam Lynagh and Conor O’ Rourke defended well, playing as a tight back four leaving no gaps for the opposition to play through and finding their midfielders with a pass at every opportunity. Rovers duly made the break through after another mazing run by Eoin Duffy into the opposition box. Eoin jinked right and the defender mistook Eoins’ shins for the ball, the referee immediately pointed to the penalty spot. Jack Gillick stepped up to riffle home, hit with power the Killylough keeper got a touch to it but couldn’t stop it from hitting the back of the net. Rovers kept the pressure on and were unlucky not to add to their lead. Rovers were punished for their wasted opportunities as the first half drew to a close, Killylough struck on the counter with a ball over the top and a pacey finish from the Killylough striker.

Scores even at half time Rovers could be pleased with their first half performance and began the second half looking for more of the same. The half started scrappier than the first, Rovers finding it difficult to ignite their passing game. Rovers struck first, Michal Stemplewski from 10 yards out and centre of the goal crashing a shot back off the crossbar, Rovers unable to capitalise on the rebound. Killylough then tried their luck at the other end, Breffini Henry electing to make the save with his feet as the ball skimmed across the wet grass. Then, a moment of inspiration, Jack Gillick lobbed an audacious effort toward the Killylough goal from 18 yards out which hit the angle of the post and the crossbar, this time the rebound falling into the path of Dylan Ward who was quickest to react and slot the ball home for Rovers to take the lead for the second time in the game.

Jarod Wenham came into the midfield and did well up against one of Killyloughs’ stronger players. Rovers had their tails up and even created a couple of chances to put Killylough out of sight. As the game approached the final stages Rovers would rue these miss chances as Killylough got a break down the right wing, getting in behind the Rovers defence and bearing down on goal, the Killylough player finished well to find the back of the net and brought the two sides level once again. With 10 minutes to ago a sense of panic seemed to sweep through the Rovers team as they resorted to playing balls long and aimless, too eager to get the ball forward, surrendering possession to the opposition and putting themselves under severe pressure. As a result Rovers also found themselves out of position in key areas of the pitch. Killylough got the elusive third goal although under somewhat fortunate with the spin and bounce of the ball eluding the Rovers defence in the goalmouth and finding the back of the net. In the final few minutes as Rovers searched for an equaliser, they were exposed again as Killylough wrapped up the game with a fourth and final goal.

With a little more confidence, self-belief and concentration Rovers could have won this game but can be proud of their performance.

Final Score: Killylough 4-2 Carrick Rovers Lions

Team: Breffini Henry, Conor O’Rourke, Aaron Kearney, Adam Lynagh, Eoghan Dillan, Eoin Duffy, Fionnan Cassidy (Captain), Michal Stemplewski, Euan Matthews, Jack Gillick, Dylan Ward, Jarod Wenham

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