Encouraging display despite the result

Parkvilla 3-0 Carrick Rovers
NECSL 16 Premier
Rovers 16's squad headed to Navan last Saturday morning to take on Parkvilla who are in a strong position in the League. From past experience against this opposition the Rovers knew they had to start strongly but unfortunately they did the exact opposite.
A slow start and too many mistakes where the ball was given away much too easily allowed Parkvilla to get a foothold in the game and after only 5 minutes the Rovers found themselves a goal down. The failure to close down quickly allowed Parkvilla to score a long range effort which Gavin McEnaney in the Rovers goals had no chance with. This early setback seemed to knock the Rovers boys pre match optimism and two further goals followed quickly. Goals two and three were mirror images of the first where our possession of the ball was not good and we allowed Parkvilla too much time and space around the edge of our penalty area. Three nil down after 20 minutes and the Rovers could easily have thrown in the towel at this stage. To their credit they didn't. They knuckled down tightened things up at the back, started to compete in the middle of the field and began stretching the Parkvilla defence a little more which resulted in a couple of good efforts from Richie Sheridan just before half time.
Half time: Parkvilla 3-0 Carrick Rovers
The second half showed a much improved performance from the Rovers boys where they began to compete much better. Gavin McEnaney had a great game in goals and his distribution was excellent. Conor Duffy and Matthew Connolly at the centre of the defence were now winning much more both in the air and on the ground. Liam McGeough and Michael Monahan in the full back berths were defending well and as the game wore on began to push forward with great purpose. Sean Russell and Jack Kiernan were doing a great job in the centre of midfield and weren't allowing the Parkvilla lads the same amount of time and space they had previously. Cormac Boylan and Stephen Finnegan on the wings were starting to trouble the opposing fullbacks much more and Peter Boylan who came on after 70 minutes showed some great touches. Up front Kevin Lambe and Mark Grimes were now making better runs behind the Parkvilla defence as did Caolan Cassidy when introduced.
Overall after a disappointing first 20 minutes the character shown over the remainder of the match was encouraging and positive.