Carrick Rovers 16’s met Kentstown on the Shercock Road. Carrick Rovers 16’s lads are keen to keep their new found winning form intact.
A lot of training has been done to get us back on track and determination is high in the Carrick camp but Kentstown who are above us in the table would be a formidable opponent.
Carrick started with some nice clever passing moves and this was the solid type of start that has evaded us so far this season, Carrick pushed the ball around and got a few early attacks on the Kentstown goal.
Andrew McMahon had his debut in goals and saved many strong Kentstown assaults on his goals.
Kentstown had two solid forwards who were strong on the ball and had our backs under pressure with their straight runs onto the Carrick goals.
Conor Duffy had a few strong challenges to stop their number 9 getting in.
Liam McGeough was taking the ball out from the back and getting accurate long balls to Kevin Lambe up the right wing; Kevin Lambe was doing some strong runs into the corner and getting some nice crosses into Mark Grimes.
Matthew Connolly was in good form and got an inch perfect pass to Michael Monaghan who sent it ahead of an in running Kevin Lambe who had his shot just saved.
Conor Duffy got a ball out to Jack Kieran who in trademark fashion sent a perfect high ball into Kevin Lambe who under pressure sent it over. Carrick were playing some lovely passing football, Mark Grimes was battling hard and received a pass from Sean Russell and ran at the Kentstown goals and had his shot parried away.
Shane Garland came on and made his presence felt on the 23rd minute with a well taken goal by heading a pass into the box from Mark Grimes, the goal came at last and this was adding to Carrick’s determination.
Kentstown were still strong in attack and Andrew Culleton was getting balls out of defence under pressure and setting up attacking options.
Liam McGeough received a shot kick out from Aaron Mc Mahon and sent a long through ball to Kevin Lambe who sent a menacing cross into the Kentstown box and Shane Garland sent it in for Carrick’s second goal.
Kentstown came back at us immediately and broke through and had a sure goal saved by Aaron McMahon.This game was still tight and Carrick would need to keep the pressure on and not get complacent.
Carrick got a corner on the 30th minute and Jack Kieran sent in a high ball into the Kentstown square, Conor Duff rose high and put it in over the goalie.
Carrick got another corner and Conor Duffy had his shot parried down and Kevin Lambe just couldn’t get enough control to send it home.
First half ended with Carrick leading 3-0. This was a good performance but we knew that Kentstown were going to throw all they had at us in the second half.
This proved to be true and Kentstown got us in a strong counter attack and got a goal, the game was really beginning to heat up and the tempo of play had increased.
Kentstown got a penalty and was taken well to get them a second goal, our lead was being eroded quickly.
Carrick got back into and got their fourth goal from a Michael Monaghan to Kevin Lambe passing move who found a free Shane Garland who got Carrick’s fourth goal. (Shane’s Hat trick).
Kentstown were not backing down and had a few attacks repelled by good robust defending.
Andrew Culleton was helping set up some clever attacks and got a long cross field ball to Kevin Lambe who passed back to an incoming Shane Garland who put it through to Mark Grimes who blasted it home for Carrick’s fifth goal.
Carrick and Kentstown were both battling hard and it was end to end football and was still a game to put away as we were not out of the woods yet.
Andrew Sharkey was introduced up front, he made Carrick’s sixth goal with a lovely dupe past their centre back and a perfect lobbing shot into the goals.
Kentstown came back and got a third goal and then shortly after a goal disallowed, they were getting through to the Carrick goals too easy.
Then they got a fourth goal with 10 minutes to go and this was now
6-4. Carrick needed to get back into the game and hold out for a win. The game was frantic for the last 10 minutes as both sides defended and attacked in equal measure. It was a game with lots of goals and shows how a good lead can be threatened so quickly and a game can turn around if you don’t keep the pressure up until the final whistle.
Team: Andrew McMahon, Liam McGeough, Matthew Connolly, Conor Duffy Andrew Culleton, Kevin Lambe, Jack Kieran, Michael Monaghan, Mark Grimes, Ben Kelly, Sean Russell.
Subs: Richie Sheridan, Aaron Sharkey, Cormac Boylan, Peter Boylan, Conor McKenna, Shane Garland, Stephen Finnegan.