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One Slip Costs Brave Battling 16’s

Carrick Rovers 0-1 Johnstown
NECSL 16 Premier

Carrick Rovers 16’s met Johnstown on Saturday 26th January. Johnstown opened strongly with some robust dealings in front of the Carrick goals, Conor Duffy took off an acrobatic tackle to prevent them getting an early lead, Johnstown were at full throttle and gave the Carrick defenders some testing drives towards Carrick’s goals. Carrick were equally up to the task and were showing how much they have improved over the course of this season.

Liam McGeough was getting some nice clever passes to Kevin Lambe who had Mark Grimes as his target on the square but Mark was closely marked and couldn’t capitalise on the cross. Andrew Culleton on the other wing was equally industrious and set up a long pass to Mark Grimes who zipped along the sideline to send a through pass to Kevin Lambe who met a wall of Johnstown defenders, this was not going to be easy. Caolain Cassidy was unlucky not to slot home a cross into the square from Kevin Lambe. Mike Monaghan took a perfect corner and Conor Duffy got his head to it, it came back out to Kevin Lambe who just sent it over.

Johnstown had a corner shortly after and caused the backs to defend well and get the ball out as Johnstown were pressing hard on us.

Stephen Finnegan sent a long throw in to Kevin Lambe who raced into the corner and got a good cross to a waiting Mark Grimes who under pressure just sent it wide. Jack Kiernan was introduced and he sent a long ball into Mark Grimes who was well tackled by two defenders. Carrick were playing with determination and battling hard. Johnstown were coming at us in waves and Carrick were defending robustly. Matthew Connolly was in top form and made some crucial tackles when a Johnstown breakthrough was threatening.

Sean Russell got some nice moves from his midfield position and was always reliable to get an attack in play and the come back to defend. Johnstown got a free 20 yds out and sent a rocket over the wall but Aaron McMahon rose high and put it over the bar, good save.

Johnstown bore down the right wing with a combination of passes and the right winger some how got a shot on goal through two Carrick defenders, it went in for Johnstown’s first goal, it was a killer of a goal and not what the Carrick defenders deserved to happen to them.

Shane Garland was put on up front and had a nice passing move with Sean Russell and Kevin Lambe who was unlucky not to have a better chance on goal.

Johnstown broke through the middle and their front forward was bearing down on the Carrick goals for a one on one with the Carrick goalie, it looked a certain goal but Aaron McMahon went down at the feet of the Johnstown forward and saved us, a fantastic save.

Carrick had a corner and this is always one of our best scoring chances, Jack Kieran’s cross met the head of Conor Duffy whose brave effort just went over.

Carrick were battling hard and trying to get this evasive goal, it was not for lack of trying. Johnstown were still a threat but Carrick were really putting it up to the league table leaders. Sean Russell in the last minutes of the game raced down the sideline and found Kevin Lambe who just missed while under pressure. Johnstown had a corner and again it took robust defending to protect the Carrick goals.

Carrick kept the pressure up till the end and were unlucky not to get a draw out of this game as Carrick battled hard right to the end.

Team: Aaron Mc Mahon, Liam McGeough, Matthew Connolly, Conor Duffy, Andrew Culleton, Kevin Lambe, Michael Monaghan, Stephen Finnegan, Sean Russell, Mark Grimes, Caolain Cassidy.

Subs: Ben Kelly, Conor McKenna, Gavin McEnaney, Jack Kieran, Shane Garland, Peter Boylan, Cormac Boylan, Richard Sheridan.