Jones tried his luck from the edge of the area but the keeper was equal to his effort. Larney and Marron came close but PCS were stubborn in defence and closed everything down. The visiting side were playing on the counterattack and they had 1 or 2 pacy forwards to test the Carrick defence. On 24 minutes they broke away on Carricks left and the PCS player dribbled passed 2 Carrick players before squaring the ball across the Rovers area and into the back off the net. Rovers responded well and came at the visitors and got their reward 5 minutes later after good work involving Wilson and Berg, released Carolan on the right wing, he slipped a cross into the penalty area where Jones meet it first time. The ball smashed against the crossbar and seemed to come down behind the line but Jones did the right thing by following up and drilled the ball home anyway. It looked like that would be the end of the scoring before halftime but a long ball from defence wasn’t dealt with properly by the Rovers defence and they gave a free-kick away in a dangerous position. The Summerhill player floated the ball over the wall and into the far corner, giving Kiernan no chance.
Halftime Carrick Rovers 1-2 Park Celtic Summerhill
Rovers were on a good run of form coming into this game and weren’t going to lie down easily. They pushed for an equaliser from the whistle, again Larney and Wilson had chances to level but a strong defence and some good goalkeeping kept them at bay. After 65 minutes they eventually broke the visitors defence down, Jones and Carolan playing a clever one-two and Carolan found himself inside the box, He took the ball around 2 defenders but hesitated as the keeper came out and the chance was gone. From a corner Martin’s header drifted wide. Marron’s shot flashed passed an upright on 72 minutes and Matthews had a glorious shot on 77 minutes that somehow hit the keepers shoulder and loop up and over the bar. Rovers introduced Kevin Quinn for O’Callaghan and went with 3 at the back looking for an equaliser. They nearly got caught again on 84 minutes as PCS again sprang a counterattack with Rovers on the front foot, racing in on the Rovers goal, Kieran did well to come out and narrow the angle and the striker drilled his shot just passed the post. Rovers threw everything a PCS now, looking to get something out of a game they dominated and on 89 minutes the last good chance fell to Wilson, who had pushed forward into the box. The ball was floated into his path by Larney, Wilson controlled and shot at the same time but his shot beat the keeper and the upright.
Final Score Carrick Rovers 1-2 Park Celtic Summerhill
Team: Mark Kieran, Ronan O’Callaghan, Ian Martin, Thomas Finnegan, Cian Matthews, Padraig Marron, Patrick Larney, Aaron Jones, Ryan Carolan, Kevin Quinn and Steven Lynagh.