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11's can't add League Title to Cup success

Cavan Shamrocks 3-1 Carrick Rovers
CMUL 11

Carrick Rovers 11's were on the road for the fourth week in a row when they travelled to Cavan Astro to try and add the league title to their Cup success the previous week. They put themselves in a great position by winning 7 and drawing 1 of their last 8 games. They travelled to Cavan in confident mood after giving their best performance of the season in the Cup Final victory over Cootehill the previous Sunday. Rovers kicked off and went on the attack from the start but the home team were defending in numbers and were defending well. Rovers had territorial advantage early on but the Shamrocks were pressing the ball well, giving the Rovers very little time on the ball and the away side were struggling to get their passing game going. 10 minutes in, the Rovers were awarded a corner which was cleared by the home side who broke down the pitch at speed and they opened the scoring with a well worked move.

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11's win Cup Final thriller

Cootehill 2-3 Carrick Rovers
CMUL 11 Cup Final

Carrick Rovers travelled to Cootehill on Sunday 23rd March for the cup final against Cootehill. Condition's were perfect for the cup final and everybody present was in for a very entertaining and exciting match. Cootehill were probably slight favourite's having defeated Rovers at the same venue earlier in the season and Rovers were without the injured Luke in goal. Carrick kicked off and went on the attack with Zach, who was denied by good defending by Cootehill. Rovers settled well and looked the better side early on. Their closing down, passing, and movement were causing problems for the Cootehill defence. However Cootehill were looking dangerous on the break, and the Rovers were finding it hard to get the early goal that they were chasing.

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11's go top with away win

Ballyjamesduff 0-2 Carrick Rovers
CMUL 11

Carrick Rovers travelled to Ballyjamesduff on Sunday for a 10.30 kick off against the locals, knowing that a win would send them to the top of the table with 1 game to play. The home side kicked off and looked the better side early on. Rovers were struggling all over the pitch and if it wasn't for Dylan in goal they could have been 2 or 3 down. The home side were much sharper and showed a greater hunger to win possession, while the Rovers couldn't get on the ball. Time after time the home side broke from midfield unchallenged.

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11's in to Cup Final

Cavan Celtic 0-1 Carrick Rovers
CMUL 11 Cup Semi-Final

Carrick Rovers travelled to Cavan on Sunday 9th March to play Cavan Celtic in the cup semi-final. The reward for the winners is a cup final date in Sherlock Park with Cootehill who comprehensively beat Ballyhaise 6-0 in the other semi-final. Rovers kicked off and Zach went on the attack from the start, but Cavan defended well. It was end to end in the early stages and the first good chance fell to the Rovers when Mark played Oran in one on one on the keeper and the keeper saved well.

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11's stay in the title race

Carrick Rovers 1-1 Cootehill Harps
CMUL 11

Carrick Rovers welcomed Cootehill to the Ballybay Road on Sunday 2nd March, with both team's still in the title race. Cootehill came with high hope's of taking all 3 point's, having won their last 7 matches. Carrick had a 100% record at home, so this promised to be a thriller, and it didn't disappoint. Rovers started brightly and were passing the ball well without creating any clear-cut chances.

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Rovers up the tempo in 2nd half

Carrick Rovers 4-1 Cavan Shamrocks
CMUL 11

On Sunday 23th February, Cavan Shamrocks were the visitors to the Ballybay Road. Carrick started well and looked the better side early on. However they could not find a way past the Shamrocks keeper who made a number of good saves. The Rovers continued to press and midway through the first-half, Nathan opened the scoring from close range. Shamrock's were defending well and were still in the game approaching the break.

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Home win for the 11's

Carrick Rovers 4-1 Cavan Shamrocks
CMUL 11

On Sunday 23th February, Cavan Shamrocks were the visitors to the Ballybay Road. Carrick started well and looked the better side early on. However they could not find a way past the Shamrocks keeper who made a number of good saves. The Rovers continued to press and midway through the first-half, Nathan opened the scoring from close range. Shamrock's were defending well and were still in the game approaching the break.

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11's on top against league leaders

Carrick Rovers 3-2 Cavan Celtic
CMUL 11

On Sunday 16th February, the 11s played the league leaders on the Ballybay Road in a very entertaining and exciting match. The game kicked off at 12 and the home side got at Cavan right from the start. Cormac, Pavel, Nathan and Zach were controlling the midfield battle, while Flynn looked dangerous up front. 7 minutes in, the Rovers deservedly took the lead. Cormac and Flynn combined well down the wing, resulting in a dangerous cross which went in off a Cavan defender. 3 minutes later the same two players were causing havoc again, this time Zach got on the end of the cross to put the Rovers 2-0 up.

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11's win away

Ballyhaise 0-1 Carrick Rovers
CMUL 11

On Sunday 19th January the 11s defeated Ballyhaise in a very entertaining match at Cavan Astro. After losing away to Cootehill 7 day's earlier these young lad's knew they would have to improve if they were going to pick up any point's on Sunday. The game kicked off at 3-30 and the Rovers enjoyed plenty of possession early on, creating some good chance's but failing to take the lead their play deserved.

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11's win with first clean sheet of the season

Carrick Rovers 1-0 Ballyjamesduff
CMUL 11

On Sunday 8th December the 11s played Ballyjamesduff on the Ballybay Road and kept their first clean sheet of the season to win by the only goal. It was a game which the Rovers could have won comfortably but in the end were glad to hear the final whistle. Rovers started the more positive and were pushing their opponents back from the first whistle. Cormac, Flynn, Zach and Oran were pushing the Rovers forward at every opportunity and all had good chances to put the home side ahead.

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Rovers earn tough away draw

Cootehill Harps 1-1 Carrick Rovers
CMUL 11

On Sunday 1st December the 11s travelled to Cootehill to play a very determined and well organised Cootehill team. It was a very cagey start to the game with most of the football being played in the middle third. Early on the Rovers were comfortable at the back with Mark, Conor and Keith not really being troubled. The Rovers midfield of Zach, Nyle, Nathan and Cormac were having to dig deep, but it was 50/50 in the middle. Both defences were on top with very few clear cut chances.

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11's win at home

Carrick Rovers 4-2 Ballyhaise
CMUL 11

On Sunday 17th November the 11s entertained unbeaten Ballyhaise in the rain on the Ballybay road. The game kicked off at 11 with the Rovers starting very positive putting the Ballyhaise youngsters under pressure early on. Rovers missed a few chances early on, but in the 10th minute Cormac's blocked shot broke to Zach who finished well giving the goalkeeper no chance to put the Rovers 1 up. Ballyhaise got the game going again and it wasn't long until the Rovers had their opponent's pinned back in their own half again. The Rovers midfield of Cormac, Nathan, Flynn and Niall were on top now and in the 14th minute the Rovers made it 2-0 when Nathan found some space and let fly from distance to double the Rovers lead.

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11's remain unbeaten

Cavan Celtic 2-2 Carrick Rovers
CMUL 11

On Sunday 10th November the 11's travelled to Cavan to take on league leader's Cavan Celtic in what turned out to be a very entertaining match. After a hard fought win in Ballyjamesduff the previous week, where the Rovers showed great character to come back from 2-1 down to win 3-2 with goals from Dylan, Flynn, and a late winner by Keith, these young lads were up for the challenge.
At 3:30 Cavan Celtic kicked off and were on the front foot from the off, it wasn't long before Luke was called into action in the net's on one occasion and coming off his line on another. Keith, Conor and Andrew at the back were under pressure but dealing with everything Celtic were throwing at them and Rovers started to get a foothold at midfield with good work by Cormac, Nathan, Pavel and Flynn. It was end to end at this stage and Rovers had a warning when Cavan hit the post but on 15 minutes Cavan made the breakthrough.

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