Carrick Rovers 1-1 Cootehill Harps
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.
Midway through the half, Cootehill should have taken the lead when they worked a shot from 12 yard's which Luke saved at full stretch. Rovers were now starting to look dangerous and created a few decent chances but could not find that elusive goal. With time almost up in the first half Rover's conceded a corner after some sloppy defending. Cootehill were looking dangerous from corner's, so it was no surprise when they floated an excellent ball into the box, which was cleared but fell to a Cootehill player which the Rovers didn't close down fast enough and he shot to net to put the away side ahead. The ref blew for half time and Cootehill had one hand on the league title. Luke was solid between the post's and had no chance with the goal, Pavel was holding well at the back while Keith and Andrew were pushing forward from the back, Nathan, Cormac, Flynn and Zach were shading the midfield exchanges with their impressive work-rate, and Oran was looking dangerous up top and yet they found themselves behind.
Half-time: Carrick Rovers 0-1 Cootehill Harps
Cootehill started the second half on the front foot and were pushing for a second goal. The away side could sense victory and were now on top, with Carrick struggling to create anything. Substitution's were made, formation's were changed, but still Cootehill's lead looked safe. With 10 minute's to go, the home side went for it and started to get on top and there was a real urgency in their play. Carrick were fighting for every ball now and winning all the fifty/fifty's and pushing forward in number's. It was all out attack now and Cootehill could not get out. Flynn was unlucky not to score when the keeper saved well from a low shot to his right. There was certainly another goal in this game and with 4 minute's left on the clock, Flynn found himself 16 yards from goal and he curled a lovely right footed shot into the top corner to put his team back into the title race. Cootehill were rocked and Carrick could have won the game when they went close again. This game had everything and a draw was probably a fair result.
This draw leaves Cootehill on top with 30 point's and 1 game to play, Carrick have 28 point's with 2 games to play.
Team: Luke McSharry, Keith Farnan, Pavel Maksimisens, Andrew McElroy, Nathan McNally, Cormac Alfred, Flynn Holland, Zach Donnelly, Oran McMahon, Dylan McMahon, Conor Martin, Mark Callan, Nyle Carolan