Carrick Rovers

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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.

Conor and Cormac both picked up knock's and were replaced by Pavel and Zach. As the half progressed Rovers grew into the game and were starting to create a few chances of their own. Keith, Conor and Andrew now looked more secure at the back, while Nathan, Flynn and Oran were enjoying more possession With 10 minutes to go to the break, Rovers broke down the pitch and when the ball fell to Flynn, he calmly slotted home from close range to put the Rovers 1 up. Flynn was unlucky not to make it 2 just before half-time when he hit the post from 10 yard's.

Half-time: Ballyjamesduff 0-1 Carrick Rovers

Rovers started the second half on the attack and were pushing for a second goal. The away side could sense victory and 5 minutes into the half Rovers got a second when Andrew's shot deflected off a defender to give the goalkeeper no chance. Mark, Cathal and Niall all went on to add some fresh leg's for the Rovers. The home side searched for a goal to get them back into the match and both sides missed chances as the clock ran down. It wasn't a great performance by the Rovers, but they got the all important 3 points to put them top of the league. An improved performance will certainly be needed if they are to stand any chance of beating Cootehill in the Cup Final on Sunday in Cootehill.

Team: Dylan McMahon, Keith Farnan, Conor Cassidy, Andrew McElroy, Nathan McNally, Cormac Alfred, Flynn Holland, Conor Martin, Oran McMahon, Pavel Maksimisiens, Zach Donnelly, Mark Callan, Cathal Maher, Niall o'Sullivan, Luke McSharry