Carrick Rovers

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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.

Rovers kicked off again and went in search of an equaliser, but the impressive work-rate of the home side was making it difficult for the Rovers. Rovers could have had a penalty when a Cavan defender fisted a corner clear but play was waved on. Shamrocks were soaking up the pressure well and 5 minutes before half-time were awarded a soft free-kick 18 yards from goal. The impressive Shamrocks midfielder curled an unstoppable shot into the top corner, off the under side of the bar. Things were not going Rovers way but again they went in search of a goal to get them back in the match and forced the Shamrocks keeper into a couple of saves.

Half-time: Cavan Shamrocks 2-0 Carrick Rovers

Rovers started the second half as they finished the first and were looking for a goal as their title hopes faded. Again Rovers pressed but there was no way past the Cavan rearguard. Rovers were dealt another blow when a Cavan player broke down the pitch and chipped the advancing keeper to make it 3-0. To their credit the Rovers kept trying but they were just having "one of those days". They did get a consolation goal when Oran deflected Flynn's free-kick past the impressive Shamrocks keeper. The clock ran down and the double dream was over. The intensity and hunger that was a massive part of these young lads success this season was not there on the final day of the season and Cavan Shamrocks fully deserved their victory on the day. It was a very sad dressing room after the match but hopefully that disappointment can drive these boys on to future success. These young lads played some excellent football this season and provided some great entertainment for their supporters with just 2 defeats in 17 games. The highlight of the season came just 7 days earlier when they were crowned CMUL CUP CHAMPIONS

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