Our 16B team played out in a cold & winter CastleIsland on Saturday coming away with a 4 nil win after a much improved performance.
Michael Lally was a constant thorn in the CastleIsland defense scoring twice & hitting the crossbar with a header.
After a lovely cross from Robert Kerins, Mike powered past the two Centre backs to finish low into the bottom corner for his first on eight minutes. A minute later another cross from the excellent Jordan Mason was met by Mike & he rattled the crossbar with his header with Luke Dennehy coolly firing the rebound into the net.
CastleIsland should have pulled one back a minute later but somehow hit the crossbar twice before Man of the Match Stephen Nix made a top class save to deny them.
Another lovely pass in between the two Centre backs had Mike Lally racing through on goal & despite a good old fashioned shoulder charge he managed to finish to the back of the net for our third. We should have added to our tally in the final twenty minutes of the half with Robert twice being denied by their keeper & Tide firing just wide.
Stephen was called on once again to make a fine 1 V 1 save before Mark Roche finished the game with our fourth after a pin point first time ball from TJ sent him in his way.
HT 4 – 0
Straight from the restart CastleIsland hit the post & only God knows how they didn’t pull at least one or two goals back in the second half with a combination of Stephen Nix saves & poor finishing keeping the score line the same.
For us both Mike & Robert had late chances but both times last gasp blocks saved the CastleIsland lads.
Kieran O Leary & Jordan Mason worked tirelessly in midfield, while Peter Dineen was composed clearing the danger area. As always Liam Magee tackled like his life depended on it & Ryan O Sullivan & Eoin McDonnell at fullback both gave the CastleIsland wingers no time on the ball.
Simon Moynihan, on the right wing, gave the fullback a busy day with his strong runs behind their defense & Darragh Mansfield was very unlucky not to score after a toe-poke deflected his goal bound shot.
A good team performance all round with our keeper getting the MotM for some exceptional saves.