Under 14A League
Carrick United 3 Villa 1
We played Villa for the second time in a row and on this occasion came out on the right side of a 3-1 score line. Again we started brightly with great ball from Luke Kiely into the box with Sean Martin getting on the end with a brilliant header.
Both teams gave it their all with Luke Kiely coming close from a great drive just clipping the crossbar. The same player then brought a great save from the Villa keeper. Villa got their reward for their hard work with a goal just before half time.
Carrick responded quickly with great heart and took the lead again with a cool finish from Luke Kiely.
Both teams pushed on in second half Villa in search of an equaliser, Carrick for a third goal. Both teams created chances with Carrick getting their third with a stunning strike from Luke Kiely. He took the ball in his own half, with players getting tired he danced his way to the edge of the box and drove home to the bottom corner. Great credit to both teams for yet another fantastic schoolboy game. Keep up the good work boys!
Carrick United 2 Bohemians 1 After all the Christmas and New Year’s excitement, we forget a few basic things in the first half. Bohemians proved better then the league table showed, they played the ball around well and caused us problems in defending. After 15 minutes we fell a goal behind because we didn’t work as a team coupled with a few individual mistakes. A few minutes later we started to put in more effort, a good pass from Richard Comerford to Noel Anynwu and after a solo he scored. We had some more chances but we couldn’t make them count. The second half was much better from our view point, with both trying hard to score the winning goal. Noel had more chances to score or play in others to score but we are still learning that it is not always important who scores. Out of a scramble Dane Finn turned and shot to see his effort go past the legs of the goal keeper and into the goal. The boys done well showing character and spirit to win a game without playing particularly well.
Under 16 A League
Villa 4 Carrick United 2 Bad day at the office! We started well and could have found ourselves in front after 15 minutes when some great crosses from Mark caused problems for the home defence. After this Villa dominated and we found ourselves two down after 35 minutes. We got some joy before half time- a cracking 25 yard effort from Brendan came crashing off the post and Fitzy followed up to smash the ball to the net.
At half time we thought we would play our way back in to the game. However sloppy defending at a corner kick after only 5 minutes left us 3-1 down. A poor penalty decision cost us five minutes later, though Ben made a super save a Villa player followed up to put rebound in and Villa 4-1 up.
It was only at this stage we played some football. Brendan scored from a corner to bring us back to 4-2. Try as we might we couldn’t reduce the deficit. In truth Villa were the better side on the day, we were not sharp enough. The result does not reflect the quality of this Carrick side and better days lie ahead.
Division 2B League
Johnville 0 Carrick United 4 The second division continued their march to the title with a hard earned win in tough conditions on Sunday morning. Jack Kelly opened the scoring from 6 inches following good work from his brother Mark. Brian Faulkner doubled the lead soon after from the spot after Paul Maher was felled inside the area. Mark Kelly got his reward for hard work with a good finish after good work by Paul and James O’Dwyer. The scoring was complete late on when Paul Maher linked up well with Jim Hawkins and scored from a tight angle past a stranded keeper despite Neil O’Shea’s best effort to steal a goal. Carrick now require 2 points from their remaining 4 league games to seal the league title
Carrick United 3 St Saviours 1 Late goals from Bobby Landers and Sean Boland gave Carrick the 3 points after Brian Grace had levelled before half time. Ex Premier player Bobby Landers also missed a penalty in the first half
FAI Junior Cup Regional meet Tullamore this coming weekend for the right to host Carrick in round 6 the following weekend. No game listed for next weekend at the time of writing.
Continues each Saturday at 10am for kids born 2007 and 2006, 11am for kids born 2005, 12pm for kids born 2004 and 2003. Please make sure your child wears shinpads and appropriate footwear.