FAI Junior Cup
Carrick United 1
Gweedore Celtic 0 (AET)
Carrick advanced to the last 32 of the FAI Junior Cup following this hard earned but merited win over Donegal Premier League kingpins Gweedore Celtic. This was a tough hard fought encounter from start to finish. Scoring opportunities were at a minimum with both defences on top but this never halted the ambition of both sides as they chased a lucrative goal. The home side had more possession, winning a lot of close in free kicks and corners kicks but none were made to count. Behind a solid defence the Donegal visitors has a safe keeper who dealt with every high ball rained at him.
The midfield battle was intriguing, the physically stronger Donegal pairing making it hard for Lee Grace and Eoin Bourke. Carrick’s best opportunity to score came from open play at the start of the second half when Anthony O’Donnell saw his close in header crashing off the crossbar with the keeper tangled in the net following a previous parry. While the home defence dealt well with the visitors attacks, one always feared a sucker punch similar to other FAI Cup ties at the venue over the past few years.
Carrick looked the stronger team in the latter stages of the second half, forcing quite a few corners and this trend continued in extra time. However most onlookers were setting their sights on a penalty shoot out with Carrick unable to unhinge the visitors defence.
Then with play for once stretched, Anthony Power used the space in front of him to stride deeply into the opponents half five minutes into the second period of extra time, his cross struck a Celtic hand and a penalty was awarded. John Murphy kept his cool to shoot Carrick into the last 32. This was a resilient performance by Carrick showing great desire to keep going to the end in the tightest of encounters. Claremorris or Ballymote, away, awaited in the last 32.
Munster Junior Cup
Carrick United 1
Waterford Crystal 0 (AET)
Played on New Years Eve the home side advanced to the last 32 of the Munster Junior Cup with an extra time win over Crystal. Anthony O’Donnell got the vital goal in the first period of extra time following another close game. Carrick had begun well, creating good scoring opportunities but failure to convert allowed Crystal to settle. The remainder of the game saw both teams have periods of ascendancy. Carrick were reduced to ten men late in the second period but this seemed to up their effort resulting in Anthony’s winning goal. Shannonside of the Limerick Desmond League will visit in the last 32
Under 11 A League
Carrick United 0 De La Salle 1
A good game, which the Carrick youngsters were unlucky to lose. Some good football was played by the home team but they seemed to rush efforts at goal and found the visiting defence and keeper hard to pass. The only goal arrived in the opening half and try as they might the home boys could not find an equaliser being denied twice by the metal work.
Under 13 A League
Carrick United 0 Ferrybank 0
Another wonderful advert for schoolboys football. Some quality football was on view between two good sides. The home boys will feel they should have won this game but there was nothing wrong with the overall display.
Under 19 A League
Mooncoin 1 Carrick United 1
Dale O’Mahoney scored Carrick’s goal in a game his side should have won.
Division 1 B League
St. Otterans 1 Carrick United 1
International goalkeeper Adrian Walsh invites all budding goalkeepers to coaching sessions every Friday night at Tom Drohan Park. Adrian will take those aged between 7 and 11 through their paces between 7pm and 8pm. The older lads will be taken between 8pm and 9pm. This is a wonderful opportunity for all keepers to learn from Adrian. Adrian joined Carrick as a 10 year old winning a host of honours and international caps, it’s great to see him pass on the art of goalkeeping to all those interested. Just turn up and make yourself know to Adrian.
The club express it sympathy to Eugene McGuigan and family on the passing of Eugene’s father last week. May he rest in peace.