Carrick United Premier side made the short journey to play neighbours Piltown and won 2-1. With some team and positional changes the lads started well, keeping the play on the ground and supporting each other on the ball. Their efforts were rewarded when Anthony O’Donnell drove home after a period of sustained Hoops pressure. The home side were also playing some nice football and the sides were level on 25 mins. when a well constructed move resulted in a neat Alan Walsh finish. Just before the break Gerry Walsh finished from twelve yards following on from another period of Carrick Utd dominance.
The second half was evenly balanced. Anthony Power’s wing play caused a few moments of uncertainty for the home defence with opportunities for both sides few and far between. Being reduced to 10 players raised the efforts of the remaining Carrick players. A tough local derby where points are never easily obtained. The boy play their sixth away game in a row at Ferrybank next Friday evening.
SFAI Cup Under 16
Carrick United v Courtown Hibs
We were three up after 7 minutes and it was plain sailing after that! Mark helped himself to 2 goals, one a screamer to the top left hand corner. Conor also grabbed 2, the first a pile driver that opened the scoring. Brendan scored twice to continue a great sequence; he has now scored in each of the last three games! Shane D, coming back after fully recovering from injury, also scored twice, one a bullet header from a corner. Fitzy scored, again, while Joe opened his Carrick account with a well taken effort. Goal of the day went to Shane T who turned his man beautifully and drove the ball high in to the far corner from the edge of the box. Well done to all the boys for continuing to stay focussed and kept passing the ball. Next round in two weeks, home, against Freebooters from Kilkenny in what will prove to be a far more difficult assignment.
Congratulations to the Martin and Lyons families on seeing their first cousin, Bill Maher, captain the successful Tipperary minor team to All Ireland success last Sunday
SFAI Cup Under 12
Mooncoin v Carrick United
Another good performance from this young team away to Mooncoin in the SFAI Cup. James P came on at half time and helped himself to a sublime hat trick. Angela was full of running in the first half and grabbed the goal that she has deserved for the last couple of matches. Jamie, who was outstanding up front the last game out, continued his rich vein of form and scored twice - one with each foot and both from distance! Mikie scored twice and seemed to be involved in everything good move from Carrick. Billy and Luke controlled things in midfield, ably assisted by Eoghan and Dillon and, later, Ronan and Mark continued to set the pace in this sector. Zach and James D were outstanding at the centre of defence and combined well with Joey and Aidan at full back. Adam dealt well with anything that came his way. Peter made his Carrick debut and looks a really good prospect; while Tom and Ian came on to add their skilful presence to proceedings in the second half. Next up is Clonmel Town away in the next round of the SFAI in two weeks time.
Adrian Walsh on Irish team
Congratulations to Adrian on his latest call up to the Irish team. They start the long road to qualification for next year’s UEFA Regions Cup final by lining up attractive friendly fixtures. They began with an away game to the Association of Catalonia in Barcelona on Thursday, September 27, followed by a game against Scotland in Cooke Park, Tipperary on Saturday, October 6, two trial game against the Defence Forces in Clonshaugh on Saturday, October 27 and finishing with a game against England in Dublin on November 3. In the qualifying group Ireland will play against hosts San Marino, England and the best runner up from the two Intermediate Groups in the first week of March 2013