The best possible response after a frustrating game last week.
Both teams got stuck in straight away, with the two sides playing open attacking football. Mooncoin winning the early exchanges and were rewarded with an early goal from Mike O’Keeffe. We didn’t settle well after taking the lead and Saviours punished us and we’re back on level terms almost immediately. A soft penalty to Saviours, moments later, was a cruel blow, and after having the most of the play, found ourselves behind going in at the break.
We flew out of the traps in the second half and pressed Saviours well but were caught early on the break and conceded a sickening third goal.
The most impressive feature of the performance tonight was not letting the heads drop, not panicking under pressure and the belief this team had in themselves. For the next twenty minutes, Mooncoin played their best football so far this season. Led by Adam Conway, the back 4 played a high line and Alex Bailey, Liam Hogan and Ciara O’Keeffe, with Michael Cronin as the holding midfielder, snuffed out anything Saviours threw at them. We started to attack Saviours down the wings with Aaron Fewer spraying balls to Mike O’Keeffe on the right and Conor Dermody on the left. Switching the play started to yield results and a quick brace from Sam Hartwell and Conor Dermody brought us back level. Mooncoin now smelled blood and continued to press high. Lee Freyne latched on to perfectly weighted pass from Aaron Fewer to make it 4. Mike O’Keeffe hit a screamer from outside the box to make it 5, and his second of the night. Mooncoin were not letting up and shortly after, Sam Hartwell hit them for 6 and bagged his second of the night. Saviours were shell shocked. Having been 3 – 1 up, now found themselves 3 – 6 down. The drama wasn’t over yet however and Saviours managed a consolation goal but we were in control and under the command of Jake Moore in goal, closed out the game with ease.
Patrick Dermody and Will Cuddihy provided much needed cover gave good accounts of themselves when called into action.
A great result for the Under 13’s who are already looking forward to next weeks game against St. Paul’s.