Youth cup result Piltown 1 Mooncoin 1

Mooncoin win 5-4 on penaltys

Aother cup game this week as we entertained neighbours Piltown .
A rather poor performance saw us advance to the semi finals thanks to a penalty shootout .The visitors were by far the better side on the day in every aspect of the game. They showed a hunger and desire to win every ball and we can be grateful for some excellent defending to keep us in this game throughout the 90 mins.
The first half was an uneventful show as there was little creativity or goal mouth action .
An improvement in atitude in the second half saw us play with a bit of composure for a while and a few chances were created during the opening period of the half.
But Piltown to their credit got on top and forced us into long spells of defending and were unlucky not to open the scoring when a good save from Darragh rebounded to a Piltown striker and his effort was goal bound only for Jack to throw himself in front of the ball and clear the danger.
A few substitutions at this stage allowed us to get higher up the pitch and start creating more chances.
The opening goal arrived after 70 minutes when a harmless back pass was chased down by James and his block on the keepers clearance rebounded into the net.For the first time in the game we looked comfortable and could possibly have increased the lead only for some safe handling by the Piltown goalie.
The visitors got their reward in the last minute when a loose ball in midfield was pounced on and great pass sent a striker clear , although his shot was parried by Darragh they had a queue of lads waiting to tap into the empty goal.
Full time ended 1-1 and onto the penalty shootout and the good fortune favoured us as Lee,Dylan,Ryan,James and Dan Cleary all scored to put us through 5-4.
Big crowd out today to support us and it’s massively appreciated by all in the group .
Semi finals are fixed for next weekend and similar support again would be great.