U14 Result: Mooncoin Celtic 1 Tramore B 1

In hot clammy conditions Mooncoin hosted Tramore in Ashgrove yesterday afternoon . A close fought encounter which ended in a 1-1 draw , it was a game with many twists and turns . Mooncoins back four of Mike o Keeffe , Ciara O Keeffe , Sherwan and Liam joy laid down an early marker , letting Tramore know it was going to be no easy feat to get past them . And if they had an occasion to get past , the ever ready Joe “Mex” Del was on hand to deny any goals that might come a knocking . The first half had lots to offer for both teams , with Tramore getting a couple of chances on target , and Mooncoin also having a chance or two with Will Cuddihy unlucky not to finish to the net from a clever Mikie Cronin cross, and Jason Ryan also coming close , a little jigging of players positions from the coaches seen us settle into the game a little better coming up to the half time mark . Words of encouragement from the coaches and from the players to each other at half time saw us set about making the second half count . The game ebbed and flowed for the next ten minutes . The game began to gather a little momentum when a Mike o Keeffe clearance found Emily Blackmore out on the sideline who cleverly played the ball ahead and took on her maker , taking the ball towards the corner flag , Emily got the shot away sending the ball towards the danger area , the Tramore keeper came to make the save , but a little confusion left the ball fall to the foot of the cool, calm and collected Jamie Croke , who made no mistake in finishing the ball to the net . The Mooncoin sideline erupted at this point . The players got straight back into the game and played their hearts out , the heat at this point taking its toll on both sides , exhaustion is now setting in at this point. Daniel Roberts played one of his best games of ball today and really made his mark on the wing . Ben O Hanlon proved his worth when introduced after 15 mins of the second half pushing foward every opportunity he got . The Introduction of Eoin “Ronseal” McGrath (Bubbles christened him today, as he does exactly what it says in the tin , or better still exactly what bubbles tells him ) was a breath of fresh air for the defense as he cleared every ball that came his way . With the closing stages of the game looming , Tramore launched an attack and got a shot off on goal , saved by Joe, but Mooncoin weren’t quick enough to make the clearance and Tramore made no mistake in finishing to the net. There were no clear cut chances after that and the game flowed towards its conclusion. A very well earned point for the Mooncoin team , who have contested well in the first two games of the season, plenty of positives to be taken from today’s game and of course lessons to be learned aswell . A massive thank you to All the Parents on the sideline , who have been there week in week out for the last couple of years , always encouraging the player and coaches . The Boys and girls will be back training during the week and eager to play the next chapter of this 2019/2020 season .