After a delayed kick-off, the Mooncoin u12 boys got off to a flying start in Suir Crescent against Piltown. Fionn hit a great diagonal ball to find Ethan who slotted cooly to find the back of the net in the first 5 minutes. Some good saves from Bradley ensured we went in 1-0 up at half time.
Early in the second half Sam took a free kick near the half way line and it zipped off the wet surface, hit the post and went in. Piltown got a goal back during a scramble at a corner.
Mooncoin didn’t panic and scored from a corner themselves. Sam’s accurate delivery found Robbie who glanced a header in to the bottom corner. Will made a few good saves to ensure the game finished 3-1 to Mooncoin.
Ballinroad started the week a point ahead of us in the table so our penultimate league game was a battle for 5th place.
Killian led the boys out for this one and started the game up front with Kevin.
Mooncoin sat deep at the beginning as the home team pushed forward and a failure to clear our lines resulted in a handball in the box and a penalty to Ballinroad.
The penalty taker struck the ball to the left but Fionn was equal to it and saved brilliantly to deny an opening goal.
A loose header moments later created a clear chance for the seasiders but again Fionn wasn’t to be beaten pushing the ball around the post for a corner.
Moments later however the boys in white went ahead when Killian played a lovely through ball to his strike partner Kevin.
Anyone could be forgiven for thinking the young forward took the ball too far wide until the coolest man on the pitch nonchalantly rolled it past their keeper into the bottom corner before wheeling away in celebration with his teammates.
Mooncoin pressed forward for the remainder of the half with Killian in particular pressing high up the pitch to ensure the Ballinroad defenders had no time on the ball.
Aaron in particular was unlucky with a shot from distance which went just wide of the upright.
The second half began with Cian causing trouble with his pace and Ethan who played some intelligent passes to hold up the ball.
Eoin on the right wing ran his socks off for the cause as did Aaron and Tom in midfield. Tadhg read the game very well with some excellent interceptions and clearances. Sean made one last ditch block to deny a shot from close range. Padraig somehow managed to cover at right back yet break forward at every opportunity.
The last few minutes required fresh legs with James and Charlie crowding out the Ballinroad attack down our left side giving nothing away.
Cian was unlucky not to score at the end as he hit the ball on the spin after great work from Viktor up top. Indeed Cian had his best game of the season and took pressure off his teammates with his running particularly towards the end of the match.
And so the game finished at 1-0 to the visitors. All of the boys can take great heart from this performance going into our last league match away to Villa having now won two from their last four games.
The weekend gone saw 2 unlucky fallers thanks to Brighton and Leicester only drawing their respective games. The final 8 entries will have a tough job this week with the majority of top teams selected by all already. Best of luck to the remaining 8 in the hunt for €1000.
Our 2 adult teams completed their league campaigns today with victory away to Ballinroad for our 1B team and a 3-2 win away for our 3rd division side.
After a long season which started back last July, today saw an end to a full league programme for both our teams and we will give a quick review on both squads as we pushed our schoolboys and schoolgirls reports on social media all season and held back our reports on our adult teams.
In June 2021 this large group assembled hoping to make an impression in the 3rd division league with a mix of young and old involved. After a decent start where they went 8 games unbeaten before coming unstuck against a quality Carrick United team who eventually went on to win the league comfortably.
After the heavy 5-0 defeat back in October, the lads regrouped and strung a couple of wins together before falling flat against Waterford Crystal in another 5-0 loss to put paid to any lingering hopes of league glory.
A lot of positives for a new group of players but ultimately 1st is 1st and 2nd is nowhere. Congratulations to a very talented Carrick United squad on winning the League very comfortably.