Back To Winning Ways For Caragh

Caragh Celtic 4

Kynog 1

Caragh Celtic under 8’s hosted Kynog in the parish field in Caragh today, with the home team returning to winning ways after going a few weeks without a win.

The first quarter was a very tight affair with both teams having their chances but the goals were in short supply.  As the first quarter was drawing to a close though Caragh broke the deadlock when Mikey Coffey chased what seemed like a lost cause and just managed to get his toe to the ball before the Kynog goalkeeper could gather and the ball made it through to the back of the Kynog net – 1-0 to Caragh.

The second quarter followed the same pattern with both teams having their chances.  Kynog started to get on top now and Cian O’Reilly was called upon on a couple of occasions to make saves before Kynog pressure finally told and they got their deserved equaliser with a well struck shot from the edge of the Caragh box giving Cian no chance in Caragh goal.  Kynog continued to press the Caragh boys and only some wonderful defending from Caragh kept the score level.  Kynog were to regret these missed chances though as Caragh with probably their only attack of the second quarter took the lead again when Mikey Coffey broke through the Kynog defence and gave the keeper no chance with a clinical finish – 2-1 to Caragh as the referee blew for half time.

The second half started with Kynog pushing for the equaliser and early on they were rewarded with a penalty giving them a gilt-edged chance to equalise.  But Daire Gilmartin in the Caragh goal had different plans and the Caragh keeper made a fantastic save from the well struck spot kick.  This seemed to take the wind out of the Kynog boys sails and Caragh took control of the game for the remainder.  Almost immediately Caragh went to the other end and following a wonderful run by Evan Gilmartin – Evan finished a magnificent solo goal with a good finish on his unfavoured right foot.

Caragh continued to dominate the game and finished the scoring for the day in the final stages of the fourth quarter when Cian O’Reilly rattled the stansion in the corner of the Kynog net with a thunderous strike – 4-1 to Caragh Celtic.

Kynog had some excellent performers especially little Noah Byrne in the middle of midfield – but it just wasn’t to be Kynogs day today.

All in all an excellent game, with great performances throughout the Caragh team but special mention must go to a couple of the Caragh lads:-

Tackle Of The Day: Caolan O’Toole, who ran half the length of the pitch in chase of a Kynog attacker, and won the ball with a brilliantly timed sliding tackle and prevented a clear goal scoring chance for Kynog.

Goal Of The Day: Evan Gilmartin, who picked up the ball on the half way line and dribbled past a number of Kynog defenders before finishing expertly with his right foot – goes to show that practising with both feet pays off!

Hero Of The Day: Daire Gilmartin, with the game in the balance at 2-1 and Kynog putting Caragh under lots of pressure. Daire came up with a superb penalty save that turned the game in Caragh’s favour.  It’s not just the guys that score the goals that are important – this really was the turning point of the game – so well done Daire.

Caragh Celtic: Aaron Conway, Adam Fleming, Adam Carberry, Ben Morrell, Brian Merrigan, Caolan O’Toole, Cian O’Reilly, Daire Gilmartin(capt), Daniel Hamill,Evan Gilmartin,Mikey Coffey, Niall Cramer, Ross Ward