Having narrowly lost their first game away to Kilcullen, Caragh Celtic under 8’s had a home game on Saturday 21st of September. The opposition were Monasterevin AFC and they were on a high after their emphatic 4-0 victory in their first game of the season.
The first half was a tight tense affair with very few clear cut chances being created. Caragh Celtic had to wait until the third quarter to put the ball in the Monasterevin net and it was that supreme goal poacher, Charlie Carr that registered the first goal. It was a scrappy goal helped by a Monasterevin defensive mistake, but young Carr kept chasing down the ball and was rewarded for his endeavour. This settled Caragh Celtic, however memories of the previous week when the boys relinquished a 2-0 lead were still fresh.
Caragh Celtic started the fourth quarter well and attacked Monasterevin time and time again . Midway during the quarter Caragh Celtic were awarded a free just outside the Monasterevin box. Up stepped Bobby Taaffe and struck a screamer past the Monasterevin goalkeeper who could only stand and watch the ball go in. Caragh Celtic 2 Monasterevin 0. There could have been a third when a Caragh Celtic player was clearly pulled down in the box, but the referee blew for full time. There was smiles all round as the boys recorded their first victory, the first of many hopefully.
The most satisfying aspect of this game was the clean sheet that was kept by Lorcan Byrne. He was helped in no small way by Cathal McCarthy and Jack Courtney. Cathal McCarthy is an assured defender, strong in the tackle and also able to play the ball comfortably out of defence. Bobby Taaffe had a superb game in the middle of the park. Cian Corcoran and Daragh Carey did some great work around the middle of the park also. The work rate of these two individuals was second to none. Charlie Carr is proving to be the find of the season with two goals from two games. When introduced, both Dara Cooke and Aaron Sharpe stepped up to the mark and were not found wanting. Both boys played well.
A special mention, however, must go to Jack Courtney who was superb. His work rate and energy alone were immense. There are not too many opposition players who will get past Jack Courtney and they are certainly going to know that Jack is about. He put in some great tackles during the game. Bobby Taaffe may have a claim for man of the match but in my view that accolade goes to Jack Courtney, who put in a wonderful performance throughout.
Caragh Celtic- Lorcan Byrne, Cathal McCarthy, Jack Courtney, Daragh Carey, Bobby Taaffe, Cian Corcoran, Charlie Carr. Subs- Dara Cooke, Aaron Sharpe.