Caragh Celtic 0
Kill Celtic 2
Caragh Celtic under 8s hosted Kill Celtic in their first home game in the parish field in Caragh today.
The opposition this week were a much tougher proposition compared to Caragh’s opening day opponents and Caragh found themselves on the back foot right from the off. Caragh’s goal had a few close calls early on. Some excellent goalkeeping from Daire Gilmartin kept Kill out on a number of occassions in the early stages however the Kill Celtic pressure eventually told, and they finally made their breakthrough as the 1st quarter was drawing to a close, to go in to the break with a 1-0 lead.
The second quarter was a completely different story though as Caragh finally got the measure of their opponents and started to take control of the game. The Caragh midfield of Cian O’Reilly, making his debut, Evan Gilmartin and Mikey Coffey started to dominate their opponents and pushed Caragh forward in search of the equaliser. At the back Caolon O’Toole and Ross Ward formed a great defensive partnership that never looked like getting breached. The second quarter was scoreless – so into half time with Caragh trailing Kill by a single goal.
This was turning out to be a cracking game with play flowing from end to end. All the chances though at this stage were falling to Caragh with Kill defending bravely and always managing to get a block in to keep Caragh at bay. Ben Morrell, Daniel Hamill and Aaron Conway all showed some lovely touches during this quarter and Caragh really began to show some great team work but the elusive equaliser just wouldn’t come.
The game followed the same pattern in the fourth quarter with Caragh pushing forward looking for the leveller and early on Caragh came close on two occassions with Daire Gilmartin shooting just over the bar and Mikey Coffey having his shot well saved by the Kill goalkeeper. Caragh were to rue these missed opportunites as they pushed forward for the equaliser, they left gaps at the back. Adam Fleming saved Caragh once when he chased down a Kill breakaway and managed to make a last ditch interception to prevent Kill stretching their lead. But as the game entered the last moments with Caragh throwing everything forward Kill managed to break away and seal their win with a late late goal to make it 2-0.
All in all an excellent game, with a performance that all the Caragh boys can be proud of despite the result.
Caragh Celtic: Aaron Conway, Adam Fleming, Ben Morrell, Caolan O’Toole, Cian O’Reilly, Daire Gilmartin, Daniel Hamill,Evan Gilmartin,Mikey Coffey, Ross Ward