Athy Town Red 1
Caragh Celtic 2
October 12th, 2013 and this saw the away match to Athy for Caragh Celtic, captained by Niall Cramer. It was a wider than usual pitch and this took the away team some getting used to.
The first quarter saw neither team make any penetration through their oppositions defences with a good deal of play being forced down the flanks. Both teams were passing the ball really well though.
Caragh looked to impose themselves on the Athy side with some aggressive tackling, wide passing and energetic running. Adam Fleming proved to be a safe pair of hands in goals with the assistance of Niall Cramer and Ben Morrell in defence. Luke Martin and Aaron Conway partnered well with some great passing and fed the ball swiftly to the waiting stikers, Adam Carbery and Jack Arnold.
The second quarter saw the introduction of Michael Coffey and he made a few great saves in goal partnered in defense with Jack Arnold and Aaron Conway. Both players worked well together in making sure the Athy strikers were having no joy in getting through to the Caragh goal. Adam Carbery and Ben Morrell passed the ball beautifully between themselves, setting up Niall Cramer and Adam Fleming up front.
The third quarter saw the breakthrough we had been waiting for with a well worked goal from Michael Coffey, which he finished into the corner of the Athy goal with a well struck shot. This was soon followed by a second goal from the boot of Aaron Conway, a shot that rocketed into the net. The pressure was on again from Caragh Celtic and another chance at goal was presented to Aaron Conway to make it three nil but his left foot let him down and the ball trailed disappointingly away to the right.
There was some impressive passing in this half with Jack Arnold displaying a rather unusual pass in the form of a bicycle kick! He too had a few shots at goal only to be denied by the Athy defence.
The fourth quarter saw a promising start for Caragh Celtic with the team deep in the Athy half until after about five minutes into the quarter, Athy struck a goal to get themselves back into the game! This put the score at 2-1 to the visitors and Athy got great promise from this and attacked Caragh Celtic at will. It was only the defensive skills of Luke Martin that saved Caragh Celtic from an impending disaster of leaving the grounds 2-2 or worse!
The goal keeping skills of Adam Carberry were miraculous and he managed to pull off two outstanding saves to ensure Caragh left Athy with a win under their belt. The full time whistle was a welcome sound to the Caragh boys as it looked as though a well-deserved Caragh win could have been snatched away by the home side.
Final score, Athy 1 Caragh Celtic 2
Caragh: Adam Fleming, Adam Carberry, Niall Cramer(Capt.), Luke Martin, Michael Coffey, Jack Arnold, Aaron Conway, Ben Morrell