U9 Majors just too strong for Athy

Caragh Celtic 7
Athy Town 2

Caragh Celtics’ U9 Major team continued their unbeaten start to the major league with a well deserved win over Athy Town in the parish field this morning.

Adam Fleming opened the scoring for Caragh in the first quarter, following good work by Jack O’Neill and Aaron Conway down the right wing, the ball was finally squared across the Athy goal for Adam to score his first goal for the club with a composed close range finish.

This was Athy’s first outing as a team and they looked like they were going to be a real tough nut to crack – and it wasn’t long before they had levelled the scoring with a well taken goal by their striker.

The game was turning out to be a real end to end battle and Caragh went straight down the other end  to restore their lead. Adam Fleming worked an opening for himself, and with the confidence from his first , he took on a shot from a tight angle that beat the Athy keeper at the near post.

The second quarter continued in this manner with both teams looking to attack at every opportunity.  The Caragh goal lived a charmed life through a couple of goal mouth scrambles – one in particular where the post was hit on two occasions and the ball also cleared off the line – a real lucky escape for Caragh.  This quarter was Athy’s best period of the game and Aaron Conway in the Caragh goal had to be at his best on a number of occasions to keep the boys in red at bay.  But Athy finally managed to draw level just before the half time break when their striker Mark Delaney scored his second of the day.

The half time break seemed to come at the right time for Caragh though as they came out in the second half like a team possessed.  Shortly after the restart Ben Morrell, continued his scoring run to restore Caragh’s lead with a strong right footed finish.

All the chances were coming Caragh’s way now. Jack O’Neill came close to getting his first goal with a shot that just slipped past the wrong side of the Athy post.  Brian Merrigan, Niall Cramer, Luke Martin and Jack Arnold were controlling the game now from midfield and giving their team-mates plenty of ammunition in front of the Athy goal – but the final touch was just letting our boys down in this quarter.

The final quarter turned in to the Jack Arnold show, with cameos from Adam Fleming and Adam Carberry.  The Athy boys really found the going tough now and you could see they weren’t used to playing competitive matches like this.

Jack Arnold took the game by the scruff of the neck and scored three quick fire goals to extend the Caragh lead to 6-2 – it must be one of the quickest hat-tricks ever seen in the parish field.

Adam Carberry looked like he also wanted to get in on the scoring act and despite his best efforts with some fantastic footwork that tied the Athy defenders up in knots he just couldn’t quite get the finish his hard work deserved.

Adam Fleming obviously didn’t want to be outdone by Jack Arnold and despite playing in defence in the final quarter he managed to pop up in the Athy box to apply the finishing touch to secure his hat-trick and Caragh’s seventh goal to leave the score 7-2 at the final whistle.

A great all round team performance by the Caragh boys who are really beginning to understand that the more passes they play to team mates the more chances they create for their team.  Special mention must go to Adam Fleming though who has been trying so hard over the past year to get among the goals for Caragh – patience and persistence have paid off, but like waiting on a bus as soon as one arrives, along come another two,

Caragh:Adam Carberry, Niall Cramer,Aaron Conway(Capt), Ben Morrell,Luke Martin,Adam Fleming,Jack O’Neill,Jack Arnold, Brian Merrigan