Caragh Celtic 3
Caragh travelled to Edenderry and came away with an excellent win on a cold and frosty pitch, to make it a Caragh double over Edenderry in this first half of the season.
Cian O’Reilly opened the scoring in the first quarter. Caolan O’Toole won the ball for Caragh with a superbly timed tackle and played the ball to Cian. It didn’t look like there was much on for Cian but he managed to outwit the Edenderry defenders with some tricky footwork and slid the ball home to make it one nil to Caragh. Caragh really bossed the game in this first quarter and the only thing Conor McCall looked like catching in goals was a cold with the lack of activity coming his way.
The second quarter was more of the same with Caragh playing all the football but no more goals were scored.
Edenderry managed to equalise in the third quarter from the penalty spot. Cian, in goals, was penalised somewhat harshly for handling outside his area while taking a kick out. The resulting free kick from the edge of the Caragh area struck a hand and the referee had no hesitation in awarding the penalty which the Edenderry keeper dispatched powerfully to the back of the Caragh net to level matters.
The Caragh boys reacted brilliantly to this though and kept plugging away playing their football and creating chances. They were soon deservedly back in front, when Daire Gilmartin played a pass to Ross Ward on the left wing and Ross managed to work his way in towards goal and slipped the ball past the home keeper from a tight angle to make it 2-1 to Caragh. Ross soon after got his second of the day. This time Noah Byrne was the creator when he split the defence with a through ball that Ross ran on to and cleverly lifted over the keeper to make it 3-1.
Caragh saw out the rest of the game comfortably after this. This was probably the best team performance of the season from our lads. Defending was excellent by all with lots of solid tackling and brave defensive headers. While in possession we looked very comfortable on the ball and passed excellently to our better placed team mates.
Just a couple more games to go until the Christmas break – but please lets have more of the same from this team. Well done lads!!
Caragh Celtic: Conor McCall(Capt), Evan Gilmartin, Daniel Hamill, Daire Gilmartin, Michael Coffey, Conor Cassidy; Cian O’Reilly, Ross Ward, Noah Byrne; Caolan O’Toole