Caragh Celtic 3
Caragh Celtic welcomed Edenderry to the parish field today on a beautiful morning for football.
Edenderry were fast out of the blocks though and really took the game to Caragh. The Caragh goal had a couple of early scares that didn’t hit the target. Then after 5 minutes Edenderry were sure that they had opened the scoring when their striker hit a ferocious shot that seemed destined for the top corner, but Conor McCall had other ideas in the Caragh goal and he flew across the goal to make a wonder save to keep the game scoreless.
Caragh still didn’t wake up to these early let offs though and paid the penalty when another Edenderry attack saw their striker hit another powerful shot across the Caragh goal ending up in the bottom corner of the net. Almost straightaway Edenderry extended their lead when another shot was just too powerful for Conor and despite him getting his fingertips to it he just couldn’t get enough on it to keep it out of the net – 2-0 to Edenderry and beginning to look like it was going to be a long day for the Caragh boys, as they were peppering the Caragh goal with shots in the early stages.
But Caragh knuckled down and gradually worked their way back in to the game. Ross Ward was unlucky when foiled bravely by the Edenderry keeper – who smothered the ball at his feet as Ross was was about to pull the trigger. Noah Byrne was spraying some smashing balls across the Edenderry goalmouth but we just couldn’t find the final touch.
Eventually though Cian O’Reilly worked an opening for himself down the left hand side and managed to hit the target from a really tight angle to make the score 2-1 at the end of the first quarter. Just the perfect birthday present for Cian.
This goal seemed to give Caragh the lift they needed and they really started to come into the game more now. Noah Byrne moved into the centre of midfield in the 2nd quarter and showed some great touches and battling qualities. Our defence and midfield also began to get the measure of the Edenderry system of play and managed to easily contain their opponents in this quarter,
The deserved Caragh equaliser came just before the half time break when another dangerous ball from Noah across the Edenderry goal caused panic in the defence and ended up been handled by one of the Edenderry defenders – penalty Caragh. With our ususal penalty taker, Daniel, on the sideline, Noah Byrne took responsibilty for the spot kick and coolly dispatched it to the top corner of the Edenderry goals to leave it all square at the half time break,
The second half kicked off with Mikey Coffey and Daniel Hamill coming in to freshen up the Caragh midfield. Evan Gilmartin took up the goalkeeping duties for this quarter and was never really troubled. Chances were few and far between in this period – if the Caragh boys could just learn to release the pass a bit earlier rather than running with the ball all the time, there’ll be lot more goals from this team.
The final quarter saw Noah, Caolan and Cian rested after running their socks off for the first three quarters. Conor McCall came back on in the strikers role and Ross and Daire slotted in for Caolan and Conor Cassidy in defence. Caragh never looked in any real danger in this quarter but just couldn’t seem to find a way past a very strong Edenderry keeper.
Evan, Mikey and Daniel worked their socks off in midfield making sure to chase down any sign off an Edenderry attack while at the other end pressing for the winner. The winning goal finally came for Caragh though, when a pass was played through to Conor McCall just inside the Edenderry half put him through. Conor still had a lot of work to do but he really kept his composure when he ran on and finished with a well placed shot to the corner of the Edenderry goals from just outside their area,
All in all a fantastic win for the Caragh boys against a really strong Edenderry team.
Caragh:Conor McCall, Daire Gilmartin, Evan Gilmartin, Noah Byrne, Daniel Hamill, Caolan O’Toole, Conor Cassidy, Cian O’Reilly(Capt), Mikey Coffey,Ross Ward