Caragh Celtic 8
Newbridge Town 1
Caragh welcomed Newbridge to the parish field this morning, and considering all the rain we had during the week the pitch was in immaculate condition.
The first quarter started evenly enough with both teams testing out there opponent’s keepers. Newbridge Town keeper was first into action when he made a good save to deny Cian O’Reilly the opening goal, while at the other end Conor McCall was demonstrating why he’s the best keeper around at this age group with a string of fine saves.
Caragh eventually did open the scoring though when Cian O’Reilly broke through the Newbridge defence and finished with a strong shot to the back of the Newbridge net. Caragh shortly afterwards extended their lead when Noah Byrne was taken down just outside the Newbridge area – Noah got to his feet and dusted himself down, before dispatching the free kick to the back of the Newbridge net with the help of a deflection.
It certainly wasn’t all one way traffic at this stage and Conor in goals was certainly earning his corn today. Newbridge were finding the Caragh stopper in unbeatable form, and it was only an unfortunate intervention from Noah, to turn the ball into his own net. That was the only ball that made its way past Conor today – 2-1 to Caragh.
Caragh bounced straight back though and Noah delivered a great cross into the Newbridge box that Daniel Hamill read brilliantly to slide in and finish in one touch to leave the score 3-1 to Caragh at the half time break.
Second half saw Ross Ward come in for Conor Cassidy in midfield, with Cian & Conor McCall swapping goalkeeper and striking duties.
Caragh really took control of the game now and dominated their opponents. Daniel Hamill popped up in the box again to get his second, after good work by Mikey down the left created the opening. This was quickly followed by a goal each for Daire & Evan Gilmartin who both found the Newbridge net with strong left footed strikes.
The final quarter started with all the Caragh boys looking to the get on the scoresheet. Ross got in on the scoring act early on in this quarter when he ran through at pace and finished well with a powerful shot giving the Newbridge keeper no chance. Daniel was trying really hard to get his hat trick but it just wasn’t to be. To be fair to Newbridge they kept plugging away though and Evan Gilmartin in goals for the final quarter had to be at his best to make a number of fine saves and interceptions. The last goal of the game came from Cian O’Reilly to leave the score at the final whistle 8-1 to Caragh.
Caragh:Conor McCall, Daire Gilmartin, Evan Gilmartin, Noah Byrne(Capt), Michael Coffey, Daniel Hamill, Caolan O’Toole, Conor Cassidy, Cian O’Reilly, Ross Ward