Caragh Celtic 4
Bush Celtic 2
Caragh came out on top against Bush for the second time in the space of a week. This second match though turned out to be a much closer affair than the away game.
Caragh started very well in this game though with the wind at their backs and opened the scoring with a wonderful shot from Noah Byrne from all of 25 yards that found the bottom corner of the Bush goals with the keeper rooted to the spot.
Daire Gilmartin extended Caragh’s lead with a crisp finish to the roof of the Bush net shortly afterwards and it looked like it was going to be another comfortable day for the Caragh lads. But the Bush team had other ideas and fought back to make a real game of it.
Ross playing as sweeper in the first half had to be at his best to keep the Bush boys at bay on a couple of occassions and when the defence was breached Conor McCall in goals dealt comfortably with everything that came his way. Conor easily earned his clean sheet “bonus” for his first half performance.
At the other end Conor Cassidy came close on a couple of occassions to open his account for this season but he just didn’t get the rub of the green today. Caragh finally did extend their lead to three do just before half time when Daire got his second with a close range finish.
The second half was much harder work though for Caragh playing against the breeze with Bush creating lots of chances with Mikey Coffey in goals making a number of good saves before finally getting beaten by a Bush strike to leave it 3-1 at the end of the 3rd quarter.
The final quarter saw Bush push hard to narrow the gap and Daniel Hamill was called upon to make a fine save early on to keep two between the sides. Shortly after though Bush did narrow the gap to the minimum and it looked like it was going to be a tight finish but Cian O’Reilly settled the home teams nerves when he smashed a shot to the top corner of the Bush net to leave it 4-2 at the final whistle.
Caragh: Conor McCall, Cian O’Reilly, Ross Ward, Daire Gilmartin (Capt), Micheal Coffey, Noah Byrne, Daniel Hamill, Conor Cassidy, Evan Gilmartin, Caolan O’Toole