Caragh Celtic 2
The start of the match saw Caragh struggle to get to grips with the unusually wide pitch with Athy having most of the possession as a result. Keeper Adam Carbery and defenders Josh Finan and Luke Martin were called on more than once but it was the relentless pressure from Athy that produced the first goal of the day.
All looked lost for Caragh at this early stage with Caragh only getting into the Athy half for about half a minute for the entire of the first quarter but the second quarter saw Caragh put in more of a structured run of play with the second goal of the day coming from the boot of Aaron Conway with the help of a lot of terrific team play to make the score 1-1. This put Caragh back in the driving seat with each Caragh player putting in their level best laying attack after attack on the home side.
Jack Arnold made some lovely passes to the ever waiting Niall Cramer and it was the Cramer boy that made some great shots at goal with one of them landing on the roof of the net. Adam Fleming was on his usual good side line kicking duty producing some great passes for the away side. The next goal came for Caragh with lively exchanges between Niall Cramer and Aaron Conway to land the ball over the line and in for the third goal of the day to make the score 2-1 to Caragh! It was the just wave after wave of attack from Caragh with some fantastic attacking play from Ben Morrell who was denied a goal on at least 8 occasions and his contribution to the game was just immeasurable.
Adam Fleming had a frustrating time in front of goal having made a lot of chances for his side with a magnificent lobbing ball that was punched out by the keeper to the feet of the Fleming man only to have his brave rebounding shot saved again. Full marks to the Athy keeper here as he denied many a shot on the day. Josh Finan took a great knock on his shin to gain a free kick for Caragh and to his credit he was back up again to fight for his club. Jack Arnold made some lovely runs including a phenomenal overhead kick that really challenged the Athy keeper and again Jack was ever so rock solid in goals partnered well with the ever trying, Luke Martin who was quite unlucky not to have gotten on the score sheet. Athy got the next goal only to have it disallowed as it came from a side line kick but Athy did produce the fourth goal of the day to make the score, 2-2 at the finish.