U9s Prem Share the spoils with Bush Celtic

Bush Celtic 3

Caragh Celtic 3

The Caragh U9s visited Bush Celtic this morning and were given a real tough challenge by a very well drilled home team.

Caragh got off to a flying start in this game with Mikey Coffey picking up where he left off last week to open the scoring for Caragh in the opening quarter.  Both teams were getting half chances but neither team could really get control of the game.

The game was quite a scrappy affair though as everyone was really struggling to find themselves any space and time on the ball.

As the first quarter was drawing to a close though Bush Celtic finally split the Caragh defence with a through ball that their striker ran on to and beat Evan Gilmartin with a well placed shot to the corner of the Caragh net.

The second quarter opened with Bush looking the more likely team to win this game as they started to get their passing game going. But somewhat against the run of play Caragh went back in front when Cian O’Reilly went on a strong run and took a shot from the edge of the area that squeezed under the Bush keeper and found the back of the net to give Caragh a 2-1 lead.

This seemed to give Caragh a much needed boost and they were in charge for the rest of the second quarter with Ross Ward going close with a shot and Conor McCall nearly getting on the end of a cross across the face of the Bush goals.  Caragh seemed to leave their shooting boots at home though today as they just couldn’t seem to get shots on target of the Bush goals.

The third quarter saw Bush come back strongly into the game and some of their passing had the Caragh boys chasing shadows.  But Caragh somehow managed to stretch their lead to 3-1 when Mikey Coffey got the final touch in a goal mouth scramble.

Fair play to Bush though as they kept on fighting back.  They finally somewhat luckily pulled a goal back when their centre forward was put through 1V1 with Cian O’Reilly in the Caragh goals.  Cian came out bravely and made a fantastic save only for the rebound to be returned towards goal with Cian stranded on the ground, Ross Ward chased back in vain and could only help the ball into his own net in attempt to prevent the Bush Celtic goal.

Caragh were really hanging on going in to the final quarter and were under almost constant pressure from Bush. Conor McCall did really well in this quarter in goals for Caragh, looking really composed and confident with anything that came his way.  But Bush did eventually beat him once to make it 3-3.

Chances were few and far between after this as both teams looked happy to settle for a draw and finally when the ref blew the final whistle I think perhaps Caragh were the happier of the two teams with a draw from the days performance.  Caragh will have lots of better days than this, but one thing we’re learning is that there are going to be a lot of tough games in this league this season.

Caragh:Conor McCall(Capt.), Daire Gilmartin, Evan Gilmartin, Daniel Hamill, Caolan O’Toole, Conor Cassidy, Cian O’Reilly, Mikey Coffey,Ross Ward