The Caragh lads travelled to Kilcullen with the bare seven on Saturday last and ground out a tough win.
The lads seemed very sluggish to start and really struggled to get any decent play going on the very bumpy pitch and the first quarter ended without any goalmouth activity at either end.
The second quarter was a lot better from Caragh with Conor Cassidy leading the way, showing his team mates that good passing always makes you chances. Caragh really took charge of the game in this quarter but struggled to break the deadlock. Mikey Coffey hit the post with one effort and had another well saved by the home keeper, while Cian O’Reilly also came out second best when faced by the Kilcullen keeper. Caragh finally deservedly broke the deadlock through Daniel Hamill who finished from close range following good play from Cian.
Conor McCall in goals for Caragh in the 1st half was virtually a spectator and was delighted to move outfield in the second half to get involved in the game. The second half started in a similar manner with Caragh totally in charge but the lads looked like the shooting boots had been left at home with lots of shots going high or wide and when on target the Kilcullen keeper pulled off a string of fine saves.
Ross finally did double Caragh’s lead with a well hit shot low to the corner of the net from the edge of the area. Kilcullen then with virtually their first attempt on goal from a really tight angle somehow managed to sneak the ball in via the post to the back of the Caragh net.
Shortly after this Kilcullen equalised following some bizarre decision making from the home club ref. A Kilcullen player was taking a shot when the referee blew his whistle to award a free kick. Conor in goals for Caragh parried out this initial shot then as everyone stopped a Kilcullen player tapped the loose ball into the net and the referree awards the goal saying that he had now changed his mind about the initial free-kick – so much for trying to teach kids to play to the whistle!!
In fairness to the Caragh lads they responded brilliantly to this setback and went straight down the other end and made it 3-2 when Daniel got on the end of another Cian O’Reilly cross. Cian then went close to making it 4 from a free kick but the home keeper somehow managed to touch it on to the bar.
Another win for Caragh with lots of chances created and on another day we’d expect to have scored a few more of these chances. Conor Cassidy was superb for Caragh always seeming to make the right decision when in possession and strong in the tackle when in defence and was definitely man of the match for Caragh.
Caragh:Conor McCall, Ross Ward, Caolan O’Toole, Conor Cassidy, Michael Coffey(Capt), Cian O’Reilly, Daniel Hamill