Clane United 5
Caragh Celtic 3
Caragh Celtic travelled to Clane today for the first meeting of these two teams. Clane have been getting some impressive results with this team so we knew we had our work cut out today.
Caragh got off to a flying start though when in the first couple of minutes the ball fell to Evan Gilmartin outside the Clane box, and Evan let fly an unstoppable shot that found the back of the Clane net via the underside of the bar.
It was proving to be a real end to end battle with both keepers finding themselves busy in the first quarter. Conor McCall was handling everything that came his way, making the tricky catches look easy. But Clane eventually found an equaliser when a shot from the edge of the area came through a crowded goalmouth and found the back of the Caragh net.
The second quarter continued in the same vein with both teams really going for it. Tackles were flying in from both teams and it looked like it might be a day for the defenders. Caragh did restore their lead though just before the half time break, when a Caolan O’Toole corner cause chaos in the Clane goalmouth and one of the Clane players could only find the back of his own net in his efforts to clear.
The second half started with Clane now playing down the hill, and it did help them take control of the game. They equalised with a shot to the corner of the Caragh net early in this quarter that gave Evan Gilmartin no chance in the Caragh goal. Clane then took the lead for the first time when one of their midfielders got to the by line and placed a deft chip across the Caragh goal where his team mate had the easiest of jobs to head in to an open goal.
Caragh reacted brilliantly to this though and almost straight from the tip off worked the ball in to the Clane box where Daire Gilmartin applied the finishing touch to make the score 3-3 going in to the final quarter.
Both teams went in to the last quarter chasing the win but it wasn’t to be Caragh’s day. First a defensive mixup resulted in Caragh conceding a soft penalty that Clane converted to restore their lead. Then as Caragh threw everything forward in search of an equaliser, the Clane boys caught us out on one their counter attacks which resulted in them extending their lead to 5-3 with a fantastic shot to the top corner of the Caragh goals.
This was a real bruising encounter with tackles(mostly good) flying in from both teams. The game could have gone either way and on another day we might have come out on top – but today the honours went to Clane.
Caragh:Conor McCall, Daire Gilmartin, Evan Gilmartin, Noah Byrne, Daniel Hamill, Caolan O’Toole, Conor Cassidy, Cian O’Reilly, Ross Ward(Capt)