Under-9 Red League
22 March 2003
great win for the Castleknock side!
2 Castleknock Celtic 3
These two sides had already met 3 times this season, once
in the NDSL League and twice in the Cup. So on a glorious Saturday morning, the
stage was set for another thrilling encounter at Dunboyne’s excellent
facilities on Summerhill Road.
Dunboyne began the match in a positive fashion, putting
together a series of excellent passes that opened up the Castleknock defence.
By the end of the first quater, Castleknock were trailing 1-0.
Dunboyne continued their good work in the 2nd
quarter and scored a second goal. They continued to attack the Castleknock
goal in waves, yet time and time again, they were denied by Castleknock’s
goalkeeper and man-of-the-match Conor Lynch. At half-time, Castleknock
were 2-0 down and looked like they might lose heart!
After a little re-organisation and a pep talk by the team
managers, Castleknock began the 3rd quater with renewed vigour and
started putting together some excellent moves. After one such move, the
ball came to Sean Clarke on the edge of the penalty area. Sean weaved his
way past 3 defenders to slot the ball into the back of the Dunboyne net.
1-2 and game on! Castleknock now began to lay siege to the Dunboyne goal and
soon the scores were level when Graham Norton scored a second goal near the end
of the quarter. 2-2.
The final quarter was a real ding-dong affair. Both
sides played good attacking football only to be denied by strong defences.
Castleknock’s centre-half, Thomas Healy made a superb goal-line save and
started many of Castleknock’s attacks with surging runs up the wing.
When one of Dunboyne’s attacks broke down, the ball was cleared and played
upfield to Jamie Reid who struck from 15 metres out to score a superb goal in
the top corner of Dunboyne’s net. The final 5 minutes was a frantic
affair but Castleknock held on to win a thrilling encounter 3-2.