Castleknock Celtic  3   Swords Rovers  3


Under 9B Division, NDSL                                              Saturday, September 18, 2004

 The first home match for the 9A’s turned out to be a cracker with end to end action which either side could have won.

The first goal originated following a Swords attack. Patrick Rocca cleared the ball out to the wing to Eoghan O’Donuchu. Eoghan ran down the line and passed to Ryan Moore Kearney. Ryan collected the ball on the line and swept past a couple of defenders and fired in an unstoppable shot from the corner of the box. It flew past the ‘keeper into  the far corner of the net. Swords immediately fought back and scored from a free on the edge of the box…... 1 – 1.

After the break, the home side started to play some nice football. Ryan and Phillip Fitzpatrick had some great one - two combinations. They were unlucky not to capitalize on some excellent work.

In the third quarter, manager, David Fogarty had to take off three of his strongest players,in order that all players have an equal turn during the game. The heavens opened and it started to pour rain. This did not deter either team. Castleknock defended valiantly against enormous pressure from Swords. Wave after wave of attacks were swallowed up by the home defence. In this quarter, Tom Fogarty was outstanding and seemed to cover every inch of the park. His workrate and tackling were superb. The home supporters were looking anxiously at their watches for a quarter that seemed to last 15 minutes. Swords scored just before the break to make it 2 –1.

The final quarter was a ding – dong affair. Ryan scored a gem of a goal from a  free at the edge of the box…...2 – 2. This spurred his side on to put more pressure on the opposition. Victory was in sight. Ryan picked up the ball from a throw-in and exchanged passes with Phillip. Fair play to Ryan, he wasn’t selfish by looking for his hat-trick. He fed Phillip who made no mistake and scored Castleknocks third.3 – 2. In the dying minutes,Swords snatched an equalizer after they hit the crossbar….. 3 - 3 .

 It was a very clean game  and played in great spirit. All supporters thoroughly enjoyed the game and both teams were a credit to their clubs. 

Team : Eoin Sweeney, Patrick Rocca, Eve Farrelly, Eoin O’Donuchu,

Tom Fogarty, Luke Henshaw, Dan Ring, Danny Byrne, Ryan Moore Kearney, Phillip Fitzpatrick.