Under 9A Muriel McCrory Cup Section
Saturday, February 05, 2005
St.Paul’s, Artane 0 Castleknock Celtic 1
(Moore Kearney, R.)
It was a
bright fresh morning for Castleknock Celtic’s visit to St Paul’s neat home
ground off Bothar Ribh in Harmonstown. The match was played in good spirit by
two skilful sides who gave their all in the pursuit of glory in the Muriel
first quarter saw both teams pressing forward but both defences held firm.
Patrick Rocca and Eoghan O’Donnchu marshalled their lines superbly and did not
put a foot wrong and took no prisoners. Luke
Henshaw seemed to relish the early start as he was buzzing around midfield. Tom
Fogarty was consistent and solid as ever and was up and down the pitch, winning
tackle after tackle. Before Daniel Ring dropped back to defence from midfield,
he set up several opportunities for Ryan Moore Kearney in attack.
second quarter was a ding dong affair. Both sides were pushing hard for the
opener. Ryan was dazzling the opposition with his footwork and ability. He
created several chances and was unlucky not to have notched up number 1 before
half-time. Patrick and Eoghan were replaced by Danny Byrne and Eve Farrelly in
defence .They helped to keep another clean sheet for Eoin Sweeney in goal.
Phillip Fitzpatrick was the third sub and he showed great running ability with
the ball up the wing and swinging it in to the centre. St Paul’s also ran at
Celtic with quick passing movements but the away side held out to keep it
scoreless at half-time.
Fitzpatrick came into his own after the break and made several surging runs and was unlucky
not to be on the scoresheet. All was not lost, he collected the ball in
midfield, ran forward and found Luke in the centre whose defence-splitting pass
saw Ryan on a 1 on 1 with the keeper. Ryan kept his head and coolly, hooked the
ball over the keeper and in under the crossbar. There were great celebrations
from the enthusiastic Castleknock supporters on the sideline.
Paul’s fought back but failed to capitalise on good work in midfield. All
shots were on target but Eoin was in the right spot each time. In the final
quarter, Castleknock wre not going to let this lead slip and could have
increased their advantage. Phillip and Tom were outstanding in fighting back and
winning the ball to create new opportunities. It was a fair result and was
officiated by Ms.T. Coughlan…our first experience of a female referee who was
excellent and very fair to both sides.
It was a
gritty, gutsy team performance and a pleasure to watch. All team members fought
for each other and are going from strength to strength.
Eoin Sweeney, Patrick Rocca, Daniel Ring, Danny Byrne,Eve Farrelly, Eoghan
O’Donnchu, Tom Fogarty(Capt.), Phillip Fitzpatrick, Luke Henshaw, Ryan Moore