Youth soccer in Cork: Carrigtwohill Schoolboys
Date : 28th August
Under-10 V Corkbeg
The new season is upon us again. The Carrigtwohill under-10’s kicked off their league campaign with a home match to a strong Corkbeg Utd side. Both teams are well used to meeting each other but the format has changed to 7v7 games on a larger pitch, and a 50 min game this year.
Both clubs had a large squad with them and there was great energy and enthusiasm pre-match. With plenty of support from the side lines the twin games were played in a great spirit. The respect both teams afford each other, managers and refs is a credit to both clubs. Both games were very competitive with all the boys giving their all. There were plenty of positives to take from both games and the boys can be very proud of the way they worked to adjust to the new formations and rules.
There were some cracking goals and play from both teams. The effort the lads put in over the game was great to see, they really have a great work ethic and this can only bode well for the future.
We’ll have another 9 league games in the first half of the season which will give all the lads plenty of opportunities on the pitch to show what they can do. Well done lads. Carrigtwohill Abu!
Date : 29th August
Under-14 at Ballyadam
Carrigtwohill United: 2
Carrigaline United: 3
Carrigtwohill started well in this game and were on top from the beginning. However, they failed to create many clear cut chances. George McCarthy opened the scoring with a nice finish but sloppy defending led to an equaliser and then Carrigaline scored again before half time. Carrigtwohill’s control of the ball was not at our usual standard and this led to them losing the ball in key positions.
The team tried very hard throughout and dominated the second half which led to and equalising goal from Liam Moore. However as Carrgtwohill pushed for the winner they conceded a late penalty and once it was scored to put Carrigaline a goal ahead again, there was no way back for the home side. It was an even game which Carrigtwohill were disappointed to lose but well done to the lads for trying so hard.
The best players were Oisin Lynch, Keelan O’Brien, George McCarthy and sub Ronan Browne. Man of the match was Liam Moore who was excellent as usual.
Man of the Match – Liam Moore
Date : 24th August
Under-17 at Ballyadam
Carrigaline B 2
Carrigtwohill’s first league game ended all square with all the goals coming in the first half. Carrigtwohill took a lead through Zack’s powerful header after a great cross from Jack Horgan in the first minute.
The lead didn’t last long as Carrigaline equalised after 4mins from a decent corner. The home side restored the lead with a bit of luck after shot from Jack Horgan went in off a defenders head. Carrigtwohill couldn’t hold onto the lead as Carrigaline equalised from a direct free kick in which Darragh in goal will feel he should have dealt with.
Level scores at half time which was a fair reflection of how the game had gone so far.
The second half belonged to Carrigtwohill as they dominated territory and chances. But for all the pressure and scoring opportunities, the winner did not come. The game ended all square and Carrigtwohill will feel like it was a dropped 2 points.
Date : 26th August
Under-17 away at Kilcully
St. Mary’s 6
This was a game to forget for this Carrigtwohill side. Only 9 players made it for the start of the match and a late addition from Under-16 squad meant we had to play the full match with just 10 players. The team were deflated before they started and the game reflected it. Carrigtwohill took a lead through a great strike from in-form striker Zack Casagranda. That was as good as it got for Carrigtwohill as St Mary’s took over.
Carrigtwohill defended well for the first half but 2 errors cost the team 2 goals, the second on the stroke of half time. Carrigtwohill failed to hold any possession and the persistent loss of possession cost dearly in second half as St Mary’s looked like scoring with every attack. The game was called up early with Carrigtwohill 6-1 down.
This was disappointing match for all those present who were let down by the absentees.
Man of the Match: Cillian Carroll
Date : 28th August
Under-12 at Mallow
Carrigtwohill : 2
Mallow : 1
Our first league game of the season away to Mallow United took place on a wet Monday evening. The first half was very evenly contested with chances at both ends but ended scoreless.
Mallow took the lead early in the 2nd half and the Carrigtwohill lads really upped the tempo at this stage and got a deserved equaliser from Charlie Mc Carthy who finished to the far corner following a great through ball from Cillian Mc Carthy.
Both sides pushed for a winner and the game looked to be heading for a draw until a shot from Jack O’Regan was handled in the box by a Mallow defender. Up stepped captain and man of the match Cian Lee to send the goalie the wrong way and clinch a very important 3pts. A great all round team performance and never say die attitude which was ultimately rewarded with the win.
Man of the Match: Cian Lee
Date : 28th August
Under-16 at Ballyadam Park
Carrigtwohill : 2
Innishvilla : 3
It was back to business for the Carrigtwohill Under-16 side who played out a thrilling opening league match at home to Innishvilla on Monday last. Both teams were newly promoted to Division 2 and had played out an epic 3-3 draw at the end of last season when two injury time goals were scored.
The Carrigtwohill squad had a familiar feel to it, with team captain Alex Canty at centre back but a number of positional changes in midfield and the attack.
This was a match that was to ebb and flow between both teams – Carrigtwohill dominated the first 25 minutes and could have opened the scoring on a number of occasions with Abdul Mohamad and Evan Donnelly both coming close, but it was the visitors who were to strike first when a lofted ball into the box was not dealt with leaving the attacker to prod the ball home.
The concession of the goal seemed to rock Carrigtwohill who didn’t seem to be able to hold the ball at all and it was Innishvilla who made all the running for the remaining 15 minutes.
Half-time was an opportunity to take stock and re-organise – it was a case of getting back to basics and to be fair that is what happened and Carrigtwohill levelled the match when a goal from Anesh Swani from the edge of the box found the top left hand corner of the net – a wonder strike !
It was now end to end action, and Innishvilla struck once more – 2-1 and 20 minutes left to play. Again, it was a case of keep plugging away and the chances will come, as after some clever work on the left wing, Robert Adam found himself loose in the penalty box and nailed into the bottom left corner – 2-2 and 15 minutes to play.
There were some superb performances on the day, Abdul on the right wing, Ebe Imoh imperilous in defence Bartek Stepaniuk in goals and Ronan Ymedi in central midfield who had an especially good second half.
With end to end action for the remainder of the match, it was Innisvilla who struck to score the winner and take the spoils when the Carrigtwohill defence failed to deal with relatively soft cross. The manner in which the goals were conceded was disappointing from a defensive view so work to be done in training but overall a superb team effort against strong opposition
Man of the Match: Abdul Mohammad