Carrick Town exited the nationwide SFAI U14 Cup after a pulsating game on the 4G Astro pitch at the Sligo Showgrounds, losing 4-3 to Longford’s Melview FC.
Carrick were slow to start and paid the price when some static defending saw a Melview striker beat his man before scoring with a great strike. Stung into action, Carrick equalised with a superb Paul Keaney strike leaving it 1-1 at half time.
The second half continued with the Leitrim side on top and a marvellous determined run and long range bullet from Donal Casey saw Carrick take a 2-1 lead.
After working hard to gain the lead, Carrick were too quick to concede it when a long range free was launched into the box and ended up in the net via a Melview head before Carricks defence had reacted.
Melview had the upper hand at this stage and made it 3-2 with a close range finish as the clock ticked down. Town keeper Sean Reynolds had been struggling with an injury and had to be replaced by centre back Paul Woods.
With only minutes to go, Town made it 3-3 when super-sub Patrick McKenna stooped to head home another excellent Kelleher corner.
Extra time looked a certainty but Carrick’s reshuffled defence didn’t cope with a late attack and conceded a fourth. Town managed one last half chance but it wasn’t to be and the ref eventually blew the full time whistle.