After last week’s disappointment, Carrick Town Under 15s bounced back with a very impressive display, defeating Yeats Utd from Drumcliffe, by 5-1 in the first game of Phase 2 of the Sligo Leitrim League.
With a squad of 20 players turning up for the game, Carrick Town were well and truly at full strength. Following a pitch inspection earlier in the day the pitch was passed playable despite recent heavy rain.
The first 15 minutes of the game were evenly contested with both teams having some early chances until Carrick midfielder Eoin McLoughlin broke the deadlock with a fine shot to the net. Yeats came back at Carrick and only a string of fine saves by keeper Sean Cox kept them in the lead.
Carrick wing backs Jack O’Dowd and Sean Quigley were busy and cleared everything that came their way. Eoin Lyons then added a second for Carrick with the best move of the match. McLoughlin fed McGoldrick on the right and his inch perfect pass to Lyons was finished impeciably to the net.
Carrick began to take control and were unfortunate not to add a third when Cormac Smith broke through the Yeats defence only to see his shot hit the post. Moments later Lyons put a perfect ball through to Conor McGoldrick and he cooly slid the ball past the advancing keeper. The teams went in at the break with Carrick leading 3-0.
Carrick began to use their substitutes and introduced Oisin Feely and Hasib Allakarami. Shortly after this centre back Brian McElgunn stormed forward and put Oisin Feely through. With only the keeper to beat he cooly lobbed the ball over his head for a classic goal. Yeats pulled one back when their centre half’s looping shot caught keeper Cox unaware. This left the score at 4-1.
Carrick introduced Mathew Bourke, Stephen McMorrow, Joe Kyle, Conal Collins and Jack Healy and almost immediately Healy showed some fine touches when his first time pass put Eoin McLoughlin in for a well taken goal. McMorrow showed some fine touches and set up a couple of chances.
The Carrick back line were solid throughout with Daire Guckian and Brian McElgunn particularly impressive. Smith, McGoldrick, Hmen Allakarami and McLoughlin controlled the midfield while up front Eoin Lyons and Narada Patrasco chased every ball. All round a great display by this large squad of players.