Carrick Town Under 12: Our U-12s progressed into the next round of the Connacht Cup after a great victory over Arrow Harps at the Showgrounds on Saturday morning.
Cathal McGourty and Oisin Bohan got the winning goals in extra time after the sides finished level after a hard fought game. The Carrick side dominated the majority of the game and created chance after chance to put the game to bed in regular time. Niall Gannon came closest to opening the scoring after his superb strike rattled off the post. However it was substitute Cathal McGourty who finally broke the deadline in the first half of extra time. Oisin Bohan sealed the victory with a superb solo finish after a trademark dribble through the heart of the Arrow defence in the last few minutes of the match. It was another great team performance with Kevin Brady, Paul Woods, Paul Keaney particularly impressive but star man on the day was undoubtedly Donal Casey who was superb on his first start for Carrick Town. Next league fixture is this Thursday, kick off at 6.30 versus Valley Rovers. Training continues every Tuesday at 4.45 at the Showgrounds. Training continues on Tuesday at 4.45.
Under 13: On Saturday next, we are away to Strand Celtic Green, Strandhill. Kick-off 11am. Players will be notified by text. Training continues on Tuesdays at 4.45.
Under 15: Due to fixture change we have no game this weekend. Training continues Thursdays 5pm.
Under 17: We are at home to Real Tubber at 2 pm on Saturday next.
Seniors: The Senior team conceded home advantage, due to their pitch being unavailable, and travelled to Cranmore to play league leaders MCR FC on Sunday last. The change of venue did not stop Carrick who dominating the game from the start but could not find the net. This changed however when Liam McTiernan scored with a superb finish after spotting the MCR keeper off the line. Carrick doubled their lead five mins later when Steven Sirle smacked in a volley to leave halftime score 2-0. The second half saw more of the same when Sirle and Dan Flanagan added two more goals to leave final score 4-0. It was a super all round team display with some cracking passing football and bodes well for the coming weeks. Carrick now move back to the top of the table with 10 points from 5 games, W3, D1, L1. On Sunday next, e are at home to Boyle Celtic Reserves at The Showgrounds, kick-off 11am.
Leitrim Villa played Merville Utd in Cleveragh, Sligo, on Sunday and were on the wrong end of a 7-0 defeat. Struggling for numbers, Leitrim started the game brightly before Merville began to get the upper hand, and two dubious goals for offside helped them to a 4-0 half time lead. Leitrim battled bravely after the break, but were unable to stem the tide, and a further three goals were scored by the visitors in the second half. Whilst it was a heavy defeat, there was a number of positives as the team that was available battled hard throughout the game, a much improved performance from last week’s game whilst playing against arguably the strongest team in our division. Our next game is away to Arrow Harps in Riverstown next Sunday, with a 11am kick-off. Training continues this week on Wednesday at 8pm in the Community Field.
Leitrim Villa Team: Niall Maxwell, Luke Donnellan, Gino McPartland, Conor O’Brien, Enda Maxwell, Alan Christie, Paddy Beirne, Rafael Nazaruk, Niall Beirne, Alan Gaffney and Michael Sheehan.