Carrick Town U-12s continued their 100% league record with an impressive 5-0 victory over Arrow Harps played under floodlights at Cleveragh Astroturf in Sligo on Saturday night.
Carrick took an early lead in a hard fought first half with a typical predatory finish from striker Niall Gannon. Both sides attacked throughout the first half in a very open game and defences on both sides were severely tested.
Defenders David O’Connell, Paul Woods and Jack Flynn were particularly impressive for the Carrick side and blocked out a number of Arrow attacks to help ensure the score remained one nil at the break. The Carrick lads raced out of the blocks in the second half and soon took control of proceedings.
With Sam Barnes and partner Paul Keaney bossing from the centre of the park, Carrick created chance after chance in what turned out to be a very one-sided second half. The Carrick lads used the wide open spaces at Cleveragh and passed the ball well to split the Arrow defence to pieces. Barnes scored two well taken strikes and Gannon got his second to leave the score 4-0 with ten minutes remaining.
Diarmuid Kelleher rounded off the scoring with the goal of the day. Taking the ball from inside his own half Kelleher beat two defenders with his pace and trickery before easily beating the keeper with a clinical strike.
This victory makes it four wins from four in the second league phase and ensures our progress into the knockout stages with one remaining league game against Strandhill yet to be played.
Best on the night were Jack and David in defence, Diarmuid and Fiachra in attack but the ‘man of the match’ award has to go to Sam Barnes who was terrific throughout the sixty minutes in both his attacking and defensive duties. It was another superb display from the starting 11 and all five subs each made an impact when introduced.
Starting X1 : Killian Gaffey, Jack Flynn, David O’Connell, Paul Woods, Kevin Brady, Paul Keaney, Oisin Bohan, Sam Barnes, Diarmuid Kelleher, Niall Gannon, Fiachra Henry. Subs: Cathal McGourty, Shane Crowe, Adam Reynolds, Cormac White, Eoghan Farrell.