St Mary’s 2 v 4 Carryduff Colts U16 B

St Mary’s 2 - 4 Carryduff Colts U16 B
17 Oct 2015

Harry Sheehan on Fire

Carryduff Colts have had on paper what looked like a tough start to the season but in truth the lat 2 drawn games were dominated by carryduff and so we cam einto this game against another unbeaten team in league and cup. After 10 mins Carryduff were in control especially in midfield with the passing and control of Ciaran Sherry and Daniel McCrudden in evidence in the centre and the impressive Josh Moffett marauding down the left and Craig Foster on the right backed up with Jack Rafferty pushing form defense also. Up front Harry Sheehan was working hard closing down and pressurising the St Mary’s defense. Ryan Doherty played a highly intelligent sweeping role in front of the defense ad showed his class when hit two superb outside of the right passes to the every busy Josh Moffett on the left.

Defensively Jack Rafferty on the Right, Conor Parson and Danny Bracken in the centre and Josh Hyland on the left we un troubled and Odhran Dougan a spectator until the 15th minute when a mis-hit cross drifted over Odhran’s head to nestle in the net. One of those that all keepers have experience off but then suddenly St Mary’s pounced on a loose ball to hit a superb low drive in to the bottom left! Two Nil down had the coaches scratching heads. But this team is more mature and season and just kept playing the football, a superb passing game and with a quick free kick Ciaran hit Josh Moffett whose first time ball to Harry Sheehan was squared to Craig who Hit a pile driver of a shot which flew at, at least 10 miles an hour at the keeper, who misjudged the shot and it dropped into the net. A fortuitous goal but we will gladly take it. And so to Half time trailing by a goal, but everyone knew we had a real chance.

Jack Laverty joined the frey to partner Harry and his speed and direct approach unsettled the St Mary’s defense and Conal Haigney replacing the injured Josh Moffett. Both had a real impact on the game and it was pretty much one way traffic. A corner to Carryduff and cleared by St Mary’s to Conor whose control was calmness personified who passed a delightful curling ball back to Ciaran whose peach of a cross was met by Jack Laverty to score only our second ever headed goal.

The back line remained untroubled with Conor Dunlop replacing Josh moffett and for only the briefest of periods had work to do but the defense stood up well in both halves. It was now all about the attack. Craig had run and run and was replaced by Ruairi Greene and St Mary’s were in shock such was the strength in depth of the squad and St Mary’s were now under the cosh.

Jack Laverty and Harry Sheehan are beginning to gel and along with Ruairi bombing down the right and Conal on the left, it was now attack and attack. Not just form Midfiedl and the forwards but the defense was in control and was the base of the attack and provided the support necessary at times to the midfield. Suddenly Ruairi greene burst onto a through ball and slotted home neatly only to be ruled off-sidewith a close call. But the signs were there when hard work from Conal release jack Laverty who fed Harry who cooly slotted the ball under the keeper with his right.

St Mary’s were then reduced to 10 when one of their players reacted angrily to the angelic Jack Laverty’s attentions. The game came to an end as a contest when Jack again fed Harry who curled the sweetest of right foots around the keeper to end a remarkable performance and man of the match display by Harry but push closely by about 14 others.

Fan of the day was the injured Owen McMahon who joined the management team for the team and assistance may have contributed to the victory.

Odhran Dougan, Jack Rafferty, Conor Parsons, Danny Bracken, Josh Hyland ( Conor Dunlop), Josh Moffett (Conal Haigney), Ciaran Sherry Ryan Doherty ( Jack Laverty) Harry Sheehan, Craig Foster (Ruairi Green), Daniel McCrudden, Jack Laverty ( Owen McMahon)