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u16s Downed By Injury-Time Goal

posted 30 Jun 2013, 16:57 by Unknown user   [ updated 2 Jul 2013, 03:14 ]
Last Tuesday evening, the u16 team were beaten in the League in Clonbern in somewhat controversial circumstances. Cortoon had agreed to play a 12-a-side game as Kilkerrin-Clonbern didn't think they could field a full team. As it turned out, Clonbern had enough players but only 12 players showed up for the visitors so both teams agreed to play with 12. Cortoon hit the front from the off when Ronan Boyle played a one-two with Ross Holian and tapped over before a shot from distance from Liam Maloney dropped under the crossbar and into the back of the net. Clonbern hit back in the next five minutes as they knocked over four points, one from a free, to level things up. A Cortoon break in the ninth minute saw a goal-bound effort from Maloney saved by the keeper. The rebound fell to Holian whose shot was blocked on the line but Cortoon recycled possession through Jordan Rooney who played it out to Eoghan Fahy who beat his man and fired over. Martin Boyle added another as he punished a poor kick-out. In the 15th minute, Holian did well to retain possession under pressure on the 45 and, handing it off to Boyle, continued forward. Boyle faked to shoot but instead played it inside to the now unmarked Holian who calmly slotted into the corner of the net. A minute later, and this time Boyle did take the shot as he drove over a fine point from 40 yards. A frenetic three minutes ensued as, first, the Cortoon defence was breached, leaving the Clonbern forward in, one-on-one with stand-in goalkeeper, Dylan Lowry. Lowry stood his ground, however, and stuck out a hand to block the shot and clear the danger. Cortoon broke quickly and Holian hand-passed to Boyle who shot over from 35 yards. Clonbern, however, went straight back up the pitch and a low shot into the corner left Lowry with no chance. The home side attacked again from the resulting kick-out and it took an acrobatic save, down to his right, from Lowry to keep them out again. The visitors, again, went straight up the other end as Rooney hand-passed inside to Fahy who drove his shot against the crossbar. The ball popped up in the air and both Rooney and Fahy challenged for it in the air with the goalkeeper and full-back with Rooney getting the decisive hand to it and punching it to the net. Fahy added a delightful point with the outside of the right boot from 30 yards before Lowry was called into action yet again. A high ball was dropped in around the small rectangle and Lowry had to be alert to clear the danger with the assistance of Dylan Walsh and Cortoon went in at the break leading by 3-6 to 1-4.
When the teams lined up for the second half, Clonbern had sent on an extra player to bring their numbers to thirteen. Conbern made use of the "extra" man as they restricted Cortoon to just two second half points, from Martin Boyle and Dylan Walsh, while they dispatched 2-6 themselves, with the final, killer goal coming in stoppage time at the end of the game. Full-time score: Clonbern 3-10 Cortoon 3-8.
Team: Dylan Lowry; Thomas Nicholson, Dylan Walsh (0-1); Padraic Neenan, Patrick Fleming, Damian Boyle; Ronan Boyle (0-1), Ross Holian (1-0); Martin Boyle (0-4), Eoghan Fahy (0-2); Jordan Rooney (1-0), Liam Maloney (1-0).
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