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U15 Match vs Martins

November 8, 2018

U-15 Round 1 Roche Emmets v Naomh Mairtin  in Roche on the 5th April. Start time: 18:30. Referee: Kevin Brady.

Roche 5-6 (3-0 H.T.) Mairtins 4-5 (1-5 H.T.)

13-a-side game was played. Roche had three subs. There was a strong breeze blowing from the town goals towards the club house which favoured the Mairtins in the first half. Roche’s 3 first half goals proved the foundation for their win and showed slicker movement of the ball especially in the second half which carried them to victory against a physically stronger Mairtins 13 who took some fine points from varying distances in the first half. Scored two cracking goals in the second half plus converted a penalty. Credit must go to both teams for an exciting and end-to-end game. The ball handling was good and passing crisp considering the strong breeze.

Roche:

Player Scored Tick if played well and position on team (see numbers be side players name)
1 Liam Goss   Showed excellent high fielding on his line and very good distribution of the ball out of his hand and off the ground.
2 Conor McArdle   Worked hard and recovered well while setting up many attacks.
3 Pauric Watters   Solid at full back and when moved to centre half for the second half and impressed in all facets of the game.
4 Mark McDonald   Solid and showed good turn of speed when needed, was very difficult to get round or get clean ball off.
5 Sean Watters   Busy and was always available for the ball, restricked in the second half due to injury and moved into full back.
6 Elliot Gray   Injured in the first 3 minutes and had to withdraw, returned for a brief spell in the last five minutes when Roche were under some pressure.
7 Niall McArdle 1-2 Worked hard and was the link-man for many of Roches scores, chipped in with a good goal and two points
8 Liam Rice 0-1 Power house in midfield where he was giving several inches to his opponent. Won vital ball in the middle for the lighter Roche outfit and moved the ball well to his team mates.
9 Darren Lennon 1-0 Was the outlet for lots of the Roche defensive clearances and his goal was vital at a time in the second half when the Martins were getting on top again.
10 Conor Carthy 0-1 Was always available for the ball and carried a lot of ball into the Mairtins defence, won many frees, was a key man when he returned to the defence for the final 15 minutes.
11 Shane Grant 3-0 Roches chief scorer with two scores off rebound saved shots. His scores were the reason Roche were still in contention in the first half.
12 Sean McCourt   Shone in attack and stopped many Mairtins attacks going beyond midfield with endless tackling. Showed great skill and ball carrying against a much bigger opponent.
13 Oisin Gribben 0-1 Was a thorn in the Mairtins defence the whole game, worked hard and connected well with McCourt on the left side of attack.
Sub Caoimhín Reilly 0-1 In for Grey after three minutes and had his hands full on Fintan Martin. Came into his own in the second half, his perfect fielding was a feature with some timely interception. Finished with a fine point from centre of the field.
Sub Sean Murphy   Showed well and was very unlucky not to have scored on a number of occasions, good performance.
Sub Aaron Kelly   Lat sub and was the third u13 to see play

Mairtins:

Player Scored Tick if played well and position on team (see numbers be side players name)
1 Shane Morgan    
2 Jack Foley    
3 Paddy Winters 2-0 Very good
4 Evan Byrne    
5 Adam Winters    
6 Alan Maher    
7 Wayne Campbell 0-2 Very good
8 Rory Brodigan 0-2 Very good
9 Karl Morgan    
10 Fintan Martin 1-0  
11 John Clutterburk 0-1 Very good, fast and accurate, could ghost in behind his marker and read play very well.
12 Ben Culligan    
13 Ronan Costello 1-0  

Mairtins began the best with the wind at their backs to score 1-2 before Grant popped up with his first goal for Roche. He repeated the dose again five minutes later after a third Mairtins point from Campbell. Campbell converted a second impressive point before Niall McArdle ended the half with a good individual goal. Roche scored 2-3 without reply in the second half before the Martins made a late rally with 3 goals to Niall McArdle’s two points which carried Roche to a good 21 points to 17 win.

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