Glin Rovers FC 5-1 Carrig Celtic FC
Our eighth game of the season saw the youngest of the club’s teams square up in a home fixture to near neighbours Carrig Celtic – one of only two teams to take points off us this season, holding us to a 0-0 draw in October last.
Starting the game one point behind Askeaton with a game in hand, following Saturday’s heroics, this was Glin’s opportunity to reclaim the number one spot.
Our starting line up mirrored that of Saturday, Lee Mulvihill GK – Breean Cunningham CB, David Mulvihill CB, Harry Tobin MF, Cillian Mulvihill MF, Conor Woulfe MF, Billy Hogan STR.
Glin started strongly and dominated from midfield from the start, with much of the first 10 minutes action, confined to Carrig’s half.
David Mulvihill, Conor Woulfe and Harry Tobin worked hard as usual, closing down, hassling the opposition all over the pitch and getting to every ball first.
Time and again, Cillian Mulvihill, now operating on his favourite right side, found himself with space to advance, making several probing runs and delivering a number of diagonal balls into the opposition penalty area.
Billy Hogan however, found himself outnumbered 3-1 in their area and it was hard for him to connect with the ball, not for lack of effort though.
In the eleventh minute, the breakthrough finally came, with Cillian Mulvihill taking the ball out of the air and launching a 20 yarder on the half volley which dipped just under the Carrig cross bar and into the net.
Another shot from Cillian a few minutes later was blocked by an opposing defender who was unfortunate to see the ball fall to Billy Hogan, who with a true poachers instinct, swiftly slammed the ball into the roof of the net – 2-0.
As Glin continued to press Carrig back, Cillian added 2 more goals before half time to complete his hatrick.
The second half saw Cillian & Billy leave the fray along and on came Leo Buckley CB, Ella O’Connor STR, Jamie Ahern MF and Sean Moore STR. Conor Woulfe moved back into goal, freeing Lee Mulvihill to join the midfield. Breean Cunningham also stretched his legs in Midfield as Harry Tobin dropped back to cover him at CB.
Despite a rearranged formation and team, Glin’s talent in depth was evident through its continued dominance throughout the second half with Ella O’Connor and Sean Moore both seeing chances go narrowly wide before Lee Mulvihill went on a searing run, cutting in from the wing and slotting firmly into the far left corner to take the score to 5-0.
As time moved on Carrig enjoyed a spell of sustained pressure around the Glin goal (in fairness to them, they battled determinedly to the end).
This resulted in a number of free kicks to the opposition and Conor Fitzgerald was despatched to shore up a tired defence.
The continual pressure finally told though with Carrig being awarded and clinically despatching a late penalty to bring the final score-line to 5-1.
Another fine performance from our U8 team, still unbeaten and back to the top of the division.