U12 Local Cup Mallow 2 Passage 6
The U12’s had an early start for this cup game Saturday morning and the trip was well worth it as they booked their place in the next round with a 6-2 win over Mallow. The score line may suggest that Passage were well on top but that’s far from the truth. Both sides dominated periods of the game however it was the visitor’s domination of the opening period of the second half that did all the damage.
On a heavy pitch the two teams began the game like many cup matches in a cautious manner. After one or two half chances Passage opened the scoring to go one up after about 10 minutes. The lead didn’t last too long as a super free kick from the ever dangerous Cathal O’Brien put the hosts back on level terms. From then on the game opened up with some end to end exciting play. The Passage front two of Jack Heffernan and Cillian Quinlan keeping the home defence on their toes. Again coming on the back of some good play Passage stunned the home side scoring twice in quick succession to go in at the break 3 – 1 up.
Possibly after conceding two quick goals late in the first half Mallow were slow to get out of the blocks in the second half and were punished as Passage scored two swift goals to go 5 – 1 up. With the Passage midfield now firing on all cylinders they looked as if they would go on and score more goals but the heroics of the home keeper Darren O’Riordan kept the score line as it was. This lifted Mallow and with great play from Aidan Bolster on the wing helped with Ethan Cronin they started to put some pressure back on the visitors. They did get some reward for their endeavour when Cathal O’Brien was fouled just inside the box. Penalty was awarded which he took himself and converted. The Passage back four led by centre half Jack O’Mahony, Cillian Murphy, Jamie McCarthy and Eoin Higgins however didn’t let Mallow have any further chances and when Conor Coughlan converted a late penalty any hope of a comeback disappeared.
It was a great team performance particularly keeper Callum Finnegan at his best commanding his area and marshalling his defence and subs Sean Harrington, Jonathon Akpaka, Antoin Cloherty and Kasper Wolny doing well when they came on. So with goals from Milosz Paczkowski, Cillian Quinlan, Luke O’Hanlon, Conor Coughlan and a brace from Fionn Moore Passage look forward to the next round of this local Cup.