Schoolboys U14 Division 4 Passage 6 Kanturk 2.
The U14’s welcomed Kanturk for their first home game of the season. Both sides had tasted defeat in their opening games of the current campaign so this was an important fixture for both teams. Passage welcomed back Luke O’Hanlon for the game, his presence was very much missed against Midleton.
Kanturk had an early start for this game and possibly resulting from this they were lethargic in the opening exchanges of the tie. The home side benefited, going two goals up in the first few minutes. A terrific Conor Coughlan corner caused panic in the Kanturk defence. When the defence failed to clear their lines, centre half Jack O Mahony dispatched the loose ball to the net putting the hosts one up. Minutes later another wonderful delivery from Conor Coughlan’s corner was headed home for Passage’s and Jack O Mahony’s second goal. The game in its infancy and already Passage were two up.
The home side in the ascendancy were eager to add to their two goals. Again Conor Coughlan had a big part to play in the third goal. His delivery to Luke O’Hanlon, inch perfect, as was Luke’s shot putting Passage 3 goals up. Set pieces were causing the Kanturk defence difficulties. The fourth Passage goal was scored following a short corner to Jamie McCarthy; his effort was too powerful for the Kanturk goalkeeper who deflected the ball into his own net.
Credit to Kanturk who despite being behind regrouped and began to establish themselves in the game. The closing minutes of the first half as a result were much more competitive.
The opening period was very profitable for the home side scoring early and settling nerves. All aspects of team play accomplished in a rewarding manner.
The second half started again similar to the first with Passage in the ascendancy once more from the kick off, this resulting in the Luke O’Hanlon scoring his second and his sides 5th goal. Kanturk despite playing well had little joy in front of goal and when they did breach the Passage defensive line the goalkeeping prowess of net minder Sean Harrington kept them at bay. However 10 minutes into the second half the visitors did achieve some dividend for their efforts and reduced the deficit with a well worked goal.
The game was a much more even contest at this stage with both sides working hard to counteract each other. Each team made several substitutions, this caused caused little alteration to the intensity of the game, a credit to the subs that they could come in and offer something to their team.
The last few minutes did see more goals scored, one for each side. The impressive Jamie McCarthy doubled his tally putting Passage 6 -1 up, only for Kanturk to eventually penetrated the Passage offside and reduced the score line at the end.
It was a great game from a Passage view point, scoring 6 goals and aspects of play worked on in training coming to fruition. Great performances particularly from goalkeeper Sean Harrington and man of the match Conor Coughlan who didn’t get on the score sheet had a big part to play in many of the goals. The final score was a little harsh on Kanturk and when they look back on the game their failure to concentrate from the starting whistle costing them dearly.