Castle United U12’s team who defeated Charleville B 2- 4 in Charleville 14-10-17
Charleville B v Castle United
Match report Charleville B v Castle United U12's
Under 12 Div1 14/10 11:00
Charleville B 2 - 4 Castle United

The Castle United U12’s continued their excellent start to this competition with a well-deserved win away to Charleville B yesterday. The U12’s have yet to taste defeat and now join Pallas United, Knockainey and Herbertstown B on nine points at the top of the Division 1 League.

The game started off slowly with both teams looking nervous from the first whistle. However soon the midfield trio of Mike Barry, Sean Carroll and Aaron Doherty-Lyons began to click with some neat interplay beginning to develop. Upfront the industrious Evan Lowe continued to put himself about, supported by the hard working Eoin O’Leary. A couple of half chances dropped to the lads but these were quickly snuffed out by a lively Charleville rear guard. Sean Carroll had a chance at the back post from an excellent cross by Mike Barry but the ball drifted just beyond his right boot. However the game exploded into life in the 11th minute when Sean Carroll turned provider this time to release Mike Barry down the right hand wing. Mike whipped in a pacey cross to Aaron Doherty-Lyons who executed a subline acrobatic overhead kick to slip the ball past the hapless Charleville keeper. A goal worthy of a bigger occasion and surely contender for goal of the season?

This sparked the game into life with Charleville upping their intensity on the Castle back line. A couple of tight offside decisions against the Charleville forwards meant the Castle rear guard of Aidan Carroll, Glynn Mulcahy and the energetic Sean Barry could not take their eye off the ball for a second. However a quick Charleville throw in the 22nd minutes caught the Castle back line flat footed and a crisp drive the Charleville number 3 gave Castle keeper Sean Leahy no chance as it fizzed low into the bottom corner. This triggered a change up front for Castle which saw the fresh legs of Odhran Enright and Shane Tracey replace both Evan Lowe and Eoin O’Leary who both had put in huge shifts. Aaron Doherty-Lyons and Sean Carroll continued to threaten from midfield but on 25 minutes Shane Tracey latched onto a subline through ball from the mercurial Mike Barry and drilled it right footed past the Charleville keeper. 1 – 2 to Castle and all to pay for in the second half.

The second half started lively with both sides now looking to take the 3 points. Castle had a couple of corners, in which Aidan Carrol came close with a firm header. Charleville however continued to threaten with a couple of neat through balls that Castle keeper Sean Leahy was more than happy to collect. However it was the visitors who were to score next as Sean Carroll burst through from the midfield and held off a couple of challenges before lashing the ball home 5 minutes into the second half. Castle were motoring now and upped the intensity to try kill off the game. Mike Barry had one off the post and Aidan Carroll also had a chance but put it just over. A Castle corner caused indecision in the Charleville defence and Aaron Doherty-Lyons was quickest to react to loop a fine header over the Charleville keeper to bring his tally to two for the day.

At 1 – 4 Castle management decided on safety first and brought in Shane Tobin to bolster the back line in place of Aaron Doherty-Lyons up front. Muireann Irwin and Ciaran Lyons were also sprung from the bench and gave the Charleville back line no time to settle on the ball with some timely interceptions. However fatigue was beginning to set in at this stage and after almost 50 minutes of football, a Charleville cross had the Castle defence in disarray and the ball was poked home from close range to make it 2 – 4 and a nervy last few minutes for the visitors. However the strength in depth of the squad proved to be the winning of the day with Castle hanging on for a well deserved victory.

Scorers: Aaron Doherty-Lyons (2), Sean Carroll, Shane Tracey.

Many thanks to Charleville B for an excellent days sport and to the travelling Castle United supporters.

22/11/2017 20:09