The LIMERICK COUNTY u13 boys rounded off their competitive interleague season on sunday 19th march against North Tipperary & Limerick District leagues respectively.

Match one versus North Tipperary was played in some wet & windy conditions on the UL astro pitch, but the conditions had no bearing on a good display from the county limerick boys despite going down 3-1 on the scoreline. From the 1st whistle the county lads were up for it after last weeks disappointing display.The trio of Darragh o`Brien, Aaron Moffat & Owen o`Sullivan set the tone in the middle of the field and we created three good early chances with Shane o`Brien twice & Jake McNamara denied by good goalkeeping. With conditions in our favour keeper Jack Mcnamara was a spectator for the 1st half as County dominated and playing with nice width from Paddy Bermingham & Jake Mc on the wings we eventually opened the scoring when Shane o`Brien latched onto a through ball an finished superbly from a tight angle ,from here to halftime more chances came for county and unfortunately missed as Harry Fox was creating chances with his attacking runs & intelligant passing from midfield. We were to rue those missed chances as two has to be said softly conceded goals early in the 2nd half put us on our heels, UP to this point the back four of Euan Sheridan,Paddy Kennedy, Noah Patterson & Conor Hynes had looked comfortable and the wind & rain in their faces was probably a factor in conceding these two.

IN fairness to the county boys with Darragh driving them on in the middle they continued to play some great attacking football. Fullbacks Conor & Euan were supporting Jake & Paddy B in supplying width & overlaps as more chances came our way as Owen, Harry, Shane & Killian all again went close. The only negative for us in this game was our finishing as North Tipp hit us with a 3rd goal on the break when really we could & should have not alone levelled but been ahead, but such is the game and while the result & scoreline were not positive the performance most definately was along with displays of u12s Aaron Moffat & Jake McNamara.

Game two we lost Darragh to injury before kickoff which was a blow but the boys responded against a District side who had won all their games upto this. some poistional changes with anew look back four of Jeffrey o`Rourke, Owen o`Sullivan, Paddy Kennedy & Ewan Dillon setting the platform for us in another great game of football. The weather conditions subsided which helped both teams who were intent on playing attacking football. Again in this game county started on the front foot with early chances for Shane o`Riordan & Killian Ahern. Midway through the half Jake McNamara opened the scoring for county when in on a one an one he finished past an impressive District Keeper .For county Harry Fox carried his impressive form & style from game one into game two and two brillant slalom runs through the District team in particular were world class with just the goal at the end missing to cap them off. Noah Patterson was enjoying his role in midfield & was along with Harry & Killian Ahern well on top in this area. Against the run of play we were caught with a well taken equaliser from District but despite this we finished the half strongly with some super support play from fullback Ewan Dillon who played in Charleville colleague Shane o`Riordan who effort was again well saved by District Keeper. Into the 2nd half and more of the same from the county boys with both wingers of Eoghan & Eddies u12 etp impressive squad Jake Mc & Hugh Murnane doing suberb work in supporting the defense but more inportantly supporting Shane up upfront. Paddy Kennedy was playing the captains part with a another big performance at the back for county alongside clubmate Owen o`Sullivan plus Kian Smith in goals also showing great hands & poise in collecting some dangerous District crosses into the area. We retook the lead with a deserved goal from Hugh Murnane who tucked away with coolness in another one v one with the keeper The.Fresh legs of Conor Hynes & Euan Sheridan gave us more go forward ball and this game was really open.County were the better team at this stage and looked liked adding to their tally but Some good defending & goalkeeping from District kept us from putting the game to bed and in the last min an unfortunate slip at the back from us resulted in an undeserved equaliser for District in this writer`s opinion.As in the 1st game we played really good ball & again only downfall apart from conceding was our failure to take more of our chances, but we are creating them which is half the battle and something to work on going forward. On the day Harry Fox gave a masterclass and got the county players nod as player of the day while an another impressive outing from Ewan Dillon deservedly gave him the overall county player of the interleague series.

04/04/2017 15:12