MUCFP 2 BOHEMIANS 1
Part 2 from a very busy week for the U19s,on Tues 10th April we hosted last seasons Champions Bohemians in Gortakeegan, a side full of the most talented players in the country and will compete in the European Youth Cup later in the year. It was a very difficult game on paper but it seemed even more difficult in the early exchanges as Bohemians started at a frantic pace, moving the ball around the pitch with ease and testing the partners defensive shape and resilience.
The home team had a game plan and were able to maintain their shape and stop the opposition from breaking their lines, the industrious Callum Lynch playing up front gave Bohemians back 4 some problems and he looked very dangerous in counter attacks.
During the first half neither team created a lot in terms of chances and despite the visitors having the bulk of possession both teams cancelled each other out, scoreless at the break.
The second half continued at a frantic pace, Bohemians pressed and the partners soaked up any attacks and looked to counter attack through the wide players of Scott Prendergast and Chad Mc Eneaney and the pace of Lynch up top.
Indeed it was a quick breakaway that led to the opening goal on 53 minutes, Prendergast found space on the left flank, cut inside on his right foot and delivered a perfect 40 yard cross into the path of Mc Eneaney who expertly guided his headed effort over the keeper into the top corner to give his side a shock lead.
The partners then enjoyed a good spell as Bohemians threw all they had into attack, Lynch threatened to get in behind their defence everytime he had the ball. On 60 mins the partners doubled their lead through a fine piece of individual skill from Lynch, he won the ball back just outside the box, dribbled through both center backs before rounding the full back and his well struck shot beat the keeper from a very tight angle.
Bohemians turned up the heat yet again but they were continually frustrated by the partners who just didn’t want to be broken down, the home side were regimented in their organisationb and defended like spartans throughout, Bohemians tidy short passing game soon turned to long ball tactics as they became increasingly frustrated. With 20 minutes to go Bohs pulled one back when a cross caught out Mark Byrne in the home goal and crept into the net.
The final exchanges were played at a blistering pace with both sides pushing themselves to the limits, in summary the visitors couldn’t break down a resolute partners team who worked tirelessly for each other all night, Lynch had a couple of half chances before the final whistle but the partners were able to see it out and record an historic win against arguably the best team in the country at this level.
Subway Man of the Match Martynas Pilvinis