Dundalk FC 2-0 MUCFP U-15’s
This was by far the Partners’ best performance of the season thus far as they pushed Dundalk to the very end. 2 first half goals meant Dundalk take the spoils, it was a competitive game through but Dundalk just had the cutting edge. The second half was much improved defensively and offensively, they were just not able to create the clear cut chance they needed to get back into the contest.
Nathan Lavery had an impressive game in goals and made some fine saves and catches for MUCFP. Flynn Holland had some chances from set-pieces, his freekick was well blocked by the Dundalk wall. Emmanuel and Richard worked tirelessly up front trying to work an opportunity for the Partners, coming close on occasion but just lacking a little luck at vital moments. The second half saw the introduction of Keith, Donnacha, Dean Carroll, Conor Shanley, Brian Oghene and Evan Brady. Keith Farnan went into centre-back as Tiarnan shifted to right-back to deal with Dundalk’s winger who was very strong in the air. Dean and Keith had a very good game at centre back in the second half without conceding a goal. Donnacha picked up the ball in some promising spaces between Dundalk’s defence and midfield but he didn’t have the movement in front of him to hurt the opposition backline. Alex, Conor and Flynn martialled the middle of the park well dealing with both Dundald wide players who drifted infield.
Brian came on up front for the tired Emmanuel, he asserted himself and made life difficult for the Dundalk centre-backs. Evan, Nathan, Ben and Conor Fitzpatrick all had stints on the wings but had to work back hard to track Dundalk’s adventurous full-backs.
All in all, all the lads acquitted themselves excellently. Just need to find that first goal to kickstart our attacking play.
MUCFP Squad: Nathan Lavery, Aidan Leonard, Tiarnan O’Rourke, Cian Brennan, Ben Kavanagh, Alex Prior, Flynn Holland, Richard Ayodele, Emmanuel Shehu, Nathan McNally, Conor Fitzpatrick, Dean Carroll, Conor Shanley, Evan Brady, Brian Oghene, Donnacha McNamara, Keith Farnan.