SSE AIRTRICITY NATIONAL UNDER 15 LEAGUE
MUCFP vs. ST. PATRICKS ATHLETIC
On a warm and humid Saturday afternoon the Partners’ met the high flying St. Pats who sit joint top now of Group 1 in the SSE Airtricity League U-15 section. From the start the Cavan/Monaghan boys knew it would be a tough 80 minutes in store as the Dubs started very quickly. They stormed into a 2-0 lead with 2 excellent finishes. The Partners’ rallied slightly over the next 15 minutes but the onslaught continued with Pats’ playing some lovely high tempo football. However the Dublin side scored another 3 goals before half-time, the home side feared a big scoreline was on the cards if they didn’t up their level in the second half.
Indeed the second half showed a completely different side to the Partners’ U-15’s as they fought tooth and nail to make for an entertaining 40 minutes. Nathan McNally, who has been in terrific form recently harried and ran the Pats’ centre halves constantly and eventually reaped his reward. The Reds left sided centre half took too much time on the ball and Nathan nipped the ball from under his feet, bore down on goal and coolly slotted his shot home. This was the Carrick strikers 3rd goal in as many games and he may have had another shortly afterwards. Emmanuel Shehu slalomed down the left wing and crossed into Nathan who took on a spectacular volley which ended up in the net, however the cross was adjudged to have went out of play.
Tempers rose as Emmanuel and the Reds striker were both sent off for violent conduct. Nathan Lavery made some crucial saves including several brilliant 1 on 1 stops to keep Cavan/Monaghan lads in the game. The backline of Tiarnan, Brian, Keith and Ben held a good line and stopped a lot of promising St. Pat’s attacks. Flynn, Richard, Conor Shanley and Conor Fitzpatrick ran tirelessly to press and harrass the Red’s midfield giving them little room to play the neat passing game they had in the first half. Conor Fitzpatrick had to be taken off due to injury and Donnacha McNamara came on and acquitted himself well on the right flank.
Pat’s scored a late sixth as Nathan Lavery superbly saved the first effort, another Pat’s forward was first to the second ball to fire home. Although the scoreline shows a heavy defeat, the second half should give the young lads some sense of hope and pride in their performance. If they can play like this from the start, they should feel they can compete against these top teams going forward.
Subway Man of the Match: This award goes to the superb Nathan McNally who epitomized what work rate and effort looks like. He scrapped and worked for the entire 80 minutes and took his goal confidently.
Final Score: 1-6
MUCFP Squad: Nathan Lavery (C), Tiarnan O’Rourke, Richard Ayodele, Keith Farnan, Ben Kavanagh, Conor Shanley, Flynn Holland, Mark McDermott, Conor Fitzpatrick, Emmanuel Shehu, Nathan McNally, Donnacha McNamara, Connor Smith, Evan Brady, Aidan Leonard, Brian Oghene, Cian Brennan.