SSE Airtricity National U-15 League
Derry City 2-2 MUCFP
The Partners’ travelled down to Derry on a glorious sunny evening with only 3 points in mind. Connor Smith remained in goals after his good performance against Dundalk the previous Sunday. Dylan O’Reilly made his first start for the Partners’ and marked it with a goal 10 minutes in. Some good interplay with Donnacha McNamara allowed Dylan space in the box where he finished beautifully over the ‘keeper with his left foot. Cavan/Monaghan continued to press forward until Flynn Holland had to come off with a knee injury. Dean McCabe came on and Richard dropped down into defensive midfield with Conor Fitzpatrick.
Derry came into the game as the half went on and equalised deservedly after some good pressure. They then went ahead on the cusp of half time and lead at the break.
The Partners’ were quiet for the first 15 minutes of the half but came into the game with 20 minutes to go. Conor Shanley and Aidan Leonard adding some bite in midfield and they started moving up the pitch more frequently.
With only 2-3 minutes to go, Richard won a freekick 35 metres out with a driving run through midfield. Ben Kavanagh stepped with and hit a thunderbolt into the top corner, the Derry ‘keeper never had a chance.
MUCFP came away with a valuable point away from home and some impressive performances to build on going forward. Dylan O’Reilly was impressive up front, Richard was dominant in the middle of the park while Ben Kavanagh had an excellent game at left back.
SUBWAY Man of the Match: Connor Smith
MUCFP Squad: Connor Smith; Tiarnan O’Rourke, Keith Farnan, Eoin Flanagan, Flynn Holland, Donnacha McNamara, Richard Ayodele, Conor Fitzpatrick, Nathan McNally, Dylan O’Reilly, Aidan Leonard, Conor Shanley, Daire O’Shea, Ben Kavanagh, Cian McKenna, Dean McCabe.