Sublime Carstairs goal earns Redbank a point
FOCUS MATCH WICKLOW LEAGUE DIVISION 2
Redbank United 1, Roundwood 1: Redbank United grabbed what was probably an undeserved point from their fierce local rivals Roundwood thanks to a fantastic second-half free-kick from their striker Andrew Carstairs last Sunday morning.
Roundwood had taken a deserved lead in the 20th minute when the prolific Tony Conway tucked away a penalty after his strike partner Damian Johnson had been chopped down in the box but after Carstairs had evened up the scores the visitors failed to find a second goal despite huge pressure.
Neither side will be too disheartened about their performances as they were both brooding a lot of new blood and they have both got a point on the board.
It may have been played in pretty miserable conditions but the match got off to a bright start and Roundwood really should have taken the lead on seven minutes.
Midfielder Robert Eyre released his team-mate Damian Johnson with a delicious ball over the top but Johnson’s finish didn’t match the set up, as he sent his attempted lob wide of the target.
Five minutes later and Thomas Fitzpatrick’s leftfooted volley may have looked spectacular but it didn’t trouble John Power in the Redbank goal.
Eight minutes later however, Power could do nothing to stop Roundwood taking the lead from the penalty spot.
A long ball forward was partially headed away and Johnson went to retrieve the ball but couldn’t, as he was brought down needlessly by Eoin Mulrane. Conway had no trouble dispatching the penalty.
Roundwood then came within inches of doubling their lead eight minutes before the halftime break through Robert Eyre.
A free-kick was tapped to the tall number eight and he unleashed a vicious swerving shot that seemed destined for the goal before it can- noned off the inside of the post and out of harms way.
Twelve minutes after the half-time break then all Roundwood’s good work came undone thanks to a fantastic free-kick from Carstairs.
After giving away a petty free-kick, Roundwood had eight men in the wall but Carstairs stepped up 25 yards out and curled the ball into the top right hand corner. An audacious 30yard effort from Roundwood’s Luke Ferguson almost found the net but after the midfielder had teed himself up, his dipping shot flew just over the crossbar.
Both sides then tried their best to find a winner but they couldn’t create a chance until the 92nd minute, when John Sayers left hand corner found Johnson unmarked six yards from goal, but the striker couldn’t find the net.
Man of the Match: Thomas Delemare (Roundwood). Brings new meaning to the term rock solid.
Redbank United: John Power, Eoin Mulrane, Noel Power, George Power, James O’Connor, Enda Kavanagh, Bernard Hatton, Declan Carstairs, Valdas Gruselions, Andrew Carstairs. Subs not used: Damien Kennedy, Darius Iyazmutdyq, Rob Cullen.
Roundwood: Brian Eyre, Ross Brown, Thomas Delemare, Jason Walsh ( Sean Leahy 61’), Stephen Smith, Thomas Fitzpatrick, Robert Eyre, Luke Ferguson, Wesley Darcy (John Sayers 45’), Tony Conway (Derek Lambe 50’), Damian Johnson. Subs not used: Gavin Kennedy, Jason Gaffney.
Roundwood, who played out a 1-1 draw against Redbank United.
Redbank United, who shared the spoils against Roundwood.