Clash Celtic and Carnew share spoils after exciting encounter
FOCUS MATCH DIVISION 3
Clash Celtic 2, Carnew AFC 2: The chances may have been in abundance for both sides in this enthralling encounter on Sunday morning but a point apiece was all either team had to show for their efforts come the end of the 90 minutes.
With three goals flying in within the first 15 minutes, one couldn’t help but anticipate a goal fest but poor finishing put paid to that, with both sides squandering more than their fair share of chances to find the net and so it stayed at 2-2 following Carnew’s second equaliser of the game on 70 minutes.
Carnew may feel they should have had all three points due to the amount of chances they created in the second-half but a share of the spoils was just desserts for both sides really.
It wasn’t very long into the match when the first chance was conjured up and indeed it proved to be the first goal too; going the way of the home side.
Dave Carter found himself with the ball at his feet in the box but his sharp turn-and-shot was blocked by a defender, before Carter collected the ball once more to put it across the six-yard box where Christopher Kennedy was on hand to bundle the ball in.
The hosts only held the lead for a few minutes though, three to be precise, as Carnew hit back instantly.
Dale Austin dinked a deep freekick over the top and into the danger zone and with no Clash defender on hand to clear it away, John Kavanagh netted his first goal of the day by nodding the ball across the face of the goal and into the net.
Then with just the third chance of the game we had the third goal, and what a goal it was.
Martin Darcy found his strike partner Dave Carter, and Carter went on a jinking run which saw him evade several would-be tacklers before toe-poking the ball in off the foot of the post. A fantastic individual goal, although not quite as good as Maradona’s in 86’.
Within minutes both sides then missed chances, first Gael Forlot sent his free header wide of the target for Celtic before Carnew’s Keith Osbourne saw his one-on-one opportunity blocked away by a combination of defender and goalie. There was another flurry of chances shortly before the break, all falling to Carnew this time, but Forlot, David O’Rourke, Keith Osbourne and then Austin, who hit the crossbar with a fantastic effort from the edge of the box, failed to find a way past the imposing figure of Thomas Carter in the Clash net.
The second-half didn’t explode into action quite like the first-half did, with the first threat on goal not coming until 16 minutes into the second period.
Forlot’s ball forward was controlled by Keith Osbourne, who then touched the ball back for Maurice Kinsella, but Kinsella’s low effort was saved.
However, Carnew’s next chance, 20 minutes before the end, was not saved by Carter and finally the visitors got the goal they deserved.
They must have thought they had scored moments before but were denied by a brave goal-line block, but during the ensuing scramble Kavanagh managed to scramble the ball in and tie it up.
Carnew now looked like they were pushing on in search of a winner and were almost caught out when substitute Brian Hanlon was released and had at least ten yards on the nearest defender, but the young man seemed as surprised as everyone else not to have been called offside and when he did eventually shoot, it was wide of the far post.
Less than a minute later Carnew midfielder Mikey Osbourne had a moment he’d rather forget when he skied his eight yard effort over the crossbar following a corner.
The imposing Fergus Garrett then couldn’t believe his bad luck when his low free-kick for the away side nicked off a Clash defender before trickling wide of the far post.
At this point it looked like both sides were content to settle for their point but Celtic will be kicking themselves not to have brought home all three after a fantastic chance a minute into stoppage time.
Paddy Byrne released substitute David Greene and his shot beat Carnew ‘keeper Jody Byrne but not Tomás Kennedy, who somehow got back and cleared off the line in the nick of time.
Man of the Match: John Kavanagh (Carnew AFC). Grabbed his side’s two goals, not a bad return for a defender.
Clash Celtic's Christopher Kennedy skips past the challenge of Carnew's David O'Rourke.
Carnew's Eugene Jordan tries to go past Clash Celtic's Ger Byrne.
Carnew's Fergus Garrett has this effort blocked by Clash Celtic goalkeeper Thomas Carter.