Seven up for Macroom FC U14s
u14 League, ferMoy 2 MacrooM a 7: The long journey to Fermoy was worthwhile with a comprehensive victory for the U14A side. Macroom led 2-1 at the break with Ben Herlihy scoring from the penalty spot and Ben Lyons on target with a fantastic strike. Early in the second half Rhys Fallon increased the lead to 3-1. Back came Fermoy with a goal and, following this, Macroom needed to withstand sustained pressure. With Finn Brady, James Slattery and Liam Holland doing well, the visitors managed to lift the siege. The hard working Rory Duggan scored to give Macroom a two goal cushion and this seemed to break Fermoy’s resolve. Further goals from Daniel O’ Sullivan, Rhys Fallon (after great work from Michael O’Connell) and Colm McSweeny made the game safe.
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MacrooM 7: Macroom started slowly in this tie as the hosts scored two early goals. From then on however the visitors were by far the better side. They had overturned the deficit by half time and led 3-2. On the resumption the pattern of play continued as Macroom notched four more goals without reply. Ryan Leahy and Mark Hunt both scored a brace and Sean Murphy, Brian Healy and Daire McMahon had a goal each. Another top class result as Macroom move on to round four.
u16 nationaL cuP, riverstown 1 MacrooM 6: The good National Cup form continued as the U16s qualified for the last 32 in Ireland with a comfortable win over hosts Riverstown at Glanmire. The home side took an early lead but similar to the U14 game in Castlelack Macroom then took control and were never troubled. Daniel Cotter’s goal had Macroom level at half time. Playing at a much higher tempo Macroom bossed the second period. Lawrence Asling volleyed home JK Long’s corner and then another fine delivery from Long found the head of Cotter who finished well. Cotter then secured his hat trick when he capitalised on some slack defending and Eoin Guiney made it five with a superb volley low to the bottom corner. Late on Asling was on hand with a cool finish to move Macroom forward to the next round.
schooLgirLs section: The U14 and U12 girls teams are now well into another busy season. Much interest in the locality has resulted in two U12 teams (Macroom and Macroom Town) being entered into competition. Brian Murphy, Mick Goold, Tim Murphy and coaches are putting in excellent work in this section.
Macroom Town U12 entertained Kinsale and though defeated gave a great account of themselves. The club’s other U12 side were at home to Bandon and ran out 4-2 winners.
The U14s made the trip to Midleton minus a number of players. The home side triumphed on this occasion but Macroom’s large squad proved invaluable. Leanne Healy and Emily Murphy played fine games and many of the younger squad.