Carnew have the firepower
O’Sullivan with two beauts
CARNEW AFC 3 ASHFORD ROVERS 0 ASHFORD ROVERS made the long trip to Carnew for the early kick-off last Sunday morning. The two teams had got off to a great start in the league with Carnew leading but would have to find a way past a good Ashford outfit if they intended on continuing their fine form.
It was a very even first five minutes with both teams looking to go forward and get an early goal to kick start the game. Carnew striker Mike Sullivan almost got the first goal of the game on the sixth minute when he was played through a lovely ball by Ben Gilligan that cut open the Ashford defence, but the striker sliced his shot wide.
Carnew did find the back of the net five minutes later with an outstanding strike from Richard Greene. Greene won possession back in the centre of midfield before running at the Ashford defence before hitting a long range effort from outside the box that dipped in the air and flew into the Ashford net. A great strike from the midfielder to give his side the lead on the 10-minute mark.
Rovers striker Luke Fitzpatrick thought he grabbed one back on 14th minute when he went unchallenged in the penalty area and fired a low shot that looked to be going into the left corner of the net, but Carnew defender Shane Byrne managed to get back and clear his lines.
Carnew grabbed another goal on the half hour mark after a great solo run from Mike Sullivan. The striker had pulled out wide on the left wing to receive the ball from Daniel Redmond, Sullivan controlled the ball and made a darting run down his left wing, he then cut inside and beat three Ashford defenders before firing home the second goal of the game. A great run and finish from the striker.
The home side didn’t let up and were back on the scoring act just before half time with Charlie Sullivan nabbing the third of the game on the 33rd minute, giving a lot to do in the second half for Rovers as they trailed 3-0 going in at half-time.
Rovers started the second half a lot better than the first and were looking to play the ball forward to try get strikers Dylan Doyle and Ben Meade more into the game. Ashford were awarded a penalty on the 45th minute when Ben Kelly was tripped in the box, Jake Cullen bravely stepped up to take but put a little too much power behind the strike and put the ball over the bar.
Despite being three goals behind, Ashford keeper Fionn Doyle was pulling off some great saves to keep the score at 3-0. Carnew thought they had grabbed a fourth on the 56th minute when Richard Greene got a shot off from the edge of the box, Doyle dived across his line to tip the ball off the post and then back off the post and into his arms, a great save by the young keeper.
Ashford will be disappointed to lose by three goals when they had the majority of the possession throughout the game, but unfortunately for the away side they didn’t take their chances whilst the hosts were clinical and scored three goals from four shots in the first half. Carnew continue their unbeaten run in the U-14 group C.
Carnew AFC: 1. Roland Chlechowitz, 2. Glenn Mythen, 3. Daniel Wright, 4. Maurice Shiels, 5. Shane Byrne, 6. Will Mullen, 7. Daniel Redmond, 8. Richard Green, 9. Ben Gilligan, 10. Mike Sullivan, 11. Charlie Sullivan, 12. Conor Neville, 13. Christopher Nolan.
Ashford Rovers: 1. Fionn Doyle, 2.Luke Moran , 3. Karl Drumond, 4.Evan Byrne, 5. Evan Glynn, 6. Jake Cullen, 7. Cormac Mc Grath, 8. Josh Nicholis, 9. Luke Fitzpatrick 10. Dylan Doyle, 11. Ben Meade, 12. Ben Kelly, 13. Aaron Doyle, 14. Liam Cunningham, 15. Cian Garland, 16. Aaron Corry. Referee: Paul Canavan.
The Carnew under-14 team who defeated Ashford Rovers at the Back Alley last weekend.
Ashford Rovers, who lost out to Carnew AFC last weekend.