Carlow Kilkenny v Limerick FC
Five Goal Limerick Crush Ten Man Carlow-Kilkenny Hopes By Harry Shorthose

Carlow-Kilkenny FC 2

Limerick FC 5

League of Ireland U-17 Southern Elite Division

It was a tale of what could have been for Carlow-Kilkenny as they were brought back down to earth after their first ever win last week. A red card late in the first half alongside a goal just before half-time cost the hosts dearly as Limerick scored four in the second half to claim the points.

It was a bright start from the hosts as it took Oscar Brennan less than twenty seconds to burst down the right and find Andrew Mulney-Mescall at the back post. He couldn’t rise high enough and the ball went over his head. They kept up the intensity and Brennan again went close five minutes later, shooting narrowly over the bar from the right hand side. Limerick had a rare opportunity of their own as Josh Quinlan dispossessed Nicky Leonard on the left and only for an intervention from Bill Hughes in goal, he would have found himself through on goal. However, it was Carlow-Kilkenny who took the lead on eleven minutes as Leonard’s cross on the right missed its target, was played back in from the left, deflecting into the net. Limerick’s Brian Ahearne fought back and had a couple of attempts but could not find the target. Carlow-Kilkenny continued to dominate though as Ross O’Brien’s free was headed across the face of the goal. That intensity led to them doubling their advantage on 27 minutes as a Limerick mistake cost them dearly. Ahearne’s got a touch on the ball as it trickled narrowly wide and could so easily have been another own-goal. The resulting corner was swung in from the right and was initially cleared before landing back into Mulney-Mescall’s path who got the last touch. Limerick were struggling to find the target. Fionn McCaffrey was sent off for a second yellow just before the break. Joey Rushe’s free on the edge of the box was easily dealt with by Hughes. They kept pushing and went close on a couple of occasions before they pulled one back on the verge of half-time with Ahearne shooting from outside the area.

That changed the momentum from then on. Ahearne again went close seven minutes into the second half as he shot straight at Hughes. The hosts had their only chance of the game four minutes later as captain, Niall Rowe headed wide from a corner. It was all downhill from there as Limerick kicked on and equalised through Quinlan who scored a cracker from the left hand side. They took the lead with twenty minutes to go as Quinlan found himself in the right place at the right time, getting onto the end of a corner from the right, with Hughes coming out to try and deal with it, needing just a tap in to score. They made it four with just two minutes to go with Kenny Lee’s penalty sending Hughes the wrong way after Junior Ankomah was brought down, summing up the hosts frustration and ending all hopes of a comeback. Substitute, Conor Keane added another in the dying seconds. The hosts didn’t have a shot on target in the second half and struggled to create chances.

Teams:

Carlow-Kilkenny: Bill Hughes, Jake Haughney, Nicky Leonard, Fionn McCaffrey, Adam McCarron, Niall Rowe, Eoghan Byrne, Oscar Brennan, Matthew Geoghan, Ross O’Brien, Andrew Mulney-McCarney. Subs: Rory O’Dowd, Dylan Stickel, David Morrissey, Lee Dan, Evan Connolly, Cian Franey, Oliwer Oleksiewicz.

Limerick: Gearoíd Malone, Ronan Geary, Adam FitzPatrick, Rian O’Connell, Joey Rushe, Andri Haxhiaj, Brian Ahearne, Josh Quinlan, Kenny Lee, Ben Coleman. SubsL Adam Brennan, Junior Ankomah, Jamie Griffin, Conor Keane.

17/03/2019 18:02