St. Patrick’s 3 Carlow Kilkenny 0

Carlow Kilkenny arrived to Dublin looking to improve on what was a tough previous fixture against Bohiemians.

The opposition was again to be of the very highest caliber this week though, as they were taking on last years LOI U15s Champions St. Patrick’s Athletic.

The game started off with a very big chance within moments of kick off being taken, as Pats nearly capitalized on a slow start from Carlow Kilkenny.

As the first 10 minutes of dominance from St. Pats passed though, Carlow Kilkenny grew into what became a very evenly matched contest.

Possession was shared by both for the next 10 minutes with both teams cancelling each other out, until St. Pats capitalized a Carlow Kilkenny error in possession at the back, leading to the first goal of the game.

The second came about just as quick, with a loss of possession in midfield pounced on by a dynamic St. Pats number 8, who then finished emphatically from 25 yards out.

This was a tough 3 odd minutes for Carlow Kilkenny who went on to react well until the half time whistle, with a hard working performance although they hadn’t created too much going forward just yet.

That completely changed with the start of the second half though.

Carlow Kilkenny began the half brilliantly with their high pressing game putting St. Pats under a lot of pressure right from the off.

This led to a flood of chances for the away team, with Dean Owens, Cathal Kennedy & Eoin Dempsey all coming close.

Having played the majority of the second 40 minutes in St. Pats half, Carlow Kilkenny were then dealt a very harsh blow with 10 minutes to go as St. Pats, who attacked at fantastic pace all game won the ball high up the pitch and clinically made it 3 nil just moments later.

That didn’t dishearten Carlow Kilkenny’s players though as they finished the game again with some great play in the oppositions half, with a goal unfortunately eluding the lads as it was the least they deserved.

All in all, apart from 2 very preventable goals being conceded, Carlow Kilkenny proved to all in attendance that they can compete at the very highest level as their efforts showed in abundance.

The lads will hopefully now take confidence from this performance and bring it forward to their next game, a home tie versus Drogheda in Dermidus Park at 2pm on Saturday 13th of April.

Man of the Match:

Eoin Dempsey.

His second half performance was excellent as his dynamic play in midfield raised Carlow Kilkenny’s performance in both an attacking & defensive sense.

07/04/2019 17:34