UNDER 17 LEAGUE SOUTHERN ELITE DIVISION
Carlow-Kilkenny Return to Winning Ways By Harry Shorthose

Carlow-Kilkenny FC 2

Cork City 1

U-17’s League of Ireland Southern Elite Division

It was back to winning ways in Deridimus Park for Carlow-Kilkenny having lost last time out against UCD.

Defending u-15 champions, Cork brought the intensity in the first half and laid siege to the Carlow-Kilkenny goal throughout with the hosts struggling to create chances. They defended well and took their chances when they came.

The first opportunity fell to the visitors ten minutes in. Ramon Gaspar drilled in a cross from the left, Sean McGrath getting onto the end of it, hitting the post. Bill Hughes was called into action in the goal as Cork continued to press. He palmed over Barry McCarthy’s free kick from the left before saving from Rob Geaney-O’Brien after some good work from McGrath down the left to set him up. Cork kept pressing and got their rewards seventeen minutes in thanks to a impressive solo effort from Evison Shllaki-Bramani. The goal had been coming with McGrath again going close just two minutes before, steering his shot wide after some good work to get into a scoring position. They weren’t done there and kept threatening with Geaney-O’Brien seeing his shot saved by Hughes. There was no let up as Geaney-O’Brien found himself through on goal but struggled to control the ball properly. However, it was Carlow-Kilkenny who scored next against the run of play. Oscar Brennan jumped on a mistake in the defence down the right, teeing up Ross O’Brien, who turned under pressure and got a shot off to the bottom corner to equalise three minutes from the break.

It was a rather lacklustre second half with Cork struggling to finish with the hosts proving difficult to get past in defence. O’Brien went close on the hour mark as he got onto the end of a cross from the right but was unable to fully control his header. Lee Day threatened with a cross from the right but it was deflected out, the defender narrowly missing the back of his own net ten minutes from time. The period of pressure paid off when Matthew Geoghegan got onto the end of Day’s corner from the right and slotted it in seconds later. They continued to threaten with Geoghegan going close from Day’s free, heading across the face of the goal. They were made survive a nervy last few minutes as Cork looked desperately to try and get something out of the game. With four minutes to go, Issa Kargbo found himself through on goal, a last gasp tackle denying him. Kargbo and James O’Leary both went close with efforts late on but could not finish, leaving Carlow-Kilkenny with all three points.

Teams:

Carlow-Kilkenny FC: Bill Hughes, Jake Haughney, Cian Franey, Nikolas Leonard, Dylan Stickel, Evan Connolly, Eamon Lalor, Oscar Brennan, Fionn McCaffrey, Eoghan Byrne, Ross O’Brien. Subs: Oliwier Oleksiewicz, Rory O’Dowd, Matthew Geoghegan, Niall Rowe, David Morrissey, Lee Day, Myles Hutton.

Cork City: Darragh Burke, Uniss Kargbo, Rob Walsh, Sean Cummins, Barry McCarthy, Oran Crowe, Jordan Waters, Evison Shllaki-Bramani, Rob Geaney-O’Brien, Ramon Gaspar, Sean McGrath. Subs: Issa Kargbo, Adam Cantwell, Ronan O’Brien, Elyas Eshaji, Chris O’Connor, Alan Nagle, James O’Leary.

07/04/2019 17:39