Sunday 20th May 2012
Douglas Hall v Ballincollig
The Under 10s were away to Douglas last Sunday, May 20th. Ballincollig won the toss and elected to play with the slight breeze and slope. Douglas started quickly, being more used to the all weather surface, and they had an early shot wide. Ballincollig soon followed this with a couple of attacks of their own with Darragh Moriarty on the left wing, Jordan Murphy on right wing, Scott Kelly in centre of midfield supporting Sean Callanan and Jack Desmond up front. Douglas then had a spell of pressure with Adam Summers having to make a couple of great saves and Alex Hill, captain Jamie Slavin and David Hume were rock solid in defence clearing all before them to help keep it all square.
In the second period Ballincollig had to spend most of their time defending and Douglas had a number of early corners. Jamie now had Sean O’Donoghue and Mark Oldham with him in defence and they were all very busy. Relief came on occasions when Robbie Walsh, now on the right wing or Darragh on the left had a chance to dribble forward using their wings. Bryan Smith had a rare chance with a ball over the top from Jordan in midfield, but it was Douglas who scored the first of the game. It was an unlucky goal for the Ballincollig defence to concede as it was a blocked clearance that fell kindly to the Douglas attacker. Ballincollig had a couple of chances when Jordan played a ball into Bryan and his shot went out for a corner off a defender. Then from the corner Darragh played it into Robbie who passed it onto Jordan and he slipped it through to Bryan for a shot, but it was saved by the keeper, very nice play.
Ballincollig had the slope and wind again in the last period and Scott was back in midfield with Bryan playing just off the lone striker Sean Callanan. Alex was now on the opposite wing to Robbie, who was still on the right. David, Sean O’Donoghue and Mark were outstanding in defence so much so that Adam was barely troubled in goal. Ballincollig attacked with Bryan being foiled on a couple of occasions by the Douglas keeper. It was all Ballincollig now as they pushed for the equaliser as Alex, Robbie, Scott and Bryan attacked. Ballincollig were so eager to keep up the pressure at one stage striker Sean Callanan tracked all the way back to the left back position to make a great tackle. Then Ballincollig made a final push and despite blocked shot after blocked shot the ball fell to Scott on the edge of the box, the crowd called for him to shoot, and he did just that burying it with a sweet strike. Good job his dad tied those boot laces properly before the game. The ref then blew up as it was literally the last kick of the game. It was outstanding entertainment and what a finish. Better than the Premier League or Champions League any day.