Sunday 22nd April 2012
Ballincollig v Douglas Hall
The under 10s were in action again at home last Sunday down at the Regional Park. This turned out to be a thrilling encounter with Ballincollig showing that the efforts on the training ground are starting to pay off. The lads started much better with Sean O’Donoghue anchoring the midfield and Scott Kelly and Justin Eguaibor raiding down the wings in support of Josh Ambrose and Darragh Moriarty up front. Scott scored the first for Ballincollig, showing his leadership as captain, when he intercepted a Douglas kick out and placed it into the bottom right hand corner. This was followed up by some great defending by Alex Hill, Jamie Slavin in the centre and Jordan Murphy, with keeper Cillian Kierse in goals for the second game in a row making some important saves. Ballincollig scored a second from an Alex Hill corner with Scott coming short to pick it up and he played it to Josh on the edge of the box, where he flicked the ball up and volleyed it into the back of the net. It was a nice finish indeed. Ballincollig defended well to see out the end of the first period.
The second period saw Jack Desmond and Bryan Smith come on up front, Robbie Walsh on in defence and Mark Oldham on the left wing. It was Douglas though that scored with a counter attack soon after the start. Ballincollig came back strong with Robbie outstanding in the right back position and at one stage he even had a long range shot saved by the Douglas keeper. Jamie and Alex were likewise amazing in defence. Ballincollig were now pinning Douglas back with Bryan and Jack both having shots saved before a goal came from a corner swung in by Bryan and finished again by Josh. Then it was Mark’s turn to have a shot saved after being played through by Scott. Robbie and Jamie again were clearing everything that came near them.
The final period saw Jordan and Justin come on in defence, with Sean and Darragh on in midfield. Cillian made an outstanding early save before Ballincollig peppered the Douglas goal, with shots being saved from Bryan and Justin. Cillian again came to the rescue before Ballincollig counterattacked and it was Jack’s turn to have a shot saved. Douglas then got a lucky break when a push in the back on Mark went unnoticed and they managed to score. Bryan and Mark then worked a nice free kick as Mark rolled the ball to Bryan, but his shot went over the wall and wide. Then while Douglas were attacking a couple of misplaced defensive kicks allowed Douglas to poke it home. Despite the setback Ballincollig pressed again with Darragh, Sean, Justin and Mark pushing up to support Bryan and Jack. Cillian, Jordan and Robbie finished rock solid in defence and Justin had the final shot on goal. In the end Ballincollig were unlucky not to win but this was a much improved performance. Well done lads.