Anyone involved in a team sport knows that the referee has a hard job. Some people might even say that the ref can make it harder for himself. It’s a bad thing though when the referee seems to start playing for the opposition.
Donoughmore Community Centre, Saturday 15th August 2009, 2.30 p.m.
Donoughmore Athletic 0 – 2 Ballincollig
Ballincollig completely dominated this game and deserved more than two goals from this fixture. As such it was a useful exercise for the team to gel and become more familiar with each other. Ballincollig were waiting for the Donoughmore team to finish their warm-up before the game started. It was a case of perhaps their warm-up being too vigorous because they couldn’t live with the pace and passing that ‘Collig brought to the table.
There was a magnificent chance when Ian Roche crossed for Tim Brennan in the opening minutes but the ball rolled across the face of the goal rather than into the net. A goal bound shot from Ian Hayes was deflected wide a minute later. Donoughmore resorted to lumping the ball forward to little effect causing the Ballincollig defence no problems. The next real chance came from a Mark Buckley free-kick that came back off the cross bar but the first half ended with the teams level on the scoreline if nothing else.
The second half was all Ballincollig again. James Murphy went close on two occasions and probably feels he should have put one of them away but it was Ian Roche who gets to take the credit for two goals. The first came from a shot outside the box when two previous Ballincolllig efforts had been blocked down. The second was a well taken half volley inside the box after a cross from the left was headed down by Steven Day.
Nothing much else to take from this game apart from satisfaction at a clean sheet and a good performance. Best for Ballincollig were Ian Roche, James Murphy and Ian Hayes who put in a Roy Keane-eqsue performance.