U15 soccer – Outclassed in Local derby

St Joseph's U15 team

St Joseph’s U15 team

Muire & Pádraig Swinford 5  0 St Joseph’s Charlestown

A goal down after 5 minutes when a Swinford midfielders shot came back off the post and was tapped in by an alert forward was all that separated the sides at half time. St. Joes did have a good chance, created by Pawel Fijak and Ciarán Honeyman but Jack Brennan’s shot flew wide. Brennan had a fine game against his neighbours winning countless aerial duels. The East Mayo boys were nearly back on level terms at the beginning of the second half when Honeyman saw his effort smothered by the Swinford custodian. But that was as good as it got for St. Joes as the more astute Swinford side played some lovely intricate football to pull away with an avalanche of goals and were good value for their win.

Glens too Good for Swinford

                         Glenamaddy   3                   2    Muire & Pádraig

The second game saw Swinford play Glenamaddy and their free-flowing football suddenly departed them as the Galway side fought them toe to toe and then took the lead. Swinford got back into it but ended up losing 2-3 to a Glen side who showed great gusto and no little skill in winning from the front.

Glens Outgun St.Joes

St. Joseph’s Charlestown      2           4     Glenamaddy

(D. Durkan 2)

St. Joseph’s shown what they were made of in this game with a more dedicated performance in which they took the lead through Donny Durkan after Glenamaddy had brought a fine save from Ruairí Redmond early on. Ciarán Honeyman was awesome in the first half, putting in a bustling effort all over the pitch and it was his through ball that found Durkan, who bided his time, before lifting the ball over the out-rushing Glens goalkeeper to score a superb opener. Tomás Goldrick and Marty Beirne put in a fine shift in their defensive roles also. Unfortunately, from a Charlestown point of view the teams ended the half level when a superb trap, turn and shot from the excellent Morgan Grier saw the sides at 1-1 on the stroke of half time. That same player would be very influential in the early second half where Charlestown conceded 3 quick goals. But this time the St. Joes boys would not fold and played their hearts out and got one back when a delightful Durkan chip made it 4-2. There were a few other efforts but the Glens stood still and ran out winners. Not a bad day’s work for the Galway side who came to Mayo and went home with full points and probably a place in the knockout stages.

Next up is the U19 Connacht Quarter Final on Monday next at 12:00 K.O. in Bellaghy where the visitors are Moneenageisha of Galway