This was a very tough game for us tonight, Geraldines have been very impressive in their first season back in the top flight of junior football. A lot was riding on tonight’s result and lucky enough we came away with the win. We started off the game brightly and should have been 1 up when John Boyle fired inches over the bar from about 15 yards out. Our first came on 15 mins when John Connery was upended in the box and referee pointed to the spot and Gary Griffin cooly slotted home the penalty. The game became a bit scrappy after that with both defences getting on top, Mark Keane was exceptional for Carew.
In the second half it was much the same as the first, a lot of possession by both teams in the middle with not many clear chances going either way. Carew’s second came on 55 mins when Pa Boyle let fly from 25 yards and it nestled in the bottom corner to the delight of the large Carew support. By this stage I think we were just the better team and we had further chances with Somers and Grant going close on a number of occasions. All in all I think we just about shaded this one, I taught the dines put up a great display but in the end we just proved too strong for them.
An edgy game to say the least between Geraldines Afc and Carew Park Afc tonight.
Carew took the lead when John Connery was taken down inside the box and Gary Griffin stepped up, sent the keeper the wrong way and slotted home. It looked like Carew were going to kick on from this but that didn’t happen and the ball just seemed to bounce around the midfield for the rest of the half with Geraldines creating nothing of note, and Carew park not doing much better. Not that the forwards weren’t creating chances; but the defenders on both teams stood tall.
Second half starting much like the first ended but it was Carew who got the goal when Sommers intercepted a ball on the left, played a 1-2 and then picked out Pa Boyle who scored into the bottom corner from outside the box.
Only really 1 more clear chance from each team with Pa Boyles free kick saved and Thomas O Gradys header just wide from a corner.
Albeit Carew got the win it was hard to look passed Thomas O Grady for Man of the Match imo.