Young roses go down fighting
ROSARIO U10s 0 : ST PAT'S 3 2 May 2012
Team [marks out of 10]:
Calum Kelly, John Joe McDonald, Matthew Mitchell, Daniel Goodacre, Ryan Boyle, Max Miller, Tom Doherty, Oran Magee, James Napier, Ryan McCarthy, Conor Harkin Subs: Cormac Matthews, Oisin Treacy, Enda Gargan
The young Rosario U10 team lined up against SBYL champions St Pat's in the newly constituted Michael Young Cup at a sun-soaked Ulidia. This was their 11-a-side Ulidia debut and they were anxious to put on a good show for the home supporters. Their few previous encounters at full-sided level have been marked by displays of great gusto and passion undermined by a positional naivete which costs them dearly. So it would prove again as they roared into early action taking the game right to the champions and putting them under early pressure. Conor Harkin and Ryan McCarthy had half chances but the St Pat's rearguard was equal to the challenge. After eight minutes St Pat's scored in their first foray into the Roses' half when a well-placed corner found Scullion unmarked on the edge of the box. He made no mistake with a crisp drive beyond Kelly in the Rosario goal. The setback seemed to halt the home team's momentum and it was St Pat's turn to pile on the pressure. Their dividend arrived in the 17th minute when McGuigan took full advantage of Matthew Mitchell's hesitation to ram home an unstoppable drive. Young James Napier did his utmost to rally his side. He was all legitimate aggression in defense and creative probing in attack and he was ably assisted in midfield by U9 Oran Magee but their best efforts came to nothing and the half ended with Rosario trailing 2-0.
The second half saw the introduction of striker Enda Gargan and his speed and detemination created a whole new set of problems for the St Pat's defense. He had them at full stretch from a delightful through ball from Tom Doherty but the keeper somehow managed to push his shot away for a corner. Minutes later heroics from Cormac Matthews produced a scoring opportunity for young Oisin Treacy, another U9 player, but the keeper again reacted well to his strong header and cleared the danger. It just seemed that the young Roses were not destined to score. St Pat's aren't champions for nothing and they responded with heavy pressure of their own and Calum Kelly in goal and defenders Daniel Goodacre and Ryan Boyle dug deep with really solid defensive perfomances. They could do nothing,however, to prevent Scullion from scoring again from close range in the dying minutes of the game.
The young Roses can be proud of this brave performance even in defeat. The experience of a full-sided game against a strong, champion side will do them nothing but good and stand them in good stead for the future.
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