Good win for U14s
Posted: 2014-12-06 22:01:56
U14 Div 3: Tramore Ath 3 Castleview 1
Tramore Athletic showed tremendous character in this hard fought league encounter to come from harshly being a goal behind at half time to win 3:1 against a talented Castleview team.
Centre halves Robert Dermody and Mark Guinnane produced committed and disciplined performances, marshalling the defensive line while utilising the pace of fullbacks Jay Gubbins and Shane Aherne to launch counter attacks on either flank. Talented wingers Ben O'Gorman and Kalem Cashman drove at the Castleview defence time and again with speed and guile and it appeared as if a goal for Tramore Athletic had to come.
However, one of the few lapses in concentration during the opening period was duly punished by Castleview leaving Tramore Athletic frustrated at half time going in a goal behind. The always dangerous forward pairing of Kieran Murphy and Luke Burton created several goalscoring opportunities of their own and with any luck would surely have registered scores on another day.
However, Tramore Athletic refused to let their heads drop and started the second half brightly with colossal performances in particular from Zach Burton and Taha Al-Salihi in central midfield with Al-Salihi rewarded for his tireless work by scoring the equaliser midway through the second half. Castleview rallied after conceding and showed they are a side with plenty of ability, causing a few problems for the Tramore defence in the period following the equaliser. Tadgh O'Mahony was heroic in goal for Tramore and produced a number of superb saves to keep the game in the balance.
Robbie O'Sullivan and Adam Nolan, who both came on as second half substitutes, proved pivotal in deciding the result with O'Sullivan's fresh legs on the left wing causing Castleview problems while cool-headed Nolan showed his composure at full back with a goal line clearance as the game was evenly poised with both sides going for that decisive second goal.
Kalem Cashman's wizardry on the right side of midfield was eventually rewarded late on after a mazy run when he was fouled in the box, despatching the resultant penalty with aplomb. A foul on the edge of the box by Castleview deep into injury time was again punished by Cashman who showed his dead ball skills to score directly from the free kick and deservedly secure the points for Tramore Athletic.