U12 Division 6

Lakewood Athletic B 2 Castleview A 3

Lakewood U12’s lose out in a game of 2 halves.

The U12B team learned a hard lesson in competitive football earlier today after squandering an early 2 nil lead to eventually lose 3-2 with a goal in the dying minutes. Lakewood started out well enough and could have had a goal within the first minute as Bradley Keane was one on one with the keeper but lady luck was not there for the young Lakewood striker. 10 minutes later Jake O’Kelly hit the same ball over the Castleview defence and which was once more received by Bradley after the tall keeper spilled the ball, the ball was put through the box for Sean O’Sullivan to put in the back of the net. Castleview increased the tempo and it was obvious to see why they are league leaders at the half way point of the season with a barrage of shots going wide and just over the bar. They were also beating the offside line with through balls and at one point Tareq Ibrahiam was forced to make a one footed save to keep Lakewood ahead. Despite all Castleviews attempts, Lakewood went further ahead at 20 minutes. Bradley got free down the right wing and managed to cross the ball in for Jake to hit it first time into the top left corner, leaving the keeper no chance. Lakewood were reminded to keep their composure and concentrate. 5 minutes later and a Castleview striker was one on one with Tareq but his save only rebounded into the strikers path again. Adam English came in with a great tackle to save a certain goal only for the ball to rebound again into the path of the striker for an easy tap in. Lakewood leading by one at half time but lady luck had left the Lakewood dressing room for good.

Castleview were more dominant in the second half and were rewarded by a deflected shot leaving Tareq wrong footed on the goal line. All level at 2-2 but the Lakewoood defence were making wrong decisions at times and a Castleview goal looked more and more likely. With two minutes to go a Castleview ball into the box was not dealt with adequately by the defence leading to an easy Castleview goal. Last minute and Lakewood had a corner, or rather 3 corners in a row. The whole team were in the Castleview box trying to rescue a point. Jake’s first corner was going in but the keeper was up for the save. The second corner was cleared and deflected out by Castleview for one last corner as indicated by the ref. The tension on both sidelines was palpable as Jake delivered in a fine ball only to be headed out to Adam to volley back surely just under the bar but the keeper managed to save it. A disappointing result for Lakewood after a fine effort but Castleview showed why they lead the table.