Sat Nov 11th
U13 Division 6
Lakewood Athletic B 4 Riverstown A 1
An entertaining match at Lakewood where a determined Lakewood team came away with all 3 points. The first half started positively with the home team attacking from the off and unlucky not to open their account. However, as the half went on the visitors started to create their own chances. The home team went in at half time one goal up after a strong run by Paul Omoshule down the left side, from a great ball from Sean O’Sullivan, before cutting back in and shooting past the keeper.
Lakewood started the second half positively again and were rewarded with another goal. An offload from Kerry William set Paul on his way from near the half way line and he weaved his way down the pitch to round the keeper to slot it into the net calmly. Riverstown increased the pressure chasing the game and were denied a goal from a fine save by stand in keeper Bradley Keane. However, the failure of the Lakewood players to close down a free Riverstown attacker lead to conceding a goal as Bradley was left stranded and the player had time to accurately lob the keeper. Riverstown were denied further goals as Arran Smyth cleared the ball off the line and then executed a crisp clean slide tackle in the box. These near misses seemed to spur on Lakewood and they were dominant for the remaining 20 minutes. Kerry William was rewarded with a brace as he upped his tempo in the game. The first came after Riverstown failed to clear the ball from their area and it looked as if Kerry had held the ball to long but he managed to work an opening and put the ball into the top corner. His second was well taken as he struck the ball just outside the area into the top corner again. The match finished 4-1 to Lakewood but could have been much more. A goal by Tadhg Tuathaigh was deemed offside and a fine solo goal by David Rainsford was also not given. David nearly had an assist too when his fine corner was met by Owen Beamish’s head only to be saved on the line by the keeper. A fine performance from the team and progress is clear to see. Exceptional defending today by Arran, Owen, Oscar Rickard, Jack Davis and Mark McSweeney should pay dividends in the remaining season as this team look well able to create chances at the other end with their powerful midfield and attacking players.