U14 Match vs Kevins/Finbars

November 8, 2018

Under 14 Feile 2nd Preliminary Round Monday 12th April at 6:30pm in Pairc Chaoimhín Naofa.

Kevins/Finbars 3-6 (H.T. 1-3) Roche 4-5 (H.T. 3-2)

Roche scorers: Paul Carroll 2gls, Pauric Watters 1-1, Evan Quigley 1-1, Sean McCourt 2pts, Larence Kapinga 1pt. Also done well Robert Smith in goals, defence Liam Goss, Caoimhin Reilly and Glen Mackin, attack Daniel Coburn and Darren Murphy.


Player Scored Tick if played well and position on team (see numbers be side players name)
1 ROBERT SMITH   √√ Some fine saves and very good distribution of the ball when kicking out. Quick off his line.
2 MARK MCDONALD   Worked hard and recovered well, was difficult to get round. (Left full back)
3 GLEN MACKIN   Grew into the position and had a storming second half, some fine relieving clearances.
4 EOIN GOSS   Performed well and good ability shown on how to clear his lines. Won a lot of ball in the first half.
5 CAOIMHÍN REILLY   Very busy and delivered a lot of ball to the attack, especially in the first half. Stood out on the right side of defence and his linking with E.Quigley was a feature of the first half.
6 LIAM GOSS   √√ Got through a lot of work on a bigger opponent, was the saviour many times in the second half when defence was under a lot of pressure
7 ELLIOT GREY   Worked hard and carried the ball well into attack.
8 PAURIC WATTERS 1-1 √√ Power house in midfield winning a lot of hard balls. Scored a cracking goal and a point from a 45.
9 LARENCE KAPINGA 0-1 Improved as the game progressed, marking a difficult opponent, giving away height and weight advantage, scored last point to assure victory.
10 EVAN QUIGLEY 1-1 √√√ Impressive display, always a threat up front, linked well with defence and always available for the ball. Scored a good goal and point was at a vital time.
11 SEAN MCCOURT 0-2 Looked good with the ball and lead attack well but injury forced him off just after half time, missed up front.
12 PEARCE DONNELLY   Worked hard and was always available for the ball.
13 DARREN MURPHY   Won a lot of ball up front and brought a lot of saves from the keeper.
14 DANIEL COBURN   Well involved up front and made it hard for defenders to clear their lines with a number of good blocks.
15 PAUL CARROLL 2-0 √√ Top scorer and got through a lot of work, always a threat and moved the ball well. Took scores well.
Sub AARON KELLY   Forward who got out of a number of tight spots well with the ball, went deep to help defence at times
Sub CIARAN SALLY   Always available for the ball, unlucky with a number of scoring chances
Sub BEN McSHANE   Tried hard and fought to regain position when lost.
Sub TIARNAN McGURK   Always lively against much bigger opposition and tried hard


The play was end to end from the start but neither team could master the smaller goals and so it took till the 11th minute for either team to score after a number of wides by both teams. The stylish Sean McCourt slotted over two points from distance before Kevins/Finbars replied with two quick points in a minute. Roche rushed the ball down field for Paul Carroll to round his man and give the keeper no chance and bring the score to 1-2 to 0-2 midway through the first half. Both teams continued to clock up wides, especially the Kevins/Finbars. On the 19th minute mark Caoimhín Reilly fielded the ball well, dogged a number of tackles before accurately hand passing to Pauric Watters who powered through the opposition on a 30 metre run before dispatching an unstoppable shot to the net. Kevins/Finbars replied with a converted ‘45’ and then a smashing individual goal from No.10 as he raced through the Roche defence on 23 minutes. Sean McCourt two minutes later weaved his way through the defence but his shot was well parried by the keeper but Even Quigley was on hand to gather the ball and blast to the net, leaving the half time score Roche 3-2 to 1-3 ahead.

McGurk, Kelly and McShane entered the fray for Murphy, Donnelly and Coburn at half time. Kevins/Finbars cut the deficit by two with a brace of quick points, they piled on the pressure on Roche. Roche broke up field and fed Carroll who’s shot was saved but his persistence paid off and he forced the ball home on his third attempt in a crowded goal mouth on 7 minutes, score 4-2 to 1-4. A minute later Kevins/Finbars converted a penalty to leave 4 points the difference in the scores. Ciaran Sally deputised for McCourt after ten minutes and gathered a number of balls in threatening positions but they came to nothing. The Kevins/Finbars were pushing hard to get to level terms but their ‘wide’ tally was mounting and Roche were going to desperate measures to hold the line, they defended three and four ‘45s’ in a row. Kevins/Finbars tagged on 1-2 by the 20th minute and the scores were level. There were two delays for injuries during the second period when the play was frantic. But Pauric Watters pushed Roche ahead again on 24 minutes with a converted ‘45’ and Larence Kapinga sealed the victory two minutes into injury time with a very good point. Final score Roche 4-5 Kevins/Finbars 3-6.