MACROOM A prevailed in their Munster Junior Cup first round tie against Lakewood, winning 52 in a highly entertaining game.
Munster Junior Cup first round
Macroom A 5 Lakewood Athletic 2
It was an even first half with both teams having chances with Lakewood having the best one when Mark Twohig tipped a header onto the bar and the follow up missed an open goal by firing wide from the rebound. James O'Connor put Macroom one up just before half time with a close range shot after a Michael Browne cross which came after a great passing movement.
Early in the second half, Darragh Crowley got the second with a super curling shot into the top corner after a pull back from O'Connor. Lakewood then missed a chance to halve the deficit immediately, but Twohig made a smart stop to thwart the home side. O'Connor was on fire, and it was him who made it 3-0 on 60, when he brilliantly finished a one on one after William O'Riordan put him through on goal. Macroom made sure of the result on 70, when a own goal resulted from a Darren Kelly cross.
Lakewood made the away side nervous by pulling back two goals through first an own goal on 75, and a smart finished punished some poor defending on 82. Darren Kelly then scored the fifth for the visitors after beating two defenders and firing low past the keeper on 85.
A mixed cup weekend for the Macroom schoolboys sides.
Macroom U16 side lost 5-4 on penalties to Clashmore, after a 22 draw. Goalless at half time, Joe Ryan put Macroom in front early in the second half, only for Clashmore to equalise at the death. Extra time brought great excitement, and Clashmore carried their momentum to go 2-1 up. Kyle Kelleher equalised for Macroom before the end, but Macroom were unfortunate to lose on penalties, especially after hitting the woodwork many times during the game. Best for Macroom were Don Creedon, Caleb Dineen and Joe Ryan.
Macroom U15 progressed in the U15 national cup beating Greenwood away 2-1.
Macroom were the better team for most of the match, although the home side hit the bar early. Jack O'Donovan scored a great goal on the stroke of half time to give Macroom the lead, cutting in from the left and curling his effort inside the far post.
Greenwood came out fighting in the second half, and equalised on 44. But Macroom regained controlled, and O'Donovan won on spotter on 68, with Blake O'Gorman tucking it away. The on fire O'Donovan hit the bar on 72 with a cracking effort, and Macroom should have extended their lead through late chances for Luke Costin Healy and O'Donovan.
Macroom U14s had a bad day at the office, losing 8-0 in a tough fixture against Bantry Bay Rovers.
MACROOM U13S CUP
On Saturday 29th of September Macroom U13s played Innishvilla in the first round of the cup competition. This away team commenced the game with superb play down the wing to cross the ball into an open box which deflected off the upright for a tap in on the 1st minute to go 1-0 up.
Again Innishvilla struck again after a free kick in the 10th minute to place the ball high to the top of the Macroom net. Macroom had their break only to see a soft shot been released from Dean Burke. Innishvilla again applied pressure on the home team and were awarded a free kick just outside the 18-yard box which again was placed to the roof of the Macroom net. Macroom again had their chances only to see their shots well blocked. At half time the score was Macroom 0, Innishvilla 3.
Macroom commenced the 2nd half in great fashion & pounced on the away side with great play with a through ball placed to Kevin Barrett who rounded the goal keeper to roll the ball in to an open net. Innishvilla again played superb football to walk right through the Macroom defense to place a well taken shot beyond the Macroom keeper.
Macroom showed great passing to see their shot rebound off the post for Innishvilla to clear the ball and pounce on the home defence to score to the corner of the Macroom net. Macroom again applied the pressure to be awarded a free kick for Syzmon Sanetra to place a well driven shot into the Innishvilla net.
This Innishvilla side that played superb football throughout the game again scored to finish the Macroom side off. Final score: Macroom 2, Innishvilla 7.
Macroom under-12s had a great 9-1 win against Castleview, goals coming from Dylan Twomey with 4, Eoin Cahill with 1, Mateus Juasczak with a Hatrick, and Calum Lynch wrapping up the scoring.