Sunday 22 April 2018

Ten-man Macroom suffer home defeat

MACROOM'S unbeaten home record for the season is gone after a disappointing loss to the city side.

AOH Cup 3rd Round: Macroom A 0 Village Utd 3

This game took a big turn in the visitors' favour when the home side were reduced to ten men after only five minutes play. It was a controversial decision in which a Village attacker was pulled down. Central defender Darren Kelly was deemed to be the last man and received a straight red card.

The visitors took full advantage and had a 2-0 nil interval lead. Macroom had the better of the second half with Robert Downey, Rory Buckley and James O' Connor all going close.

However, the much needed goal never came and insult was added to injury in the final minute when a dubious penalty decision went against Macroom, allowing Village to seal the win.

Division 2 League: Rylane Celtic 1 Macroom B 0: Times continue to be tough in Division 2 after high flying Rylane took all three points.

The second half of the season will be a huge challenge for Macroom as the battle for survival is now the main aim. Best on the day were Barry Fitzgerald and Gordon O' Sullivan.

FAI Youths Cup: Midleton 4 Macroom 4 aet (Midleton won 4-2 on penalties): A fantastic cup game took place at Knockgriffin.

Macroom led midway through the first half with a Joe Ryan goal. The hosts responded and led 2-1 at half time.

It looked all over early in the second half when two further goals made it 4-1 to Midleton. What followed was a superb, spirited comeback in which the excellent Darren Dineen was on target twice.

And, after Chris Foskett got the leveller, Macroom were very much in the driving seat.

There were no further goals however, and on this occasion the shoot out went against the visitors.

A fine team performance though, and best were Marco Healy, Dineen and Craig Ronan.

Munster Youths Cup: Greenwood 2 Macroom 3: The Youths made up for the previous weeks' disappointment in the FAI Cup by qualifying for Round 4 of the provincial competition.

Joe Ryan was again on target with two goals and Marco Healy got the other. Best on the day were Ryan and Brian Crowley.

Macroom will now take their place in the 'open draw' which means they can be drawn against any other team who have qualified from the other leagues throughout Munster.

U16 League: Avondale Utd 1 Macroom 3: This was a significant win on the road for the Under 16s as Avondale are their nearest challengers at the top of the league.

Man of the match Kyle Kelleher had Macroom one up with an excellent free kick. Caleb Dineen was also in top form in the visitors' goal and he made two fine saves before Ethan O'Gorman found the net for a 2-0 interval lead.

With 20 minutes remaining Avondale pulled a goal back but Macroom responded almost immediately when a great delivery by Jack O'Donovan was headed home by Blake O'Gorman.

Overall a great team performance as Macroom remain top.

U15 League: Macroom 8 Everton 2: This result was never really in doubt as the home side were dominant from the beginning.

A half time 4-0 lead provides ample proof of this. On target in the opening half were Eolan O'Leary with a double, Leo Healy with one along with an excellent header by Cian Twomey when he connected perfectly with a Healy cross.

Early in the second half the best goal of the game arrived. This time, goalkeeper Scott Lucey found John Martin Lehane who released Eolan O'Leary with a first time ball.

O'Leary's cross was brilliantly finished by Tomas Collins for a fine team goal.

An unlucky own goal made it 6-0 and then Lehane crossed from the right for Healy to lash beyond the keeper.

And the home side completed their scoring when Healy helped himself to his third with a excellent left footed shot. A late rally gave the visitors two consolation goals and there was also time for one superb save from Lucey in the Macroom goal to leave it four league wins out of five.

Macroom Squad: Scott Lucey, Conor Hurley, Graham Sheehan, Liam O' Sullivan, Jack Lynch, Cian Twomey, Liam O' Brien, Tomas Collins, John Martin Lehane, Eolan O' Leary, Leo Healy, Eolan Clancy, Colman Cotter, Mark O' Neill, Eric Murphy, Kevin Condon, Tom O' Donovan.