Thursday 26 April 2018

A&B sides hit 10 as Canty strikes first hat-trick

PREMIER A: Macroom A recorded their first win of the season, defeating Knockavilla away 6 - 2.

Knockavilla 2 Macroom 6

Macroom went into the break with a three goal advantage, thanks to two goals from Steven Casey, both assisted by Conor O'sullivan. O'sullivan then got his goal, after being set up by Patrick Burns. Knockavilla got one back after the break, before Macroom made the game safe. First Michael O'brien got a bullet header from a corner, before William O'riordan teed up Darragh Crowley to finish. O'riordan then got the sixth with a sweet strike. Knockavilla got a late consolation. Best for Macroom were Mark Twohig, Patrick Burns and Darragh Crowley. AUL 2: Macroom B 4 Blackpool Celtic 0 Macroom B continued their ascent up the table, as Denis Canty hit a hat-trick to help Macroom B record a 4-0 win over rivals Blackpool Celtic at the Town Park, Macroom. The home side flew out of the blocks, scoring twice inside the first ten minutes. First, the excellent Barry Fitzgerald found Canty in space, who turned and shot through a crowd of players to give the home side the lead. The away side were slow to start, and Macroom capitalised on this, when the got their second on 10. A dangerous goal kick from John Angland deep into the heart of the Blackpool defence was shielded by Fitzgerald to Canty outside the box, and he weaved his way through before beating Mathews at his far post. It looked like it was going to be a landslide, and Michael Browne forced Matthews into a fine save on 22. Blackpool began to compete at a much higher level in latter stages of the first half, with Robbie Murphy forcing Angland into a smart stop, and Ian Scott going close with a header from a corner on 34. Macroom started the second half with intent, and they got their third on 51. A fine strike from Pat Kelleher was blocked down by Billy Murphy, but Canty was first to the loose ball, before arrowing a volley into the bottom corner to complete his hatrick. Blackpool had to go for broke at this stage, and some excellent defending from a Frank Kiely led Macroom defence kept the away side out. Macroom grabbed a fourth on 68, when Fitzgerald fed Michael Browne on half way, and he raced clear of the Blackpool defence before superbly chipping the onrushing Matthews to put the result beyond doubt. Fitzgerald thought he had the fifth on 78, but a superb one handed stop from Matthews kept him out. John Ronan was also unlucky to see his header go just wide on 82 from a Cathal Prendeville corner. Angland read most of the Blackpool attacked after this, and Macroom saw out the game to overtake Blackpool in the table. Excellent team performance from Macroom, with best performers all players.