THE Templeogue United shop was busy. These are priceless mornings at Tymon.
The sun was out. There was a breeze. Ned Daly had the whistle. All was well.
Applause echoed all around the arena. Rewarding the efforts of both sides, who had provided a cracker-jack of a match.
By NIALL SCULLY
Encouragement poured down from the terraces. So much to text home about.
Templeogue had most of the possession, but Ardmore defended so well. They showed such spirit.
The home team had to climb to the top of Bray Head to get a view of the Ardmore studio.
And then there was the Ardmore ‘keeper, Daniel Gaskin, who made a basket of fine saves.
Bray’s tradition of producing outstanding goalkeepers goes as deep as the sea.
It took a good shot to beat him. It came 18 minutes into the second half. Josh Carroll got it. A tidy strike from the left edge of the box that nestled in the bottom right-hand corner.
Earlier, Josh went on a storming run that saw him strike a shot that brought another first-class Gaskin stop.
Ardmore weren’t all that far away from nicking an equaliser. The hard-working Jack Haung went close, as did Ethan Farrell and Leo Salmon.
Ardmore’s Phelim Doyle has craft in the socks, while Christian Comerford played like Virgil van Dijk.
Templeogue’s Dylan Murphy has skill on the laces, and Shay Walsh was superb at the back. “Good ball, Shay. Great play, Shay,” was the music that was playing in his head-phones.
Reece Kane was busy up-front for Templeogue. Kacper Cholewa was brillo. Jamie Condren got in some timely tackles for the visitors.
Templeogue gave Josh Carroll the Player-of-the-Match award. But they were all players-of-the-match – Templeogue and Ardmore.
It’s games like these that see the kids getting out of bed with a smile on Saturday mornings.
TEMPLEOGUE UNITED: Ethan Clarke; Max Matthews, Shay Walsh, Reece Kane, Dylan Murphy, Aaron Waldron, Liam Walsh, James Fox, Josh Redmond, Joshua Carroll, Daire Black, Kacper Cholewa.
ARDMORE ROVERS: Daniel Gaskin; Jamie Condren, Lucas Sargent, Matthew Gallagher, Ethan Farrell, Jack Lawlor, Charlie Breen, Jack Haung, Vincent Ducorry, Cormac Williams, Christian Comerford, Leo Salmon, Phelim Doyle.
Referee: Ned Daly.