RATHCOOLE BOYS………0 COLLINSTOWN FC……….4
THE election posters were up in Rathcoole. Boxing champ, Kenny Egan, among them.
The village was dancing on busy feet. New houses are being built. There was a sharp chill in the Saturday sunshine.
A red cat strolled across the street. Everybody else was heading for Frank Cox Park. Opened in July, 1990.
The new all-weather surface looks a picture. The shop was doing a brisk trade in coffee.
Many spectators looked on from the sidelines with a hot cup in their hand. At one stage, a swallow dipped in and out of the action. Like Messi.
Collinstown got a flying start. Two goals in the first five minutes. They maintained their high standard. It was a well deserved victory.
They play it out from the back. One time, Callum Howell was deep in defence. He was surrounded. Tight to the touch-line. But he still backed himself to find a blue shirt. And that’s exactly what he did.
Reece Carpenter got in a precise tackle on the centre-circle. Craig Wyatt was full of menace on the left wing. Kian Daly controlled a high, dropping ball with one touch and delivered the pass-of-the-season.
It was 3-0 at the break. Rathcoole had two worthy efforts. Aaron McDaid’s save foiled Jonathan Gough. Jonathan has quick-silver feet. Max Dunne also got in a firm strike.
In the second half, Gough was denied by another good save – this time by Conor Dalton. The home midfielder, Peter Boggins is a skilful, inventive footballer.
But finding space in the Collinstown back garden was not easy. On the Bank Holiday weekend, they were in no mood to give away any loose change.
It was their second successive clean sheet. They attacked the clubhouse end from the off. Their first goal on four minutes came from a sharp turn and finish by Daly. Scott Walsh tucked in the second from a Wyatt cross.
On 26 minutes, Kyle Kavanagh guided in the third, and 26 minutes into the second half, Jason Pearson’s centre from the right was met by the in-running Jake O’Brien on the back post.
Before that, Daly shook the bar with a tremendous free-kick, and he also hit the outside of the right-post.
And the visitors were still seeking more goals until the very second the excellent referee, and talented sportsman, Conor Coyle, blew the last whistle.
RATHCOOLE BOYS: Cian Richie; Patrick Foran, Cian Wall, Conor Farrell, Peter Boggins, Rulwin Karati, Aidan Hanway, Daniel Conroy, Max Dunne, Kyle Maguire, Jake Haugh, Conor Kelly, Jonathan Gough. Managers: Lar Hanway, Conor Keating.
COLLINSTOWN FC: Aaron McDaid; Evan Kearney, Sean Beatley, Callum Howell, Reece Carpenter, Morgan Callaghan, Jake O’Brien, Kian Daly, Kyle Kavanagh, Scott Walsh, Craig Wyatt, Darren Lavery, Leon Griffin, Akinola Adeyinka, Conor Dalton, Jason Pearson. Managers: Matthew Carpenter, Paul Sheridan.
Referee: Conor Coyle