Fermoy 4 – 2 Riverstown, U12 League

On Wednesday evening last we entertained Riverstown in another top of the table clash as the season comes to an exciting finish. On a beautifully prepared pitch we started very slowly and we were punished very early when after 2 minutes Riverstown scored from a corner to give them a great start. We tried to settle into the game but some of our passing just wasn’t accurate enough. We got a lucky break when captain Bryan Shanahan scored direct from a free kick with a great strike catching out the away keeper. Riverstown were causing us problems especially from set pieces but it was from a quick breakaway that they scored when their midfielder finished well at the back post after 19 minutes. This goal finally kick started our boys into action and some good work from Ryan O’Mahony on the right saw him create a chance for Dylan O’Sullivan who’s effort was well saved. Ciaran Cloney then had a goal effort deflected but it was O’Sullivan who put us back on level terms when he latched on to a great clearance from Rian O’Murchu to outpace the Riverstown defence and finish well. 2-2 at the break.

After some harsh words at half time we started the second half a lot better and started to play much higher and with much more intensity. Our defence of keeper Adam Carolan, Darragh O’Mahony, Shanahan and Sean Duffy were much more solid and this created a springboard for our midfield where O’Murchu and Cian McGirr were having much more influence on the game. Some good play down the left from Brian Lombard saw him strike a wonderful effort from 20 yards out to put us 3-2 up after 42 minutes. Fermoy were now enjoying much more of the ball as they went for the fourth to try and kill the game off. O’Murchu, who was having a fine game in midfield, won a great tackle and fed Kyle Ettoh who went on a great run down the left and delivered a great cross but Lee Walsh was unlucky not to reach it with an outstretched leg. We got our fourth of the game on 51 minutes when Lombard let fly with another stunning  effort  just as good as his first to put us firmly in the driving seat. There was time for Ettoh to have another effort turned around the post from a Ryan O’Mahony pass. As the Ref blew his whistle to the delight and relief of the home supporters our lads certainly knew they had been in a game. Fair play to Riverstown who were gallant and brave  in defeat and I’m sure there will be plenty more battles with these two teams over the next few years. In the end it was a great win and a much better and improved second half performance when we needed it which shows the determination and character of this squad. The result now puts us back on top with 5 games to go but more importantly with 3 games in hand on both second and third place teams. Well done Boys.