Eight-Goal WCSL Thriller

The following SuperValu West Cork Schoolboys League match report was published in the Evening Echo on Tuesday, September 11th 2016. It featured two of the most attack-minded teams in the U13 Premier League and an eight-goal thriller ensued. Enjoy. – Ger McCarthy.

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DUNMANWAY TOWN 4
RIVERSIDE ATHLETIC 4
Ger McCarthy reports

An Evan Maguire hat-trick earned Dunmanway Town a point at home to Riverside Athletic following a thrilling 4-4 SuperValu West Cork Schoolboys U13 Premier League draw in Mohona.

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Two squads that lifted U12 silverware during their previous campaign met in the first U13 Premier League fixture of the 2016-17’ season and served up an eight-goal classic.

On a heavy pitch, the visitors took advantage of Dunmanway Town’s slow start to move 2-0 in front after 5 minutes. The hosts struggled to mount a response and looked in danger of suffering a heavy defeat once their opponents edged 3-0 ahead.

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That was Evan Maguire’s cue to take a fixture played at an unrelenting pace by the scruff of the neck. Maguire pulled one back before Riverside found the net for a fourth time but once again Maguire responded, bagging his brace to leave two between the teams at the interval.

An engaging second half saw Athletic denied several goalscoring opportunities by the brilliance of Dunmanway goalkeeper Aaron Mannix. Two late goals – including Maguire completing his hat-trick – saw Town draw level and earn a deserved share of the spoils.

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Despite failing to take all three points, Riverside enjoyed standout performances from William Hennigan, Eoghan Collins and Cian Kennefick. Evan Maguire was Dunmanway’s man of the match with Killian Vassallo, Gavin Farr and Aaron Mannix also playing well.

William Hennigan proved one of Riverside’s most prolific goalscorers last term and got off the mark courtesy of a close-range finish to make it 1-0 after 3 minutes. Athletic doubled their advantage shortly after when the Mohona club were guilty of some hesitant defending and forced to concede a corner.

Town could only clear the ball to the edge of the penalty area where an unmarked Cian Kennefick gained possession. The young midfielder took a touch before drilling a shot past Aaron Mannix for his side’s second goal of the evening.

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ACTION
That effort roused Dunmanway into action with Shane Barry and Eoin Buckley asking questions of Riverside’s back four ahead of a superb Eoghan Collins stop that maintained his team’s two-goal advantage. A scrappy period ended with the visitors moving three clear once William Hennigan made space in the penalty area and walloped home a terrific strike.

Creditably, Dunmanway redoubled their efforts thanks to Gavin Farr and Killian Vasallo’s increased workrate, reducing the deficit when Evan Maguire burst clear and slid a fine effort into the net. Unfortunately for the hosts, a lofted through-ball was seized upon by Olan Corcoran eight minutes later and the Riverside midfielder made no mistake to restore Athletics’ three-goal lead.

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An exciting first half concluded with both teams attacking at the earliest opportunity and Dunmanway Town utilising Evan Maguire’s to net a second goal. Maguire cut in from the left wing, dribbled past two defenders and scored from the tightest of angles shortly before half time.

Next, Eoin Buckley came within inches of a third Dunmanway strike when the hosts’ striker failed to connect with a Maguire cross. Yet, a much tighter second period saw defences dominate with Aaron Mannix and Eoghan Collins called upon to produce a string of excellent saves. Riverside should have added to their total but struggled to find a way past goalkeeper Mannix and were punished for their profligacy when Town made it 4-3 seven minutes from the end.

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Oran McCarthy headed home a Gavin Farr free-kick to give the Mohona side hope and a resurgent Dunmanway Town immediately poured forward following the restart. Evan Maguire’s searing pace took the Town striker deep into Riverside Athletic territory and his shot rolled over the line for the eighth and final goal of a cracking league fixture.

Dunmanway and Riverside’s 4-4 draw precedes a busy period for the SuperValu U13 Premier League with the former entertaining Castlelack in their next outing. On the same weekend, Riverside travel to Canon Crowley Park for what should be an intriguing encounter with Drinagh Rangers.

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The remainder of the U13 weekend fixture-list sees last year’s winners Skibbereen beginning their campaign at Ardfield with Bunratty United and Bantry Bay Rovers clashing in a local derby at Schull. Clonakilty AFC and Lyre Rovers’ derby should produce plenty of goals at Ballyvackey.

So, a terrific U13 Premier League title-race awaits if Dunmanway and Riverside’s season-opener is anything to go by.

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TEAMS
Dunmanway Town: Rian Murray, Conor Sheehan, Oran McCarthy, Gavin Farr (captain), Shane Barry, Evan Maguire, Sean Kearney, Eoin Buckley, Killian Vassallo, Aaron Mannix, Gavin Dullea, Cathal Murray, Fionn Kearney, Ben Quigley, Adam Russell and Brian Murphy.

Riverside Athletic: Eoghan Collins, Olan Corcoran, Brian Crowley, William Hennigan, Cian Kennefick, Stephen O’Connell, Aaron O’Connor, Ian O’Donovan, Patrick O’Driscoll (captain), Conor O’Sullivan, Colm Sexton, Eoin Cullinane, Eoghan Mangan, Patrick Collins and Darragh Ryan.

Referee: Dermot O’Donoghue

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