Cappry Rovers are out of the U-12 SFAI Cup Sketchers Cup following Saturday’s home defeat by Evergreen from Kilkenny, in Cappry Park.
Cappry Rovers . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Evergreen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
On a biting cold morning Evergreen’s greater physical strength prevailed against a young Cappry Rovers, many of them who are underage again next year.
Cillian Hackett, Kevin Moore, Mikey Raggett (2) were the Evergreen scorers with Shaun Ward and Andrew Murray hitting the Cappry Rovers goals.
Cappry were rocked early when Evergreen, playing with the aid of the stiff breeze, hit two goals in the opening six minutes. Cillian Hackett beat the offside trap for the first on two minutes and four minutes later Evan Long was plucking the ball out of the net after Kevin Moore, raiding on the right wing, drove past Long from ten metres.
Evergreen grew in confidence after the goals and did most of the pressing. But the Cappry defence held firm and with Oisin McGlinchey, Daniel Marley, Shaun McMenamin and Shaun Ward, in front of Evan Long, stepping up to the mark, they held the visitors scoreless for the remainder of the half.
And the locals were back in the game when Shaun Ward’s free way out on the left hand side from outside the box curled the ball around the Evergreen keeper, Sam Ireland, with Andrew Murray lurking.
Ireland had, minutes earlier, denied Kevin McCormack from just outside the box.
Cappry began the second half on the front foot and driven on by Luke McGlynn in midfield they applied all the early pressure.
But they were reeling again when Mikey Raggnett scrambled the ball over the line after two brilliant saves from Evan Long.
That was on 36 minutes and the lights went out on Cappry’s revival four minutes later when Raggett struck for goal number four.
Leading 4-1, with over 20 minutes remaining, the boys from the Marble City were not going to be denied.
But to their credit Cappry refused to throw in the towel and thanks to McGlynn and Murray they played until the finish which must have pleased their management team of James Long Kevin ‘Keegan’ McCormack and Martin McMenamin.
And they were rewarded for their effort on the hour mark when Murray smashed a Daniel McGlynn corner from out on the right hand side past Ireland in the Evergreen goals.
The goal was no more than the locals deserved and they certainly did not deserve to lose by three goals.
Cappry Rovers: Evan Long; Oisin McGlinchey, Gavin McCormack, Daniel Marley, Andrew Murray, Shaun McMenamin, Jack Long, Luke McGlynn, Kevin McCormack (Joseph Gill 48), Mark Mbuli, Shaun Ward.
Evergreen: S Ireland; B Smith (R Walsh 48), C McInerney, K Moore, M Raggett, M Kelliher (D Mulrooney 54), C Kavanagh,H Commons, B Whelan, H Shine, C Hackett.
Referee: M Quinn
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