Shamrocks undone by strong Walshestown second-half

Shamrocks undone by strong Walshestown second-half
Four goals in the first 20 minutes of the second-half gave Walshestown the three points in this entertaining U15 clash on Saturday when they travelled to Fatima for a midday encounter with Shamrocks.

Four goals in the first 20 minutes of the second-half gave Walshestown the three points in this entertaining U15 clash on Saturday when they travelled to Fatima for a midday encounter with Shamrocks.

Despite the scoreline, this was a really good game, where the visitors only got to grips with proceedings in the second-half and put some light between themselves and the home side.

Nathan Markey threatened twice in the first ten minutes for the home side but it was Walshestown who had the first real opportunity to score but Jack Murphy’s effort came back off the crossbar on 14 minutes.

Walshestown keeper Jack Boylan produced a good save in the 25th minute to deny Conor Traynor and at the other end Harry Haughey got on the end of a good pass from Cian McCloskey but Monday Mustpha was in the right place to make a comfortable save.

But in a dominating second-half performance it was one way traffic as the visitors finally got to grips with this game with some clinical finishing.

11 minutes after the restart a brilliant last ditch tackle by Walshestown full-back James Duff prevented Nathan Markey from shooting and it proved to be the turning point in the game.

Duff then broke the deadlock when with a great strike from 30-yards to put Walshestown one up and a minute later Harry Haughey poked home a second goal for the away team.

It was a cruel blow on the home side who put in a really good shift in the opening half and soon after they were 0-3 behind when Ryan Levins reacted the quickest to fire home the rebound after Jack Murphy’s header was palmed away by Monday Mustpha. Murphy then set up Kian Carroll who volleyed home Walshestown’s fourth goal.

Shamrocks: Monday Mustpha, Mark Kerley, Michael Fernandez, Pauric Begley, Emmet Woods, Habib Ramos, Jay Murphy, Nathan Markey, Luke O’Brien, Emanuel Edebama, Tiernan Duffy, Liam Lindsay, Liam Dawe, James Murphy, Conor Traynor, Michael Fitzpatrick, Patrick O’Connor.

Walshestown: Jack Boylan, Paul Kindlon, Evan Kelly, Pearce Rice, Kian Carroll, Niall Woods, Jack Murphy, Ryan Levins, Dan Reilly, Harry Haughney, Cian McCloskey, Matthew Boylan, James Duff, Ross Donnelly.