Shamrocks survive a scare to win nine-goal derby thriller

Shamrocks survive a scare to win nine-goal derby thriller
Shamrocks U12s won the bragging rights in the local derby game with neighbours Redeemer after a narrow one goal victory under lights on Tuesday night.

Shamrocks U12s won the bragging rights in the local derby game with neighbours Redeemer after a narrow one goal victory under lights on Tuesday night.

The Fatima team triumphed after Redeemer had fought back from 4-0 down in another high scoring midweek game played in Bellew Park.

Azeez Opedi found the net for Shamrocks in the 11th minute when he fired past Conor Cahill after running on to a pass from Keane Gaskin.

They doubled their advantage just 40 seconds later with a goal from Peter Duffy following a goal mouth scramble before Redeemer finally settled and created chances through Ryan McDonnell, Christoff Valainis and Caolan McCrave but it remained 2-0 in Shamrocks favour at the break.

A long range effort from Joseph Gorman deceived the Redeemer ‘keeper right at the start of the second half to make it 3-0 and it was soon four for a rampant Shamrocks team when Dane O’Malley fired home from close range.

It looked all over for Redeemer but they did manage to stage a comeback and goals from Caolan McCrave and Taylor Murphy put them right back in contention. The away side had now regained their confidence and attacked at every opportunity looking for more goals and they narrowed the gap when Ryan McDonnell made it 4-3 when he fired home from a tight angle.

As Redeemer pushed forward in search of an equaliser they were caught by a quick counter attack. Having broken quickly out of defence a long ball was played up to Azeez Opedi, he kept his composure to control the ball before hammering home his second and Shamrocks fifth goal.

Redeemer were still not finished and they refused to lie down and with two minutes left the impressive Aoibheann Murphy’s corner was met with a powerful header by Ryan McDonnell to make the score 5-4 but time ran out for Redeemer as Shamrocks held on to claim the three points in a cracking game.

Shamrocks: Thomas Mulligan, Oran Byrne, Keane Gaskin, Barry Griffin, Fintan Watters, Peter Duffy, Joseph Gorman, Francis McDonnell, Azeez Opedi, Callum Rice, Jason Bird, JJ Quilton, Darren O’Malley.

Redeemer: Conor Cahill, Aaron Myles, Sean McAleer, Christoff Valainis, Alan McEneaney, Aoibheann Murphy, Caolan McCrave, Jake Mackin, Ryan McDonnell, Callum McGee, Taylor Murphy.