Nothing could separate Shamrocks and St Dominic’s in the U11 Division One on Thursday evening as the top two in the league played out a 2-2 draw.
It was end to end for most of the game as both sides contributed to a very entertaining match. Shamrocks remain unbeaten and sit on top of the league with 34 points from 12 games while St Dominic’s are in second place with 25 points from 11 games played.
It was a game that got off to a blistering start when Shamrocks went ahead in the fourth minute when Barry Griffin’s fierce shot powered into the back of the Dominic’s net giving ‘keeper Michael Rooney no chance.
Griffin nearly scored a second soon after when he skipped past his marker but this time his effort went over the crossbar. On 15 minutes though, St Dominic’s were level when the impressive Aidan Corrigan got in behind the Shamrocks defence and showed great composure to take the ball round the advancing Michael McLoughlin and slot into the empty net.
The second half began with the same trend as the first, a Griffin shot at goal but this time Rooney got down well to produce a good save to deny the Shamrocks captain. Rooney was beaten minutes later with a shot from Dylan Lindsay but the crossbar saved St Dominic’s.
Up at the other end, winger Roak Kiak cut in from the right side and fired a shot off the outside of the Shamrocks post. Dominic’s took the lead 14 minutes into the second half when Aidan Corrigan chased after a pass from Conor Boyle from the half way line and despite the attention of several defenders he still managed to poke the ball to the corner of the Shamrocks net for a superb goal.
Shamrocks were dogged though and refused to accept defeat and the talented Niall Lennon scored a brilliant equaliser when he fired the ball low past Rooney in the 51st minute and Shamrocks went closest to winning it in the 57th minute when Lindsay wriggled free at the edge of the area and crashed a shot off the St Dominic’s post.
SHAMROCKS: Michael McLoughlin, Mark Byrne, Daire Reilly, Thomas Mulligan, Gareth O’Hare, Killian Carroll, Dylan Lindsay, Chris Karthy, Cian Byrne, Kaylem Casey, Niall Lennon, Michael McCourt, Barry Griffin.
ST DOMINIC’S: Michael Rooney, Fionn Cumiskey, Eoin McKenna, James Coburn, Conall Brady, Jack McBride, Liam Cawley, Eric Shields, Tadigh Carr, Aidan Corrigan, Robbie Duffy, Kyle McFadden, Pauric McGee, Conor Boyle, Roak Kiak.