Saturday, September 15, 2007

Castleknock go clear at the top of the table after tight match against Maynooth

We had a bigger than normal turnout of supporters for our match today. This was partly due to the excitement of a top of the table clash, but also due to the lovely weather. The sun was shining brightly and the weather was warmer than the "summer" as the match kicked-off.

It was clear from the start that this was going to be a close game as both teams were playing very well and were determined to get top spot in the league. Both sides had plenty of shots on goal in the first half, but it was Maynooth who opened the scoring. Shortly afterwards Zhudi brought us back on level terms with a powerful shot into the corner of the net. Unfortunately Maynooth replied by scoring another goal almost straight away. The score remained at 2-1 for Maynooth until the half-time break.

Niamh was forced to come off early with a sore ankle, but luckily it was not a serious injury.

As the second half got started both teams were making every effort to score. The Castleknock defence was rock solid with Frank Collins playing a particularly good game clearing any loose balls that came in. The few shots which Maynooth managed to get past him were kept out by our goalie John who had another great game.

It was beginning to look like another bad-luck day for Castleknock when suddenly our luck changed when Dylan took a long shot that bounced over goalies head to leave the teams level 2-2.

From this point onwards our luck definitely changed. Demi dribbled most of the length of the pitch before slipping the ball past the goalie to make the score 3-2. Almost straight afterwards he did a similar move to give us a 4-2 lead.

All credit is due to Maynooth who battled strongly until the final whistle. However they were unable to get any more scores so the game ended 4-2 and Castleknock were the clear early leaders in the league table.

With so many good performances it was tough to select a man-of-the-match but after much dicsussion we decided to give it to Dylan our captain for today.

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