Saturday, February 9, 2008

Closely fought match against Rivervalley ends in 2-1 victory

It was a lovely sunny spring day when we traveled to Swords to take on Rivervelley Rangers. Some of the team cars took a diversion to Finglas, but nevertheless we had a full team present for the kick-off.

Straight from the start it was clear that this was going to be a keenly contested match. Both sides were attacking strongly and David, Niamh and Zhudi all had great chances to open the scoring. However, it was Demi who finally put us in front. Rivervalley counter attacked but Frank, Dylan and Andy were rock solid in the Castleknock defense. John had to make a few good saves to ensure that we went into half-time with our slender lead intact.

After half time Rivervalley threw everything into attack in an effort to level the scores. However, our defense was able to control them - especially our man-of-the-match Andy Merriman. However, about half way through the second half they managed to score a lucky goal after a ball slipped between defenders before getting past John with an unfortunate bounce.

Castleknock were not disheartened and Nado and Robert teamed up well in mid-field to ensure that the remainder of the game was played in the Rivervalley half of the pitch. As the game was drawing to an end, Demi managed to score with a long range kick to give Castleknock a narrow victory.

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