Saturday, March 15, 2008

Knocked out of the cup by Maynooth on a miserable day

Although the weather was reasonably good on the morning of our match against Maynooth, the rain began to come down quite heavily as the time of the kick-off approached. The pitch was mucky before the match even started, but as the match progressed it got even muckier and it was clearly a day more suited to ducks than soccer players.

The match had hardly started when there was some messy play in the Castleknock goalmouth and Cathal accidentally handled the ball. Most referees would have given the player some leeway, but this referee immediately awarded a penalty to Maynooth. Maynooth scored the penalty and followed up with two more gaols so that they were 3-0 up at half time.

Castleknock were not willing to concede defeat and as the second half started they threw everything into attack to try and get back into the game. Zhudi, John and Niamh had plenty of chances to put the ball in the net, but it seemed that lady luck was not smiling on us today. Frank earned the man-of-the-match. title for his strong performance in defense combined with many attacking runs down the wing.

It seemed like it was only a matter of time until Castleknock got onto the score sheet,  but it was Maynooth  who slipped in another score against the run of play to go 4-0 up.

Most teams would have given up at this stage, but as the saying goes "when the going gets tough - the tough get going". Castleknock continued to attack strongly and we finally got our reward when  Omar sored our first goal with an excellent long range shot. The game came back to life when Demi followed up with another goal shortly afterwards.

However our rally came too late and the score was 4-2 to Maynooth when the final whistle blew. On the day I think it is fair to say that the better team won.

Sadly this is the end of our cup campaign. We will now have two weeks off due to St Patrick's day and the Easter Holidays. I am sure you will come back well rested  from the break to finish off the league campaign.

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