Four first half goals clinched the Juvenile ‘B’ Championship title for Carrick Sarsfields U-16 footballers who were worthy winners in the final against Clonguish Og at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Sunday last.
It was a fine team effort by the Carrickedmond and Legan amalgamation and particularly prominent in the latest success for the south Longford side were Enda Farrell in the heart of the defence; Michael Cahill at centrefield and Justin McCormack in attack.
County U-16 ‘A’ champions Clonguish were attempting to complete a very unique double in the Juvenile grade but never really got going. The absence of one of their key players, the unavailable Andrew Allen, proved to be a big loss and it must be said that Carrick Sarsfields showed a lot more urgency throughout the game.
From the moment Justin McCormack missed a great chance of a goal in the opening minute, Clonguish were under pressure playing against the very stiff wind and ended up trailing by 4-1 to 0-3 at the break.
Adam Doherty was the first to find the back of the net in the 2nd minute and a further three goals followed from Kyle Kenny, Justin McCormack and Doherty again - the latter on target for a crucial score in the closing stages of the first half.
Jack Kane fired over the solitary point for Carrick Sarsfields and Clonguish had to wait until the 17th minute for their opening score when Ian McCormack shot over the bar while Liam Casey converted a couple of frees.
A strong start to the second half was vital for the boys in green, now with the aid of the wind, but it failed to materialise and ten minutes was gone on the changeover before Clonguish got their next score when Casey fired over another free.
Dara Kirk had a goal attempt well saved by the Carrick Sarsfields keeper Sean Watson who was eventually beaten by a cracking shot from Brian Sweeney in the 42nd minute.
That gave Clonguish Og a glimmer of hope and after their keeper Declan McKenna came to the rescue when producing a fine save to keep out a shot from Jack Dempsey, they got another score when substitute Liam Sheridan landed a point in the 50th minute.
Great work by the immense Carrick Sarsfields defence then stopped Liam Casey going through for a Clonguish goal before the pressure was eased on the title winners who got their first score of the second half in the 55th minute through Aidan McGuire.
Further points followed from Justin McCormack and Michael Cahill as Carrick Sarsfields made certain of their success while Clonguish got a late consolation score in stoppage time when substitute Brian Hanley shot over the bar.
CARRICK SARSFIELDS: Sean Watson; Fergal Kelly, Jack Grywiech; Jack Nulty, Enda Farrell, Adam Doherty (2-0); Michael Cahill (0-1), Shane McGoey; Jack Kane (0-1), Justin McCormack (1-1), Aidan McGuire (0-1); Sean Doyle, Kyle Kenny (1-0).
Subs:- Jack Dempsey for J Kane (26 mins); Shane Murphy for S Doyle (60 mins).
CLONGUISH OG: Declan McKenna; Patrick Hernandez, Leon Hughes; Packie Molloy, Neil Devlin, Aaron Griffin; Liam Casey (0-3, all frees), Brian Sweeney (1-0); Jack Gregg, Daniel McHugh, Ian McCormack (0-1); Ger Corcoran, Dara Kirk.
Subs:- Thomas McVeigh for G Corcoran (28 mins); Liam Sheridan (0-1) for J Gregg (38 mins); Danny Griffin for D Kirk (48 mins); James Foley for I McCormack (54 mins); Brian Hanley (0-1) for L Hughes (55 mins).
Referee: Paddy McKeon (Longford Slashers).