Mallow Uniteds U12 Premier Division team picked up 3 points for the second week in a row as they defeated Mallow Town at St. Patricks National School field last Sunday morning. Following on from their 3-2 win over Wilton United the previous weekend, the Mallow United boys had every right to be confident going into the game. A disciplined and passionate performance under the guidance of coaches Paul O’Brien and Roy Cunningham saw Mallow United coming away with a well-deserved win.
In the opening exchanges United had to endure a period of sustained pressure as Mallow Town started the game with a high tempo. However with the cool head of Richard McAuliffe in goals and solid defensive work from Eoin Murphy, Charlie Cunningham, Padraig Britton and Ben McPhillips the Mallow United boys were able to see out the early pressure and soon began to exert themselves on the opposition.
In midfield the fearless Gearoid Daly, Aaron Owens and Cian Cronin seemed to enjoy the physical dual that unfolded as they sought to dominate the middle third of the pitch. Dominik Serafin and Dara Lynch showed excellent composure to create opportunities for Cathal Mullins who posed a constant threat up front.
The introduction of Stephen Emukperuo and Rory O’Mahony added to the attacking capabilities of the United side and both were to play an important role in the goal that came early in the second half. O’Mahony picked up the ball on the right side of midfield and played a superb cross-field ball to the waiting Emukperuo who unleashed a thunderbolt of a shot from 15 yards only to be denied by the cross bar. Mullins was on hand however with his strikers instinct putting him in the right place at the right time and his close range half-volley found the back of the net.
United maintained the pressure on the Mallow Town goal until late in the second half when with the clock counting down they began to turn their focus to defensive matters. Again McAuliffe in goal showed composure beyond his years collecting any goalmouth threat with ease. The defensive trio were supported by their midfield and attacking team mates as each and every outfield player impressively took on the responsibility of defending their goal until the final whistle. Final score Mallow Town 0 – 1 Mallow United.
Mallow United Squad: Richard McAuliffe, Eoin Murphy, Charlie Cunningham, Padraig Britton, Ben McPhillips, Dara Lynch, Gearoid Daly, Aaron Owens, Dominik Serafin, Cian Cronin, Stephen Emukperuo, Cathal Mullins, Rory O Mahony