Cork Schoolboys League U14 Division 6
Mallow United B 4 – 0 Douglas Hall B
Mallow United U14B made it six wins from six in Division 6 of the Cork Schoolboys League as they overcame Douglas Hall on a chilly morning at the Academy Pitch. The Mallow boys took some time to settle in to their rhythm but once they got going they posed a persistent threat around the visitors goalmouth. From midfield Mallow mounted their attacks with Stephen Jwajomd, Ian Kuria, Adam O’Rahilly and Jake Slater exerting pressure on their opponents and creating opportunities for the front pair of Michael Lyons and Desmond Etah. It was Lyons who opened the scoring after 15 minutes when he got on the end of a Mallow corner and deceived everyone with a clever back heel to put Mallow a goal ahead. 10 minutes later Lyons was to the fore again as he found himself clear in the 18 yard box only for his goal-bound effort to be parried around the post by the Douglas goalkeeper. Minutes later Adam O’Rahilly, in possession 20 yards from goal, lofted the ball to the unmarked Jake Slater who wasted no time powering his half volley past the Douglas keeper to make it 2-0 to Mallow at half-time. Douglas started the second half on the attack but a well organised defensive unit of Evan O’Connell, Luke Carey, Leon Baja, Ewan Mangan and Max Norton and a brave intervention by Owen McSweeney in the Mallow goals kept the visitors scoreless. As the second half progressed Mallow resumed the dominance they had shown in the first half with Alan O’Brien and Kevin O’Connell working tirelessly on the wings and Etah up front delivering opportunities for his team mates. Mid-way through the half Adam O’Rahilly, demonstrating the neat style of football characteristic of his game, beat a Douglas defender on the right before delivering a perfect chip to the awaiting Michael Lyons who made no mistake from eight yards. A short time later O’Rahilly capped off a fine performance when he slotted home a fourth for Mallow from 6 yards after excellent work in the build up from Desmond Etah. The addition of Saeed Yassin added another component to the Mallow attack and Yassin wasted no time in hitting the back of the net with a superb finish only for the goal to be harshly ruled out for offside. The Mallow boys sustained their efforts to the end and were well deserving of their victory which sees them go six points clear at the top of Division 6.
Mallow Squad: Owen McSweeney, Evan O’Connell, Luke Carey, Leon Baja, Ewan Mangan Stephen Jwajomd, Ian Kuria, Adam O’Rahilly, Jake Slater, Michael Lyons, Desmond Etah, Kevin O’Connell, Max Norton, Alan O’Brien, Saeed Yassin
Academy Pitch, Mallow