CSL: Douglas Hall U16s kill Innishvilla's spirit with four late goals

Visitors held Hall until the closing 15 minutes at Moneygourney
CSL: Douglas Hall U16s kill Innishvilla's spirit with four late goals

Innishvilla's Seanie Crowe and Douglas Hall's Ben Heas tussle over a loose ball during the CSL U16 Premier Division match in Moneygourney. Picture: Howard Crowdy

Douglas Hall 5 Innishvilla 1

FOUR goals in the final 15 minutes helped Douglas Hall claim victory against a spirited Innishvilla side in the Joma Sportsgear Direct U16 Premier Division match at Moneygourney last Sunday as the home side ran out 5-1 winners — a score which didn’t reflect how close this game was.

The home side came forward from the start, with Ben Heas’ header from a corner going wide, followed by Dara O’Brien’s 25-yard free-kick which went over the bar. Innishvilla had a good chance in the 14th minute when Oisin McCarthy’s shot from 18 yards forced Douglas Hall keeper Lucas Kennedy into a diving save and the ball was cleared.

Two minutes later the visitors had another chance only for Mark Long’s header to go inches wide of the post as both teams had a period of dominance.

Chances came to both teams in the first half, with Douglas Hall’s Brian Linehan, Ronan Twomey and Ben Heas coming close while Innishvilla’s Oisin McCarthy had two good chances in the closing stages of the half which were well covered by the Douglas Hall keeper as the teams went in at the break scoreless.

The second half was a complete reversal from the first 40 minutes with six goals in 25 minutes.

Douglas Hall's Ronan O'Kelly holds off the challenge from Innishvilla's Oisin McCarthy. Picture: Howard Crowdy
Douglas Hall's Ronan O'Kelly holds off the challenge from Innishvilla's Oisin McCarthy. Picture: Howard Crowdy

Douglas Hall dominated the early stages of the second half, but found themselves 1-0 down in the 55th minute when Innishavillas Oisin McCarthy met a long ball from the keeper and scored from just inside the area to give the visitors a surprise lead.

Their joy did not last long as within three minutes Douglas Hall equalised thanks to Charley O’Shea’s 25 yard effort which sailed into the top left hand corner of the Innishvilla net.

Douglas Hall almost doubled their score moments later only for Innishvilla keeper Liam Dineen to make a point blank save right in front of Charlie O’Shea.

Douglas Hall took the lead for the first time in the match in the 66th minute when Ronan O’Shea met Andrew Murray’s pass from the left and tapped in from 12 yards. 

This was the beginning of the floodgates being opened as Douglas Hall added a third three minutes later when Murray met Rona O’Shea’s cross, and by the 71st minute O’Shea flicked the ball into the net from Sean’s cross as the points were on their way to Douglas Hall.

Innishvilla's Niall Daly manages to head the ball away from Douglas Hall's Ronan O'Kelly. Picture: Howard Crowdy
Innishvilla's Niall Daly manages to head the ball away from Douglas Hall's Ronan O'Kelly. Picture: Howard Crowdy

Innishvilla attempted to come forward but were met by a buoyant side that had eventually broken down a stubborn Innishvilla defence who were visibly getting drained with no substitues at their disposal.

Four minutes from time Ronan O’Shea scored his third, meeting Charlie O’Shea’s pass to score from close range and round off a polished performance from the home side, while Innishvilla must wonder what went wrong in the final 15 minutes of a game where they held their hosts for so long.

DOUGLAS HALL: Lucas Kennedy, Alastair Dunne, Dara O’Brien, Ben Heas, Shane Tynan, Ronan O’Shea, Charlie O’Shea, Brian Linehan, Ronan Twomey, Ronan O’Kelly, MJ Fitzgerald, Ronan Dooley, Andrew Murray, Eoin Gibson, Oliver Horvath.

INNISHVILLA: Liam Dineen, Charley Kendllenn, Luke Hamprey, Sean Kehelly, Charley Twomey, Niall Daly, Luke Casey, Oisin McCarthy, SEanie Crowe, Mark Long, Sam Linehan, Sam Browne.

Referee: Jason Creamer.

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