Baldoyle Utd under 9s B team started their match against Clonee hoping to extend an unbeaten run which began last November. They were quick off the mark again this week with Jason breaking down the right wing with pace and testing the Clonee keeper with a low drive.
Two minutes later Jason broke away again, this time he gave a neat pass to Amy. Amy controlled the ball superbly, and forced a great save from the Clonee keeper. But this time Senan perfectly placed the rebound to the keeper’s right. One nil to Baldoyle. Within a minute Senan got his second with another excellent strike.
With Hyqels tackling, Joshua’s pace and Darragh’s saves, Baldoyle looked very solid at the back. A clever pass by Hyqel gave Padraig Ryan the space to run at the Clonee defence,. Padraig skipped passed his marker and from 20 yards out he found the back of the net.
Baldoyle sensed there were more goals there for them but they were caught in possession in mid-field and Clonee raced forward giving Darragh in the Baldoyle goal no chance. Baldoyle’s Amy Berry was then rewarded for her close control and clever runs with a beautiful goal. 4-1 to Baldoyle at half-time.
The Clonee half time team talk must have been something special because Clonee were transformed after the break. They started attacking Baldoyle with pace and purpose and very quickly pulled the score back to 4-3 with two well worked goals which opened up the Baldoyle defence.
When Jason Cetiner broke free to score another for Baldoyle it seemed like it was game over. But this Clonee team never gave up, they got in behind the Baldoyle defence on several occasions. Padraig in the Baldoyle goal was forced to make some excellent saves and Joshua made a series of last ditch tackles.
Eventually, Clonee got their reward with two well taken goals. In the last few minutes either team could have snatched a win but both teams seemed happy to settle for a draw.
This was a great game played in good spirit by two top teams.