Charleville AFC 2 Newport Town 3
Scorer Tommy O’Neill x 2

We played at home on Sunday afternoon in glorious sunshine as we welcomed Newport Town to Tim Fitzgerald Park for this Div 1B league fixture.

We were missing quite a few junior players on the day which was disappointing but luckily for us a u17 fixture scheduled for the same time didn’t go ahead so we gained a few young stars Gaston Risson, Blake Doherty, Fionn O’Connor, Aaron Moffatt, Kody Kok and young Jack Hogan who all came to our assistance from this squad. We were also fortunate to have youth player Paddy Twohill available to us at short notice. It is vital for us as a club to give these young players an introduction to junior soccer and a lot of the U18 and u17 squads have been getting game time this season with us.

We lined up with Darragh McCarthy in goals and a back four of Jack Kavanagh, Ronan O’Halloran, Shane OHara and Blake Doherty. Across midfield we had Joseph O’Connell, Fionn O’Connor, Eoghan Buckley & Jamie Banks. Up top we went with Dylan O’Donoghue and Aaron Moffatt.

The early exchanges saw Aaron going close with a powerful drive from distance as he rolled the opposition center back to strike on goals. Unfortunately we conceded a goal early on and some misplaced passes led to a second goal for our opposition before half time. There was opportunities for Charleville to score in the first half, some great attacks down the left by Joseph and the right by Fionn. A couple of set pieces in the first half could also have been managed better with chances missed from free kicks and corners but this is a young team with an average age of just 20 years and they are learning all the time. One thing they don’t lack is effort and with the introduction of fresh legs in the second half we pulled ourselves back in to the game. Though we scored 2 great goals through Tommy O’Neill Newport were awarded a 3rd goal in strange circumstances. But the boys kept fighting with some great tackles going in from Twohill, Banks, Buckley and Hara giving real energy to the side. Kody kok playing up front was always dangerous and was involved in all our best efforts in the second half and on this showing should be pushing for a starting position the next day.

Thanks to everyone for working together to get this fixture completed. The score line doesn’t do them justice after a strong performance against a much more experienced side.