U10 Soccer Match Report
Burrin Celtic 7 - St. Josephs 0
Burrin got back to winning ways with a convincing 7-0 victory over St Josephs at McArdle’s cross. Burrin pressurised from the start, although the lack of recent matches showed in the early stages as the usual fluency of passing and movement was missing. In this period Burrin gave away possession in midfield on a few occasions and could have conceded early goals were it not for some solid defending by the back three of Fionn McCaffrey, Keelan Angood and Ciaran Lewis. In fact, a much improved defensive performance was probably the most important feature of this game for Burrin, a feature which continued in the second half when Burrin’s replacement defenders of Callum Fisher, Cian Byrne and Odhran Curran looked equally assured. Likewise, between the posts, TJ Nolan looked solid throughout, cutting out the St Josephs threat on a number of occasions.
The Burrin players slowly grew into the game and the goal chances started to come, particularly through some good passing movement on the right side of midfield. After a number of missed chances, Burrin finally got off the mark in the 15th minute when Eamon Lalor’s shot was deflected to the net by a St Joseph’s player. Burrin continued to grow in confidence and minutes later Adam Nolan was unlucky to see his shot rise narrowly over the crossbar after making a good run through the middle. In the 19th minute Burrin made it 2-0 when Eamon Lalor delivered a well timed cross towards Ben Goodwin who showed good composure on the ball, before finishing well. Burrin should have had another before half time when Oscar Brennan’s strike came off the post, when he would normally find the net with ease.
The second half saw Burrin continue to pressurise, as the addition of Cian Brennan on the left wing and Ben Ward at midfield gave the team a similar feeling of strength. In the 27th minute Burrin won a free kick 25m from goal, which caught most by surprise when Eamon Lalor struck expertly to the net. Minutes later Cian Brennan won the ball on the left side of midfield and scored his first of the season with a left footed strike after showing strong possession skills to put himself into a shooting position.
Burrin were now well on top and Alex Kelliher made it 5-0 in the 32nd minute with a superbly taken free kick to the top right hand corner. Two more goals quickly followed. The first when Ben Ward worked hard to beat the St Josephs defence and passed to Ben Goodwin for a tap in goal, and the second when Ben himself turned provider, passing the ball nicely to the feet of Cian Brennan who also tapped in, making it 7-0.
Despite scoring 7 goals, the most pleasing aspect of this win was undoubtedly the solid defensive performance, something which is uncommon in U10 football, and which the defensive team should be particularly proud of. Overall, it was fantastic to see the entire team working hard for each other and showing great determination to get back to winning ways.