U8 Soccer Match Report
Burrin Celtic 4 - New Oak Boys 0
Having played New Oak Boys earlier in the season, this was an opportunity for Burrin Celtic's U8's to consolidate their position as the team to beat in this division, and they didn't disappoint.
4 goals and a tip onto the post from the fantastic New Oak Keeper, who denied Joseph Gordon his now customary place on the score sheet with a fabulous piece of one-on-one play, was only half the story in a dominant display in The Valley.
However, while solid in possession and assertive in their choices, Burrin Celtic will be slightly disappointed with the unusually frequent occurrences of pressing too high up the pitch and not marking strikers as tightly as they should have.
But to dwell would be to knit-pick and would do a disservice to some of the play from the Burrin midfield with Conor Ruane generating lots of chances from the right side of midfield. But it was Joshua Fernandez who opened the scoring with a fantastic effort that proved too hot to handle for the New Oak Keeper. Chances then came and went with Darragh Reynolds disrupting of the New Oak play providing frequent platforms from which to launch attacks. But 1-0 it remained
until half time.
The second half was a different story with Burrin continually turning the screw until eventually they put one away through Andrew Synoradzki. Andrew put a second away soon after to put the match beyond the reach of a game New Oak side and was only denied his hat-trick by the width of the goalkeepers hand and the width of the post.
In the closing stages, Joshua Fernandez put away his second from distance to complete the scoring at 4-0.
But a report on this game could not be complete without a word about the Burrin defence with Daniel Morahan again proving his mettle in one-on-one situations and Conor Smyth using his physicality to muscle opponents off the ball with Burrin caught more than once at the back.
Sean McHugh and Joey Pender brought the ball playing to the party as they reset the play from the back in what is fast becoming their trademarks and the catalysts of much of what has been good about Burrin Celtic's play this season.
Also, the hard graft of Shane Duffy (unlucky himself to go without a goal) and Cillian Fagan provided the platform that Darragh Reynolds did in the first half.
Best for Burrin in an effective if imperfect performance were Joshua Fernandez, Shane Duffy and Daniel Morahan.