Under 12 National Cup v Ballincollig

Watergrasshill United 6-0 Ballincollig

The game started at a slow tempo with both teams trying hard to get into a rythm and take control of the game. With the game been open and free flowing both back lines and keepers were been tested. WGH's keeper Padraig O Brien pulled of some fantastic saves to keep WGH in the game. Our back line of Seamus Ahern, Padraig O Leary, Colin Cronin and Jake O Brien were solid and fought hard to ensure Ballincollig did not score.
With 20 mins gone the midfield pairing of Owen Desmond and Tom Murray incresed the tempo and started to take control of the game. With some beautiful balls been played through from our wingers and midfield our centre forwards Niall O Sullivan and Sean Desmond were unlucky not to have scored at this stage.
With 25 mins gone Owen Desmond picked up the ball from midfield, played it to our left winger Christy Graham, who played a one two with our centre forward Sean Desmond, Christy Graham finished off the move by scoring the first goal, as captain Christy was leading by example. WGG 1- 0 Ballincollig. From Ballincollig's tip off Tom Murray picked up the ball to play Owen Desmond in, who buried the ball in bottom left hand coner. WGH 2-0 Ballincollig. With only minutes left in the first half Owen Desmond dribbled past three players in midfield to play a lovely through ball for Sean Desmond who past the goalkeeper to make it 3-0 at half time to WGH. In fairness to Ballincollig the half time score did not reflect on their performance in the first half.
In the start of the second half Ballincollig came out fighting putting our back line under some severe pressure, with a special mention for our left back Jake O Brien, WGH were not allowing anything past them today. With Ballincollig playing so high up the pitch we broke down the left wing with Mark O Riordan putting a lovely ball in for Sean Desmond to score his second.
WGH 4-0 ballincollig. With Ceadan Hogan just off the bench he ran onto a through ball from Christy Graham to score a real poachers goal. WGH 5 - 0 ballincollig. With only 10 minutes left on the clock and WGH full of confidence we started to hold the ball with some lovely interplay, Owen Desmond went on one of his trade mark runs passing four Ballincollig players on his way to set Sean Desmond up for his hat trick for the day.  WGH 6- 0 Ballincollig. With a special mention for Tom Murray, Sean Desmond and Jake O Brien but the man of the match performance goes to Owen Desmond who was involved in every move and goal for us.
Credit is due to Ballincollig who never gave up and showed great heart right up to the final whistle.
Well done to Watergrasshill United for a great team effort from 1-13 and thanks to all the parents who came up to support us.

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