U14’s Advance to Last 16 in Dramatic Fashion

On Saturday April 6th, Watergrasshill United's U14's triumphed over Riverstown in dramatic fashion at Skehanagh Park to book their place in the last 16 of the local cup.

It was a lovely day for a game of soccer with the pitch in perfect condition. We started off lively and carved out a few decent chances before a ball over the top fed James through, who scored a superb volley from just outside the box to give us the lead.

The lads pressed on and put Riverstown under pressure as we looked for our second. Unfortunately, we were caught on the break as Riverstown scored the equaliser with a counter-attack. 1-1 at half time.

The remainder of the game saw Riverstown dominate and keep the pressure on The Hill. They had several shots on goal which drew a few great saves from Tom. Despite the pressure, every man from 1 to 11 defended brilliantly and courageously to ensure the game finished 1-1.

The first half of extra time saw Riverstown remain in control, dominating the majority of play. However The Hill came close with a shot from James and a free kick from Seamus. The second half of extra time saw the lads regain control of the game and we pushed for the winner, with Daniel coming close with another free-kick. With the lottery of a penalty shoot-out looming, Watergrasshill were ironically denied a penalty as Seamus was fouled in the closing minutes of the game. Final Score AET: 1-1.

After a quick break, the lads prepared for the shoot-out. Riverstown were up first and scored with a great penalty tucked in the bottom left corner. Up stepped James to level things up with a brilliant penalty finding the top corner.

Adam stepped up to take our second, which was crucial as Riverstown's second was dragged wide. With great composure, Adam fired his penalty into the bottom corner to give us a 2-1 lead. Tom then pulled out a fantastic save from Riverstown's next penalty and Seamus scored our third, leaving us 3-1 up after three penalties.

With Riverstown having scored their fourth, the pressure was on Jason. However, he was up to the task and he blasted home to give us the win 4-2 on penalties.

This was another fantastic performance from the lads and could yet prove to be a real season-changing performance. Having been under pressure for vast parts of the game, the lads showed great team spirit, determination and concentration to contain the Riverstown attacks. Credit must go to all 13 players today for having a great attitude and for leaving it all on the pitch.

Final Score: WGH 1-1 Riverstown (AET, WGH win 4-2 on penalties).

Squad: Tom, Conor, Jason, Luke, Adam, Chris, Karol, Daniel, Seamus, Daniel Mc, James, Andrew.

Many thanks to all the parents for their continued support each week and to Derry, Frank & Chris on the line.

Training continues Tuesday night before the last 16 Cup game at home to Passage West on Thursday.

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