U12S: HAXHIAJ COMPLETES STUNNING COMEBACK
Andrei Haxhiaj completed a stunning comeback for Limerick in the Under-12 Premier League as they made a belated start to the season with a 5-4 win over Regional United at Dooradoyle on Friday evening.
After having had their opening two games of the campaign cancelled, Limerick finally took to the field and the game proved well worth the wait as Barry Lynch’s young side battled back from 4-1 down to take all three points.
In a clash which Limerick probably had the better of, outfield player Jeffrey Dore was very unlucky playing as stand-in goalkeeper for the injured Eugene Hurley.
Indeed, Dore’s distribution was to be crucial to the team’s late comeback. Samir Attanda had pulled a well-deserved goal back before the break to give Limerick hope, but early in the second half they found themselves three behind to an unfortunate own-goal.
However, this seemed to galvanise the young Superblues and they swept up the field looking for the goals that would more fairly reflect the balance of play.
A poacher’s finish from Kurt Ryan followed by a cool right-legged strike from Hadxjai had Limerick right back in the game before Jake O’Riordan swept the equaliser into the top right-hand corner of the net. Cue jubilation on the Limerick line.
There was still time for more drama, however, and following an advantage on the edge of the area, the ball fell to Haxhiaj who calmly fired home, this time with his left foot, to seal a late winner.
Limerick: Jeffrey Dore, Leon Rush, Aidan Crowe, Donor McGuane, Daniel Quaid, Jake O’Riordan, Ger Quaid, Jack Horan, Adrian Haxhiaj, Samir Attanda, Kurt Ryan. Subs: Luke O’Donovan, Igor Czarkewicz. Goals: Samir Attanda, Kurt Ryan, Adrian Haxhiaj (2), Jake O’Riordan.
Report Date: Friday 19 September 2014