U15s: Mungret 1-2 Limerick

U15 Division Two: Mungret Regional B 1-2 Limerick B

Limerick made it back-to-back wins in the U15 Division Two with a narrow 2-1 victory over Mungret/Regional B at Mungret on Monday night.

For the young Superblues, it was their third game in the space of just seven days, and it saw them take on a very strong Mungret/Regional side.

Still, Paddy Hartnett’s players were full of confidence following Friday’s win, and they started with some fast attacking football on the ground in a 4-3-3 formation.

That gave Limerick the edge in the opening quarter of the game, and their first chance came after good build-up play from the back, with Cian O’Brien handed an opportunity but he drove wide.

As Limerick pushed for the opener, some slack play in the middle of the park allowed Mungret in but they were denied by a superb Thomas Myles stop.

Having weathered the storm, Limerick broke the deadlock. A quick ball found the ever-impressive Jordan Clancy on the left and he fed skipper Scott Greaney who drove one of his trademark left-footers to the top corner.

Holding most of the possession, the visitors doubled their advantage before half-time following some more fine football, with Seán Naughton’s effort from close to 40-yards sailing into the net.

Mungret pushed hard to reduce the deficit before the break and tested Limerick’s defence to near breaking point, but again Myles was in inspired form as he pulled off a string of stunning saves.

The second half started in much the same manner, and eventually the home side’s pressure paid off with 20 minutes remaining.

That meant a nervy end for Limerick, but with their midfield battling hard and their defence standing firm, they held on for a vital three points.

Afterwards, Hartnett said: “There is still a lot of work to be done with this team but they are learning in every game they play.

“Each and every player gave their all tonight and, as I said before, that’s all I ask of the lads. It will be good to get a break after Saturday’s game against Corbally so we can get back to the LIT training ground and work on more tactics and try out a few new things with them.

“On tonight’s game, I was very impressed with the lads until tiredness kicked in. But that’s something that can be worked on as I will be holding a 4-5 hour workshop with all of these players in two weeks’ time that will include every aspect of the game. That will benefit them hugely.

“Thomas Myles stood out tonight with some superb saves, along with Jack O’Connell in the middle and Jordan Clancy on the left both having outstanding games. Our back four and midfield worked really hard and are getting used to the way we want them to play.”

Limerick Team: Myles, O’Connell, Murphy, Clancy, Ryan, Naughton, Griffin, Munene, Greaney, Browne, O’Brien. Subs: McMahon, Hannon, McCarthy, Cooper, Andriksons, Casey, Murphy.

Report Date: Monday 2 September 2013