U15s Report: Regional United B 1-4 Limerick B

U15 Division Two: Regional United B 1-4 Limerick B

Limerick kick-started their U15 Division Two season with a fine 4-1 win over Regional United B at Dooradoyle on Friday evening, as they bounced back from their opening-day loss in good style.

In a bright start to the game, Limerick played some good passing football all over the pitch and at times pushed their opponents’ defence hard.

The deadlock was broken following a move from the back, with goalkeeper Thomas Myles, Jordan Clancy and Jack O’Connell all involved, the latter finding Isaac Munene out wide and his superb delivery was on a plate for Aaron Casey to slot in from close range.

The young Superblues doubled their advantage when some neat play from Danny Griffin – who had an outstanding game in the middle of the park – saw him supply a through-ball for Casey whose low cross was turned in by Nauris Andriksons.

Regional, though, kept going and after some pressure they reduced the deficit to just a single goal coming up to half-time.

After the interval, Regional continued on the front foot and Limerick had Myles to thank for keeping their lead intact as he produced some fine saves, with the visiting defence and midfield all forced to work tirelessly.

The game then settled down and Limerick regained control, and with Seán Naughton playing some nice passes to the forward line it appeared only a matter of time before Paddy Hartnett’s side would score again.

And that third goal soon arrived. A long clearance from Myles bounced invitingly for captain Scott Greaney to fire a superb left-footed shot to the top corner from outside the box.

Limerick made certain of the points with a fourth goal as Griffin found the net, which capped an eye-catching display. His strike came after Greaney’s stunning shot rattled the post and rebounded into the feet of the waiting midfielder.

Afterwards, Hartnett stated: “This team has massive potential and they showed this tonight against a very good Regional United side that deserve a lot of credit for the way they played the game.

“Every one of the lads fought for the jersey they were wearing and that’s all I ask of them – to play good football on the ground and always give 100 percent.

“I’m putting together a good strong team of coaches here that I can trust. I know they can do the job perfectly, and with the backing of our Development Officer Tommy Barrett, this team can get better and better as the weeks progress.

“Now, we have four coaches on board with Mike Murphy, Anne Mullen and Dave Sheahan which means we can now cover all aspects of the game, from First Aid to fitness, nutrition and even outside of the game, as I think that is a vital part in the development of players.”

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

Report Date: Friday 30 August 2013