U16s: Limerick Make It Two From Two With Four-Goal Gain
Ger Barry’s stunning overhead kick was the highlight as Limerick maintained their 100 percent start to the Under-16 Premier League with a 4-0 win over Granville Rangers at Hogan Park on Saturday afternoon.
The young Superblues went into the game on the back of Wednesday’s eight-goal success at Fairview Rangers and they started confidently here, with Jack Crowley seeing a shot saved early on.
The visiting ‘keeper was soon forced into a more difficult stop, after Colm Walsh-O’Loghlen picked up possession outside the box and sent a looping effort that was well pushed over.
Walsh-O’Loghlen went close again before the quarter-hour, a dipping shot just clearing the crossbar, and then Brandon Murphy fired narrowly wide.
But the breakthrough eventually came midway through the half as captain Noel Callanan’s effort inside the box was deflected into the path of the waiting Walsh-O’Loghlen at the back post and he drilled to the net from close range.
Limerick continued to enjoy the upper hand and Barry shot over from the edge of the box shortly before half-time.
Into the second half, the striker saw his effort pushed wide. Then on 54 minutes, following good work by Walsh-O’Loghlen, Murphy’s shot was well turned behind by the ‘keeper.
Finally, though, the hosts did double their lead. Following a corner from the left, a scramble ensued in the six-yard box with Junior Echeruwe denied on the line but Murphy was there to follow up and poke in while on the ground.
The game was then put to bed in spectacular fashion as the ball sat up for Barry and he produced a wonderful overhead kick from 12-yards which nestled in the corner of the net.
Carl Williams, who played in goal for the team on Wednesday, came on outfield and he was almost through on the hour-mark but after getting there before the ‘keeper he was forced wide and his cross back in was cleared.
Shortly after, Barry flashed an effort wide from inside the area, before substitute Paul Costelloe added a fourth goal with a cool finish on 67 minutes.
Late on, another sub Lee Wall had a shot saved, Williams fired over on the volley and in the last chance of the game Wall saw a rising shot from 18-yards fly just past the top corner.
Next up for the young Superblues is a trip to Geraldines on Saturday, 6 September, kick-off 2pm at Moore Park, where they will be looking to make it three wins from three.
Limerick: Damien Keenan, Kevin Fitzgerald, Noel Callanan ©, Jakub Jastrzebski, Morgan Clancy, Brandon Murphy, Jack Crowley, Cormac Kinahan, Colm Walsh-O’Loghlen, Junior Echeruwe, Ger Barry. Subs: Lee Wall, Carl Williams, Seán Madigan, Paul Costelloe. Goals: C Walsh-O’Loghlen (22), B Murphy (56), G Barry (58), P Costelloe (67).
Report Date: Saturday 30 August 2014