Josh Horan’s Performance Leads the Bs to Victory

Castleisland AFC PRO, Neil O'Sullivan updating progress on a weather disrupted season to date. ©Photograph: John Reidy
Castleisland AFC PRO, Neil O’Sullivan updating progress on a weather disrupted season to date. ©Photograph: John Reidy

AC Athletic 1 – Castleisland B 4

The Castleisland AFC B team continued its good form on Sunday with a comprehensive victory against last season’s title challengers AC Athletic in the Denny Premier B.

By: Neil O’Sullivan

Castleisland started the game with a strong breeze behind them and dominated the early stages.

Whistled Over the Bar

The first chance fell to Ger Byrne whose header whistled over the bar after a pin point corner from Adam O’Donoghue.

Soon after, Pa O’Rourke chipped the goalkeeper but his effort was just wide of the target after a brilliant through ball from Danny Feehan.

AC almost took the lead against the run of play but Martin Hewitt produced a great save to tip over. Half time 0-0.

The Breakthrough

Early in the second half Castleisland made the break through after Josh Horan’s cross found Thonty Lynch at the back post and he finished well past the on rushing keeper.

Three minutes later AC Athletic scored to level the game.

A free kick from the edge of the box was well struck and found the bottom corner of Martin Hewitt’s goal.

Josh Horan's man-of-the-match performance led the B team to a 4-1 win over Athletic  ©Photograph: John Reidy
Josh Horan’s man-of-the-match performance led the B team to a 4-1 win over AC Athletic on Sunday. ©Photograph: John Reidy

Responded Well

Castleisland responded well to the goal and soon after, Josh Horan chased down a lost cause but his persistence prevailed as he forced a mix up between the keeper and defender and found himself running the ball into the net.

Ethan Brosnan, and Niall Barrett were introduced to the game and provided the fresh legs needed to put the game away.

With 15 minutes to go the Castleisland lads got their third and put the game to bed when Adam O’Donoghue found himself in the box and converted well from a great cross by Danny Feehan.

Icing on the Cake

On the 85th minute Danny Browne put the icing on the cake and made it 4-1 with a nice finish which found the bottom corner.

A great performance from all the team and they are now unbeaten in their last four games.

Man of the match was Josh Horan. The youths player opened up the defence on a number of occasions and left the game with a goal and an assist.

A Team In Action on Sunday

Castleisland AFC’s A team is in action this Sunday away to Killarney Celtic. This will be a huge test for the Islanders as they take on a Killarney side currently sitting on top of the league and are on a great run in the FAI Junior Cup.

Kick off is at 11.30am at Celtic Park Killarney. Castleisland is currently three points behind Celtic with a game in hand so any positive result would be a great boost for their title challenge.


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