Midleton FC Cork
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Team: Under 16A
Date : 18-11-2018
Venue: Beaumont
Opposition: Avondale United A
Midleton FC Result: Win
Score: 3-2
Goalscorers: Ciarmhac Smyth (2), Kamil Michalak
Report: A clash of the only two unbeaten teams in the league and it turned out to be a cracker with Midleton coming out on top after being in front twice in the game before we scored the winner. The early exchanges of the game saw Avondale having more of the ball and we needed a tactical change to get another body in midfield which saw Luke Hourigan join Colin sunderland and Niall Corcoran. This gave us the possession need to control the game and after this we laid siege to the Avondale defence forcing mistakes and coming close on a few occasions to getting a goal. Eventually after 32 minutes a tenacious Ciarmhac Smyth chased a ball to the by-line on the right side of the goal and hit a low cross that was controlled by Niall Corcoran in front of goal before a short pass teed up Kamil Michalak for his 7th goal of the season. Unfortunately, the lead did not last long when on 38 mins, the Avondale keeper hit a huge kick out which passed out all our defenders and after their striker had his shot saved by Josh Mulcahy in goal it rebounded to their number 9 to pass into an open net. It stayed 1-1 until the second half and with the game evenly balanced we brought on Mubaraq Awobimpe to put pressure on the Avondale right back and it worked a treat. As the defender was busy with Muba, it left more space for Ciarmhac up front and we got our second goal on 64 mins when a throw down the left was played on by Muba to Ciarmhac who slotted it low into the right corner. We managed the game well after this and looked to be heading for a 2-1 win when, with only 5 mins left, Avondale got a series of throws down the left wing. We didn't deal with them well and after a few rebounds inside the box the ball fell to their number 12 who scored into the bottom corner. However, the lads were not to be beaten and pushed on to put pressure on the Avondale backs. With great work from Fawaz Bakinson, Colin Sunderland, Luke Houriangan we pushed further up the pitch and Muba raced up the left wing dragging several defenders with him. He managed to hold onto the ball and slip a pass to Ciarmhac on the left side of the 18 yard box, he found a yard of space and curled a lovey shot into the top corner for the winner. Although, Avondale fought well, the lads controlled large parts of the game and deserved to win and remain the only unbeaten team in the league. Man of the Match: Ciarmhac Smyth.

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