The Greenwood U17 team made it their 3rd win in as many games as they defeated Castleview away on Sunday. The game started off poorly from a Greenwood point of view, as the team could not seem to get into the game. The team had to sustain some early pressure from Castleview causing our back-four and keeper Aaron Geasley to make some important interventions. Greenwood were dealt another set-back as on form centre-back Danny Hayes was forced to come off due to an injury suffered in his leg. Stephen McCarthy was his replacement. Minutes after Hayes’s departure, Greenwood went a goal up in what seemed to be almost against the run of play. The goal was scored by Sean Hinds, who picked up a loose ball just past the half-way line. Hinds hit the ball on the volley and it flew into the top corner of the goal and over the head of Castleview’s keeper in what was a fantastic goal.
Greenwood doubled their lead in the 37th minute through Jordan Aherne, who again was on the scoresheet. Aherne was played through by Ryan O’Connell, and Jordan used his pace to lose his marker and finish the ball into the left hand corner. With the 1st half almost over and Greenwood looking seemingly comfortable the managers again had to look to the bench. This time, it was goal scorer Jordan Aherne who had come out worst for wear after a clash with a Castleview centre-back. Unfortunately Aherne had suffered a fractured toe and he also dislocated another. Adam-Cotter-Coleman being the replacement this time.
The 2nd half began and Greenwood looked to increase their lead and came close on a few occasions, particularly from Sean Hinds who had another long range shot stopped only by the crossbar. Castleview still looked dangerous however, and apart from a very solid display from the back four and goalkeeper could have been in on a few occasions. On 65 minutes Greenwood made it 3-0 as Conor Casey scored. Casey got played in by a superb defence splitting pass from Adam-Cotter-Coleman. After receiving the pass, Casey remained composed to finish passed the on rushing Castleview keeper. 3 became 4 five minutes later as recent signing Stephen McCarthy scored his 2nd goal in only his 2nd appearance off the bench. McCarthy was this time played through by Sean Hinds and again the Castleview keeper rushed off his line but McCarthy managed to chip the ball over his head and into the net. The 5th and final goal came from Ruairí Minihane who marked his return from injury with a goal. Minihane was played through by Casey and Ruairí raced through to finish the ball in the bottom corner.
This happened to be the last play of the game, which again capped off another impressive performance from the Greenwood U17s.
Players to mention: Sean Hinds, Evan Coughlan, Garreth O’Connor, Ryan McCarthy and Conor Casey