McKevitt and O'Grady are hat-trick heroes
Tuesday, 25 March 2014
Barcroft 7. Brookvale 2.
FIONN O'Grady and Ruairi McKevitt fired home glorious hat-tricks as their Barcroft side defeated a hard-working Brookvale U12 team 7-2.
The estate's twin strike-force were in stunning form as they each plundered three goals apiece on Saturday morning at a bitterly cold and wet Carnbane Complex.
Yet Brookvale, despite losing by five goals, never gave up the ghost with their manager John Elliott telling the Democrat: "We conceded a few sloppy goals early in the match but nonetheless the boys gave a good account of themselves."
And it was the Brook who raced into the lead with a mere two minutes gone, then Eoin McKernan rifling into the back of the Barcroft net with a slick left-footed drive.
But the equaliser wasn't long in coming, indeed just 60 seconds later the prolific Ruairi McKevitt flicking home from close range. And amazingly five minutes after that leveller, Barcroft had netted three more times.
First Fionn O'Grady raced clear before drilling into the bottom corner from 15 yards. Minutes later Ryan Owens added another with a great drive from way out on the left that looped over the Brookvale keeper Caolan Murphy. And with the shouting barely died down, McKevitt made it four with another cool finish following a fine Ryan Cowan right-wing centre.
After the break McKevitt completed his hat-trick and although Liam Carr reduced the deficit with a composed finish after a incisive Ryan Carragher through ball, Barcroft ended the match with another couple of goals. Both goals came from the deadly O'Grady with the last of these a sweetly-struck penalty kick.
Each sides had their stars with obviously McKevitt and O'Grady right up there along with Conor and Ronan Cinnamond for Barcroft while Liam Carr, Fionn O'Callaghan, Eoin McKernan and Nathan Elliott gave great displays for Brookvale.
It was a sporting contest well refereed by the consistent Martin Bagnall and that theme was apparent as Barcroft manager John Cinnamond told the Democrat: "We battle well every week and if we win we win and if we lose we lose. This wee team of ours has been together for the last three or four years and they really enjoy their football."
Barcroft: Jamie Cinnamond, Conor Cinnamond, Ronan Cinnamond, Ruairi McKevitt, Jack McArdle, Ronan Casey, Fionn O'Grady, Ryan Cowan, Shay Flynn, Ryan Owens, Mark McArdle and Niall Cranney.
Brookvale: Caolan Murphy, Nathan Elliott, Jack Daly, Ryan Carragher, Eoin McKernan, Fionn O'Callaghan, Liam Mooney, Ronan Foley, Daniel Crozier and Gavin McAleavey.
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