25 September 2022 | 10:25 PM

Rearcross 'A' progress in the FAI Junior Cup

Rearcross FC travelled to Ballinree this morning to take on Ballymackey FC in a knockout fixture. Rearcross FC got to grips with the youthful Ballymackey side early in the first half and should have been further ahead at the break. Rearcross FC got joy from corners and could have scored a number of goals. Greg Kennedy and Brian Nolan arrived at the back post after the Ballymackey goaltender spilled a cross but couldn't convert with Greg Kennedy slicing the ball back into the Ballymackey goalkeepers' hands. The ever-willing runs made by James Deegan and Michael O Gorman stretched the backline of Ballymackey at times, but any clear opportunities were hard to come by. James Deegan had an effort which, by his standards, ended up tame for a finish.
Rearcross FC were knocking on the door once again when Kieran Devitt rolled the ball to Greg Kennedy who struck the ball towards the bottom corner of the net following a James Deegan corner. This effort was cleared off the line by the defender on the post.
Rearcross FC broke the deadlock when a determined Kieran Devitt burst in front of his man to steer a James Deegan delivery into the back of the net. Ballymackey to their credit came out all guns blazing in the second half and following pressure and a slight mix up in the Rearcross FC defence an equalizer was obtained. Rearcross FC came back to life following this and took the lead. James Deegan once again swung in a corner which was met by Darragh Kennedy who was lurking at the back post. Ballymackey failed to make any headway despite their best efforts. Michael O Gorman, who battled well all game, broke free from his marker and made his way to the end line before squeezing an effort inside the near post to put Rearcross FC two goals to the good at 3-1. Rearcross FC freshened things up throughout the second half and saw out the game with Ballymackey relying on half chances.

Best on the day for Rearcross were Kieran Devitt, Paul Nolan and Philly Deegan. Their relentless work rate saw Rearcross FC claim the win.

Rearcross 'A': Cathal Kennedy, Eamonn Wade, Paul Nolan, Greg Kennedy, Brian Nolan, Kieran Devitt, Conor Nolan, Phillip Deegan, Stephen Rochford, James Deegan, Michael O Gorman
Subs: Darragh Kennedy, Paul Carey, James Rochford, Colm Nolan, Robert Harrington (all used)
Report by Greg Kennedy


Date Time Season
25 September 2022 10:25 PM 2022