Kittens sink claws into Kingdom

Action from Derdimus Park

U15 Airtricity League

Carlow Kilkenny 3,
Kerry 0

A MAN of the match performance from Zach Bay Hammond helped Carlow. Kilkenny crush Kerry resistance and bounce back to winning ways.

The former Thomastown United player scored twice as Mark Ross’s side picked up all three points in their U15 Airtricity League clash in Derdimus on Sunday.

Hammond’s second goal, three minutes from time, ended a spell of Kerry pressure. He showed great awareness to break free on the right and finish a Daryl Ntumba cross from the tightest of angles.

Hammond also struck in the early stages of the first half, showing pace and precision to race on to goalkeeper Mark McCarthy’s booming 15th minute kick-out and lob outrushing goalkeeper Arron O’Sullivan.

The home almost doubled their lead in the 18th minute. Hammond created the chance this time, making space on the right to whip in a cross for Rory O’Dowd, but O’Sullivan made a good save.

That was a let-off for Kerry who stepped up their own efforts to score. Cillian O’Shea and Ronan Teehan combined to carve the home defence open after 26 minutes, but Adam McCarron made a timely block to prevent O’Shea from a clean shot.

Kerry went even closer to getting that equaliser seconds before half-time. Robert Vasiu did the damage with a teasing diagonal ball, but it was beyond the reach of Sean Kerdeski and Ronan Teehan.

While Kerry kept hunting for a goal throughout the second half it was Carlow, Kilkenny who went closest to finding it.

Daryl Ntumba seemed certain to make it 2-0 when Noah Quinlan headed an Adam McCarron free into his path, but he couldn’t make a clean connection.

Kerry escaped that time but were sunk when Zach Bay Hammond made it 2-0.

Jake French Davis completed a good day for Mark Ross’s side when he scored their third goal in the final seconds of normal time.

However, it was a mixed day for the youngster, as he was sent off in injury-time.

Next up is a meeting with division leaders Cork City on May 12.

Carlow Kilkenny: Mark McCarthy; Jake Haughney, Adam McCarron, Fionn McCaffrey, Cian Byrne; Jack O’Neill, Niall Rowe; Eamon Lalor, Rory O’Dowd, Darren Lawlor; Zach Bay Hammond. Subs: Ben Goodwin, Noah Quinlan, Timmy Clifford, Daryl Ntumba, Jake Ffrench Davis.

Kerry: Arron O’Sullivan; Cian Brosnan, Zach Beehan, Alain Beaujoai, Cian Clancy; Cillian O’Shea, Ronan Teehan, Caolan O’Connell; Sean Ryan, Sean Kerdeski, Cian Wright. Subs: Sean Dillane, Ryan Guerin, Sean Horan, Robert Vasiu, Philip Evans, Maurice O’Connell, Jack McGillicuddy.

Referee: Jason Moore. Assistants: Eoin Walsh, Mitch Corrigan (all Kilkenny).