29 Apr CR WYNNE FEEDS SENIOR FOCUS
Rathangan AFC 2 Ballycane Celtic FC 2
Ballycane went into this game with two wins from two and hoped to continue their good start to season. They were without a number of players in particular their goal keeper. Kevin Higgins was called on to mind the nets for the afternoon. Rathangan went into a twenty second minute lead after a well placed Luke Gill header from a corner put the home side in the driving seat. Ballycane quickly got it back level within two minutes after Sean Farrell raced on to a Noel Byrne pass on twenty four minutes.
Rathangan edged ahead gain on the half hour after a high punt in the air caused a mix up in the visiting defence and as the ball dropped it was tapped in by the alert Adam Kelly to put the home side 2-1 up and they kept this to the break.
Ballycane were reduced to ten mens within three minutes of the second half and their attempts to get back on tract were further hampered when they lost centre half Noel Byrne to injury a min later. However with ten men Ballycane started to control the game and were having the best chances. Robert Heavey in midfield was winning every battle and driving the visitors forward. The influential right back Christopher Higgins was tearing up the wing and putting in some great crosses and it was one of these great crosses that provided the equaliser when Jordan Martella arrived late into the box to power home a left foot shot 67mins to level matters at 2-2.
Best for Ballycane were Christy Higgins Jake O Reilly and Man of Match Robert Heavy. The home side’s best player was Ciaran Behan.
Suncroft AFC Clane United FC
Clane came into today’s game on the back of two defeats. It didn’t start well for the Clane men as they were 1-0 down after two minutes, some good work from suncroft down the left saw Dylan Connolly curled a lovely shot in to the top corner. Clane weren’t going to sit down and take another loss and this spurred them in to action. All of clane’s eleven were working extremely hard, they were getting some joy in behind the Suncroft defence but couldn’t find an end product. The home side started playing some nice football and a ball was played behind the Clane defence with right back Cian Byrne’s chasing Connolly, they came together and Suncroft were awarded a penalty with captain Ray Coleman calmly finished the ball in to the bottom right corner. It finished 2-0 to suncroft at the break. Clane still felt that they were right in this game and Danny Callan was brought on at the break for the injured Carl James. Clane were growing in confidence and Sean Harnett was having a very good game down the visitors right hand side. Clane then made some tactical changes at the back and Daragh Deane came on for right back Cian Byrne’s. The tactical change paid off straight away. Eoghan Maguire was played in behind and had a shot, the ball made its way towards Danny Callan on the penalty spot, he made no mistake heading the ball in to the corner to put the minimum between the sides. This goal gave Clane some confidence and within twenty minutes it was all square when Maguire broke in behind the Suncroft defence, he played a lovely pass in to the Danny Callan who finished the ball to the bottom corner. With ten minutes remaining on the clock the visitors claimed all three points when Killian Patchell made a great run down the right side as he ran in to the box he was taken down by a Suncroft defender. Danny Callan stood up to take the penalty and powered the ball in to the bottom left hand corner. Clane will now be hoping this is the start of their season. Best for Clane a day where all 11 worked so hard. Hat trick hero Danny Callan, Eoghan Maguire, Sean Harnett and Gavin O’Dwyer stood out for the north Kildare side.
Monread FC 4 Caragh Celtic FC 1
Three goals from the home side and a Caragh Celtic OG gave Monread a 4-1 victory over Caragh Celtic today in Naas. Caragh’s lone strike coming from Stephen Riordan.
Kildare Town AFC 4 Castle Villa AFC 1
Kildare took the lead after only ten minutes courtesy of a header from Shane Buckley.
The home side should have extended their lead earlier however the Villa keeper was equal to the task. On the half hour the visitors were awarded a free kick which was nicely slotted home to equalise for the Castledermot men. It remained deadlocked at 1-1 to the break.
The home side came out of the block quickly on the resumption and they won a corner which was crossed into the box for Cian Gobbett to head home to put Kildare 2-1 up.
Straight from Top off villa awarded a free kick but Kildares keeper Barber’s quick on his feet and stops the shot.
Kildare extended their lead to 3-1 soon after when Pento Sage skiped between two Villa defenders to fire home and Jay O’Neill rounded off the scoring for the home side to 4-1 following good work by Gobbett late on. Best for the winners was Cian Gobbett.