29 Apr Cooks Cabin Division 2 Allenwood Celtic FC 2 Bush Celtic FC 3
Feature Game – Leinster Leader
Bush Celtic kept the pressure on Division 2 League leaders Allenwood Celtic when they came out on top in this top of the table clash at Killina road on a scoreline of 3-2.
Both teams were undefeated leading into this game with Allenwood having won each of their three games and Bush having 4 points from only two games played.
Conditions were dull, cold and overcast but this did not dampen the spirits of both side’s as they had large squads to choose from.The game kicked off with Allenwood in their away strip of yellow and blue with Bush Celtic in their traditional green and white.Bush started the better of the two teams but it was Allenwood who struck first through Jay Devine in the 13th minute.
Stephen Baneham played a teasing through ball into the box after picking up the loose ball and Devine had the pace, and skill, to get to the ball and round the keeper to make it one nil to the home side.
The lead would be short lived however as Bush Celtic would push on straight away with some good work down the right by Kevin Reid and Allenwood keeper, Mark Curran, was adjudged to have fouled the forward and a penalty was awarded. The impressive Dean King stepped up to fire home the penalty to the keepers left hand side to level matters at 1-1 after seventeen minutes.
The game would get a bit testy for the next fifteen to twenty minutes with hard but fair tackles going in all over the pitch.
On the half hour the visitors move the ball down the left hand side and played the ball into the box and is headed clear by Allenwood defence but only to the edge of the box and Dean King hits a half volley high to the keepers left giving him no chance to score his and his side’s second to put the visitors 2-1 up. The scored remained unchanged to the break.
On the turn around Allenwood open second half with a lot of possession and working the ball down both wings.Martin Baneham gets a shot off but blocked down by the visiting defence with Bush scorer King showing that he can do the less glamorous side of the game as well with some great defending.
The home sides eventually equalised on the fifty third minutes when a ball broke down the right hand side to Jason Ryan inside the 18 yard box but well out to the right. Ryan takes two touches to get a closer to the goal but is still at an acute angle however he fired a drilled shot at the inside post which the keeper actually gets a hand on but the power takes in into the net to bring the tie to 2-2.
On the hour the home side made a triple substitution and while trying to settle were caught on the break and King completed his hat trick when the home side failed to clear an initial shot and the ball was played back into the marksman who chests it down and volleys home from all of twenty yards to make it 3 – 2 to Bush Celtic
Allenwood had plenty of possession and chances for the remainder of the tie with some great corners whipped in by Kev Mc and shots from Martin Baneham but the Bush rear guard were equal to the task and the visitors went on to claim all three points to bring them closer to the top.
Credit to both teams today for what was a great game of football between two very tough and committed groups of players.