CR Wynne Senior Division Team Focus

CR Wynne Senior Division Team Focus

Naas United FC 1 Suncroft AFC 2

The Croft travelled to Naas this morning in which turned out to be a tricky fixture against the vastly experienced Naas United side.  Suncroft missing star players Kieran Sheedy , Kieran Morris and Ryan Burke to holidays and Chris Stynes to illness. 

A reshuffle was needed by the Croft. With Shane Dillon coming back into left full. Martin Brennan made his 1st start for Suncroft in central midfield and on the left wing Johnny Fennell also making his first start for the club. 

Suncroft knew a win today would take them top of the table. The opening minutes of the game was all about the attacking threat down Suncroft’s left with Fennell the stand out player , beating his man and whipping in some wonderful delivery’s which were well defended by the Naas outfit

Fifteen minutes in and Suncroft were forced into a change , Front man Shane Bennett forced off after a challenge was replaced by Trevor Connolly and he nearly made an immediate impact getting on the end of a Fennell cross but just heading inches wide. 

The midfield battle was really hotting up with Naas Ver Nolan and Bubba Doyle matching Suncroft’s Brennan and Ryan Dick. 

35 minutes in and Suncroft were playing some good football on this perfect surface and when Dylan Connolly turned his man in central midfield and played the ball to the feet of McDonagh, the centre forward rolled his marker and was about to pull the trigger till he was upended, todays ref pointing to the spot. Up steps captain Coleman to send the keeper the wrong way for his fifth goal of the campaign 1-0 to the Croft. 

Suncroft should have doubled their lead two minutes later when it was the same combination of Connolly and McDonagh but this time the keeper would save McDonagh’s effort. The Croft would go close again on the stroke of half time this time it was Martin Brennan driving forward Brennan lays in Ryan Dick but the keeper is equal to his effort and Suncroft went in 1-0 up a the break.

On the resumption Naas were to up their efforts and they looked dangerous on more than a few occasions but Suncroft hit them with the ultimate sucker punch on the fifty five minute. With all the ball for the early second half exchanges Naas just couldn’t break down the Croft defence excellently marshalled by the skipper Ray Coleman and the classy Mark Boland. With Boland intercepting a Naas attack he plays a switch the ball to Fennell he spots Brennan breaking through the centre of the pitch and lays in a great ball right into Brennan’s stride and with Naas throwing body’s on the line Brennan spots Trevor Connolly to his right and plays in a perfect pass to put Connolly and he made no mistake with a classic finish to the roof of the net. 2-0 Suncroft 

It would have been easy at this stage and in this heat for Naas to give in but as Suncroft well know and have found out in the past this Naas team don’t know how to give up and from the tip off they came at Suncroft with wave after wave of attacks. Keggy, Coleman and Boland were a match for what was coming their way. On the hour another new face to Suncroft Tommy Nolan replaces the outstanding Fennell. Nolan was right into the action when Dylan Connolly and McDonagh combined to put Nolan clear with Nolan and the keeper in a foot race to get to the ball first the front man would just get there only to see his effort cleared off the line.  Another change for the Croft would see Niall Flynn in for Trevor Connolly who was outstanding for the hour he was on the park Connelly ran himself into the ground.  With ten minutes remaining Naas were  given a life line after some good play by the home side they pulled a goal back through Glenn Farrell to put the minimum between the sides

Naas were to launch a few long balls in an attempt to grab an equaliser and almost did in the dying moments however Martin Brennan made an unbelievable goal line clearance to save Suncroft’s blushes. Best for Suncroft were Coleman, Boland, McDonagh Connolly and the debut boys Nolan , Fennell and today’s man of the match Martin Brennan. Best for Naas were Eoin Giblin and Vernon Nolan.

Monread FC 3 Kildare Town AFC 3

This match kicked off with Monread setting a high tempo and clearly determined to achieve the advantage early on in the thirteenth minute a move started on the right side ended with a superbly flighted ball onto Conor Coady’s head and guided expertly past the keeper into the bottom right side netting. Dean Fennessy who once again impressed for the home side made it 2-0 on the eighteenth minute following some lovely interplay in front of the Kildare goal. Fennessy with clear sight of goal and  he hit the ball with force past the keeper. Kildare did not lose heart and battled on and got their reward in the thirty sixth minute to leave Monread going into the break defending their 2-1 lead.

Kildare came out strong in the second half and defended well they equalised in the sixtieth mínute when the ball was judges to have crossed the line following a long range effort. Monread pressurised but it was Kildare who scored again in the sixty ninth minute to put them ahead for the first time and with ten minutes remaining Monread equalised when a superb move on the left gave Conor Coady the chance to head home.

Clane Untied FC 1 Ballycane Celtic FC 4

The away side came into this game missing a few players from the full squad but the strength and depth of this year’s squad is really helping a lot this season. Clane were also missing some keys players. The game started at a frantic pace with both sides trying to gain the upper hand. It took only five mins for Ballycane to open the scoring when a fine flowing move started from right full into the middle to Dean Conroy who found Niall Herbert out wide right and his pin point cross was perfectly met by the onrushing Jordan Martella who finished with aplomb to the back of the Clane net. It was all Ballycane now and it wasn’t long until the inform man of the moment Sean Farrell got on the scoresheet with a quick fire brace on 14 and 18 mins. The first after some brilliant work by Dean Conroy and the next was some great work from Stephen Quinn who found Farrell in the box and he calmly slotted home for his 26th goal of the season. The away side got a bit complacent then and Clane got themselves a lifeline just before the break when Carl James played a great ball in to the box and Neil Cox rose highest to finish. It finished 3-1 to Ballycane at the break. 

CR Wynne Senior Division Team Focus

Naas United FC 1 Suncroft AFC 2

The Croft travelled to Naas this morning in which turned out to be a tricky fixture against the vastly experienced Naas United side.  Suncroft missing star players Kieran Sheedy , Kieran Morris and Ryan Burke to holidays and Chris Stynes to illness. 

A reshuffle was needed by the Croft. With Shane Dillon coming back into left full. Martin Brennan made his 1st start for Suncroft in central midfield and on the left wing Johnny Fennell also making his first start for the club. 

Suncroft knew a win today would take them top of the table. The opening minutes of the game was all about the attacking threat down Suncroft’s left with Fennell the stand out player , beating his man and whipping in some wonderful delivery’s which were well defended by the Naas outfit

Fifteen minutes in and Suncroft were forced into a change , Front man Shane Bennett forced off after a challenge was replaced by Trevor Connolly and he nearly made an immediate impact getting on the end of a Fennell cross but just heading inches wide. 

The midfield battle was really hotting up with Naas Ver Nolan and Bubba Doyle matching Suncroft’s Brennan and Ryan Dick. 

35 minutes in and Suncroft were playing some good football on this perfect surface and when Dylan Connolly turned his man in central midfield and played the ball to the feet of McDonagh, the centre forward rolled his marker and was about to pull the trigger till he was upended, todays ref pointing to the spot. Up steps captain Coleman to send the keeper the wrong way for his fifth goal of the campaign 1-0 to the Croft. 

Suncroft should have doubled their lead two minutes later when it was the same combination of Connolly and McDonagh but this time the keeper would save McDonagh’s effort. The Croft would go close again on the stroke of half time this time it was Martin Brennan driving forward Brennan lays in Ryan Dick but the keeper is equal to his effort and Suncroft went in 1-0 up a the break.

On the resumption Naas were to up their efforts and they looked dangerous on more than a few occasions but Suncroft hit them with the ultimate sucker punch on the fifty five minute. With all the ball for the early second half exchanges Naas just couldn’t break down the Croft defence excellently marshalled by the skipper Ray Coleman and the classy Mark Boland. With Boland intercepting a Naas attack he plays a switch the ball to Fennell he spots Brennan breaking through the centre of the pitch and lays in a great ball right into Brennan’s stride and with Naas throwing body’s on the line Brennan spots Trevor Connolly to his right and plays in a perfect pass to put Connolly and he made no mistake with a classic finish to the roof of the net. 2-0 Suncroft 

It would have been easy at this stage and in this heat for Naas to give in but as Suncroft well know and have found out in the past this Naas team don’t know how to give up and from the tip off they came at Suncroft with wave after wave of attacks. Keggy, Coleman and Boland were a match for what was coming their way. On the hour another new face to Suncroft Tommy Nolan replaces the outstanding Fennell. Nolan was right into the action when Dylan Connolly and McDonagh combined to put Nolan clear with Nolan and the keeper in a foot race to get to the ball first the front man would just get there only to see his effort cleared off the line.  Another change for the Croft would see Niall Flynn in for Trevor Connolly who was outstanding for the hour he was on the park Connelly ran himself into the ground.  With ten minutes remaining Naas were  given a life line after some good play by the home side they pulled a goal back through Glenn Farrell to put the minimum between the sides

Naas were to launch a few long balls in an attempt to grab an equaliser and almost did in the dying moments however Martin Brennan made an unbelievable goal line clearance to save Suncroft’s blushes. Best for Suncroft were Coleman, Boland, McDonagh Connolly and the debut boys Nolan , Fennell and today’s man of the match Martin Brennan. Best for Naas were Eoin Giblin and Vernon Nolan.

Monread FC 3 Kildare Town AFC 3

This match kicked off with Monread setting a high tempo and clearly determined to achieve the advantage early on in the thirteenth minute a move started on the right side ended with a superbly flighted ball onto Conor Coady’s head and guided expertly past the keeper into the bottom right side netting. Dean Fennessy who once again impressed for the home side made it 2-0 on the eighteenth minute following some lovely interplay in front of the Kildare goal. Fennessy with clear sight of goal and  he hit the ball with force past the keeper. Kildare did not lose heart and battled on and got their reward in the thirty sixth minute to leave Monread going into the break defending their 2-1 lead.

Kildare came out strong in the second half and defended well they equalised in the sixtieth mínute when the ball was judges to have crossed the line following a long range effort. Monread pressurised but it was Kildare who scored again in the sixty ninth minute to put them ahead for the first time and with ten minutes remaining Monread equalised when a superb move on the left gave Conor Coady the chance to head home.

Clane Untied FC 1 Ballycane Celtic FC 4

The away side came into this game missing a few players from the full squad but the strength and depth of this year’s squad is really helping a lot this season. Clane were also missing some keys players. The game started at a frantic pace with both sides trying to gain the upper hand. It took only five mins for Ballycane to open the scoring when a fine flowing move started from right full into the middle to Dean Conroy who found Niall Herbert out wide right and his pin point cross was perfectly met by the onrushing Jordan Martella who finished with aplomb to the back of the Clane net. It was all Ballycane now and it wasn’t long until the inform man of the moment Sean Farrell got on the scoresheet with a quick fire brace on 14 and 18 mins. The first after some brilliant work by Dean Conroy and the next was some great work from Stephen Quinn who found Farrell in the box and he calmly slotted home for his 26th goal of the season. The away side got a bit complacent then and Clane got themselves a lifeline just before the break when Carl James played a great ball in to the box and Neil Cox rose highest to finish. It finished 3-1 to Ballycane at the break. 

The second half was a much closer affair with clane comin out string. A couple of half chances never really trouble Keith Higgins in the Ballycane goal. Ballycane had a handful of chances to kill this game off but the Clane keeper was having none of it when he denied Farrell on four separate occasions and Conroy on 2. The fourth goal did come on 77 mins and it was after some super work from substitute Ross hazard whose first shot was brilliantly saved by the keeper but hazard reacted quickest to get the rebound and slam the ball home. 4-1. A good day at the office for Ballycane with standout performances from John Paul Higgins Jamie Curran Dean Conroy 2 goal hero Sean Farrell and man of the match Jordan Martella. Best for Clane Neil Cox & Carl James

The second half was a much closer affair with clane comin out string. A couple of half chances never really trouble Keith Higgins in the Ballycane goal. Ballycane had a handful of chances to kill this game off but the Clane keeper was having none of it when he denied Farrell on four separate occasions and Conroy on 2. The fourth goal did come on 77 mins and it was after some super work from substitute Ross hazard whose first shot was brilliantly saved by the keeper but hazard reacted quickest to get the rebound and slam the ball home. 4-1. A good day at the office for Ballycane with standout performances from John Paul Higgins Jamie Curran Dean Conroy 2 goal hero Sean Farrell and man of the match Jordan Martella. Best for Clane Neil Cox & Carl James

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