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Feature game 09/06/2024

KDFL Lumsden League Cup (Round 1)

Enfield Celtic FC 0 9 Moone Celtic FC

Enfield Celtic 035's welcomed Moone Celtic to Flomax Park in Enfield on Saturday evening for the first round of the Lumsden Cup. With the weather as good as you could get and the pitch in great condition, Moone shot out of the blocks quickly and should have taken the lead within the first minute but Mossy Lawler shot over. The visitors kept up the pressure and Callum Kelly should have opened his account minutes later but for a point blank save from Shane Dempsey in the Enfield goals after being played in by Garry Carroll. Dempsey again got in Callum Kelly's way on six minutes with another fantastic save to keep the score level. If Moone needed a warning that Enfield could attack it came on ten minutes when they broke through the centre and a cross come shot Noel Dunne from the left was well saved by Jamie Dillon, the ball went across the goals and Will Donnelly coming in from the right shot just wide but it should've been one up for Enfield. From the kick out, Enfield won the midfield battle and attacked again, and with a mix up in the Moone defence, Lar Wall cleared the danger and Moone's goal stayed intact. 

Moone got back on it straight away and Mossy Lawler was awarded a penalty on thirteen  minutes. Garry Carroll made no mistake from the spot, 1-0 to Moone. Moone doubled their advantage two minutes later when Aaron Kennedy, in his first outfield start of the season, broke down the left and audaciously shot from an acute angle into the roof of the net. As Moone chased a third, they forced it a bit too much and the Enfield defence of Steve Ainscough, Joey Grehan, Aidan O'Brien and Derek Byrne were able to deal with the Moone attacks, especially any high balls which O'Brien and Byrne cleared with no fuss. The game was evenly enough matched for a twenty-minute period midway through the first half but with the half coming to a close, Curtis Fleming latched onto a through ball and slid it under the onrushing Dempsey to make it 3-0. Owen Fox and Dylan Kennedy were commanding the midfield and it was Foxy's ball that sent Garry Carroll clear on Enfield’s goal but Dempsey stood firm, saved the shot but could do nothing about the rebound which Callum Kelly slotted home.

Following the half time break, Moone continued to pile on the pressure, but it took fifteen minutes before the stubborn Enfield defence were broken down when Garry Carroll broke through and Callum Kelly latched onto the loose ball and finished neatly into the bottom corner. From here on the second half was one way traffic and much as Enfield tried, they could not breakdown the Moone defence where Cormac Burke, Scott Flood and Lar Wall. Both teams started to clear the benches at this stage too. Moone's sixth came in the form of Mossy Lawler when a Dylan Kennedy cross was met at the back post by Lawler and he finished to the the net with a clinical header. Dylan Kennedy then got on the scoresheet next, when following a fifty-fifty challenge between Callum Kelly and Ger Hanlon where both sets of players stopped looking for a free, the referee waved play and Kennedy kept going and slotted the ball into the bottom of Dempsey's goal. Owen Fox, who had dictated the tempo for much of this game from midfield got his and Moone's seventh when he received the ball thirty yards out and rather than pass through a crowded penalty area he shifted towards the right and drilled home low into Shane Dempsey's bottom right, brilliant finish. Dempsey made another good save from Mark Kavanagh but could do nothing when Aaron Kennedy made it 9. And finally, second half substitute Jamie Farrell saved the best finish for number 10 when following good defending from Enfield, the ball broke to Jamie and he drove the ball into the roof of the net from twenty five yards.

On the day Moone were comfortable winners but Enfield played to the end and their defence of Ainscough, O'Brien, Byrne and Grehan showing well but there best player was keeper Shane Dempsey who made some great saves. For Moone where most played well, Lar Wall in defence, Dylan Kennedy in midfield and Mossy Lawler stood out but Man of the Match goes to Owen Fox whose distribution and awareness time and again split open the Enfield midfield and defence and was by far the best player on the pitch, well done Owen.

Feature game 2

KDFL Lumsden League Cup (Round 1)

BBC United FC 7 1 Longwood FC

Over 35 Division 2 Club Longwood made the short journey over to Moyvalley on Sunday last to take on KDFL Newbies BBC United from Division 2 in the first round of the KDFL Lumsden League Cup.  Longwood arrived, ready to go with an experience team but BBC started off the better and went 1-0 up early on through Dean Tyrrell from outside the box with a volley giving the visiting keeper no change . BBC United kicked on to capitalise on their early advantage, and then after some great play, Ru butler went on a run and finished nicely into the top corner to make it  2-0.

Longwood were not deterred and kept playing some nice football however despite the best efforts of John O Gorman and Timmy Kavanagh they found the BBC rearguard in a mean mood and try as they may they could not find the back of Josh of Donoghue’s net.  BBC kept the ball very well and their third came by way of a penalty, up stepped Dean Tyrell and made no mistake with a neat finish to score his second and his side’s third.  It wasn’t long before the impressive Dylan scored his third to complete a notable hat trick to make it 4-0 to the home side. Dylan Brannigan was hounding the defence with his runs but longwood used their experience to snuff out the danger. As half-time approached so did BBC’s fifth through Sean Walsh after some tasty one twos with Joe Cummins, to leave the home side comfortably 5-0 up at half time. 

After half time BBC switched things around and they introduced James Forder, Cian Herbert, Ian Coogan, Dylan O Brien and Fionn Butler for some fresh legs. Longwood came out with the last bit of wind, and this would pay off as Ciaran Barker ran the pitch like a twenty year old and finished to give longwood we'll deserved goal to make it 5-1. However BBC finished strong and they added a sixth through Joe Cummins and they added a seventh through substitute Cian Herbert. All round performance from BBC with the best performances for Longwood from Lenny Palmer and Timmy Kavanagh. 

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