KDFL Division 1
Newbridge Hotspurs 1 2 Kildare Town AFC
Hotspurs still left wondering when their luck is going to change, despite having numerous chances today they were only able to force the one goal. Both teams started the game very and it was the away side who had the first shot on goal when Paddy McGrath was unlucky to see his shot just wide of the mark. Just moments later Kildare put themselves ahead when on the seventh minute a tremendous long range strike from Stephen Corrway that had Hotspurs keeper totally beaten. Spurs almost responded immediately, but a Tony Klosi shot across the goal somehow came back off both posts into the safety of the Kildare keeper’s arms. There was plenty of back and forth in the first half but Hotspurs had the majority of the chances but just could not find the target thanks to solid defending from Kildare’s Elliot Daly, Rory Butler, Adam O Brien and Stephen Corrway. Just before the half time break Hotpsur’s Barry Molloy headed a corner delivery directly at the back post, just to confirm that luck was staying away from Hotspurs again today.
Hotspurs came out for the second half full of intent and despite piling forward they still could not force a chance over the goal line. Their task became all the harder eight minutes in when the away team doubled their lead through Graham Farrell Marum. Hotspurs had to pile forward and look to get back in the game, Kildare were well marshalled at the back though with plenty of experience in their ranks. When Spurs did manage to break the deadlock it came courtesy of a well taken set piece. A Sam Rooney corner found the head of Ryan Byrne at the back post who made sure he buried the ball in the back of the net. Hotspurs really piled the pressure on in the last twnety minutes but the Kildare resistance would not be broken. This was a really competitive game of football, plenty of strong challenges and some good football from both teams. Hotspurs will be licking their wounds that they didn’t get something out of the game and are still awaiting their first points of the season, however a much improved performance from last week leaves them hopeful that their luck will change soon. Best for Hotspurs today were: Luke Morgan, Barry Molloy, Ryan Byrne & Reis Foley while best for the winners was TJ Colbert.