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Updated: Jun 24

Hill Mechanical and Electrical Division 2

Kildare Town AFC RED 1 Newbridge Hotspurs FC 1


These two sides have clashed on numerous occasions over the last couple of years and it’s always a really hard fought, close game and today was no exception. While both sides had their chances and will claim they could have won it, a draw is probably a fair result. Hotspurs were delighted to welcome Jonny O’Brien back to the starting XI after missing two months with injury, with fellow veteran Deco O’Brien at right back the defensive line certainly didn’t lack experience. Both teams defence was on top of its game and gave very little away. Hotspurs though should have found themselves 1-0 up after twenty minutes when Ben Kinsella was put through one on one with  keeper AJ Enright but picked the wrong side to place the ball and Enright made a good save. With Conor McLoughlin pulling the strings in midfield and Sam Rooney pushing hard and fast down the right hand side, Spurs looked like they might be able to conjure something but it was Kildare who finished the half stronger firstly a Conor Matthews perfectly placed header was well saved by the visitors Spurs keeper. 

And soon after the breakthrough came for the home side when Daryl Kirwan volleyed home a sweet strike after the initial excellent cross from Kildare’s right full Stephen Corrway.


As the second half kicked off Spurs were determined to get themselves back into the game and while substitute Steve Silvester, who replaced the very hard working Tony Klosi brought an extra dimension to their forward line, they would find it hard to break down a well drilled home defence until the last ten minutes. As  the eighty first minute ticked around Silvester found some room out on the right, took on the defenders and sent a low cross across the box to Ben Kinsella, Kinsey timed his run to perfection and swept the ball in to the back of the net to equalise and claim his eighth goal of the season. A draw is not a bad result for Spurs this is always a difficult fixture, so to get anything out of it is a good result. A strong backline today which also featured keeper Kacper Gorecki, Kealan Duggan and Peter Higgins was the foundation behind this draw and some hard work from Graeme Donoghue, Archie Sheridan and Dylan Lee in midfield and a significant performance off the bench from Patrick Coonan earned the point. 

Best for Hotspurs were Inspirational captain Conor McLoughlin in Centre Mid, Deco O’Brien at Right Back, Sam Rooney on the right wing and super sub Steve Silvester up top centre forward. Best for the home side were Callum Flynn, Adam O’Brien, Matthew O’Rourke and Daryl Kirwan all had very good games and Kildare’s man of the match was their goal keeper AJ Enright. 

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