Hill Mechanical & Electrical Division 2
St. Anthonys Youths FC 0 Newbridge Hotspurs FC 0
A draw was a fair result in this Hill Mechanical & Electrical Division 2 tie between St. Anthonys Youths and Newbridge Hotspurs FC played on a balmy Saturday evening at Kilcullen All Weather. The opening exchanges were very even with Hotspurs having a couple of soft shots from Sam Rooney following good play with Sam Morrissey. Things could have opened up on the sixteenth minute when the home side were handed a glorious change to edge ahead following a fine through ball involving Wayne, Jake Tyrell and Ross Cahill resulted in a penalty being awarded. Wayne stepped up and unfortunately shot wide of the post much to the relief of the visitors.
Following that let off the visitors started to gain the upper hand with Dylan Lee and Jamie Rooney creating some good opportunities however the defensive line of Cian Hennessy, Jamie Sherry, Daire malinn and Jake Tyrell kept the score line at 0-0. Towards the end of the first half the home side had a chance of their own to go 1-0 up but it was well blocked by veteran Robbie Donnelly at the heart of the Spurs defence.
Ten minutes into the second half Spurs were lucky again when Shane Ryan had his effort excellently block by the home defence. He also saw another effort blaze over from distance. The game seemed to slow down for some time after this with both sides making a number of subs and on sixty six minutes a good run and cross from Hotpsurs substitute Jamie Rooney went just over the bar. Again, up the other end just three minutes later the home side won a free which was taken by Clive Condron but it went over the cross bar.
With ten minutes remaining Spurs went on the attack again with another good run from Jamie Rooney down the right. His pass found fellow sub-Peter Higgins who turned inside but the defender nipped in to put it out for a corner. Sam Rooney whipped the corner in and found Higgins and the back post but his header went narrowly wide. Unfortunately, in stoppage time, some ugly scenes marred what was a great game of football. Best for the visitors were Sam Rooney, Dylan Lee and Jamie Rooney while for the home side, Ross Cahill, Jake Tyrell, Clive Condron and Scott Fleming impressed.