Feature game Leinster Leader
Hill Mechanical and Electrical Division 2
Caragh Celtic FC 2 Athy Town AFC 4
Caragh Celtic welcomed league leaders Athy Town to Donore on a warm but breezy Sunday morning, Athy, missing several starters, made the most of the strong squad manager, Andy Leonard, has put together.
The town’s second string started attacking from the off, with the help of a strong breeze, they had the home team under the cosh, they were rewarded after fifteen minutes when Keith Wright cut in from the left wing, his low shot nestling in the bottom corner. This was the wake up call Caragh needed and they totally dominated the remainder of the half. They were unlucky not to draw level but a combination of poor finishing and staunch defending by the visitors kept it at 1-0 to Athy until the stroke of half time when Caragh deservedly equalised through a screamer of a free kick from Shane Malone to leave the sides going in deadlocked at 1-1 at the break.
Athy came out as they did in the first half with purpose and on the hour they took the lead when debut boy Dylan Barnby scored after some excellent link up play between Kevin Moran and Wright put young Barney through for his first for the Club and their second of the match.
Caragh still battled back again and they equalised after sustained pressure on the Town’s rear guard when Joe Coffey scored a lovely headed goal after good build up play and cross by Niall Gorman with fifteen minutes remaining.
The game was up for grabs as both teams went all out for the win. Athy scored again when Keith Wright doubled his tally when his left foot again found the bottom corner after Barnby found him with an excellent through ball to make it 3-2 to the visitors.
Athy put the game to bed on the stroke of full time, with Caragh chasing the game and added their fourth when Roberto Donahue scored from a quick break to seal the win for the men from the South.
Best for the winers were man of the match, Keith Wright, Jack Bolger at the back and special mention for sixteen year old Dylan Barnby who is surely one for the future. Best for Caragh in what was an excellent game of football were Calvin O'Toole in goals, captain Dan O'Brien at the back, Niall Gorman and Joe Coffey in middle and their MOTM was Shane Malone