League action !
Clane United FC 1 Newbridge Hotspurs FC 1
Newbridge Hotspurs played their final game in their 2023 Senior league campaign on Friday evening against Clane United and came away with a hard fought point from Doctors road to finish their campaign on a high note. The home side started well and had the lions share of possession in the opening stages of this competitive game. However for all their possession the failed to convert on their dominance.
Clane did find a way through and opened the scoring on the twentieth minute when the youthful James Ralph won a ball on the right-hand side and squared it to Andy Brogan in the box he had the awareness to spot Killian Patchell behind him and laid it back for patchell to shoot low past the visiting keeper to put the home side 1-0 up.
Clane tried for a second goal but Newbridge defended well and it stayed 1-0 to the half time break. The home side resumed play on the front foot in the second half however a lapse in concentration allowed the Newbridge men in to equalise on the sixty sixth minute after a free kick on the right floated across the box and the unmarked Hotpsurs striker made no mistake at the back post with an easy header. Home keeper Adam Mazur had to be at his best with twney minutes remaining when Newbridge took a shot from outside the box which he pushed over the bar. Clane pushed forward in search of a winner and nearly got it with six minutes remaining when Rhys Vaughan put James Ralph through on goal but the keeper pushed his shot onto the post for Hotspurs. A share of the spoils being a fair result. Best for the home side were. Stephen Leavy, Killian Patchell, Dean Comiskey and Sean Connolly.
League shield action !
Coill Dubh AFC 0 Old Fort Celtic FC 4
From the opening whistle, it was evident that Old Fort Celtic were determined to assert their dominance at the Portlaoise Leisure Centre. Despite the Dubh's best efforts to hold their ground, the opposition managed to break through the defence and find the back of the net before half time.
The Dubh's had their best opportunity just after the break and should have equalised, however squandered the chance. Old Fort Celtic made the dominance pay and would go on to convert another 3 goals in the second half. While the result may not have been in the Dubh's favour, they will be glad of the minutes and will all focus moves to survival in the Senior Division. Old Fort Celtic now go on to take on Newbridge Town FC in the semi final of the Legue shield this weekend.
LFA SENIOR CUP UPDATE
Clonmullion FC make their way into the Leinster FA Senior Cup round 3 by virtue of a walkover from Wicklow League side St Peters in round 2 this weekend. They now take on Maynooth Town AFC on a date to be confirmed.