Youths Team Win

Youths – Clane United 0 – Kilcock Celtic 2

Clane started very brightly and created a number of early chances down their left wing.
Celtic soon settled and began to create a few chances of their own. On the fifteen minute mark Conor Dully won a corner on the left. The in-swinger from Ryan O’Connell was met on the volley by Ian Mooney and Clane’s keeper Blaine Trace made a great save to push the ball over the crossbar. From the resulting corner Brian McNamara sent his header goalbound but his effort was cleared off the goal line.

The home side began to concentrate on long balls down the middle but Celtic’s Leon Glennon won everything and worked well with Willie McCarty, Dully and Brandon Kilkenny to limit Clane’s chances.

David McNamara was in excellent form between the sticks for Celtic and it was going to take something special to get by him.

Clane’s Conor Stines had a good first half and had an effort skim the crossbar on the half hour mark. Five minutes later, Brandon Kilkenny released Dafydd Jones down the right wing and his weighted cross found Brendan Brady in the box. Brady rounded the last defender and slotted the ball home to give Kilcock the lead.

After the break, Clane introduced Evan Treacy and he added an impetus to their attack and caused a number of problems for Kilcock’s defence. However Kilcock’s central defenders Leon Glennon and Willie McCarty worked hard to limit any chances.

The visitors stretched their lead twenty minutes into the second period when Gavin Scanlon created an opening for Ian Mooney. Beating three defenders on his way, Mooney went on a thirty yard dribbling run and slid the ball past the advancing keeper.

Celtic continued to create chances. With ten minutes remaining Diarmuid Ryan got to the edge of Clane’s area and set up Darren O’Connor in the centre. O’Connor’s shot looked destined to increase Kilcock’s lead, but h effort was blocked on the line. O’Connor had a number of other chances in quick succession on a number of occasions but was thwarted by some very brave defending.

The visitors continued to create chances and Conor Byrne and Brian McNamara worked well upfront for the remainder of the game.

Clane got a glimmer of hope when they were awarded a penalty with three minutes to go, but David McNamara produced a fine save to end the game.

This was a good close contest between two evenly matched teams.

by raydully on July 22, 2011 ·

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