United stretch lead at the top

Naas United maintained their top spot in the CR Wynne Feeds Senior Division and put an incredible ten points between themselves and nearest rivals Woodstock Celts going into the break with this convincing win over Coill Dubh at Donnelly Mirrors on Sunday.

Naas United maintained their top spot in the CR Wynne Feeds Senior Division and put an incredible ten points between themselves and nearest rivals Woodstock Celts going into the break with this convincing win over Coill Dubh at Donnelly Mirrors on Sunday.

It was the visitors who had the early possession as they created the better of the chances with Dylan Hannon and Barry Noone bring great saves from Aaron Smith in the home side goal.

The home side had the ball in the net after five minutes when Eoin Doyle created a great chance and his shot was tapped in by Mark Saunders, however referee John Black blew for offside.

United were now beginning to gain the advantage and began to dominate and were rewarded after 18 minutes when Coill Dubh’s Michael Behan was deemed to have fouled Mark Saunders who was through on goal. Vernon Nolan stepped up to convert the resultant penalty and put Naas 1-0 up.

It was 2-0 almost straight from the kick off as Nolan won the ball back and played a neat one two with Daragh Dean his low cross was blasted home by Eoin Doyle on 20 minutes to extend their lead.

The visitors forced a succession of corners which United had to defend well with Stephen Burke and Eoin Giblin both coming to their sides rescue with terrific headers.

Aaron Smith was forced to sprint off his line on 25 minutes to clear an effort from Dylan Hannon. His pass was intercepted by Aneas Murphy and the talented midfielder pulled a goal back with a fantastic finish from 35 yards out to leave the score 2-1.

Naas’ response was swift to this attempted come back from the visitors and just four minutes later a quickly taken Vernon Nolan free kick set Mark Saunders away, he forced his way into the box to cut the ball back for Doyle who finished well from ten yards out to make it 3-1 to the league leaders.

Naas striker Daragh Dean had another effort blocked off the line by on 35 minutes before Jay Acton’s perfectly weighted pass came to Eoin Doyle just inside the box and he blasted home his 12th goal in twelve games to complete a first half hat trick and give United a 4-1 advantage going into the break.

Coill Dubh came out a more determined side in the second half and created more chances through Brian Fogarty and Damien Leeson however a combination of excellent goalkeeping by Aaron Smith in the home goal and poor finishing let them down.

They did claw one back with twelve minutes remaining when Joe Kavanagh broke through the normally solid home side defence to make it 4-2 from close range.

A late Burke free kick almost made it five but the league leaders Naas United held out for a valuable three points.

Best for the winners were Aaron Smith and Eoin Doyle, while Joe Kavanagh, Brian Fogarty and Dylan Hannon tried hardest for Coill Dubh.

Naas United:

Aaron Smith, Jim McGrath, Paddy Walshe, Eoin Giblin, Brian Cooper, Mark Saunders, Daragh Deane, Stephen Burke, Jason Acton, Eoin Doyle, Vernon Nolan, Vinny O’Connor, Jamie Rogers, Joe Ryan, Alan Crowe, Jamie Lambe.

Coill Dubh AFC:

Alan Sheridan, Mickey Moran, Damien Leeson, Michael Behan, Trevor McDonald, Dean O’Regan, Barry Noone, Aneas Murphy, Joe Kavanagh, Dylan Hannon, Brian Fogarty, John O’Sullivan, John McLoughlin, Graham Sullivan.

Referee:

John Black.