Liffey Celtic and Naas United are only separated by two points in the League and so it proved in this absorbing game that ended all square in Monread Park on Saturday last, writes Pat McNally.
Naas United: 4
Liffey Celtic: 4
It was all out action from the first to the last minute with both sides intent on playing attacking football and at times leaving their defences wide open to their opponents in this U13 Subsidary League game.
Dillon Dunne was the first to show as he broke through the Liffey defence in the very first minute and Jamie Cullen the Liffey Celtic ‘keeper was alert and got out to dive bravely at his Dunne’s feet.
It was Liffey Celtic’s turn next and after twelve minutes man of the match Morgan Owen had a great shot which was marvelously saved by Mark Lawlor in the Naas goal.
Liffey took the lead after 14 minutes when after a quick break away from a corner it looked as if the Naas defence had the ball under control but Morgan Owen never gave up and eventually he won the ball and slotted home for the opening score.
Liffey could have made it two three minutes later but Lawlor saved well from Adam McCormack.
Naas equalised after 26 minutes when Dillon Dunne was set up by Henry Dunne and Dillon made sure with a sweet hit on the volley leaving Cullen in the Liffey goal stranded.
Liffey regained the lead in the first minute of the second half when Owen made a great run down the wing and his centre was met beautifully by Kotyniak to score.
Naas were not to be outdone and once again it was the Dunne cousins who combined together once again to bring Naas back into the game.
Naas United had the upper hand at this stage and it was corner by Henry Dunne which saw Cain Smith get the slightest of touches which saw Naas take the lead for the first time.
Within one minute Liffey Celtic were back level when a defensive error eventually see a Naas defender in his attempt to clear hit the ball off the post and it went into the net.
Once again hesitancy in the Naas defence saw Scott McCullough nip in between the defender and goalkeeper to lob home for the goal of the game.
Naas were not to be outdone and Robbie Cahill had a marvelous effort come back off the post with four minutes remaining.
With what was the final kick of the game Naas got a deserving equaliser when Sam Drewett beat off a Liffey tackle and with the ‘keeper advancing Drewett had the composure to slide the ball past him for a share of the points.
There were some great performances mostly from midfielders and forwards with Naas United served well by the Dunne cousins, Sam Drewett and Cian Smith, while Liffey had stars in Scott McCullough Adam McCormack and man of the match Morgan Owen
M Lawlor, M Keevens, J Delaney, T Walsh, S Aylesbury, R Cahill, C Smith, S Drewett, D Dunne, H Dunne, L Buggy. Subs: L Murray, K Mc Cormack, D Lahart, D Byrne, A Fennessy.
J Cullen, K Burke, C Harvey, J McCormack, D Brophy, C Murphy, A McCormack, R Kotyniak, M Owen, D Egan, S Mc Cullagh. Subs: J Kuba, N Barrett.