Monasterevin AFC Over 35s kept their eye on a promotion play off spot against Caragh Celtic as Suncroft were declared champions following their defeat of Allenwood Celtic, when they had two goals to spare over midtable Maynooth Town in this Spar Moorefield Masters Division 2 league tie at Togher Road on Saturday.
Spar Moorefield Masters Division 2
Monasterevin AFC: 3
Maynooth Town: 1
Both sides took time to settle and were anxious not to concede an early deficit, however on 25 minutes and under pressure Monasterevin’s Peter Knowles brought down the visitors Shane Flynn. Flynn got up, dusted himself off and dispatched the free from the left over the wall and beyond the reach of the outstretched Monasterevin netminder Kevin Mulpeter to put the visitors 1-0.
The game came to life then and for the last ten minutes of the opening half both teams traded chances, for the home side through Brendan Moran and Adrian Dowling and at the other end Colm Carroll and Caoimhin Floodwith with both ‘keepers having to be at their best.
However a vicious volley from the home side’s Aidan Morrissey left Maynooth ‘keeper Gary Corgain stranded with two minutes remaining of the first half, leaving the sides even stevens going into the break.
The second half saw more intensity in play as both teams seemed to up their games. The game then settled into a pattern of Monasterevin possession and Maynooth looking very dangerous on the break.
As the second half progressed, a draw began to look like the most likely result. Monasterevin had drawn four games already in the campaign and they were determined not to let this opportunity slip. Monasterevin went three at the back with 15 minutes left and pushed another player into the front line, this move proved decisive as with seven minutes remaining a cross from Adrian Dowling on the right wing seemed to be evading all efforts until Brendan Moran arrived late at the back post to side-foot his first ever goal for Monasterevin and putting them 2-1 up.
This signalled the return to 4-4-2 for the leaders and a sigh of relief from the Monasterevin faithful. Visibly more relaxed the home side pushed on and Bill Holligan sealed the victory in the final minute of regular time smashing the ball home from ten yards past the stranded Colgavin in the visitors goal, leaving the final score 3-1 to the relief of the home side.
Best for the winners were Kevin Mulpeter in goal, Peter Knowles in defence, Brendan Moran in midfield and Aidan Morrisey up front, while for the visitors keeper Gary Colgavin, Brendan Barry in defence, scorer Shane Flynn in midfield and Caoimhin Flood up front tried hardest.
Kevin Mulpeter, Maurice Devoy, Peter Knowles, Willie Holligan, Brian Murphy, Brendan Moran, Adrian Dowling, Clive Kelly, Derek Bolger, Aidan Morrissey, Billy Ryan, Gary Lawlor, Martin O Reilly, Kevin Murphy, Johnny Carroll.
Maynooth Town AFC:
Gary Corgavin, Brendan Barry, John McNally, Keith Farrell, Pauraic Flood, John Gillespie, Shane Flynn, Brian McHale, Jock Mullen, Caoimhin Flood, Colm Carroll, Mickey Noone, Eamon Fagan, Kieran McCarron.