This was a day of firsts. The first cup to be won this year in the Kildare and District Underage League and this was the first ever trophy for Monread FC in their first season in the KDUL, writes Pat McNally.
Kildare Town: 2
Monread FC: 3 (AET)
In a day when we encountered the four seasons – sun, wind, rain and hailstones Monread FC won the cup the hard way.
They gave Kildare a 2-0 lead and came back with the winner in extra time to deprive Kildare of the cup.
Monread should have taken an early lead as Darren Kennedy found himself in the six yard box but he shot high and over the bar.
Kildare Town got their act together and began to push forward with Colin Scanlon and Roan Dempsey in the middle of the park give McDonnell and Kennedy plenty of the ball. It was at this stage that Monread had to fight hard to stay in the game.
It looked curtains for Monread when after Dempsey had a shot from 35 yards out which had Monread ‘keeper Shane Colfer scrambling across his goal and he had to dive full length to palm the ball around the post.
From the resulting corner Jamie Maher was given the freedom of the ground and made no mistake as he put Kildare in front.
Kildare were now in control and were moving the ball around in the fashion of a team that was going to win handsomely.
In a rare breakaway Brian McDonnell had a great opportunity to bring Monread level but he scuffed his shot and it went high over the bar.
Kildare took the warning and went down the other end once again it was from a corner that they scored their second goal. This time it was a bullet of a header from Colin Scanlon that put Kildare in control.
Kildare controlled the remainder of the first half.
The second half saw Monread push more forward and although they had plenty of possession they were unable to break down the strong defence of Jamie Maher , Riain O’Connor and Colin Scanlon.
After 30 minutes of the second half the game turned on its head – Mulhall got in behind the Kildare defence and his looping header went in the Kildare net past a helpless Kris Byrne.
This goal changed the whole game. Monread were now a different team and were full value for their second goal which brought them level as hesitancy in the Kildare goal allowed Paul McGrath in to draw the teams level.
Extra time was needed and the Monread large following were bitterly disappointed when in the second period of extra time they thought they had scored the winner when Dylan Hughes netted only to be pulled back as a result of the assistant’s flag.
But Monread were not to be outdone and within a minute of the second period of extra time Luke White became the hero and will go down in folklore in Monread history when he scored the winner.
This final was a credit to both teams and their clubs as both teams gave an exhibition of football showed that there is talent in Kildare and Scanlon Dempsey and Dylan hughes for Kildare while Tom Woods James Minphy and Darren Kennedy for Monread were some of the stars on a day when everybody contributed to an exorbing final.
Kris Byrne, Dylan Crampton, Dean Hill, Riain O’Connor, Jamie Maher, Colin Scanlon, Ronan Dempsey, Hayden Rooney, Dylan Mulhall, Dylan Hughes, Wayne Murray. Subs: Ryan Frances, Sean Hennessey Alex Baker, Colm Byrne.
Shane Caplice, Sean Comerford, Daniel Mc Keon, Tom Woods, Sean McCormack, James Minphy, Niall Walsh, Brian O’Connor, Brian McDonnell, Darren Kennedy, Barry Murphy. Subs: Robert Moran, Luke White, Eoin Hammerly, Dean Campbell, Paul Mc Grath.