Naas United displayed a fighting spirit that will see them be a force to be reckoned with this season as they came from two goals down to get out of jail in this entertaining U15 Premier Division game played in Monread Park last Wednesday night, writes Pat McNally.
KDUL Under 15 Premier Division
Naas United: 2
Newbridge Town: 2
Newbridge Town came into this game as favourites having won the Under 14 division last year. The game started slowly as each team were very cagey.
It took 17 minutes before either team came close to scoring when Naas United got a corner kick, Liam McDonald in the Newbridge goal got a fist to it and punched to the edge of the box where it was met first time by Oscar Sullivan whose first time shot was fumbled by McDonald in goal and with the ball falling nicely for Mick Kenny it looked all over a goal. McDonald, however, made up for his slip as he defied Kenny and cleared the ball up field.
Newbridge should have gone in front after 34 minutes when a long kick out was headed on by Thomas Tobin to Conor Jamieson who was one on one with the Naas keeper Luke Mullins but Jamieson pulled his shot wide.
The second half was a much better affair and in the first minute Christian Philips brought the best out of Naas United ‘keeper when his shot from thirty five yards was expertly palmed over the bar for a corner.
Naas United made a quick break from the resulting corner and Ciaran Kelly crossed for Sam Garvey whose shot was high and over.
Sean Francis, the Newbridge Town manager, brought on James Byrne for Chris Philips and within one minute he sneaked in at the back post to slide a free kick by Cormac O’Mahoney narrowly wide. Naas United failed to take the warning.
Kevin Byrne had a shot well saved by Mullins after fifteen minutes and from the resulting corner Byrne got his head to open the scoring for Newbridge.
Byrne was again on target after twenty two minutes when Byrne scored – a lobbed effort over the head of Mullins, having been set up by Conor Jamieson.
Newbridge Town looked destined for the three points but they failed to take into account the fighting spirit of Naas United.
Naas United pulled a goal back after twenty six minutes when super sub Eoghan O’Brien was left unmarked in the box. He made Newbridge Town pay for their error as he flicked a perfect corner to the back of the net past the helpless McDonald.
Naas United tried everything to get an equaliser as they forced Newbridge Town to defend and it looked as if Newbridge were going to claim the three minutes until in the final minute Naas United got a deserved equaliser when Oscar Sullivan pounced after a corner kick was not cleared properly by the Newbridge defence.
Players to excel on a beautiful night for football were for Newbridge Town Cormac O’Mahoney, Kevin Byrne, Thomas Tobin and James Byrne proved to be a live wire when introduced while Naas United had stars in Daragh Merriman Conor Hyland and Mick Kenny.
L Mullins, R O’Connor, A Vertanyan, C Hyland, D Merriman, C Kelly, S Gavin, S Garvey, M Kenny, O Sullivan, C Steele. Subs: E O’Brien, J Ryan, E Byrne, A McArdle, B O’Connor
L McDonald, J McGrath, D Shalvey, E Kavanagh, J Francis, K Byrne, C Costigan, C O’Mahoney, T Tobin, C Jamieson, C Philips. Subs: J Byrne, A Sweeney, E Donnelly, M McDermott