Hoey Spar Moorefield Division 1
Caragh Celtic 1
Newbridge Hotspurs 0
Caragh Celtic maintained their 100% record in the Hoey Spar Division 1 when they did just about enough to overcome the stubborn challenge of a useful Newbridge Hotspurs side in this top of the table clash at Donore. The win now sees Celtic two points clear of Hotspurs with Galhoy a further point behind.
Despite the extremely difficult conditions cause by a near gale-force wind both sides served up a highly entertaining game with the home side just about deserving the spoils.
Hotspurs had the aid of the elements in the first half but despite having the lion’s share of the possession they rarely mounted any real threat on Alan Finn’s goal.
Perhaps Hotspurs best chance of the first half fell to Ricky Caffrey who broke clear following good approach work by Keith Houlihan and Wayne Kennedy, but his effort from the edge of the box was just wide of Alan Finn’s left post.
Slowly but surely Caragh began to get the upper hand and Stephen O’Riordan should have done better when he failed to find the target after good work in midfield by Alan Igoe and Colm McLoughlin.
A short back pass to Caragh keeper Alan Finn almost had the home side in trouble on the half hour but Finn and centre half Niall Rooney between them somehow managed to scramble the ball away.
At the other end Hotspurs keeper Keith Tuffy was also earning his keep when two minutes later he pulled off a superb save after Alan Igoe had sent Stephen O’Riordan in.
Hotspurs finished the first half the better with Caragh keeper Finn coming to his sides recues when keeping out efforts from Tom Nugent and Glen Kelly.
Caragh, with the aid of the gale force wind had the better of exchanges early in the second half and they should have taken the lead two minutes in when a thundering shot from O’Riordan was spilled by Hotspurs keeper Tuffy but the inrushing Carl Mooney somehow managed to scoop the ball over the bar from twelve yards.
Mooney however redeemed himself two minutes later in almost a replica of his previous failed attempt.
Once again Stephen O’Riordan broke through and again keeper Tuffy could only parry his effort.
This time Mooney picked his spot and put his side 1-0 up.
This score seemed to end the Hotspurs resistance and Billy Martin and Alan Igoe should have extended Caragh’s lead but failed to hit the target when in the clear.
In the final action the superb Keith Tuffy in the Hotspurs goal somehow got a hand to a superb effort from twenty yards by Johnny Igoe to deny the home side a second.
So Caragh, with full points from three outings, are the early leaders with Hotspurs in close attendance two points adrift with an extra game played.
Alan Finn, Niall Rooney, Tony Farrell, Gareth Byrne, Colm McLoughlin, Alan Igoe, Billy Martin, Stephen O’Riordan, Carl Mooney, John Byrne. Subs: Alan Nolan.
Keith Tuffy, Nigel Purcell, John O’Brien, John FitzPatrick, Keith Houlihan, Wayne Kennedy, Clen Tuffy, Tom Nugent, Brendan landy, Glen Kelly, Ricky Caffrey: Subs: Colin Kavanagh, Ross Lynch, Mark Murnaghan, Derek O’Donoghue.