UNDER 17 PREMIER DIVISION
KYNOG United entertained Edenderry Town last Saturday with both teams keen to build on their recent good results.
It was the home team that started the stronger with both David Hayes and Donal McGrath having early efforts that went narrowly wide. The midfield was being keenly contested with Cormac Hurley for Edenderry and Evan Treacy for the hosts both prominent.
The visitors took the lead in the 23rd minute when Sean Moriarty scored directly from a free-kick from an acute angle beating Blaine Treacy at the near post.
Kynog equalised in the 35th minute when a fine run and cross from the left wing from David Hayes found Donal McGrath who volleyed home past Shane Hayes.
The remainder of the half saw both teams play some fine passing football but unable to break down the organised defences.
The second half saw both teams searching for the vital opening with Mark Nolan forcing a fine save from the Kynog ‘keeper and Shane Hayes denied Jason Ryan when he seemed certain to score.
The introduction of Kern Bartley for the home team was a positive one as his pace and movement up front caused Edenderry a few problems and it was his pass that found Donal McGrath in the 78th minute and he finished clinically to give Kynog the lead.
As the visitors pushed forward in search of an equaliser Gavin Crowe broke free down the left and his shot was saved by Shane Hayes but the ball broke for Kern Bartley who narrowly missed the target.
The home team had to endure some pressure in the final minutes but they saw the game out to secure the points.
Best for the hosts were Eoin Quinlan and Donal McGrath while the visitors had good performances from Sean Moriarty and Cormac Hurley.