It was unfortunate that these two teams drew each other in the first round of the Evans Cup as either of these teams would do Kildare proud, writes Pat McNally.
Under 15 Evans Cup
Newbridge Town: 2
Moone Celtic: 3 (AET)
Since Moone defeated Newbridge last season in the SFAI Cup Newbridge have been waiting for another chance to return the favour as they felt they did not perform in the game last year.
This was a game that had everything, great passages of football, exciting finish, extra time and no little excitement during the game.
This game started slowly with both team unwilling to take chances as they both searched for any signs of weaknesses in their opponents.
Newbridge were the first to strike as a great ball by Chris Philips set up Conor Jamieson whose perfect pass to James Byrne saw him shoot. Mark Jackson in the Moone goal saved well but the fall fell kindly for Cian Costigan to slot home.
The ball was being contested around the centre of the field with Josh Miller working well for Moone while Cormac O Mahoney was holding the defence together for Newbridge.
After 26 minutes Moone got their deserved equaliser when from a corner Newbridge did not clear the ball and Josh Miller popped up with aheader to level the score.
Moone were unlucky not to go ahead after thirty one minutes when Kieran Farrell got around his marker and slotted the ball past the advancing Newbridge keeper Liam Mc Donald and with the ball heading for an open goal Cormac O’Mahoney got back to clear off the line.
Moone’s heads dropped after thirty five minutes when Conor Jamieson’s shot hit a defender and deflected past Moone keeper Jackson.
Newbridge were unfortunate not to take the lead in the second half when agreat run down the wing by Josh Francis saw him set up James Byrne but his first time shot was wide.
Moone now pushed Mark Glynn into midfield and this allowed Josh Millera more prominent forward role.
Mark Lawler was set up by Mark Glynn after twenty two minutes and with Lawler bearing down on goal McDonald brought offa marvellous save to keep Newbridge in the game.
Dylan Kennedy was unlucky with afree kick after twenty four minutes only to see his shot go wide.
McDonald once again saved Newbridge after thirty one minutes when he saved brilliantly against Lawler.
It looked as if Newbridge had weathered the storm until the never say die attitude of Moone produced a deserved equaliser. A long ball by Kennedy found Mikey O Nrien whose cross was met at the far post by Farrell to slide into the goal with a minute of normal time remaining.
In extra time Moone had the upper hand and it was no surprise when Mark Glynn set up Kieran Farrell to power his shot home for the winning score of a marvellous game played graet sportsmanship by two marvellous teams.
Players to catch the eye for Newbridge were Cormac O’Mahoney, Chris Philips until his injury Tommy Tobin and keeper Liam McDonald while for Moone Celtic Josh Miller in the middle, Mark Glynn and Kieran Farrell were outstanding.
Liam McDonald, Mark McDermott, Evan Kavanagah, Jordan McGrath, Kevin Byrne, Josh Francis, Conor Jamieson, Cian Costigan, Chris Philips, James Byrne, Cormac O’Mahoney. Subs: Thomas Tobin, Eoin Donnelly, Adam Sweeney, Sean Browne.
Mark Jacksom, Mark McGinley, Dylan Kennedy, Conor O’Sullivan, Mark Glynn, Josh Miller, Evan Stephenson, Luke Kerins, Kieran Farrell, David Lambe, Mark Lidierth. Subs: Mikey O’Brien, Mark Lawlor, Cameron Fanning, Eric Doran, Dan Kelly, Oran Bergin.