Naas United Football Club became only the fourth club to get their names on the CR Wynne Feeds Senior Division trophy last weekend after another fantastic display that saw them put six past a Rathangan side renowned for being hard to beat.
CR Wynne Feeds Senior Division
Naas United: 6
Rathangan AFC: 1
United needed just one point from this game to create yet another piece of club history having only been formed in 2009. They began brightly and forced two saves when top scorer Eoin Doyle struck a good effort from just outside the box before Mark Saunders saw his free kick tipped around the post.
The opening goal arrived on 13 minutes when Eoin Doyle headed down Stephen Burke’s free kick for Vinny O’Conner to smash home a low volley from 20 yards out and calm the nerves.
Ten minutes later O’Conner was at it again as he got on the end of Doyle’s cross to the front post and finished instinctively leaving Rathangan’s ‘keeper helpless.
The home side were guilty of losing their focus after this and allowed Rathangan to pull a goal back on 35 minutes when Alan Crowe lost possession on the half way line and a good move ended in a stinging shot which seemed to dip at the last second and Aaron Smith was beaten at the near post.
Indeed Rathangan could have leveled on 42 minutes as a beautiful free kick struck the top of the cross bar. Unfortunately the away side then went down to ten men when a player kicked out off the ball leaving referee John Dwane with no option but to show red just before half time. After a stern half time talk to waken his players Eoin Giblins team were back into there groove and on 52 minutes Vern Nolan did well to beat his man before crossing for Mark Saunders to make it 3-1 from close range.
United were now in full flow and it was 4-1 on 62 minutes when the excellent Vinny O’Conner slipped a perfectly weighted pass into the path of Saunders who made no mistake. O’Conner rounded off a man of the match display when he grabbed his hat trick goal on 73 minutes before being replaced with a round of applause from the crowd as Joe Ryan entered the action. Ryan is the first ever goal scorer in Naas United history and it was fitting that with his first touch he scored a bullet header to end the scoring at 6-1.
In outstanding form for United was Brian Cooper and Jimi McGrath. Naas United were presented with the trophy by Regina Casey who congratulated all involved for there remarkable success in such a short space of time and that Naas United were lucky to have such a professionally run club. United’s Captain Aaron Smith thanked his management team Eoin Giblin along with Donal Coyle and Paul Lawlor for all of their hard work throughout the year.