This game was the first game in the new Midlands Cup- a cup competition organized between the KDUL, Carlow Schoolboys League, Midlands Schoolboys League, North Tipperary Schoolboys League and the Kilkenny Schoolboys League, A Champions League style cup competition where each League enters their two top teams at each age group between U12 and U16 years of age, writes Pat McNally.
Newbridge Town: 6
Freebooters (Kilkenny): 0
Newbridge Town and Freebooters kicked off the event with the first leg of the preliminary round played in Station Road on Saturday last.
Newbridge by virtue of this win made the second leg a mere formality and should go on to qualify for the quarter final.
Newbridge, with the advantage of their all weather pitch have had plenty of games over the last few weeks while thrir opponents Freebooters have been unable to play due to the bad weather and the difference was very noticeable.
Right from the off Newbridge took control and put the Freeboter defence of Kevin Murphy, Christopher Phelan and Captain Edward Moylan under intense pressure backed up by ‘keeper Steven Scallon.
It is not often that a keeper is man of the match in a 6-0 defeat but Freebooters can be grateful to Scallon as without him it would have been a hockey result.
It took Newbridge Town only four minutes to put their mark on the game as full back Sean Browne showed his pace as he outsprinted the Freebooters defence but his cross was gathered by Scanlon.
Browne scored the opening goal after eleven minutes when he controlled the ball majestically and was coolness personified as he calmly slotted home.
Town should have gone further ahead after fourteen minutes when a misplaced pass left Cian Costigan one on one with keeper Scanlon. The ‘keeper showed his class with a superb save.
Town’s second goal was a rather fortunate affair as Kevin Byrne’s long range effort was deflected past Scanlon in the Freebooters goal.
Twelve minutes into the second half saw Town play the ball out of defence with one touch football until Conor Jamieson got his deserved goal as he beat the helpless Scanlon.
With Town now in complete control James Byrne added a hat trick in the last fifteen minutes to leave Newbridge ina commanding position for the second leg
On the day Josh Francis, Cian Costigan, Sean Brone and James Byrne played well for Town while for Freebooters steven Scanlon was man of the matrch ably supported by Kevin Murphy, Christopher Phelan Jack Smith and Edward Moylan.
Johnny McKenna, Sean Browne, Dave Shalvey, Evan Kavanagh, Josh Francis, Kevin Byrne, Cian Costigan, Tommy Tobin, Jmaes Byrne, Conor Jameson, Jordan Mc Grath. Subs: Chris Philips, James Byrne, Adam Sweeney.
Steven Scanlon, Joe Ranville, Karl Conlon, Kevin Murphy, Conor Flynn, Christopher Phelan, Brian O’Neill, Jack Smith, Andy Walsh, Edward Moylan Jake Maher. Subs: Liam Rafter,Sean Ryan, Mohammad Sinyan.