Naas AFC advanced to the last 32 of the All Ireland Under 12 Norton Danone Cup as they overwhelmed Liffey Valley from the South Dublin Schoolboys League, writes Pat McNally.
Under 12 Norton Danone Cup
Naas AFC: 4
Liffey Valley: 3
Naas started in determined fashions and showed within thirty seconds of the kick off that they meant business as Finn Gillespie gave Liffey Valley a warning of what to expect as following a flowing move he shaved the post with a shot that could have been a memorable start.
It did not take Naas long however to open their account as sustained pressure on the Liffey Valley defence saw Naas awarded a penalty kick which saw captain Alex Beirne hit a sweet penalty to the Liffey Valley net with keeper Darragh Flood only able to watch as the ball nestled in the net.
Naas continued with their determined free flowing football and after eight minutes following great work down the left saw Conor Brady crossing for Jack Lennon to hit a screamer which was always rising and went over the bar.
Conor Brady was once again at the start of another attack and when he crossed for Finn Gillespie to stroke home for the second goal.
Darragh Flood came to Liffey Valley rescue as he saved well from Jack Lennon.
After twenty three minutes a quick break from defence saw Aidan Cassidy display his quick turn of foot as he raced in on goal, however Lee Kenny got back to clear the danger for Liffey Valley with the ball being cleared out for a throw in.
From the resulting throw in the ball was quickly played into Jack Lennon who made no mistake to leave it three nil at half time.
The break did wonders for Liffey Valley as they played much better in the second half but were unable to break down the strong defence of Naas which saw Eoin Archibold, Conor Brady and Jack Scanlon leading the way by example
With Liffey Valley beginning to put pressure on the Naas defence a quick break once again with Brady at the heart of it saw him cross beautifully for Lennon to nip in front of keeper Flood to slot home for the final goal of a very entertaining game.
Best for Naas AFC were Finn Gillespie, Eoin Archibold and man of the match Conor Brady while for Liffey Valley they had stars in Lee Kenny, Jamie Mc Carthy and Brian Grendon
Spencer Flanagan, Jack Scanlon, Conor Brady, Dylan O’Sullivan, Eoin Archibold, Jake Sheehan, Aidan Cassidy, Alex Beirne, Finn Gilliespie, Jack Lennon, Eoghan Maguire. Subs: David O’Callaghan, James Mc Guiness, Marcus Coen, Dan Turazan, Sam Allison, Tom Browne.
Darragh Flood, Lee Kenny, Craig Daly, Lewis Casey –Orr, Dylan Clinton, Jamie Mc Carthy, Dylan Gorman, Aronos Benkavs, Brian Greedon, Matthew Smith, Glen Craig. Subs: Dylan Doherty, JP Giancardo, Lee Jennings, Cian Kelly, Leon Kearney.
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