Prosperous showed with this victory over second placed Newbridge Hotspurs that they will be a match for any team particularily at St Farnans School, writes Pat McNally.
Under 14 Major Division
Prosperous United: 2
Newbridge Hotspurs: 1
The day did not start well for Newbridge Hotspurs who due to an adminstarative error arrived late for this game and they lost their second spot to a well drilled impressive Prosperous United team.
This game started slowly as one would expect with both teams in the top six not wanting to give anything away. It was twelve minutes before either team had a chance and it fell to prosperous as Liam Kennedy did well in midfield and strode forward towards goal. His well hit shot beat goalkeeper Ojuonye but Seamus Anderson got back and cleared off the line.
Ojuonye came to Hotspurs rescue after eighteen minutes when he saved well from Johnny Byrne.
Prosperous took the lead in somewhat fortunate circumstances as Lorcan Behan with amazing trickery got the space to lob the ball over the Newbridge keeper after thirty one minutes.
Hotspurs started te second half with more energy and Robbie Ereretro had a shot but it was high and over.
The renewed energy shown by Hotspurs paid dividends after ten minutes of the second half when Danny Hannify brought the teams level with a well taken goal.
Hotspurs were unable to hold onto the lead as within two minutes a well taken corner by Liam Kennedy was headed home powerfully by Oisin Kane to give Prosperous a lead that they were likely to concede.
From there till the end of the game Prosperous determination shone through as they battled bravely in midfield with David O Neill Liam Kennedy and Oisin Kane to the fore.
Hotspurs had one great chance to equalise as Hannify rounded keeper Ciaran Ward but to be fair to Ward he drove Hanniffy out wide and his shot went straight across the six yard line.
Shane Heffernan could have made sure of the points with five minutes remaining when Johnny Byrne set him up but his well hit shot was well saved by Ojuonye at the expense of a corner.
Manger Ronan O’Neill was delighted with the result “a great overall performance and I think we just about shaded it.”
Ciaran Ward, Aaron Gartland,Conor Hutchinson,
Ruadhan GloverJohn Mallon, Oisin Kane, Lorcan Behan, Liam Kennedy, Johnny Byrne, Sean Hannon, David O Neill
Subs: Christopher Delaney, Shane Heffernan, Joseph Ennis
Alpha Otyonye, Padraig Smith, Evan Flanagan, Ian Dunne, Seamnus Anderson, Eddie Stokes, Radi Erentro, Michael McGrath, Michael Ugochkiwi, Kieron Doyle, Jason Brogan, Danny Hannify
Subs; Sammy Hadji, Luke Beehan.