Clane United progressed to the Casey Division 2 Cup final when they overcame Kilcock Celtic by 3-1 at Doctor’s Road on Sunday.
Casey Division 2 Cup Semi Final
Clane United: 3
Kilcock Celtic: 1
They will now take on Wicklow side Donard FC after they defeated Leixlip’s Barnhall Rovers in the other semi.
The home side started well with most of the early possession although not creating any clear cut chances due to the deteriorating weather conditions.
The home side should have went 1-0 up after 20 minutes however Kevin Byrne effort was just over Alec Leckey’s crossbar and five minutes later they were awarded a penalty when Neil Cox was fouled in the area by Stephen Fitzgerald, Johnny Quinn stepped up only to see his spot kick excellently saved by Leckey in the visitor’s goal.
Clane kept the pressure on and finally went 1-0 up on the 36th minute when Sean Harnett picked the ball up in midfield and beat Kilcock defenders Darren Gavin and Dennis Gleeson to finish neatly under the despairing dive of the brave Leckey.
Clane thought they had taken a 2-0 lead five minutes later but Paul Linnane’s effort was ruled offside by Referee Anthony Ennis and they went in with a slender 1-0 advantage at the break.
On the resumption the visitors got the upper hand and were rewarded ten minutes in when they were awarded a penalty following a foul on Alan O’Brien by Shane Dunne and Stephen Fitzgerald calmly dispatched the spot kick to level the scores at 1-1.
The equaliser finally woke Clane up and they pushed again to regain their dominance, going ahead with 15 minutes remaining through Kevin Byrne when he beat the offside trap to fire past Leckey.
Despite Kilcock’s best efforts at a comeback the home side went on to add a further goal as full time approached through Alan Mahoney following good work by Kevin Byrne and Sean Harnett.
Best for the winners were Paul Linnane, Neil Cox, Conor Black, Kevin Byrne and Sean Harnett while for Kilcock goalkeeper Alec Leckey, Denis Gleeson and Paul Doran in defence, Paul Whelan and David Byrne in midfield and Leon Glennon up front impressed.
Chris Campbell, Gary Cribbin, Oisin Browne, Paul Linnane, Shane Dunne, Alan Mahony, Neil Cox, Conor Black, Sean Harnett, Johnny Quinn, Kevin Byrne, Eoghan Crowley, Barry Cullen, Dean Connolly, Alan Casey.
Alec Leckey, Darren Gavin, Stephen Fitzgerald, Paul Doran, Dennis Gleeson, David Byrne, Chris O’Meara, Paul Whelan, Alan O’Brien, Leon Glennon, Gavin Dalton, David O’Hanlon, Stephen Byrne, Conor Dully, Mark Hennessy.
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