Newbies Kinnegad Juniors claimed their first KDFL Trophy and the first in the club’s history when they lifted the Hill Electrical Division 3 trophy following their final game of their season at Rathbride Road on Sunday where they earned a hard earned point having drawn 3-3.
Hill Electrical Division 3
Kildare Town: 3
Kinnegad Juniors: 3
The game began at a blistering pace with Steve Woods putting the visitors 1-0 up after only five minutes with a superb strike from just outside the box, his third of the season.
Soon after it was 2-0 to the Champions, Woods this time turning provider, running onto Effe Siode’s pass before slipping in a cross for Mark Greville to side foot to the Kildare net past ‘keeper Eamon Maher.
Kildare Town however did not bow easily to their most illustrious opponents and reduced the deficit on 23 minutes, a superb strike from 20 yards by Michael Murphy to leave the minimum between the sides.
Kildare kept the pressure on and visiting ‘keeper Johnny Cheevers had to be at his best to keep out fine efforts from Murphy again and Joey Glenn. Midfield became a battleground but Kinnegad’s Phil Hall’s positional sense and creativity helped them settle and they went further ahead ten minutes from the break when Mark Greville received a Siode through ball before rounding Kildare centre half Jimmy Murphy and firing his shot low and hard beyond the reach of Maher in the home goal.
The visitors kept the pressure on and were unlucky not to go further ahead soon after when Effe Siode’s beat three defenders however under pressure his final touch let him down and Greville shot wide twice from close range.
These missed chances would come back to haunt the visitors as Kildare fought hard to get back into the game and their pressure paid off on the 40th minute when midfielder Joey Glenn beat the offside trap to side foot home from eight yards to leave the side going in at 3-2 to Kinnegad at the break.
The home side came out more determined after the break and were to be rewarded after fifteen minutes when Michael Murphy broke from midfield beat the entire Kinnegad back line to slide home from six yards to bring the tie to 3-3.
The visitors almost stole all three points with five minutes remaining, however Mark Cox saw his excellent effort tipped over the Kildare crossbar by in-form Eamon Maher and the game ended with a share of the spoils.
Best for the champions were Tony Doran and Conor Kavanagh in what was an all round team performance while for the home side, Michael Murphy, Joey Glenn, Jimmy Murphy, Scott Critchley, Stephen Rowan, substitute Trevor Behan and captain Fergal O’Neill were best.
Eamon Maher, Scott Critchley, Jim Murphy, Paul O’Neill, Darwan Carwin, Fergal O’Neill, Gary Daly, Michael Murphy, John O’Brien, Stephen Riordan, Joey Glenn, Trevor Behan, Michael Conway, Shane Lennon.
Johnny Cheevers, Mark Cox, Tony Doran, Justin Ruth, Dean Butler, Effe Siode, Phil Hall, Stephen Woods, Mark Greville, Conor Kavanagh, Stephen Pepper, Johnny Posilkni.
John C Kelly