Redwood welcomed Cooks Cabin Division 2 runners up Coill Dubh to Naas for the final game of the division 2 season, it was a must win game for Redwood to ensure they moved out of the relegation zone.
Cook’s Cabin Division 2
Redwood FC: 5
Coill Dubh: 7
The game itself was played in perfect conditions and was without doubt an unbelievable close to the season as both teams set out for victory in this twelve goal thriller.
The home side started the first half with some good passing moves from back to front as they looked for the opening goal. Redwood’s Barry Forde in the centre midfield was unlucky with his final ball on two occasions not to pick out Stephen Noone as the Coill Dubh keeper Alan Sheridan cut out some important passes.
Redwood looked composed in possession throughout the opening half and were unlucky to go behind. As the visitors attacked Redwood appeared to have cleared the danger when the ball struck Coill Dubh midfielder Bernard Redmond and bounced into the Ian Mangan’s path for him to finish well past Redwood Keeper Ciaran Kilally who was prior to this goal after making some excellent saves denying Kevin Cahill and Ian Mangan on several occasions.
The home side pressed to get level as the half went on and some excellent pressure from Alan Bennett and Ken Kavanagh in midfield won the possession. Colm Redmond then split the Coill Dubh back four of John Gahan, Gary Tennyson, Des Palmer and Jack Kenny with a great pass for Stephen Noone to run through and calmly finish passed Alan Sheridan in the Coill Dubh goal to level the scores at 1-1 going into half time.
The second half started and with it an absolute goal fest from both teams. Coill Dubh were the first to open the scoring through Kevin Cahill five minutes into the half as they restored their lead.
Redwood who seemed determined to get something from this game equalised on the hour through Stephen Noone who got on the end of a Barry Forde pass and beat the keeper Sheridan from close range to tie the scores for a second time at 2-2.
The goals showed no signs of stopping as Coill Dubh then took the lead again for a third time as they went 3-2 up through Cahill with his second only for Redwood to reply immediately with some great play as Eoin Higgins and Colm Redmond linked well down the right hand side of the pitch which saw Stephen Noone deliver an excellent cross which Alan Bennett met with a great header to level the game for an incredible third time.
Redwood continued to attack and Alan Bennett provided Redwood with their fourth goal of the game with a superb finish after some good work from David White as they went 4-3 up with fifteen minutes remaining on the clock.
Coill Dubh then responded with two quick goals, one each from Ian Mangan and Dessie Palmer which saw them draw level and take the lead in quick succession. The scores then stood at 5-4 to Coill Dubh and they took advantage of a tiring Redwood team to go 6-4 in front from a corner through Kevin Cahill. The ball was delivered well and a scramble in Redwood box saw the ball get bundled over the line.
Redwood went searching for more goals and got another as they brought their tally to five as Stephen Noone completed his hatrick. However it was Coill Dubh who completed the scoring with time almost up through Ivan Moran following some good approach work by Dessie Palmer. Best for the winners were Ian Mangan, Kevin Cahill and Dessie Palmer. While for a Redwood side that never gave up Kilally in goal, Alan Bennett in midfield and Stephen Noone up front were best.
Ciaran Kilally, Eoin Higgins, JP Kearney, Brian Ashe, Stephen Bolger, David White, Alan Bennett, Ken Kavanagh, Barry Forde, Stephen Noone, Colm Redmond, Richard Kearney, Johnny Finnegan, Leon Finnegan, Craig Byrne, Mal McCabe.
Coil Dubh AFC:
Alan Sheridan, John Gahan, Gary Tennyson, Des Palmer, Jack Kenny, Ivan Moran, Bernard Redmond, Sean Connell, Colin Mitchell, Kevin Cahill, Ian Mangan, David Cluxton, Trevor McDonald.