Brady’s Seat men’s Division 2
Friday 14th June
Athboy Celtic 6
Trim Town FC 0
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Athboy hit Trim for 6 at the Convent grounds on Friday last to secure another vital three points in their hunt to remain in the mix at the summit of the league table.
Our lads started this contest like a dog with a bone and looking very hungry too! Following a bit of a goalmouth scramble, Cian Quinn opened the scoring after 5 mins with a flicked finish from close range after excellent work on the right wing followed by a good delivery from Luke Byrne. This settled the boys in yellow and black down and it wasn’t long before a second goal was added by the skilful Jack Kelly who finished very well inside the box. Eamon Cusack switched the play from right to left finding Johnny Murray, and the latter took a touch to settle and fizzed in a low dangerous ball towards the 6 yard box with Kelly making no mistake slamming the ball home to double the home sides advantage.
To their credit, Trim attempted to get back into the game after this and while they looked threatening from some set pieces, the Athboy defence looked relatively comfortable and in no mood to concede their clean sheet. Some of Athboy’s football right through the team was superb and a great watch and the home pitch was looking the best it has all year which assisted this too. Quinn would add his second goal on 40 mins with a remarkable strike from 25 yards into the top bin, leaving Trim shot stopper Thornton with absolutely no chance. Our lads went into the break 3 nil up and eager to get out there for the second half and seal the win.
The second half started with Trim putting the home side on the back foot for the first few mins and Ian Keenan drew a good save out of Paul Sheridan down low to his far post. The Athboy net minder has been in fantastic form this season and when called upon in this match he was more than equal to deal with anything coming his way. This was as good as it got for Trim and then Athboy found their groove again and a decent delivery from the left wing saw Jack Kelly rise unmarked to nod home from 8 yards on 51 mins. Attacker Luke Byrne put in another excellent shift and was rewarded on 61 mins with arguably the pick of the goals on the night. Byrne received the ball on the right wing around 30 metres from goal. Everyone in attendance was expecting a cross to the danger men in the middle but Byrne had other ideas, curling a delicious hit up and over the keeper with the outside of his right boot.
Substitute Phil Perry added a sixth late on with a tidy finish showing his sharpness when an opportunity arose. It could have easily been more with Perry and Ben Renehan unlucky with some other opportunities. All players dug deep today and put in a convincing performance reflected by the score line. The defence stood firm and the attackers continue to prosper in this young team. Special mention to Colman Murray, although he didn’t get on the scoresheet he worked tremendously hard throughout making space and opportunities for his team-mates.
Our lads are on the road this week and visit Oldcastle on Thursday evening (7.45 KO) to hopefully continue their winning run. Please come along to support the lads.
1. Paul Sheridan, 2. Gareth Corrigan, 3. Glenn Darcy, 4 Cillian Maguire, 5. Kevin Kelly, 6. Eamon Cusack, 7. Luke Byrne, 8. Cian Quinn, 9. Colman Murray, 10. Jack Kelly 11. John Murray
Subs: Adrian Noone for Cusack (65 mins), Ben Renehan for C. Murray (69 mins), Phil Perry for J. Kelly (73 mins), Reece Dolan for Byrne (80 mins).
1. Sean Thornton, 2. Harry Kennedy, 3. Tommy Boyle, 4. Eric Mc Cormack, 5. Sean Mahony, 6. Adam Murphy, 7. Aonghus Short, 8. Martin Costello, 9. Ian Keenan, 10. Alan O’Brien, 11. Robert Boyle
Subs: Ryan McSharry for O’Brien (59 mins)