Match Report – Newtown Utd V Athboy Celtic

Athboy Celtic

Brady’s Seat men’s Division 2

Thursday 3rd May

Newtown Utd 1

Athboy Celtic 2

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Athboy Celtic left Newtown with maximum points yesterday evening courtesy of strikes from the young and not so young in Cian Quinn and veteran Coleman Murray.

The lads in yellow and black started best and there wasn’t 10 mins on the clock before Cian Quinn drew a good save out of the Newtown net minder, after Jack Kelly did well to slide a ball through to Quinn from the left wing. Newtown battled back soon after and looked threatening from corner kicks on a couple of occasions and got a couple of efforts on goal from attacks, only to find shot stopper Paul Sheridan in no mood to concede.

Athboy lost full back Kieran Forde to a hamstring injury very early on, with Jack Bird entering the fray in midfield and skipper Eamon Cusack slotting in at left full. Our lads started to get some joy down each wing soon after, with Luke Byrne and Kelly looking threatening on the left after getting to the bye line and crossing on a few occasions, but the openings for Coleman Murray were not happening at that stage.

However, Cian Quinn got the goal his efforts deserved after good work by Murray and Kelly. Quinn’s initial shot from 15 yards left of centre was parried away but the rebound was sent back into the melting pot, and eventually the ball broke to Quinn 10 yards out and he smashed it into the roof of the net to give the visitors the lead.

It certainly was not all one way traffic in the first 45. Following an Athboy corner 30 minutes in, Newtown broke on the counter and nearly equalised after beating the offside trap, through the home sides number 9 who eventually hit the crossbar with our defence clearing the rebound, much to the relief of all associated with Athboy.

Our lads went into the break with the narrowest of leads at 1-0 knowing that Newtown were going to throw the kitchen sink at them in the second 45. Luke Byrne did well on a few occasions on the left after beating the full-back but our forwards couldn’t get clear cut chances to extend the lead. Although there were less clear cut chances in the second half, Newtown tested Sheridan with a free kick straight down his throat which he was equal to.

Newtown got their equaliser on 73 mins via their number 9. Fresh legs in the form of the Newtown number 15 had far too much time and space on the ball in the middle of the park, and he played a straight between our two centre-halves with the 9 getting on the end of it and finishing well past Sheridan 15 yards out.

This was a big blow to the Athboy lads although Newtown were perhaps good value for their equaliser. However, there was to be another twist and it was via a quality strike from the right boot of Coleman Murray on 80 mins. Quinn was in possession in the centre circle and picked out the run of Murray with a ball over the top of the defence, with Murray latching onto it and burying his shot from 20 yards, low and hard across the keeper into the corner. This showed great character from the away side when they could easily have collapsed after concession of the equaliser not long before.

The lads defended well and managed the game to the standard required to see out the result, with Newtown offered little in terms of real openings in the final 10+ minutes. This match was certainly a close encounter with both sides having plenty of chances and could have swung either way with our lads that little bit more clinical in front of goal on the night.

Best of luck to Newtown for the season.

Athboy Celtic:

1.       Paul Sheridan, 2. Adrian Noone, 3. Kieran Forde, 4 Adam Uzell, 5 Cillian Maguire, 6. Eamon Cusack, 7. Cian Quinn, 8. Kevin Kelly, 9. Jack Kelly, 10. Coleman Murray, 11. Luke Byrne

Subs used: Jack Bird for Forde (12 mins), Cian Farrelly for Uzell (72 mins), Phil Perry for Kelly (75 mins), Aaron Daly for Murray (83 mins)

Next up for our lads is in form Johnstown in the MDL on Thursday 9th May, 8pm KO. Please come along and cheer on your local side.