U14 Kynog United V Kill Celtic

Saturday 26th Janurary
U14 Major Division
Kynog United 3
Kill Celtic 1
Kynog Park was in great condition after the recent adverse weather and both teams were eager to play football. Whilst the pitch was in excellent condition the strong winds had an effect on the game. Playing into the wind Kill Celtic opened the scoring in the 3rd minute when James Condon beat his marker and shot beyond Cian Gilligan in the Kynog goal. Kill had the better of the early exchanges with Stephen Skelton prominent in attack. Steadily Kynog began to win more possession in midfield through Martin Baneham and Eamon Cox. Shane Merriman fed Blaine Treacy whose shot was well saved by Nathan Fitzharris. Kynog United continued to create chances with Ciaran Baselmans and Gavin Crowe going close. The equaliser arrived in the 27th minute direct from a Gavin Crowe corner. Kill Celtic responded but found the Kynog defence well marshalled by Jack Kenny in determined mood.
The second half saw Kill on the attack in the early stages with Stephen Skelton forcing Cian Gilligan to tip his shot over the crossbar. From the resulting corner Gilligan bravely claimed the ball and released it allowing Kynog to string a series of passes together and Shane Merriman found Conor Staines who beat two defenders before calmly finding the back of the net. As Kill went in search of an equalizer gaps were going to appear in their defence but Luke Comiskey was having an excellent game in the right full back position. The final goal of the afternoon arrived in the 60th minute when Kynog were awarded a penalty for hand ball and Jack Kenny duly converted it. The remaining minutes saw the home team defending their lead. Best for Kill were Nathan Fitzharris and Luke Comiskey, Whilst the home team were best served by Jack Kenny and Martin Baneham.