Kildare Town 4
Caragh Celtic 2
Kildare Town gave welcome to a Caragh side that was fresh from a win against Bush Celtic. Caragh Celtic, captained by Luke Martin were confident going into this match.
The start of the match saw Kildare straight on the offensive with Niall Cramer the first on the scene for Caragh with a timely interception and clearance up field. Caragh then earned a side line ball with Aaron Conway taking the kick and aiming it at the Kildare goal but the ball sailed past the posts and out for a goal kick. Ben Morell went close shortly aftewards with a similar effort for Caragh. But however hard Caragh tried it was Kildare who were the stronger side here and they cemented this strength with a well taken goal. One nil to Kildare.
Caragh tried to attack again straight away with Jack O’Neill and Ben Morrell working really hard to try and push Caragh forward but this Kildare team were proving to be a real tough nut to crack.
Caragh hadn’t come up against a team of this strength yet this season and probably won’t meet many more like them either – Aaron and Niall in particular being on the receiving end of some tasty tackles. One such tackle gave Caragh a free kick just outside the Kildare area that Kildare managed to block our for a corner. From the resulting corner there was an almighty scramble in front of the Kildare goal but Caragh just couldn’t turn the ball home and Kildare broke away and clinically extended their lead to 2-0 despite the desperate efforts of Niall Cramer.
The second quarter followed a similar pattern as the first with Caragh pushing to get forward but Kildare being more clinical. Adam Fleming and Adan Carberry linked well to break for Caragh but the Kildare defence wasn’t to be breached on this occassion. At the other end Aaron Conway was forced to produce a couple of fine saves for Caragh. Kildare were throwing everything at Caragh and they extended their lead further despite some stout defending from Luke Martin – to leave the score 3-0 at half time.
Early in the third quarter Jack Arnold had to be at his best to prevent Kildare going further ahead with a last ditch interception leading to a Kildare corner. The resulting corner was only partially cleared by Caragh to the feet of a Kildare player just outside the box and he returned a thunderous strike to the Caragh net to make the score g 4-O.
However, not all hope was lost with the visiting side as rather than give up at this stage they rallied on even stronger to show why have had such a good run of games both this and last season. The tackles really started to come in from Caragh at this stage and Niall Cramer really started to put on some determined efforts despite him being off form with a stomach cramp.
Adam Carbery and Ben Morell were keeping the home side at bay now at the back for Caragh. While in midfield Jack Arnold and Jack O’Neill were combining to get Caragh back into this game – when a wonderful chip shot from Jack Arnold sailed over the line to get Caragh’s first of the day.
The fourth quarter saw Caragh continue to plug away at this Kildare side. Adam Carberry and Ben were solid at the back. Josh Finan was getting stuck into everything and going close to opening his scoring aocount for Caragh, but it wasn’t to be his day. While Luke Martin kept a clean sheet for Caragh in goals in this quarter. Then came the lovely overhead chip from Jack Arnold that found Adam Fleming – Adams effort on goal though came off the post but landed kindly for Jack O’Neill who made no mistake to claim his first Caragh Celtic goal to leave the score at the final whistle 4-2.
Overall, a tough day for Caragh with a well-earned victory for Kildare with their strength and depth. Lots of positives though for Caragh as we did remarkably well to get keep trying hard when four down and earn two goals back and although it was a tough day for Caragh, no doubt we will soon be back to winning ways!
Caragh: Luke Martin(Capt), Josh Finan, Aaron Conway, Adam Fleming, Adam Carberry, Ben Morrell, Niall Cramer, Jack Arnold, Jack O’Neill