ARKLOW TOWN U-12AS saw their national cup hopes dashed on Saturday as they came up ever so slightly short against a very good Naas side.
The talk before this encounter was that both these sides would be extremely fancied to be involved in the latter stages of the competition and few could argue that they wouldn't deserve it after witnessing the football display they put on in Kildare.
The visitors got off to a slow start and Town goalkeeper O'Neill was pulling off some great saves to keep his team in it; ably assisted by Mills, Makin and O'Reilly who were at this time working their socks off to stem the Blue tide.
Against the run of play the Town found themselves a goal up when Liam Moore found some space for himself and fired in a cracking shot that gave the Naas 'keeper no chance.
Naas responded with some great attacking football and got themselves a deserved equaliser to level matters.
With halftime approaching the hosts were rewarded with a second goal when they broke through the Town defence and hit the net to see them take a one goal advantage into the break.
The Town backroom team now juggled their pack and it was starting to provide dividends. Both sets of fans were now enjoying a very fast competitive game with no quarter asked or given by either side.
With Arklow trying to reduce the deficit and to push on they were caught out on the counter attack when the Kildare club hit their third goal to give them a two goal lead.
Credit to the Town though as they never gave up and were unlucky on a few occasions not to hit the net but for last ditch Naas tackles in the box to stop Quinn and immediately after a Crowley shot was again blocked; Quinn broke through the Naas line only to see his shot squeeze past the left hand post.
Naas then proceeded to break up the pitch and strike again to give them a three goal lead.
Arklow rallied again and were rewarded with a second goal but with time running out it was a little too late on this occasion to save themselves.