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Kelly brace kills off Clondalkin

When Kill FC made their way to the 15 Acres for this Sheeran Cup encounter on Saturday they could have been forgiven for feeling a little apprenhensive about how everything would fare out.

After all they had not had the benefit of much preparation to help them face what potentially was tricky assignment.

In fact, they had litte or no preparation. The cold weather had ensured that opportunities to sharpen their skills and work on their routines on the training ground were rare.

When it came to the crunch, however, the Kilare side produced the goods to wrap up a victory that gives them an excellent opportunity to secure second place in their group.

They took the lead in this contest when Alan Marshall set up Terry Murphy who finishd well.

They added second soon after. Terry Kelly lofted in from a corner. The ball deceived defenders and forwards and ended up in the back of the net.

Clondalkin gave themselves some hope before the interval when Brian Kiely threaded a superb pass through for Anthony Howe who produced a clinical finish to make it 2-1 at the interval.

The outcome hung in the balance in the early stages of the second half until the Kildare side killed the game off when Terry Kelly netted his second.

Stephen Gibbons, Kevin Cooney, Jack Purcell and John Liston were among those to stand out in a battling team effor.

"We haven't had a game since November but we stood up to the task today and kept battling until the end," added Murphy who manages the Kill side with Christy Mahady and the help of coach Roy Butler.

Clondalkin FC manager Eddie Byrne also pointed out that his side were returning to action after a long lay-off.

He wasn't quite so pleased with how the afternoon unfolded.

His team, he admitted,didn't play as well as they can with Declan Fitzpatrick, Peter Noskovic and Alan Barber among those who went close to finding the net and adding to their account.

Among those to stand out for the Clondalkin side included Darren Purdue, Brian Kiely and Anthony Howe.

"We got tired in the second-half and when they got their third we were facing a huge task," added manager Byrne.

"They got their third goal from a free but we felt a corner should have been given instead."

One positive aspect for Clondalkin is that they had few players back from injury for this contest.

They feel they still have a chance to get out of the group. Time will tell.

Clondalkin FC: Keith McDermott; Graham Saul, John Kenny, Jason Carter, Darren Purdue, Alan Barber, Declan Fitzpatrick, Brian Kiely, Peter Noskovic, Shane Murray, Anthony Howe. Subs: Jason Phibbs, Darren Saul, Graham Sterio.

Kill FC: Brian Conroy; Frankie Kilkelly, Jack Purcell, John Liston, Martin Byrne, Terry Kelly, Terry Murphy, Alan Marshall, Rob Phelan, Stephen Gibbons, Kevin Cooney. Subs: Joseph Donnolly, Conor Phelan, Keith Scully, Mick Shelton.