“Eagles clash with the Titans”
After a fortnight break, League leaders Mullingar Athletic’s Eagles made the short journey to Kinnegad to play the Titans on Saturday morning. The Eagles won 2-0 at home earlier in the season, a hard fought win on the day, so they expected more of the same at the weekend against a very well organised and determined team. Captain Adam Clarke lead the side in battle, however it was the hosts who drew first blood. Stephen Battle attempted to clear his lines but it fell to a Kinnegad attacker who fired home through a crowd of bodies. The visitors kept their cool, sticking to their gameplan as they passed and moved the ball with great menace. Gavin Pierce coming closest in the early stages with a left foot drive from the right that flew past the wrong side of the post.
Wingers Gary Brannigan & Cillian Kelly toiled gallantly up and down the flanks as they tried to kick start their side. Simon Jorgensen came close on occasion as he moved from striker to a wide position. But credit to a stubborn Titan defence who fought hard to keep the league leaders at bay. Although it must be said few players in the league can match Matthew Thornton when he is on form, he drew the sides level later on in the half following a great run, a rifled effort deflected passed the hapless Kinnegad keeper.
The Eagles themselves are blessed in the Goalkeeper department. Carl McCormack was between the sticks for the second half after Darragh Mullen in the first, both did very little wrong and did their utmost to spur their team-mates on. Unfortunately the Eagles could not turn their domination into more goals. Callum O’Halloran came the closet, a fantastic shot from Colm Duffy rattled the bar and only for some brave goalkeeping O’Halloran would have slotted home. Matthew Doyle tried his all but got very little change from this dogged defensive wall. A moment of controversy came in the second half when the referee saw fit to show a yellow card to a Titan for an off the ball incident but this didn’t impact the hosts determination and aggression as they battled tremendously hard to maintain their point. The Eagles dominated the midfield, Ruairi O’Dowd, Matthew Thornton & Colm Duffy controlled the tempo through-out. Duffy could have had a hat trick and perhaps on another day he would have. But the tie finished one a piece, there are very few sides to have kept the Eagles at bay this campaign, so credit must go to the Titans for their hard work and wonderful spirit. For the Eagles, Tadgh Kelly, James Sugrue, Emmet Brennan and Hayden Nolan must be praised for their displays which led to very few Kinnegad chances. With only one defeat and one draw all season the Eagles are only one win away from clinching the League title now, hopefully this will come sooner rather than later.
Eagle of the week is Adam Clarke: Adam is excelling in a defensive role this season but he has played every position for the Eagles and is probably their most adaptable player after playing in goal & up front in the past.