King puts in a royal display for Enniskerry
Enniskerry 2-8, Kilmacanogue 1- 11: Enniskerry, but perhaps more accurately Alan King, all but ended Kilmac’s championship hopes for another year as the full-forward put Kilmac to the sword by turning in a royal performance in pleasant conditions last Thursday night in Roundwood, writes Daniel Gorman.
JAFC The match, which had been scheduled for a few weeks beforehand before being called off due to atrocious conditions couldn’t have been tighter, with the sides being level on no less than eight occasions as the old rivals produced a very entertaining game of football.
It was the Division 2 side that started the brighter and took an early two-point lead, when first Seán Doyle, who returned home from England for the game, fired neatly over the crossbar before he was then on hand to help set up his captain Stephen ‘Moggy’ Morgan whose left-footed effort flew over to double his sides lead.
King then showed a first glimpse of his class after he evaded the tackle of his marker before sending the ball over and then a few minutes later he was allowed to skip by two opponents before finding the back of the net to give his side the lead for the first time in the match.
The powerhouse that is Morgan then clawed a score back with a fine long-range left- footed effort before two minutes later youngster Ian Morris’s free-kick evened up the scores.
There was then a frantic spell of scoring in a short space of time with Enniskerry’s Mark Tyndall grabbing three points from frees and Morris and Doyle also converting chances for their side to leave the scores at 1-4 to 0-6 in Enniskerry’s favour at the break.
The second-half continued in much of the same vein as the first, tight but entertaining and it was Kilmac who put the first scores on the scoreboard with Moggy’s free-kick flying over the bar before the centre half forward set up the goal for his side minutes later.
After Jimmy Caplice had been penalised for holding onto the ball, Morgan blasted the ball into the danger zone and after being broken down, the ball was eventually scrambled over the line with midfielder Christy Fox revealing after the game he was the man to get the final touch.
It took Enniskerry only six minutes to level the scores with Tyndall adding three more points to his tally, all from frees.
The swings and roundabouts continued when Doyle and Morgan restored Kilmac’s two-point lead but then it was time for King to strike again.
A quick free in behind the static Kilmac defence caught the impressive Craig O’Neill short for once and King took full advantage, collecting the ball before once again finding the net with a ferocious effort.
With just ten minutes left on the clock it was anybody’s game and Fox grabbed his second score of the game to leave the scores at 2-7 to 1-10.
Time was ticking by and the chance to become a hero was slowly fading but with three minutes left to play, King scored what looked like the winning score but as he has on so many occasions, Stephen Morgan saved the day for his side.
After playing a short one-two with Anthony Doyle from a sideline ball, Morgan thumped the ball magnificently goal-wards and it flew over the bar.
The referee’s whistle to signal the end of the match proved to be somewhat of an anti-climax, but for either side to lose this thrilling contest would have been very harsh.
Enniskerry: Alex Bursey, Colm Nugent, Gary Kavanagh, Seamus O’Gorman, David Caplice, Domhnall Finch, Benny Doran, Bryan Gibson, Craig Williams, Mark Tyndall (0-6, 6 frees), Ger Driver, Stuart Tyndall, Jimmy Caplice, Alan King (2-2), Robert Tyndall. Subs. - Billy O’Neill, Gavin Barton.
Kilmacanogue: Shane Vickers, Cormac Doyle, Darragh Walsh, Michael Creavin, Anthony Doyle, Craig O’Neill, Bob O’Donnell, Christy Fox (1-1), Mark King, Kevin Redden, Stephen Morgan ( 0- 5, 2 frees), Seán Doyle (0-3), Ian Morris ( 0- 2, 2 frees), Andrew Molloy, Ryan Lavery. Subs. - Tom Byrne, Simon Doyle, Daryl Tighe, Stephen Kavanagh, Tom Redden.
Referee: P. Hickey.