Kil­bride hold out for win


Bray People - - Sport - Mark KENNEDY

Kil­bride 1-11, Kil­coole 0-11: Kil­bride recorded their sec­ond win in the In­ter­me­di­ate foot­ball cham­pi­onship from four starts when they held off a strong sec­ond-half rally by Kil­coole to win by three at Laragh on Satur­day.

The foun­da­tions for this win were laid in the open­ing half when Kil­bride raced into a com­mand­ing 1-8 to 0-3 lead at half­time, the goal com­ing af­ter 20 min­utes when Niall Too­lis fed the ball to Ciarán Jones who set up cor­ner-for­ward Mark Kelly for the shot to the net.

In con­trast Kil­coole did not show up for the first-half, they gifted sev­eral points to their op­po­nents through silly mis­takes at the back.

But those er­rors apart, there was not much be­tween the teams and Kil­coole played much bet­ter on the change over as they upped their per­for­mance and took the game to their op­po­nents.

In­deed Kil­bride felt it pru­dent to pull their full-for­ward and chief scorer Ciarán Jones back to a mid­field role in the sec­ond­half in an ef­fort to stem Kil­coole’s charge, but this weak­ened the win­ner’s scor­ing ma­chine and they were re­stricted to an­other three points on the change over.

On the other hand Kil­coole scored six points on the bounce in the sec­ond half, re­duc­ing it to a three point match, but Kil­bride al­ways had enough in re­serve to keep their nose ahead for victory. Kil­bride’s three sec­ond-half points came from frees con­ceded by Kil­coole mis­takes.

Kil­bride need a rub of the green if they are to make the knock-out semi-fi­nal stages of this cham­pi­onship, while they have a big ask in their last group game when they take on Carnew, who are one of the favourites to win the ti­tle this year.

Ciarán Jones was again the out­stand­ing player for Kil­bride while other star per­for­mances were de­liv­ered by Shane Kelly at mid­field, Der­mot Haugh­een at cen­tre-back, Martin Donoghue on the wing, goalie Noel Kin­sella, Kevin Craul and Col­lie Phibbs.

John Hynes at mid­field had a great game for Kil­coole in the sec­ond-half; he caught some mar­vel­lous ball and dragged his team back into con­tention. Richard Gam­mell and Dara Keddy also caught the eye for the losers.

Scor­ers for Kil­bride were: Ciarán Jones (0-6, four frees), Mark Kelly (1-0), Shane Kelly (03), Niall Donoghue and Mick Kelly (0-1 each).

Kil­coole scor­ers: Dara Keddy (0˜3), Shay Hat­ton (0-4, three frees), Richard Gam­mell (0-2), Chris Far­rell (0-1, free in first-half) and Conor Byrne (0-1).

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