Kilbride hold out for win
GAELIC GAMES INTERMEDIATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
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).