Kiltegan top group after win over Enniskerry
Kiltegan 0-12, Enniskerry 0-7: A second win in a week saw Kiltegan finish top of their group and go through the semi-final of the Junior A football championship after this good win over Enniskerry at Blessington on Saturday, writes Peter Keogh.
ROADSTONE JAFC The Carlow border club were allready sure of of their place in the knockout stages but time win will give them a semi-final meeting with whoever gets the runners-up spot behind Newcastle in the other group.
Little separated the sides for three quarters of the game. Enniskerry led twice in the first-half but the sides were level at 0-5 each at half-time
Tommy Reid, the Enniskerry manager was pleased with his side’s performance in the first-half when playing against the wind but all that changed in the second-half.
Kiltegan manager Ciarán O’Toole dipped into his pool of reserves, bringing on players like Keith Furlong, Adrian Keogh, Christy O’Toole and Jim Bob Dalton and pulled steadily away. A string of points by Keith Furlong, Stephen Farrell, and Darren Hobson put them in front while their defence led by John Byrne, Denis Hayes and Lorcan Byrne cut out every Enniskerry attack.
A point by one of the Enniskerry stars Craig Williams had restored their lead after half-time and raised hopes that the ‘07 Junior B champions could make it through to the knockout stages but it was not to be.
James Caplice, who had tormented the Kiltegan defence all through the first-half and scored three great points, all from play was well held. The arrival of Adrian Keogh meant that Blaine Harmon now had a strong partner at midfield, thus cutting down the effectiveness of Williams.
Enniskerry are not yet out of the running but they have finished their matches and are depending on results elsewhere. Tommy Reid fears that ‘score difference’ could catch them in the end. They are on five points and still in second place. Rath- new are the only team than can pass them out should they beat St. Patrick’s but should the Wicklow town side win that one they would be level on points with Enniskerry. And of course Kilmac could then join the bottleneck on the five-point mark with a win ver Lacken in their last match – so still a lot to play for.
Kiltegan now play the second team in the other group, which at the moment looks like being Ballinacor.