Kil­te­gan top group af­ter win over En­niskerry

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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.

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