Stylish Shil­le­lagh show goal-den touch

Bray People - - Sport -

Shil­le­lagh 4-10; Coolkenno 1-8: Shil­le­lagh gave neigh­bours Coolkenno, and any­one else that were watch­ing a les­son in the art of goalscor­ing in the sec­ond Keat­ing Tro­phy match, played in Ark­low on Satur­day, writes Peter Keogh.

Keith Byrne, the only mem­ber of the famed goalscor­ing fam­ily to fig­ure in the at­tack on the day, had the ball in John Cor­co­ran’s net in a lit­tle over 20 sec­onds and the for­mer county player went on to give a mighty dis­play of point kick­ing in the firsthalf to see his side lead by 1-8 to 0-4 at half­time.

An­other vet­eran Gra­ham Car­roll and De­clan Nolan were the only other Shil­le­lagh scor­ers in that half. Two of Byrne’s points were scored from over 40 me­tres out on the side­line and must rank with the best points of the year.

It took Coolkenno ten min­utes to get their first point but then Ea­monn Ros­siter, Conor Walker, Sea­mus Kenny and Walker again landed first-half points.

Coolkenno would have the wind be­hind them in the sec­ond-half and were not out of con­tention at that stage. How­ever, they cer­tainly were within a minute of the restart. Dar­ren Ka­vanagh rat­tled the Coolkenno net again in­side 30 sec­onds and be­fore the first minute had passed Gra­ham Car­roll had the ball back in the onion sack again, his shot tak­ing a de­flec­tion off a Coolkenno boot.

While Coolkenno staged a strong come­back and got a goal of their own in the 40th minute they never had a re­al­is­tic chance of clos­ing the gap. When Michael Fur­long’s men got fairly well on top in the clos­ing stages of this ‘lo­cal derby’ their shoot­ing let them down and they kicked eight wides, most of them from favourable enough po­si­tions.

So it’s Shil­le­lagh that go through to the semi-fi­nals while Coolkenno, who lost their Se­nior sta­tus in the league last year will have a fight on their hands to stay in the Se­nior Cham­pi­onship Foot­ball.

Man of the match was Keith Byrne who fin­ished with a per­sonal to­tal of 1-8.

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