Kil­te­gan fi­nally shake off Aughrim in re­play

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Kil­te­gan 4-8, Aughrim 4- 4: Kil­te­gan fi­nally ad­vanced to the quar­ter­fi­nal of the Ju­nior C foot­ball cham­pi­onship af­ter an­other hec­tic bat­tle with Aughrim, this time played un­der lights at An­nacurra re­cently. NDI JCFC RE­PLAY The Kil­te­gan de­fence struck a ma­jor blow for victory when they man­aged to keep the star of the show, or at least the man mainly re­spon­si­ble for get­ting out an­other big crowd – rugby in­ter­na­tional Shane Byrne – off the score­sheet..

How­ever, that was only part of their prob­lem solved. An­other Aughrim vet­eran and G.A.A. star Eu­gene O’Brien looked like he might wreck the plans of the men from the west.

Not for the first time ‘Susie’ teased and tor­mented a de­fence and fin­ished up top scorer with 3-3. In fact he set up the other Aughrim goal for Niall Car­roll.

But Kil­te­gan had a star of their own – a man called ‘ Judy’, the man­ager of the team.

It was his half-time reshuf­fle that sent Kil­te­gan on their way. He pulled back Gerry Boland to mark ‘ Susie’ and while he did not man­age to keep him off the score­sheet he did re­duce his ef­fec­tive­ness. Mov­ing Brian Byrne to cen­tre-back, Eoin Kelly to mid­field and bring­ing on Johnny Ke­hoe up front were other mas­ter moves.

Liam Ka­vanagh gave Kil­te­gan a dream start with an early goal and two points by an­other im­pres­sive vet­eran Nigel Byrne had Kil­te­gan 1-2 up.

Car­roll’s goal in the tenth minute and an­other by O’Brien him­self had the sides level.

Susie and Frank Byrne pointed to put Aughrim in front but a point by Nigel Byrne point and a great goal by Brian Byrne left Kil­te­gan lead­ing by 2-4 to 2-2 at half­time.

The bat­tle con­tin­ued through the sec­ond-half. Ray Kelly sent sub Johnny Ke­hoe through for a goal that ap­peared to have sealed the is­sue but no sooner had the green flagged dropped at one end than ‘Susie’ had it wav­ing at the other.

Nigel Byrne sent a free to the Aughrim net but again our man of the match Susie raced through the Kil­te­gan de­fence for an­other green flag.

The im­pres­sive Liam Ka­vanagh sealed victory for Kil­te­gan with a late point.

So while Shane Byrne got a good chance to sam­ple Gaelic goot­ball again, and en­joyed it, he must wait a while longed to col­lect his first cham­pi­onship medal

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