Cool­boy fin­ish with a flour­ish

Bray People - - Sport -

Cool­boy 2-10, Balt­in­glass 1-8: Cool­boy fin­ished their run in the Ju­nior A foot­ball cham­pi­onship with a good win over Balt­in­glass at Shil­le­lagh on Satur­day to lift them­selves out of the rel­e­ga­tion zone.

JAFC Cool­boy got off to the bet­ter start and an early goal by Paul O’Ke­effe was fol­lowed by three good points to seed them go into a lead of 13 to nil. Balt­in­glass got on top in the sec­ond quar­ter and got the tonic they needed when their Mi­nor cor­ner-for­ward David Faulkner found the net.

The Slaneysiders led by 1-5 to 1-4 af­ter a very even first-half .

Mid­fielder Michael Gre­gan had the sides level al­most from the restart. The cap­tain Johnny Wil­loughby, lead­ing from the back, pointed Cool­boy in front and while Kevin Mur­phy lev­elled the game once more in was the ma­roon and white that were now set­ting the pace. A goal by Paul O’Ke­effe mid­way through the sec­ond-half lifted Cool­boy and sent them on their way.

The re­sult sees Cool­boy fin­ish in third place, just a point short of the qual­i­fy­ing mark.

Balt­in­glass now join Bless­ing­ton, St. Pa­trick’s and Lacken in a rel­e­ga­tion play-off.

Cool­boy cap­tain Johnny Wil­loughby wished to thank their trainer Joe Clancy and the se­lec­tors for the hard work they put in all year pre­par­ing the team.

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