Brilliant Baltinglass advance to semi-finals
UNDER-12 FOOTBALL Baltinglass 1-8, St Kevin’s (Hollywood) 0-3: The Baltinglass lads took the early lead with a Pat Burke point in the second minute followed by another from Gavin Ownes on the five minute mark. The Baltinglass backs were called into action early and defended superbly with corner back Craig Delaney showing that he is back to full fitness after his six week layoff with a broken arm. It was Craig’s long pass that set up Pat Burke on a solo run to kick over his side’s third point on the tenth minute.
Daryl Byrne and Edmund Hanlon were solid in the centre and Sean Parks, Peter Gethings and Dan O’Hara all kept their lines clear.
The midfield partnership of Tom Burke and Robin Farrell worked hard to set up scoring chances for the forwards and Balto’s fourth point came following a long clearance by Daryl to David Gethings who slipped the ball quickly to half forward James Tyrrell. James delivered a very accurate kick pass to the in-running Tom Burke who tapped over for a well worked point. Tom added another point before St. Kevin’s pointed a free to leave four points between the sides on the sixteenth minute. The St Kevin’s forwards were living on crumbs and did score a second point from a thirteen metre free to leave the score Balto 0-5 to St Kevin’s 0-2. after 20 minutes of play.
The Baltinglass forwards were playing lovely one-two football with Stephen Quinnn showing in front for every ball. It was one of these runs that led to the Balto goal.
Dave Gettings again linked up with Stephen Quinn who passed in to Tom Burke on the forty metre line. Tom was taken down by the defender and took a quick free to his brother Pat who soloed past two defenders before sending a pile driver to the back of the St. Kevin’s net. The resulting kick out was caught by Robin Farrell and he set Pat up for another point to leave the half-time score at Baltinglass 1-6 to St. Kevin’s 0-2.
The second half was a much closer contest and only yielded three points in total. The first from the boot of James Tyrrell following a good one two with Tom Burke.
St Nicholas responded with a point of their own again from a thirteen metre free.
The second half yielded some great football from both sides with both sets of backs working overtime to keep out the attacking forwards. Pat Burke scored his sides eight point after some brilliant interchange of play between midfield and half forward Ross Nolan who passed to Pat Burke on the left wing. Pat rounded the defender and kicked from an impossible angle out on the left end line to send the ball over the bar. The Balto backs again kept the St. Kevin’s lads out and Tim Burke, in goal, had a very good day keeping a clean sheet.
The Baltinglass team now meet St Patrick’s of Wicklow town in the championship semi final on November 8. Well done a a great team performance.
The Baltinglass side who defeated St. Kevin’s.