Kil­te­gan make no mis­take in re­play

Bray People - - Sport -

Kil­te­gan 1-10; Bal­li­na­cor 1-6: Re­plays sel­dom fol­low the same pat­tern as the drawn game but for a long time it looked like this one would

A lighting start which saw full for­ward Dar­ren Hob­son score 1-1 in­side five min­utes sent Kil­te­gan on their way to victory over Bal­li­na­cor in the re­play of the Ju­nior A Cham­pi­onship Semi-fi­nal at Balt­in­glass on Satur­day.

That start gave the Car­low bor­der side the cush­ion they needed to soak up a lot of pres­sure and go in just two points down – 1-4 to 1-2 – at half time af­ter play­ing against a strong enough wind.

Ger Byrne got the first point for Bal­li­na­cor in the tenth minute while their goal did not come un­til the 30th minute.

Man­ager Kevin Byrne pulled a mas­ter stroke mid­way through the first half when he pulled David Carter and Liam Byrne from the bench at the same time. The lively Carter made an in­stant im­pact and was caus­ing ex­tra trou­ble for the Kil­te­gan de­fence.

Af­ter Keith Fur­long had pointed a free for Kil­te­gan be­fore Conor Par­sons pulled one back for Bal­li­na­cor. Sub David Carter kicked over a point and then had a hand in the goal which saw Ro­nan Phe­lan give Ger Byrne he fi­nal pass in a de­fence split­ting move.

Carter added an­other point to leave it 1-4 to 1-2 in favour of Bal­li­na­cor at half time.

With the wind be­hind then it was al­ways go­ing to be only a mat­ter of time be­fore Kil­te­gan pulled away.

Points by Keith Fur­long and Adrian Keogh brought Kil­te­gan level within five min­utes of the restart.

A great bat­tle over the next ten min­utes saw Kil­te­gan take the lead twice only to be hauled back each time. A point by Keith Fur­long brought a quick re­ply from the other sub Liam Byrne who was mak­ing his strength tell. Stephen Far­rell pointed a free but Carter kicked over his third point

How­ever that was Bal­li­na­cor’s last point and it came in the 47th minute. Adrian Keogh, Christy O’Toole, Keith Fur­long and Blaine Har­mon kicked over points to see the Car­low bor­der club through to the fi­nal against New­cas­tle.

Man of the match had to be Adrian Keogh but Kil­te­gan can re­ally thank a great de­fence where again Jim Bob Dal­ton was out­stand­ing.

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