Dream lives on for Kiltegan
Kiltegan 1-10, Kilbride 0-6: The hurling title may have slipped the net but the Kiltegan football fairytale lives on, writes Peter Keogh.
JCFC SEMI-FINAL At Baltinglass on Friday night the third team from the club made it through to a county final. The Junior C team qualified for yet another championship final when they beat Kilbride.
Pat Keogh’s boys won this game in the first 35 minutes. They led by 1-7 to 0-2 at half-time and came out to add two more points in the first five minutes of the second-half to really bury the hopes of the Liffeysiders.
However, Paddy Byrne’s charges from Kilbride did not take it lying down. They plugged away right through the hour but found great difficulty in breaching a good Kiltegan defence.
Kilbride rallied strongly in the last quarter they had but still had no chance of breaking through for the goal they so badly needed but did send over some good points.
Defence was where Kiltegan were strongest with John and Gerry Boland, James O’Brien until injured and Patrick Kearney were the stars.
Kiltegan’s man of the match was Eoin Kelly, the scorer of 1-2 of their total.
Midfielder Seán Byrne and David Reddy kicked over good points for Kilbride while centre half back Niall Keogh moved up field to send over their only point from play but it was never going to be enough.
Kiltegan: ‘Shammie’; Paul Boland, John Boland, John Cullen; James O’Brien, Gerry Boland, Cillian Doyle; Ray Kelly, Brian Byrne; Eoin Kelly, Nigel Byrne, Ray Nolan Liam Kavanagh, Cathal Finn, John Keogh. Subs. – Patrick Karney for O’Brien; Ciarán O’Toole for B. Byrne; Mick Kelly for Cullen; Johnny Kehoe for Doyle; Eugene Byrne for J. Keogh.
Kilbride: Nigel Kwanda; Francis Craul, James Cahill, Ger Cruise; Jack Dempsey, Niall Keogh, Paul Cruise; Seán Byrne, Finn Craul; John Lambe, Patrick Byrne, John O’Brien; David Reddy, Brian Ruiz-Flynn, Michael Ruttle. Sub. – Lar O’Connor for Dempsey.