Dream lives on for Kil­te­gan

Bray People - - Sport -

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.

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