Joy for Donard

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Donard-The Glen 015, Hol­ly­wood 1-7: The fi­nal of the Keat­ing Tro­phy, played un­der the Balt­in­glass lights on Fri­day night brought down the cur­tain on the Se­nior Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship, and what a fit­ting fi­nale it proved to be, writes Peter Keogh. KEAT­ING CUP FI­NAL

This is in ef­fect the Se­nior B Cham­pi­onship and is played for an­nu­ally by the eight teams that fail to make the quar­ter-fi­nals of the Se­nior Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship.

Af­ter a fine game of foot­ball, played on good enough con­di­tions Donard-Glen ended up clear and de­serv­ing win­ners. It was also Donard’s first tro­phy in Se­nior ranks in years and a fit­ting end to a rea­son­able good sea­son for them.

The sides traded point for point in the early stages but Donard be­gan to as­sert them­selves in the sec­ond quar­ter with some good points, in par­tic­u­lar from wing-for­wards Der­mot Daly and Harry Mangan to lead by 0-6 to 0-4 at half-time.

Hol­ly­wood were by no means out of con­tention and when big mid­fielder Pat O’Sul­li­van grabbed the only goal of the match in the sev­enth minute of the sec­ond­half they were back in front

Donard pulled away again and with Brian Len­non and Colm Toomey get­ting on top at mid­field the pres­sure was on the Hol­ly­wood goal. A string of good points by Tommy Dwyer, Brian Len­non, Kevin Os­bourne and Der­mot Daly had victory se­cured well be­fore the end.

Brian Len­non, who played a cap­tain’s part all through opened the scor­ing with a point in the first minute but straight away Tony Hannon lev­elled the match and then put Hol­ly­wood in front from a sec­ond free. Len­non lev­elled the game for a sec­ond time in the fifth minute and for a time this game ap­peared to be de­vel­op­ing into a bat­tle be­tween the two free­tak­ers.

Hol­ly­wood were hav­ing a lot of the play but looked hell bent on turn­ing Donard ‘keeper Enda Wal­she into an All Star. While they were get­ting their shots on tar­get a lot of them were drop­ping into the safe and grate­ful arms of the ‘keeper.

When a pass­ing move­ment in the Hol­ly­wood de­fence broke down Der­mot Daly nipped in to score the best point of the match. Tommy Dwyer, Daly and Harry Mangan added points with Mi­nor Keith Pep­pard and Tony Hannon pulling back two for Hol­ly­wood to leave just two be­tween the sids at the break.

An­other Mi­nor Ciarán Tyrrell won a free on the restart and Hannon pointed and when Tyrrell boxed down a ball at mid­field it was his mid­field pa­trner Pat 0’Sul­li­van who picked up the break to race through and slide his shot to the cor­ner on the net.

Hol­ly­wood were in front for a sec­ond time but that score acted as a ‘wake up’ call for Donard who went on to dom­i­nate the rest of the match.

Donard-Glen man­ager/trainer Noel Keogh had to be happy with the over­all dis­play but in par­tic­u­lar the way a num­ber of the young play­ers re­acted to the chal­lenge.

Bren­dan Daly had a great game at the cen­tre of a good de­fence. Brian Len­non, my man of the match, and the hard graft­ing Colm Toomey made a good mid­field pair­ing while all six for­wards, none of them over 22 years, showed great prom­ise.

Hol­ly­wood’s prob­lems were mainly up front and this was un­der­lined by the fact that their goal was scored by a mid­fielder and their last two points by de­fender Thomas Burke. Alan and John Mooney and Thomas and Owen Burke did well in de­fence.

County Chair­man Andy O’Brien was on hand to present the cup to the Donard-Glen cap­tain and con­grat­u­late both teams on a great game. Liam Keat­ing who do­nated the cup in mem­ory of his un­cle Mick Keat­ing, one of Wick­low’s great­est ever foot­ballers, pre­sented the medals and also joined in the con­grat­u­la­tions. Ref­eree Eddy Craul said this game was a joy to ref­eree and he too con­grat­u­lated both teams.

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