Kil­te­gan chase more sil­ver­ware

Bray People - - Bray Sport -

Kil­te­gan 2-17, AGB 1-4: Cham­pi­ons Kil­te­gan are still chas­ing more sil­ver­ware at the back­end of the sea­son and this was ev­i­dent in their league game against AGB at Ark­low on Satur­day, writes Mark Kennedy.

SFL DIVI­SION 1 A win would give them a top four place in Divi­sion 1 and keep them on course to add the Dunne Cup to the cham­pi­onship ti­tle they won in Oc­to­ber.

In con­trast AGB were go­ing through the mo­tions of com­plet­ing their league pro­gramme, hav­ing achieved their lowly ob­jec­tive the pre­vi­ous week against An Tochar - that of staving off league rel­e­ga­tion.

Against that back­drop, Kil­te­gan were the more fo­cussed of the two teams and, de­spite field­ing just half of their cham­pi­onship side, they were still far su­pe­rior to their op­po­nents even though they were only op­er­at­ing at half throt­tle.

AGB’s long-serv­ing ser­vant James Fur­long, op­er­at­ing at cor­ner-for­ward, fired the open­ing shot of the match with a point for the seasiders, but Kil­te­gan quickly took con­trol to race into a 0-9 to 0-1 lead af­ter 25 min­utes with a string of points from in­flu­en­tial John Keogh at full-for­ward, Michael Fo­ley, An­thony Fur­long, Blaine Har­mon and Adrian Fo­ley.

Still cor­ner-back Alan Byrne, cen­tre-back Pat Egan were per­form­ing well for AGB and stand-in goalie Philip Glee­son made a num­ber of fine saves, though he was in­clined to en­gage in in­dul­gent pass­ing of the ball around his own goal in­stead of clear­ing his lines fast and ef­fec­tively.

Glee­son’s over-elab­o­ra­tion even­tu­ally caught up with him when, as we sus­pected might hap­pen, he was dis­pos­sessed when off his goal line and An­thony Fur­long was left with a sim­ple tap to an empty net.

Min­utes later cen­tre-for­ward Adrian Fo­ley drilled a pow­er­ful shot in­side the right hand post for goal num­ber two and this game was ef­fec­tively over as a con­test by half­time with Kil­te­gan lead­ing by 2-10 to 0-2. Kil­te­gan did find it hard to mo­ti­vate them­selves in the sec­ond-half though they did stretch their lead with fur­ther points from Adrian Fo­ley, Rory Finn and An­thony Fur­long be­fore AGB hit a pur­ple patch that brought a punched goal from mid­fielder Ciarán Hy­land who got on the end of a long ball from Fur­long and two points from their best for­ward Niall Mul­lett.

But Kil­te­gan again fin­ished the stronger with a brace of points from Seánie Fur­long and sin­gles from An­thony Fur­long and Adrian Fo­ley to em­pha­sise their clear cut win.

Scor­ers for Kil­te­gan: Adrian Fo­ley (1-3), An­thony Fur­long (1-3), Michael Fo­ley (0-4), John Keogh (0-2), Seánie Fur­long (0-2), Blaine Har­mon, S. Far­rell and Rory Finn (0-1 each).

AGB scor­ers: Ciarán Hy­land (1-0), Niall Mul­lett (0-3), James Fur­long (01).

Kil­te­gan: Alis­tair Ham­bidge, Lorcan Byrne, John Byrne, Chris Dal­ton, Pádraig Keogh, Rory Finn, Paddy Finn, Blaine Har­mon, Seánie Fur­long, Michael Fo­ley, Adrian Fo­ley, James Whe­lan, Stephen Far­rell, John Keogh, An­thony Fur­long. Subs. - Ray Nolan for J. Whe­lan, John Cullen for L. Byrne.

AGB: Philip Glee­son, Alan Byrne, Mark Ivanoff, David O’Dono­hue, James Tyrrell, Pa­trick Egan, Alan McBride, Ciarán Hy­land, Damien Hur­ley, Ivan Hur­ley, Niall Mul­lett, Malcolm Con­nolly, James Fur­long, Philip Healy, Damien Red­mond.

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