New­cas­tle into Divi­sion 3 fi­nal

Bray People - - Bray Sport -

New­cas­tle 1-14, Kil­te­gan 0-6: New­cas­tle turned the ta­bles on their county fi­nal con­querors Kil­te­gan to qual­ify for the fi­nal of Divi­sion 3 of the Se­nior Foot­ball League at New­cas­tle on Sun­day, writes Peter Keogh.

This re­sult ended a long drawn-out saga which started when the same sides met in the fi­nal of the cham­pi­onship just two months ago. Be­cause both clubs were in­volved in the hurl­ing cham­pi­onship the fix­tures peo­ple de­cided that they would play for league points as well as the cham­pi­onship.

Later New­cas­tle, who lost the cham­pi­onship fi­nal ap­pealed, first to the Fix­tures Com­mit­tee to re­fix the match, then to the CCC without suc­cess but fi­nally on Tues­day night last to Le­in­ster Coun­cil where they won their case and had the game re­fixed.

Kil­te­gan were not in con­tention in the league and had no in­ter­est in the points but if New­cas­tle won the match it would see them leap-frog over Bal­li­na­cor into sec­ond place and qual­ify for the fi­nal against ta­ble top­pers Balt­in­glass. So the real losers on this oc­ca­sion were Bal­li­na­cor. New­cas­tle were in con­trol all through; an early goal by Paddy Ka­vanagh got them off to a good start and by half-time they were in front by 1-10 to 0-2. New­cas­tle had the points in the bag, and they knew it and prob­a­bly eased the foot off the pedal.While Kil­te­gan did put on a late spurt with points by Stephen Far­rell, Dar­ren Hob­son and John Whe­lan it was not enough to turn this game into a real con­test. New­cas­tle got the re­sult they needed and will now take on Balt­in­glass in the fi­nal at the week­end with re­newed con­fi­dence.

Even Kil­te­gan got some­thing fron this match. Play­ers like Ja­son Hob­son, John Whe­lan, Dar­ren Mo­ranShiels and Barry John O’Toole who hardly got a full game all year got an hour’s goot­ball.

New Club Chair­man Mick Car­ney started at cor­ner­for­ward un­til re­in­force­ments ar­rived.

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