Newcastle into Division 3 final
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.