Od­lum points the way as New­town reach fi­nal

GAELIC GAMES DUNNE CUP SEMI-FI­NAL

Bray People - - Bray People - Peter KEOGH

New­town 1-15, Kil­te­gan 09: Sun­day the 21st may have been the short­est day of the year but it was still one hour too long for the jaded foot­ballers of Kil­te­gan as ther strug­gled to match the hunger and thrust of a fired-up New­town side in the semi-fi­nal of the Dunne Cup at Bless­ing­ton.

It may have been ex­haus­tion af­ter a long hard year, mix­ing foot­ball and hurl­ing; it may have been the day the cel­e­bra­tions fi­nally caught up – what­ever it was the cham­pi­ons never reached any­where near the form that saw then de­stroy all com­ers in cham­pi­onship foot­ball

New­town who have come close in both league and cham­pi­onship this year without mak­ing the break­through showed the greater hunger through­out and led from start to fin­ish. The Mag­pies had the pas­sion that Kil­te­gan could not muster on the day and were no way flat­tered by their nine-point winning mar­gin.

New­town had a strong wind be­hind them in the first-half and made the most of it right from the start.

They landed four points in­side the first five min­utes – Dean Od­lum get­ting three, and Gar­reth Doyle one.

Kil­te­gan got their first point in the ninth minute when John Keogh hit over a free, won by Jef­frey Ber­ming­ham.

Dean Od­lum was the wreck­ing ball that was de­stroy­ing the Kil­te­gan de­fence and kept tap­ping over the points from frees and play. Gar­reth Doyle pointed a free for a foul on Brian Doyle and closed the first-half scor­ing by con­vert­ing a 45.

Jef­frey Ber­ming­ham and John Keogh added more points for Kil­te­gan, Keogh’s two points from frees af­ter fouls on Seánie Fur­long.

New­town still led by 0-11 to 0-5 at half-time but could have been fur­ther ahead.

Kil­te­gan had the wind be­hind them in the sec­ond-half and were still in with a chance but Dean Od­lum made sure they would have a moun­tain to climb when he kicked over the first point of the half.

Half-time sub Adrian Fo­ley made a dif­fer­ence and tacked on some points for Kil­te­gan; Jacko Dal­ton, play­ing in the un­usual po­si­tion of cor­ner-for­ward, boxed over a point but ‘Deano’ tacked on an­other from a free.

New­town wing-back Eoin O’Rear­don of­fered some (well in­ten­tioned I am sure) ad­vice to the ref­eree De­clan Pep­pard and got a red card for his bother and Kil­te­gan had the ad­van­tage of the ex­tra man.

That ad­van­tage did not last long. An­thony Fur­long felt the Hol­ly­wood whistler needed some help on the finer points of the rules so Pep­pard sent him to dis­cuss the mat­ter with O’Rear­don on the line.

What­ever hope Kil­te­gan had of bridg­ing the gap had van­ished and when sub Paudie Doyle got the only goal of the match in the 52nd minute it was all over.

Adrian Fo­ley ex­changed points with John Hef­fer­nan and Terry Halpin to close the scor­ing.

Man of the match? Without doubt it had to be Dean Od­lum who scored ten points, seven from play – and two of them could have been goals. How­ever, this was a great team per­for­mance by New­town and sets them up nicely to bring home the Dunne Cup to the home of the donor for the first time.

Only sec­ond-half sub Adrian Fo­ley, Jef­frey Ber­ming­ham, and Seánie Fur­long showed the nec­es­sary ur­gency in their play on the Kil­te­gan side.

New­town now meet Carnew in the Dunne Cup fi­nal.

New­town: Richard Franey; Wayne Hamil­ton, Neill Martin, John Tier­ney; Justin Owens, Terry Halpin (0-1), Eoin O’Rear­don; Paul O’Rear­don, Cathal McNi­cholas; John Hef­fer­nan (0-1), Gar­reth Doyle (0-3), Ross Od­lum; Dean Od­lum (0-10), Bryan Doyle, Barry Davis. Subs. - Paudie Doyle (1-0) for B.Doyle; Mark Fitzsi­mons for Hamil­ton.

Kil­te­gan: Alis­ter Han­bidge; Niall Fo­ley, John Far­rell, De­nis Hayes; Padraig Keogh, Rory Finn, Pa­trick Finn; Blaine Har­mon, John O’Toole; John Keogh (0-3), James Doyle, An­thony Fur­long; Jef­frey Ber­ming­ham (0-2), Seánie Fur­long, John Paul Dal­ton (0-1). Subs. - Adrian Fo­ley (0-3) for N.Fo­ley; Mikie Fo­ley for Keogh.

Ref­eree: wood).

De­clan Pep­pard (Holly-

Brian Doyle of New­town holds on un­der pres­sure from Paddy Finn and John O'Toole.

Dean Od­lum on the ball for New­town dur­ing the Dunne Cup semi-fi­nal against Kil­te­gan.

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