Odlum points the way as Newtown reach final
GAELIC GAMES DUNNE CUP SEMI-FINAL
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.
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.