Kiltegan had to dig deep to see off determined Tinahely
and Subs Adrian Foley and Derek Daly cut the deficit before the third of the Kiltegan subs Rory Finn leveled the game for the first time in the 48th minute. Tinahely had defended well up to that but were losing midfield to an in-form John Paul Dalton and the hard grafting John O’Toole and were making no headway against a Kiltegan defence that had stepped up their game.
Still Dave Dillon and the ever improving Brian Walsh were winning their share of the possession and Paul Hogan was having a great game at the centre of the defence.
Derek Daly gave Kiltegan the lead for the first time with ten minutes to go; Seanie Furlong had a mighty point from out near the side line.
The captain, Jacko Dalton, set up Jim Bob for the clinching goal with five minutes to go.
What, you may well ask was the usually ‘stay at home’ corner back doing on the edge of the other square?.
Most likely he was trailing Alan Nolan who was finding that he had to drop back deep in his own defence to get any possession.
Seanie Furlong and Derek Daly closed the scoring with late points.
Tinahely got just one point in the second half, Damien Cullen sending over in the seventh minute. It was three subs, just back from Australia, Adrian Foley, Derek Daly and Rory Finn that turned the game for Kiltegan. Daly roasted the Tinahely defence, scored five good points and gave Seanie Furlong the sort of support he was lacking all year.
Adrian Foley and Rory Finn took up roving roles but also got on the score Board and without doubt they will be a big boost to the Champions in their clash with St Patrick’s in the semi-final
Tinahely turned in a spirited display all through and had Kiltegan and their supporters worried for a long time. Over all they led for close on 50 minutes before being outgunned in the closing stage.
Young Willie Dillon did very well on Seanie Furlong; Paul Hogan is developing into a fine centre half back; Declan Caulfield is developing into a very good attacking wing back.
Kiltegan's John Paul Dalton bursts past Brian Walsh. of Tinahely.