Kiltegan through to semis Twelve sent off as championships reach boiling point
THREE OF the semi-finalists in the senior football championship are now known after favourites, St. Patrick’s, Baltinglass and defending champions Kiltegan have all made it through to the last four.
The last of the quarter-finals, Rathnew v. Blessington, has been rescheduled for this Saturday after it had to be postponed due a bereavement in the Rathnew club.
Champions Kiltegan will now take on St. Patrick’s in the first semi-final, while Baltinglass have to wait until Saturday to find out whether their opponents will be great rivals Rathnew or near neighbours Blessington.
As the various championships reach their climax, twelve players saw red in GAA matches at the weekend.
Nine of the red cards issued by referees in football and hurling championship games were straight reds which mean that the players involved now face terms of suspension.
However the red cards were more the result of the various championships hotting up as they near completion rather than dirty play on the field.
Newtown’s senior footballers saw red not once but four times during their crucial knock-out quarter-final match against winners St. Patrick’s at Aughrim on Saturday; three of the dismissal being for straight red card offences.
Entering the last ten minutes Newtown had sliced the deficit in half, down from ten points to five, when in six minutes of mad- ness they blew their fight-back by having four players sent off.
Two players from each team – winners Carnew and Glenealy – were sent off by referee Jimmy Kelly in the second half of the junior hurling final at Arklow on Sunday; three of them on straight red cards, while a Glenealy water carrier also got a red card when he came on to the field.
In other matches, red cards – the result of two yellows in at least one instance - were flashed at an Avoca player in a junior football championship game; at an Annacurra player in an intermediate football championship match; and at an Arklow Rock Parnells hurler in a 125 Centenary Cup semifinal.
Three players from Bray Emmett’s senior football team have been suspended for terms ranging from one to six months by Wicklow Competitions Controls Committee.
Two of the suspensions result from incidents that occurred after they were knocked out of the senior football championship by a disputed point at the end of their match with Blessington two weeks ago.
Bray players reacted after Blessington’s Wesley Callaghan swung over the winning point in injury time, claiming that the kick from a free was wide.
Goalie Paul O’Keeffe was suspended for six months and wing-forward John O’Keeffe for three months.
Wing-back Alan Corr, who was sent off on a red card before the end of the match, received a one month’s suspension from the committee.
Bray were beaten by 1-11 to 2-9.
Coolkenno’s Colm Walker is challenged by Ger Foley of Baltinglass during the SFC quarter-final in Aughrim.
(Photo: Garry O’Neill)