St Kevin’s beaten by last gasp point

Bray People - - SPORT -

WICKLOW side St Kevin’s of Dunlavin were knocked out of the South Le­in­ster Se­nior foot­ball 'B' cham­pi­onship semi-fi­nals fol­low­ing their nar­row de­feat to a vis­it­ing Gorey Com­mu­nity School on Wed­nes­day last.

Dunlavin dom­i­nated the open­ing half with two points from Pa­trick O'Connor and Eoin Kelly be­fore Dar­ragh Fig­gis stormed through to tap the ball to the net past net­min­der James Flood.

Gorey, trained by Conor Wick­ham and Rory McCarthy, kicked some poor wides in the breezy and wet weather con­di­tions.

And the vis­i­tors looked to be in trou­ble when St Kevin’s Ciarán Spell­man pointed and added an­other goal around the 20-minute mark to cre­ate an eleven­point scor­ing dif­fer­ence.

How­ever, the dili­gence and dy­namism of Gorey never faded as Gearóid Cullen, Conor De­vitt and Gavin Stamp pointed to end their scor­ing drought. Stamp's two fur­ther points sand­wiched one from Fig­gis as the half closed with the Dunlavin school lead­ing by seven points.

Gorey were re­ju­ve­nated on the re­sump­tion. Their per­sis­tence in at­tack yielded a flurry of points from Gavin Stamp, Eoin Con­roy and Yusuf Frih. De­spite a point from Dunlavin's Dar­ragh Fig­gis, Cathal Dun­bar man­aged to break through to slot the ball to the net.

The Gorey de­fence kept St Kevins at bay with Ben Egan, Marc Halpin and Liam Con­dren stand­ing tall.

The home team re­acted well as Eoin Kelly man­aged to kick over two much-needed points. How­ever, Gorey's at­tacks con­tin­ued to pay div­i­dends as Conor De­vitt in par­tic­u­lar con­trolled pos­ses­sion.

Yusuf Frih showed true grit when he kicked with con­fi­dence to raise the white flag twice. The vis­it­ing fol­low­ers erupted with de­light when a mirac­u­lous vic­tory was se­cured by Fionn Doyle's point. The elated Gorey stu­dents now progress to the semi-fi­nal stages where they will meet Naas C.B.S. while a heartbroken St Kevin’s will won­der where it all went wrong.

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