Ros­siter seals the deal for cruis­ing Coolkenno

Bray People - - SPORT -

A GOAL and a point in the last three min­utes from Ea­monn Ros­siter sealed a three point win for the home side on Satur­day evening. In truth, the speedy Ros­siter could have had an­other goal in in­jury time and al­though miss­ing the tar­get was a harder task than scor­ing the ball rolled wide and the hands ris­ing to the head and the eyes of Ros­siter look­ing to the heav­ens, told you he knew he missed a sit­ter.

It mat­tered not though as Coolkenno had sur­vived a late rally by their op­po­nents and ran out de­served win­ners in the end.

With both teams men­tors on the same side­line there was al­ways a risk of a few con­tested line balls and the odd clash over a few ref­er­ee­ing de­ci­sions and but for a lit­tle bit of ex­treme lan­guage the game passed by with­out too much in­ci­dent.

The vis­i­tors opened the scor­ing early on when the tall cen­tre for­ward Niall Mel­don was put through on goal and his shot went over the bar.

Mo­ments later Conor Walker was left com­pletely un­marked in front of goal at the other end and he slipped the ball just un­der the on­rush­ing Shane Gal­lagher.

Two frees from Kil­macanogue be­fore the 10 minute mark from Mel­don and wing for­ward Josh O'Cal­laghan lev­elled the game but for the next pe­riod Coolkenno com­pletely dom­i­nated, and they hit four scores on the trot from Walker, David Tomp­kins, Ea­monn Ros­siter and a Don Jack­man free.

The game was slowed down some­what by heavy con­di­tions un­der­foot but once the two teams got to grips with what they were deal­ing with the game flowed a lit­tle more and Kil­macanogue came fight­ing back and this time it was the vis­i­tors turn to dom­i­nate, kick­ing three points in a row from cor­ner for­ward Si­mon Doyle, Nial Mel­don and Josh O'Cal­laghan.

Mel­don's lat­est point was a lit­tle bit spe­cial, a huge ef­fort from long range that bounced be­hind John Cor­co­ran's goal.

Don Jack­man and O'Cal­laghan swapped frees just be­fore half time and when Pat Dunne's whis­tle sounded Coolkenno lead 1-5 to 0-7.

The sec­ond half be­gan in a sim­i­lar fash­ion to the first with Kil­macanogue start­ing the brighter and two O'Cal­laghan frees put his side a point up. Coolkenno brought on a sub by the name of Paul Mur­phy, who it's be­lieved hadn't played for the club since 2009 af­ter a stint in Dubai, and it may have been his pos­i­tive in­flu­ence but Coolkenno came for­ward and slot­ted a point through David Tomp­kins.

Next, David Cole shot for a point that came off the post and when it was about to land was met on the vol­ley by Ian Roche who also hit the post be­fore fi­nally Conor Walker fin­ished the ball to the net.

Kil­macanogue re­sponded with a point from Steve Mor­gan that made it 26 to 0-10 and then Don Jack­man scored a beauty of a point to give Coolkenno a three point lead.

On came the vis­i­tors though and they hit 1-1 in a minute to take the lead by a point go­ing into the fi­nal ten min­utes. Full for­ward Shane Vick­ers the man charged with hit­ting the net.

The Coolkenno re­sponse was im­me­di­ate and the Jack­man broth­ers added points to re­store their lead only to have it lev­elled with four min­utes to play, but en­ter Ea­monn Ros­siter who grabbed an ex­cel­lent 1-1 to seal the game for the home side.

Coolkenno: John Cor­co­ran; Paul Keogh, Steve Cushe, Ian Roche; Brian Ros­siter, Bob Keogh, Pearse McCarthy; Ben Jack­man (01), Jim Cushe; Cathal Ros­siter, David Tomp­kins (0-2), David Cole; Don Jack­man (04,3fs), Ea­mon Ros­siter (1-2), Conor Walker (2-1). Subs: Paul Mur­phy for Paul Keogh, John Grea­gan for Roche.

Kil­mac: Shane Gal­lagher; Donal Tuhoy, Gavin Burke; Paddy O'Don­nell, Luke O'Cal­laghan, Eoin Tuhoy, Barry Fitz­patrick; Steve Mor­gan (0-1), Mark King; Josh O'Cal­laghan( 0-6fs), Niall Mel­don (0-4), Bob O'Don­nell; Aaron Craven, Shane Vick­ers(10), Si­mon Doyle (0-2). Subs: Conor Finn for Tuhoy.

Ref­eree: Pat Dunne (Hol­ly­wood)

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