Kil­te­gan power on to Le­in­ster semi-fi­nal

Bray People - - SPORT -

KIL­TE­GAN qual­i­fied for the semi-fi­nal of their di­vi­sion in the Le­in­ster Hurl­ing League with a good win over the Of­faly men at Kil­te­gan on Satur­day.

De­spite be­ing un­der strength be­cause of a heavy lo­cal foot­ball list Kil­te­gan still made the most of home ad­van­tage.

How­ever, marks­man­ship was some­thing they knew noth­ing about Keith Fur­long pointed a free to give them an early lead but it was the de­fence that was keep­ing then in the game. Padraig Kear­ney, Barry Cremin, and Gavin Keogh were do­ing well but the star of the show was Anthony Fur­long at wing back. Even af­ter hit­ting 10 bad wides the home side were still a point in front - 05 to 0-4 at half time.

Ro­nan Byrne and Dan Kear­ney were do­ing well at mid­field for Kil­te­gan but the for­wards were still miss-fir­ing and when full for­ward Joseph Flana­gan got through for a goal for the Of­faly men progress was look­ing un­cer­tain.

Points by Anthony and Keith Fur­long brought Kil­te­gan back it to the game; Mark Pierce and Cil­lien Doyle got on the score sheet and a great save by Ciaran O'Toole kept home hopes alive. How­ever, Keith Mul­lally was pick­ing off points from frees and play and the game was hang­ing in the bal­ance.

Then a long range free by Anthony Fur­long went all the way to the net and the day was saved.

Ciaran Doyle, Padraig Keogh and John Ke­hoe also had their mo­ments for Kil­te­gan while Adrain Keogh's work rate all over the field was an­other fac­tor in a vic­tory that guar­an­tees them an­other com­pet­i­tive match in their bid to get Hurl­ing go­ing again in the area.

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