An­nacurra in the as­cen­dency but lights fail­ure leaves fix­ture in the dark

Bray People - - SPORT -

TIME WAS when a head­line like that that was all but banned in the GAA.

If those two lit­tle words ap­peared on a re­sults sheet it started a stam­pede of jour­nal­ists from the na­tional pa­pers want­ing to hear all about the blood­bath or what­ever.

You had a big job per­suad­ing them that there was, or could be, a sim­ple an­swer - sure this is Wick­low - 'aint they al­ways at it’.

Be­hind ev­ery aban­doned match there has to be a story, big or small - and gen­er­ally a loser, and this one is no ex­cep­tion.

While in this case the rea­son was quite sim­ple - the flood lights failed with time al­most up - the losers in the end could very well be An­nacurra.

Af­ter an even enough match An­nacurra ap­peared to be stay­ing the dis­tance the bet­ter and with a lit­tle over five min­utes to go they struck for two goals and were coast­ing home.

Coolkenno were fight­ing back, had got a point from a close in free and missed an­other when we were all plunged into dark­ness.

Ref­eree Ciaran Flem­ing could not even check his watch and had to get as­sis­tance from a spec­ta­tor with a flash lamp.

There was two min­utes plus ex­tra time still to be played and af­ter wait­ing around for an­other eight min­utes he aban­doned the match.

The out­come will now be de­cided in the board room.

This was a nice, close match where we were learn­ing quite a bit about both teams.

First thing was that Rathvilly man, Paddy Molloy, was get­ting An­nacurra into nice shape and come cham­pi­onship time they could be quite a force. Alan Byrne was mak­ing the fit­ness built up with the county team tell and was the driv­ing force be­hind a team with a few nice young play­ers.

The other side of the coin was not so bright. The Intermediate cham­pi­ons Coolkenno are strug­gling to find their feet in Se­nior ranks.

They lost their real leader Paddy Dal­ton who went over on an an­kle early enough on and was a big loss.

On the plus side Don Jack­man is still go­ing strong and his abil­ity un­der the high ball could still be use­ful to Harry.

Al­right, he has not got the radar sys­tem work­ing right just yet. While David Tomp­kins is shap­ing up in at­tack, the ques­tion is, have Coolkenno enough young play­ers to make a real in­put in Se­nior ranks?

An­nacurra got off to the bet­ter start with the Ho­ran broth­ers and Ian McDon­ald send­ing over points. Coolkenno kicked a few bad wides be­fore David Tomp­kins got their first point in the 12th minute.

An­nacurra were leading by 0-5 to 0-1 when Conor Walker struck for the first goal of the match, a point by Ea­monn Ros­si­tar brought the sides level but points bt Clive Ho­ran and Mick O'Brien sent An­nacurra in with a slen­der lead - 0-7 to 1-3 at half time.

Alan Byrne had a point to ex­tend the An­nacurra lead early in the sec­ond half but points by Jack­man and Ea­monn Ros­si­tar brought the sides level again.

An­nacurra went two points up again but Again Ea­monn Ros­so­tar pointes frees to level the game once more

With just five min­utes to go An­nacurra struck for home; Clive Ho­ran found a gap in a none too steady Coolkenno de­fence and blasted home a goal and al­most from the kick out the home side were in again. This time a high lob was fum­bled by the de­fence, it may even have been an OG but Colm Ma­her prob­a­bly got the last touch.

Even though Coolkenno were fight­ing back it did ap­pear that it was An­nacurra's night - and then the lights failed.

AN­NACURRA

Bob Fitzger­ald; Jack O'Sul­li­van, Vin­cent Fla­herty, James Keenan; Liam Moules, Alan Byrne(0-1), Paul McDon­ald; Mick O'Brien (0-3),Martin O'Brien; Alan Ho­ran(0-1), Ian McDon­ald(0-4), Dean Barnes; Clive Ho­ran (1-2), Colm Ma­her(1-0),Nes­san O'Sul­li­van.

COOLKENNO

John Cor­co­ran; Niall Keogh, Ste­vie Cush, Shane Walker; Colm Mur­phy, Bobby Keogh, Pierce McCarthy; Ben Jack­man, Paddy Dal­ton; Brian Ros­si­tar, David Tomp­kins (0-1), John Gre­gan; Ea­monn Ros­siter (0-4), Don Jack­man (0-1), Conor Walker (1-3). Sub Brendan Byrne for Dal­ton. VENUE: An­nacurra

REF­EREE: Ciaran Flem­ing (Balt­in­glass)

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