Rathnew v Newcastle Division 4 clash abandoned
DIVISION 4 of the Campus Oil football league kicked off on Thursday evening and the plan, as always, is to continue on each Thursday throughout the summer. In a way this group is the envy of most other divisions of the league and other competitions. Everyone knows where they are going from the start and what is expected of them.
While everything ran smoothly in the south and the west last week there was, it would appear, some problems in the north section.
The match between Newcastle and Rathnew was abandoned after referee Denis Reilly came in for serious abuse and was forced to call a halt to proceedings and the County Board will have to await his report before taking any action against any wrongdoers.
Ashford did not travel to An Tochar while in Greystones the match between Eire Og and Kil- macannogue also failed to finish. For the second time in recent weeks a lighting system failed.
The West - Dunlavin 1-5; Baltinglass 4-11 - Baltinglass put out a very strong third team for this match. After an even enough first half when Baltinglass led by 1-5 to 1-3 this game became one sided in the last quarter. Conor Foley, Edmund Hanlon, John Kelly, John Whelan and Pat Walsh were their top scorers while John Murray, John Gilespie, and Niall Kirwan were best in defence.
Derek Deegan, Scott Phelan,and Timmie Metcalfe shared the Dunlavin scored with Ciaran Tackaberry, Ray O'Brien and Alan Deering were others to do well
Donard-the Glen 1-10; Stratford-Grangecon 08 - A young Donard team also got off to a good start with a win over neighbours StratfordGrangecon. The sides were level at 0-5 each at half time
Donard-The Glen - Des Mann 1-3; Stephen Dowling 0-3; Jerome Kelly, Darren O'Neill, Paul Griffin and Jack Graham 0-1 each.
Ciaran Byrne was the Stratford-Grangecon star and controlled midfield but saw his forwards waste a lot of scoring chances.
Paddy McGettrick, Matt Manley, Adam Doyle and Sean O'Neill were others to impress. Lacken 3-7; Kiltegan 2-8 Lacken also got off to a good start on their home pitch. Former county player, Paul Phibbs, scored 3-1; Tom Broe 0-3. Aaron Griffith was the most improved young player and Ken Balfe also got on the score sheet.
Shane Lennon was Kiltegan's top scorer while James Doyle, Mark Pierce Phillip Penrose and John O'Keeffe also played well.
Blessington's third team had a run-away win - 3-15 to 0-2 over Valleymount at Blessington But we have no details. Anyone with brief details of Division 4 matches can ring 087 6907589 on the Friday after the match.